27 Eco-Friendly Gifts & Ideas For Your Sustainable Loved Ones
Nothing brings gift-giving cheer like knowing your eco-friendly gifts are supporting a better world.
Let’s face it—many gifts end up unloved or unused, making the over-consumptive holiday season anything but a holiday for our planet.
Do something different by filling your reusable advent calendar and stockings with sustainable Christmas gifts (or simply eco-friendly gifts, if Santa isn’t your thing).
From zero waste gifts to ones made with all natural materials and minimal packaging, choosing the best eco-friendly holiday gifts can help support people and our planet—and even encourage our loved ones to go green.
Get your zero waste gift wrapping paper ready and let’s dive into the best eco-friendly gifts.
Or for five quick-fire eco-gift ideas, watch our video above.
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The Full List Of Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Gift Ideas
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- Sustainable Gift Sets | Visit Store
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- Chemical Free Cookware & Bakeware | Visit Store
- Reusable Drinkware | Visit Store
- Plantable Stationery | Visit Store
- Stunning Jewelry | Visit Store
- Ethical Sneakers | Visit Store
- Stylish Sunglasses | Visit Store
- Comfortable Underwear | Visit Store
- Non-Toxic Perfume | Visit Store
- Comfy T-Shirts | Visit Store
- Ethical Watch | Visit Store
- Natural Yoga Props and Mats | Visit Store
- Online Thrift Store Gift Vouchers | Visit Store
- Safe Candles | Visit Store
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- Cozy Winter Accessories | Visit Store
- Silky Smooth Bedding | Visit Store
- Earth-friendly Camping Gear | Visit Store
- Tree Planting | Visit Store
- Portable Solar Panel | Visit Store
1. Do-Good Gadgets
Price Range: $35–$650
While eco-conscious gifts in the tech sector are limited, it’s exciting to see more and more sustainable electronics brands plugging in—especially because they make for some seriously cool sustainable gadgets.
But where there are eco gifts being unwrapped, there needs to be someone capturing the moment.
Paper Shoot’s minimalist digital cameras provide a great aperture-tunity for sustainable loved ones to hone in on their photography skills.
That is, with an eco-friendly digital alternative to disposable and film cameras made entirely from recycled, repurposed, and biodegradable materials.
If your loved one isn’t smiling for the cameras, a House of Marley gadget might make for a better eco-friendly alternative.
Like the music legend himself, the brand has One Love for a healthy planet, which they show by using sustainable materials for their nature-inspired collection.
2. Eco-zy Blankets
Price Range: $89–$189
Help your loved ones cozy up to conscious living with a stylish and sustainable blanket.
Savvy Rest’s organic cotton blanket is the obvious addition to that sustainable slumber starter kit.
Free from pesticides, bleach, toxic dyes, and synthetic materials, the eco-friendly throw makes a wonderful companion for eco-friendly sofas.
Use code SUSTAINABLEJUNGLE for 20% off all Savvy Rest products
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3. Slow Fashion Sweaters
Price Range: $85–$168
What would an eco-friendly Christmas gift list be without mention of a responsible and sustainable sweater?
Sure, grandma may have owned this niche knit-gift for many a season but does she ensure only the most sustainable materials are used in her no doubt crafty patchwork?
Unlikely. But Frank And Oak does.
Not only is the loose fit crewneck sustainably chic, but the fabric is also packed with nutrients that are great for the skin, including calcium, iron, magnesium, and the coveted Vitamin D.
Shipped in compostable poly bags and a recyclable packaging, this versatile classic knit sweater comes wrapped and ready to put under your sustainable Christmas tree.
Right next to this Rowan Rib Crew Sweater, the slow-fashion-lovers staple made from recycled materials (55% BCI cotton, 25% recycled polyester, and 20% recycled nylon.)
After all, you can’t spell sustainable gift ideas without ABLE.
4. Pro Planet Pajamas
Price Range: $58–$159
Between snow days, breakfasts in bed, and that much-anticipated day of gift giving itself, sustainable pajamas are a winter’s delight.
We won’t tell if you stay in them all day—but we will tell you about some that make for the best sustainable gifts.
In fact, we’d be surprised if you DIDN’T stay in your MagicLinen PJ’s all day.
After all, their Luni Linen Pajama Set is made with smooth and breathable OEKO-TEX-certified European flax for a reason. We love this set for summer sleeping, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be counted among the best sustainable gifts for Christmas.
For a cold Christmas morning, they can top off the set with their cozy Waffle Robe.
*Sponsored inclusion. Learn more here.
5. Snuggly Slippers
Price Range: $39–$140
We’d all love a heated floor installation, but since that’s a bit above and beyond the call of Christmas, the next most affordable sustainable gift idea?
An award-winning pair by Baabuk is designed to be loved for years—not falling apart by next fall.
They put new meaning to the word “sustainable stocking stuffer” with their secure Mel wool slippers, made of felted New Zealand ethical wool. You’ll find us living in our pair through every sub-zero Rocky Mountain winter in a house with no central heat.
If your gift-recipient is plant-based, don’t sweat. They too, can rejoice in toasty toes with house shoes from Dooeys.
Designed for hardwood & tile floors, the animal friendly footwear is crafted from apple leather, sugarcane, recycled bottles (PET), and cork.
All three styles are easy to slip off, providing maximum indoor and outdoor convenience.
6. Clean Beauty Products
Price Range: $15–$266
If you forgot to give your friend something last Christmas, right your wrongs by gifting them a killer clean beauty routine this season.
Activist Skincare’s products are a must-have for any sustainable skincare routine
Their Damage Reversal Essentials kit contains potent serums that use natural ingredients to fight off premature aging and protect skin from UV rays.
In other words, this sustainable skincare solution is one of those eco-friendly gifts that lasts a lifetime (because it keeps skin looking youthful, that is.)
When it comes to clean green cosmetics, Axiology multi-sticks are one of our favorite cosmetics brands, thanks to their completely compostable packaging.
With versatile lips to lid coverage, the plastic-free Multi-Stick balms will be gone as soon as they are opened (which is why you should invest in a bundle pack).
The cardboard sticks make the best stocking sized eco gifts for any woman in your life.
7. Sustainable Gift Sets
Price Range: $4–$150
If you can’t decide on one gift, give something that contains multiple environmentally friendly gifts in one…a gift box!
For cheap eco-friendly gifts that will get used year-round, try UpRoot Design Studio.
With three different types of tea, a jar of raw honey, wood-wick candle, a reusable heat pack, and “Tea Time” and “Candle Gazing” visual meditation cards, the Winter Wellness Gift Box is the perfect kit for staying warm and relaxed on a cold winter night.
Plus, it comes with an adorable Two Birds in the Bush card so you can include all your own personal well-wishes as well.
If your loved one isn’t a tea lover, you’re not out of luck. They’ve got a sustainable gift box for everything, from garden growing to conscious crafting.
Perhaps a home growing kit is just what your friends need to inspire their New Year’s resolutions (and stick to them this time!).
Like their Eco Living Gift Box, which contains everyday kitchen products like beeswax, wraps, utensils, and metal straws.
8. Planet-Friendly Personal Care
Price Range: $5–$237
Are there more personal eco-friendly gift options out there than personal care products?
Sure exfoliating hand wash and aluminum-free deodorant make great gifts, but if you’re still searching for that cutting edge idea, s(h)ave time (and the planet) by opting for Leaf Shave razors.
With the same design as modern razors but with the plastic and wasted replaceable heads, the zero waste razors make useful luxury eco-friendly gifts for both men and women alike.
Crafted from naturally hydrating ingredients, the zero waste lotion leaves skin nourished.
What’s more, it’s carefully infused with magnesium, which is critical for countless bodily functions and actually best absorbed through the skin. In the cold, dry winter months, this product has been an absolute essential for us personally.
9. Chemical Free Cookware & Bakeware
Price Range: $40–$1,830
What’s one thing we all agree on during the holiday season?
That it’s time for good food!
For forward-thinkers who want to contribute to a happy, healthy planet on which to celebrate next year, give your loved one some sustainable presents in the form of non-toxic, eco-friendly cookware—rather than standard PFOA and PTFE-leaching non-stick options.
Caraway keeps it clean with non-toxic, ceramic pans and non-toxic bakeware designed for everything from Michelin-star meals to boxed mac-n-cheese.
By gifting their 11-piece Bakeware Set, you might even just get some home-baked goodies in return—easily one of the best eco-friendly gifts for you, too!
Trust us from experience, its non-toxic ceramic coating is just as non-stick (if not more!) than conventional bakeware, meaning those cookies and cakes will come out clean in every way.
It’s non-toxic, multi-functional, minimalist, and comes in classy colors to complement the theme of any kitchen.
10. Reusable Drinkware
Price Range: £35–£153
The best gifts for eco-friendly people are those that also help them live more sustainably.
If you want to spark a sustainable shift for a loved one, a plastic-free water bottle is one of the best eco gift ideas.
And Ocean Bottle‘s are sea-riously sustainable, thanks to the brand funding the collection of 1000 ocean-bound plastic bottles for every.singlesale.
What’s more, each colorful stainless steel OG Ocean Bottle is made from 67% recycled materials and features a double-wall vacuum-insulated design to keep drinks hot or cold (for hours!).
We’re constantly struggling with thermos lids that always seem to leak or spill when trying to drink on the go. Not this one! Even if your car hits a bump, the wide funnel top keeps any sloshed liquid from spilling out, draining it back into the bottle.
No matter which you choose to wrap up, you’re getting something spill-proof, sweatproof, 100% dishwasher-safe, and backed by a 10-year warranty.
For an extra touch, you can choose to have custom engraving added to the bottles, which will ship in custom-fitted recycled cardboard boxes.
*Sponsored inclusion. Learn more here.
11. Plantable Stationery
Price Range: $6–$210
Plant the seeds of a more sustainable lifestyle with an eco-friendly gift that will end up in soil rather than a trash bag
Sustainable gifts are non-negotiable—but what about sustainable well-wishes?
WEmade Boutique covers your sustainable gifting needs with their personalizable seed paper holiday cards.
Not only are they handmade of elegant, recycled paper, but they’re embedded with pollinator-friendly wildflower seeds, so your gift recipient can still think of you when summer rolls around.
Of course, where there’s eco-friendly stationery, there needs to be sustainable pencils to match.
Let’s just say, Sprout plantable pencils make for the write unique eco-friendly gifts for earth lovers.
Made from certified wood, the completely biodegradable plastic-free pencils end their lifecycles without a trace—-except for the lovely herbs and vegetables the top seed capsule plant in their stead.
12. Stunning Jewelry
Price Range: $
Looking for environmentally sustainable gifts for minimalists?
You can never go wrong with sustainable jewelry.
Especially when it gives communities in need the opportunity to break generational poverty cycles and actually be able to afford the holidays for their families, too.
SOKO connects Kenyan artists to the international marketplace, allowing them to escape the otherwise marginalized micro-economies of the craft sector.
Their fair-trade jewelry is handmade with a number of upcycled materials like recycled brass, reclaimed horns and bones, and excess teak cut-offs.
Don’t these Capped Quill Dangle Earrings make sustainability look SOKO-ool?
The best environmentally friendly gifts are those made of materials that already exist, which is why we think Catbird is the bee’s (er, bird’s?) knees.
Recycled metals come together in a huge selection of pieces, like the stunningly simple Threadbare Ring—which can be stacked for best effect.
13. Ethical Sneakers
Price Range: $79–$169
For the fitness fanatic in your life, a new pair of sustainable running shoes might be just what the personal trainer ordered.
And because sneakers are something almost everyone uses regularly (and commonly need replacing), they qualify as some of the best gifts for environmentally conscious folks—and everyone else!
Cariuma’s ethical sneakers give other brands a run for their money.
Not only do the green gifts support arches, but they also support regenerative agriculture in the process. Plus, two trees are planted with each pair purchased (talk about a low carbon footprint.)
The Explorer V2 ultralight and breathable sneaker is perfect for both casual and activewear. With hemp upper and algal bloom soles, these sneakers are greener than your naturally-grown Christmas tree.
14. Stylish Sunglasses
Price Range: $48–$120
Waiting for the summer sunshine to return or have a holiday vacay booked in a sunnier destination?
Celebrate prematurely by helping your loved one score the perfect pair of sustainable sunglasses.
Each fair trade frame is crafted with biodegradable and recycled materials like recycled skateboard decks, recycled aluminum, biodegradable bamboo, and FSC-certified wood.
Plus, five trees are purchased with each fair trade frame sold!
There is no doubt that these BPA-free Sierra Aluminum frames are a thoughtful gift for plastic-free beach bunnies out there.
15. Comfortable Underwear
Price Range: $18–$24
Briefly put, the ubiquitous fail-safe gift is practical because everyone will need them at some point.
And, when they do, the Wama’s comfortable hemp underwear you gifted will be the ex-hemp-lary choice.
Subset also has plenty of panties perfect for green gift ideas.
Certified organic cotton and empowering and body-inclusive imaging show that non-toxic, safe skivvies should be available to everyone.
16. Non-Toxic Perfume
Price Range: $14–$165
Scent serves as one of the best memory-makers, so your loved one will always remember this next gift. It’s the gift that keeps on… smelling?
Non-toxic perfumes are far better than chemical-laden fragrances that have been tested on animals.
With some of the perfumes around, Rainwater Botanicals checks all our sustainable gifting boxes.
The zero waste beauty brand makes long-lasting perfume oils and body mists from strictly natural ingredients like essential oils, natural fragrances, and CO2 extracts.
The Organic Carnation perfume is ready for when the snow melts and flowers bloom.
The earthy plant-based perfume not only smells amazing, but its clean formula is also amazing for the planet.
17. Comfy T-Shirts
Price Range: $38–$118
Essential clothing pieces like eco-friendly t-shirts are another fail-safe environmental present you could give to basically anyone.
Especially for that person that would give you the shirt off of their back.
The Classic T. Shirt Co. has basic options for men and women alike, ranging from short sleeve crew necks to long sleeve V-necks.
Their Unisex French Terry Box Crew seamlessly transitions into anyone’s everyday wear wardrobe.
If you’re looking for color versatility in addition to versatility, check out the Colorful Standard.
Their organic cotton range of short sleeve tees, sweatshirts, and much more come in limited cuts, but feature a range of 50+ eco-friendly colors.
Made with environmentally-friendly dyes, the pre-washed pigments are made to withstand even the harshest eco-friendly washing machine out there.
18. Ethical Watch
Price Range: $265–$355
There’s no time like the present to give environmental presents.
And what better than a solar-powered eco-friendly watch?
The Solios Solar Mini lasts twice as long as a conventional watch and is also twice as sustainable.
Chargeable with both natural and artificial light, the timeless classic can last several months once fully charged.
Meaning even our friends in rainy states like Oregan can fuel up without fear (and carbon emissions).
It’s available in a customizable range of colors, but we’re loving the elegent looks of the silver chain band and white face.
For something a little more rugged, the All-Black Solar Solar Classic with a vegan leather band is something that can withstand heavy day to day wear.
We can’t think of a more classy sustainable gift for him.
*Sponsored inclusion. Learn more here.
19. Natural Yoga Props & Mats
Price Range: $13–$102
Get into the festive flow by giving your favorite yogi and eco-friendly yoga mat as an eco-friendly gift.
Complete Unity Yoga makes non-slip jute yoga mats that won’t make their zero waste downward dog run away from them.
If your loved one is a dedicated yogi, however, it’s likely they’ve already met the mat of their dreams.
Opt for sustainable yoga props instead.
This Illuminate Cork Yoga Wheel from Scoria is wheely good for everyone, from beginners looking to stretch their spine and advanced yogis looking to up their balance pose game.
Stamped with the lunar cycle, this yogi accessory will have your loved one over the moon.
20. Online Gift Vouchers
Price Range: Varies
‘Tis the season for giving, not guessing.
When it comes to the best environmentally friendly Christmas gifts, we’re always ones to vouch for online gift vouchers.
We know a lot of people find them impersonal, but we’d rather have someone pick out exactly what they need before giving them something that will lie around unused (and subsequently end up in the trash.)
Plus, since they are completely eco-friendly gifts online, they have the planet-friendly perk of being zero waste.
EcoRoots is another shop to help you get grounded in sustainable giving.
There, your gift recipient will be able to browse for over 50 different bathroom, beauty, and home goods.
With supporting a women-owned small business being the icing on the (fruit) cake.
21. Safe Candles
Price Range: $24–$78
Okay, fine, Robert Wells and Mel Tormé probably weren’t talking about sustainable candles, but we think these are the perfect eco Christmas gifts to set the festive mood.
Siblings’ candle refill pouches are sure to light up your loved ones’ lives.
The obvious holiday choice here is their Sweater Weather Pack, a gift set featuring coconut blend wax infused with three different scents of musky butter, smoked honey bourbon, and roasted chestnuts.
All of which comes via carbon-neutral shipping and eco-friendly packaging—AKA a compostable refill bag that can be returned and reused.
For already crafted candles, PF Candle Co has soy-based, cruelty-free, and phthalate free options to choose from.
No Christmas is complete without the Spruce Soy Candle, a delightfully festive blend of blue spruce, cedar, and citrus.
Once burned, the glass jar can be repurposed into an eco-friendly planter or (plantable) pencil holder. A two-in-one sustainable gift!
22. Better Bags
Price Range: $80—$350
Their Lifepak Endeavor features both a “carry-on closet” and a work zone with drop-proof laptop storage, cable organization, and Powerbank pockets. Made from 100% recycled plastic, the eco-friendly corporate gift is perfect for that Secret Santa party.
For gifts for the eco-conscious lady, Nisolo’s totes always come in handy.
Their zero carbon commuter bag, the Simone Convertible Shopper, is one of our personal favorites because of its convertible hand and shoulder handles.
Oh, and because it’s Leather Working Group certified, meaning the durable leather body is made using only the most sustainable and ethical practices.
23. Cozy Winter Accessories
Price Range: $16–$55
Nothing screams “sustainable christmas gift ideas” like winter-ready sustainable accessories to keep your loved ones feeling warm—both inside and out!
prAna’s winter accessories do just that.
Crafted with RWS-certified wool, this eco Christmas gift comes with the added benefits of animal welfare and 10 trees planted.
24. Silky Smooth Bedding
Price Range: $175–$399
Wrapping up a box of sustainable bedding means your loved one can wrap up in something organic, non toxic, but no less comfortable.
We can confirm that they literally feel soft as silk (read our PlushBeds review for the deep dive), but without the ethical dubiousness.
Which, may add, also helps make dreams come true by supporting The PlushBeds Scholarship Program.
Cozy Earth’s sustainable sheets also make some of the best gifts for a sustainable lifestyle.
Their best-selling bamboo sheet set is basically the(s)talk of the town this gift-giving season.
25. Earth-Friendly Camping Gear
Price Range: $99–$435
Eco-friendly sustainable gifts that protect nature and encourage your giftee to get outside?
NEMO has just about everything you can think of.
Plus, it’s fully recyclable at the end of its life!
But of course, nothing makes winter eco camping more enjoyable than a nice warm meal.
26. Tree Planting
Price Range: Varies
The most sustainable Christmas gifts aren’t those that go under the tree (or what’s inside the eco-friendly Christmas crackers)—they’re the tree itself!
Invest in these affordable sustainable gifts this Christmas tree-son and the increased biodiversity and carbon sequestration that comes with it.
Arbor Day Foundation’s Give-A-Tree cards plant a tree in honor of your family, friends, and associates.
They have recycled cards for all sorts of celebrations, including holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions.
Meanwhile, One Tree Planted has tree planting kits where loved ones get in on the action themselves. They receive their own seeds to sow, and One Tree Planted plants a tree of the same species in their honor—just in case they don’t quite have that green thumb.
27. Portable Solar Panel
Price Range: $60–$2,395
There are few more fitting gifts for the eco conscious than something that helps them reduce their ecological footprint.
Which is why portable solar panels are on-point for this list.
Anker has a panel of solar-powered environmental gifts to choose from.
Their SOLIX 30W Portable Solar Panel is weather-resistant and foldable, making it the ideal choice for simple on-the-go charging.
For a wider set of solar solutions, Goal Zero has anyone’s portable power needs covered.
The Boulder Briefcase series—available in various wattages—is a reliable step up for those who might need a little more juice, like van lifers and avid campers.
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Final Thoughts On Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Gifts
Giving one of these environmentally friendly gifts will do more than put a smile on your recipient’s face.
Still, remember the best sustainable presents can’t be wrapped, and they certainly won’t fit under any tree.
Your time and love are by far the best eco-friendly gifts (not to mention the one that will fill your loved one’s heart with the most joy).
If you love watching them tear open the eco-friendly wrapping paper of an actual gift, get creative by buying second-hand, making something, or even re-gifting—contrary to popular opinion, it’s not thoughtless, it’s sustainable.
If you’re still at a loss, have a look through our other sustainable gift guides which might spark just the inspiration you need: sustainable Black Friday deals, gifts for minimalists, ethical gifts, and gifts for vegans.
And as a little gift for us, share this list of sustainable Christmas ideas with friends and family so that together, we can make gift-giving greener.