Alternative charity gifts for Christmas
Christmas is a time of giving, and people are increasingly choosing gifts that make a difference for others and the world around us. An alternative approach is thoughtful and environmentally friendly too - a Woodland Trust gift can reduce plastic packaging and waste, and benefit nature at the same time.
Our shop offers a huge variety of gifts with something for everyone this Christmas. If you're one of those shoppers that leaves everything until the last minute, we have gifts for that too! Crucially, they all provide vital funds to help plant and protect trees and woods in the UK.
Here are our top ideas for alternative charity gifts this Christmas.
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Our virtual gifts are perfect for nature lovers and last minute shoppers. Complete with personalised certificate, they can be delivered instantly to your email address, or direct to the recipient’s.
Or if you prefer, you could have it posted – that way you can write the certificate yourself, and hand it over personally using the gift card and envelope enclosed.
Our virtual gift options include:
Trees for bees
The plight of bees has received a lot of attention this year. While you may be lucky enough to see them in your garden, they love trees and woods too. Just £10 will plant more trees for bees, providing homes and food for these essential pollinators.
Homes for wildlife
From woodpeckers and squirrels to stag beetles and dormice – they all need trees. With your help we can plant more and create future homes for wildlife.
A breath of fresh air
By taking in CO2 and releasing oxygen, trees clean our air and help to tackle climate change, as well as a host of other benefits. Our a breath of fresh air gift could plant 25 square metres of new woodland, with the potential to lock up one tonne of carbon dioxide.
Green Christmas gift ideas
When it comes to gifting, we have plenty of ideas to help you shop responsibly. We sell a number of environmentally-friendly gifts for the eco-conscious that your friends and family are sure to love.
Responsibly sourced and sustainably packaged gifts
Choose from our range of gifts with plastic-free packaging and environmentally-friendly ingredients. Our palm oil free soaps come beautifully presented in a rustic ribbed craft box. They're vegan too. We've got tote bags, aprons and tea towels made from 100% organic cotton. We even sell umbrellas and bags made from recycled plastic water bottles.
Gifts with a long lifetime
Pick presents that your loved ones will value, but that will last too. We've got reusable coffee cups and beeswax food wraps – great ideas like these will make a contribution to saving the planet with every use.
Gifts that benefit wildlife
Give a gift that friends and family can enjoy with the added bonus of helping the environment. Bring wildlife to their garden with seedballs, feeders and habitats, or help fight climate change with trees and plants. All our trees are sourced and grown right here in the British Isles, too.
More ways to enjoy and help nature at Christmas
Top tips for an eco-friendly and sustainable Christmas
Eco-friendly ways to recycle Christmas waste
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