Planet & Purse Friendly Gift Guide

It shouldn’t cost the earth to save it… and that’s why we like to think our Fair Trade gifts are excellent value for money. Each one is handmade from sustainable materials wherever possible, by an artisan paid fairly for their skills and expertise. This year, we’d all appreciate any opportunity to save a few pennies in the Christmas budget. But looking for cheap Christmas presents doesn’t have to mean finding low quality Christmas presents.

Our handy gift categories help you to find the perfect gift within your budget, whether you’re looking for a little gift for the neighbours, or something more special for the ones you love. You can explore gifts for budgets under £10, £30, or £50, or even use the handy filter to select a more specific price. But while we’ve got you here, why don’t you take a little look at a few of our favourites? We’ve created this handy purse friendly gift guide to make your search easier.

Gift Guide: Gifts Under £10

Buffalo Leather Slim Card Holder – £9.95

Perfectly pocket sized, this leather card holder is ideal to carry only their most important cards. The hard wearing, soft buffalo leather will keep their cards safe for years to come, and look pretty stylish doing it. The leather is protected with natural oils to keep it protected and water-resistant. Each one is cut from recycled leather and has a beautiful character of small blemishes that tell the tale of it’s travels.

The ideal gift for: the man who has everything, those who like to travel light, for partners, and dads. 

Extra Small Embossed Leather Journal – £9.95

This beautiful journal is adorned with intricate embossed details, created with small tools pressed into the leather by hand. Each one is filled with approximately 125 pages of unlined khadda paper, handcrafted from recycled cotton rags salvaged from the waste of the Indian garment industry. We’ve worked with the small family business that create each one for over 20 years. Pocket-sized, planet-friendly, and under £10? A perfect little gift.

The ideal gift for: writers, recipe creators, list makers, and doodlers.

Recycled Newspaper Photo Frame – £9.95

These unusual frames are created from recycled newspaper, rolled, dyed, and crafted by hand. Available in 2 sizes and 8 colour combinations, there’s no glass cover and no fiddly hooks to place your photo inside. You simply slide the photo through the hole in the top and display your photo either landscape or portrait. 100% fuss free, 100% recycled materials! The Fair Trade social enterprise that create our newspaper products aim to minimise the environmental damage caused by the overuse of plastics, and employ and train homeworkers who may be otherwise unable to find employment because of age, disability, or childcare requirements.

The ideal gift for: colourful characters, the eco-conscious, parents, grandparents, teachers, neighbours, and friends.

Mini Embossed Leather Journal Fair Trade

Gift Guide: Gifts Under £30

Woollen Fairisle Socks – £16.95

Our colourful woollen slipper socks are knitted by hand from 100% wool. Wool is a highly sustainable material, as it’s renewable and biodegradable. The natural properties of wool make it perfect for keeping toes toasty, whether they’re lounging around the house on cold nights or lining their wellies for chilly winter walks. There are plenty of colour and pattern options to choose from, available in 2 sizes. The Fair Trade organisation that creates them for us is based in Nepal, and aims to employ and train marginalised members of their society.

The ideal gift for: the people that alllways have cold feet, couples (matching!), partners, and friends.

Extra Large Sari Fabric Photo Album – £24.95

Our vibrant photo albums are covered in a beautiful sari fabric, available in 6 different jewel tones. Each one is filled with 30 pages of our recycled cotton khadda paper, giving you space to fill it with up to 240 6×4” photos before gifting it to your loved ones. Complete your purchase with a pack of 250 self-adhesive photo corners. Alternatively, they also make a great gift for artists as the thick, lightly textured paper is great for drawing and painting on.

The ideal gift for: newlyweds, families, mums, and artists. 

Blue Floral Mango Wood 3 Drawer Jewellery Box – £24.95

A handy storage solution for their jewellery and trinkets, and a beautiful addition to their bedroom. These handmade drawers are crafted from highly sustainable mango wood and ceramic. The blue floral design is painted on to each drawer by hand, and handy clips prevent the drawers from being pulled out of their slots. Prefer something a little more colourful? We’ve also got a multicoloured set.

The ideal gift for: jewellery collectors, interior obsessives, partners, mums and friends.

Gift Guide: Gifts Under £50

Personalised Buffalo Leather Passport Cover & Luggage Tag Set – £39.95

Send your favourite adventurer off in style with our buffalo leather passport cover and luggage tag set. Each one can be personalised with their initials or name, to keep their important belongings safe and easily identifiable when travelling. The buffalo leather is hard-wearing to take on any knocks and bumps from their travels, and ages beautifully over time.

The ideal gift for: explorers, commuters, and holidaymakers. 

Recycled Glass Greenhouse Terrarium – £49.95

Bring a tiny oasis into even the smallest of homes with our recycled glass terrarium. House succulents and other small air plants in this mini greenhouse, with a simple, minimalist design that’ll feel at home with any décor. Each one is crafted by hand using recycled glass and metal, by artisans employed by a Fair Trade group that’s a member of both the WFTO (World Fair Trade Organisation), and a founding member of Fair Trade Forum India.

The ideal gift for: gardeners, the garden-less, and new home owners.

Crossbody Buckle Bag – £44.95

Our stylish leather bags are handcrafted from scraps of recycled leather. Each one is a patchwork of different pieces, saving every last bit from ending up in landfill. The statement shoulder bags have 3 separate compartments inside, as well as both internal and external zipped pockets to keep their essentials close to hand. Choose from 9 different pattern and colour combinations, with a range of animal prints and bright colours.

The ideal gift for: fashionistas, mums, partners, teenagers, and friends.

Choosing the perfect present doesn’t have to break the bank, but it certainly shouldn’t look cheap. The quality craftsmanship that goes into every one of our gifts makes them extra special, and we think it’s a great bonus gift to know that the artisans that created each one are paid fairly for their expertise.

And one last gift guide bonus tip… a great way of sticking to a budget is to purchase gift cards for the exact amount you’d like to spend on the lucky recipient. We now have our very own eGift Cards available, that’ll be sent straight to your loved one’s inbox. Choose any amount, enter their email, and even choose what date you’d like it to reach them to make sure there are no surprises before the big day.

If you’re sharing a Paper High present this year, make sure to tag us in your photos on Instagram and Facebook. For even more gift inspiration, from cute stocking fillers to more unusual picks, find us on Pinterest.