27 Best Zero Waste Gifts For Every Plastic-Free Present List
For holiday cheer that doesn’t turn into holiday eco-anxiety, consider giving zero waste gifts this year.
These aim to spread sustainable living cheer without spreading waste—or as little waste as possible.
It’s time we all ditch the disposable gifts and instead look for those that are reusable, upcycled, compostable, and timeless, so they won’t end up as ghosts of Christmases past by haunting landfills.
Our gift to you is a succinct roundup of plastic-free Christmas gifts, so all you’ll need to worry about is what zero waste gift wrapping you’ll use with them—because plastic wrap just isn’t it.
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The Full List Of Plastic-Free Gift Ideas
Zero Waste Christmas Gifts
- Slippers | Visit Store
- Christmas Sweaters | Visit Store
- Better Gadgets | Visit Store
- Pajamas | Visit Store
- Coffee Makers | Visit Store
- Zero Waste Gift Basket | Visit Store
- Zero Waste Toys | Visit Store
- Circular Pet Toys | Visit Store
- Zero Waste Store Vouchers | Visit Store
- Organic Kids Clothing | Visit Store
- Zero Waste Art Supplies | Visit Store
- Reusable Christmas Crackers | Visit Store
- Digital Entertainment & Wellbeing Memberships | Visit Store
- Zero Waste Books | Visit Store
- Donation on Their Behalf | Visit Store
Zero Waste Christmas Gifts
Price Range: $54–$129
Let’s slide into our list of zero waste gift ideas with a gift that’s shoe-in to be a Christmas favorite: sustainable slippers.
A pair of Krygies’ slippers will make the perfect sustainable gift for that eco-friendly someone in your life.
Their steppers are handcrafted by local fair trade artisans in Kyrgyzstan, using OEKO-Tex Certified ethical wool from mulesed-free sheep, and vegetable tanned leather.
Any scrap felt left over from the shoe making process is reprocessed and reused. And, pre-loved pieces are saved from landfills via their resale platform Treet.
With a non-slip leather sole and comfortable elastic stretch, the low waste lady in your life can step comfortably and confidently with these Women’s Tengries.
Meanwhile, Men’s Krygies make a great zero waste gift for men. The low back makes them easy to slip on and off, while the molded footbed provides incredible arch support.
2. Christmas Sweaters
Price Range: $168–$388
It’s no secret that ugly Christmas sweaters are about the least sustainable thing out there.
From sourcing to creating, the Certified B Corp Outerknown has an environmental commitment that warms our hearts (and the rest of our bodies!)
Or, via their online resale platform, OuterWorn, pre-owned pieces get the chance at another life. And, other materials that would otherwise go to the landfill, are recycled and repurposed via Project Vermont.
Pact’s pact to protect the environment also can’t go overlooked.
Their organic GOTS-certified cotton sweaters are created in a fair trade factory in India and come sans plastic packaging.
This eco-friendly Honey Comb Knit Crew Sweater is just what your sustainable loved one needs to support them through their winter Hallmark movie binges.
3. Better Gadgets
Price Range: $25–$579
In the day and age of technology, the low waste Christmas gifts that will have everyone talking (or Tweeting) involve sustainable electronics.
Paper Shoot cameras make unique zero waste gifts that anyone would smile for.
That is, point-and-shoot cameras made entirely from repurposed, biodegradable, and recycled materials.
For music loving loved ones out there, House of Marley has sound gifts for zero waste living and jamming.
Their plastic-free gadgets feature sustainable materials like bamboo, responsibly sourced wood, recyclable aluminum, and fabric made from plastic bottles.
With these Bluetooth Bookmark Speakers, your loved one can spread the message of sustainable living loud and clear.
Price Range: $25–$136
Sustainable pajamas are what zero waste dreams are made of.
That is, a low carbon footprint and empty landfills.
Made from carbon-neutral cotton, Pact’s certified organic pajamas offset up to 15.6 KG of carbon emissions per purchase.
For zero waste loved ones who like lounging around in their pajamas all day, Coyuchi’s stylish loungewear makes for a wonderful gift.
Consciously comfortable and classy, their collections are versatile for every day, all day wear.
We get most of our gift inspiration from their Solstice Collection—a line featuring several mix-and-match products made from organic jersey cotton in a factory that recycles 98% of its waste water.
5. Coffee Maker
Price Range: $22–$122
Pure Over has un-bean-lievable accessories for the zero waste caffeine addict in your life.
With a built-in glass filter, their best-selling Brew Kit XL+ uses cake filtration to extract the taste of the beans rather than a pesky paper filter. This perfect zero waste gift isn’t for that average cup of joe.
When it comes to zero waste gift ideas, Hario also has the drip (coffee makers, that is.)
Though, we’d rather highlight their dishwasher safe French Press.
We’d recommend this one for those at-home eco-baristas who are new to brewing their own coffee, since it’s both simple to use and easy to clean.
All of their heat proof glass products make great sustainable gifts though, considering they are crafted from earth-friendly materials in a pollution-free factory (with zero smokestack waste).
6. Zero Waste Gift Basket
Price Range: $14–$214
Zero waste gift boxes are a holy grail among gifts for plastic-free living.
Toothbrushes, plastic-free loofahs, shampoo bars, and more.
If you’re looking for more specific zero waste gift ideas, EarthHero makes it easy by separating their gift boxes into categories like gifts for him, sustainable gifts for her, gifts for kids, and corporate gifting.
For the last category, their Eco Office Gift Box is filled with great recycled corporate gifts.
7. Zero Waste Toys
Price Range: $3–$380
Know a sustainable mother out there trying their best with a zero waste baby?
The most simple zero waste gifts for mom are the gifts of temporary peace and quiet.
Since they’re crafted using kid-safe, OEKO-TEX-certified materials, moms can take a little break without the anxiety of their little ones ingesting harmful chemicals or pieces.
Crafted from FSC-certified and sustainably harvested wood, The Pull Pup is one of their most popular zero waste gifts for kids.
Plan Toys also has a great selection of gifts made from recycled materials, including reclaimed rubber and upcycled sawdust.
All options are sustainably made in Thailand, though not every option is plastic-free. Recycled plastics are used less than 10% of the time, and only when it significantly enhances the performance of the toy.
If you are looking to reduce plastic waste completely, try to avoid their water building blocks.
If you’re overwhelmed by the options, we’d recommend browsing their award-winning products page.
8. Compostable Or Circular Pet Toys
Price Range: $7–$45
We can’t forget about our furry family members when shopping for great zero waste gifts for Christmas—lest they decide to try to open other presents instead!
While not 100% plastic-free gifts as such, the durable eco-friendly dog toys by West Paw make eco-friendly gifts for zero waste dogs out there—being that they’re made of recycled plastic from pre-loved dog toys.
Once chewed up, you can send them back to get remade into something new.
Though, it may be a while, considering their best-selling Hurley Chew Bone can weather even the toughest of teeth (AKA our dog’s, who has happily been chomping on this for months).
We can’t forget about eco-friendly cats, too.
The Kind Pet’s cat toys are created from recycled and recyclable materials like organic cotton, hemp, cardboard, and ethical wool.
For conscious kittens out there with a knack for marine life, the Octopus Cat Toys are basically Christmas catnip.
9. Zero Waste Store Vouchers
Price Range: $5–$500
We all have that person in our life who “doesn’t want anything” for Christmas.
Well, these vouchers are technically gifts that aren’t “things”.
Virtual gift cards to a zero waste online store are the ultimate simple plastic-free gifts for last-minute shoppers and that hard-to-buy-for friend or family member—especially those you want to nudge along their zero waste journey.
Sustainable megastore EarthHero offers digital cards that are budget friendly (starting at $5) and give your loved ones access to numerous zero waste home brands
With a slightly higher minimum ($25), an EcoRoots gift card gives loved ones access to site-exclusive bath, beauty, home, and kitchen products. The virtually delivered card has no expiration date, meaning your loved one can buy whatever they want, whenever they want.
For the zero waste chef in your life, Jungle Culture gift vouchers give access to a large selection of kitchenware essentials, like coconut bowls and bamboo cutlery.
10. Organic Kids Clothing
Price Range: $32–$108
In the way of kids’ zero waste Christmas gifts, clothing is about as useful and low impact as you can get.
Their ethically-made kids attire is crafted using some of our favorite fabrics like GOTS-certified organic cotton, TENCEL™ lyocell, and TENCEL™ modal.
Firebird Kids features strictly organic cotton pieces perfect for little ones with sensitive skin.
When the kids outgrow their clothes (which they so often do), they can be sent on via their Pass It On platform.
We’ve already mentioned why we think sweaters are a great idea for adults, it only feels right to mention their Marled Organic Cotton Sweater for children, too.
11. Zero Waste Art Supplies
Price Range: $9–$19
Zero waste doesn’t necessarily mean zero mess.
For plastic-free gifts for kids that encourage creativity and stimulate the mind, eco-friendly art supplies are winners for both kid and parent.
Since they’re mailed in powder form (just add water), they can be packaged in compostable paperboard pots.
If you’d rather a thoughtful gift that isn’t as potentially headache inducing, these Dinosaur Eggs Beeswax Crayons are a safer bet.
The low waste gifts come packaged in a creative PCR-recycled egg carton and FSC-certified paper from a wind-powered factory.
12. Reusable Christmas Crackers
Start the holidays off with a bang with some eco-friendly Christmas crackers that bring all the POP!—with none of the plastic waste.
No, we aren’t talking about sustainable snacks.
Ideal reusable gifts for Christmas, Altered State Studio ensures their crackers will last many celebrations by making them out of repairable fabric.
Meanwhile, Keep This Cracker ensures the longevity of their FSC-certified kraft paper crackers by crafting them to fold flat for easy storage.
Both of these affordable plastic-free gifts are excellent additions for parties and contributing to a fun festive spirit.
13. Digital Entertainment & Wellbeing Memberships
Price Range: $70–$150 (yearly)
To make it truly zero waste, consider giving gifts that aren’t things.
A digital subscription provides all the practicality and entertainment with none of the plastic waste. Here are some ideas:
- Headspace: With all the stress in the world right now, guided meditation gifts are not only thoughtful but almost necessary. An ever-growing body of research points to the benefits of meditation and this app makes it simple and effortless.
- Audible: For a more productive subscription that can be enjoyed any time of day, try the world’s most comprehensive audiobook service. All downloadable offline with no monthly limit.
- Spotify Premium: For $99 you can give the gift of ad-free, downloadable offline music for a whole year. How’s that for one of the best reusable gifts?
14. Zero Waste Books
Price Range: $7–$10
We would never suggest a zero waste gift idea that’s not technically zero waste; this is a strictly digital discussion
Sure eBooks still require some sort of electronic reader, but it’s likely your giftee already has one of those (considering phones are reading compatible.)
Erin Rhoads’ Waste Not focuses on simple and everyday ways you can reduce waste to live a zero waste lifestyle.
Meanwhile, Anne-Marie Bonneau’s Zero Waste Chef takes a bite out of food waste, one of the most prolific forms of household waste.
15. Donation On Their Behalf
Price Range: Buyer’s choice
The gift of charitable giving can be one of the most heart-warming non-physical gifts.
Who doesn’t like the feel-good realization that they’ve indirectly supported a good cause?
After all, non-physical gifts are even better when the contribution is to a cause they really care about.
Best Zero Waste Gifts For Her
16. Zero Waste Clothing
Price Range: $43–$117
Your loved one may largely stick to a thrifted or minimalist wardrobe, but that doesn’t mean they won’t enjoy some occasional, consciously-chosen clothing.
Their Ada Reset Top is one of our favorite cozy wardrobe additions.
The luxury fashion brand, Malaika New York, is another one of our favorite sustainable fashion lines selling high-quality pieces designed to last.
By utilizing zero waste patterns, the brand ensures that the least amount of materials are wasted. Compared to the industry average of 30%, their waste is minimized to 7%-20%.
This black cotton Hexagon t-shirt is the perfect for year-round layering.
17. Zero Waste Makeup
Price Range: $15–$240
Gone are the days of stockings stuffed with plastic lipstick tubes, single-use eyeshadow containers, and chemical-laden mascara.
It’s a good thing that getting glam on that special day is still possible, thanks to zero waste makeup brands with these plastic-free gifts for her.
If you know your friend or family member’s best color, try the 3-in-1 Balmies from Axiology.
Or, if you don’t, splurge on the Balmie Trio Set with hopes that at least one of the colors is a match.
Either way, the award-winning makeup sticks are sure to make their mark this Christmas.
For organic makeup made with natural ingredients, take a dab at Dab Herb.
The thoughtful gifts are made with non-toxic ingredients and also come with reusable packaging.
18. Organic Accessories
Price Range: $13–$198
No matter what your giftee’s bag is, quality sustainable accessories make for some of the best gifts for zero wasters.
And what zero waster doesn’t love a good reusable bag?
The cork and linen handbags and wallets from Carry Courage aren’t just minimalist-chic; they’re also plastic-free. The extra special cork is harvested from trees in sustainable forests that never need to be cut down.
Needless to say, the Advocate Zipper Tote is a plastic-free Christmas gift we’re advocating for.
A GOTS-certified organic cotton scarf from Zestt Organics is another zesty zero waste choice.
With their best-selling DreamSoft Travel Scarf, the eco-conscious traveler in your life will be equipped for any red-eyes life throws at them.
Now, the only obstacle left is finding that ever-elusive hair tie.
KOOSHOO’s Fair Trade organic cotton and natural rubber hairbands and scrunchies make for delightful stocking fillers. They are biodegradable—bringing less guilt when they inevitably break or go missing.
Price Range: $12–$123
Sustainable candles are a surefire (get it?) gift for just about any occasion.
Siblings takes this plastic-free gift idea to the next level with their refillable candles made from coconut oil wax refills.
Housed in a compostable bag, the powder simply needs to be heated and filled in whatever upcycled container is on hand.
Or, in the functional ceramic candle vessel that comes with the Starter Set.
Crafted from local organic beeswax and pure essential oils, beEsom candles offer great pre-made options (in 17 scents!)
Many of which come pillar style, though we prefer these glass terrain ones. Once burned, the recycled glass jars can be upcycled into eco-friendly planters.
20. Zero Waste Beauty
Price Range: $4–$237
Zero waste skincare products are undoubtedly some of the best zero waste gifts for mom.
And Butter Me Up Organics undoubtedly makes some of the best skincare products on the market.
The 5-star Etsy shop uses only natural ingredients and absolutely zero plastic (at their own cost.)
Designed to cleanse the face without stripping oils, their Face Cleanser Bar is a self-care essential for that matriarch lacking moisture.
Post cleansing, Ethique’s Perfector Bar offers moisturizers that are deeply nourishing, designed to protect skin against trans-epidermal water loss.
21. Wine & Chocolate
Price Range: $4–$70
When it comes to gifts that don’t take up space, there’s nothing like consumable gifts to sweeten up your stocking.
Winc’s wine subscription box is one of those gifts that keep giving (so long as it doesn’t actually spoil someone’s New Year’s resolutions).
Every month, your loved one will be surprised with a curated selection of top-rated wines from around the world.
Could that ever be a pour gift decision?
Of course, you can’t properly enjoy a bottle of Pinot Noir without chocolate.
The Raw Chocolate Co. stocks affordable zero waste gift ideas packaged in pretty little plant based films and compostable bags.
Best Zero Waste Gifts For Him
22. Upcycled Rope Cozies
Price Range: $4–$30
Looking for gifts made from recycled materials?
Not only are they 100% made of retired climbing ropes, but they’re hand-scrubbed using natural soap and shipped carbon-neutral in repurposed packing materials.
With limited runs and ever-changing colors, these make for some truly unique upcycled gifts, especially for the climber or outdoor adventurer in your life.
If you’d like a cozie for something other than a standard-size can, reach out about their custom options for personalized zero waste gift ideas.
If cans aren’t your giftee’s thing at all, but recycled presents are, opt for one of their storage caddies, bowls, coasters, or dog leashes.
23. Zero Waste Shoes
Thousand Fell makes the best green recycled gifts for eco-friendly fellas out there—AKA shoes made from recycled plastic bottles and food waste.
When your loved one sends their used circular steppers back, they will receive a $20 discount on their next pair, via the brand’s recycling program.
These Lace Up Sneakers featuring recycled PET laces are just what that sustainable skater in your life needs.
The green gifts from Cariuma are made from a number of sustainable materials, including organic cotton, rubber, bamboo, sugarcane, leather, cork, and recycled content (PET, nylon, paper.)
Both free from waste and carbon waste, a pair of trees are planted with every pair of sneakers purchased.
For zero waste gifts UK style, these Grey Canvas low sneakers are deemed a London favorite.
24. Coffee Mugs & Water Bottles
Price Range: $10–$125
Dads are notoriously tough to buy for, so what are the best zero waste gifts for dad?
How about the means to that sweet, caffeinated nectar that gets him up in the morning so he can do all he does for you?
We’re talking about zero waste coffee of course, and a sustainable coffee mug for that on the go cup of joe.
The colorful and insulated options from Klean Kanteen do more than help keep our planet clean of plastic. They also keep drinks hot or cold all day.
The family run Certified B Corp makes 95% of their products using recycled stainless steel, and Climate Lock vacuum insulation.
Though they are well-known for their water bottles, their insulated tumblers are also steaming hot picks.
Speaking of well-known, Hydro Flask makes some of the best reusable water bottles and coffee canisters on the market.
With the option for customization, all options can be turned into personalized reusable gifts.
If someone you know likes their espresso before their Prosecco, give this 24 oz coffee mug a shot.
25. Reusable Shaving Tools
Price Range: $24—$200
S(h)ave the planet with the cutting-edge minimalist gifts for him: safety razors.
Complete with a natural travel jute bag, these chrome plated DE reusable razors are our favorite eco-accessories for travel.
Leaf Shave also carries an unbe-leaf-able selection of plastic-free gift ideas for him.
26. Low Waste Camping Gear
Price Rage: $60–$650
The best plastic-free gifts not only don’t pollute nature, but also help someone enjoy it.
While the outdoor industry is still playing catch-up in terms of sustainability (ironically), there are still brands working for more eco-friendly camping gear.
NEMO is committed to cutting their carbon emissions in half by introducing 100% recyclable products.
One of the first of many eco-products, their Forte Endless Promise Sleeping Bag is crafted from recycled liner and PCR-recycled insulation.
Certified B Corp Kammok, is also making great strides to create more recycled Christmas gifts
The 1% For The Planet members opt for stronger fabrics, cleaner chemicals, and recycled materials.
Their Mantis All-in-One converts between a tent and a hammock, the body of which is 100% recycled and bluesign® approved.
27. Zero Waste Wallets
Price Range: $30–$103
Reusable gifts never go out of style—which is why you can’t go wrong with something as timeless as a daily-used sustainable wallet.
Casupo’s LA-made reclaimed vegetable-tanned leather wallets and card sleeves are just what your loved one needs for their sustainable spending spree.
Their RFID Wallet For Men, especially.
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Final Thoughts On Reusable Gift Ideas
Sustainable giving = sustainable living.
We hope this list of zero waste and recycled gift ideas equates to zero worry as you prepare for the holiday season.
Whether you’re shopping for zero waste birthday gifts, Sustainable Black Friday deals or plastic-free gifts for Christmas (that go beyond “eco-friendly gifts”), options that will place less of a burden on the planet are always worth unwrapping.
Start the giving season early by giving this list a share. Pass it along to friends and family so that we can all do our part to make the holiday season as low-impact and high-love as possible.