When you think of eco friendly gifts, what comes to mind? Bamboo straws, cute reusable shopping bags, a healthy water bottle? These are all necessary products, BUT if you are looking for sustainable gift ideas that are unique and thoughtful, you've come to the right place.
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Best Eco-Friendly Gifts for Her
Light up your home with these absolutely stunning sustainable candles from Obakki. A beautiful, timeless gift idea for someone you treasure, this Sumac Candle Gift set includes two candles and a cast iron stand, all of which is packaged in a stylish, reusable wood box. These candles are ethically made by a family-run business in Japan that has been operating in the same factory since 1892.
Vegans will especially love this gift. The wax that is used is harvested from the fruit of the Japanese Haze tree. Maker and artisan Yoichi Tamaki adds, “There are three important elements in making traditional Japanese candles: craftsmanship, plant-sourced raw materials, and a commitment to social contribution.”
Obakki makes it to the top of just about every list on The Eco Hub and has been featured in our organic cotton breakdown, as well as our favourite green beauty brands, and of course it's one of the BEST alternatives to Amazon too.
They work with artisans from all over the globe and take ethical sourcing and manufacturing to heart in every aspect of their business. Their not-for-profit, The Obaaki Foundation, has provided clean drinking water for over three million people!
Pampering and self-care are where it's at with these decadent, all-natural gift sets from Cocoon Apothecary. Give the gift of natural indulgent skincare with their lineup of organic products, handmade just for you. All of the products don't overwhelm the skin but protect it and support it.
This woman-owned Canadian business is considered the OG of clean beauty in Canada making everything from our favourite non-toxic perfumes to the best organic face wash! Once you try these products, you will never go back!
They all smell so beautiful, Jessica, the owner is a master at scent and formulas. Cocoon has a cult following, and for good reason. I know the line to be one of the purest around, they are diligent about choosing the very best, safest, cruelty-free, and results-driven ingredients available. Their holiday gift kits are a divine collection of scent-sational soap and luxurious bubble baths.
If you have sensitive skin, acne-prone skin or are somewhere in between, you'll find something to love! We are sure of it! There are really no better eco friendly gifts for her.
Natural beauty lovers are ever on the quest for clean makeup with deep pigments, an inclusive colour selection, truly clean ingredients, and polished formulas. Elate nails every single one of these. Their collection of zero waste makeup is modern, sexy, and exceptionally fun to use, making it one of my favourite environmentally friendly gifts!
The entire collection (including their holiday kits like the Essentially Yours one pictured above) is formulated with clean, sustainable, organic, vegan, and animal-friendly ingredients that add moisture, nutrition, and colour to the lips, lids and lashes.
Elate's kits include lip stains that leave lips dreamy soft, along with blushes and powders that pump right onto your brush for easy and clean application. The company has done an excellent job at making products that are not only natural and non-toxic but also long-lasting—exactly what we want in our makeup!
Not only that, but look at the packaging: it's 100 percent plastic-free and made from sustainably sourced bamboo. Elate also donates 1 percent of its profits to social initiatives and another 1 percent to environmental initiatives. They support a wide range of charities including Plan International, One Tree Planted and Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
These two products are so succulent and vibrant, you will fall in love instantly. The GLOW Brightening Facial Scrub Putty is the perfect gift to get the skin into gear for all those holiday parties. It's a nutrient-rich, ultra-nourishing scrub to prep your face for a big night out. The main supernatural ingredient is EcoCert-certified organic raw honey from Quebec used solely to sweeten and smooth your skin. You can feel the good stuff the instant you open the jar.
The GLOW Face Serum's impressive list of ingredients blows me away. Its potency comes from a garden variety of flowers, plants and herbs all working in harmony to rejuvenate and hydrate the skin. The hefty dose of 18 botanical oils will noticeably nourish the skin. By using nature’s greatest ingredients, Elva's is fast becoming a go-to for my skincare regime.
Both of these products are paraben-free, SLS-free, sulfate-free, cruelty-free and CertClean Certified.
In addition to the Scrub and Serum, Elva's makes a range of skincare products that all include A-list ingredients to renew, replenish and repair the skin. This family-run business is all about clean formulations that are good for us the planet. They have a gorgeous lineup of refillable cleaning products to make reducing waste at home even easier. Put them at the top of your list for Santa!
With the motto "Eco-Box For You and the Planet too," Let's Go Eco transforms the common subscription box to superhero style. This box is worth ordering on the spot, mostly because it has such widely coveted and beloved product selections (and chances are, it's going to sell out fast!). In this treasure box, you'll find hand-crafted goodies, zero waste essentials for your bathroom and kitchen, luxurious skincare items and other delectable items. All I can say: is I want one of these delivered to my doorstep today!
All of Let's Go Eco's boxes are are plastic-free and support small businesses. Not only that, but the brand is committed to supporting Canada’s indigenous peoples; each seasonal box features an item from an Indigenous-owned business as well.
Subscription boxes make great gifts, especially for someone who is looking for sustainable products but doesn't know where to start.
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Gifts with purpose make the ultimate presents, and I don't know of one woman (or man) who does not love the gift of ethical jewelry. When my hubby presents me with a little box, my heart skips a beat! If you want jewelry that's eco-friendly, beautiful, affordable, AND handcrafted, Lofttan is one of the best choices you can make. Oh, and they are an Indigenous-owned brand too!
Lofttan is designed and made in Niagara using textures and traditional materials like shells, sustainably sourced wood, and semi-precious stones.
Lofttan offers what is known as convertible jewelry, which means many of their pieces can be worn in multiple ways and can also be customized to the wearer. The idea is to bring out the creator that's within all of us.
As a brand, Lofttan also embraces slow fashion and the idea of doing more with less. You can curate and design your own capsule collection of textures, and style yourself YOUR way.
Thank you, April, for the contribution to our world that you are making. Your message moves me!
I love a good facial treatment but finding the time to get out and get it done can be a challenge, it's why I am always looking for results-oriented products that can accomplish the same thing at home. Enter ELLA i SKiN's range of masks!
The "Tango Mango mask will make you want to get up and dance—it's got exotic fruit enzymes paired with moisture-boosting avocado and mango butter in one dynamic product. It will leave the skin feeling hydrated and fresh!
And if chocolate is the answer, who cares what the question is! (This is basically my motto in life.) But seriously, the "Chocolate Luv Detoxifying Dark Chocolate Mousse" mask offers serious superfood ingredients like dark chocolate, cocoa extracts and maple leaf extracts, which all work harmoniously to repair and detox your skin.
ELLA i SKiN offers an impressive range of certified USDA organic skincare products, that are sure to become the receiver's favourite new stash.
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Oh! Em! Gee! You will want this beautiful gift box on your own Christmas wish list. It's all about women supporting women and sustainable living. Each and every curated item is made by a female-run small business.
The Zero Waste Starter Bundle is the perfect gift for someone who is just beginning their zero waste journey. What a great way to be introduced to products that help reduce waste, save money and the planet!
Leave it to SAM + LANCE to consistently select winners for their amazing gift boxes: Organics By Heather Cotton Rounds, Me Mother Earth Bamboo toothbrush, Above and Beeyond Beeswax wraps, Produce bags, bamboo straws, and more.
SAM + LANCE was founded by two sisters, Alora and Veronica, who take into consideration the entire life cycle of each item in order to minimize waste. 5 percent of each purchase goes towards charities that empower women and support the planet. They have impactful gifts for every story as well as a quarterly Empower-Her Subscription Box.
Eco-Friendly Gifts for Him
Putting on a comfy pair of ethically-made slippers at the end of the day is heavenly, especially if they make you feel like you are walking on a cloud. Betterfelt makes stylish AND comfortable slippers that you will not want to take off. It's one of the reasons why we featured them in our eco-friendly slippers guide and why they make it on our list of best eco-friendly gifts for him.
Betterfelt has two versions of slippers: one for wearing inside the house (made with leather soles) and one for wearing outside (made with rubber soles). They are certified Fair Trade, designed in Denmark and made ethically in Nepal using 100 percent wool. You can choose from a whole bunch of cool styles, including the boot syle or classic slipper style, pictured above.
Help your man put his best foot forward with these must-have slippers.
Now that your man has a divine pair of slippers, he needs ethical pyjamas too! Perfect for you to cuddle up to, Coyuchi's flannel pj's are sooooo dreamy. I mean there is something really sexy about a man in flannel, am I right?
Coyuchi is all about sustainable home goods and these PJ's are no exception. They are made with organic, GOTS-certified cotton. This brand is all about people and the planet, saying:
"For more than 29 years, we’ve focused on natural, organic, low impact textiles, because they’re healthier for the environment and for the people who make and use them. Much of our cotton is Fair Trade Certified™".
Careful. This might happen to your man:
Wears pyjamas all day.
Showers at 10 pm.
Changes into new pyjamas.
You know I am going to have to go there, right!? The name is just too good....so let's get naked with Buck Naked's men's grooming kit!
I love this local Canadian brand so much; their shampoo bars are the bomb and for your dude. You've got two options for skincare bundles to choose from: The Beard Kit and The Shave Stuff.
The Shave Stuff kit comes with:
Cedar + Sage Pre Shave Oil
Canadian Glacial Clay Shaving Soap
Post Shave Restorative Toner
Shave Stuff Canvas Bag
The ingredients they use are all-natural, handcrafted, and fair trade. They prioritize sustainable sourcing, innovation, ethical responsibility, magic, fun, happiness…and love.
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What makes you tick when it comes to gift-giving? Is it a brand's ethics? Their sustainability track record? Design? If it's all of the above, then 2°EAST's timeless classics are the perfect choice for the special man in your life.
"Meet the watch for humans who believe it’s cool to be kind" — now that's a mission statement! This watch company has some real eco-cred. Strap yourself in and check out these features:
The face of the watch is protected by a sapphire crystal which, unlike mineral crystal, is made to last. It's indestructible and you do not need to worry about scratches, etc. You have the choice of gold or silver.
The watch movement is a Miyota quartz, chosen because of its strong environmental policy.
What really impresses me is the zero waste ION plating. Here's how they explain it: "our conflict-free rose gold is applied using a zero-waste dry plating process that eliminates air emissions, wastewater and hazardous wastes associated with traditional plating techniques."
They use 100% post-consumer recycled PET (RePET) for their NATO straps, giving a second life to a material that’s not biodegradable and would otherwise end up in landfills or oceans. The leather is vegetable-tanned, which is a much more eco-friendly and non-toxic option compared to conventional leather.
A watch is something that's so personal and by making its straps interchangeable, 2°EAST has done what other companies have not, giving you the option to choose what your watch will look like. It's brilliant. Choose from leather, mesh and NATO straps.
If you want to have the best time ever with your man, I'd consider one of these luxury (but affordable) timepieces that are ahead of the curve with their various ethical practices on land and sea.
For every watch or strap sold, they plant a tree in partnership with Trees For The Future. Plus, your watch will arrive at your door in plastic-free packaging.
A bag for every occasion! That's what Nisolo is all about. As one of my favourite ethical brands, they carry a range of men's and women's clothing, bags and accessories. I love the Luis Weekender (pictured above). A good men's duffle bag needs to do one thing really well: carry lots of stuff.... and this bag does just that. It's made from cotton canvas, has a shoulder strap that can be removed and it's super lightweight. I love that this bag is neutral enough to work for any occasion but also has a lot to offer in design and detail.
Nisolo is a Certified B Corporation. They ensure a living wage to 100 percent of the artisans who create their beautiful products. They also offset 100 percent of their carbon emissions and are verified by Climate Neutral Certification.
Eco Friendly Gifts for The Host
You will never want to get out of bed with Sömn Home's sustainable linen bedding. This is the stuff that dreams are made of. I have a set and it's possibly the most comfortable bedding I have ever slept on—even my hubby loves it and he is not one to comment on home goods! 😉
It's luxury at its best and comes in a range of pretty colours like Peach, Blossom Pink (my top pick), and cinnamon just to name a few. It will be hard to choose, trust me!
Sömn's (Swedish for “sleep”) bedding is made from 100 percent flax, grown with no herbicides or pesticides. They call their linens "low impact," adding that they "consciously chose to spin, dye, weave, finish, and sew all our linens in one facility to minimize our carbon footprint, also a rare find in modern world textile production."
Sömn is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and was founded on the principle of mindful living through the use of natural materials for everyday living. They also invest in carbon offsets and give to charities like the Jarí Para Forest Conservation Project in the Amazon Rainforest.
What could be better than the gift of sleeping after hosting a big party? Sign me up!
I know what you are thinking: cleaning products for presents!? Yes, indeed. Finding the right gift for a host can be a challenge, especially if you have a different style and taste. But practical, unique gifts that are thoughtful always make it to the top of my list. And you know what they say: "clean your space, clear your mind."
The Unscented Company offers consumers at-home refill options, which is an important step in creating a zero-waste kitchen. It's the kind of gift that keeps on giving well after the holidays are over. Their packaging is simple, chic and will look fabulous in any home. The hand soap comes in a glass bottle (with refills available) and is effective and gentle.
The ingredients are top-notch and most importantly, they work hard! (And you won't need to fumigate the house after use like you do with all those toxic chemical-ridden cleaners!) If you are sensitive to scents these are unscented, cruelty-free and sustainable. Are also a B Corp certified company, The Unscented Co. truly ticks all the boxes!
If you want a gift that everyone will be buzzing about, this is it! Alberta-based Drizzle is a female-founded, B Corp certified company that offers a new generation of honey that's infused with superfoods like turmeric, ginger and cocoa! You can add the turmeric to a chai latte, or amp up your cocktail with ginger!
Owner Aja is an environmental scientist who saw firsthand the detrimental effects of the conventional honey industry. Here's what she has to say about why she started the company, and why you should try it:
"When you choose Drizzle honey, you’re shortening the journey of your food from farm to plate, which reduces your environmental footprint. Access to diverse floral sources and nutrients, as well as the use of responsible management techniques, ensure our bees are happier, healthier, and produce higher quality, honey."
This gift is as sweet as honey, you will get hooked on this little pot of gold!
As someone who loves to be in the kitchen, it seems like I have too many tea towels, but at the same time, never have enough. It's one of those items that, if I see a cute pattern in a shop, I have to have it. They also make a really great gift for a hostess. You can even use them as eco-friendly wrapping: think homemade goodies, pretty candles, or a bottle of wine. It's a thoughtful twist on classic wrapping paper.
Ten Thousand Villages could be considered the OG of ethical marketplaces. By connecting with fairly paid and dignified artisans from all over the world, they've got a huge range of gift ideas that are sure to make one happy hostess.
Don't judge me, but I just ordered this! I feel like this basket and warmer will convert a simple loaf of bread into a delicious powerhouse—I mean, who does not LOVE warm bread! Talk about divine.
This dynamic duo is available at Made Trade, one of the best ethical online stores that deserves a visit. Give yourself some time to peruse—you will need it. Made Trade is known for its dedication to: "Fair wages above profits. Sustainability above mass production. Quality craftsmanship above mindless consumption. And transparency above everything."
Their website is a gold mine of ethical goodies and this bread basket and warmer is currently at the top of my list. It's made by a company called Korissa who partners with artisans in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Indigenous communities throughout rural communities in Ecuador. Korissa is a fair trade, POC-owned brand whose collection of goods are really beautiful.
The terracotta warmer has been hand engraved and the basket is handmade with seagrass and jute.
OBSESSED! That is the only word that comes to mind when I think of these bowl covers. Don't let their size fool you. Good things come in small packages after all. These affordable zero waste kitchen essentials will not only help you reduce your waste they will make your kitchen look fabulous!
The average household uses up to 24 rolls of plastic wrap in a year! At three to five dollars per box, that’s over $100 per year. When you choose our reusable bowl covers you not only save a huge amount of waste but, also save $$.
Plus they look a lot nicer. They come in a variety of sizes from small to cover the top of a mason jar to large to fit over a bowl, dish or casserole. Each one is handcrafted with love and includes messages like "live simply", "love your food" and more. They are made with GOTS certified organic cotton with an elastic band that fits snuggly over the container.
Eco Friendly Gifts For Vegans
Give the gift of a good hair day with Nature's Aid shampoo and conditioner bars. Made with hydrating and strengthening ingredients, these blends are ideal for anyone wishing to nourish their hair without weighing it down. They even have zero waste shampoo bars for dogs!
These salon-quality bars...
- are safe for coloured hair
- won't cause residue build-up
- the shampoo bars create an amazing natural lather
- are rich in vitamins and antioxidants
- have NO parabens or SLS
- have NO silicones or palm oils
- are vegan and cruelty-free
- have no artificial colours or fragrances
Nature's Aid is a Canadian company that makes a whole range of plastic-free hair bars, perfect for your zero waste goals. They are all about silky soft, balanced, voluminous, and shiny hair! This is a sustainable gift I really love.
I'm coco-nuts for these bowls, and your vegan loved one will be too!
These Coconut Bowls aren't just a beautiful way to serve smoothies and snacks, they also offer a simple way to help reduce waste and support artisans around the world. 🌏
It all starts with reclaiming coconut shells destined for landfills from rural farmers in Vietnam, providing them with an additional stream of income whilst reducing waste. 🌱
These shells are then lovingly hand-crafted by the Coconut Bowls team of talented artisans, transforming these husks into a totally hand-made bowl that's as unique as you or your loved one!
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How cute is this set? These bamboo utensils and trendy carrying case are perfect for that special someone who always packs the #Iwanttostealyourlunch lunch. Featuring a spoon, fork, knife, chopsticks, straw, cleaning brush, and adorable handkerchief, these utensils are made from sustainably sourced bamboo these are ideal for picnics, work or school.
Now it's easier than ever to bring your eco-friendly flair with you no matter where you go. Net Zero Co. helps you reduce kitchen waste with its innovative products like zero waste toilet paper (yes there is such a thing) and zero waste school supplies!
If I bought this for someone, I'd probably end up keeping it—LOL! Get Urban Leaf on Etsy has an abundance of fresh, healthy food for indoor and urban gardeners of all skill levels. Their mission is simple: "By facilitating a relationship that brings people closer to their food, our mission is to motivate, encourage, and inspire healthier and more sustainable food choices."
They are also growing in the right direction and are currently applying to be a B Corp certified company.
Don't have a green thumb? No problem! They have a Green Thumb Guarantee, which means that if you can't get it to grow or are not satisfied, they will refund your money.
There is no better THYME to start growing your own food or gifting this blessing to some else!
Bunny-approved makeup brushes! I'll take em all, please! This set features a cruelty-free vegan brush for every step of your makeup routine. With bristles so soft and smooth, even those with sensitive skin are covered.
All these brushes are made with synthetic bristles and have a recycled aluminum ferrule and bamboo handle and they come in a cute recycled aluminum case, which you can #REUSE!
EcoTools is carried in big box stores all over North America, making them very accessible. So hop on over and grab this perfect gift!
What makes a gift sustainable or eco-freindly?
As with all things here on The Eco Hub, we try to stick to certain criteria, and we want to share brands that live up to that eco cred.
So, we've rounded up our favourite brands for this ethical gift guide, all of which we'd certainly add to our holiday wish list. We look for a number of things when choosing eco-friendly gifts, like:
- How and where is the item made?
- Does the company adhere to certain standards in the manufacturing process?
- Is there any certifications such as Fair Trade or B Corp in place?
- How sustainable is the packaging?
- Is it free of greenwashing?
Now you can say Happy Holidays with this eco-friendly gift guide for everyone on your list. And before you go, make sure to check out the zero waste gift guide too—there is so much to love!