30+ wildlife gifts for nature lovers

Looking for a wildlife-themed or sustainably sourced gift for someone that loves nature? We've got you covered, with more than 30 ideas for presents.

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Whether you’re shopping for yourself or a loved one, there are plenty of gifts out there for nature lovers from both well-known brands and charities, to smaller creators.

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We have found a variety of beautiful items that we think would make great presents, either featuring animals and other wildlife, or made from sustainable or recycled materials. Many of the gifts are sold by wildlife charities, or by companies donating a percentage of the item’s profits to charities.

For even more gift ideas you may like our round-ups of nature books for kids and teenagers, books on mental health, mindfulness and connecting with nature, and wildlife-themed games.

If you fancy going down the homemade route, we have plenty of foraging recipes and other ‘how to’ guides to take inspiration from, such as hazelnut buttersloe gin, a bee hotel or a footprint trap.

We’ve split the products into different categories:

Surely the best gift of all – BBC Wildlife Magazine subscription

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BBC Wildlife Magazine is the UK’s bestselling natural history magazine, and is your guide to the natural world, showcasing the wonder and beauty of wildlife.

Each issue we will provide you with fascinating features written by our wildlife experts, discussion of the latest conservation and environmental issues, award-winning photography, quizzes and competitions, and much more.

Have a look through the current issue:

Food and drink gifts for nature lovers

Gola Rainforest chocolate bars, RSPB, 70g bars, £3.49 each.

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A tempting treat with a forest- friendly origin makes for a guilt- free chocolate hit. These Gola Rainforest bars are made from cocoa that’s grown in the shade of forest trees, meaning the crop doesn’t have the same impact on the local ecosystem as traditional farmland.

If that wasn’t enough, profits from sales will be reinvested into the Gola Rainforest Cocoa Forest, to help protect wildlife and support local communities. Choose between a 60% milk chocolate (rich, fudgy and not overly sweet) and a vegan 70% dark chocolate (fruity, smooth and not at all bitter).

Reviewed by Angharad Moran, production editor, BBC Wildlife

Chocolate animals, Cocoa Loco, £4.99 for a box of 10.

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Made by UK chocolatiers Cocoa Loco, these delicious chocolate treats are made from Fairtrade, organic and palm oil free ingredients. Each 100g box contains milk chocolate (owls), white chocolate (polar bears), milk and white chocolate (penguins), or a mix of white, dark and milk chocolate (robins).

Cocoa loco chocolate owls

Reviewed by Angharad Moran, production editor, BBC Wildlife

Tarsier, Southeast Asian Dry Gin, £39.00 for a 70cl bottle.

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Tarsier gin

Full of citrus, spice and – if you’re fond of South-East Asian cuisine – everything nice, this award-winning aromatic gin is on the savoury side with a warming peppery tang. Born out of the makers’ travels to the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, the company donates 10% of its profits to conservation efforts to help the tarsier, a small South-East Asian primate, and its habitat. Tarsier also makes an Oriental Pink gin.

Reviewed by Angharad Moran, production editor, BBC Wildlife

Seahorse Ale, Salcombe Brewery, £17.50 for a case of eight 500ml bottles.

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An amber, sweet and smooth ale hand crafted by Salcombe Brewery, named to reflect the fact that the Salcombe Ria is home to both British species of seahorse. 5p from every bottle is donated to The Seahorse Trust.

Reviewed by Sarah McPherson, section editor, BBC Wildlife


Home and kitchen gifts for nature lovers

Knitted elephant hot water bottle cover and jumper, Sophie Allport, £27.00 and £45.00.

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Elephant hot water bottle

This stylish mustard yellow hot water bottle cover (hot water bottle included) features an adorable smiling elephant design, and is part of one of the collaborations between Sophie Allport and the Zoological Society of London. The hot water bottle cover is knitted cotton, with a concealed zip along the base.

Reviewed by Megan Shersby, editorial and digital co-ordinator, BBC Wildlife

Winter spice scented candle, Cameron Bespolka Trust, £20.00 each.

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With a cinnamon and orange spice scent to conjure up memories of Christmases past, this candle is made from high-quality mineral wax and cotton wick. The packaging is plastic-free, with a reusable glass holder and a recyclable cardboard box.

An additional three scents are available: peony, lemongrass, and fig, as well as a larger three-wick candle in the fig scent for £45.00. The Trust has also produced diffusers in two scents: fig, and loom and verbena.

Reviewed by Megan Shersby, editorial and digital co-ordinator, BBC Wildlife

Garden birds tin, Wrendale, £10.00.

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Wrendale tin

Featuring charming portraits of British garden birds by award-winning artist Hannah Dale, this tin is perfect for tasty treats. Tins come in a variety of sizes with different designs, this garden birds one is 23.7cm x 10cm x 9.5cm.

Reviewed by Megan Shersby, editorial and digital co-ordinator, BBC Wildlife

Animal print mugs and prints, Creature Candy, £14.00 each.

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Privet hawk-moth mug

Enjoy a warming brew in a sweet little mug adorned with an animal on one side and facts about it on the other. Choose from an array of species, including privet hawk-moth (pictured), hedgehog, hen harrier, bumble and red squirrel.

Dormouse tea towel

Based in Warwickshire, the team at Creature Candy have created a range of products such as the mugs pictured above, as well as stationery, tea towels (pictured), and soaps, each featuring a wildlife species. 10% of the sale price of every product is donated to eleven different British wildlife charities and one children’s charity, including Bat Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation and the Mammal Society.

Reviewed by Megan Shersby, editorial and digital co-ordinator, BBC Wildlife

Bee’s Wrap, from £12.00.

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Side-step packed-lunch predicaments by cutting back on waste and the need for bulky tubs and containers with these reusable wraps. Made from beeswax and organic cotton, the wraps can be washed in cool water and hung out to dry after each use.

Plenty big enough for even the most generous of doorstep sandwiches, the wraps kept sarnies nice and fresh when refrigerated. Estimated to last for up to a year, they have the added benefit of being compostable when they come to the end of their life. The packaging is made from recycled and biodegradable materials, too.

Reviewed by Angharad Moran, production editor, BBC Wildlife

Recycled-plastic soft furnishings, Weaver Green, from £15.00.

Navy Herringbone Blanket

In the face of mounting piles of plastic, a variety of companies are finding clever ways to turn this abundance of refuse into desirable wares. Weaver Green produces everything from tote bags and cushions to rugs and blankets, all from recycled plastic bottles – between 150 and 3,000 go into a single product (not that you’d know from the feel of the finished items).

Ox Stripe Gooseberry Cushion

Measures have even been taken to reduce the amount of microplastics likely to be shed during washing – but then these textiles are unlikely to be washed as often as clothes, say, anyway. Available in a range of colours and patterns, plastic bottles have never looked so stylish.

Reviewed by Angharad Moran, production editor, BBC Wildlife

Hand balm, Scence Natural Skincare, £9.00 each.

Hand balm juniper

Wrapped in sustainable, plastic-free and compostable packaging, these hand balms come in a variety of scents, including juniper berry (pictured), summer citrus and cool rose. The balms, and the other products created by Scence Natural Skincare, are all vegan.

Reviewed by Angharad Moran, production editor, BBC Wildlife

Handmade shampoo and soap bars, Emma’s soap, £4.95 each.

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Soap bars

When it comes to our daily ablutions, shampoo bars are slipping slowly into the mainstream, as part of the on-going battle to reduce plastic waste. Made with a mix of extra virgin olive oil, cocoa butter and beeswax, Emma’s Soap shampoo bar includes the subtle scents of essential oils such as jojoba, rosemary and lavender.

In use, less lather means you may need to wash your hair in sections (adding a little extra time to morning routines) but it still left my hair feeling clean, albeit with a slightly waxy feel. While it may not convince everyone to give up their luxury brands, the natural ingredients, and a chance to cut back on plastic, mean I’ll be making the swap.

Reviewed by Angharad Moran, production editor, BBC Wildlife

Coffee logs, £8.99 for a bag of 16.

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When the evenings are well and truly drawing in, and you’re itching for the crackle of the open fire, here’s an unexpected new source of fuel. Coffee Logs are manufactured in the UK, and are made from the recycled grounds of our cappuccinos and lattes, with the leftovers of 25 cups compressed into each ‘log’.

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They are said to burn longer and hotter than wood, and are suitable for stoves, woodburners and open fires. The packaging is fully recyclable. Put to the test by our picture editor Tom and his father- in-law, the reports came back with a blazing thumbs up. We’ll raise our (cappuccino) glasses to that.

Reviewed by Sarah McPherson, section editor, BBC Wildlife


Stationery gifts for nature lovers

I Like Birds stationery, Quadrille, various prices.

Stationary

Brighten your life in general with this delightfully bold, contemporary collection of paper products – all FSC friendly – from Scottish designer I Like Birds. Hoarders of tattered offcuts of wrapping paper will love the neat, puffin-themed gift wrap book, which comprises 12 sheets and nine matching stickers; the rather lovely alphabet of birds address book is a handy size (and something we all still need, despite the countless WhatsApp groups that now dominate all communication); and the flying puffins hardback notepad is ideal for scribbles in the field. Lovely gifts or a little treat for oneself.

Reviewed by Sarah McPherson, section editor, BBC Wildlife

Sophie Allport zebra notebook and pencil case, £10.00 each.

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Zebra notebook lifestyle shot

Part of a collaboration between the Zoological Society of London and designer Sophie Allport, the notebook and pencil case feature endangered Grevy’s zebras – which have been given a playful splash of colour, to contrast the animal’s monochrome stripes. Treat yourself, or someone else, to some stylish stationery.

Zebra pencilcase lifestyle shot

Reviewed by Angharad Moran, production editor, BBC Wildlife


Garden gifts for nature lovers

ECOPOTS, from £4.69.

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Get ready for spring planting or add to the indoor collection of flora around your home, all in the knowledge that you’re helping to combat plastic waste.

These simple but stylish flowerpots and planters are made using recycled PET bottles, and are available in three different colours (black, grey and white). There are a range of sizes and shapes to suit most spaces in and around your home, too.

Reviewed by Angharad Moran, production editor, BBC Wildlife

Bee home, camera and bird feeder, RSPB, £179.99.

Bee home and camera

This bundle is a neat way to watch the birds and bees that visit your garden, but you can also buy each component separately. In spring, the camera can be used in the bee home, and then swapped to the bird feeder for the rest of the year.

It does take a little while to set up the camera and the wires, but it’s worth the effort. Once connected to a TV, be prepared to be transfixed by your new channel. A separate cable is required for looking at the camera via a computer. The device focuses on the top-most tray, allowing a clear view of any visitors to it. The individual stacking trays in the bee home are ideal for cleaning between uses, to prevent the build-up of bee parasites.

Reviewed by Megan Shersby, editorial and digital co-ordinator, BBC Wildlife


Clothing and accessories gifts for nature lovers

‘Gentlemen Fox’ ladies socks gift box, Powder, £27.00 (one size).

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Socks may be the ultimate novelty present but, made from bamboo (making them super soft) and presented in a gorgeous box, these are definitely a luxury option.

Reviewed by Angharad Moran, production editor, BBC Wildlife

Recycled ocean plastic sunglasses, Waterfall, £65.00.

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The sight of plastic containers and fishing nets washed up along the shore demonstrates our impact on the planet. However, one Cornwall-based social enterprise has been retrieving this type of jetsam and recycling it into sunglasses.

There are two styles available: the Kynance (below) and the squarer Fitzroy – both have polarised glass lenses with UVA/UVB protection. The frames are lightweight yet robust, with a comfortable fit and the entire product can be recycled via Waterhaul’s lifetime warranty.

You can also order prescription lenses through the website (for an additional £20). These trendy shades are one plastic item you wouldn’t be dismayed to see on a trip to the beach during summer.

Reviewed by Angharad Moran, production editor, BBC Wildlife

Isla hat and Ascent socks, Rohan, £25.00 and £17.00.

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Rohan’s Isla bobble hat and durable Ascent socks will keep you warm and comfortable on crisp woodland walks and while patiently waiting in wildlife hides.

Rohan socks

Made from merino wool and a high-wicking yarn, the three-season socks (available in a range of colours – women’s sizes 4–5 and 5–8; men’s sizes 6–9 and 9–12) will keep your feet cushioned and dry. The stylish, knitted hat has a microfleece lining, so you can stay cosy outside for longer.

Reviewed by Jo Price, deputy editor, BBC Wildlife

Snare wire jewellery, Mulberry Mongoose, from £25.00.

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Snare bracelet

Looking at the collection of fashionable jewellery designs from Mulberry Mongoose, you wouldn’t suspect that some of the components are created using snare wire confiscated by rangers in the African bush. Based in Zambia, the company uses the wire, along with beads, charms and other elements, to produce contemporary handmade accessories for women and men.

The well-made pieces include everything from bold gladiator cuffs and necklaces to dainty drop earrings, minimalistic chains and beaded bracelets. Each item is delivered in a pouch sewn from traditional chitenge fabric, making them great (pre-wrapped) gift ideas.

Not only does the Mulberry Mongoose team put the snare wire to good use (it’s processed and filed, so there are no sharp edges), it donates some of its profits to help fund more anti-snare patrols, while also supporting the local community. When it comes to this veritable treasure trove of jewellery, you’re likely to be more than happy to have snare wire encircling your wrist.

Rangers with Snare Close Up. Dana Allen

Reviewed by Angharad Moran, production editor, BBC Wildlife

Gold swallow pendant and earrings, Catherine Zoraida x RSPB, from £120.00.

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Swallo pendant necklace

A pair of earrings or a necklace that can be kept and treasured for years to come makes for an extra-special gift. With much of her work inspired by nature, Catherine Zoraida has now teamed up with the RSPB to create a range of jewellery featuring swallows, including this pendant, studs (worn by the Duchess of Sussex, in 9ct gold, gold-plated silver, or silver), or hoops, with 10% of sales going to the charity.

Swallow stud earrings

Made from 18-carat-gold-plated ecosilver, these delicate designs are sure to delight.

Reviewed by Angharad Moran, production editor, BBC Wildlife

Silver geometric necklace, Badger Trust, £22.00.

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Badger Trust necklace

This delicate, modern piece of jewellery in the form of a badger’s head is handcrafted in Scotland. It’s made from ecosilver wire, which is recycled from scrap silver. The designer has also created geometric necklaces of a squirrel, barn owl, puffin and hare.

Reviewed by Angharad Moran, production editor, BBC Wildlife

Recycled plastic swimming costume, Batoko, £50.00.

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Batoko Cockatoo Swimsuit

Every year, 1.4 million tonnes of plastic enters our oceans. So, one small company based on the north-west coast of England has come up with an innovative solution to help stem the flow – swimsuits created from 100% recycled plastic. They come in a range of eye-popping, nature-themed prints. Choose from lobsters, sharks, puffins, orcas, wildflowers, or – my personal favourite – cockatoos (pictured).

For the lobster swimsuit, they’ve teamed up with the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow, Cornwall, so that for every lobster swimsuit sold, a baby lobster is reared and released back into the sea.

The cut is simple but flattering with good body coverage, making these cossies perfect for water sports and having fun at the beach. Ethically manufactured, digitally printed (to save water and energy) and delivered in compostable paper bags, this really is swimwear for the eco-conscious.

Reviewed by Catherine Smalley, nature writer

Dube the Polar Bear felted slippers, Hector & Queen, £24.00-28.00.

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Polar bear slippers

These award-winning handmade, felted children’s slippers will keep tiny toes nice and toasty on chilly days. The slippers are crafted by skilled women in a co-operative near Kathmandu. Each pair have soft suede anti-slip soles, and comes in an organic drawstring bag making the perfect gift/keepsake for any event & will be treasured for ever! Sizes range from baby booties to 3–4 years (although we’re wishing they came in adult sizes!).

Each sale helps to support Tusk, a wildlife charity working with local people and organisations across Africa.

Reviewed by Angharad Moran, production editor, BBC Wildlife


Toys and educational gifts

Build Your Own Microscope kits, ages 8+, £16.99

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BYO Microscope + Packaging

If you’ve resolved to allow fewer plastic toys across your threshold this Christmas, you might be interested in this build-your-own microscope, made from sustainable cardboard. My ten-year-old assembled it on his own one Sunday afternoon, only struggling with the eyepiece, which was somewhat fiddly.

The 54 sections are nice and robust, though the kit didn’t quite live up to its ‘No Glue’ claim, with one or two emergency sticky-tape repairs required.

Nonetheless, the result is a surprisingly sturdy and effective microscope offering 30x magnification. We slotted a phone torch underneath and looked close-up at twigs and wood embers from the fire.

Reviewed by Sarah McPherson, section editor, BBC Wildlife


Sustainable wrapping paper

Recycled wrapping paper, RSPB, £4.00 for five metres.

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  • RSPB (Woodland, pictured below)
  • RSPB (Leaping hare)
  • RSPB (Christmas chorus)
Wrapping paper

If you are looking to reduce your environmental impact whilst giving gifts, recyclable wrapping paper made from recycled paper is a great way to make a difference. This paper from the RSPB is both glitter-free and not made from metalised paper, so it can be easily recycled. The wrapping paper is printed with water-based inks, and on high-quality, FSC-certified paper.

The papers come in a variety of patterns, including gold robins against a festive red background, and white hares or woodland animals on a traditional brown background. To complete the look (be it for Christmas or otherwise), matching gift bags, crackers, and napkins are also available in some of the designs.

Reviewed by Megan Shersby, editorial and digital co-ordinator, BBC Wildlife

Recycled wrapping paper, Eden Project, £4.00 for three metres.

Woodland wrapping paper

With thousands of kilometres of wrapping paper destined for landfill after use, keep your eye out for gift-wrap that’s recycled (and recyclable) or that carries the FSC logo. These handsome products from educational charity the Eden Project – whose ethos is to connect us with the living world – are made from recycled paper.

Adorned with delicate gold trees, and satisfyingly thick and papery to touch, these 3m rolls are supplied to the Eden Project by East of India, which is involved in sustainable tree plantations in Indonesia. Open your presents with love and care; salvage and re-use whatever you can.

Reviewed by Sarah McPherson, section editor, BBC Wildlife


Christmas

Advent Calendar, Woodland Trust, £4.99

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f you think you can convince your children that they really don’t need a morsel of (often tasteless) chocolate to mark each passing December day, here’s a lovely traditional calendar designed exclusively for the Woodland Trust by Amanda Loverseed and printed on FSC certified paper. There are two designs to choose from – ‘Christ-mice’ and a Christmas oak. Count down to Christmas and help our trees at the same time.

Reviewed by Sarah McPherson, section editor, BBC Wildlife


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