The annual green gift guide is here!
As always I’ve compiled 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 – kids, women, men, friends, family, environmentalists, minimalists, vegans, zero-wasters, and a range of unique to practical, luxury to inexpensive gifts – so you’re sure to find something perfect!
This year more than ever, these conscious brands also really need (and deserve!) the support. I’ve included some truly amazing small businesses and this year placed a special focus on featuring POC and women-owned brands.
Thank you for doing your gift shopping more responsibly 💚
$ = under 25 $$ = 26-50 $$$ = 51-100 $$$$ = 100+
(please note: this gift guide contains some partnerships and affiliate links)
I don’t say this lightly, Unbelts are a whole new world of belt-wearing. My husband (who wears his every day) says the Intrepid Belt is hands down the best belt he’s ever worn. I also love their classic style for adding interest to my dresses and jumpsuits, and it’s super comfortable in jeans and trousers.
The stretchy belt gives you the perfect pant fit and they’re fully adjustable so you don’t have to worry about what size to give. Plus Unbelts are ethically made, they use some recycled materials (and are continuing to incorporate more recycled components), they’re a B Corp, and give back to community programs and organizations.
Audiobook Escape $ – $$$
Relaxation, thrills, adventure, mystery, romance, education, and entertainment – you can give all these things with audiobooks! Who doesn’t need a mental break these days? A Libro.fm audiobook subscription is my favorite gift to give (and honestly get because I have a deeper appreciation for audiobooks as a mom with much less time to sit and read).
Libro.fm partners with independent bookstores so you can actually support your local bookstore through your subscription. They have a huge selection of audiobooks and curated collections and recommendations to help you find titles you’ll enjoy. You can gift 1, 3, 6, and 12-month memberships.
Green Tip – While audiobooks are great for everyone, a digital gift is especially perfect for people you might be mailing presents to – saving the extra shipping and packaging! It’s also a great gift for minimalists or anyone who doesn’t want more “stuff”.
Artisan-made slippers using upcycled, recycled, and deadstock fabrics, for comfy and stylish days at home.
These are a modern take on the traditional South Asian “Jutti” by ONE432 who not only pays living wages but also profit-shares with their artisans in Pakistan and helps build schools and sponsor children’s education.
In addition to these slippers, Made Trade also has a wonderful collection of fair trade and sustainable gifts for your friends and loved ones – it’s the perfect destination to easily do your holiday shopping while supporting artisans and small conscious businesses!
Who isn’t looking for ways to occupy kids this year? This eco-friendly “busy box” from EarthHero is really a gift for both children and parents!
It includes 2 tubs of natural play dough, eco-crayons, origami paper with instructions, and a beeswax candle making set. Perfect supplies for kids to get crafty and creative with.
EarthHero also has a fantastic selection of other curated, eco-friendly kits and boxes which make great gifts.
Ocean Plastic Backpack $$$ – $$$$
Close the loop with a recycled GOT Bag. They have a minimalist, functional style perfect for students, adventurers, commuters, or anyone who could use a sustainable way to carry their stuff.
The roll-top style is the world’s first backpack made of ocean plastic; it has 20-30L volume, is 100% waterproof, and comes with a removable laptop bag that can also be used as an inner pocket. If you’re looking for a smaller option, the daypack style makes a great everyday bag.
GOT Bag is on a mission to clean up the ocean – they work directly with fishermen to collect plastic which is turned into their bags or properly recycled. Each roll-top backpack helps remove 7.7 lbs of ocean plastic!
For those who deserve some pampering, Sḵwálwen Botanicals creates “plant medicine for skin and spirit”. Their products are a beautiful way to give some indulgence, skin nourishment, and self-care.
Sḵwálwen is a Canadian Indigenous brand making small batch skincare with ingredients responsibly foraged on the pacific coast.
Their range makes great gifts from stocking stuffers like lip balm, salves, and mini sanitizer, to skincare sets, and luxurious masks, bath salts, and oils.
Socks that Give Back $ – $$
These socks are so much more than your classic, useful gift! Every pair of Conscious Step socks is not only organic and ethically-made, but also gives to various charities and organizations.
You can choose a cause your recipient will appreciate like protecting endangered animals, childhood literacy, providing clean water, breast cancer research, planting trees, LGBTQ support, saving dogs/cats, and many more. It’s a personal, practical, and impactful gift!
My husband and I both love our Conscious Step socks – they’re comfortable, durable, and we appreciate the assortment of both fun and classic colours/patterns.
Adorable earrings, pins, and necklaces laser cut from sustainable bamboo and hand-painted.
Etsy is also a wonderful place to find handmade products and support small businesses!
This is not your ordinary set of wooden blocks! Designed by developmental experts, Lovevery’s 70 piece block set offers endless possibilities for play, building motor-skills, exploration, and learning.
The block set is great for toddlers and children, and the high quality means it will last and can be passed on. The blocks are made from sustainably harvested wood and non-toxic, water-based paints/finishes.
Luckily she can’t read yet, because this is my daughter’s gift this year. 😊
Winter staples from luxurious and sustainable recycled cashmere or wool. Organic Basic’s gloves, beanie, or scarf are timeless and a perfect upgrade for those winter essentials.
Cashmere is deliciously soft and warm but unfortunately the demand for this fibre is causing issues like desertification. So Organic Basics uses only recycled cashmere, made from old cashmere garments that are re-spun and ethically-made into new pieces. You get all the cosy benefits of real cashmere without the ethical and environmental issues!
Natural Tie-Dye Kit $$ – $$$
Bring back those summer camp vibes with sustainable AND fair trade DIY tie-dye tees! The Good Tee’s tie-dye kit is great for both beginners and those experienced with natural dyeing.
It includes an organic white tee (you can choose youth, toddler, or adult sizes) and they have kits for indigo (blue shades) or a selection of 4 natural colours (purple, yellow, red/orange, and pink).
A unique gift for creative teens, DIY queens or a fun couple/family project – the kit includes enough dye for 3-4 t-shirts and you can purchase additional blank tees for 50% off.
Spa Treatment at Home $$ – $$$
Oil + Water’s face and body products are so beautifully formulated and naturally scented, they make you feel like you’re at the spa. The herbal clay mask set with ceramic bowl and fan brush makes a great gift and is formulated for all skin types, and I can’t rave about their oils enough.
The travel/starter set also makes a nice gift or stocking-stuffer and is a great way to try the products in mini-form!
Oil + Water is my favourite skincare brand, using only carefully sourced, potent natural ingredients and all their products come sustainably packaged and they have a zero waste recycling program. (Psst – use code MYGREENCLOSET10 for 10% off!)
Wooden Hair Sticks $$ – $$$
A unique and simple, yet beautiful way to hold and adorn hair. SAYA Designs’ wooden hair sticks and combs are hand carved by Indonesian artisans from rescued root wood.
They have a variety of nature-inspired designs and styles for both shorter and long or thick hair. Plus every purchase plants up to 10 trees in rehabilitation and reforestation projects in Indonesia.
Handcrafted Plant Pot $$ – $$$
I don’t know anyone who hasn’t added some plant friends to their home this year. 🌵 So how about giving a beautiful pot to display them in? Katie M Mudd’s handmade stoneware and ceramics are timeless and simple yet with beautiful details and thoughtful design.
Her pieces are all handmade in Portland, using locally-sourced materials and design to last a lifetime.
We own some Katie M Mudd ceramic drink tumblers and they are honestly stunning – I love drinking from them and we always get compliments from guests.
Star Wars Shoes $$$ – $$$$
Know someone who loves Star Wars? Shoes from the officially licensed Po-Zu Star Wars collection are sure to be an impressive gift.
Sustainably and fairly-made, there’s everything from more subtle printed sneakers to Rey’s and Finn’s boots and even full-blown furry Chewbacca boots. Many of the options are vegan too!
A non-toxic gift pack of shimmery lip balm, roll-on natural glitter, and no-odor nail polish for little princesses! Pure Anada makes natural, non-toxic cosmetics and this cute set is sure to please any sparkle-loving little ones.
One of the reasons I like Pure Anada is that they are careful about their ingredient safety and commit to ensuring any mica used is child-labour free – because none of us want to give children (or anyone) gifts mined/made by children.
Pure Anada also has lovely natural beauty, nail polish, and skin care gifts for adults too!
Cute hair set including a scrunchie, twisted headband and little bag made with offcuts from Ich Cha’s beautiful artisan fabrics.
This hair set makes a special stocking stuffer or perfect gift for scrunchie-lovers, zero-waste gals, or artisan textile appreciators.
Comfy, Cozy PJs $$ – $$$$
Especially this year we could all use a soft set of pajamas to curl up in, from soft organic cotton, to silky Tencel there are so many great sustainable options available for men and women!
Or you can see some of my favourite baby/kids pjs here.
Nothing quite sets the mood like a candle. Land of Daughters is a small, Metis-owned, Canadian brand making vegan candles from sustainable soy wax.
Land of Daughters also donates and fundraises for various animal rescue and social organizations.
Kind Karma is a beautiful Canadian jewellery company that employs at-risk and homeless youth to handcraft their jewellery. While the youth get paid regular hourly wages, Kind Karma has an innovative art therapy based employment model and profits from sales also go back into helping the employees with things like education and housing.
They also are just launching a new recycled silver collection starting with these delicate and timeless stacking rings.
Play-Clothes Designed for Durability $$$ – $$$$
Jackalo seeks to solve the problem of kids always wearing through their clothes by designing long-lasting play clothes for little builders, explorers, tree climbers, and all kinds of adventures.
Jackalo’s clothing is sustainably made from organic cotton and they also have a take-back program when the clothes are outgrown and repair services if anything does happen.
Heirloom Linen Apron $$ – $$$
For the cooks, gardeners, painters, bakers, crafters, and makers. NotPerfectLinen has a variety of apron styles from long to short, cross-back to traditional, made from their super soft yet durable washed linen.
The aprons are made-to-order in their workshop in Lithuania from Oeko-Tex certified European linen and come in over 30 colour choices.
Beginner growers and seasoned green thumbs alike will appreciate this self-watering terracotta seedling starter from Uncommon goods.
This clever design makes starting seeds “idiot proof” and replaces the need for plastic trays and pots, plus the handmade clay looks lovely on the counter or windowsill.
These lights can be used in the middle of the forest or camping in your living room and make cozy, energy-saving decorations. This sustainable string of lights from MPOWERED is charged by the sun and lasts up to 20 hours on a charge.
The light is waterproof and compactly rolls up making it easy to take on outdoor adventures or the patio, and in a pinch you can even use the power to charge your devices!
MPOWERED also gives solar lights to communities without reliable electricity and they also have other designs like solar powered candles, coloured lights, task light, and even a build-your-own solar lamp kit.
Finally, let’s not forget our furry friends!
EarthHero has the best selection I’ve seen of sustainable pet toys and products.
You can find hemp rope toys, natural rubber balls, organic catnip, handmade toys, organic cotton or hemp collars and leashes, and more for your cats and dogs.
Happy holidays and thank you for supporting small businesses and giving gifts with a greater impact!