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25 Sustainable Gift Ideas to Make Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Choices

As the holiday season quickly approaches, it is time to select the best gifts for the people that have made your year special, fun, and exciting. Whether it’s figuring out hand soaps to purchase, new decorations to put in the home, or food items, each category of life has tremendous options to become eco-friendly. This gift guide features 25 sustainable gift ideas that you can give your friends, family, and pets to continue spreading love and positivity for years to come.

The brands featured in this guide not only have a mission to ethically manufacture and distribute their products, but have also made it a point to look out for the welfare of living communities.

From minimalist fashion, home decor, food storage, skincare, cosmetics, and treats for pets, encourage those around you to live a better lifestyle by slowly integrating items that will benefit our entire ecosystem. Happy shopping!

Girlfriend Collective Lagoon 50/50 Sweat Short

Girlfriend Collective can do no wrong with their stylish and environmentally-friendly activewear. The Lagoon collection was created with recyclable material and received recycled water bottles from Taiwan, a leading country in recycling.

Kinship All U Ever Wanted Skincare Set

Spoil your skincare-obsessed friend with the limited edition All U Ever Wanted 9-piece collection from Kinship. The set features its Mint Mud Mask, Naked Papaya Cleanser, Oat Ceramide Relief Oil, and more! In efforts to create cleaner oceans, Kinship has removed approximately five tons of plastic waste from oceans to date.

The Citizenry Rahim Cotton Throw

The lightweight, handwoven Rahim Cotton Throw is a great household item to make any living space feel cozier and more inviting. The Citizenry travels the world and uses local materials to craft its household decorations. This throw was crafted by a weaving cooperative right outside Marrakech, Morocco.

Sakara Sleep Tea + The Daily Ritual Mug

Know someone that needs a little nudge to get a restful night’s sleep? Surprise them with Sakara’s organic herbal blend sleep support tea and mug. The brand uses sustainability best practices from sourcing to packaging to reduce its environmental impact.

Omi Woods the Mound Ring II, Gold Vermeil

This bold Omi Woods ring features “an organic sculpture design that mimics natural shapes of the earth and resembles manilla trade bracelets of West Africa.” Omi Woods’ jewelry is ethically handmade with fair trade African gold and is manufactured from an artisan mine that strives to promote the welfare of miners.

Uncommon Goods Accordion Paper Vase Light

If you’re looking for unique home decor pieces this shapeshifting paper lamp is sure to catch anyone’s eye. This lamp, along with other products crafted by Uncommon Goods, is made out of recycled materials, and artisans abstain from using any leather, feathers, or fur in their craftsmanship.

Keepsie Kits Reusable Food Storage Bags

Leftover food can be a hassle during the holiday season. Keepsie Kits’ reusable food storage bags have got your back. The woman-owned business was established in 2019 to reduce plastic waste when traveling. The brand donates 5% of its profits to a non-profit organization that advocates for the economic welfare of Indigenous people.

Selfless by Hyram Centella & Green Tea Hydrating Gel Cleanser

Buying skincare products can be an overwhelming process, especially when you read the names of complex active ingredients. However, Selfless by Hyram’s hydrating gel cleanser is a great first step in anyone’s routine and is suitable for all skin types. Customers of Selfless by Hyram help the brand towards its goal of protecting forest acres from deforestation.

LARQ Bottle PureVis™

Keep hydration at the forefront of your friends and family’s new year’s resolutions with the high-tech, self-cleaning LARQ water bottle. Through LARQ’s partnership with the 1% for the Planet network, a portion of sales is allocated to fund environmental nonprofits around the world and bring safe drinking water to billions of people worldwide.

Axiology Vegan Multi-Use Balmie Set, Malibu Magic

Axiology’s vegan multi-use balmie set contains three pigments that can be used as a blush, highlighter, AND lipstick, knocking a few items off anyone’s beauty routine. The balmie is Axiology’s most sustainable product featuring recycled paper covering, zero plastic use, and 100% recycled paper waste boxes.

Cleancult Complete Liquid Hand Soap Bundle

Help a friend upgrade their kitchen counter or bathroom vanity with Cleancult’s liquid hand soap bundle. The set features two glass hand soap dispensers, four refills in carton boxes, and a mini tote bag. Cleancult uses 100% recyclable materials and plant-based materials with an option to send back empty containers via their free recycling programs.

Youth to the People Superfood Cleanser

Most consumers don’t have the most sustainable recycling practices for their skincare products in plastic packaging. Enter Youth to the People’s Superfood Cleanser in a reusable glass bottle. Once empty, the bottle is perfect for storing new soap, a few flowers, or whatever else comes to mind.

Sprout Graphite Plantable Pencils with Seeds

Have you ever heard of pencils that you can use up and then plant in the ground to see an herb grow? The graphite plantable pencils from Sprout come in a pack of eight (various shades) and are suitable for all ages. The lead of the pencils is made with 100% sustainable ingredients, and when used up, simply plant the seed in the ground, and watch an herb grow.

Aranyani Mini Top Handle

Splurge on a thoughtful luxury handbag from Aranyani. You can personalize your gift by having your recipient’s initials stitched on the handbag. The South Asian-owned brand has plans to use entirely chrome-free leather by 2023 and aims to achieve zero waste by 2025.

Beekman 1802 Milk Drops Probiotic Ceramide Serum

Did you know that goats and humans share the same pH levels? Beekman 1802’s Milk Drops Probiotic Ceramide Serum is powered by goat milk and aims to hydrate the skin throughout the day, leaving it supple and illuminated. Beekman 1802’s goat milk is ethically-sourced from their farm in Sharon Springs, New York.

IIIVVVYYY Ceramics Open Palm Catch All Dish

Keep their most-loved gems safe with this sweet trinket dish from IIIVVVYYY Ceramics. The dish makes a stunning addition to any home and was consciously made to reduce the brand’s carbon footprint.

Kundalini Candles Coconut Milk Soy Candle

The Coconut Milk Soy Candle from Kundalini Candles is placed inside a handcrafted cement casing, made with 100% soy wax, and accented with a wooden wick, which makes for a charming sound when lit. The newly established brand produces even more candles that are vegan, cruelty-free, non-toxic, and eco-friendly.

Conscious Step Socks That Plant Trees

Conscious Step helps you give a simple yet thoughtful gift with a big impact with this cozy set of socks. Each purchase supports Trees for the Future and their efforts to plant trees for healthier soil and more prosperous farmers.

Anchal Canopy Quilt Throw

When it comes to the winter season, most enjoy winding down after a long day with a warm blanket and indulging in some form of self-care. Anchal’s hand-quilted throw is made from pure organic cotton for the softest self-care experience. Its playful design was inspired by Indian architecture and art deco motifs.

MochiThings Canvas Today Pouch + Weekly Planner Set

Know someone who has great craftsmanship and loves to stay organized? Then the Canvas Today Pouch + Weekly Planner set from MochiThings is perfect for them. MochiThings uses a sustainable manufacturing process to distribute their items catered towards providing young professionals with a more organized plan for their future.

Briogeo Scalp Revival™

Give the gift of healthy, gorgeous hair. Briogeo’s award-winning four-step scalp revival essentials kit provides nourishment and hydration to a dry, itchy, or flaky scalp with vegan and cruelty-free ingredients.

Y’abal Bird Pillowcase Denim Blue

Pillows are always a creative and simple way to brighten up a room with colorful patterns or to make sitting areas more cozy, especially for the colder season. Y’abal’s beautifully handwoven pillows are designed and produced to empower indigenous designs, and all sales are dedicated to the sustainable living wage of artisans.

Bee’s Wrap The Lunch Pack

Instead of worrying about purchasing more plastic storage containers to store food, why not try wraps specifically designed to keep food fresh, and won’t take up so much space? The Lunch Pack from Bee’s Wrap is reusable, comes in an array of designs, can hold sandwiches, fruits, vegetables, and small snacks.

Runaway Bicycle Lillian Jacket

This crisp and clean white jacket by South Asian-owned brand Runaway Bicycle is ideal for the minimalists in your life. To make successful pieces that are sustainable, Runaway Bicycle prioritizes longevity in its materials and aims to reduce the demand to make more clothing.

Westpaw Peanut Butter & Banana Dog Treat

Spoil a furry companion this holiday season by investing in organic and sustainable treats. The creamy treats from Westpaw use raw ingredients, such as peanut butter from ground peanuts, and real bananas.

Fatima Zaidi

Fatima Zaidi is a senior at DePaul University studying Journalism with a focus in broadcast and international reporting. Throughout her time at the institution, she has written on a myriad of topics ranging from investigations, opinions, and also features. Zaidi hopes to continue empower women, globally, through her writing and insights to lifestyle, fashion, and culture advice.