Whether it’s for a birthday or Christmas, we want to give gifts that have meaning. Gifts that will be loved. And if you have environmentalists in your life, they will probably want you to take into account the environmental impact of their gifts. They will want to spend the most sustainable holidays (or birthday) possible.
I know that gift-giving can be hard and stressful, especially when we have no idea what to give others.
Making sure the gifts we buy are sustainable is even more challenging in our consumeristic societies.
Buying new things always has an environmental impact.
So if you want to gift something to an environmentalist, the goal is to buy a present that has the smallest footprint on the planet. That is probably what they would want.
There are different things you can do to do so!
First, you should always make sure that the gifts you buy are things that are needed or wanted.
That way, those things will be used and they’re less likely to go to waste.
Another alternative to reduce the environmental impact of gifts is to buy them second-hand.
But some people may not be comfortable giving used gifts. And that’s okay!
If that’s you, don’t forget that you can give a new gift that is sustainable, and ethical.
There are so many awesome companies out there producing amazing things with a low footprint on the Earth!
Here are 24 eco-friendly gifts for environmentalists!
You can choose from this list to make sure they spend their most sustainable holidays (or birthday) yet!
And if you’re looking for even more inspiration, you can find many other gift ideas in my minimalist gift guide!
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Sustainable holidays: 24 eco-friendly gifts for environmentalists
Items to support them on their zero waste journey
What better way to support an environmentalist than by buying them a gift that will help them reduce their impact on the planet?
That’s something they’ll like for sure!
But make sure to know what they still do not own and what they would need. Ask them what would help them most!
There are so many things that can support them on their journey!
1 – Essentials they might need in the kitchen
Most of us produce the majority of our waste at home, especially in the kitchen.
Luckily, there are many ways we can reduce waste in the kitchen and different items can help us with it!
Beeswax wraps are also an amazing product they will love to have!
2 – Zero waste bathroom essentials
Apart from the kitchen, most of us also produce a lot of waste in the bathroom. And we can take steps to be zero waste there too!
Consider gifting a practical gift like reusable make-up remover pads.
And if you know they want to have a more sustainable laundry routine, reusable dryer balls will be the perfect gift for them!
3 – Items for on-the-go
These will help them be eco-friendly while traveling!
Here I can mention one of my favorite zero-waste swaps that I think everyone can easily make. It is switching to a reusable water bottle!
And if you want to gift a more practical and compact format, a stainless steel coffee mug could be a better option!
4 – A book
If the person you want to give a gift to has already everything they need to live sustainably, a book to help them learn even more can be the best present!
5 – A gift box with different zero waste items
A gift box with all the essentials to start a zero-waste lifestyle can be a great present for beginner environmentalists.
It will help them start on the right track but make sure they don’t already own these things.
Sustainable consumable products
Consumable products are amazing gifts for environmentalists as they are useful and practical, and they can be eco-friendly.
Most of the time, these are things that they would already buy in their everyday life.
But don’t forget to choose sustainable products.
This means avoiding unnecessary packaging as much as possible. It’s a great and easy way to reduce waste!
Or opt for sustainable packaging like items packaged in cardboard, metal, or glass.
If the person you want to gift something is vegan, take it into consideration when choosing your gift.
6 – Food
If you know what the receiver likes, you cannot go wrong with this one!
Most people love food, right?!
Consider baking homemade cookies, a yummy cake, or even a meal for them.
Choose organic and locally-grown food from your area (if that’s possible for you).
I’m sure they’ll be so happy to eat what you’ve made them!
That’s especially true if they know that you tried your best to reduce your footprint on the planet while preparing it.
7 – Their favorite beverage
If the person you are giving a gift to is a tea-drinker, consider getting them some organic and loose-leaf tea!
Same thing if their favorite beverage is coffee or hot chocolate. Try to find Fair Trade and organic products.
8 – Skincare
DIY some skincare products yourself or buy natural, organic, and plastic-free products.
9 – Consumable products for the home
Apart from food and skincare, there are many other consumable products you could buy as a cool gift!
Or consider getting a set of pencils that can be planted at the end of their life and that will grow into a tree.
This gift would be an amazing way to save trees and conserve forests!
10 – A sustainable gift box full of self-care products
Gifting a gift box with consumable products could be a great option. I especially love the ones with natural self-care products!
The receiver will then have more opportunities to practice self-care. This is super important for mental health!
Useful and practical things they might need and love as environmentalists
The best way to make sure you give a gift that the person will love is to buy them something from their wishlist.
But chances are they haven’t told you what present they’d like. Or they already have all the zero waste essentials.
If this is the case, you could instead choose items that are useful in everyday life.
Those can be products that are practical and loved by most people. That way, you are less likely to choose a random gift they won’t love.
11 – Sustainable socks
Who doesn’t need socks?
I mean… if the person you want to give a gift to doesn’t live in a tropical environment all year round, they will need socks!
If they like being comfortable and warm, you could pick them some cozy organic cotton socks.
I’m sure they’d also love to get socks that help support animal protection!
Perfect eco-friendly gift for environmentalists!
12 – Sustainably-made slippers
This one may not be for everyone!
But for people who like wearing slippers, those wear out from time to time and need replacement.
So gifting them a pair of quality slippers that were made sustainably can be an awesome present for them!
13 – A cozy blanket
Let’s stay in the cozy world and talk about blankets!
These always come in handy for people who live in a four-season climate. And they are perfect to create a Hygge atmosphere!
14 – A personalized canvas print
Want to give a more personalized gift this year? Choose a beautiful picture you took and have it printed onto a canvas print!
The good news is that you can do this in a sustainable way with Photowall.
The company creates biodegradable canvas prints using cotton, wood and metal, and all its production is made-to-order which minimizes waste.
Photowall also plants around 5,000 trees each year in East Africa in partnership with Vi Agroforestry.
15 – Wooden earphones
Earphones are a great gift as most people need them daily. And the thing is, they often don’t last for a long time.
Gifting an environmentalist quality wooden earphones is a useful and unique present!
It shows them that you were meaningful and tried your best to find the most sustainable option available.
16 – Sustainable portable charger
Tech items are products that have a big impact on the planet.
Mining for their components is very polluting and comes with a huge environmental and social cost.
Sustainable versions of tech items can be amazing gifts for environmentalists!
For instance, they would probably love to have a solar-powered charger for their cell phone!
It always comes in handy and they’ll be thrilled to have a greener product!
17 – Compostable iPhone case
Another great gift for environmentalists who love technology is a compostable phone case!
Phone cases get worn out with time and to make sure their phone is properly protected, a new case is needed.
Help them have a more eco-friendly version by gifting them a compostable iPhone case!
18 – Sustainable jewelry
If you want to buy a present for someone who loves jewelry, invest in quality pieces, made with recycled material that will last them for years.
And if you have a lower budget, a 4Ocean bracelet made from recycled materials could be an equally awesome gift! Buying it funds the removal of 1 pound of waste from our seas!
19 – Plastic-free hair scrunchies
Other accessories that get tons of use by many women are hair elastics.
But most hair elastics are made from synthetic material.
So gifting a plastic-free and organic hair scrunchy is the perfect idea for environmentalists!
20 – Biodegradable sunglasses
A good pair of sunglasses is very useful and essential for our eye health.
Many sunglasses are made of plastic, so what better present than to gift a pair of biodegradable sunglasses for those who love the planet?
This is both a useful and beautiful accessory!
A great benefit of non-physical gifts is that their environmental impact is often very small. Most of the time, way smaller than the impact of any physical item!
Perfect to spend more sustainable holidays!
And what’s also great is that the gift won’t cause any clutter in the receiver’s home. That’s why I mentioned them in my minimalist gift guide!
Here are a few non-physical presents that could be amazing eco-friendly gifts for environmentalists.
21 – A course about sustainable living
It could be a general course that covers the basics or a more specific one that teaches advanced skills.
It could be on various topics!
How to grow your own food, how to compost, or how to create homemade skincare or household products.
For those who love plant-based meals, there are even courses about vegan cooking taught by expert chefs from all around the world!
22 – Donate in their name to an environmental NGO
There are so many organizations that specialize in environmental protection!
The most famous ones are the WWF and Greenpeace.
But you can also look if there’s any that is more local to where you live or ones with a more specific range of action.
I’m sure the person you are gifting this to will be thrilled to know you have supported that good cause in their name!
23 – A ticket to visit a wildlife conservation center
It could be a center that saves and heals sea turtles. Or more generally, a place that rescues endangered or wounded wildlife.
Or it could be a ticket to visit a botanical garden, a national park, or a biosphere.
The person you are gifting this to will learn many new things about the environment and they’ll remember this gift for a long time!
24 – An experience
This one may not be linked to their passion for the environment.
If you do your research you could gift an experience that doesn’t have any negative impact on the planet.
A ticket to a museum? Dinner with you at the restaurant?
There are so many options for you to choose from!
Here it is! I hope you found what you were looking for in this blog post about 23 eco-friendly gifts for environmentalists!
Those presents will help the receiver spend more sustainable holidays (or birthday)!
Whether you want to buy something for someone passionate about the planet, or you are an environmentalist yourself, I wanted to provide you with some great gift ideas!
Gift-giving can be challenging, especially if we’re specifically looking for sustainable products.
But luckily, there are many options out there!
Zero waste essentials. Eco-friendly alternatives to useful everyday products. Sustainable consumable products. Non-physical gifts.
The choice is yours!
What have you decided to buy as a gift for the environmentalist in your life?
I’m curious to know what you picked, and whether that is for Christmas or their birthday!
And what tips do you have to spend more sustainable holidays?