Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas
Welcome to the ultimate eco-friendly gift ideas guide. We have compiled this coveted collection of gifts, all designed with sustainability in mind, to help you find the perfect present for any occasion.
Finding the perfect eco-friendly gift is no easy feat, especially when shopping for those who already have everything. So, we have rounded up the best ethical, sustainable, Fairtrade, vegan, and environment-conscious products to delight friends, loved-ones, and those difficult-to-buy-for family members.
With cool eco-friendly gifts for teenagers, adorable wooden toys for children, handmade jewellery for her, and 100% natural skincare products for him all featuring in this planet-friendly range, shopping for your lot just got easier. No matter how picky they are. So, grab a coffee (or vegan turmeric latte) and let's get down to some serious shopping with our complete guide to eco-friendly gift ideas.
When it comes to shopping for eco-friendly gifts, products made from bamboo are a perfect choice. Bamboo is one of the most sustainable materials on the planet today. It is easy to grow, it produces up to 35% more oxygen than trees, and it is 100% compostable once it reaches the end of its lifecycle.
Bamboo is the ideal alternative to plastic, and thanks to advances in technology, we can use it to make more products than ever before, with bamboo homewares, bamboo toothbrushes, bamboo kitchen utensils, and bamboo accessories readily available for environment-conscious homes.
The Bamboo Kids Dish Set by EKOBO is colourful, practical, and suitable for indoor and outdoor use. It is an investment for busy mums and dads who want to encourage their little ones to eat at the table, and it is perfect for introducing children to the importance of sustainability at an early age. Specially designed for tiny hands, this Bamboo Kids Dish Set includes a cup, plate, bowl, and spoon, and it comes in an eco-friendly gift box. It’s the perfect eco-friendly gift for children and ideal for baby showers, first birthdays, and special occasions.
Perfect for kitchen condiments and bathroom essentials, the Bamboo Storage Jar by EKOBO comes in a choice of colours and sizes to organise your world. Made from FSC certified bamboo fibre, these multipurpose storage jars include hermetic cork lids to create an airtight seal, and they are 100% food safe. A smart alternative to plastic storage containers, these bamboo storage jars are fully compostable, as are the cork the lids, making them the ultimate eco-friendly gift for housewarmings, birthdays, and mother’s day.
ORGANIC & CRUELTY-FREE SKINCARE
Good for the environment and good for your skin, organic and cruelty-free skincare products are a smart gift for friends and loved ones who care about the planet. There are numerous options available when it comes to sustainable skincare products, with paraben-free soaps, 100% natural deodorants, organic body washes, and luxurious hand-creams that are tested on humans - not animals.
Hypoallergenic and soft on sensitive skin, organic soaps and cruelty-free shampoos are suitable for the whole family. Here we take a look at a few favourites by industry-leading brands to help you find the perfect pamper gift for your eco-friendly friends.
If there is one organic soap that looks as good as it smells, it would have to be the Before The Earth Charcoal & Prickly Pear Bar Soap by MOTE. Featuring layer upon layer of raw ingredients that nourish and moisturise the skin, it includes prickly pear to restore skin tone and activated charcoal to remove impurities. With the delicate aromas of citrusy bergamot, soothing lavender, and woody forest fragrances patchouli, cedarwood, and vetiver, this gorgeous soap appeals to men and women alike; it is the perfect eco-friendly gift for everyone.
Reusable gifts are ideal for those committed to zero waste, greener living, and sustainability. Designed to replace the plastic items we use every day such as coffee cups, lunch boxes, water bottles, and storage containers, these reusable products save money and valuable resources, while being practical, eco-friendly, and made to last.
From classic bamboo takeaway cups to replace coffee-shop throw-aways to reusable travel mugs for daily commutes, reusable gifts are perfect for the eco-warriors amongst us. Here are a couple of our 2020 must-haves
To Go Click Travel Mug by An everyday essential for tea lovers and coffee connoisseurs, the To-Go Click Steel Mug by Skelton is washable, reusable, and suitable for both hot and cold beverages. Made from durable steel, it is double-walled for optimal thermal effect, and it features an innovative, "smart click" lid that allows you to open and close the cup with one hand. An eco-friendly alternative to disposable coffee cups, it is the perfect reusable gift for mums, dads, sisters, and brothers. That's the family sorted!
When it comes to reusability, this Stainless Steel Lunch Box by Black+Blum is hard to beat. Leakproof and suitable for both hot and cold foods, this stylish lunch box features a specially designed lid with vacuum lock, a removable slider/divider, and it includes a steel fork. The perfect reusable gift for those who prefer to take homemade lunches to work, it is small enough to slot in any bag or backpack, yet large enough to hold a substantial meal. If you are looking for an eco-friendly gift for dad, this could be it!
SUSTAINABLE TOYS FOR KIDS
There is nothing quite like a wooden toy or organic cotton toy to impress eco-conscious parents. Made from sustainable materials; eco-friendly toys are kinder on the environment than the plastic alternatives, and as they last, they are the perfect hand-me-down for future generations.
When searching for sustainable toys for babies, toddlers, tweens, and teens, look out for those made from FSC certified wood, organic cotton, and ethically sourced materials. Check out these Totem favourites:
Are you looking for an eco-friendly baby shower gift? Maracas Muchachos The Llama ticks all right boxes. Combining a plush teddy with a child-safe silicone teething ring and a baby rattle; this gorgeous early learning toy will make a welcome addition to any nursery or bedroom. Made from 100% organic cotton, it guarantees to get you more than a few brownie points with environment-conscious mums and dads, and let’s face it, who else is going to buy the new baby a llama!
Impress kids (and dads) with the Motor Mechanic Toy Car by Plan Toys. An eco-friendly toy made from 100% upcycled rubberwood trees, it inspires creativity, improves hand-eye coordination, and promotes problem-solving; making it the ultimate gift for car-loving kids aged 3 – 30 and beyond. This fabulous wooden car toy includes a range of easily identifiable car parts along with all the tools needed to keep it running smoothly. Even the packaging is recyclable.
HANDMADE SUSTAINABLE JEWELLERY GIFTS & FASHION ACCESSORIES
Handmade jewellery is an eco-friendly gift for any occasion and, with international brands creating ethical jewellery for him, sustainable jewellery for her, and gorgeous fashion accessories for everyone, it is easy to find the perfect present for friends, loved ones, and family members.
When shopping for handmade jewellery and sustainable fashion accessories, look out for consciously curated pieces that include wood from FSC certified forests, environmentally-certified leather, and 100% vegan materials. Choose brands that are committed to ethical practices, and delight the lucky recipient with a gorgeous gift that they can wear time and again.
The Kupolo Nokte Watch by Contempus is a go-to timepiece for business, sports, and leisure. With its black stainless steel casing, mineral crystal glass, Japanese movement, and sustainable leather strap, this eco-friendly watch guarantees to impress the discerning gent in your family. The perfect choice for work and play, it is the ultimate handmade jewellery gift for dads, husbands, and brothers, and as it is made to last, it falls well within the realms of sustainable fashion.
A minimalist masterpiece for handmade jewellery fans, the Gold Silkcord Chain by Yab Studio is the ultimate eco-friendly gift for her. Made from ethically sourced materials; it features a delicate 42cm chain embellished with a clasp fastener for easy dressing. Its minimalist styling allows you to wear it with any outfit, while its timeless design ensures it will never date or go out of style. An investment piece, it is the perfect jewellery gift for mothers, sisters, wives, and girlfriends.
GREEN DENTAL & BATHROOM GIFTS
The bathroom is the source of many environmental problems. Disposable plastic toothbrushes take hundreds of years to decompose, plastic soap dishes ultimately end up in landfill sites, and standard dental floss is non-recyclable. Fortunately, many leading dental and homecare brands are switching to greener alternatives, with eco-friendly dental gifts and recyclable bathroom accessories for the workplace and home.
Perhaps the best gift for eco-conscious homes is bamboo toothbrushes for adults and kids, bamboo soap dishes, and recycled plastic accessories. Here we look at a few favourites that guarantee to delight in 2020 – sustainable bathrooms start right here.
Winner of the Veggie Awards 2019, Bamboo Toothbrushes by Truthbrush feature plant-based bristles and 100% biodegradable handles. A bathroom essential for eco-friendly homes, these organic bamboo toothbrushes are naturally anti-bacterial and designed to promote healthy teeth and gums. They come hand-wrapped in tissue paper, packaged in recyclable cardboard, and they are available in a choice attractive designs to appeal to the whole family. The perfect eco-friendly gift for housewarmings and birthdays, they put a whole new spin on sustainable oral healthcare.
Say goodbye to soggy soap with the Baño Bamboo Soap Dish by Ekobo. A bathroom essential for eco-friendly homes, it is made from FSC certified bamboo fibre and designed to accommodate all organic soap bars. Modern, minimalistic, and available in a choice of attractive colours to complement all interiors, this bamboo soap dish is the ideal alternative to plastic soap dishes. It is the perfect housewarming gift for environment-conscious friends. Reusable, recyclable, and rather fabulous!
If you are still struggling to find the ultimate eco-friendly gift for a friend or loved ones, allow us to throw the Konjac Sponge into the mix. Described by its makers as, ‘The Original Korean Beauty Tool’ the Konjac Sponge is an award-winning sponge that exfoliates and cleanses the skin with pure Konjac plant fibre and mineral-rich extracts. Suitable for use on sensitive skin, even baby skin, Konjac Sponges are handmade, free from all harmful ingredients, and earth-friendly. They are 100% compostable too! The perfect gift for her? Yes, we thought so!
Sustainability is the best gift you can give to friends and loved ones at any time of the year. So shop smart, shop green, and shop the best eco-friendly gifts available.
Credits: Cover photo by Photo by Antonio Janeski