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25 Sustainable & Eco Friendly Gifts for Your Low-Impact Loved Ones


Nothing brings gift-giving cheer like knowing your gifts are supporting a better world. 

Let’s face it. Many gifts end up unloved or unused, making the over-consumptive holiday season the worst season for our earth. 

Do something different this holiday season, and consider one of these eco friendly Christmas gifts (or simply eco-friendly gifts, if Santa isn’t your thing). 

Whether a zero waste gift, or just one made with sustainable materials using fair trade practices, our gift-giving can help support people and our planet—and even encourage our loved ones to go green. 

For further inspiration, check out our article on gift wrap for a few more eco friendly gifting ideas.

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Eco Friendly Gifts for Her

1. SNUGGLY ETHICAL PAJAMAS

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Dreamy, ethical pajamas are a winter delight. Between snow days, breakfasts in bed, and that much-anticipated day of gift giving, there’s no better eco friendly gifts for her (or him). 

We won’t tell if you stay in them all day!

Combining affordability and ethics, you shouldn’t be coy about giving your loved one some Fair Trade, organic cotton PJs from Coyuchi.

For dozing off in sustainable, closed-loop-created bamboo, put a bow on something from Boody.

Campo Collection is another gift-ready brand, with super stylish robes, nightgowns, and pajama sets for women and kids.


2. STUNNING SUSTAINABLE JEWELRY

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A little bling could be one of the best environmentally friendly gifts your loved one receives!

Especially when it doesn’t come with mining accidents, child labor, and huge environmental damage. That’s all thanks to ethical and sustainable jewelry brands using eco materials like lab-grown diamonds. 

Changing the fashion and jewelry industry for the better, a gift from Nisolo or ABLE provides an employment opportunity and living wage for a female artisan or small independent workplace, helping to break the cycles of poverty. 

There’s no time like the present to give the gift of a solar-powered eco friendly watch, like those from Certified B Corp Solios (learn more about Solios in our podcast chat with founder, Sam Leroux).


3. LACY ETHICAL LINGERIE

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Turn up the heat when the temperatures are freezing by giving that special someone ethical lingerie

With Azura Bay and Reformation’s sexy little (or big, since we love how inclusive these brands are) numbers, your giftee won’t be the only one doing some unwrapping this holiday season!

Or, if you don’t have that kind of relationship, some sustainable underwear might do the trick (we all need it, after all). 

Knickey and Boody are go-to brands for something soft and simple.


4. STYLISH SUSTAINABLE SUNGLASSES

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If your holiday season is a cold and dreary one, hang tight! The summer sunshine will return. 

What better way to celebrate prematurely than by helping your loved one score the perfect pair of sustainable sunglasses?

Sunski and Waterhaul both lighten the world’s waste load by using 100% recycled plastic.

SSWAY frames are made using 33% less CO2 Emissions and 34% less water. If you break them, send them back to the brand for recycling.


5. DELICIOUS SUSTAINABLE BODY CARE & BEAUTY

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Give the gift of eco friendly makeup and other personal care products that are non-toxic, vegan, cruelty-free and packaged thoughtfully!

Don’t know where to start? 

Check out Elate Cosmetics’ makeup products and kits. Because they come in gorgeous bamboo housing, you won’t even need wrapping paper!

For more basic stocking stuffers, EcoRoots’ zero-waste bundles take care of cleaning, shaving, and dental needs when the makeup comes off (and before it goes on).


6. NON TOXIC PERFUME

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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… spraying?

Non toxic perfumes are far better than chemical-laden fragrances that have been tested on animals. 

The “Peace Perfumes” from The 7 Virtues tick all our sustainable beauty boxes and support farmers in war-ridden nations with higher wages. 

For clean and inclusive fragrances, we recommend sniffing out Heretic Parfum.


Eco Friendly Gifts for Him

7. BETTER GADGETS

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What about something high-tech under the tree?

While the market is still small, it’s exciting to see more and more eco friendly and ethical electronics brands plugging in—especially because they make for great eco friendly gifts for men. 

Like the music legend himself, House of Marley has One Love for a healthy planet, which they show by using sustainable materials for their nature-inspired speakers, headphones, and turntables. 

For accessories to go along with the tech your guy already has, Nimble has chargers and phone cases made with biodegradable or recycled materials. 

Plus, their shipping bag solves the problem of disposing of old electronics. Make sure your giftee knows they can use it to send back old tech for free recycling!


8. ETHICAL SNEAKERS

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For the fitness fanatic in your life, a new pair of sustainable sneakers might be just what the personal trainer ordered.

A top choice for eco friendly gifts for him, Allbirds makes sustainable running shoes and casual trainers alike using biodegradable ZQ Merino wool or TENCEL Lyocell.

We’re also pretty sure that guy in your life will say “hemp yeah” to 8000Kicks and their waterproof shoes made from the non-psychoactive parts of the Cannabis Sativa plant.


9. ECO FRIENDLY COSY SLIPPERS

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Wintertime is all about being cozy—and we can’t neglect our feet! Around the holiday season, ethical slippers are a footwear favorite. 

Baa baa Baabuk, have you any ethical wool?

They sure do, and we’re not sheepish when it comes to how good these make our toes feel.

If running isn’t your thing, you can still flock to Allbirds. Their Tree Loungers provide a vegan slipper option (as well as their ethical Wool Loungers).


10. ECO FRIENDLY WARM WEATHER ACCESSORIES

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Head-to-toe warmth might be the best gift anyone can receive in a Northern Hemisphere winter. Between sustainable scarves, ethical gloves, and hats—there’s a gamut of gift options!  

The mittens by tentree are made from a blend of recycled fabrics and ethical wool (and trigger the planting of ten trees for such a small item).

Coyuchi’s plush knit scarf is made of climate-positive wool sourced from regenerative agriculture projects.

You can’t talk about outerwear without mentioning Patagonia! PataGO check them out for beanies made with materials that are aHEAD of the game—recycled fishing nets, organic cotton, recycled polyester, and recycled cotton, to name a few.

And for something a little more luxurious, Outerknown offers wool & alpaca beanies and plant dyed socks.


11. SUPER SOFT ETHICAL UNDERWEAR

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Overwhelmed by gift options? 

Stuff those stockings with something every guy needs: organic underwear!

Allbirds and tentree are favorites in the SJ house for their majorly soft and comfy boxer/briefs.


Eco Friendly Gifts for Kids

12. CUTEST ETHICAL CLOTHING AND PAJAMAS

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Shopping for little ones is the best! Watching them open up their environmentally friendly gifts is even better.

Light up their eyes with ethically-made, eco-friendly clothing and pajamas, of which you’ll find both made of GOTS-certified materials from Noble.

Sleep might be non-existent for your kiddos as visions of sugar plums dance in their heads, but you can help them snooze soundly the next night with organic cotton pajamas by Nest Designs.

The real gift is the fact that these eco friendly gifts for kids are non toxic and far less impactful.


13. NON TOXIC TOYS

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Playtime should be fun and safe (obviously), so turn the parents in your life onto organic baby toys

Noble has wooden toys, handmade dolls, and newborn gifts. 

Lovevery’s toys are specially designed to support stage-based play—the only tools needed for tots ages 0-4! If you’re on the hunt for eco friendly baby gifts, keep Lovevery in mind.  

Finn + Emma have adorable organic knit and wooden toys that might have YOU wishing you were a kid, too.


Unique Eco Friendly Gifts

14. NON TOXIC COOKWARE

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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 non-toxic, eco friendly cookware

Our Place’s  non-toxic cookware is multi-functional, minimalist, and comes in classy colors to complement the theme of any kitchen.

Caraway keeps it clean with non-toxic, ceramic pans and sets designed for everything from Michelin-star meals to boxed mac-n-cheese.


15. INDOOR COMPOST BINS

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Winter is a tough season for those with green thumbs. Make it a little easier by gifting one of the best eco friendly gifts for those who like to get their hands dirty. 

With an indoor compost bin, they can spend winter turning veggie scraps into black garden gold (compost) to ensure soil success next summer.

Because some people don’t like the smell and look of compost systems, the Living Composter from Uncommon Goods provides a one-of-a-kind solution. It’s odorless, biomorphic, and, dare we say, beautiful.


16. SILKY SMOOTH ETHICAL BEDDING

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The most sustainable gifts are useful gifts. Instead of giving something that sits in the back of a closet, give something that will get used frequently. 

Nothing fits that bill more than eco friendly bedding, including fair trade blankets or eco friendly comforters.

Family-owned PlushBeds have sheets, weighted blankets, mattress protectors, comforters, and pillows.  

Buffy sleepers will benefit from “earth’s softest bedding” made from recycled plastic, eucalyptus fiber, hemp, and recycled thread. 

If it’s someone really special, surprise them with a sustainable mattress, like the organic cotton and latex ones from Naturepedic or Avocado Green Mattress.

That’s much greener than a car with a big ribbon tied around it—not to mention a double gift for yourself if you’re gifting to a spouse 😉


17. ECO FRIENDLY YOGA MATS

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Image by @josemarth for Scoria

We all have a yogi in our life, and there’s no better gift for them than an eco friendly yoga mat that stands out against the rest. Most are pretty toxic, making that 20-minute savasana not-so-relaxing. 

Jade Yoga’s mats are free of EVA, PVC, and synthetic rubber, and are produced according to US wages and work regulations.

Scoria uses of natural rubber and sustainably harvested cork (meaning a biodegradable yoga mat!).


18. TREE PLANTING

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The most sustainable Christmas gifts aren’t those that go under the tree—they’re the tree itself!

Here’s a sampling of the many organizations to help you gift a tree (and the increased biodiversity and carbon sequestration that comes with it):

  • tentree: The name’s a giveaway. Ten trees are planted with every purchase, but you can also buy only the trees and other carbon offsets.
  • Greenpop SA: A tree planting organization that greens urban communities in South Africa, while educating and bringing people together (see our podcast episode with the founder and “TREE-E-O”, Misha Teasdale).
  • The Woodland Trust: Allows you to dedicate an existing tree (or trees) to someone special, which helps fund the planting and protection of trees and woods across the UK.

Affordable Eco Friendly Gifts

19. SUSTAINABLE PHONE COVERS

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For the TikTok-loving teen in your life, make their phone time a little greener with Nimble’s phone covers made from recycled plastic. 

Pela Case is the biggest name in the world of eco-phone cases. Theirs are 100% biodegradable (and shock absorptive).


20. COMFY ECO FRIENDLY T-SHIRTS

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When it comes to essential clothing pieces, eco friendly T shirts take the top spot—making them the perfect gifts for eco friendly people of all kinds.

The Good Tee supports farmers by selling fair trade organic cotton T shirts.

Organic cotton is also used by The Classic T-Shirt Company, along with azo-free dyes.  

Speaking of dyes, Colorful Standard uses those that are OEKO-Tex certified. Choose between 41 different colors to brighten up these GOTS-certified tees—setting a very colorful standard, indeed.


21. REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES

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If you want to spark a sustainable shift for a loved one, an eco friendly water bottle is the perfect first essential to help them build out a zero waste kit

You can’t go wrong with Klean Kanteen or Hydro Flask. Both use colorfully powder-coated BPA-free stainless steel, making water bottles that can withstand it all.


22. ON POINT SUSTAINABLE ACCESSORIES

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Sustainable accessories make for stellar stocking stuffers.

Accompany has an impressive range of ethical accessories like bags, shoes, fair trade hats, and more. 

For cheap eco friendly gifts for those on a budget, KOOSHOO’s organic, plastic-free hair ties are great for the long locks and man buns of those who always lose or break their hair ties.


Eco Friendly Gifts from the UK

23. PERSONAL CARE AND GIFTS FROM JUNGLE CULTURE

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There’s no shortage of eco friendly gifts in the UK!

Suitable for a holiday or housewarming gift, Jungle Culture offers some seriously adorable sustainable candles!

The brand also has other sustainable goods, like housewares, cutlery, straws, soaps, and plastic-free safety razors

That’s basically like giving the gift of never having to buy a pesky (and expensive) razor head again!


24. ETHICAL FASHION

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Image by Thought

For your best Brit friends and family members, there are a lot of ethical UK-based fashion and accessory brands worth checking out.

For easy-to-wear men’s and women’s fashion, don’t think twice about gifting something from Thought

For women’s clothing, People Tree has deep roots in the fair trade movement.

Fully upcycled accessories like bags and sunglasses can be found from Elvis & Kresse and Waterhaul, respectively. Even behind those new shades, you’ll see their eyes light up at the thought of their environmentally friendly gift being made from decommissioned fire hoses or ocean pollution


25. SUSTAINABLE BEAUTY PRODUCTS

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Image by Odylique

Fill that beauty bag or medicine cabinet this holiday season with ethical and sustainable beauty products from some of the UK’s best beauty brands. 

Naturisimo specializes in organic skincare, makeup, hair and body products. 

PHB Ethical Beauty uses natural and organic ingredients, is 100% cruelty free and vegan, and donates 20% of their profits! 

Odylique won’t leave you feeling bereft of eco friendly gift ideas. They have tons of makeup products, as well as those for face, body, hair, aromatherapy, mum + baby, vegans, and fairtrade seekers.


FINAL THOUGHTS ON SUSTAINABLE GIFTS

When these eco friendly gifts are unwrapped they’ll do more than put a smile on the recipient’s face. 

Still, remember that the best sustainable gifts can’t be wrapped, and they certainly won’t fit under any tree. Your time and love is by far the most sustainable gift (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 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 and the big day is quickly approaching, check out our other gift guides that might spark inspiration: gifts for minimalists, ethical gifts and gifts for vegans

As a cheeky gift for us, please share this article with friends and family! Together, we can make gift-giving greener.


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2 thoughts on “25 Sustainable & Eco Friendly Gifts for Your Low-Impact Loved Ones”

  1. Wonderful ideas in here, thanks for the inspiration! I usually give homemade things like marmelade with fruits from my garden. Love the idea to gift a tree that is planted! Will try to remember that for next year 🙂

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