12 Sustainable Gifts for the Holidays

12 Sustainable Gifts for the Holidays

Say bah-humbug to the seemingly disposable nature of gift-giving this year. Not all presents are built to last, and some are just awful for the environment. This holiday, embrace Earth-loving sustainability with amazing gifts recipients will love and that are eco-friendly.

There’s a sustainable gift option for every person on that gift list. So check it twice and choose these 12 sustainable gifts for the holidays:

Sustainable Gifts for the Holidays

A Hydroflask

The hydroflask was often associated with the VSCO teens and the ever-curious ‘sksksk’ catchphrase. These sustainable water bottles mean that teens (or adults!) won’t be reliant on plastic bottles for hydration. But the company also offers lunchboxes, coolers and even coffee flasks.

Adopt a Species

Help a species by adopting. No, gift recipients don’t actually adopt the entire species! This is what the World Wildlife Fund considers a ‘symbolic adoption.’ Choose between a virtual adoption for $60. Or opt for the upgraded adoption kit for $100. This adoption includes a plush friend from the adopted species, an adoption certificate, a picture and a card about the species. Adoption choices are vast and include elephants, black-footed ferret, bumblebee and many more!

Sustainable Gifts for the Holidays

Eco-Friends Dryer Balls

Forget the dryer sheets and use a cute wool animal instead! These sweet little dryer balls will help clothes stay soft while eliminating the plastic bottles and harsh chemicals of dryer sheets and fabric softener. The dryer balls are made from New Zealand wool and are priced at $28 for a pack of six. Choose from ladybugs, penguins, sheep, sloth, pigs, koala, panda and bees. Or just choose plain or patterned balls.

Zero Waste Kit

This eco-friendly kit includes every sustainable item needed for the day. Everything is packaged in a sustainable glass jar with an organic bamboo lid. Inside is a recycled cork koozie (use it to grab hot cups), a reusable spork, a stainless steel straw (with an eco silicone tip), an upcycled napkin and a few produce bags, too! Buy a kit for $60.

4Ocean Bracelets

Every bracelet sold helps clean up one pound of trash and debris from the coastlines and the ocean. There are numerous colors available, and each bracelet is tied to a different story. Bracelets vary in price.

Parks Project Vintage Shop

The Parks Project releases vintage clothing regularly in its online shop. Purchases help keep items out of landfills and purchases may help the project support its mission. Shoppers can find vintage flannel shirts, vintage park sweatshirts and jackets and hats, too. Prices vary per item.

Sustainable Gifts for the Holidays


What’s more sustainable and green than a plant? The Sill offers many different plants to give as gifts. Or choose a plant subscription! Prices vary, and there are even plant bundles!

Sustainable Gifts for the Holidays

Mushroom Kits

Yes, there are even kits to grow mushrooms at home. The kits are incredibly easy. The bags are cut open, and recipients just need to water their mushrooms a few times per day. Choose from a variety of mushrooms at different price points. Of course, the recipient should like mushrooms!

Recycling Truck

For children who love to play with cars and trucks, place a recycling truck under the tree this year! But this isn’t just any recycling truck, it’s also made from 100 percent recycled plastic! It also contains no BPA, phthalates or PVC. The cute green truck is from Green Toys and is priced at $29.99.

Sustainable Gifts for the Holidays

Cupcake Set

Do children love to play pretend with food? Green Toys offers a variety of pretend food items including a cupcake set. And, like the recycling truck, it’s made from recycled plastic and is all free from BPA, phthalates and PVC. It’s perfect for children ages 2 and up and costs $24.99. Pair it with the Tea for Two set for a sweet and complete tea party!


Included in Vogue’s list of eco-friendly and ethical jewelry brands, SVNR offers a range of beautiful pieces that are “made from found, re-used, up-cycled and natural materials….” Pieces range in price. SVNR also offers handbags, a silk slip dress collection (abacaxi x SVNR)…plus silk scarves and other silk garments, as well.

Solios Watches

These sustainable watches operate on solar power. Solios watches are made from recycled stainless steel, eco vegan leather, and are even placed in sustainable packaging. Watches are available in both men’s and women’s styles. And there are numerous watch band colors available. Prices range from $275 to $290 for men’s watches and between $265 and $295 for women’s styles.

There are so many sustainable gift options available that it’s impossible to list them all! This holiday, pledge to commit to buying sustainable for everyone on that gift list! And don’t forget to wrap those presents in recycled paper! And don’t forget to embrace green living at home, too!