Independent Milton Keynes Christmas Gift Guide: Eco-Friendly Gifts

Christmas is no doubt a time of excess but over the years as conversations about the environment become the norm and a degree of climate anxiety heightens, we can all make small but significant choices to what we buy and where we buy our gifts and how we give them. Of course, one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to shop local and support businesses on your doorstep. In this Christmas gift guide, discover businesses in Milton Keynes that have a lovely range of gifts that won’t cost the earth and that put the interests of the environment at the heart of what they do.

My independent Milton Keynes Christmas Gift Guide features independent businesses from Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas to inspire you to shop small this Christmas. There are 12 guides in total for you to peruse, so grab a cuppa, a notebook and start shopping local!

Eco-Friendly gift ideas from independent businesses in Milton Keynes

  1. Branch Out MK 
  2. Kaia Equine
  3. KICA Living
  4. Glamavan
  5. My Refill Market
  6. Nothing Wasted
  7. Sew & Grow
  8. Suds MK 
  9. Sweet Sinsations 

Branch Out MK 

Branch Out MK is a Community Interest Company that helps adults with learning differences and autism through horticultural therapy. They grow flowers right here in Milton Keynes so by buying from them, you reduce your carbon footprint because no Branch Out flowers are imported. 2021 has been a good year for Branch Out as they won an award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

You can give the gift of flowers with their ‘Year of Flowers’ annual subscription (£295) or purchase some of their botanical goods and dried bouquets from their shop in York House Centre. 

Find out more about Branch Out and order via their website: branchoutmk.com

Kaia Equine

This one is for the riders and outdoor lovers among us. Kaia Equine is a sustainable equestrian clothing company, a female-founded business based in Buckinghamshire and run solely by Shannon from Milton Keynes.

Featuring two ranges of clothing made from a range of recycled materials including discarded fishing nets collected by a team of divers from our oceans, organic fabric scraps salvaged from factories, and recycled plastic bottles. With partnerships with charities One Tree Planted and The Horse Trust, Kaia Equine is dedicated to giving back to the planet wherever possible.

Shop Kaia Equine via their website: kaiaequine.com

Kica Living

KICA Living is all about home fragrance and rustic home décor with an eco-friendly twist. You’ll find their diffusers dotted around my home! All of KICA’s products are lovingly made using reclaimed or recycled materials or have been carefully chosen for their sustainable values. It’s perfectly imperfect, feel-good stuff for the eco-conscious home. 2% of all KICA sales are donated to environmental charities via Work For Good.

The upcycled Christmas candles are perfect for the festive period. These handmade, Fig and Orange scented upcycled candles are available in standard or large 3-wick in a tin wrapped in a thick cotton fabric sleeve made from the end of roll fabric that would otherwise go to landfill. They smell and look fantastic, as well as being earth friendly!

If you know someone crafty, KICA’s Upcycled Candle Making kit (£33) is a great gift idea. Learn how to make upcycled candles using food tins from your recycling box. Each one will be decorated with a Scandi style patterned cotton fabric sleeve, handmade from the end of roll fabric remnants. This kit contains everything needed to make two upcycled, scented candles and 12 scented tealights. 

Shop KICA’s range of gifts and candles on their website: kicaliving.com

Glamavan

I gave a few Glamavan sets last year as gifts and they went down a treat! Glitter is a lovely festive addition but it’s not always eco-friendly. Glamavan is a great local business that sells glitter for face and crafts – and yes it is totally biodegradable and eco-friendly. The glitter sets are fun to use, make great stocking fillers and won’t harm the environment. 

Shop Glamavan on their website: glamavan.com

My Refill Market

My Refill Market is an eco-friendly, refill shop based in Stony Stratford. They have just moved premises into Swinfen’s Yard and have plenty of new additions to their extensive range so it’s very easy to find plastic-free gifts that are locally sourced or organic. 

Amongst their eco-friendly range, they have a gorgeous range of sustainable items to build your own hamper in the shop. Whether you’d like to create a hamper to inspire a plastic-free lifestyle, a foodie hamper or a beauty hamper, there is something for everyone to suit a range of budgets.

Find My Refill Market at 2-4 Swinfen’s Yard, Stony Stratford.

Nothing Wasted 

Nothing Wasted is a family-run zero waste and Eco-solutions store based on Newport Pagnell High Street. This year, they will be stocking a range of eco-friendly gifts such as locally made soaps, candles, festive trail mix, Christmas Tony’s Chocoloney, Zero Waste Christmas Cookie Jars, Eco-friendly Christmas cards and locally made Christmas jams, chutneys, sauces and marmalades. The Christmas Cookie Jars (£6) are a great low-waste stocking filler for foodies or avid bakers – particularly because you can eat the goods!

Find Nothing Wasted on Newport Pagnell High Street and shop eco-friendly goodies.

Sew & Grow

Sew & Grow is a social enterprise based in Wolverton. It is made up of a small team of staff, volunteers and young trainees that gain practical work experience as an alternative to mainstream school. The team creates handmade, naturally dyed textiles using plant-based dyes and would-be waste ingredients (think onion skins and avocado stones!) which are then turned into beautiful environmentally-conscious products.

Their Christmas range this year includes Dye-at-home kits to vegan bamboo scarves (£18); “Create your own wax wrap” kits (an eco-friendly alternative to cling film using local beeswax from another social enterprise) (£12) ); scrunchies (£8 for two); hand-printed Christmas napkins (from £10) and beautiful reusable period pads (from £5). All of their products can be sent directly to friends and family just in time for Christmas, with a personalised handmade Christmas card included. Completely stress-free but still a thoughtful handmade gift that supports a local charity too.

Shop Sew & Grow products on Etsy.

Suds MK

Suds produces handmade toiletries and soaps that are totally vegan and plastic-free. From bath melts to shampoo bars, soaps to body butter, there are some gorgeous products in their range that would make great stocking fillers and gift packs. My personal favourite products are the bath salts and the bath melts – they smell gorgeous and are always a great addition to my bath! 

Shop Suds online: sudsmk.co.uk or find them at My Refill Market, Nothing Wasted and other local stockists.

Sweet Sinsations 

Sweet Sinsations is a premium confectionery sweet brand that aims to bring you the very best quality vegan pick n’ mix wrapped up in 100% sustainable, planet-friendly packaging. This Christmas, you can spoil your loved ones with festive pouches, treat bags and coconut bowls – The ideal eco-friendly stocking filler. We are big fans of Sweet Sinsations – the sweets are just so delicious!

Prices range from £2.50 – £16.50. Purchase at: www.sweetsinsations.co.uk


I hope that this eco-friendly Christmas gift guide inspires you to shop local this festive season. I’d love to know what businesses you support this year – Make sure you let them know who sent them your way.

Happy shopping! Which eco-friendly gifts will you purchase this year?

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