Shameless plug (sigh) but I gotta do it, since discovering Palo Santo last year, my husfriend and I have become slightly obsessed. This magical wood has been used by the Incas and indigenous people of the Andes for centuries and is often used by Shamans in sacred plant spirit ceremonies such as Ayahuasca. It is used for energy cleansing and healing in a similar way to sage, the smoke omitted from this natural aromatic wood enhances creativity and prepares you for meditation, it is traditionally used for relieving common colds, flu, stress, asthma, headaches, anxiety, depression, inflammation, and emotional pain. It also has the added bonus of keeping away mosquitoes!
ECO HOW?
It is sustainably wild harvested by a family that has planted over 30,000 trees back into the area over the last 10 years. The wood comes from naturally fallen tree branches, which lie dead for 4-10 years before they are harvested.   



I’ve not had the pleasure of visiting Thich Nhat Hanh’s Mindfulness Centre, Plum Village, here in France - but my partner has, and the light in his eyes when he describes his time there makes me believe it is a magical and healing place. I have been to one of his Wake Up! Groups here in Paris and London, and read his book: How To Sit last year in an effort to deepen my meditation practice. My sister, who is a yoga teacher, highly recommends the entire Mindfulness Essentials Series of how-to titles. Each one is simply written, wisdomful and enjoyable, introducing beginners and reminding seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. 
ECO HOW? Thich Nhat Hanh’s books are printed on recycled paper and I read that the profits from sales of the books go to the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation.



My first Christmas with my partner he gave me one of these as a gift, it is a beautifully meditative and creative object which creates a form of cathartic communication between your heart, mind and soul, expressed though artwork which can not be judged by you or any other (as it simply doesn’t last long enough to!). It is one of those rare gifts that can be given to any human of any age, gender or nationality.
ECO HOW? While there are some plastic components (the try and the brush hairs are synthetic), they are created from recycled materials. All the other components are made from natural materials and there is no ink, no paint and no chemicals. It is also endlessly reusable, so zero waste comes from your creations.



One thing that always gets my knickers in a twistare yogi’s who don’t use eco friendly/ethically produced products during their practice. If you know a newby yogi or an oldby yogi who is looking to purchase any yogi things, there are two great brands who respect the earth and her inhabitants: Barefoot Yoga (Europe) & Manduka (U.S/Canada
ECO HOW? The items pictured in this Eco Yoga Package include a Hybrid Eco Mat, which is composed exclusively of all-natural rubber and hute fiber. There are no chemical additives used. The Eco Yoga Blocks pictured are made form sustainable wood. And the Mexican Blanket is made with recycled yarn
WHERE TO BUY? Barefoot Yoga (Europe) & Manduka (U.S/Canada



The first Christmas my partner and I spent together I purchased one of these mala bracelets for him from etsy without contacting the artisan in advance. In my checkout message, I asked him if he would be open to adding a few healing stones that I felt would benefit my husfriend. The owner, Jorge, wrote back the most loving and encouraging email I’ve ever received from a human, and we designed the bracelet together. Two years later, we’re still in touch, my partner wore the bracelet every day for two years and the chord had finally stretched out. Jorge offered to replace the chord with a new eco friendly long lasting material he has since found, for free, just because he’s a kind soul loving soul. This has been, and continues to be the most heartfelt and continuously loving gift I have ever bought or given.
ECO HOW? On top of just being an amazing human Jorge uses eco friendly components in his designs and delivers each mala inside an organic hemp drawstring pouch (to raise awareness about hemp’s endless applications). He even mails the purchase in a 100% recycled paper.



A lovely moon calendar graphic which captures the waxing and waning cycles of the moon, keeping you in touch with the cycles to come.
ECO HOW? This piece of art is printed on eco friendly acid free paper which is 100% post-consumer fibre, processed, chlorine free and FSC recycled. The ink used to print is a low impact vegetable based ink.



To follow up on my previous panties in a knot comment, practicing yoga in clothing made neither ecologically, nor ethically, does not the highest expression of ones enlightenment make. So step away from the Forever 21s & Lulu Lemons of the world and embrace some thoughtful threads instead.
ECO HOW? Ethically and Ecologically produced, Threads For Thought has pretty impressive production methods that are both Ethically and Ecologically minded. To top it off, they are philanthropic too with their New Roots giveback.
WHERE TO BUY? Threads For Thought (some others I like are: OmGirl, Solowstyle, CozyOrange)



Tea, as nature intended it. My friend Jimmy who has a beautiful farm-to-table restaurant in London, called La Ferme, recently discovered this brand. He was the first to introduce me to the benefits of dried Lavender tea, and the luck given in gifting it. The health and spiritual benefits of natural tea are bountiful and Le Benefique does it perfectly.
ECO HOW? Their packaging is completely recycled and the products are ethically sourced from the nature itself, in France.



SUN CATCHER / DREAM CATCHER
Both sun catchers and dream catchers are beautiful gifts to give and receive. It is better to buy these two objects in person if possible from within the community which you or your loved one belong. Dreamcatchers specifically should be bought from someone who creates them traditionally, or made by hand yourself using recycled/upcycled materials and found feathers, to be given as a gift but not sold. 
ECO HOW? Indigenous peoples have had an eco and ethical ethos in their spiritual and artistic creations since the beginning of time, which is one of many reasons buying a traditional dreamcatcher (not one from urban outfitters/free people) is important. Proper sun catching prisms are made out of natural materials from the earth and thus, should be eco friendly by nature.
WHERE TO BUY? This website has links through to a number of websites selling traditional dreamcathers http://www.native-languages.org/dreamcatchers.htm - sun catchers you will find in your local hippy shop. 



Whether you buy bath salts or make them yourself, they make a great gift, a handful in the bath will infuse the water with minerals for the body to absorb, offering physical and spiritual benefits a plenty.
ECO HOW? Herbivore’s ingredients are all natural and ethically sourced and their packaging is sustainable.
WHERE TO BUY? http://www.herbivorebotanicals.com/products/dead-sea-bath-salts

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I was recently welcomed into the Ethical Blogger's Network and a number of the amazing humans involved in this community have created great gift guide's as well:


Ellie & Elizabeth from Dress Well, Do Good's 'Gifts For Kids Under 10 &
Jen, Shara & Janelle from Style & Purse's 'Men's Ethical Gift Guide'