10 Eco-friendly and sustainable gifts for Christmas 2023

Christmas is a time for joy, love, and celebration, but it can also be a season of excess and waste. With climate change making its presence felt more acutely every year, many of us are seeking ways to make our yuletide festivities more sustainable. At Rise, sustainability is at the core of everything we do, and so when thinking about Christmas gifting we had a few sustainable ideas that came to mind straight away! It definitely feels more rewarding to give gifts that are sustainably sourced, or won’t be easily thrown away after a few uses! Dive into our curated list of 10 eco-friendly and sustainable gifts that are perfect for more sustainable gift giving this Christmas. 

First up…

RiSE gift box subscription - Starting at £22 per box

We couldn’t wrap up the Top 10 without talking about our own gift subscription. Whether you opt for 3, 6 or 12 months, we offer prepaid gift subscriptions that save you ££ by buying upfront. Each subscription has a hand written gift note, and each month’s box is packed with freshly roasted coffees, foodie treats and information explaining the coffee inside. We’re also focusing on Festive Coffees for December - so your gift recipient is bound to taste something they haven’t tried before! 

Perfect for: Someone who just bought a coffee machine (or is getting one for Christmas!) or is keen on coffee

RISE coffee box gift subscription

Ohello Coffee Tumbler - starting from £29.00

These sleek and 100% leakproof tumblers come in all sorts of funky colours. They are dishwasher safe, BPS and BPA free and can be used for delicious coffee (other hot drinks are available). Their entire ethos is sustainable and they also give a % of profits to charity. 

For those looking for the perfect sustainable gift this year, Ohelo offers the perfect choice with their award winning insulated water bottles and travel cups. They are the UKs only lead free insulated bottle brand (can you believe almost all flasks globally still contain toxic lead?). All their bottles and travel cups are 100% leakproof and dishwasher safe. 

The perfect gift for coffee lovers and those who are always rushing around and need their brew to go – their 100% leakproof travel mugs will keep your drink hot and your bag dry! Our travel cups feature our unique 360 degree sip lid (no more lining up to a little tiny hole). Removable strainer allows use with loose leaf tea, fruit infusions, or even to carry that G&T (they keep drinks cold too). 

Sustainability is at the heart of their brand. They ethically making all our products from safer materials (proven via independent audits like 4-pillar SMETA). All their products are not only lead free but BPA- BPS- and BPF free. All packaging is plastic free, recycled and fully recyclable. Their bottles and cups are easily endlessly recycled. 5% profits go to sustainable charities. 

Ohelo reusable cup

Ohelo reusable travel cup 

Perfect for: Someone in your life who likes to get out and about who has to commute often

Lesley’s sauces - £22 for the gift pack

Our friend Natalie runs Lesley’s sauces and this brand is absolutely killing it! She makes her sauces using a top secret family recipe, passed down through the generations. She is incredibly focused on local business and has a great attitude to helping out other local businesses too. You can find Natalie at the Angel Sustainable market (In London) most weekends! 

Perfect for: Dad, Uncle, Brother or Grandad who loves a BBQ session. Coffee and BBQ pair well too! 

Lesleys sauces make a great christmas gift for hot sauce lovers

Patagonia - £45 for most beanie hats or £32 for the mini 1L bumbag

You can’t really write a blog on sustainability without mentioning Patagonia these days. The brand has been running for over 50 years and are pioneers in ethically made clothing. What’s more, they have a cult following and are deemed “cool” but almost anyone at any age. The only downside is that their clothing can be pricey. That’s why we like their mostly unisex beanie hats which are sure to last a seriously long time. For the more adventurous, the bumbag is perfect for festival goers or keen adventurers.

Perfect for: Anyone who loves the great outdoors! Pairs well with an AeroPress for coffee on the go. 


Upcircle Beauty - Caffeinated Duo Gift starting from £31.39 

We’re huge fans of Upcircle over here at RiSE, the brand reuses coffee grounds to make beauty products (what’s not to love!). Alice uses their products morning and night and we actually sell a Coffee and Beauty gift box (in partnership with Upcircle) on our site. In the Duo Gift Set you’ll get their silky smooth serum (which is more like an oil) and a very moisturising eye cream.

Perfect for: Sister, friend, mum, aunty!

Upcircle beauty

Rise Coffee Advent calendar - Starting at £38 

With 25 different roasters across the 25 days of advent, we’re proud to have put together a sustainable, indulgent and exciting coffee advent calendar for 2023. The packaging could not be more sustainable - with 25 compostable pouches housed in a cardboard box. We are roasting to order - which means no coffee wastage. Order before the first week of Dec to get your hands on one! 

Perfect for: Any coffee lover in your life 

Rise coffee box advent calendar

National Trust - Membership starting at £84 for one Adult or £139.20 for Two Adults 

For those who have got a slightly bigger budget, we think this is a bit of a dream of a present. There are more than 500 NT sites in the UK, each with their own special history and landscape. The gift membership itself also comes with a 2023 handbook, three magazines throughout the year and free parking at every site. 

Perfect for: Parents or nature loving couple

National trust gift

Frankly delicious chocolate - Luxury hot chocolate pouch starting at £6.95 (currently on sale as of 26th Oct) 

This chocolate brand makes their chocolate in small batches in Leeds. The quality is outstanding whilst the price is very reasonable. We also love their sustainable packaging which have funky designs. 

Perfect for: Small gifts for your work colleagues/team mates or family friends 

Frankly delicious chocolate gift


Better world books - Bestsellers starting from £3.95

This B Corp book company donates millions of books to those in need. They also sell used books, which makes so much sense in 2023! They also give you personal rewards each time you purchase, so it's a bit of a no-brainer. Of course if you have a local bookshop you already support, we’d always say to opt for that option as many bookshops have their own sustainable initiatives in place. 

Perfect for: Anyone, any age! 

We hope you enjoyed our round up of our top 10 favourite eco friendly and sustainable Christmas gifts for 2023. 


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