The ultimate guide to sustainable holiday gifts for everyone on your list. Whether you're looking for eco-friendly Christmas gifts, unique handmade holiday gifts, or conscious stocking stuffers, here are the best ethically-made present ideas at different price points.
I made sure to recommend handmade products and small businesses whenever possible, from the US, Canada, UK, and elsewhere. Of course, I also curated items from some of my favorite sustainable brands.
Be sure to save/bookmark this holiday gift guide because I'll be updating this post every year with new items. I will also be adding more categories in the future.
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Sustainable Gifts for Her
A stunning piece of jewelry from Mejuri made with recycled gold and the gemstone of your choice. Note that the chain is sold separately, and they have several chain options. Read my blog post for a general review of Mejuri jewelry (TL;DR version: invest in their 14k solid gold jewelry, but avoid their gold vermeil pieces).
Made from recycled plastic taken from the landfill, Cuyana's large travel bag is spacious and washable. It features protective metal feet, sturdy handles, and crossbody straps for versatile carrying options.
Try popular skincare and makeup products in this value gift set from a collaboration between clean beauty brands RMS beauty and Kora Organics. Available for a limited time only.
Made with Maylyn & Co.'s exclusive vegan silk fabric, this beautiful Wild Rose pillowcase will make your nights extra restful. It's breathable, anti-frizz for your hair, and made to last. Comes with a rPET Laundry Bag.
Sustainable Gifts for Him
You can't go wrong with cashmere as Christmas presents, especially from sustainable cashmere brand Naadam, based in the US. This classic cashmere crewneck sweater is made from a closed-loop recycled cashmere blend. It can be dressed up or down. Matching cashmere jogger pants are also available.
This personalized leather passport wallet/holder is made from full-grain leather, which should get better with age. It has space for a passport, boarding pass, credit cards, and cash. Made by a small business in Canada.
A gorgeous handmade chess set with natural wood edges, carved by skilled artisans from natural olive wood in Tunisia. They use wood from very old trees that have stopped fruiting and have been replaced with younger productive trees. In collaboration with "Trees for the Future," they now plant a tree with each order. Each chess set can be personalized. This particular chess board has hidden drawers beneath for chess pieces.
Sustainable luggage brand Paravel uses recycled materials for 100% of their items. This Weekender Set includes a travel bag made from durable, spill-proof Ecocraft Canvas (recycled post-consumer plastic bottles) and features smart straps that slip over the handle of the carbon-neutral Aviator Carry-On.
For anyone wanting to try making beer as a hobby, this kit contains all the equipment to make great-tasting craft beer at home, especially for those short on space. Just follow the simple instructions included in the kit. Each box comes with your choice of one all-grain recipe kit and contains enough fresh ingredients to make 6 x 500ml bottles of fresh beer.
Sustainable Unisex Gifts
Customize a salad gift set from nonprofit shop The Little Market. by shopping with them, you are also supporting artisans and producers in underserved communities globally. Each order will include inserts about The Little Market and the artisans who make each piece. It is packaged together with a beautiful ribbon on top.
The Kobo Sage eReader works with the Kobo Stylus pen to be used as a digital notebook. You can also highlight and make comments on your ebooks and documents. Right now, Kobos are the only eReaders in Canada that allows borrowing digital library books, which is why I chose it over Kindle. For those who prefer Kindles, Kindle Scribe is a similar eReader/digital notebook.
Lomi helps turn your food waste into healthy soil for your plants. It's designed for home use, especially for those living in small city apartments with limited space. It can sit on your kitchen countertop and is small enough to be stored in your cabinet.
A unique industrial-style coffee dripper with copper and wood. that would look great on any kitchen counter. They are handmade in a small studio in the US with love and care. Each item may vary slightly due to the handmade process. Custom orders can be requested.
An eco-luxury pillow with an organic cotton outer cover and filled with a custom blend of memory foam and all-natural kapok. The fill can be removed to let you find the best support for your neck and sleeping position. Each cover comes with a dust bag to store any excess pillow filling. Henrie is a Canadian company that also ships to the US.
Sustainable Gifts for Babies & Kids
Choose your own set of delightful safari animals from nonprofit shop The Little Market. Each purchase empowers artisans at Naguska in Peru. The dolls are made with cotton and polyester fill, and the set is handmade and wrapped with purpose.
A made-to-order book personalized with your child's name and likeness. This alphabet book has 26 possible professions to inspire the little ones as they imagine themselves being anything they wish. Made in Minnesota.
These adorable and realistic-looking dumplings, baos, spring rolls, and egg tarts are made with felt by a Canadian Etsy seller. Perfect for imaginative dim sum or tea time pretend play
Perfect for both children and adults, these DIY paper puzzles make for relaxing moments alone or with friends. The pre-cut and pre-scored paper products are entirely designed, tested, and produced in Montreal, employing local talent for every step of the process, from design to shipping.
Get handmade dolls made to represent each member of the family, pets included. Crafted by an Etsy seller in Spain, each doll is made with high-quality felt and fabrics. If you can't find the family bundle you want, request one and she will make a custom listing for you.
Sustainable Corporate Gifts
Solios is a solar-powered watch company with styles for both men and women. A B-Corporation based in Canada, their watches have changeable straps and you never have to worry about changing watch batteries again. I wrote a review of their women's watch. For corporate gifting, they have options for custom packaging and watch engraving.
Now everyone at the office will have their own espresso cups, personalized with their own name or initials. Custom company logos can also be requested to be printed on the leather. These espresso cups are all handmade in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania studio using USA-tanned Horween Leather hides, the longest-running tannery in the US.
This small business in Newmarket, Canada offers beautifully wrapped gift boxes for special occasions. It can include a special card with your sentiments printed on the inside. They handwrite the recipient's name on the outside of the envelope for a personal touch.
Build a custom self-care kit from this Canadian small business. Each sustainable holiday gift set comes with a soap bar, a lotion bar in a metal tin, and a lip balm in an eco-friendly tube. They are all handmade and palm-free.
Check out my curated shop section for more sustainable holiday gift ideas.
Sustainable Stocking Stuffers
This handmade box of "matches" is full of fun date night ideas for couples. Made in-studio by an Etsy seller in Surrey, UK, these boxes are printed on 100% recycled card and contain 20 wooden matches, each printed with unique date ideas.
An Allure Best of Beauty 2022 Award Winner, this smooth-edged amethyst crystal facial tool works to relieve tension to help depuff and support a firmer-looking complexion.
A deck of high-quality playing cards that features cocktail recipes. This is the ultimate cocktail reference guide that outlines how to make 52 cocktails in a clear and simple way.
Handmade in-studio in the UK from sustainably sourced, premium quality British leather, these leather cases are a fun way to store your Airpods. The clasp makes them easy to find and the case can be personalized with initials.
A silicone-free, weightless, multitasking hair oil that reduces frizz, hydrates, protects against damage, and quickly leaves a high-shine finish. This clean beauty hair oil is fast-absorbing and doesn't leave an oily or sticky residue.
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