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Hippyshopper's eco Christmas guide: gifts, food and decorations

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ecoChristmas.jpgWe're already half way through November and it's not a minute too soon to start getting prepared for your eco Christmas. After all for environmentally minded folks there is nothing worse than having the festivities surprise you so that you've got to rush around on the 24th and gift your loved ones mass-produced items that have been flown in from a country far far away, increasing that carbon footprint - and adding to the general throwaway mentality that is too widespread these days.

But going eco for Christmas means planning ahead, making a list and perhaps checking it twice. To help you we'll be looking high and low for great green gifts as well as share our best tips for homemade presents because nothing warms the heart more than something you made yourself.

Make sure you check in regularly as we'll be adding each guide below to make it easy for you to find what you need.

And if you got a brilliant idea that we haven't mentioned yet or know of an amazing locally produced product, let us know by emailing us or tweet us @Hippyshopper.

Eco Christmas Gift Guides

5 great energy saving gadgets for a greener lifestyle

Here at Hippyshopper we love nerdy, geeky gadgets that can help us be even more eco-friendly and save energy. But with all the tech wizardry around, it can sometimes be difficult to filter through all the shiny gadgets to find those that can help with a greener lifestyle.

5 gifts for him

There are plenty of eco-friendly presents available for the men in your life. But if bamboo socks aren't just what you're after - although they're probably very comfy - check out our five top choices for ethical presents to put under the tree this Christmas.

Gift for her

Getting Christmas presents for girls can be easy, just head to the nearest beauty section and you'll be safe. But if you're looking to get something a bit more unique - and not to mention - eco-friendly, then you've come to the right place. I've waded through the froth to find some of the more desirable and sustainable presents for her out there. If organic knitwear, limited handmade pieces and fairtrade scarves is her thing, look no further!


The greenest way to buy a Christmas tree

The merry season that is Christmas is just under one month away so it's time to start thinking about festive decorations, delicious food for vegetarians and carnivores alike, and not to mention the staple item; the Christmas tree! Click here to find more about buying a Christmas tree.

Christmas Recipes

Pistachio, sage & cream cheese free range cockerel Christmas roast

Buying locally or free range is a great way to ensure that the meat on your plate has been reared with animal welfare in mind and that is environmentally sound. A great alternative to your traditional Christmas turkey is a free range cockerel roast, and here's a recipe courtesy of Packington Free Range to get your started.

More ethical gift guides, Christmas recipes and decoration ideas to follow...

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