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77 Best Eco Friendly Gifts for a Sustainable Holiday in 2021

‘Tis the season for gift giving as the holidays come into full swing. If you’re trying to be less wasteful or more eco conscious however, coming up with ideas for eco friendly gifts may feel like an added stressor. Fear not – we’re here to help you have a stress free holiday with this comprehensive sustainable gift guide. 

We’ve highlighted 24 of our favorite sustainable brands below. We’ve also included a few different fun and eco friendly gifts from each brand to get the ideas flowing as you start your holiday shopping. 

As a sustainable travel brand, we took care to include items that are especially ideal for your travel loving friends and family. We also made sure to include a variety of sustainable gifts across all price points, interests, and needs. 

This holiday season we’re confident that you’ll be able to find perfect eco friendly gifts for all your loved ones. 

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77 Sustainable & Eco Friendly Gifts for the Holidays

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1. Coconut Bowls from Jungle Culture

Choosing “green gifts” doesn’t mean they can’t be both fun and functional. Instead of choosing traditional dish sets this year, give your loved ones a set of Jungle Culture’s ethically sourced, upcycled coconut bowls. 

Produced on small farms in Vietnam, these zero-waste bowls are plastic-free and organic. You can choose from a single bowl or up to a set of four, as well as matching wooden spoons. 

Other Great Gifts from Jungle Culture: Coconut Candles, Safety Razor, Eco Soap

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Photo by Lotus Sustainable

2. Lotus Trolley Bag from Lotus Sustainables

The lotus trolley bag is the perfect gift for that family member that may need an incentive to make their grocery shopping more environmentally friendly. Each trolley bag includes 4 reusable bags and holds over 50 pounds. It’s ideal for keeping your shopping organized with speciality pockets for wine and eggs and an insulated cooler bag for your perishables. 

Each bag is lightweight, machine washable, plastic free and ethically manufactured. Lotus Sustainables is a 1% for the Planet partner, so every purchase helps reduce plastic pollution.

Use our code HIDDENLEMUR10 and receive a 10% discount.

Other Great Gifts from Lotus Sustainables: Cotton or Mesh Produce Bags

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Photo by Eco Roots

3. Cruelty Free Candles from Eco Roots

When it comes to choosing gifts for eco friendly people, you can’t go wrong with lovingly crafted cruelty free candles. These candles from Eco Roots are made using USA grown soy wax and organic cotton wicks. Each one is hand-poured into an amber upcycled jar, perfect for reusing. 

Each candle is vegan, with no phthalates, chemicals, petroleum, or toxins and is zero-waste and plastic free. You can choose from an extensive range of scents including some limited edition holiday ones like Pine & mistletoe or cranberry marmalade. 

Other Great Gifts from Eco Roots: Plant-based Lip Balm, Zero Waste Cleaning Set

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Photo by CocoKind

4. Coffee Scrubbing Clay from CocoKind

For your beauty obsessed friends, CocoKind is the ideal brand to choose your eco friendly gifts from. One of our favorite products is this scrubbing clay made from upcycled coffee beans. It’s one of the more luxurious environmentally friendly gifts, with its rich smell of coffee, creamy texture, and stylish recyclable sugarcane tube. Plus, who doesn’t love a nice exfoliator in the cold winter months? 

Other Great Gifts from CocoKind: Sake Body Lotion, Best Sellers Bundle 

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Photo by Last Object

5. The Getaway Bundle from Last Object

It always feels festive to find fun holiday gift boxes, but these gift sets are often unsustainable thanks to their additional, non-reusable packaging and trial size products. “The Getaway Bundle” from Last Object is the great sustainable gift box alternative. 

Each kit includes reusable cotton swabs, beauty swabs, cotton rounds, tissues, and a laundry bag. It’s the perfect starter kit to help your loved one move toward a zero waste toiletry cabinet. Plus, these are ideal items for travelers as they lessen your carbon footprint and weigh virtually nothing. 

Use our discount code (hiddenlemur) and get 10% off your purchase.

Other Great Gifts from Last Object: Reusable Cotton Rounds, Reusable Tissue

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Photo by Hilana

6. Marble Throw from Sustainable Travel & Living:

A great luxurious yet functional holiday gift is this cozy marble throw from Hilana. This cozy throw blanket is made from 50% regenerated cotton and upcycled materials. It’s perfect for snuggling on the couch, or using as a picnic blanket. 

Since they’re lightweight and easy to fold, they’re also easy to pack. Not to mention the throw is naturally quick drying and hand loomed in Turkey. Hilana is a B Corp certified company that manufactures in a zero-waste, closed loop process with no dyes, chemicals or wasted water. 

Other Great Gifts from Sustainable Travel & Living: Carry-on Gift Set, Cork Sunglasses

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Photo by Wande Ind.

7. Ominira Urban Travel Pack from Wande Ind  

If you’re shopping for a future traveler or those who love the newest things on the market, you’ll want to check out the Ominira Urban Travel Pack. Available for pre-order, these sustainable backpacks from Wande Ind. are ethically made using organic cotton canvas. They have everything a traveler needs like expandable bottle compartments, lap-top sleeve, theft proof buckles, and load lifting straps. Its modular design even allows you to change the size of the bag, thanks to its fully detachable travel compartment. 

10% of the proceeds go to one of their five partner organizations fighting human trafficking globally. 

Other Great Gifts from Wande Ind: Packing Cubes

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Photo by Ettitude

8. Bamboo Robe from Made Trade

If you’re unsure what sustainable christmas gifts to choose next, why not pick up the buttery-soft waffle bamboo robe from Ettitude, available on Made Trade? An ideal unisex gift, especially in the winter months, these beautiful and sustainable robes will last a lifetime. Made from Oeko-Tex certified organic bamboo lyocell, each robe is hypoallergenic, quick drying, vegan, chemical free, and naturally dyed. 

Since bamboo is indigenous to China, they manufacture locally to lessen their C02 emissions, in ethical factories. Ettitude reuses and recycles their water throughout production and uses upcycled deadstock for packaging. 

Other Great Gifts from Made Trade: Eucalyptus Lounge Set, Ceramic Mugs

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Photo by Bitti Gitti!

9. Wooden Speaker From EarthHero

Most tech gadgets aren’t sustainable, but the Wooden Smartphone Speaker on Earth Hero is one of the top eco friendly gifts for your tech friends. These wooden speakers are designed by Bitti Gitti! using sustainably sourced birchwood. Each speaker includes seven layers of hand cut rings that naturally amplify the sound of the speakers. Simply place your phone inside and watch the magic happen when you press play (fits any size phone).

This sustainable speaker doesn’t use any batteries, power, or cords to use. That’s not all though – it comes in a reusable cotton bag, recycled packaging and it’s fully compostable. 

Other Great Gifts from EarthHero: Tea set, Recycled Socks, Bamboo Tupperware

eco friendly gifts from Bagmaya
Photo by Bagmaya

10. Hemp “Bum Bags” From Bagmaya

Despite what many of us may have thought, fanny packs are simply not going out of style. Useful for both travelers and homebodies, these “bum bags” from BagMaya are a great gift idea. Each stylish fanny pack comes in a small variety of colors and designs. They are vegan and made from sustainably sourced hemp in Nepal. 

Hemp uses half the amount of land as cotton and very little water, making it a fantastic sustainable material. Bagmaya’s bum bags are ethically manufactured in factories that provide safe working conditions and fair, living wages. 

Use the code PLANETBEFOREPROFIT10 during checkout to claim your 10% discount when you buy 2 products or more. 

Other Great Gifts from Bagmaya: Yoga Mat Bags, Sustainable Backpack

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Photo by Kathmandu Outdoor

11. Tech Money Pouch from Kathmandu Outdoor

What do you get the person who has everything? This simple yet functional Tech Money Pouch from Kathmandu Outdoor, of course! These money pouches are perfect for keeping valuable items like passports and credit cards safe while traveling or out and about. 

Simply place your goods inside the lightweight polyester pouch and thanks to its RFIDtech, you’re now safe from digital theft. Each pouch includes an adjustable neck strap and three different pockets to hold additional items. Kathmandu Outdoor is a certified B Corp, working toward a zero waste and circular manufacturing process. 

Other Great Gifts from Kathmandu Outdoor: Sustainable Jacket, Eco Friendly Beanie

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12. Serving Board From United By Blue

If you’re choosing eco friendly gifts for your foodie friend then this sustainably sourced serving board from Itza Wood is perfect. Perfect for charcuterie platters, family dinners or even as a cutting board, these boards are the definition of multipurpose. 

Each board is handcrafted from responsibly harvested teak and ziricote wood in Peten, Guatemala. Itza Wood aims to stop poverty in this region by providing fair paying employment and education. For every purchase you make on United by Blue, they’ll remove one pound of trash from the ocean. 

Other Great Gifts from United By Blue: Zero-waste Chef Cookbook, Wool Picnic Blanket, Guppyfriend Washing Bag  

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Photo by BOLD Swim

13. Sustainable Lingerie from BOLD Swim

Not all sustainable gifts have to be functional, some can just be fun. If you’re shopping for a romantic partner, why not purchase some gorgeous sustainable lingerie from BOLD Swim? You can choose between two different lingerie sets, underwear or slip dresses. Their lingerie is ethically sourced and handmade in the USA by fair paid women.

BOLD Swim is a BIPOC woman owned business that focuses on inclusion, diversity and sustainability in the fashion industry. They also make some of the best sustainable swimwear around which also make fantastic eco friendly gifts.

Use our discount code, HIDDENLEMUR, and get $10 off your purchase.

Other Great Gifts from BOLD Swim: Skin Care Set,  Sustainable Swimwear,  Eco Wash Bags

Photo by Outerknown

14. Recycled Swim Trunks From Outerknown

When it comes to eco friendly gifts, choosing items that people will actually love to use is just as important as how the goods are made. Outerknown’s beloved upcycled swim trunks check off both boxes. The perfect gift for your water loving loved one are these long lasting board shorts designed by pro surfer Kelly Slater. 

Each trunk is made from recycled polyester from ocean plastic. Stylish and functional, their famous 4 way stretch can take you from the waves to the beach and their endless number of prints will fit any style. 

Other Great Gifts from Outerknown: Cashmere Beanie, Shirt Jacket

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Photo by prAna

15. Yoga Pants From prAna

You definitely don’t need to do yoga to wear yoga pants. They make ideal eco friendly gifts for just about anyone on your list. prAna sells yoga pants for all genders in a variety of colors, sizes, prints and sustainable materials such as Tencel, Modal and recycled nylon. 

They’ll ship your items in recycled packaging so you don’t have to worry about plastic waste. You can also shop at one of their storefronts.  prAna produces fair trade certified apparel in their fair trade factories and is a climate positive company. 

Other Great Gifts from Prana: Climbing Chalk bag, Organic Headband

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Photo by HydroFlask

16. Cooler Cup From HydroFlask

If your loved ones are at all into sustainable living, then chances are they have their own reusable water bottle. A useful alternative gift could be the cooler cup from HydroFlask. Perfectly designed to fit around your drink of choice, these long lasting, reusable cozies are a great beach essential or perfect for cold days on the mountain. 

Each cup is designed using Hydroflasks tempshield technology to ensure your beverages stay at their optimal temperature with no condensation. Made from stainless steel, these durable cooler cups have a lifetime warranty. 

Other Great Gifts from HydroFlask: Insulated Tote, Wine Bottle

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Photo by eBags

17. NuRoad Toiletry Bag From eBags

Toiletry bags aren’t just must-haves for travelers – many of us struggle with limited bathroom storage space. This NuRoad Lay Flat Bag from eBags is the perfect solution to that. Each NuRoad bag includes recycled lining made from plastic bottles and water-repellent coating. 

The fold out design makes accessing all your items a breeze, with plenty of pockets for organized storage. Keeping the bag clean is as easy as gently wiping it down with water. It also includes a padded handle that makes carrying the bag easy and comfortable. 

Other Great Gifts from eBags: Packing Cube Set, Checked Luggage

Leaf Leather Treetribe
Photo by TreeTribe

18. Leaf Leather Wallet From Tree Tribe

If you’re looking for classic gifts for environmentally conscious friends, the leaf leather wallet by Tree Tribe is a great place to start. Their leaf leather looks just as stylish as animal leather but it’s much more environmentally friendly. 

Leaf leather is made from sustainably harvested teak or banana leaves in Thailand. This gives it a similar texture and durability as leather. Each wallet is handcrafted, one of a kind and waterproof. For every purchase you make, Tree Tribe plants a tree. 

Other Great Gifts from Tree Tribe: Leaf Leather Journals, Graphic Tee, Snapback 

Jade travel yoga mats
Photo by Jade Yoga

19. Travel Mat From Jade Yoga

One of the best eco friendly gifts for your active, traveling friends is this travel mat from Jade Yoga. At just three pounds, these lightweight mats fold up into a square, making them easy to pack. They come in a variety of colors and different lengths. 

Each mat is sustainably made with no PVC, EVA and only using natural rubber. Jade designs some of the highest quality yoga mats out there, with superior grip and comfort. For every purchase you make, they plant a tree. 

Other Great Gifts from Jade Yoga: Microfiber Yoga Towel, Plant based Mat Wash, Recycled Cotton Blanket

Photo by Camelbak

20. Reservoir Filtration Kit From Camelbak

One of the best eco friendly gifts for an outdoorsy loved one is the reservoir filtration kit from Camelback. Ideal for camping or hiking, these reservoirs fit right into your backpack. Unlike most standard reservoirs, this one has a LifeStraw filtration system so you can filter 2 liters of water while on the go. 

Each reservoir is leak proof, easy to drink and BPA free. For every product purchased, Camelbak gives one child a year of clean drinking water. They manufacture responsibly and sustainably in ethical factories. 

Other Great Gifts from Camelbak: Wine Tumbler, Insulated Travel Mug

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Photo by entree

21. Fleece Sweatpant From tentree

When it comes to eco friendly Christmas gifts, who doesn’t want something warm and cozy they can immediately lounge in throughout the holidays? The Bamone fleece sweatpant from tentree is just that thing. 

Available for all genders, in a variety of colors, these affordable fleece sweatpants are made from lightweight Tencel lyocell, organic cotton for peak softness and recycled polyester. Jogger style and mid waisted, these sweatpants are ideal for lounging, sleeping, or brunching. Tentree is a climate positive sustainable company based in Canada. 

Other Great Gifts from TenTree: Sustainable Hat, Crew Sweater

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Photo by Allbirds

22. Wool Runner Mizzle From Allbirds

If you know someone in need of a sneaker upgrade, then Allbirds should be your first stop. Their sustainable sneakers are made from ethically sourced ZQ certified Merino Wool. Allbirds is a certified B Corp that uses ethical manufacturing. 

One of our top choices is the wool runner mizzle, thanks to its stylish yet versatile design and waterproof coating.These everyday sneakers are perfect for all seasons and personalities, making it one of the best eco friendly gifts.

Other Great Gifts from Allbirds: Sustainable Underwear, Merino Scarf, Head to Toe Kit

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Photo by Herschel

23. Recycled Novel Duffle from Herschel

Herschel is arguably one of the more well known bag companies so their new eco collection has been highly anticipated. Their stylish, lightweight recycled Novel duffle is an amazing gift. 

The duffle is made from recycled plastic bottles and comes in several different colors. It includes a removable shoulder strap, shoe compartment and reinforced handles. You can use this duffle for weekend trips, as a gym bag, or for whatever else needs carrying. 

Other Great Gifts from Herschel: Recycled Backpack

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Photo by G Adventures

24. National Geographic Journey From G Adventures

Sometimes the best gift to give is the gift of adventure. G Adventures is a reputable sustainable travel company that organizes some of the best responsible tours all over the globe. Book your loved one the trip of a lifetime by choosing one of their coveted National Geographic Journeys for one of this years ultimate eco friendly gifts.

The National Geographic Journeys include more than the standard tours with more hands-on adventures led by local experts. G Adventures ensures you’re supporting local communities, initiatives and providing local employment. 

Other Great Gifts from G Adventures: Marine Tours, Local Living Tours

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Alicia Briggs

Alicia Briggs

Full-time digital nomad since 2018, I run a slow travel & sustainable living blog. I'm a freelance writer, editor & content creator. I love veggie tacos, rooftop happy hours, day hikes and living in cities I had never heard of before moving there.

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