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Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas Anyone Can Use

‘Tis the season for holiday gift exchanges. The question is, what to give? When you’re mindful about reducing waste, answering that is tricky, especially in situations where you might not even know who you’re gifting to (here’s looking at you, Secret Santa and gift stealing games!) You want to know that your purchase is appreciated and useful, not destined for a single-use-and-toss-away situation.

To help, we rounded up some eco-friendly gift ideas that your mom, peers, and even your boss would appreciate.

That way, you can focus on having fun and celebrating the holiday season. Bye-bye shopping anxiety, hello merriment!

1. Duffel Bag

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Both a stylish and handy eco-friendly gift idea, this bag comes in a neutral shade that everyone will love. Plus, it’s made out of recycled materials.

2. Weekly Planner

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Staying organized is a habit anyone can get on top of. These weekly planners are made with tree-free, recycled materials. Karst also invests in carbon offset deliveries for every order, so these are also carbon-neutral.

3. Lump of Coal Handmade Soap Gift

This eco-friendly stocking stuffer is made for all the naughty people on your list! Don’t worry, while it might look like a little lump of coal, recipients will be pleased to discover that they got a lovely gift of unscented handmade soap made with activated charcoal. Known for its purifying powers, activated charcoal is great for cleansing. Plus, the bars are palm oil-free, not tested on animals, made with natural ingredients in small batches, and wrapped in biodegradable packaging.

4. Composter

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Inspire them to start an eco-friendly habit in the new year with this sustainably-made compost bin to collect your food scraps. It comes with a filtered lid made out of bamboo so you don’t have to worry about any smells caused by off-gassing.

5. Moon Puzzle

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Give them something relaxing to do inside when the weather gets particularly chilly. This beautiful puzzle made with recycled material should do the trick!

6. Deluxe Handmade Soap Gift Set

Everyone can use soap! Keep their hands extra smooth in wintertime with this set of 3 handmade soap bars infused with essential oil blends including lemongrass, eucalyptus, and cedarwood. These handmade soaps are also vegan, palm-oil-free, and made with natural ingredients that will moisturize all day long. Packaged in a luxurious kraft paper box, it’s a gift anyone would love.

7. Coffee Press

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Ah, coffee. The virtually universally-loved beverage that’s as useful as it is essential for early morning wake-ups. Try this one made out of sustainable materials including silicone.

8. Weighted Blanket

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Who doesn’t love a cozy snooze? This sustainably-made weighted blanket will help them to slumberland.

9. Holiday Spice Handmade Soap

Everything nice will come their way when they open and smell these luxurious holiday spice handmade soap bars. Infused with pine, cinnamon, and orange essential oils, these bring a festive flair to their powder room without causing any harm to our waterways since the ingredients are natural. It’s one of those eco-friendly gift ideas that you know will go to use.

10. Unisex Beanie

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A lot of body heat escapes our noggins in wintertime, so show how much you care about them and the earth with these sustainably-made Tentree beanies.

11. Holiday Cocktail Kit

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Help them celebrate and host an elegant holiday party with this fancy cocktail kit. Rest easy that you’ll be reducing waste, as they come packaged in a 100% post-consumer recycled cardboard box with compostable packing crinkle.

12. Herb Sprouter Kit

Fresh Herb Sprouter Kits

This green gift is great for gardeners or anyone who loves to cook, and makes the perfect hostess gift to take to dinner parties over the holiday season. It includes everything required to grow tasty herbs with zero waste left behind! It’s packaged with eco-friendly seed paper embedded with herb seeds and a pot made from 100% biodegradable rice material. The recipient can plant some of the paper in the pot and will even have tons left over to plant in their garden in the spring or in other pots indoors, so they’ll have lots of herbs to enjoy in their favorite recipes.

With this eco-friendly holiday gift ideas list, we hope you’ll find it easier to check off your holiday gift list and feel good about making sustainable choices for the planet.

Learn more about this special paper made by Botanical PaperWorks that uses post-consumer materials and is embedded with seeds so that it will grow when planted!

You can buy seed paper sheets for eco-friendly papercraft projects from Botanical PaperWorks. We have a variety of seed options, including wildflower, herb and veggie, and over 25 seed paper colors. Join our mailing list to receive emails with freebies, projects, coupons, green living tips, and decor ideas and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest


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