Ethical Gift Ideas
Unique ethical gifts for everyone, young and old! Many are recycled, 100% natural, and use materials like organic cotton, super sustainable jute and sustainably grown and harvested wood and bamboo. There's a great selection of seasonal gifts including Christmas or Easter presents, plus birthday gifts, thank you gifts, teacher gifts and gifts for him. And because you bought from babame you can enjoy the spirit of giving without any ethical dilemmas about the background of our products. Read the brand pages to find out more.
If you are looking for inspiration our Gifts for Her, Ethical Mothers Day Gifts and Alternative Easter Gifts pages are full of gifts sets as well as some of our favourite products from across the eco range.
Most of these gifts would work just as well for a birthday, anniversary or thank you gift, but if you need a few more ideas check out our gift guide below with top picks from across the site.
Babame Ethical Gift Guide
Gifts for Her:
Buying gifts for women tend to be easy to buy for as there are so many options to choose from. You could go down the pampering route and pick delightfully scented all natural bath melts, salts and scrubs. You could choose something for the home to match their decor such as a cosy throw or one of our handmade picture frames. You could pick one of our fair trade fashion accessories to up her ethical style score. Or you could choose a practical gift like a reusable water bottle or sandwich wrap that will make her life easier and greener all at the same time.
Gifts for Him:
Notoriously much harder to buy for than women we still think we've got some great gifts for men that will be very well received indeed. We have a great range of organic natural skin and beard care products designed specifically for men as well as the quite frankly miraculous Jones the Bones oil and bath salts to relax and relieve pain. A very thoughtful gift indeed. We have some great photo frames and accessories made from recycled bicycle chains and whiskey barrels, great for the man cave. And we have the softest and most comfortable socks (also great for stinky feet) and pants from Thought clothing. Plus of course, everyone needs an insulated mug for work or home and a reusable water bottle. And if all else fails we recommend chocolate.
If you have kids then you probably buy a gift for their teachers at least once a year. Teachers are amazing and if you have a good one they certainly deserve a little something to say thank you at the end of the year. We believe theres no reason the gifts you buy shouldnt be kind to the environment as well. So whether its a Jute Shopping Bag to carry their marking home in, a pen pot for their desk or some bath treats or scented candle to help them relax at the end of a challenging day, we have a great selection starting at pocket money prices.
Mothers day gifts:
Mums are quite simply the best and deserve to be spoiled all year round. So if you fan"cy buying mum a gift this year that shows you respect the planet as much as you do her, ditch the flowers and choose an ethical gift instead that will last far longer.
You could opt for a ready-made gift set, mix and match to create your own ethical hamper or pick something lovely for the home. If you really want to treat mum, a handmade, fair trade, hand knitted hoody is the perfect gift to keep her cosy and warm. Or we love the Artisan Fair hanging planter that will bring greenery into the home for much longer than mothers day weekend.
Choosing a birthday gift can be a minefield. You want to find the perfect gift. But what about price, quality, finding something that fits your values as well as theirs. This can be especially true if you have multiple kids parties to attend or are buying presents for people you don't know that well. Birthday gifts like any other gifts should be thoughtful and we think ethical.
Many a friendship has been forged over a bottle of wine or pot of tea. Celebrate the things you enjoy together and choose a gorgeous set of hand blown wine glasses or a rainbow teapot and some delicious artisan tea. For summer birthdays the U Konserve insulated tumblers are the perfect receptacle for cocktails in the garden.
Or if you love to shop together how about a fairtrade coin purse or one of the stunning goat leather handbags?
Cool birthday gifts for kids:
Well, that's easy and definitely an area we excel in at babame. Did you know we have the largest wooden toy shop in the UK and Ireland! Like a book, a wooden toy can last for generations. The Osthimer and Holztiger wooden animals make a lovely birthday gift as do the Djeco figures, and the Plan Toys tins are great fun for all ages.
We have a great range of gifts for babies that are ethical and made to last. The Oil and Carol Elvis Ducks are a teether, bath toy and grasper in one. Made from 100% natural latex and food safe dyes they are perfect for babies and look great on the nursery self to. There are also some lovely wooden graspers and rattles, gorgeous Moulin Roty soft toys and lots of lovely baby skin care products. The Bia Beauty mum and baby gift set is a great gift for new mums as it contains stop the clock eye gel as well as gorgeous body creams for mum and baby.
Christmas can be a time of manic consumerism buying sacks full of Christmas gifts, many of which are destined to end up unused or unloved. We think that carefully chosen eco-friendly gifts are a much better way. So if you need socks for Uncle Bob, a new scarf for Aunty May, or great stocking fillers for the kids we have loads of ethical alternatives to keep everyone including mother earth happy.
If you are struggling to buy for a secret Santa or obscure family members you haven't seen since the last Christmas why not opt for a mystery gift and let us to the hard work for you. Our excellent warehouse and customer services team will pick products from our eco-gift range to match the comments you give us.
It goes without saying that we have the kids covered. So if you're buying for the under 10s you'll be spoilt for choice. We've carefully chosen beautiful toys that will inspire their imaginations and encourage open-ended play and make perfect presents.
And just because we believe we really can cater to all your ethical gift giving needs. How about some inspiration for unusual gifts for weddings and anniversaries.
Unusual wedding gifts:
If you are going to a wedding or engagement party then you'll probably be taking a gift. A Wedding gift could be anything from a cosy throw to a photo album. You want to choose something that fits with the personality of the couple and ideally something that they'll have in 10, 20 or even 50 years time. We have gorgeous kitchen and table accessories such as fair trade wine glasses, much better than lead crystal, or stylish bamboo trays. Or how about some ethical fashion in the form of his and her's hand knitted hoodies by Pachamama to keep them warm on their marriage adventures.
And if you are the ones getting married we have lots of great options for bridesmaid gifts, groomsmen gifts. Again we love Thought Clothing for this. How about matching socks for the groomsmen and floaty lightweight bamboo scarves for the bridesmaids?
And if you wanted a different kind of wedding favour what about giving your guests a few seed balls? There's got to be loads of great poems about watching your love grow as the flowers do and you'll be spreading food for the bees and butterflies far and wide.
Wedding Anniversary Gifts
If you are celebrating a wedding anniversary then picking out a gift that says I love you is what it's all about. Whether you are looking for paper items to celebrate a first anniversary, cotton, leather, silk or wood, we have some gorgeous products handmade by artisans across the world that are a great way of celebrating the person you love. And if you don't want to go down the traditional route what about his and her's stainless steel Punc water bottles or something for the garden?
Beautiful wrapping certainly adds the finishing touch to the perfect gift and can make even the simplest of items feel that extra bit special. However, so much wrapping paper you buy in the shops cant be recycled and gets thrown in the bin the moment the present has been unwrapped. We have a lovely selection of fairtrade gift boxes and bags that are ethical, sustainable, and can be used time and time again.
Or you can take advantage of our gift wrapping services.
Mystery Gifts and Gift Cards:
If you love a gamble or a bargain then this might just be the gift for you. Our eco-mystery boxes come in all shapes and sizes (including a chocolate mystery box) and are perfect if you cant make up your mind. They could include absolutely anything in the eco range, all you know is that the rrp will be more than you paid. We even do a toy box, perfect if you have friends with kids but arent sure of the most age-appropriate toys.
These boxes are also a lovely way to buy yourself a surprise gift.
Just leave comments at the checkout and we will use our expert skill to tailor the box to suit the recipient!
And finally, a gift card makes a great gift for weddings, birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, valentines or even corporate gifts. The lucky recipient can choose themselves their own perfect gift. Also great if you have left the shopping to the last minute and missed the delivery deadline as you can simply print the gift voucher and pop it in a card.
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