40 Eco-Friendly Gifts You'll Feel Good About Giving

From repurposed robes and food-based skincare to sustainable electronics and recycled sunglasses, these gifts won't increase your climate anxiety.

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Aurora Large Cork Planter: eco-friendly gift ideas
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Finding a great gift is hard enough—but challenging yourself to find an eco-friendly gift that's as good for the planet as it is for your loved one can be even harder.

Sure, you can always gift experiences, like tickets to a show or a cooking class, but if you want a more tangible, environmentally-friendly gift idea, here are a few eco-friendly gift ideas to get you started.

Happy Habitat Puzzle Eco-Throw

Happy Habitat Eco-Friendly Recycled Cotton Throw

Happy Habitat

Help them stay cozy stylishly this winter with this charming throw from West Elm. It's made of 95-percent recycled cotton and polyester, designed in Kansas and produced on the East Coast, and features fun, modern designs that'll brighten up those long winter nights.

Price at time of publish: $175

Costa Nova Recycled Clay Organic Pie Dish

Costa Nova Recycled Clay Pie Pan

Food 52

Elevate their next great bake with this pretty pie dish, which is made of recycled clay scraps. If you have a little extra dough, spring for a recycled clay pie bird to ensure the crust gets perfectly done every time (and charmingly, to boot).

Price at time of publish: $40

WasteBoards Recycled Plastic Skateboards

WasteBoards Recycled Plastic Skateboards

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Do doubly good with these super-stylish skateboards, which are molded from 800 post-consumer recycled plastic bottle caps, The Royal Dutch Guide Dogs Foundation collects the caps and sells them to WasteBoards, and the proceeds are used to train guide dogs.

Bonus: Each board is a unique work of art, as no two have the same configuration of caps.

Price at time of publish: $249

Outerknown Apex Swim Trunks

Outerknown Board Shorts in Blue

Outerknown

Help him dream of summer (or prep for that beachy winter getaway) with these sustainably produced trunks. The fabric is woven entirely of post-consumer plastics and features a quick-dry finish. (Surfing legend Kelly Slater is behind the brand.)

Price at time of publish: $145

Upcycled Rainbow Serving Board

Upcycled Rainbow Serving Board

Uncommon Goods

Add a touch of color to their next charcuterie board with these pretty, handcrafted boards, with a bold stripe made of upcycled skateboard decks and your choice of cherry, walnut, or maple wood.

Price at time of publish: $85

Rothy's Wristlet

Poppy Rothy's Wristlet

Rothy's

Rothy's uses recycled and seabound plastics to make all of their fan-favorite shoes and bags—and this petite-sized wristlet is the perfect on-the-go bag to hold all of their essentials stylishly.

Price at time of publish: $95

Climate Action Puzzle

Round climate action puzzle

Uncommon Goods

For the green warrior who also loves a good puzzle, this globe-shaped image of climate protestors may be the perfect gift. (Of course it's printed on gray board that comes from 90-percent post-consumer paper.)

Price at time of publish: $13

Allbirds Pom Beanie

Allbirds recycled pom beanie in black

Allbirds

The makers of eco-friendly wool and eucalyptus-fiber shoes have moved into the clothing space, and these cozy beanies are a perfect green gift. The cozy beanies are made of ZQ-certified wool from New Zealand, and Allbirds tracks the carbon usage for each item (5.08 kg for this beanie) and funds high-impact carbon projects to offset it.

Price at time of publish: $19

L'Occitane Conscious Selection Advent Calendar

Eco-friendly L'Occitane Advent Calendar

L'Occitane

Advent calendars can be notoriously high-waste gifts, but this one from L'Occitane is a sustainable treat. It features seven heavenly full-sized moisturizing balms, soaps, and shea butters, along with a reusable tin to take them on the road. The box itself is sustainably sourced and can be reused for storage (or restocked next year with their favorites).

Price at time of publish: $92

Happy Earth Apparel Blanket Shirt

Happy Earth Sage Blanket Shirt

Happy Earth Apparel

Your giftee can get in on the shacket trend with this super-soft blanket shirt, crafted of 100-percent organic cotton fabric, and lined with super-soft cotton jersey to make it t-shirt comfy (and still super cozy).

Price at time of publish: $83

Honeysticks Ultimate Activity Pack

Honeysticks Ultimate Activity Set

Honeysticks

The Honeysticks line of crayons and art supplies is entirely plant-based and nontoxic, and they include pure beeswax and soy wax in their formulas. This kit includes their signature beeswax crayons, along with eco-friendly watercolors, bath crayons and colorful bath drops, and a recycled paper coloring book. The products are also easy to clean up—especially important if your kiddo likes to color way outside the lines.

Price at time of publish: $100

Lomi Smart Waste Kitchen Composter

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For the eco-friendly type who's lacked the space (or the energy) to manage composting, this sleek new appliance will be a perfect addition to their kitchen. Scraps are kept (odor-free) in the waste receptacle, then processed in less than four hours into usable soil to help reduce waste in landfills (and make your garden or indoor plants happy). And unlike traditional compost bins, this one can take some animal products as well.

Price at time of publish: $499

Naadam Recycled Cashmere Hoodie

Naadam Recycled Cashmere Hoodie

Naadam

Upgrade your favorite person's casual hoodies with this comfy-cozy version, made of 70-percent recycled cashmere.

Price at time of publish: $195

Fluff Eews "Rainbow or Shine" Wool Dryer Balls

Fluff Ewes Wool Dryer Balls

Hustle and Blush/Etsy

Wool dryer balls are one of our favorite (and eco-friendly) laundry swaps, and this charming set of jumbo-sized balls—adorned with rainbows, suns, and moons—will make laundry day a little brighter. They're made of sustainably sourced New Zealand wool, and Fair Trade produced by women in Nepal.

Price at time of publish: $45

Adidas SOL Headphones

Adidas RPT-02 Sol Headphones

Adidas

Even headphones and tech are getting more eco-friendly. These wireless headphones feature light cell material on the headband to convert any light into energy to power them—and the battery can store up to 80 hours of playtime for those low-light moments. Many of the plastic components are built of post-consumer plastic and recycled nylon, making these headphones a more sustainable choice.

They're also sweat- and splash-proof, and sound great, too.

Price at time of publish: $230

To'Ak Chocolate

To'Ak Chocolate

To'Ak Chocolate

To'Ak luxury chocolates grew out of a project to help conserve the rainforest, using (and nurturing) a unique variety of cacao—Ancient Nacional—that was once thought to be extinct.

The 2019 rain harvest dark chocolate features hints of mandarin, orange blossoms, and coffee, and an online pairing and tasting guide can help them find the perfect accompaniment.

Price at time of publish: $190

Swedish Dishcloths

Swedish Dishcloths

Amazon

Help them kick the paper towel habit with Swedish dishcloths, the super-absorbent (and washable and reusable) alternative. Use them dry as a scrubber, or wet them for a softer touch.

Price at time of publish: $18

Reusable Silicone Straws

Colorful silicone straws with carry cases

Food52

Frappuccino and milkshake fans always want a more eco-friendly (and easy-carry) alternative to disposable plastic straws. And these stylish silicone versions may be just what they're seeking. You get 10 straws, with four carry cases and four easy-clean squeegees—enough to keep the whole crew sustainably sipping their smoothies.

Price at time of publish: $19

Notes Candle Sustainable Starter Kit

Notes Candle Starter Set

Notes Candle

For the candle fan who doesn't know what to do with all those empty vessels after the candle burns its last bit, this cool kit from Notes lets them reuse the same candle glass over and over. The starter kit features everything they need to get started: a reusable container and easy-to-use cotton wick and an all-natural mix of soy, beeswax, and rice bran wax in two scents—oatmilk/balsam berry and vanilla/pepperwood.

Price at time of publish: $54

Recycled Quilled Paper Snowflake Ornament

Quilled recycled paper snowflake ornament

Etsy

Make their Christmas tree a little more eco-friendly with this sweet snowflake ornament, handmade from recycled quilled paper.

Price at time of publish: $10

Grouphug Solar Charger

Grouphug Solar Window Charger

Grouphug

Let them run their smartphone and other tech on sunshine with this simple charger. They just hang it in a sunny window and plug in their gadgets to reap the benefits.

Price at time of publish: $109

Repurposed Cotton Sari Robe

Colorful Repurposed Cotton Sari Robe
Uncommon Goods

Brighten their mornings with this lovely robe, handcrafted by women in India with pieces of colorful repurposed sari material. Not only will your gift recipient enjoy the beauty of their one-of-a-kind robe—they'll know that their gift also helped support a family in India with fair wages.

Price at time of publish: $50

Laos Dome Earrings

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This sleek set of earrings helps create beauty out of destruction—the fair-trade earrings are crafted of recycled shrapnel and debris by Laotian artisans. Each purchase helps fund the Mines Advisory Group, who is working to safely clear the 80 million unexploded bombs that litter the land in Laos. (Emma Watson is a fan!)

Price at time of publish: $130

The Nighttime Skincare Bundle

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Green their nighttime beauty routine with this kit, which is crafted from ingredients upcycled from food products—such as used coffee grounds, fruit pits, and chai spices—to help smooth and soothe skin.

Price at time of publish: $114

Smitten Striped Scarf

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This Australian brand creates ultrasoft and colorful merino wool products with wool produced responsibly, and free from harmful levels of chemicals. The factory runs on solar power and has its own onsite water treatment plant, and Smitten is committed to zero waste, reusing scraps to make headbands and mittens.

Price at time of publish: $199

Refugee Bath Company Bath Bombs

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This set of cocoa butter and plant-based bath bombs comes in an array of natural scents, and as the name suggests, they're hand made in Washington by refugees—and a portion of the profits is donated to refugee assistance programs. The packaging is entirely compostable and recyclable as well.

Price at time of publish: $31

Aspen Recycled Plastic and Plant-Based Sunglasses

Zeal Optics Recycled Plastic Sunglasses
Zeal Optics

Keep them looking cool outdoors with these stylish polarized sunglasses, crafted from recycled plastic and grass—and available in both nonprescription and prescription styles. Zeal also contributes 1 percent of gross sales to non-profits who help protect the environment.

Price at time of publish: $179

Recycled Tierra Nested Serving Bowls

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Water bottles are transformed into these stylish plastic bowls that are pretty enough for serving—and heavy duty enough to stand up to all of your baking and cooking prepwork.

Price at time of publish: From $80

Socks That Plant Trees

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These fair-trade organic cotton socks are sustainably produced—and for every pair that's purchased, 12 trees are planted.

Price at time of publish: $40

Wolf and Irving Dip Dye Runner

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Recycled PET bottles make up Wolf and Irving's durable, stain-resistant (and still soft) table linens—and the bold, dip-dye colors are from natural, water-based inks.

Price at time of publish: $45

Handmade Recycled Leather Bag

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Recycled leather scraps are reclaimed and refinished into these bold handmade pop-of-color bags from Soruka on Etsy.

Price at time of publish: $55

Rose Gold Safety Razor

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Opt out of the plastic cycle with this luxe single-bladed razor, which is easier on the planet and on your skin—reducing the odds of developing razor burn and razor bumps.

Price at time of publish: $75

Lifepack Backpack

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Ocean plastics are recycled to create the perfect on-the-go bag for your loved one's next adventure. You can also include a Solarbank with their pack to power their devices with a little help from the sun,

Price at time of publish: From $145

Sodastream Terra Sparkling Water Maker

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One of the coolest ecofriendly gift ideas is this appliance, which turns ordinary tap water into soda or sparkling seltzer in reusable bottles—and helps keep thousands of plastic bottles out of environment.

Price at time of publish: $60

Aurora Large Cork Planter

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Cork makes for a durable, renewable, all-natural, and super attractive gift for a plant parent—especially if you give it with a clipping of one of your own prized plants.

Price at time of publish: $48

Una Reclaimed Gold Necklace

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These hand-carved, one-of-a-kind necklaces are crafted from reclaimed silver plated with gold, and set with an ethically sourced white sapphire.

Eco-Friendly Baby Toys Gift Basket

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Get a selection of fair-trade, organic, and all-natural toys perfect for a little one, from natural rubber duckies to wooden rattles—and Our Green House donates 5 percent of the proceeds from each sale to a charity that helps improve maternity and childbirth care for mothers worldwide.

Price at time of publish: $175

Pela Seashell Puppers Phone Case

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Pela is known for creating compostable phone cases using bio plastics—and this adorable puppy-covered version is perfect for a dog loving gift recipient. Pela's manufacturing process is climate-neutral, and it also donates through 1% for the Planet toward environmental causes.

Price at time of publish: $60

The Reboard Cutting Board

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Kitchen plastic scraps are repurposed into these colorful, BPA-free cutting boards, that look gorgeous enough for serving, too. (And bonus: Half of all profits go to charities providing food and employment opportunities.)

Price at time of publish: $35

Reclaimed Leather Messenger Bag

Repurposed Leather Messenger Bag
Moore & Giles

This stylish leather bag will be a beloved daily essential—and it's crafted from leather that was left at an Italian tannery due to scars and other imperfections in the material.

Price at time of publish: $335

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