Best sustainable gifts for foodies
Give a gift with a conscious with our top picks of the best eco-friendly and sustainable gifts for foodies, from things to eat and drink to homeware
Looking to give more sustainable presents this year? We've gathered the best ethical and eco-friendly foodie gift ideas from under £15 to over £50 to cover all budgets. Our guide reflects the different ways to be more sustainable with your gift-giving: including gifts that support charitable causes from socially conscious brands, gifts that support the environment by being made from environmentally friendly or recycled materials, or ideas that support smaller producers and fledgling brands.
Whether that's chocolates that donate to sustainable causes, an elegant carafe made from recycled glass or a blow-the-budget plastic-free hamper supporting British cheese producers, we've got something for everyone. You can also give the gift of fresh, seasonal produce with a veg box subscription, while saving surplus fruit and veg destined for waste in the process. Take your pick from our tried-and-tested veg box guide.
Chococo chocolate turtles
- Available from Chococo, £6.25
These Venezuelan single-origin milk chocolate turtles (in 100% plastic-free, recyclable packaging) help real turtles, too: 30p from every box goes to the Ocean Giants Programme to support conservation work for marine species.
Candy cane metal straws
- Available from Fy!, £11
Add extra festive cheer to Christmas cocktails with these vivid candy-striped metal straws – a simple stocking filler.
Vintage apple recycled foldaway shopper bag
- Available from Rex London, £5.95
No more single-use plastic bags – this cheery tote made from recycled materials folds into a small pouch for stashing in handbags and pockets.
Rex London, £5.95
Forage calendar poster print, £12, Driftwood Designs
- Available from Driftwood Designs, £12
Foraging fans can track what to look out for throughout the year with this illustrated poster, from elderflowers in June to sloes in November.
Driftwood Designs, £12
The London Honey Company honey with Italian truffle
- Available from The London Honey Company, £10
Supporting British bees, this light acacia honey is infused with luxurious shavings of expertly sourced black Italian truffle.
The London Honey Company, £10
LIGA Beach Clean placemats
Made from natural, sustainably harvested cork and recycled plastics saved from the oceans, each of these distinctive placemats has a unique pattern.
Dorset Sea Salt C0. chilli and lemon gift set
- Available from Dorset Sea Salt Co., £18.99
Harvested by hand in Dorset and produced using renewable energy, this small-batch salt gift set packs a flavour punch as a finishing touch: we love the lemon and thyme salt on roast chicken.
Dorset Sea Salt Co., £18.99
Rowen and Wren Libbi enamel platter
- Available from Rowen and Wren, £24
Handmade from natural materials in Turkey, this striking lightweight platter is perfect for picnics and al fresco dining in summer (no more plastic plates), yet pretty enough to use all year round.
Rowen and Wren, £24
- Available from SoleCup, from £16
Say goodbye to disposable cups. As well as being made from biodegradable, ethically produced materials, all packaging is plastic-free and recyclable, and deliveries are carbon-offset.
SoleCup, from £16
Cooper King Dry Gin
A carbon-negative gin, this top-quality spirit is hand-distilled using 100% renewable energy. Every bottle removes 1kg more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it emits, and plants a square metre of native UK woodland. Plus, the striking bottle makes it ideal for gifting.
Wacaco Minipresso GR
What to get the coffee lover who has everything? This portable espresso maker is operated by hand, with a manual pump that produces a single espresso complete with thick crema while on the go. Read our full review of the Wacaco Minipresso for everything you need to know.
Social Stories Club sustainable foodie gift box
- Available from Social Stories Club, £48
This hamper is packed with independent brands on positive missions: from crisps and chilli relish that combat food waste, to biscuits made with renewable energy and chocolate that donates to reforestation projects. Find more foodie hamper inspiration in our list of best foodie hampers.
Social Stories Club, £48
Smith and Goat scallop concrete tray
- Available from Smith and Goat, £40
We love the contrast between the rustic, natural concrete material and the dainty scalloped design on this sturdy tray. There are six contemporary colourways to choose from – we love this peach and navy.
Smith and Goat, £40
Herb by Mark Diacono, plus seed collection box
- Available from Otter Farm, £35
Anyone with a garden, balcony or window box can grow their own: Herb is packed with recipes and a growing guide, and this edition comes with 10 seed packets to get started, including basil, coriander, dill and parsley.
Otter Farm, £35
Brewgooder beer delivery
- Available from Brewgooder, from £22 for 12 cans
For every can of these B-corp certified brews – choose from lager, session IPA or pale ale – Brewgooder ensures that 100 times that amount is provided in clean water globally. Read our full review of the Brewgooder beer subscription here.
Brewgooder, from £22 for 12 cans
Strazzanti Sicilian sweet nut spread gift set
- Available from Strazzanti, £34.95
Give this trio gift set of luxuriously creamy pistachio, hazelnut and almond spreads. All spreads are made with nuts produced through sustainable dry farming (naturally irrigated) – the pistachios are harvested every two years to let the trees grow and heal.
- Available from Allday Goods, from £85
Former chef Hugo Worsley’s long-lasting kitchen knives are made almost entirely from waste products. Blades are reworked from scrap metal in Sheffield while the handles are crafted from plastic waste, creating unique and colourful patterns. You can even customise your own blade, handle and decide which waste plastic is used. Choose between the small (90mm), large (160mm) and bread knife (200mm).
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Allday Goods, from £85
Our Place The Always Pan
- Available from Our Place, £125
The pan continuing to take Instagram by storm lives up to the hype. Made from responsible materials in ethical factories, this pan has an unbeatable non-stick coating and is thoughtfully designed to be multi-use – fry, steam or boil in one. Choose from ten colours, from pale lilac to fiery 'heat' red.
Our Place, £125
Paxton & Whitfield Piccadilly hamper
- Available from Paxton & Whitfield, £100
Give a cheese connoisseur a tour of British cheeses while supporting small producers with this lavish hamper. It’s packed with five different cheeses, plus chutneys, crackers and more, all in a traditional wooden box.
Paxton & Whitfield, £100
Nkuku recycled glass dome
- Available from Nkuku, £80
Whether used as a cheeseboard or cake stand, this versatile glass dome and board set makes an impact in the kitchen. It’s also made from recycled glass and sustainable mango wood.
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