It’s hard to believe it’s still only mid November, as festive lights twinkle in the high streets and Christmas trees appear in shop windows.

But time is running out to get your Christmas presents, particularly if you don’t want to be one of those frantic shoppers rushing round the shops buying “any old thing” for your loved ones on Christmas eve.

If you’re still looking for the perfect gift, look no further – here’s an ethical gift guide with inspiration and ideas for everyone.

Gifts for him

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Clockwise from top left:

Recycled tyre photo frame – seriously this is made from old tyres – he’ll love it

Cork laptop case – stylish, simple, and practical, this eco laptop case beats most of them out there

Recycled tyre shoulder bag – another great example of how boring old tyres can look pretty cool

Get someone back on their feet – education, books, training – at £125, this gift is pricey but priceless to the recipient

Gifts for her

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Clockwise from top left:

Hand-painted tiffin tins – at Daisy Hill we’ve gone gaga over these brightly painted storage tins (hint hint friends, if you’re reading this…)

Olive and pip recycled wine bottle dish – unfortunately wine isn’t included, but this ingenious recycling of a wine bottle is one of the best we’ve seen

Fairtrade elephant tape measure – seamstress or no seamstress, I’m ordering one of these just because they look fab

Recycled silver bracelet with blue stone – handmade by local artist Lucy Kemp, this contemporary piece will finish off your festive outfit in style (and you’ll collect loyalty points when you purchase that you can redeem in 2012)

Gifts for little ones

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Buy a fluffy duck for a family on the other side of the world – you won’t receive a fluffy duck yourself (phew) but a family who really needs it will

Solar powered fairy jar – there’s no age limit to owning one of these (we’ve checked) so even if you’re not buying for little ones, treat yourself to a fairy in a jar

Solar transforming robot – transformers have moved on since my day… this one can be a robot, a rolling tank or a crawling scorpion, and it’s powered by the sun

Ethical owl cushions – another beautiful gift that will be in great demand on Christmas day for sitting on, cuddling and sleeping on

Which is your favourite?  And what are you asking Santa Claus for this year?  Share in the comments below or come join the conversation on Facebook.

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