This year, as you’re shopping for holiday gifts for your BFF and family, consider choosing items that will not only bring joy but also help the environment. As climate change becomes a bigger and bigger threat, there’s never been a better time to shop for eco-friendly products. No one is there 100%, but we can all contribute in our own little way. My little contribution this holiday is scouting around and coming up with a list of sustainable gift ideas to help you in case you are stuck or overwhelmed.
Here is a list of useful and sustainable gift ideas that are perfect for your zero-waste, tree-hugging friends, family or you.
Everyone has had that panic attack moment when they realize their phone is about to die. If you have a friend who likes to travel often or one that just constantly forgets to charge her phone before she leaves the house, then a portable charger is the perfect gift. Nimble for Good has created portable, and wireless, chargers to save the day in those moments when your phone is running on empty. And they’ve done so using a mixture of recycled plastic bottles and hemp, making their products sustainable, useful, and good for planet Earth.
Hydro Flask Life Coffee Flask
Say goodbye to disposable coffee cups. This coffee flask is the perfect eco-friendly gift for the coffee addict in your life who loves to travel or go on morning hikes. The Hydro Flask coffee flask is made from BPA-free stainless steel and is double-wall vacuum insulated to keep hot beverages warm for up to 6 hours and iced drinks cold for 24 hours.
Planners are a great gift for anyone who is organized or likes to jot down their thoughts and goals. If you have someone like that in your life, consider the Lokta Paper Writing Journal. It is made from 100% lokta bush and the covers are hand-colored with vegetable dyes. The Handmade Lokta Paper has been sustainably created in the rural villages of Nepal. Each vintage journal is beautifully packed in a keepsake box made of Lokta paper pressed with mixed flowers The dreamer, planner, and tree-hugger on your list will be thrilled when they unwrap this thoughtful gift.
This year, give the gift of warmth and love by gifting the Love Your Melon’s Revitalize knit headband. Love Your Melon is a company that is dedicated to making the world a better place. They donate 50% of their profit from sales of knit beanies and headbands to pediatric cancer research funds, and their Revitalize knit headband is knitted with yarn made entirely of recycled plastic. Buying products made from recycled plastic helps reduce the 250+ billion plastic bottles that end up in landfills, oceans, and forests every year. It’s the perfect, eco-friendly way to stay stylish and warm this winter season.
Rumpl’s NanoLoft blanket is perfect for the person on your list who loves to spend their time surrounded by nature. The NanoLoft blanket is Rumpl’s first-ever synthetic alternative to down. It will not only keep your friend or family member warm on cold camping nights by trapping warmth inside small pockets of air but also, because it’s made from 100% post-consumer recycled insulation, it’s great for the environment.
Candles have been a classic go-to Christmas gift for years. They’re easy to buy, pretty, and fill homes with a pleasant aroma. Unfortunately, many candles are also bad for the environment and your health. Candles made from paraffin wax release highly toxic benzene and toluene into the air when burned. These toxins are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes.
Suddenly, candles aren’t looking like such a great gift idea. Thankfully, there are healthy alternatives. Beeswax candles are not only non-toxic, they actually purify the air by releasing negative ions that attach themselves to toxins already in the air. These qualities make them the perfect candle option for someone who suffers from allergies, chemical sensitivities, and asthma. Beeswax candles are also the most sustainable and eco-friendly candle options available. If you’re looking for the perfect beeswax candle, try Bee the Light’s beeswax pillar candles. They’re made from 100% pure beeswax, burn for 72 hours and are handmade, eco-friendly and sustainable. Also, every purchase supports humanitarian work.
There is no planet B, which is why buying eco-friendly products are more important than ever. If you have friends that love to do their part in saving the planet or a few that are curious about the changes they can make to help the environment, use these sustainable gift ideas as inspiration as you shop this Christmas season. Your friends and the planet will be grateful.
Let me know which one you love best!