2021 Christmas gift guide: part one

Festive treats for a range of budgets

As the festive season approaches, we’ve selected some top gift picks from co-ops and ethical shops. 

We know budgets might be stretched more than usual this year, so we’ve compiled a list of gifts under £10 and £5 so you can still give ethically without breaking the bank.

Top gifts under £10:

Suffra-greats! top trumps style card game(£9.99, Ethical Shop)

William Morris colouring book (£9.99, News from Nowhere)

Scented Tea Lights in Jasmine, Rose or Orange (£8.99, Ethical Shop)

Kids’ conversation cards from Craft Coop CIC (£8.99, Craft Co-op Shop)

Bird cake kit made from recycled yoghurt pots (£9.95, Ethical Shop)

Top gifts under £5:

Barrett’s Ridge Beer Bread mix (£4.99, Ethical Shop)

Divine fairtrade milk chocolate giant coin (£2.20, Divine Chocolate)

Recycled newspaper pencils(£4.95, Paper High)

And here are some more ethical treats if you still want to splash out for your nearest and dearest, whether they are…


Spice Kitchen spice tins

Check out non-profit Zaytoun for Palestinian ingredients, giftboxes and cookbooks, as well as Spice Kitchen, a UK family run business, for cookware, cookbooks and silk sari-wrapped spice tin gift sets.  


The Collective Yoga Cooperative offers virtual yoga classes from their base in Illinois. You can purchase gift cards from the co-op which can be redeemed against their live classes and access to an on-demand library. 

Crafty ones:

Sewing kit from Crafty You Crafty Me

Derbyshire-based Crafty You Crafty Me sell eco-consciously created mosaic, needle felting and sewing kits, such as this Christmas garland kit

Stitch and Story, based in London, are on a mission to help more people create personalised, meaningful and ethical items through their crochet and knitting kits, such as this beginner-level slipper knitting kit

Cosy ones:

Blanket from The Wool Clip

And for those who’d rather leave the making to the pros, you can find a range of woolly hot water bottle covers, tea cosies, socks and jumpers from fair-trade knitwear company and ‘slow fashion’ proponents, Pachamama, as well as blankets, cushions, rugs and more from Cumbrian co-op The Wool Clip.