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31 Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas for a Greener Lifestyle

The 31 Best Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

This holiday season is different than any we have had in the past. That means we should spread goodness and cheer like never before, even if it’s from a distance. Our curated list of eco-friendly gift ideas will help you do just that, plus inspire you and everyone on your list to have a lower impact on the environment.

Our gift guide includes eco-friendly products from ethical and sustainable brands committed to supporting the conservation of the planet and uplifting their communities.

These thoughtful gifts are perfect for your plant-loving, energy-saving, self-care obsessed, and sustainable-curious, family and friends. Complete your eco-friendly gifts with the finishing touch of recyclable wrapping paper. Happy shopping!

Teakhaus, Scandi Collection Thin & Lightweight End Grain Cutting Board

Teakhaus, Scandi Collection Thin & Lightweight End Grain Cutting Board, $69

Whether they’ve been doing lots of cooking during the holidays or made lots of charcuterie boards over quarantine, this exquisite wood-cutting board is the perfect gift for your foodie friends. Teakhaus is committed to making each piece with FSC-certified, sustainably-sourced high-end teak wood, which won’t ruin your knives and can handle heavy use with minimal wearing. 

Pangaia, Tree Free Notebook - Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

Pangaia, Tree Free Notebook, $25

Looking for an ethically-made gift for your writer friends? This tree-free notebook is it. In striking colors, this journal is full of blank pages aching to be filled. Additionally, there is an inside pocket for that thought they just had to write down when they didn’t have their journal with them. Made with bamboo fibers and sugarcane waste, Pangaia is committed to reducing deforestation and will plant a tree with every purchase.

Chamberlain Coffee, Early Bird Blend

Chamberlain Coffee, Early Bird Blend, $16

This Chamberlain Coffee subscription is the ideal gift for lovers of all things coffee. These sustainably sourced beans get delivered to your friends and family each month. Check out their branded mason jars if you’re looking for the perfect addition to this monthly gift. Added Bonus: Snag your coffee subscription during Black Friday week for 20% off and other saving surprises.

Allbirds, Women's Tree Dashers

Allbirds, Women’s Tree Dashers, $125

Know someone who likes to run? These Allbirds tree dashers made of renewable materials are a durable, lightweight shoe with a sugarcane midsole that will keep them high-energy for the duration of their run. To make it even easier, these shoes are machine-washable and will come out looking brand new every time.

Blueland, The Clean Essentials

Blueland, The Clean Essentials, $39

If someone in your life is just dipping their toe in the water with sustainability, Blueland’s cleaning essentials kit is the perfect way to get them started. Purchase the kit alone, or subscribe and save by sending them new sustainably-packaged cleaning tablets each month.

Parks Project, Rocky Mountain Lavender Candle

Parks Project, Rocky Mountain Lavender Candle, $34

Traveling over the last few months hasn’t been in the cards for most, so bring the destination to them! This Rocky Mountain lavender candle is a soy candle with notes of freshly chopped wood and subalpine lavender that will make their house smell as they’ve just hiked through the national parks. With an 80 hour burn time, your loved one is sure to get maximum enjoyment from this thoughtful gift.

Pela Case, Green iPhone X Case

Pela Case, Green iPhone X Case, $39.95

For the friend that is always dropping their phone, Pela Case’s smooth, compostable, and durable phone case will protect it from a fatal fall. Coming in a host of colors, choose their favorite and send it their way.

Modern Sprout, Garden Jar Herb Kit - Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

Modern Sprout, Garden Jar Herb Kit, $20–$100

Fresh herbs can spruce up any dish to restaurant-level, but we often grab them at the grocery store in plastic containers that can’t be recycled. If you have friends or family with limited garden space, this gift will add a little color and fragrance to both their kitchen and their food and help them reduce their plastic waste. For an added personal touch, wrap these Modern Sprout jars on paper with your favorite recipe to use with each herb.

Oil + Water, Complete Facial Care Set

Oil + Water, Complete Facial Care Set, $148

Skincare is one of the largest culprits of plastic packaging in the beauty world. At Oil + Water, you can send back your empty glass containers for reuse or recycling and receive a discount on your next set of products. Additionally, this brand is committed to offsetting their carbon emissions from the delivery process by supporting forest regeneration and landfill gas recovery. This set is the perfect start to sustainable skincare and decadent self-care. Gift it to those friends and family who are especially in need of a “me” day.

Uncommon Goods, Funny Food Plastic-Free Produce Bags

Uncommon Goods, Funny Food Plastic-Free Produce Bags, $15

Say goodbye to those pesky plastic produce bags and hello to these Uncommon Goods cotton drawstring bags that are sure to make them giggle. Personalize this gift with your favorite farmer’s market recommendations, or pop one of the glass jar herb gardens recommended above inside.

The Evolving Vegan Cookbook by Mena Massoud - Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

Evolving Vegan: Deliciously Diverse Recipes from North America’s Best Plant-Based Eateries—for Anyone Who Loves Food, $29.99

For the friend that loves #meatlessmondays, the Evolving Vegan cookbook will spice up their start to the week. With redone takeout favorites, like tofu pad thai, this is the perfect gift to remind everyone that food can taste just as delicious, if not more, without all the environmental harm that comes from meat and dairy production. Order now so your loved ones can enjoy these reinvented classics.

Jack Oliver Coles, Nude Plant People Art Print

Jack Oliver Coles, Nude Plant People Art Print, $45

For your gallery wall lovers, this plant-powered art print made of textured eggshell paper is the perfect next addition to their collection. Add a Slowdown Studio minimalist FSC-certified wood frame to complete the nude look.

Throne, Masses 2.0 Watch

Throne, Masses 2.0 Watch, $395

New to the watch game, Throne Watches’ bestseller is the perfect gift for anyone in 2020 who felt like time was slipping away from them—so everyone. The Masses 2.0 watch was designed in Brooklyn and assembled in the states. Grab it before December 1st for 33% off.

Ekobo, Recycled Bamboo Palette Dinnerware

Ekobo, Recycled Bamboo Palette Dinnerware (4-Piece Set), $48

This chic Ekobo dinner set made of renewable bamboo materials makes for the most elegant display of food, perfect for the friends who send pictures of their dinner every night. Mix and match their favorite colors, and don’t forget to remind them that these are safe to pop in the dishwasher and will come out just as stunning and scratch-less as new.

Tentree, The Protect Mask (3-pack)

Tentree, The Protect Mask (3-pack), $20

The end of 2020 is not the end of masks, so let’s make them stylish and sustainable. Made of upcycled hemp and cotton fabrics, each pack of these Tentree masks will always be unique. They come pre-washed to retain their shape and have a lining to insert a filter if your loved one so wishes. We can never be short on masks, making these the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone and everyone.

Katie M Mudd Ceramics, Simple Speckled Stoneware Sipper

Katie M Mudd Ceramics, Simple Speckled Stoneware Sipper, $35

Tea-lovers and coffee-drinkers unite. These ceramic mugs by Katie M Mudd Ceramics are perfect for snuggling up under a warm blanket and heating up from the cold winter air. Gift these cups alongside their favorite hot beverage mix, wrap with some twine, and you’ve got the perfect, sustainable present.

Drift, Wood 6 month subscription

Drift, Wood car freshener + Room spray, $20

Know someone who drives a lot for work? This scented stocking stuffer coming in grove, teak, mill, and bloom will fragrance their car, so they can relax and enjoy the ride. In addition to the visor clip and car freshener, Drift’s kit also comes with a room spray to carry their favorite scent inside the home.

Avocado Mattress, Organic Latex Mattress Topper

Avocado Mattress, Organic Latex Mattress Topper, $349

For the achy college student in your life, this quilted mattress topper is exactly what they want to see wrapped with their name on it. Made with organic and non-toxic materials, this wool-latex mattress topper will keep them cozy all night. Plus, Avocado Mattress carries a vegan option for your animal-loving buddies.

Made by DWC, Take Care (Inside & Out) Kit

Made by DWC, Take Care (Inside & Out) Kit, $63

For the special someone who missed their trip out west this year, the Made by DWC Take Care gift set will take the California sunshine to them. With a soy candle, handmade soap, bath salts, and a journal gift them a perfect night in with this self-care box. Feel extra good about giving this present, as your purchase is made by women making their transition out of homelessness, while also supporting DWC’s supportive housing and healthcare programs.

BLAVOR, Solar Power Bank Charger - Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

BLAVOR, Solar Power Bank Charger, $29.99

The loved one scrambling for a charger can fret no longer with BLAVOR solar power bank. Compatible with iPhones 8plus and on, as well as the latest Samsung devices, both your Apple and Android friends can appreciate this electricity-free gift. This charger can be used for up to 6 hours and is recharged by the sunshine, so it will rarely run out. It also features a handy flashlight for your lovers of the outdoors.

The Good Tee, Organic Cotton Tie-Dye T-Shirt Kit

The Good Tee, Organic Cotton Tie-Dye T-Shirt Kit, $42 – $60

Tie-dye is back without harmful chemicals. These sustainable kits come with a GOOD tee and natural dyes, enough to color 3-4 shirts guilt-free. Your crafty friends and family can choose how light or dark they want to be. Order the color kits to tie-dye or just one to make a vibrant tee in natural indigo, the most natural blue there is. Plus, The Good Tee has onesie kits for your tiny special someone.

The Zero Waste Cookbook: 100 Recipes for Cooking Without Waste - Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

The Zero Waste Cookbook: 100 Recipes for Cooking Without Waste, $22.99

Calling all our garden-less friends again, don’t know what to do with your food scraps if you can’t compost? The Zero Waste Cookbook has recipes for the parts of our fruits and veggies that we usually toss out. From corn husks for vegetable stock to lemon zest infused vodka, they’ll never have wasted food in their trash can again. And they’ll thank you for all the new dishes they’ve been able to cook up.

Uncommon Goods, Living Composter - Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

Uncommon Goods, Living Composter, $199

An odorless, living composter that isn’t hard on the eyes is difficult to find, but here it is. This Uncommon Goods composter can handle up to 2 pounds of food per week, making it perfect for the latest happy couple in your life. They can add their homemade nutrient-packed fertilizer to any of their plants or herbs in their garden for a supreme vitality boost. Plus, they’ll have a new pet to take care of—worms.

Bellroy, Sling Bag

Bellroy, Sling Bag, $99

A “go” bag for holding masks, hand sanitizer, and even a small water bottle is nearly essential in 2020. Fitted with a small sunglasses pocket and key clip, this is a fabulous gift for the one who always forgets their keys on the counter and their glasses on their head. With this Bellroy sling bag, they can strap it right onto themselves and have all the necessities right at their fingertips. Even better, this bag is made of recycled plastic materials, so it’s waterproof!

Lifestraw Home, Water Filter Pitcher - Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

Lifestraw Home, Water Filter Pitcher, $54.95

Have a loved one who still buys plastic water bottles? This Lifestraw Home glass water filter pitcher purifies tap water of over 30 contaminants, including microplastics and lead, and improves the taste. Made of sustainable glass, they’ll never have to buy single-use, non-recyclable plastic bottles again. Add your favorite reusable water bottle, and you’ve got the ultimate plastic-free gift.

Cultiver, Denim Towel Bundle

Cultiver, Denim Towel Bundle, $145

Bring some new life to your friends’ towel game with these Cultiver cotton denim bath towels. The recycled denim gives the towels a rich, natural color and makes them absorbent for a quick dry off. These are OKEO-TEX® certified, so no harmful materials were used in the process. Gift this with the Take Care box up top, and you have a complete sustainable self-care present.

Kaya Solid Ceramic Cups by Justina Blakeney - Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

Kaya Solid Ceramic Cups by Justina Blakeney, $20

These vibrant ceramic cups designed by Justina Blakeney aren’t limited to just being filled with a drink. These cups can be used as tiny flower pots, a toothbrush container, or even a little pencil holder for a desk. This is a gift anyone can enjoy and will add a pop of color to their life no matter what they use it for. Bonus: These cups are microwave and dishwasher safe!

Eucalypso, Eucalyptus Classic Sheet Set

Eucalypso, Eucalyptus Classic Sheet Set, $105

These are the sheets we’ve all been searching for. These Eucalypso sheets are made of sustainably sourced eucalyptus fibers, are breathable, soft, and moisture-wicking for a sweat-less perfect night’s sleep. Pair with the Avocado mattress topper above, and you have an eco-friendly gift that makes for a cozy night, every night.

Package Free, Zero Waste Starter Kit: The Works - Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

Package Free, Zero Waste Starter Kit: The Works, $149

Get your friends and family started on their zero-waste journey with a Package Free starter kit. With sustainable products from the bathroom to the kitchen, your loved one can reduce their carbon footprint with style and ease. The beeswax food wraps are life-changing, and they’ll never have to buy that sticky plastic wrap again.

Madewell, Quilted Scuff Slippers in Recycled Faux Fur

Madewell, Quilted Scuff Slippers in Recycled Faux Fur, $39.50

Slippers are always necessary and act as the perfect stand-alone or addition to any gift. These recycled faux fur slippers from Madewell are like little blankets for their feet and will have them feeling like they are walking on clouds all day.

Coyuchi, Cirrus Supersoft Organic Cotton Throw

Coyuchi, Cirrus Supersoft Organic Cotton Throw, $148

Forget the overhyped Barefoot Dreams blanket, and check out this organic cotton throw. This 100% recycled blanket is plastic-free and soft as can be. Your friends and family will love snuggling up under this Coyuchi throw or laying it out across their bed or couch for a textured style that can’t be beat.

Deviana Lal

Deviana Lal, writer at Young Hot & Modern