Truly, this is one of my favorite gift guides! Not only is it perfect for your hippie friend who is saving the planet one takeaway cup at a time, but it’s also a great way to encourage others to consider the earth in their daily lives. As embracing a more sustainable lifestyle becomes ‘trendier,’ sustainable gift ideas have gotten way more stylish. I will say, I am not 100% versed in the manufacturing processes of these gifts. So if you are looking for a gift that is truly zero waste and eco-friendly, I suggest doing more research. That being said, I curated this sustainable gift guide as a list of thoughtful gifts that I know I’d love to receive, as someone who is eco conscious in my daily life!
Sustainable Gift Ideas to Inspire & Encourage an Eco Friendly, Zero Waste Lifestyle
Wanna hear something that was especially funny to me as I was pulling these gift ideas? I didn’t find anything over $50! It seems like most of the gift ideas that are sustainable are also more affordable. Pretty, cool, huh? So that means today’s gift guide features even more budget-friendly eco-friendly gift ideas.
Sustainable Gift Ideas, Under $25
Swirl Glass Sip Straw Set, $25
I feel like 2019 was the year of really pushing people to stop using plastic straws. That makes this beautiful set of borosilicate glass straws such a great gift! The colors are really fun and they come with a handy cleaning brush.
Ever Eco Nut Milk Bag, $10
I’m not saying that all eco-conscious people drink nut milks, but I definitely have friends who choose to make their own. This FDA-approved nylon bag is perfect for brewing both milk and coffee. It’s super-affordable, so I love the idea of giving this with a bag of actual nuts!
Reusuable Travel Flatware, $14
If you know someone who is eco-conscious and travels a ton, this set of well-designed travel flatware is clutch. I also love this sustainable gift idea for co-workers, teachers, and as a stocking stuffer idea for pretty much anyone on your list. And how pretty are all of those color options??
Wool Dryer Balls Set, $16.95
We’ve been using dryer balls for over two years now and I wish everyone would make the swap! To encourage friends and family to make the change, I’m actually planning to send these to pretty much everyone this year. They are affordable and so useful!
Stasher Pocket Bags, $14
If you need a Christmas present for a new mom, I loooove the idea of giving these reusable silicone bags. They can hold pretty much everything, but are especially wonderful for snacks on the go. Plus, they are way more durable that plastic baggies making them a way better alternative.
French Market Tote Bag, $20
It’s true that there are a lot more affordable versions of this ubiquitous market tote, but I love how many colors are available from Anthropologie!
Stojo Collapsible Coffee Cup, $25
Ummm, these collapsible travel mugs are probably going to go on my personal wishlist! My biggest complaint about embracing zero waste is how much stuff I have to schlep, so these streamlined mugs are freakin’ brilliant.
Tea Stick, $15
One way to reduce plastic waste is by changing how you support your tea habit. This tea stick is a great alternative and wonderful gift idea for the tea lover in your life. I also like this as a gift idea for your boss in conjunction with their favorite loose tea leaves. It shows that you pay attention!
Certified Organic Cotton & Jute Scrub Cloth, $10
When paired with a bar of locally made soap, this scrub cloth makes for a sustainable gift that feels personal. It’s a great idea for tons of people on your list!
Sustainable Gift Ideas, Under $50
Recycled Cotton T-Shirt, $42
Let your gift’s recipient wear her message for all to see with this fun tee! Chipper Things always has the best quirky artwork and I love that this tee is made of recycled cotton.
Waste Not: How To Get The Most From Your Food, $45
Inspire your friends and family to reduce their food waste with this helpful book. It’s full of great tips and recipes from 65 acclaimed chefs.
Compost Bin, $42
Encourage others to take up composting with this stylish and functional compost bin. This is definitely one of those gifts that’s more about functionality, but I’m sure your more practical-minded friends will love it.
Handmade Ceramic Travel Mug, $46
For the person on the go, a travel mug is absolutely essential — especially as they try to reduce their waste. I love that this one is made of wheel-thrown stoneware and finished in such a beautiful mix of glazes, making it a special gift that would see daily use!
What do you think of these eco-friendly gift ideas?? Stay tuned for even MORE gift guides, Reader Appreciation Week giveaways, & more! Also, leave a comment if there is a specific person you need a gift idea for — I’m always happy to help.
Check out the rest of my 2019 Gift Guides:
- My Go-To Gifts for the Holidays
- My Annual Plant Lover Gift Guide
- Purr-fect Cat Lady Gift Ideas
- Gift Ideas for Your Husband, Brother, & Dad
- Sustainable Gift Ideas for Your Earth-Loving, Hippie Friend
- Practical & Stylish Small Home Gift Ideas
- Thoughtful Gift Ideas to Encourage Self-Care
- Ultimate Gifts for the Chicken Lady