Purchasing trends clearly show that people desire high-quality, stylish, and environmentally-friendly alternatives to everyday products.
But they don’t need to cost an arm and leg. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of sustainable and eco-friendly gifts for every budget.
Sustainable Gifts for the Home
The trick for choosing the right eco-friendly gift? Consider something that the recipient wants but wouldn’t normally purchase for themselves.
Slow North is a local (Austin, Texas) company that focuses on producing hand-poured, clean-burning soy and coconut wax candles. Only 100% natural essential oils are used to produce enticing scents like Eucalyptus & Lavender, Grapefruit & Cedar, or Orange & Clove. ($10-$34)
If you know that your gift recipient is trying to start a garden, give them a push in the right direction with this stylish compost bin. Best of all, each charcoal filter keeps homes smelling fresh for up to 3 months. ($29.97)
Water-Saving Shower Head
While we know that a new shower head probably isn’t on everyone’s holiday wishlist, we all deserve to save money and resources – without sacrificing water flow of 1.6 GPM. This is a great gift for a first-time renter. Improve your shower routine with this easy-to-install Waterpik shower head. ($29.99)
Cork Yoga Mat
With its intricate Mandala design printed in water-based inks, this biodegradable cork yoga mat isn’t just beautiful to look at. Its non-slip, well-cushioned surface helps keep you grounded and focused on your technique. ($98)
Sustainable Kitchen Gifts
Whether they’re an avid cook or just learning the basics, the following eco-conscious kitchen gifts are great choices for anyone.
Bambu Undercut Bamboo Cutting Board
Organic, sustainably-harvested bamboo is used in every Bambu cutting board. Not only is the substance more resilient to scratches than other types of wood, but it’s also soft enough that you won’t damage your knives. We love that these boards don’t retain smells like some other more porous woods and plastics. (Starting from $12)
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Zero Waste Cookbook
Did you know that 30-40% of food is wasted in the United States? With the Zero Waste Cookbook, readers discover clever hacks to stretch purchases, from pickling scraps to infusing alcohol with lemon rinds to making ice cream with the dregs from your morning coffee. These 100 recipes provide 100 surefire ways to cut down on food waste. ($22.99)
Stasher’s medical-grade, food-safe silicone containers are built to last. Designed to hold up to temperatures of dishwashers, ovens, microwaves, freezers, and boiling water (think sous-vide), these products are free of phthalates, BPA, BPS, lead, and latex. Available in a wide variety of sizes and colors, they’re the perfect addition to any kitchen. (Starting from $7.99)
Fair Trade Coffee & Chocolate
Grounds for Change plants trees to offset their carbon footprint, they’re Carbon Free-Certified, recycle nearly all of their production materials, and compost their waste as well. This gift box comes with three bags of Fair Trade & Certified Organic coffee and four bars of Fair Trade & Certified Organic chocolate. ($43.95)
Yeti Rambler Mug
For coffee drinkers in your life, Yeti mugs and bottles are serious game-changers. Not only do these virtually indestructible vessels keep drinks hot (or cold) for hours on end, but the HotShot leak-proof cap also lets you drink from any side. No more spills, no more dribbles. (Starting from $29.99)
Sustainable Fashion Gift Ideas
Fast fashion is one of the biggest environmental offenders, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend hundreds of dollars on a single article of clothing. The following gift ideas are budget- and earth-friendly.
Sunski struggled to find the perfect plastic resin for their sunglasses – so they created their own from recycled plastic that was otherwise going to end up in a landfill. Super lightweight, unbelievably sturdy, and fashioned with zero single-use plastic, we’re currently obsessed with the Sunski Gondola design. Don’t let the price point startle you: These have a lifetime warranty! ($89)
Patagonia Worn Wear
Patagonia has been an industry champion of eco-friendly methods for years, and their Worn Wear site is perfect for people who want high-quality outdoor apparel – but prefer second hand merchandise. You get a great deal on like-new merchandise while helping to reduce fashion waste by up to 73%! (Prices vary)
H&M Sustainable Clothing
Shopping for eco-friendly clothes can be extremely difficult – and expensive. But H&M has been revolutionizing the fashion game with their Conscious line that uses a minimum of 50% sustainably-sourced materials (like organic cotton and recycled polyester). Available in plus-size and maternity sizes, there’s something for everyone and every price point. (prices vary)
Conscious Step Socks
Conscious Step socks are created with Certified Organic, Fair Trade cotton and factories are regularly audited by WRAP and SEDEX to ensure ethical production. Each pair of socks also gives back to organizations like Action Against Hunger, Trees for the Future, The Trevor Project, and Oceana. (starting at $14)
Slippers are an ideal gift: They keep your feet warm, encourage you to leave dirty shoes at the door, and are excellent for impromptu kitchen dance parties. We’re currently eyeballing Baabuk slippers, which are produced using environmentally-friendly methods and manufactured by a well-paid, mostly-female workforce in Nepal. (Starting from $65)
For Lovers of the Great Outdoors
If you know someone who’s outside more than inside, these are some excellent sustainable gift ideas.
TropicFeel All-Terrain Sneakers
Part aqua shoes, hiking shoes, running shoes, and city sneakers, this footwear has been designed to withstand anything and everything. Made from 80% recycled polyester and 20% recycled EVA, it’s clear that the 1,100 5-star ratings aren’t wrong. (available in 5 colors, $121)
Recycled Plastic Frisbee
With thousands of leagues across the US, “Ultimate” is a favored pastime of many. Created with post-consumer plastic, this Wham-O Recycled Ultimate Frisbee is softer on hands but heavy enough for high winds. ($10.99)
Solar Power Bank
It’s hard to be entirely “off the grid”, even when you’re out on hikes. Now, outdoorsy folks can keep their phones and speakers charged without electrical outlets. Waterproof and shockproof, this Blavor Solar Charger powers up in around 6 hours and provides charging options for USB and Qi devices. It also doubles as a powerful dual flashlight. ($29.99)
Eco-Friendly Health & Beauty Gifts
The following ideas are great for people who watch everything they put in – and on – their bodies.
Youngblood Mineral Makeup
If the person on your shopping list has skin sensitivities yet loves cosmetics, try a “clean” makeup brand like Youngblood Cosmetics. Their mineral-based products (especially blushes, bronzers, and eyeshadows) are extremely effective and backed by an excellent customer return policy. (Prices vary)
The makeup industry is notoriously bad for plastic waste and using unhealthy ingredients like parabens, synthetic fragrances, and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. Clean Faced Cosmetics’ Lengthening Mascara uses organic and sustainably-sourced ingredients to provide color, length, and separation. (Starting from $12)
Maison Louis Marie Perfume Sampler
We believe it’s important to understand exactly what’s on your skin, but unfortunately, most companies don’t actually list all of the ingredients used in their perfumes. With this Maison Louis Marie Perfume Oil Discovery Set, there are five unisex fragrances to choose from – all with a transparent ingredient list. (5 for $48)
Puracy Complete Personal Care Set
Our Personal Care Bundle contains our Natural Body Wash, Shampoo, Conditioner, and Organic Hand & Body Lotion. It’s a fantastic way to introduce a friend or family member to clean, natural hair and skin products. Extra points if you arrange it in a cute, reusable basket. ($49.96)
Eco-Friendly Pet Gifts
Food and Water Dishes
Upgrade your dog or cat’s dining situation with these Whom Home pet bowls. Created at a zero-waste facility using a “closed-loop” recycling plan, Whom takes things to the next level by requiring their suppliers to plant 40 trees for each one that’s harvested. We love the simple aesthetics and high-quality designs. (Starting from $54)
Puracy Pet Shampoo
We all know someone who suffers from a stinky dog, but Puracy Pet Shampoo was especially designed to neutralize pet odors and leave coats shiny and healthy. No harsh irritants, sulfates, petroleum-based ingredients, formaldehyde-based preservatives, dyes, or synthetic fragrances – just 99.7% natural ingredients. ($15.99)
Biodegradable Pet Waste Bags
While it may not seem like the sexiest holiday gift, compostable pet waste bags are a great idea for stocking stuffers or “add-ons” to any pet-themed gift. Made from non-GMO corn, these plastic-free poop bags are leak-proof, tear-proof, and safe for the environment. (120 bags, $15.99)
Meowijuana Catnip Spray is 100% organically sourced from catnip essential oil and purified water. Your feline friend deserves the best – and you won’t need to clean up catnip flakes or dust. (1 ounce bottle, $8.99)
Eco Gifts for Kid
It can be downright difficult to find gifts that children (and their parents) are excited about. We find that useful, high-quality presents have a more lasting impact.
BPA-Free Toy Vehicles
Most children are fascinated by heavy trucks, moving equipment, and airplanes. Green Toys are no exception. Made entirely out of 100% recycled milk containers, these incredibly well-constructed toys provide hours of fun for kids of all ages. Even better, they’re affordable. (Starting from $14.99)
Stacking Cube Set
For toddlers, we absolutely love these wooden blocks by Raduga Grez (Russian for “Rainbow Dreams”). Fashioned with sustainably-sourced wood, natural water-based paints, and a super-soft finish, this set of 20 cubes is great for teaching hand-eye coordination, colors, and imaginative play. ($40)
We know we’ve already mentioned Sunskis, but their line of sustainably-sourced children’s sunglasses are just too cute. With 100% UV resistant lenses and a lifetime warranty (what parent couldn’t use that?), these are unbelievably awesome specs for any kid. Pictured: Mini Madrona Sunglasses ($48)
Mini & Meep Organic Children’s Clothing
Based in Asheville, North Carolina, Mini & Meep takes sustainable kids’ clothing seriously, with non-toxic inks printed on organic cotton that’s entirely spun in the United States. Don’t let unbleached cotton scare you: It’s easy to whiten clothes without bleach! (Starting at $14.99)
Sprout Plantable Colored Pencils
This is so much more than a box of colored pencils. Fashioned with 100% natural clay, graphite cores, and sustainably-harvested wood, Sprout pencils are the gifts that keep giving. When you’ve sharpened them for the last time, simply plant them and watch herbs and flowers grow. ($16.55)
Puracy Natural Bubble Bath
For a present the entire family can enjoy, we recommend our gentle, sudsy Natural Bubble Bath. Loaded with everything you need to cleanse and moisturize, this product is specifically designed for the most sensitive of skin. ($12.99)
Sustainable Stocking Stuffers
Santa’s job is a bit easier with these budget-friendly eco products.
If you’re giving a gift card or simply sending a message of holiday cheer, do it with a Tentree card. Each contains seeds of English Daisy, Spurred Snapdragon, Black Eyed Susan, and more. All your gift recipient needs to do is soak the card overnight, plant in soil, and tend to whatever sprouts up. As if that’s not lovely enough, Tentree plants one tree for each card purchased. (10 for $30)
Puracy Natural Deodorant
For years, our team worked on creating the best natural deodorant out there. Free from aluminum, talc, silicones, dyes, animal products, parabens, synthetic fragrances, and baking soda, our Natural Deodorant glides effortlessly onto skin – and its organic essential oils continue to smell great for at least 8 hours. (Available in two scents; $12.99)
JJs Sweets Cocomels
Free of gluten, dairy, corn syrup, GMOs, and cholesterol, these vegan sea salt “caramels” are truly sumptuous. With a box this size, you can throw a handful into each stocking...then keep a few for yourself. (Box of 50, $12.99)
Reusable Bamboo Makeup Removal Pads
Whether used to apply facial toners or removing makeup, these sustainable facial cloths were designed to minimize water waste and maximize savings. 8 machine-washable rounds are able to replace 4,000 single-use cotton pads or 160 packs of disposable makeup wipes. (8 wipes for $18)
Dr. Bronner’s Lip Balm
Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lip Balms are the perfect blend of organic beeswax, jojoba, avocado, and hemp oils. They aren’t limited to your lips and can be used on cuticles, cheeks, and other dry patches of skin. Available in scentless, Peppermint, Orange Ginger, and Lemon Lime. ($3.49)
Puracy Hand Sanitizer
Our 70% Alcohol Hand Sanitizer was designed to kill 99.9% of germs within 15 seconds of use. Unlike most of our competitors, however, our product leaves skin feeling soft and nourished (not dry or sticky). These 3.4oz travel-sized containers perfectly fit into stockings and care packages. (pack of 4, $15.96)
No matter how you choose to celebrate your holiday season, we wish you happiness, health, love, and a fully-stocked home of Puracy products!