Top 10 Recycled Christmas Gift Ideas from Traidcraft

October 31, 2016

Christmas is the most perfect time of year to make those who we love feel special, through spending quality time with our nearest and dearest, and sending carefully chosen Christmas gifts that you know they will adore.

At Traidcraft we have so many inspiring and unique ways to truly Show You Care at Christmas, with a beautiful selection of fair trade and ethically sourced recycled Christmas gifts that will delight your loved ones, whilst making a real difference to the lives of those who have created them.

All of our recycled products have been hand made by talented artisan producers in the developing world, and when you buy your Christmas gifts from Traidcraft, you will directly support the development projects that are changing these people’s lives for the better. But a recycled Christmas gift does so much more than that too, as it also benefits the environment, as an unwanted or unusable product has been transformed into something wonderful once again.

We have chosen just ten of our favourite recycled Christmas gift ideas from Traidcraft, and whether you’re looking for gifts for him, for her, or for children and teens, you’re sure to find a fair trade gift for everyone on your Christmas list to treasure.


What a clever way to recycle an old bike chain! This eye-catching wine rack has been carefully crafted by the artisans at Noah’s Ark in Moradabad, most of whom are women and are able to work from home so that they can support their families and households, whilst earning a fair wage. It will make a thoughtful Christmas gift for anyone who enjoys a nice glass of wine, and is as lovely to display as it is to use.



It’s hard to believe that these beautiful wine glasses were once jam jars – but thanks to the talented glassblowers at Ngwenya Glass in Swaziland, they are now elegant and quirky glasses that are perfect for serving those festive drinks in style. They’d make a wonderful accompaniment to the Recycled Chain Wine Bottle Holder, but make an impressive Christmas gift by themselves too.


Another fabulous gift idea from Noah’s Ark, this innovative bowl that has been upcycled from old keys is a real conversation starter! It’s just big enough to hold all of those trinkets, including ladies’ jewellery and make up, men’s watches and cufflinks, or of course – more keys. It would make a fabulous stocking filler for anyone who is a fan of cool homewares with a difference.


A wonderfully affordable recycled Christmas gift idea for anyone who loves being in their garden, the hand made and painted Tree of Life Recycled Tyre Plant Pot by Noah’s Ark will add a bold splash of colour to every outdoor space. But that’s not all it can do – it’s just the right size for holding a mini Christmas tree. You won’t be able to resist buying one of these for yourself too!




We simply adore any product that has a story, like our stunning Sari Notebooks that have been crafted by Noah’s Ark using traditional Indian fabrics in an array of vibrant colours. As they come in a set of three, you can give them all to someone who you know that loves to write, or use them as Christmas stocking fillers for children to note down all of their daily thoughts and sketches.

You’re almost certain to have a cat lover on your Christmas gift list – and this cheerful cat named Jess would love to make herself at home with them! Jess has been crafted from recycled metal drums by Manjeen Handicrafts, who support marginalised artisans in India so that they can enjoy an improved quality of life and the opportunity to educate their children. Choose Jess for your recycled Christmas gift this year, and she will do so much more than put a smile on someone’s face.

Who knew that old magazines could become something so beautiful? Each Recycled Paper Tree of Life Box has been created by wrapping and folding magazine paper, which gives every box its own unique colours and pattern. As the wonderful work of Mai Handicrafts in Vietnam, who sell their handmade products to generate income and provide education to disadvantaged families and their children, these lovely boxes make a really special Christmas gift for a crafty person you know.


Say hello to this friendly little piggy, who will keep all of those pennies safe until it’s time to spend! This colourful Piggy Money Bank is a sweet Christmas gift for a young boy or girl, and he’s ‘oinked’ his way over from Swaziland where he was lovingly hand papier machéd using recycled magazines by the artisans of Zoggs, a team of skilled Swazi women who are able to truly support themselves in a male-dominated society through fair trade.


Anyone would love to adorn their home with this stunning mirror by Noah’s Ark, and your lucky recipient of this generous gift will be amazed that it’s been created using recycled tyres! An ethical Christmas gift idea that’s as practical as it is striking, we believe that this will be one of our most popular recycled presents this year that will be enjoyed for years to come.


These glasses are an ingenious creation – old bottles have been re-imagined as these fabulous drinking glasses that add a cheerful touch to the dinner table, and will complement the traditional Christmas colours too! The bottles were salvaged by Green Glass in Chile, where recycling rates are perilously low; by transforming them into products like these fantastic glasses, the recyclers are tackling poverty and environmental concerns at once.

We hope you’ve found plenty of delightful gift choices in our selection of recycled Christmas gifts from Traidcraft, but don’t forget the finishing touches. Add a festive flourish to every one of your gifts with our range of fair trade and recycled Christmas wrapping paper, and ensure that your present really stands out this Christmas – even before it’s opened.