Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts

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On the hunt for that perfect gift this holiday season for your eco-conscious loved ones? We’ve got a little something for all shades of green.

Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts

For the animal lover and wildlife preservationist: At Natural Resource Defense Council’s Green Gifts, you can give the gift of actions like adopting a wolf, planting a tree or bringing back the bees for under $30. Alternatively, search for animal cruelty-free cosmetic or cleaning products on Cruelty Free International or look for the Leaping Bunny cruelty-free label in the store.

Recycled Grow BottleFor the green thumb: To satisfy the urban gardener, visit eartheasy’s “For the Gardener” section, and be inspired with ideas like an herb growing kit from Grow Bottles or a Vertical Gardening Wooly Pocket that hangs plants on walls in tight spaces.

For the outdoorsman: Surprise your outdoorsy friend with a surprise gift of an adventure that takes them out into nature for a day or overnight trip, whether it be sponsoring the entrance fee to your nearest National Park for a hike or planning a future camping trip where you offer to drive and prepare the meals.

For the artisanal appreciator: If you are hoping to support independent artisans, checkout the handcrafted gifts at Nest, a non-profit whose social impact model helps artisans abroad to transform their communities through poverty alleviation, women’s empowerment and cultural preservation.

For the recycler: Find a gift made from recycled materials, like these notebooks crafted from agricultural waste and 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Or search Uncommon Goods, a B Corp with a focus on sustainability, where you can find the likes of these beautiful stem-less wine glasses made from recycled glass. Through its Better to Give program, Uncommon Goods also allows customers to choose a partner for them to donate $1 to with every order you make.

For the eco-fashionista: Environmentally aware fashion labels are becoming more and more commonplace, as the industry learns more and more about the negative environmental and social implications of fast fashion. Check out this list of 35 fair trade and ethical clothing brands from The Good Trade that includes leading sustainable fashion brands like People Tree and Eileen Fisher.

For the thrifter: Hit up your local charity thrift store and track down something unique and quirky that you know your re-use fanatic friend will appreciate. While some may consider this taboo or ‘regifting,’ the thrifter says, “one person’s trash is another’s treasure.”

For the philanthropist: Offer to make a donation to your loved one’s favorite non-profit instead of buying them a gift. Alternatively, give them the gift of volunteering for a day at their favorite local charity. If they simply just don’t want you spending your precious cash on them, give a card that includes chore vouchers like “valid for one afternoon of raking the yard, cooking dinner or dog sitting.”

For the DIY-friendly: DIY Natural has endless inspiration for making natural gifts at home, like this how-to on making soap. Or peruse this handy list of handmade green gift ideas from Totally Green Crafts. Finally, get inspired with our own collection of DIY ideas. Host a craft party with your friends and bust out that stack of old magazines and art supplies to make silly collages. After all, who can say no to a thoughtful, handmade gift?

Feature image courtesy of Procsilas Moscas

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Lesley Lammers

Lesley Lammers is a freelance sustainability consultant and journalist, focused on the intersection between the environment, food, social impact, human rights, health and entrepreneurship.