We all love Christmas, but not so much the enormous waste the holiday creates. Here’s a list of eco-friendly gifts for every person in your life.
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way…
I admit I’ve been humming Christmas songs for a while now. Are you a Christmas enthusiast like me who’s got their tree up a day after Thanksgiving? Or do you prefer to wait until further in December? No matter when you get into the Christmas spirit, there’s something magical about this holiday.
This is the time to spend with our loved ones and make them feel loved and appreciated with a thoughtful gift.
But guilt about over-indulgent holiday shopping is growing across the nation. That rush of finding the perfect gift is real, but take a moment to consider all the waste it’ll create. There’s leftover packaging, tech items, toys, and clothing tossed out for new ones.
Let’s change all that this Christmas!
The range of available eco-friendly Christmas gifts is bigger than ever before. To help you out, I’ve compiled the biggest, longest, most imaginative, and helpful list of eco-friendly Christmas gifts for every single person in your family.
Let’s start shopping responsibly!
In the past, I didn’t pay much attention to buying sustainable gifts for my loved ones. Only when my friend became a zero-waster did I start thinking, what can I get her?
I started looking into gifts for earth lovers, and I was blown away by the offer.
I also learned what makes a gift eco-friendly.
Instead of a gift made of plastic, you can choose a glass, bamboo, or stainless steel gift.
Look for materials that are natural, repurposed, and compostable.
There are many ways to avoid plastic.
Hazardous materials are substances that are a risk to the health, safety, and property of the environment, usually when transported.
These can include paints, cleaners, oil, batteries, and many more.
Instead of putting the environment and your family in danger, choose a gift that’s hazardous material-free.
Instead of shopping from big corporations, support independent makers. Look for companies that offer to ship with carbon-neutral delivery.
Also, check if the company has sustainable practices.
Note: Don’t stay away from all big corporations, but buy from ones trying to protect the environment and our resources. Good examples of big companies which are sustainable are IKEA, Panasonic, Seventh Generation, and more.
Before you swipe your card or click buy, truly consider if a certain product will help someone have a more waste-free life.
Avoid buying a gift your friend already has or something that will end up in a trash can in a few weeks.
Products made from recycled or upcycled materials are also eco-friendly. You’ll be surprised to find out how many there are, even everyday items, such as clothing, shoes, bags, mats, and more.
Finally, the best eco-friendly Christmas gifts will be reusable, recyclable, and even compostable.
For example, you can buy reusable packaging for your mom or recyclable school items for your little ones.
All of these can be disposed of responsibly, with no harm to our environment.
This e-bike comes with a high efficiency, quiet motor, a seven-speed gear, and a removable lithium battery. The battery can be recharged in the office or at home in as little as six to eight hours.
The security is top-notch — there’s an outage and a mechanical braking system, which work along both lines, so you can stop in seconds if needed. Check it out, never waste time in traffic jams again, and give your loved ones the gift of time.
Blueland Clean Suite kit can help you change this wasteful habit in the New Year. Blueland kit contains everything you need to clean your entire home from top to bottom: hand soap, laundry detergent, dish soap, dishwasher tablets, multi-surface cleaner, bathroom cleaner, and glass cleaner.
All products are shipped in recyclable cardboard and paper-based tape and are fully compostable.
I guarantee you’ll love each product in the kit — from the soap granules that remove baked-on stains to the dish soap that creates rich bubbles.
You don’t have to worry about intoxicants with this kit. It’s 100% organic and non-GMO. The best part is you can grow plants year-round. All you have to do is place the box close to a window, mist the plants, and you’ll have beautiful mushrooms.
Each crop grows up to four servings of mushrooms, and each box has two crops. Try out the mushroom growing kit and start your own mini garden, or gift it to a fellow shroom enthusiast.
Ecoroots cleaning kit includes dish soap, a bamboo soap dish, and a wooden cleaning brush. All the items are made of sustainable materials, such as bamboo. They are biodegradable, zero-waste, and plastic-free.
Moreover, the kit comes in a recyclable package. Take advantage of free shipping and get your zero-waste cleaning products.
Each sheet comes with a pre-measured strip of detergent, so you can just toss it in the wash with your clothes. There’s no need to measure anything, which means less work for you and less chance of creating a mess.
The strips dissolve completely in both hot and cold water and work with all washing machines. Most importantly, they are without parabens, phosphates, or animal-based ingredients, and come in zero-waste packaging.
This mattress is made with organic and sustainable materials, such as natural latex, organic wool and cotton, and fabric-encased coils, which provide a supportive core. The mattress has 12 certifications and two awards, so you can’t doubt its quality.
The cotton used for the cover is grown without any pesticides or herbicides, it helps with moisture absorption, so you can say goodbye to sweaty nights.
This mattress will help your body keep a comfortable temperature, and you and your significant other will sleep perfectly every night.
These cases are made from flax plants, so once you no longer need your case, you can send it back to the manufacturer and they’ll turn it into a new product or compost.
A flax case protects against drops and scratches because flax creates natural shock absorption.
The manufacturer uses 100% plastic-free packaging, so a Pela case is a great way to protect both your phone and the planet. The attractive design makes this phone case a perfect Christmas gift.
The service will assign you a shopping window and a delivery day based on your location. Moreover, they will pre-fill your cart with the food they think you like based on your preference. You can take out as many items as you want. Once you’re happy with your order, it’ll arrive in 100% recycled boxes.
Imperfect delivers to the entire neighborhood in one trip and one van, which avoids releasing tons of CO2. Moreover, they take back the packaging and take care of recycling, so it’s a win-win situation for everyone. Gift your friends and family a more sustainable way of getting groceries.
Some of the animals you can adopt include dolphins, harp seals, penguins, polar bears, rays, sea otters, and many more.
By adopting a marine animal, you’re helping Oceana’s campaigns that prevent the expansion of offshore drilling, oil spills, animal deaths, and more.
You can choose between four tiers when adopting an animal, and each tier comes with a gift — you can get a certificate, a cookie cutter, a gift pack, a plush animal, and more. Each of these is a creative and meaningful gift that makes our oceans healthier and safer for future generations.
Aspire Vero is made with Post-Consumer Recycled plastics (PCR). These are plastics that were recycled and repurposed to reduce global waste as a reminder that the time to act is now.
The top and bottom cover, screen bezel, and operating surface are made of 30% PCR materials, and keycaps are made of 50% PCR for a light carbon impact.
Gift your friend or a family member a more sustainable way of being productive this Christmas.
The cards are made of high-quality extra-thick card stock, so they are sturdy and feel durable. Both the card and the envelope are made of 100% recycled paper and ecologically printed in the USA.
You get a variety assortment pack in which each card has vibrantly printed designs.
Send your loved ones holiday greetings with these Christmas cards, and you don’t have to worry about them ending up in the waste stream.
Buzio bottle is vacuum insulated, so it keeps the drink cold for up to an impressive 48 hours or hot for up to 24.
You get two caps — a straw lid and a flex cap. The flex cap is perfect for hiking or camping, and you can use the straw lid on a cycling or road trip.
The bottle is made of 100% non-toxic BPA-free plastics, so there’s zero chance of oxidation. This is a great way to gift someone a healthier and more eco-friendly way of staying hydrated.
It has a Brita filter that fits in the straw and makes water taste great. Your water will be cool for up to a day. Moreover, the filter reduces chlorine, so you’ll have healthier and better tasting-water. You can also order Brita replacement filters to ensure you always have fresh water.
Finally, the manufacturer says that using this bottle will save 1,800 plastic bottles from ending up in landfills a year.
This food composter has a capacity of 2l. It works by placing the food scraps inside and pressing the button. That’s all. The composter breaks down food waste into a tenth of the original volume, and you get a fertilizer you can mix with soil.
Most importantly, a carbon filtration system eliminates odors, so it’s perfectly safe to use indoors. Simply place it anywhere with power, and you’ll get fertilizer in record time. A composting enthusiast will love this gift.
You can grow up to six plants at a time. Most importantly, the plants grow in water, not soil, which means less mess.
The kit has a control panel that tells when it’s time to add water or plant food and automatically turns the lights on and off.
This is a perfect Christmas gift for anyone who loves having fresh herbs.
No matter if you’re looking for parent gifts for Christmas, Christmas gifts for friends, Christmas gifts for sister, child, friend — you can go eco-friendly.
I hope this list inspired you and gave you some ideas for sustainable gifts for people in your life.
Christmas is one of the biggest and happiest holidays of the year. But, we should still be mindful of the waste it creates.
Eco-friendly gifts are one way in which you can make a difference. Best of all, your close ones will love them as well, so next year they can go for eco-friendly Christmas gifts as well.