Sustainable Christmas gift ideas

By jay

Christmas doesn’t have to be a time of wasteful excess. To help make the gift buying process a little easier, we’ve put together a catalogue featuring some of our members, and the great products they have to offer.

Sustainable Christmas gift ideas.

Christmas doesn’t have to be a time of wasteful excess. To help make the gift buying process a little easier, we’ve put together a catalogue featuring some of our members, and the great products they have to offer.  


Ecobags are offering a range of heavy duty canvas carry bags with cotton rope handles for Christmas. Featuring designs by Greg Straight, these bags are perfect for the beach, the market or any time you need a carry bag. Bags cost $29.95 and can be shipped nationwide. Click here to purchase.



Eco Guardian sell sustainable fashion products. Check out the range of Proof wood and cotton acetate eyewear, WeWOOD wood watches, and other sustainable products at www.ecoguardian.co.nz.  Enter the code welcomefriend to receive a 10% discount exclusive to SBN newsletter readers.  This offer is valid until 31 December 2014.  

 Ecoguardian Christmas



ecostore’s selection of pamper boxes are filled with a selection of ecostore body care products. The large boxes are made of untreated, sustainably grown pine, and the medium boxes are made from recycled cardboard. All gift boxes are finished with one of John Reynolds’ art works. These packs are available wholesale and make the perfect staff or corporate gift. Click here to find out about wholesale prices, or here to find out about retail prices.

 ecostoreEnergy Alternatives

Want a cheaper power bill for Christmas? The Aquarian 170L Retrofit Heat Pump Water Heater will help your family to save on heating hot water. Operating at a third of the cost of conventional water heating systems, the Aquarian water heater can be yours for $2695 plus installation costs. Visit www.energyalternatives.co.nz to find out more.

 Energy Alternatives

 Formula E Raceway

Formula E is an event facility based around 22 electric indoor race karts. With a function room, conference room and catering available, Formula E is a great place to host your Christmas Function. Or satisfy the speed freaks in your life, and gift them a trip to Formula E Raceway. Click here to find out more.

 Formula E Raceway



 Givealittle Bigger Gifts is about stepping up to provide a more meaningful gift, with a little help from colleagues, friends and family. You could help a person, family, cause or a charity close to your heart. Learn more here, join the Bigger Gifts Facebook Group for coaching and support or email Givealittle to learn how your business could be involved.

 Give A Little


Gladstone Vineyard

Gladstone Vineyard aim to make smart, considered decisions about everything they do, with the interests of the land, the vines and the wine top of mind. They call it “intelligent winegrowing”. Their award-winning Gladstone Vineyard and 12,000 Miles wines are a wise choice this festive season – perfect as a gift or for sharing with your loved ones. Gladstone Vineyard deliver nationwide. gladstonevineyard.co.nz

 Gladstone Vineyard bottles


Green Ideas magazine

Green Ideas magazine is full of practical ideas and information about some of the big issues that affect us all. Make a difference this Christmas and live more sustainably in 2015 by gifting a subscription to Green Ideas magazine for $23.50 for one year (6 issues), and receive a free ecostore lip balm. Subscription offers are open until 14 December. Click here to find out more.

 Green Ideas

Green Footprint NZ

The Growing Great Seedlings ebook contains pretty much everything you need to know about growing from seed in NZ. Packed with expert tips, the book is easy to read and understand. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who is interested in sustainable food gardening. ‘Growing Great Seedlings: a guide for home gardeners’ is available as an e-book on PC, Kindle or smartphone for only $3.80. Click here to purchase.

 Growing Great Seedlings Green Footprint e book cover


Kiwi Diary

Question: how can you fit all the goodness of New Zealand’s best-loved artists, photographers, academics, poets, chefs and thinkers into a single Christmas stocking? Answer: The Kiwi Diary 2015. The Kiwi Diary is stocked at a variety of retailers nationwide. The Kiwi Diary is offering SBN members a special price of $28 (RRP $36) + $5 post and packaging. Click here to purchase yours or to enquire about bulk discounts.

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Kokako has gifts for every kind of coffee lover in your life: a year’s supply delivered fresh monthly, a decent coffee kit for travellers and a soft brew starter to experience an entirely different dimension in flavour from their single origin offerings. View the different gift packs on offer here. If you’re still undecided, visit the new retail and brew bar space at Kokako Café in Grey Lynn, Auckland, and view the edit of beautifully crafted coffee brew gear and merchandise – for coffee connoisseurs and people who simply enjoy good design.

Brew Bar LQ-2

Million Metres Streams

Splash out on a Christmas gift that restores health to our waterways. For the person who doesn’t need another pair of socks, give a gift that will clean up New Zealand’s polluted waterways. A donation of one or more metres to the Million Metres Streams project will pay for trees being planted in a stream bank restoration project. Visit millionmetres.org.nz, make a donation and put in the name and email address of the person receiving the gift. We’ll send them an email, and put their name on the website donor list. 



Simply Jute

Simply Jute have a range of colourful multi-purpose jute tote bags ideal for Christmas gifts. Jute is a natural 100% biodegradable plant fibre, the most environmentally friendly fibre, from seed to expiry. Prices from $15.95 plus postage. Click here to purchase.

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Sorbet has lots of great Christmas gift ideas, with the launch of their self-tanner being the latest. They manufacture the world’s first solid self-tanning bar, packaged in a reusable, recyclable box made with post-consumer waste. Each bar is equivalent to two bottles of liquid tanner. Click here to find out more about Sorbet’s innovative, packaging free skin care products.



Stone Arrow Jewellery

Made from 100% recycled sterling silver and copper and recycled glass, Stone Arrow jewellery is the perfect accessory. Offering a range of jewellery including bracelets, necklaces and earrings, shipping is free for orders over $50. Click here to view the full range.

 Stone Arrow jewellery


We’ar clothing

We’ar have got you covered this Christmas with their bamboo underwear. Made from organic bamboo and cotton with a hint of lycra, the Up Dog Bamboo Cup Bra comes in colours to match the Down Dog Bamboo Knickers. Buy them separately or as a set. Purchase them as a set and get $10 off. Click here to find out more.

 We'ar Xmas

Wellington Zoo

Christmas gift ideas from Wellington Zoo include a Close Encounter with lions, red pandas, meerkats, lemurs or giraffes ($95) or cheetahs ($150).  Another gift idea is a Wellington Zoo Crew annual membership, which gives one year of unlimited entry into the Zoo, with special benefits and discounts.

 Wellington Zoo



The members featured in this Christmas Gift Special have put their names forward to be featured, however we have many more members offering sustainable products and services. To view the full range of SBN members check out the Sustainable Business Directory, which you can search by key word, category or geographical location.