• Sarah Bloodworth

Eco-Friendly Christmas Gift Ideas For Manchester & Leeds Locals

Updated: Nov 12, 2021

If you’re looking for some local, unique Christmas gifts that everyone on your list (and the planet) will love, then you’ve come to the right place. Built by our local team members in Manchester and Leeds, we’ve compiled some top finds - everything from custom, sustainable clothing to standout local experiences. Of course, Manchester and Leeds have tons of great secondhand and sustainable shopping districts, so this is just a starting point for your sustainable shopping spree!


1. A Box of Sustainable, African Coffee From Farmers Who Are Paid Great Wages, Tank Coffee

Tank Coffee roasts ethically-sourced coffee and will deliver it to your door, they even offer a complete subscription service if you want to sign someone up who is a real caffeine lover. Their freshly roasted ground or bean coffee comes from Central and Eastern Africa and the UK-based team here has a great, personal relationship with them that we love to see. Better yet, they pay them fair wages! So you can enjoy that cup of joe in the New Year knowing it’s got a pure history.

2. A Bold, Handmade Custom Clothing Piece from Foundling Studio

Foundling Studio clothing and accessories are made to order works of art that can be customized to any style’s liking. But as you can see from their Instagram feed, bold and colorful prints are a huge part of what they love to do. Their custom and cozy fleece pieces are super popular and a great pick for someone in your life to cozy up into throughout the rest of Winter and beyond, because these pieces are made to last.

3. A Playfully Festive & Scrumptious 100% Vegan cake, Teatime Collective

Teatime Collective is a true story of humble beginnings as the founders brought their love for vegan food and good company into make to order cakes and treats for countless customers with a sweet tooth (vegan or not). Offering both cakes and doughnuts, their wicked bakes boast a ton of classic and quirky flavours - from chocolate orange, to toffee popcorn to gin & tonic with lime! Better yet, these cakes are almost too pretty to eat (ALMOST) and will be sure to drop some jaws as a gift. Catch them popping up at markets across the city or order through their website.

4. Gift Voucher to Local Theatre And Arts Venues, Home MCR

Gifting an experience is one of the best ways to be more sustainable, especially ones that support local business. Head over to HomeMCR to browse gift vouchers to thrilling theatre experiences, the best in independent cinema and delicious meals in Manchester. Talk about a gift that will last! It’s one that can be used over and over.

5. The Gift of Pizza, Vegan Pizza - Purezza

Everyone has someone on their list that is just so hard to shop for … and who could be unhappy with the gift of pizza? Purezza is one of the UK’s first vegan pizzerias and has award-winning flavours. Plus, the ingredients are mostly organic and locally sourced and the staff is fitted with uniforms made from recycled materials. This pizza is also perfect for the picky eaters, as there’s pretty much every dietary need accommodated on their menu.

Bonus! Grab some quirky Christmas Cards for your pop-culture loving friends, family, and more from Cranfields Creations that are made in Manchester and are printed on 100% recycled paper.


1. Purchase a Gift that Pays It Forward, ecoTopia Leeds

ecoTopia is a shopping center that really has it all - food, household gifts, accessories, books, and more that all have eco and social values. While you’re shopping, consider adding a Leeds-based essential worker to your list through their “pay it forward” program. When you buy a gift from the “Pay it Forward” category, it will be gifted to a deserved group of people selected by ecoTopia from its nominations - whether it be a group of charity workers, frontline covid carers, or the staff of an essential shop.

2. Browse a Black-Owned Market for a Variety of Unique Merchandise for Competitive Prices, Mahogany Market

Mahogany Market is a platform for local Black & African entrepreneurs to grow and flourish in a local marketplace community where they can connect and trade with their local community. It's such a fun and enriching experience for all, as the market not only has vendors, but pop up experiences and social events as well. There you will find everything from children’s books to jewelry to cheesecake and more!

3. Gift A Vegan Junk Food Experience, Döner Summer

During the holidays, planet-intensive animal meat becomes even more in demand, but we can help mitigate this with DELICIOUSLY indulgent vegan food from disco-inspired Döner Summer. Their steaming kebabs, fried chicken, fries, and array of flavourful sauces is perfect for a winter day. Oh, and did we mention they also serve cocktails and beer? Merry Christmas!

4. Plants, Accessories Vegan Treats, and More Plants, The Perfumed Garden

Who doesn’t love plants? The Perfumed Garden in Leeds has an incredible array of succulents, indoor/outdoor plants, and more! And chances are if you come in there for a plant, you’ll find something else cool. Their shop is beautifully decorated with other gifts and goodies like locally sourced coffee, treats, accessories and more! It’s a great place to walk into if you’re like “I have no idea what to buy.” Well, this place will be sure to inspire you.

5. Beautifully Lush And Uniquely Made Organic Candles, Skär Organics

This family-owned business has been making candles for many years, and throughout that time has only grown their appreciation for candle-making with minimal environmental impact - that is, providing alternatives to candles with certain ingredients (pesticide-intensive cotton, GM Soy wax, synthetic fragrances etc) and the toxic ingredients (paraffin / synthetic fragrances). And they don’t just *say* they are organic, they follow strict standards. Their candles are made of beeswax and simply gorgeous with natural scents that are perfect to transform a dining room, office, or more.

Have a Happy Holiday! And let us know if there’s any sustainable eco finds that should have been on this list! (we’re sure they’re are)

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