Buying gifts for teens can be a challenge at the best of times, but buying meaningful and ethical gifts can be hard. So I have got together with &Keep and my boys’ to bring you this amazing Ethical and plastic free gift guide for teens. These are not gifts that will be forgotten about once the festive season is over, these are things that will be used and replaced and also will not hurt the planet. Also, make sure you signup for &Keep’s newsletter as you get 10% off your first purchase.
I don’t know about your children but mine are both really conscious of the planet we live on and have been really affected by the recent drowning in plastic documentary. I find that often people buy teenagers tat to fill stockings due to them mainly wanting money or “big ticket” items at Christmas. This is something that I am keen to avoid doing, so we put our heads together with the fabulous Natasha at &Keep and have tried and tested a selection of their products. Now I have teen boys, but these gifts are unisex and they have already transformed our habits.
Toothbrushes, toothpaste and Floss
Ever since I was little I always got a new toothbrush in my stocking (well pillowcase) and it is something that I have continued with the boys. Mini is really fussy when it comes to toothbrushes, but Natasha sent us a truthbrush and some Hydrophil Bamboo Toothbrushes. Mini claimed the truthbrush as his favourite. We have also been using the truthpaste and to be honest, it is either love or hate with us split 50/50 on it! I love it and haven’t had an ulcer since starting using it (perhaps that is the fact that it is SLS free). Mini also loves the texture but finds it rather strong, but will use it. MadDad loves the taste and is more than happy to use it, but we need to find something less powerful in taste for Maxi. The Geoorganics natural dental floss has been an all-round hit.
Maxi is just getting to the age where he is going to start shaving, so when he does I am keen to go down the ethical route. We were sent a bamboo handled double edge safety razor currently on offer at £18 and orange and lavender shaving soap.
Maddad and I have both tried the razor and I am sold on it and have claimed it and the soap for my needs and we will be purchasing Maxi his own when he starts shaving. We all love the smell of the shaving soap and the only improvement we would make is to have it circular to fit in the shaving soap dish we already have! I can not see me ever needing to buy another razor just razor blades. Bar soap is something we already use so moving to a bar for shaving soap is no biggie at all.
One of the things that we have been really impressed with is the deodorant. I am not going to lie but I wasn’t keen on the boys using jar deodorant as I know that they just wouldn’t always wash their hands after and didn’t didnt even think that there would be a plastic free stick deodorant. Well, the Earth Conscious Stick Deodorant has been a revelation and a huge hit and we will all be moving to them once our current deodorants are used up. They have been perfect for popping in the boys’ PE bags and also they work.
Now, these makeup pads are just amazing. I have already added some more on to my Christmas list as they are soft and simple to use and I am happy to totally replace our cotton pads with them. They would be a brilliant buy for my teenage nieces. The same with the cotton swabs which we use so infrequently anyway so am happy to make a straight swap.
I have left the best till last and believe it or not the Stojo collapsable cup has been the biggest hit with Maxi claiming it and taking it to school with him every day. He takes it on the bus with a hot chocolate in and uses it at school too. Mini has already requested one with a straw for his Christmas gift this year. I had to pinch this from his school blazer pocket to take a photo of it which shows firstly how small it folds and secondly just how much he likes it!
We moved to metal straws over the summer and haven’t looked back. We went to paper ones a couple of years ago but sometimes they do go soggy, whereas the metal ones are ace. We each have our own and I have been known to take them out with us in my bag!
I hope that this inspired you to think a little about the gifts you might give your teenager this Christmas or if you are not sure then &Keep also have gift vouchers. They also have a ready-made gift box for Teens in their Christmas section