Our annual green gift guide is here. This year I’m extra proud of some of the brands and products I’ve found – there’s so many great eco friendly gifts!
As always we have a variety of sustainable gift ideas so you can not only give thoughtful presents, but also have a lighter impact on the planet. There are options for everyone – friends, kids, partners, environmentalists, minimalists, vegans, and a range of unique to practical, luxury to affordable gifts – so you’re sure to find something perfect!
I’ve included some truly amazing small businesses and also place a special focus on featuring BIPOC and women-owned brands.
Thank you for doing your gift shopping more responsibly 💚
$ = under 25 $$ = 26-50 $$$ = 51-100 $$$$ = 100+
“Give Stories Not Stuff” Experience Voucher
Experiences not only make a great eco friendly gift and are perfect for those who don’t want more stuff, but experiences actually make people happier than material goods!
Tinggly makes it easy to give experiences and getaways all over the world. You simply select one of their packages and the recipient can choose from hundreds of options. They have everything from culinary experiences, tours, and adrenaline adventures, to weekend getaways and hotel stays for both 1 person or couples.
Tinggly gives you the option of an e-voucher or a gift box including the voucher and brochure all made from recycled materials. Tinggly not only carbon offsets the gift box shipping but also offsets each experience enjoyed by 200% – making them a much more sustainable (and often more affordable too) way to purchase experience gifts!
Price: $$$ – $$$$ Location: International
Handcrafted Watercolor & Paint Palette
Beautiful, high quality, handmade paints – an amazing gift for artists, hobby painters, or kids!
Beam Paints is an Indigenous-owned brand created from multi-generational paint-making. Their paints are concentrated and made from lightfast pigments, tree sap, gum arabic, and Manitoulin honey. Everything is packaged plastic free and you can get the paints on wooden palettes made from reclaimed wood offcuts from a sustainable Indigenous Forestry Operation. They also ethically source their mica which is very important and something I have not found from any other paint.
For children they have a special Tisgeh’dah palette where all paints have been third party tested to meet and exceed children’s paint safety standards – we got one for a little artist in our family and I know they’ll be beyond thrilled!
Beam Paints is a lovely small business I discovered this year and cannot stop gushing about. I got their holiday sparkle set for myself and plan to paint cards for everyone this year. 🙂
Price: $$ – $$$ Location: Canada (also have international retailers)
Crackling Cozy Candles
Candles are always in the gift guide because they make such perfect gifts, however these candles from Made Trade are definitely leveled up!
They’re handmade in Portland from clean-burning vegan soy wax and scented with aromatherapy essential oils. They feature wooden wicks which cozily crackle as they burn and each comes with a unique dried floral design for a special touch – not only lovely to burn but to look at too!
This votive set comes with the perfect warm, wintery scents for the holidays and makes for gorgeous home decor. Plus candles are “consumables” so a great gift for those who don’t need more stuff.
Besides these candles, Made Trade is also an amazing marketplace for all kinds of ethically-made and sustainable gifts!
Price: $$ Location: USA, ships international
Printed Loungewear/Daywear Set
Gorgeous comfy sets that can be worn around the house and as a striking outfit? It really is the best of both worlds.
TAMGA makes beautiful sets from silky and sustainable Ecovero in their signature prints. All TAMGA’s pieces are ethically made and they focus on impact reduction throughout their supply chain as well as carbon offsetting their production and giving back to reforestation projects.
Want to treat someone (or yourself)? Get them a beautiful lounge set! Too often loungewear consists of old tees and sweatpants so a beautiful, comfy, and eco friendly set is such a luxurious gift.
TAMGA also makes gorgeous robes and accessories which would make lovely gifts!
Price: $$$$ Location: Canada, ships international
Recycled Firehose Laptop or Tablet Case
What’s more durable than a fire hose? Elivis & Kresse upcycles this unique material into bags, wallets, cases and other accessories.
Classic styles are given a sustainable update with reclaimed and highly durable materials, including decommissioned British fire-hoses, reclaimed printing blankets, and military-grade parachute silk lining. Elvis & Kresse is a B Corp, Living Wage Employer, and gives back 50% or profits to charity.
Our pick for a useful and classic gift is their laptop or tablet case – great for travelers, commuters, or anyone looking to protect their tech.
Price: $$$ Location: UK, ships international
Cute & Comfy Dressy Sweats
The perfect blend of buttery soft sweats and everyday pants. I love Encircled’s dressy sweatpants so much I now have 2 pairs (It’s the only item in my wardrobe I’ve got duplicates of so that’s saying a lot)!
They are fantastic for lounging around the house or can easily be dressed up for work, errands, or going out. A perfect gift for anyone who works from home or anyone who would appreciate a super comfy staple wardrobe piece. Not only is the fabric lovely to wear, but the cut is super flattering and stretchy and I love the details such as the ruching on the legs and hidden pocket at the back which is great for keys and a card when running errands.
Encircled’s clothing is all made in Canada from sustainable materials. They are a B Corp and have various sustainability initiatives such as upcycling fabric scraps and not using plastic polybags.
Price: $$$$ Location: Canada, ships international
Handwoven Zero Waste Pillows
A pop of sustainable home decor! Tonlé is a beautiful brand passionate about circularity. They not only make stylish zero waste garments, but use all fabric scraps to create lovely pieces like wall hangings, rugs, and these pillow cases.
The handwoven texture and story behind the fabric makes these such a unique piece and great gift for anyone who would appreciate some sustainable decor accents in their space.
Throw pillows make great gifts because who does love pillows? And it’s easy to change up your decor with new pillow cases. Tonlé’s zero waste pillow cases come in neutral options or some gorgeous colors to suit all styles.
All Tonlé’s pieces are ethically made in Cambodia from carefully sourced reclaimed materials and they have a zero waste product process – absolutely everything is reused, even the clipped threads are upcycled into paper!
Price: $$ – $$$ Location: USA, ships international
Classic Cozy Hoodie
A great gift idea for teens, him, her, or anyone who loves a soft and classic hoodie.
This Golden Spruce Hoodie is my husband’s Christmas gift 🤫 and his third tentree hoodie because he loves them so much. They have both minimalist styles like this spruce hoodie or more bold styles with graphics but all are made with soft and sustainable fabrics – I’d recommend their fleece fabric for ultimate winter coziness.
tentree’s clothing is all made from eco-conscious materials and they have a variety of environmental initiatives such as planting 10 trees for every purchase (hence the name). They are a B Corp and have great transparency about their manufacturing with public factory lists and code of conduct.
Price: $$$ Location: Canada, ships international
Know someone who loves a statement piece? These upcycled bracelets make a unique accessory. At first glance they appear to be a bold tattoo and come in floral, geometric, edgy, and minimalist styles.
Chic Made Consciously produces all their pieces from recycled and upcycled materials. The brand started out with their upcycled inner tube accessories and also has a jewelry collection (for something more classic) made from repurposed brass from war remnant landmine casings and bullets.
Their pieces are handmade by artisans in Bali and Cambodia. If you’re wondering about wearing inner tubes, they have been tested and approved for long-term skin contact.
I personally love their floral pieces but also think the geometric designs would make an amazing gift for someone stylish.
Price: $$ Location: USA, ships to US & Canada
Zero Waste Starter Kit
A perfect gift for anyone interested in a more eco friendly lifestyle or someone who wants to limit plastic but doesn’t know where to start.
EarthHero’s Zero Waste Gift Box contains sustainable lifestyle staples and beloved must-haves to easily reduce your waste. The box is carefully curated with popular products – a Stasher Bag (one of my faves), bamboo toothbrush, reusable produce bags, and on-the-go cutlery and straw.
EarthHero is also a fantastic marketplace for all kinds of sustainable products and an easy place to do all your gift shopping. Plus they are a B Corp, give back, and carbon offset their business footprint and all shipping.
Price: $$ Location: USA
Also check out more gift ideas from EarthHero in this post about my top tips for conscious gift giving.
Organic Socks for the Whole Family
Fun and adorable socks for babies, kids or the whole family!
Q for Quinn makes organic socks in super cute and fun prints. We have been loving their socks since my daughter was tiny and recently got some adult ones too. They have various sets which makes it easy to shop and if you really want to get into the holiday spirit they have adorable holiday socks.
Socks are something everyone can use, are always practical, and the soft cotton and unique patterns also makes them a special gift.
All of Q for Quinn’s products are GOTS and Oeko-Tex-100 certified and are made to last. They also donate a meal to school children for every pair sold.
Price: $ – $$ Location: Canada, ships international
Lacy Lingerie Set
A beautiful and sexy gift for yourself or a significant other. Let’s face it, most sustainable underwear is cute, comfy, and practical but rarely this gorgeous!
Savara Intimates lingerie is ethically made from Oeko-Tex certified natural materials like cotton, Tencel, and reclaimed surplus and offcut lace. They work to ensure as little manufacturing waste as possible and also have a unique bra design which allows for more flexibility with sizing and body changes.
I love Savara’s Willow red set for the holidays but the black sets are also a fantastic classic option. The best part though is not how lovely the pieces are, but how comfortable!
Price: $$$ – $$$$ Location: Netherlands, ships international
Adventure, relaxation, mystery, romance, and entertainment – you can give all these with audiobooks!
A Libro.fm audiobook subscription is my favorite gift to give. It’s so enjoyable to listen to a story and fantastic for anyone who doesn’t have as much time as they’d like to sit and read.
Libro fm is unique because they work with independent bookstores so you can support your local bookstore through your audiobook purchases or gifted subscription! They have a huge selection of audiobooks and curated collections/recommendations to help find titles you’ll enjoy.
They have 3, 6, and 12-month memberships which gives you 1 credit each month to spend on any book. An audiobook subscription is a great gift for anyone but especially those who don’t want more “stuff”, or if you’re looking for a digital present to send to someone.
Price: $$ – $$$$ Location: Can be gifted anywhere in the world
Upcycled Charcuterie Board
We love to see innovation! What if instead of making new bamboo products you could take a very abundant source of bamboo waste in the form of chopsticks and upcycle it? Chop Value saw an opportunity and has done just that!
They collect chopsticks from restaurants, clean them, press and finish them into new products, using a water based resin to hold the chopsticks together.
While they have many great gift ideas, this charcuterie board is a beautiful and unique gift for any food lovers, cooks, or those who enjoy entertaining. I love how at first glance it looks like a regular bamboo board but then closer up you can see the smaller details and shape of the chopsticks!
Chop Value is a B Corp and all products are made with waste reduction in mind. They have a unique Microfactory model where the concept can be used in other cities to locally produce products from restaurants’ chopstick waste.
Price: $$ – $$$ Location: Canada, ships within Canada and USA (if you’re shopping from the US, you can also find them through EarthHero)
Sparkly Sustainable Jewelry
Delicate, classic, and statement jewels made from recycled precious metal and upcycled stones! Washed Ashore makes stunning, nature inspired jewelry that is sure to become treasured heirloom pieces.
There are so many lovely pieces to choose from but their Hera necklace would probably be my top pick for a special gift. It’s a very wearable design and the delicate stars with diamonds and white sapphires are a gorgeous detail.
Even with years of researching sustainable alternatives it’s difficult to find brands that use both recycled metals as well as upcycled stones. Washed Ashore’s pieces are 100% recycled making them both a sustainable and ethical option (unfortunately precious metal and stone mining is rife with unethical practices). They use reclaimed stones, removed and upcycled from secondhand jewelry as well as natural, unique Keshi pearls which have been sourced as 30+ year-old deadstock.
Price: $$$$ Location: USA, ships international
Recycled Puzzles by Artists
Whether puzzles are a holiday tradition, enjoyed pastime, or new hobby, I think we can all agree that there are far too many cabins and landscapes and not enough cool and unique puzzles!
Goodfit started with a mission to solve that exact problem and do it sustainably.
Goodfit’s puzzles are exclusive and designed in collaboration with artists. Plus each puzzle is made from 100% recycled cardboard and donates 10% to an organization or charity of the artist’s choosing.
They have many different designs to suit different styles and personalities but my top pick for gifts would be Celebration Day – the art is not only really cool but also makes for a challenging puzzle plus it gives back to the Rainforest Action Network which works to fight deforestation and climate change.
Price: $$ Location: USA, ships international
DIY Knitting Kit
So many of us have taken up new hobbies over this past year, whether you know a seasoned knitter, a new one, or someone who wants to learn, these winter hat knitting kits are a cute and fun project.
I’ve been a fan of Myssy hats for a while – our whole family has them, so it was very exciting to see them now offered as DIY kits! The great thing about a hat is it’s a pretty easy and quick project to knit and enjoy soon.
I love the beret kits (so chic) and they also have their classic chunky wool hats as kits. The DIY kit includes their organic, hand-dyed wool from local Finnish sheep, label and tag that can be signed by the knitter. Needles are not included but can be added if needed.
Price: $$ – $$$ Location: Finland, ships international
This year I got mildly obsessed with watching soap making videos – they’re so calming and satisfying! Because of that I also wanted beautiful artisan soap bars, however I ran into some problems as most soap contains:
- Unsustainable palm oil
- Unethical mica
- Synthetic fragrance oils which give me a headache
So I started to look for brands that make beautiful soaps without any of these things. It was impossible to pick just one so here are some brands to check out for gorgeous natural soaps. All are WOC-owned, have sustainable practices, and would make lovely, consumable gifts!
Mo.SS (CAN) – I love the layering in these soaps. Mo.SS has handmade cold-process soap using natural ingredients, fragrances, and colours derived from clays and plant sources.
IYOBA (USA) – Their rose soap really caught my eye, it’s so pretty! IYOBA’s products are all vegan and handcrafted from natural ingredients. They use signature essential oil blends for their scents.
Sage & Thistle (CAN) – They have different soap formulas including vegan-friendly organic/fair trade plant oils as well as responsibly sourced tallow (a byproduct which is typically trashed). They use essential oils and colours derived from clay and plant sources.
Soap So Co. (CAN) – This is a lovely brand from my hometown and while they do use palm oil (RSPO certified) and synthetic fragrance in some bars they make the most beautiful soaps! Some of their bars are scented with essential oils instead of fragrance though and they also told me their mica is all synthetic which avoids the child labour issues.
Barrel Aged Maple Syrup
The sweet delicious syrup we know and love but taken to a new sophisticated and complex level! A special gift for cooks, foodies, cocktail enthusiasts, or any maple lovers.
Wabanaki Maple makes maple syrup aged in toasted oak, whiskey, and bourbon barrels to develop unique complex flavours. Or if you just want to give a beautiful traditional maple syrup they have that too! Their mini bundle set is a great way to sample the different syrups and makes a perfect gift!
Wabanaki Maple is an Indigenous female-owned small business that carries on the history and tradition of maple syrup harvesting and refining. Their products are made locally in Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation), New Brunswick.
Price $ – $$ Location: Canada
Peace Silk Sleep Mask
A great gift for travelers, new parents, anyone who appreciates beauty rest, or has trouble sleeping. Did you know an eye mask can not only improve your sleep but silk masks like this might even reduce wrinkles by protecting your delicate eye skin?
Sustain’s organic peace silk masks are naturally dyed and ethically made. They have beautiful tie-dye colours but the indigo stands out to me because it looks like clouds – perfect for a dreamy sleep!
Peace silk is the best kind of silk because it’s harvested after the silk worm has left the cocoon (instead of killing the worms). Their masks are also stuffed with organic cotton and no synthetics are used – all Sustain’s products are fully biodegradable. Because everything is organic and naturally dyed (Sustain is very careful to use safe and healthy natural dyes) it is not just good for sleep but also your skin! Many natural dyes like indigo have been used for centuries in skin and haircare products.
Price: $$ Location: USA, ships international
Puppets are a fun toy for kids of all ages and these upcycled natural wool ones are so soft and cute! They’re great for storytelling, imaginative play, and communication and coordination development.
Cate and Levi make sustainable puppets with a large selection of animals to choose from to find the right friend for each child. The puppets are well designed for both adult and children’s hands.
Cate and Levi have a collection of puppets made from reclaimed wool sweaters. Each wool puppet is one-of-a-kind and upcycling sweaters saves energy and resources compared to new synthetic puppets. The puppets are handmade in their Canadian studio and they give back a percent of profits to help kids with cancer go to summer camp.
Know someone who enjoys sewing? They also make upcycled sweater puppet and plush DIY kits!
Price: $$ Location: Canada, ships international
Linen Oven Mitt
A kitchen staple! Anyone who cooks or bakes would appreciate a good oven mitt. Linen is classic, durable, and looks right at home hanging in the kitchen.
Magic Linen makes a whole range of natural linen home goods including bedding, towels, table linens and more. However I think kitchen items like their oven mitt, potholders, and tea towels make an especially good gift because these are items that get use regularly and need replacing.
Their linen is locally sourced and Oeko-Tex certified. Magic Linen’s collection is made in Lithuania and they are very careful about avoiding wasted stock by producing a seasonless collection with many items made to order.
Price: $ Location: Lithuania, ships international
For those who deserve some pampering, some luxurious and consciously made bath and body products make a lovely gift.
Sḵwálwen Botanicals is a Canadian Indigenous brand making small batch skincare using cultural plant knowledge and showcasing ingredients responsibly foraged on the pacific coast. Their products are a beautiful way to give some indulgence, skin nourishment, and self-care – from personal experience their Tewín’xw facial oil has honestly been the best oil I’ve ever used on my skin.
Sḵwálwen Botanicals makes great gifts from stocking stuffers like lip balm and salves, to skincare sets, and masks, bath products, and oils. Their Calming Bundle, or bath salts, tea and body oil especially would make thoughtful gifts.
Price: $$ – $$$ Location: Canada, ships to Canada and US
I don’t think this one needs too much of an explanation – a cozy plush bathrobe makes a lovely gift! It feels indulgent but is also something practical that can get a lot of use.
I have 2 great options for soft and sustainable bathrobe depending where you live:
If you’re in Europe check out Hessnatur – They have a variety of unisex organic terry styles and a few waffle options. Their robes are GOTS certified.
In North America check out Coyuchi – Another great option for organic robes. They have a few fluffy terry options as well as waffle and woven styles. (The Cloud Loom robe was my husband’s gift last year!) Their robes are GOTS certified.
Price: $$$ – $$$$
Clothing Care Kit
When it comes to sustainable fashion we often forget that proper clothing care is a key component. So how about giving some luxury, eco friendly laundry products?
The Laundress makes great giftable kits for delicates, sportswear, baby laundry, denim, wool & cashmere, or even has a “Make Messes” kit to tackle any stain – so you can pick the perfect set for everyone’s needs! Great gifts for moms, fashion lovers, teens moving out, or anyone building a sustainable wardrobe.
The Laundress’s products are plant-based and cruelty-free. They focus on clothing care formulas that will help extend the life of your clothes or even allow you to wash dry clean items at home! They are currently switching all their bottles to recycled PET, and they also sell refill options for many products. I’ve also noticed The Laundress in more bulk/refill stores which is wonderful.
Price: $$ – $$$ Location: USA, ships international
Happy holidays and gift giving! Thank you for supporting small businesses and choosing sustainable gifts with a greater impact 💚
Updated Dec 27, 2021
Images are from the brands.