Sustainable Christmas gifts are all in this year as shoppers become
ever more conscientious about their purchases. Choosing sustainable
gifts for Christmas means more than just being environmentally conscious
because sustainable products are usually thoughtfully created with high
quality and carefully sourced materials. These are gifts that will last
and be treasured by their recipients.
Kilkenny Design have a wonderful selection of brands with sustainable ethoses and lovely stories behind their products. To help you choose meaningful sustainable gifts this year, we have compiled a list of our top 10 sustainable Christmas gifts and shared the background to their efforts in sustainability.
Badly Made Books
Badly Made Books was founded with sustainability at the core of their philosophy. The Cork city based producer creates high-quality, low-impact notebooks made from recycled paper. Offering a range of cover designs and blank/lined options, they make great gifts for matching up with personalities and tastes.
Eoin Shanley started creating lamps for his own cottage restoration which proved so popular with family and friends that Copperfish was eventually born. The quality wooden base is created from salvaged and storm-fallen timber, selected for its character. Each lamp comes with a handwritten label describing its provenance. A lovely gift idea for someone who has a home office or has recently moved into a new home.
The Jo Browne collection is handmade in Co. Carlow. Made with natural ingredients and organic beeswax, Jo Browne offers a range of luxury skincare products developed in a natural sustainable way. This is a wonderful gift to give coming in beautifully presented packaging made from sustainable bamboo.
Corkcicle Water Bottles have been developed with the goal of making sustainability stylish. It’s a great gift idea for someone who is always on the go to enjoy the use of a funky reusable water bottle and help ditch plastic.
Ballyshane is a family run business in Co.Carlow creating beautiful wooden boards, handcrafted using 100% sustainably sourced Irish Hardwoods. The boards come in a range of sizes and shapes making great gifts for those who love to cook and/or delight in a good cheese board.
The Handmade Soap Company
The Handmade Soap Company is made from carefully chosen ingredients that are certified organic, vegan and cruelty free. Handmade in Slane, Co.Meath and packaged sustainably these skincare products have an ethos of being as kind to the earth as they are to skin. The Handmade Soap Company is one of our most popular skincare brands making it an excellent choice for sustainable gifts this Christmas.
If you are looking for sustainable gift ideas for the little ones in your life, you are going to adore Babyboo. Created by two Mums based in Co.Cork, Babyboo is a brand focused on providing sustainable, organic essentials for babies, toddlers and bigger kids. Their collection includes bibs, blankets and sleepwear. Absolutely everything is so cute and wholesome. Our personal favourites are their mini robes perfect for Saturday morning playtime.
Saille is the Irish word for Willow which is what the stunning Saille Baskets are made from. Cork woman Diane Carton uses the ancient craft that weaves nature and skill together for a sustainable future. They are designed in harmony with the environment and are made to be treasured for a long time to come. The range of lunch pouches, honey pots and other baskets are a thoughtful addition to the home of someone who loves to keep their purchases natural and environmentally friendly.
Dublin Herbalists is an all natural skincare range created from blending oils, butters and floral waters carefully selected for different needs. Created by Herbalist and Naturopath Claire Brett, Dublin Herbalists have a range of products with several now coming in lovely little gift sets that make for perfect stocking fillers.
Sam Agus Nessa
Sam agus Nessa is an award winning homeware brand based in Co.Kildare. The pair create contemporary, functional pieces utilising locally sourced, Irish materials. All products are designed to be unique and interesting from candle holders to chopping boards. We love their Grizzly Bear Clock ideal for a kids room gift and their heart shaped Mo Chroí candle holder ideal for a new home owner. These are sustainable gifts that are so thoughtful and sure to be loved.
For more gift ideas visit Kilkenny Design’s Sustainable Gift Section.