7 Eco Friendly Gift Ideas for a Healthier Earth

7 Eco Friendly Gift Ideas for a Healthier Earth 

The holiday season is here! Are you looking for the best gifts to give your loved ones? 

Make this year’s gift- giving more sustainable with these eco-friendly gift ideas that both your recipient and the planet would love! 

Here’s 7 eco- friendly gift ideas for a healthier earth.

7 Eco Friendly Gift Ideas for a Healthier Earth

Before you start shopping for the best sustainable Christmas gifts , it’s important to know first what would classify as such. 

I’m sure you have heard of the terms, ‘eco- friendly’ or ‘environmentally friendly’ or ‘sustainable’. But what does it mean?

Eco- friendly, with its literal meaning, ‘earth- friendly’ and not in any way harmful to the environment. The most eco- friendly gifts would be the ones that leave the minimum environmental footprint.

Let’s make this holiday a more sustainable one by reducing our environmental footprint. Try these sustainable gift ideas that your recipient and the Earth would love.

1. Eco- friendly personal care products.

What better to give your loved ones but those that care for them, while still caring for the Earth, right? Try these personal care products that are perfect for affordable eco- friendly gifts to give for a healthier us, and a healthier earth.

  • Solid shampoo and conditioner bars. Pack & Leaf’s solid shampoo and conditioner bars are free from sulfates, parabens, silicone, palm oil, and plastic. Never tested on animals. Plus, $1 from every purchase is donated to rescuing and rehabilitating endangered orangutans affected by the deforestation caused by palm oil production.
  • Natural deodorants. If you’re looking for gifts for environmentally conscious and all-natural-ingredients- lover family members, or friends, this one would be great. 
  • Environmentally friendly bathroom essentials (eco- friendly safety razor, toothbrush, cotton swabs, hair towel, body wash, etc.)
  • Homemade sugar scrubs

2. DIY/ handmade gifts.

You can find a lot of eco- friendly gifts online. But nothing compares to a personalized gift.

First of all, handmade gifts are more personal. They are the best. I mean, just think about how happy your loved ones would feel if they received gifts that are specially made for them.

You don’t need to always buy luxury gifts every year. Handmade and DIY gifts are good to give too, from time to time. It’s practical, cheaper, creative, and you can make it as personal as you can. 

Of course, it would be better to make these gifts with minimal environmental impact, so recycled goods would be great as well. 

Here are more ideas:

  • Scented candles.
  • Pouch made from old jeans or other other fabric you don't use anymore.
  • Decorative ornaments
  • Hand- knitted scarf, pouch, or dish cloth
  • Recycled rugs
  • Recycled socks

3. Practical gifts.

When it comes to selection of presents, opt for gift items that people are likely to use on a daily basis (depending on who you are giving them to). Even better if you could give eco-friendly gifts that support the planet and all that lives in it like:

  • Personal care products
  • Eco-friendly kitchenware
  • Reusable items (clothes, towels. Non-paper towels)
  • You can also look for secondhand gift items, they’re okay too!
  • Money
  • Bicycle

4. Plants/ Houseplant/ Seeds.

So since the pandemic happened, gardening or growing house plants have been the hottest trends. Gardening is a good place to refocus our energy. We can even start a zero-waste kitchen.  

So I thought, what is a more environmentally- friendly gift to give than plants or better yet seeds. 

You don’t need a huge backyard to start gardening. Hanging plants reusing and decorating those plastic bottles saves a lot of space. 

This is also one of the best gifts for eco conscious, plant lovers.

And you don’t even have to wrap it!

5. Zero- waste gifts.

Let's face it, buying an exceptional gift for the people we love is more difficult than climbing a mountain. It should be something special, nothing off the shelf. 

If possible, please let it be sustainable, too. Plastic-free? I have researched and put together a long list of unique zero-waste, plastic-free items that you’ll adore. If you're looking for a special gift for Christmas, don't look further. Check out my ultimate guide to zero- waste and eco- friendly gift ideas for Christmas.

6. Eco- friendly brands.

If you do want to spend some money with gifts that you know your recipient would love, like maybe a bag, clothing, shoes, or anything else, you can look for brands and companies that care deeply for the planet.

After all, being ‘eco- friendly’ and sustainable isn’t just about plastic- free, or zero waste. It’s also about whether these products are ethically made and produced from sustainable materials and with minimum environmental impact.

7. Giving to charity.

If you’re looking for perfect gifts for environmentally conscious and animal- lover friends, or family members, this is something they would surely appreciate.

Instead of trying to find the best eco- friendly gifts to give them actual gifts, why not give to charities on their behalf instead? 

Or maybe adopting animals under their name? Adopting wildlife is a great gift, especially for the co conscious and animal lovers because you can often get a Certificate and updates on the animal for your loved one. 

It makes the most and best sustainable gift as it directly helps support the planet by adopting wildlife and donating to organizations that support the planet like:

  • Oceanic Society. They have been working for more than 50 years to create a more oceanic society that values and protects ocean life. 
  • World Wildlife Fund. It’s an organization that works to help local communities conserve the natural resources they depend upon; transform markets and policies toward sustainability; and protect and restore species and their habitats. You can support them by adopting wildlife or donating.
  • Orangutan Outreach (redapes.org)- They rescue, rehabilitate, and protect orangutans and their habitat. Adopt an orangutan or donate to help them support orangutans.

Also when it comes to wrapping your presents up, there are more environmentally friendly ways to wrap your gifts. Or don’t wrap it at all, that’s okay too! 

Presents are not always about expensive, luxurious items. There’s also happiness, cheers with simple gifts that are given with love and care. For your loved ones, and for the EARTH. 

Let’s all have a holiday filled with happiness, joy, and sustainability!