Sustainable Living

36 Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas That Are Unique and Practical for Everyone on Your List

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When giving eco-friendly gifts, it's important to think outside of the box. Because let's face it—no one wants a reusable water bottle or metal straw for the holidays. You want to gift items that people will love and want to use for years to come instead of things they'll tire of and quickly end up replacing or discarding. That's always the goal, but especially with earth-friendly gifts, the whole point is reduce waste and get as much life out of a product as possible.

So, we've come up with a comprehensive list of useful gifts (everything from kitchen essentials, to fragrances, to shoewear) that'll not only make your giftee's life easier, but will last a while, too. Below, you'll find a curated list of eco-friendly gifts that suit a wide variety of interests, from a cute compost keeper that doubles as decor to some of the most comfortable sneakers you'll ever own.

The best eco-friendly gift ideas

Eco-friendly kitchen gifts

stasher
Stasher 100% Silicone Food Grade Reusable Storage Bags — $23.00

These Zooey Deschanel-approved self-sealing reusable bags are great for storing leftovers, produce, lunch, and more. Free from BPA, PVC, and latex, these never leave your food smelling funky, and they’re dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. Plus, they’re super sturdy (unlike a lot of other reusable bags, which only last after a handful of washes).

Food Hugger Set
Food Hugger Set — $13.00

Food Huggers are perfect for anyone who cooks a lot. They’re like little hats you can put on your cut produce to keep it good without wasting a plastic bag.

Butter & Cheese Huggers, eco-friendly gifts
Butter & Cheese Huggers — $13.00

These Butter & Cheese Huggers are the perfect complement to the above cheese board. Just like the food huggers, to can put these on cut cheese or butter to keep the end fresh.

bees wrap
Bee's Wrap - Assorted 3 Pack — $15.00

Another efficient and sustainable way to store food (whether it’s leftover pizza, sandwiches, or half an onion you used up) is to use Bee’s Wrap. You simply wrap the item with the bend-y sheet, and it’ll stick that way until next time. When you’re all done, toss it in the dishwasher. It’s made with certified organic cotton, responsibly sourced beeswax, and certified organic plant oil—and it’s super pliable and sturdy, too.

 

composter
Norpro Ceramic Floral Compost Keeper — $44.00

This is for the friend who collects all those egg shells and veggie scraps in a random bag that doesn’t look so cute in the kitchen. This pretty, ceramic compost keeper stores all that leftover food, and has a filter that prevents odor (this lasts up to about six months before you need to change it out).

the farmstand
Lettuce Grow, The Farmstand —$348-$649

While it’s a bit of an investment at first, this hydroponic garden is self-watering and self fertilizing, so growing your own garden is a much more hands-off process. Plus, aside from using far less water, the Farmstand is a vertical garden, so you can grow your own produce without needing an entire background—just a little spot in the sun will do. With a Farmstand, you get all the gear you need to grow (water pump, cord, grow cups, and timer), nutrients for 130+ plants, and supplies (a pH testing kit, stir stick, etc.). You can grow up 200+ varieties of plants.

mason jars
Anwoi Store Wide Mouth Glass Jars with Airtight Lid (Set of 4) — $34.00

Glass storage containers are better for the planet than plastic ones, but these glass mason jars with airtight lids are even more chic—and great for produce like carrots, cucumbers, and celery (along with anything else you can fit in there, like flours, sugars, beans, etc.). This set of four comes with labels and pen, so you can feel ultra organized and Pinterest-worthy.

Just Ripe Fruit Bowl, eco-friendly gifts
Just Ripe Fruit Bowl — $68.00

Because different fruits ripen best in certain environments, the Just Ripe Fruit Bowl is great for keeping different types produce of fresh in separate compartments. This can prevent fruit from ripening too fast and going bad, cutting down on food waste.

Veggie-Saving Reusable Bags
Veggie-Saving Reusable Bags — $21.00 to $23.00

Your friend who goes to the farmers market every weekend? They need these Veggie-Saving Reusable Bags. They’re made from a breathable, machine-washable cotton that keeps veggies fresh with humidity. Just moisten the bags, tuck veggies inside, then throw them in the fridge.

swedish dishcloths
Swedish Wholesale Swedish Dish Cloths — $22.00

Maybe “dishcloths” doesn’t scream “giftable,” but hear us out. These dish cloths have internet hype behind them (like, 30,000+ reviews on Amazon hype), and for good reason. They’re incredibly versatile, so you can use them to clean your dishes as well as wipe down counters, and they’re reusable (so no more wasting paper towels). They’re safe to be used on all surfaces, including marble, stainless steel, tile, wood, and more. They’re made of cotton and cellulose, so they dry hard but as soon as they touch water they become super pliable and soft.

stojo
Stojo 24 oz. Collapsible Travel Mug — $25.00

We said no reusable water bottles, but we didn’t say reusable travel mugs—especially when they’re as cool as this. Not only are Stojo’s mugs (and food containers!) reusable, made of a sturdy silicone and features a leak-proof seal as well as straw, but they collapse nearly flat so you can save room in your cabinets.

sodastream
SodaStream Jet Sparkling Water Maker — $90.00

We waste a lot of cans, thanks to our love for sparkling water and seltzer. Thankfully, there’s a more environmentally friendly route, and that’s a sparkling water maker. Make your own sparkling water at home, and reuse the bottle! You get to be your own barista of sorts and create your own flavors, too. This makes for the perfect gift for anyone who *must* have their daily (or hourly) La Croix.

dropps
Dropps Dishwasher Detergent — $25.00

Sure, dishwasher detergent isn’t the ~coolest~ gift of all time. But honestly? We’d be pretty happy if we were introduced to these cool eco-friendly detergent drops. These are totally biodegradable, dye, chlorine, and phosphate-free, and they’re just as powerful as traditional pods. And they smell oh-so-clean. (Our favorite is the lemon!)

Eco-friendly shoes and sneakers

cariuma
Vallely Off-White Vintage Sneaker — $89.00

These are Cariuma’s first-ever 100 percent vegan skate shoes, and they’re just as awesome as the rest of their collection. Made of high-performance material, they’re actually 2.5 times more resistant than animal suede, and even more durable. Get these in four colors, available for both men and women. (And if you haven’t heard of Cariuma, we reviewed a couple of their styles a couple months back—we’re major fans of their style, comfort, and versatility as an everyday sneaker.)

Allbirds — $115.00

Another sneaker that’s known for supreme comfort and longevity, Allbirds uses renewable Merino wool to construct this water-repelling, machine-washable shoe that’s great for rainy, cold weather (we love its no-slip natural rubber grip!).

rothys the sneaker
Rothy's The Sneaker — $125.00

Available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, you can’t go wrong with Rothy’s The Sneaker. Made of thread that’s constructed of recycled plastic water bottles), what people love about Rothy’s (aside from the cute and versatile styles) is that you can throw these into the wash and get ’em back good as new. Whether you choose the classic flats (pointed or round), the sneakers, or even their new-ish sandals, Rothy’s sturdy shoe engineering is built to last. (Case in point, W+G’s commerce editor still has her first pair from three years ago—and they look like she bought them last week.)

Eco-friendly fragrance gifts

Gilded Body Marble Candle, eco-friendly gifts
Gilded Body Marble Candle — $88.00

The Gilded Body Marble Candle comes in a vessel so pretty you’ll want to keep it forever. Available in pink and black marble, the vessel features an inner sleeve that you can swap with refills of the candle ($45) instead of buying a whole new container.

Golden Hour Hydrosol Trio
Bathing Culture Golden Hour Hydrosol Trio — $54.00

The Bathing Culture Golden Hour Hydrosol Trio is great for anyone who could benefit from some on-the-go aromatherapy. It includes three sprays: neroli and rose, citrus and sage, and holy basil. Each can be sprayed on the face and body to rejuvenate your skin and your senses. Freshly harvested flowers and herbs from organic farms are used to make these vegan, carbon-neutral, and biodegradable formulas.

dedcool
Ded Cool Red Dakota Perfume — $130.00

Dedcool, the trendy Los Angeles-based gender neutral fragrance you’ve likely smelled before (even if you didn’t know it at the time), offers complete ingredient transparency (their formulas are carcinogen-free), and focuses on low-waste packaging (all glass bottles are recycled). Their perfumes are also not formulated with water (which is just a sneaky way for some perfume brands to dilute the product). Red Dakota is a gorgeous springy-summery scent with notes of clementine, gardenia, amber, and berries (think grownup Orangesicle with a hint of floral), but you can also customize your own!

rosie jane
Rosie Jane Jane Angie Eau de Parfum — $65.00

“Angie” is described as a “love letter to Los Angeles,” but we love it most because it reminds us of the first true days of spring. You know, when it’s 70 degrees out, the flowers are blooming, and you’re wearing sandals for the first time in what feels like centuries. You’ll get whiffs of honeysuckle, jasmine, and fig—all without parabens, phthalates, or BHT. Handmade in LA, all ingredients are responsibly-sourced and the packaging is always environmentally conscious.

Bathing Culture Cathedral Grove Perfume Oil
Bathing Culture Cathedral Grove Perfume Oil — $54.00

To create the Cathedral Grove Perfume Oil, Bathing Culture blended 11 aromatic plants to create a 100 percent natural perfume oil. It smells simultaneously woodsy and refined. It’s got beautiful earthy notes that smell like a breath of fresh air.

Eco-friendly bed and bath gifts

Bed Threads 100% Flax Linen Bedding Set
Bed Threads 100% Flax Linen Bedding Set — $250.00 to $340.00

Bed Threads makes the comfiest linen. With their sets, you can fully customize a set of sheets, pillowcases, and a duvet cover in a wide range of colors and patterns that you can mix and match. They get softer with every wash, and your giftee will love them for years to come.

Coyuchi Mediterranean Organic Towels, eco-friendly gifts
Coyuchi Mediterranean Organic Towels — $148.00

These gorgeous towels from Coyuchi have excellent absorption without being super thick. They’re made from 100 percent organic cotton grown and woven in the Aegean region of Turkey. This six-piece set includes two bath towels, two guest towels, and two washcloths.

Bearaby Tree Napper
Bearaby Tree Napper — $269.00 to $299.00

Weighted blankets can be a bit of an eyesore, which makes the Bearably Tree Napper really stand out. It’s a beautiful blanket, and you can’t tell it’s weighted until you lift it. It’s made from Tencel, a plant-based fabric that’s 100 percent biodegradable, and one of the most sustainable options. It’s available in three weights (15, 20, and 25 pounds) and seven gorgeous colors.

Coyuchi Cloud Brushed Organic Flannel Sheets, eco-friendly gifts
Coyuchi Cloud Brushed Organic Flannel Sheets — $198.00 to $298.00

Gift a set of these cozy flannel sheets from Coyuchi that are perfect for winter. Each set includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and corresponding pillowcases. They’re made from 100 percent organic cotton that is grown in Turkey and woven in Portugal.

Naadam Recycled Cashmere Waffle Robe
Naadam Recycled Cashmere Waffle Robe — $325.00

This waffle robe from Naadam is made from a blend of 70 percent recycled cashmere and 30 percent virgin cashmere, making it luxe, durable, and sustainable. It’s available in three colors: oatmeal (pictured), smoke, and black.

GroupHug Window Solar Charger, eco-friendly gifts
GroupHug Window Solar Charger — $139.00

Hang this mini solar panel in a window and attach devices to get them charged. This is great for anyone trying to use less electricity at home, but can also come in handy when they’re on the go.

Eco-friendly beauty gifts

TooD Bioglitter, eco-friendly gifts
TooD Bioglitter — $26.00

This glitter is made from plant cellulose, making it completely plastic-free and able to fully biodegrade in about 28 days in natural environments. It’s easy to use and available in six amazing colors to add a pop of sparkle to your skin or hair.

Bathing Culture Central Coast Luffa
Bathing Culture Central Coast Luffa — $10.00

Fun fact: luffas are plants! This freshly harvested heirloom luffa from Bathing Culture is responsibly farmed and dried in central California. That means it’s 100 percent biodegradable.

Kate McCleod Daily Stone, eco-friendly gifts
Kate McCleod Daily Stone — $45.00

This moisturizing body stone is a plastic-free form of lotion. Just warm the stone between your hands and rub it on your body before massaging in the nourishing oils. Because it’s made without water, a little goes a long way.

santorini
Korres Santorini Grape Velvet Skin Drink — $48.00

The good: This face oil works hard to smooth skin and infuse it with mega hydration, giving you a near-instant dewy glow.
The even better: Korres has been pretty good about their eco-friendly packaging (they use 90 percent recyclable packaging), but this year they’ve opened an in-store recycle lab in NYC, making their brand even more earth-friendly. Plus, they support over a thousand Greek farms by buying their used vineyard grapes to create their formulas at their zero-waste lab. Anything they don’t use gets used as fertilizer.

klorane
Klorane Ultra-Gentle Shampoo Bar With Oat Milk — $14.00

No more plastic shampoo bottles! This biodegradable shampoo bar (which is wrapped in recyclable paper sourced from sustainably-managed forests) is just as effective as the traditional stuff, and it leaves your hair silky smooth (thanks to the oat formulation). Cleansing the scalp, this shampoo bar doesn’t completely strip it of its natural oils. Plus, it’s hydrating enough, most don’t need a conditioner after.

dior
Rouge Dior Refillable Lip Balm — $39.00

This refillable tube of lip balm (there’s clear as well as tinted in a bunch of shades) gives you velvety lips that stay moisturized for up to 24 hours (thanks to peony and pomegranate extract, which help seal in hydration).

Eco-friendly jewelry gifts

Akola Glow Unlock-it Bracelet, eco-friendly gifts
Akola Glow Unlock-it Bracelet — $135.00

This bracelet from Akola looks like ivory but is actually made from horn. While elephants are killed for ivory, horn is taken from already-dead cows that would otherwise be discarded. It’s crafted by women in Uganda.

SVNR Helheim
SVNR Helheim — $55.00 to $110.00

This quartz earring is crafted from found, re-used, up-cycled, and natural materials. It’s available with either a 14K gold-fill post or a gold-tone clip-on. Shopping for someone who only has one hole pierced? You have the option to buy just one.

eco-friendly gifts
Agmes Small Sculpted Heart Pendant — $250 to $330

This dainty sculpted hear is a modern twist on traditional heart pendants. Available in sterling silver and gold vermeil, this necklace is handmade in New York City. For an extra $20, you can have the piece engraed.


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