If you’re on the lookout for some sustainable gifts to give your beloved friends and family, but are wondering what the heck you get someone who is more focused on being environmentally-friendly this year, don’t fret! I’ve got just the list for you. Check out these awesome 20 affordable eco-friendly gift ideas to give to your earth-lovin’ pals (all are under $25!).
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Man, oh man. My favorite time of the year is coming up!
Summer just flew by this year (doesn’t is always?) — the leaves are changing color and blanketing the ground with an array of oranges, reds, and yellows! It’s time to zip up those tall fall boots and take the winter jackets outta the closet!
I am so ready for this.
Hands down, fall and winter are my favorite seasons in the year. I love watching glistening snowflakes pile up and turn the world into one big white snowglobe.
And sure, this may sound weird and some of you might not even know what I’m blabbering on about but I love the smell of cold. (If you’re from somewhere in the world where it snows and gets below freezing, you know exactly what smell I’m talking about!).
But I digress, with the winter season comes along the holiday season and as you might have seen, there’s been a big wave of sustainability and eco-friendliness recently.
Due to this spur of doing good for the world, you might have a few friends and family members on your gift list who aren’t so easy to shop for this year…
But don’t fret! It’s easier (and maybe even cheaper!) to find super duper awesome sustainable gifts for them that they’ll absolutely love.
Psst, looking for some luxury eco-friendly gift ideas? Check out this post on stuffing the stockings with 5 unique, luxurious gifts!
ECO-FRIENDLY GIFT IDEAS FOR UNDER $25
1. Stainless-Steel Water Bottle
An essential for any sustainable person, a stainless-steel water bottle is an awesome (and cheap!) eco-friendly gift idea for those wanting to reduce their plastic usage!
I personally have this one and love it (so does my mom, who has now stolen it from me for her summer drinks because OMG, the ice does not melt in it)!
Additionally, Klean Kantean is also another great brand that people love. Check them out here!
2. Reusable Straws
With the recent collective ban on using plastic straws (because hey, #SaveTheTurtles), give the gift of eco-friendly reusable straws!
Alternatively, shop reusable straws on Eartheasy, which is a great small, sustainable business to support!
3. Reusable Cutlery Set
Eliminate the use for plastic cutlery and get your gift buddy a reusable bamboo cutlery set! Not only is this set extremely convenient and practical, it’s super cute!
4. Stainless-Steel Razor
As a personal user of a quality stainless-steel razor, I can attest to their durability and practicality! This is a must for anyone wanting to embrace a more eco-friendly lifestyle and no doubt whoever you get this for will love it.
(And yes, this may be a super weird — or a super cool depending on who you are — environmentally-friendly gift idea, but I for one think it’s unique and thoughtful! Especially if you’re gift receiver is cutting down on their personal waste.)
Psst, interested in checking out my favorite zero waste things I always travel with? Read the post here!
5. Unpaper Towels
Who can say no to reusable paper towels that super absorbent and practical? Get these for your special person who is creating a sustainable home.
I’ve used these for the past few months and OMG, they are fabulous. You simply pop em’ in the washing machine when dirty and they come out clean and ready to be used again! Brilliant.
Ridiculously tough, durable, BPA-free, non-toxic, and an easy way to avoid those plastic-y coffee cups? It’s obvious any sustainability lover would go nuts for a quality KeepCup.
7. Beeswax Food Wraps
I recently purchased some reusable food wraps and they are seriously the best thing ever.
If you have someone you’re getting a gift for and they frequently cook or have leftovers, definitely stuff their stocking with some reusable beeswax food wraps! They will hands down love them.
8. 3-Pack of Bento Boxes
Let’s be honest… who doesn’t love some good leftovers? Help your friends reduce their waste by gifting them an eco-friendly bento box!
9. Natural Wood Hair Brush Set
Perfect for your female friends or family members (or males with long luscious locks!), a natural wooden hair brush is good for the scalp and good for the earth.
10. Packable Tote Bags
These packable tote bags are perfect for grocery shopping or just carrying around when you need an extra bag here and there. (Which is SO handy when reducing plastic usage!).
Personally, I think a packable tote bag is one of the best eco-friendly gifts you can give to someone who is trying to reduce their environmental impact, as they come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, and often last a lifetime.
1. Bag of Soap Nuts
Hailed as the best thing since sliced bread for doing laundry, soap nuts are 100% chemical-free and hypoallergenic, as well as biodegradable, natural, and totally eco-friendly!
All you do is stick a few in a bag, throw ’em in with the dirty laundry, and boom — clean clothes!
2. Vegan Soy Candle
Whether its wild lemongrass, jasmine infused bergamot, fresh linen, or tobacco, spice, and lemon, grab your eco-friendly do-gooder a vegan soy candle to sustainable scent their home with!
Chemical-, paraben-, and cruelty-free, you can’t go wrong opting for one of these candles as a sustainable, and often organic, gift idea.
3. Plant-Based Cleaning Brush Set
Perfect for cleaning the kitchen, bathroom, or anything else — reducing the use of nasty throw-away, non-biodegradable cleaning items!
4. Cotton Bulk Bags
Again, another thing I actually have on hand and love! These simple reusable cotton bulk bags are perfect for stocking up on bulk foods like rice, oats, nuts, and more.
They’re also great for keeping bread fresh, holding various items, and more. A perfect eco-friendly gift idea for someone who loves to shop in bulk!
Additionally, this is also a great organic gift that’s certified good for the earth.
5. Reusable Produce Bags
Easy to carry, small enough to stick in a bag, and great for packing up fresh produce… these are perfect for taking along to a farmers’ market or the grocery store!
When it comes to reusable produce bags, who wouldn’t want a few, right?
6. Book on Sustainability
Is your giftee more of a reader, rather than someone who wants more “things”? Get him or her a book on sustainability they can read over and over!
7. Reusable Cotton Rounds
This is the perfect eco-friendly gift for that special her in your life! Or for a female friend/family member who like to wash their face (as many of us do!). These reusable cotton rounds are lightweight, portable, super soft, and help to reduce one’s waste! Win.
8. prAna Clothing
A crazy awesome company with a mission to do good in the world, prAna creates high-quality, eco-friendly clothing and will no doubt become a favorite sustainable brand of your gift receiver.
9. Grayl Filtering Water Bottle
Okay, okay, now hear me out… while the Grayl is more than double $25, if you want to get your sustainable someone something super special, this is it.
THIS is the top-notch sustainable gift for both him or her that will blow all the others outta the water!
Hands down, the Grayl is the BEST way to reduce one’s plastic usage, as it completely eliminate the need for buying plastic water bottles (no matter where you are in the world).
10. Donate to a Carbon Offset Program
Likely the most unique sustainable gift idea on this list, donating to a carbon offset program in honor of an eco-friendly pal or family member is a great way to show your love and your support for your sustainability-loving friend.
Personally, I LOVE this idea! As you can donate as much or as little as you want to the program and you don’t actually have to go out and buy them anything physical (which is great if your receiver doesn’t want a “real” gift but you still want to get them something).
Check out the best carbon offset programs here.
With this super awesome list of the best eco-friendly gift ideas, you can get your earth-loving pals something they’ll actually use and love!
It’s pretty cool when you get to support something in their sustainable mission and with these gifts, it’s easy.
Do you have someone on your list who’d like one of these sustainable gifts? Have anything else to add? Share in the comments below!
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