Give green with our pick of more eco-friendly presents
What’s better than finding the perfect gift for that special someone this festive season? It’s got to be amping up that joy by giving Christmas gifts that are also kinder to the environment. Boots is proud that 100% of its seasonal gifts are now free from throw-away plastic gift packaging*, but there are lots of ways to gift more eco-consciously this year.
Whether you go for vegan beauty, compostable, recyclable, reusable or refillable, it’s good to give green nowadays. And Boots has such a wide variety that there’s sure to be something for everyone on your list – whatever your budget.
Here's 10 of our favourite present picks that serve up a variety of more eco-conscious credentials. By picking presents that feature less single-use plastic or are more carbon neutral, you’ll not only have a more sustainable Christmas, but you’ll enjoy some serious brownie points from your nearest and dearest.
10 more sustainable Christmas gifts at Boots
For refillable hand care
Try: Joules Refillable Hand Wash Set
• Size: 250ml
• Suitable for vegans
• Contains a hand wash refill pouch
This iconic British brand prides itself on loving the Great British countryside – and with this in mind it wants its products to care for the world around us too. This reusable, ceramic, floral soap dispenser and delightfully scented hand wash is refillable, helping to reduce the amount of waste heading to landfill.
For more eco-friendly cocktails
Try: Elixir - Cocktail Making Kit
• Five-piece set
• Features an environmentally friendly bamboo holder
If you know a budding mixologist who enjoys flairing cocktails and caring for the planet, these gold-hued metal bar tools, in an eye-catching bamboo styler, will look as good on their drinks trolley as they do in action. As the bamboo styler doesn’t use plastic, it’s more environmentally friendly and the five-piece bartender set includes a cocktail shaker, double-ended jigger, strainer, muddler and mixing spoon, meaning you can expect your next cocktail-party invite very soon.
For biodegradable masking
Try: Garnier Complete Sheet Mask Collection
• Contains 10 face and eye masks
• Sheet masks are biodegradable by home compost
This collection of pre-treated facial sheet masks provides the perfect self-care moment. Whether they’re looking to hydrate with hyaluronic acid, rebalance with green tea or help deflate the appearance of puffy eyes, they’ll find this and more in this hardworking sheet mask set.
For consciously-sourced fragrance
Try: Giorgio Armani My Way Eau de Parfum Refillable
• Size: 50ml
• Fragrance family: floral woody
• Consciously-sourced ingredients
This fragrance envelopes sparkling top notes of bergamot and Egyptian orange blossom with bright floral middle notes of tuberose and jasmine, hand-picked near Mysore, India. Elegantly blended with a vibrant base of responsibly-sourced Madagascan vanilla, supporting the local communities that produce it, this fragrance does good and smells good.
For carbon-neutral skincare
Try: Liz Earle Smooth & Nourished Skin Collection
• Four-piece set
This Liz Earle festive set has achieved carbon neutral certification, so this year you can give the gift of smoother and more nourished skin, guilt free. Recipients will be able to melt away make-up and impurities with Cleanse & Polish, before buffing to reveal renewed radiance with the Gentle Face Exfoliator. Next, they can tone, hydrate and refresh with Instant Boost Skin Tonic, before smoothing on Superskin Moisturiser, with natural neroli, for skin that feels soft and supple.
For a refillable lipstick
Try: Fenty Beauty Icon The Case: Semi-Matte Lipstick
Cut down on future packaging by giving the gift of a reusable lipstick case. This one from Fenty Beauty is as lovely to look at as it is to use, as are the accompanying semi-matte lip colours. Available in 13 shades, simply finish one lipstick and then buy another, pushing it into the case until it clicks satisfyingly into place. Shop the full spectrum of lipstick shades here.
For cruelty-free self-care
Try: Sanctuary Spa Weekend Retreat Gift Set
• Three-piece set
What’s more relaxing than creating a home spa? The peace of mind that comes with knowing that the products you or a loved one use are vegan and cruelty-free, of course! With the set including a body wash, scrub and lotion, your giftee can immerse themselves in Sanctuary Spa’s signature jasmine, grapefruit and vanilla scent, and emerge feeling refreshed, revived and relaxed.
For a multipurpose make-up brush
Try: Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush
• Handles are made from recycled aluminium
• Bristles are made of synthetic hair (from recycled plastic bottles)
A good make-up brush truly is the gift that keeps on giving in our experience. Particularly when – like this pick – it has a range of uses. Whether used for foundation, contouring or applying blush, its shape and densely packed bristles distribute product evenly for a smooth and airbrushed-looking finish.
For more eco-friendly food on-the-go
Try: Chilly’s Reuse Food Pot Pastel Pink
• Size: 500ml
Brighten their bag (and day!) with this portable, colourful food pot. Designed to keep their favourite meals hot or cold for up to six hours, such as soups or salads, it’ll make the prospect of DIY meals all the more appealing.
For Soil Association-approved tea
Try: English Tea Shop The Luxury Tea Collection Gift Tin
• Contains 72 tea bag sachets
• Certified Soil Association Organic
• No chemical fertilisers or pesticides
• Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
Get the kettle on – a cuppa tastes even better knowing that it’s organic, Soil Association-certified, Fairtrade and vegan-friendly. Boasting deliciously blended flavours, from the traditional to the exotic, this assortment is the perfect gift for the tea lover who also happens to love the planet.