The festive season is a time for giving, but sadly it’s also a time of extreme waste too. Not only do we run the risk of increasing our own carbon footprints with our accelerated shopping habits during December, but many of us also add to the growing landfill problem too with rushed gifts that nobody wants. We want to change that, and to encourage you to shop with small, ethical brands for gifts that will make your loved ones smile this Christmas. Welcome to our ultimate small business Christmas gift guide!
Ethosa are on a mission to help us all to switch up our bathroom habits and adopt a more sustainable approach to personal care- one shower at a time. With water-free formulas, skin-friendly ingredients and planet-friendly products, Ethosa creates natural, effective refillable solutions- all you need to do is add water!
Our top pick from Ethosa this Christmas:
Transform your bathroom into a spa oasis with ETHOSA’S indulgent body wash set – the ideal Christmas stocking gift, recently awarded "Best Eco-Friendly Body Wash Gift Set 2023" in the Perfect Gift Awards, and priced at just £9.90.
This plastic-free, all-natural, vegan, and cruelty-free body wash is not only an eco-conscious choice, but also tailored to meet your unique skin needs- and promises to not only elevate your bathing experience but to pamper your senses. It’s the perfect addition to any self-care routine.
Started in 2017, FRUU has been dedicated to creating sustainable, vegan cosmetics, bath and home fragrances crafted from up-cycled and 'wonky' fruits. All our products are designed, developed and made in London and all Vegan and Cruelty-Free.
By upcycling fruits that would otherwise go to waste, FRUU have transformed them into innovative products. With 45% of global fruits & vegetables ending up as waste, they’re committed to making a positive impact.
Our top pick from Fruu this Christmas:
The FRUU Christmas lip balm trio set is so cute- the perfect Christmas gift that doubles up as a cute tree decoration! A festive tube filled with Fury’s bestselling coconut, watermelon and cherry lip balm.
Etta Loves is all about providing babies with the best possible visual experience to contribute to their development, whilst supporting parents and carers through having everyday moments made easier through our sensory calm.
They're committed to do the best for babies, working with experts in the field of infant vision to develop and produce the most optimised sensory essentials in the world, whilst using fabrics and practices that are kind to the planet.
Our top pick from Etta Loves this Christmas:
We’re in love with this gorgeous fun Plant Print Playmat. This mat is made from organic cotton and provides perfect stimulation for tummy time and playtime. The scientifically designed patterns encourage babies to use their back, neck and shoulder muscles (helping them prepare for rolling and crawling) as they'll want to push up to make more sense of the print designed for their visual ability. Looks great in your home too.
London Grace is a female founded, British beauty brand. Their vegan and 21-free nail polish and nail care products are formulated by professionals (with a decade of industry experience) to create beautiful nails both in the salon and at home. So you can enjoy glossy colour, salon worthy results and healthy, nourished nails without compromise.
Our top pick from London Grace:
A must-have gift for a friend in need of some TLC, the Teas the Season Ginger & Lemongrass Gift Hamper is a top WUKA pick this Christmas. The set includes a London Grace All About the Base trio bag, along with ginger & lemongrass tea (great for easing period cramps) and a gorgeous thermal flask. Perfect!
BamBonnBamBonn are on a mission to help you care for your hair while caring for the planet- a philosophy we can certainly get behind here at WUKA! Specialising in handmade organic bamboo jersey hair wraps and towels, BamBonn have some gorgeous treats to choose from this festive season. Originally created to help curly girls care for their locks, the BamBonn hair wraps are great for all hair types and can be worn while you sleep, or as part of your hair care routine after washing.
Our top pick from BamBonn this Christmas:
We’re loving BamBonn’s limited edition headband made in their signature bamboo jersey. They’re ridiculously soft, super comfy, and the same wonderful quality you can expect from BamBonn's incredible bamboo jersey- plus each head band is handmade, making them gorgeous gifts for friends and loved ones.
Know the Origin
Know the Origin is an ethical alternative to the traditional department store with a very clear aim: for you, the customer, to know that whatever you buy from them, you’ll know it’s origin- and be assured that it’s ethically and sustainably sourced from businesses who have the same values. Born out of a desire to help the fashion world become accountable and to move away from reliance on exploited work forces, Know the Origin are both online and have a shop in beautiful Lewes in East Sussex.
They’re also part of the Tiny Box Company group, who rescued Know the Origin back in 2022, and are the UK’s biggest supplier of sustainable and ethically sourced packaging solutions. Both companies are led by Rachel Watkyn, most successful Dragon’s Den winner, member of Buy Women Built and champion of women-led business.
Our top picks from Know the Origin:
Ok, so it’s impossible to choose just one top pick from Know the Origin- you could probably get almost all your gifts in one shop here! They’ve got some of the best-known ethical brands on board, as well as some lesser known gems too. Head over to their gift section to check out their selection of gifts starting at less than £10.
Kokoso Baby is a mum-founded baby skincare brand on a mission to bring you the gentlest natural products for your little ones. From organic baby soaps and nourishing lotions, to their oh-so versatile coconut baby oil, these award-winning products are ethically produced, sustainably packaged and paediatrician approved for the most sensitive of skin.
With no nasty chemicals, Kokoso Baby’s range is 100% organic and cruelty free, and the brand are an accredited Earth Positive Business with Greenspark too.
Our top picks from Kokoso Baby this Christmas:
The Kokoso Baby newborn essentials kit is just gorgeous, and filled with all the gorgeous toiletries you actually need for baby. A great gift for new mums or mums-to-be this festive season.
Based in Rural Oxfordshire, MuslinZ is a brand that specialises in baby and beauty textile products, producing mainly muslin fabric-based items, which are popular for their softness, breathability, and versatility. Famous for the super gentle feel on sensitive skin and not to mention the fabulous absorbency, these muslin cloths are a real essential when you have a new baby!
We love the fact that all of MuslinZ’s gorgeous goodies are designed “in house” - and you can tell it’s with quality and affordability for all in mind. They’re a sustainable brand too, with policies in place to ensure the entire workforce reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible.
Our top picks for MuslinZ this Christmas:
We love the colours featured in MuslinZ’s Scandi Rainbow 6 pack of muslin squares. They’re made from 100% GOTS cotton and come in a delightful array of rainbow, aqua, peach and mustard shades. They're also machine washable, with the promise that these muslin squares definitely won’t wrinkle up when they come out of the machine. A great gift for mums-to-be to pop into their hospital bag!
Take the stress and pain out of your period with natural remedies from Forage Botanicals. Whether you suffer from painful cramps, spot-prone skin, unruly mood swings, hot flushes or anything in between, reset your cycle with our range of teas, tinctures and balms.
Forage Botanicals offer a monthly subscription service, so you can get your natural remedies delivered straight to your door- handy! And believe us, their range is filled with magical little bundles of joy, carefully put together with your health and wellbeing in mind. The brand was created by Natasha- a medical herbalist on a mission to help women manage their cycles pain-free and stress-free- after suffering with severe period pain herself. And with a star cast of natural, sustainable and vegan products wrapped up in recyclable packaging, this is one we know our WUKA customers will want to know about!
Our top pick for Forage Botanicals this Christmas:
If you’re not sure about gifting a subscription then fear not, as Forage Botanicals also offer one-off buys too. We love their Aunt Flo’s Drinking Chocolate- made with raspberry and nettle to help fortify you when you’re feeling depleted during those few days before your period begins. It’s designed to help replenish iron and energy levels, especially if you suffer with heavy periods.Oh, and it tastes delicious too!
Lemonade is a community created to inspire positivity and to make everyone feel powerful and limitless. And Lemonade Dolls’ products are designed to support you to become your best self- always putting comfort first, and never without forgoing their signature bold prints and bright colours.
Lemonade celebrates natural beauty and diversity in all forms, they use absolutely zero retouching on all product photos, campaign images and video content and have recently launched their IamWhoIam collection for an underserved community. Go and check them out!
Our top picks for Lemonade Dolls this Christmas:
We have to shout out Lemonade Dolls’ IamWhoIam collection for giving this festive season! The whole collection is so dreamy and created specifically for anyone who needs and deserves a real confidence boost. Lemonade Dolls believe that underwear is your body armour, your secret weapon, your power- and with this collection, that ethos shines loud and proud!
KIND2 is an independent UK brand and they’re rightly very proud that every single one of their solid shampoo and conditioner bars have won industry awards. Amazing!
All KIND2 bars are palm free, vegan, cruelty free and include no synthetic colours or fragrances; packaged in compostable/ recyclable cardboard supporting the World Land Trust. And a tree is planted for every order.
Founded by Sue Campbell to help overcome the plastic pollution crisis by proving solid haircare is an easy eco-friendly, zero-compromise switch. With over 600 five star customer reviews, they definitely make a perfect sustainable gift. Kind to your hair. Kind to the planet.
Our top picks for Kind2:
Honestly, we’d like to see any of the picks from Kind2’s Gifts & Bundles collection under our Christmas tree this year! And there’s an option to grab a gift card too, incase you’re as indecisive as we are when it comes to so many gorgeous goodies to choose from!
Did you know that the average item of clothing has only two years until it is thrown away? In the textile industry is known to be responsible for having the highest volume of waste than any other. That’s why Clothes Doctor was created- to bring back the tradition of caring for the clothes we love, and making them last for as long as possible.
Their specialist range includes eco laundry detergents, clothing mists and repair tools, and are designed to extend the life of clothing by protecting, renewing and refreshing fabrics. All of Clothes Doctor’s products are sustainably made in Britain, and packaged in infinitely recyclable aluminium bottles. Love it!
Our top picks for Christmas from Clothes Doctor:
We just love the Clothes Doctor Complete Clothing Care Kit- filled with all the best sellers, and everything you need to lovingly extend the life of your precious clothes. A gorgeous and useful gift for eco-friendly friends!
Why should you shop with TLC Sport this Christmas? Founder, Sara Hanna, says it best:
“The way you feel about yourself has such a huge impact on your future. I made it my mission to build confidence in women through my aerobics classes, and soon after built my range of feel-good factor activewear to encourage an active lifestyle. Our activewear has been meticulously designed over 40 years to ensure you get that confidence boost every time you wear it, supporting you to make those small positive changes, will one day will make all the difference.“
What more can we say? Established in 1984, the brand is fully inclusive and dedicated to their mission: 'to empower, inspire and support women across generations to flourish in their beautiful bodies’. Amazing.
Our top picks from TLC Sport this Christmas:
We probably want it all. But seeing as fitness gear can be a personal thing sometimes, we love that TLC Sport have a digital gift card. Give the gift of choice this Christmas.
Ohelo are an award winning independent brand, ethically making all their products from safer materials (proven via independent audits like 4-pillar SMETA). They're also the UK’s only lead free insulated bottle brand (isn’t it bonkers that there is still lead in almost all flasks out there?). All their bottles and travel cups are 100% leakproof and dishwasher safe, lead free as well as BPA- BPS0 and BPF- free. Pluss, they're endlessly recyclable, and their And if that wasn't enough, 5% of Ohelo's profits go to charity too. Love it!
Our top pick from Ohelo:
We're finding it hard to choose between Ohelo's insulated water bottle in British Racing Green and their fab matching leakproof insulated travel cup- also in British Racing Green. Like all the Ohelo bottles, it has a handy handle which detaches do you can hook it to your bag strap, plus the travel cups all have a unique 30 degree sip lid- so no more lining up to a tiny hole. Yay!