15 Eco-Friendly Gifts for Giving Sustainably This Year

With the holidays right around the corner and countless Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, many of us are in full shopping mode. As you start thinking about what to get your loved ones this year, why not consider something that’s sustainable and eco-friendly?

To help you get started, I’ve put together a list of my top picks for skincare/beauty, clothing and accessories, home and tech.

Skincare & Beauty

Greenzla Reusable Makeup Remover Pads (20-Pack)

Many people turn to disposable cotton balls and pads to get rid of makeup, but their single use is very wasteful. These reusable makeup remover pads are made of soft organic bamboo cotton, good for you and the environment. As an added bonus, they come with a drawstring laundry bag.

Shop | $12

Emma Lewisham The Essentials Set

If you want a try a sample of everything, the Essentials Set is a great stocking stuffer idea for skincare lovers. All of the products contain natural ingredients and plant extracts that are safe for all skin types. Another benefit of this set in particular is that it’s ideal for travel, so you can keep up with your skincare routine wherever you are.

Shop | $108

Kate McLeod Daily Stone Solid Body Moisturizer

To make your beauty regimen more sustainable, going waterless is a solid place to start. This moisturizer contains only natural butters and oils, and warms up as you apply it, leaving your skin feeling softer than ever. It also is stored in a reusable bamboo storage container.

Shop | $45

Aether Beauty Solstice Eyeshadow Palette

Not only is this palette sustainably packaged and recyclable, it’s ingredients are all-natural. Containing organic coconut oil and shea butter, when you apply this eyeshadow you’ll feel a very smooth texture. It’s also infused with rosehip and moringa oil, giving you that radiant glow.

Shop | $58

Clothing & Accessories

Girlfriend Collective Black Compressive High-Rise Leggings

Having a comfortable pair of leggings is a must in the winter months. Made from recycled water bottles, these high-rise leggings are sustainable and size-inclusive. 

Shop | $51

Tentree Outerwear Collection

With the weather getting colder, you’ll probably want to be adding more sweaters and coats to your wardrobe. The unisex puffer jacket is made from recycled materials and will keep you warm and dry this winter season. You can complete the look with one of their fuzzy beanies and scarves.

Shop | $188

Everlane New Day Market Tote

Can’t go wrong with a classic black bag. While this tote may look like leather, it’s far from it. It’s made from a leather alternative of plant-based proteins, and also has an FSC-certified lining, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by over 90% and water use by 83%.

Shop | $275

Catbird Jewelry

If you’re a fan of delicate and dainty jewelry like me, you’ll love this brand. Whether you want a thin chain necklace, ring or a gorgeous accent piece, Catbird has a wide range of options to choose from. Based in Brooklyn, Catbird makes all of their jewelry with ethically sourced gold and conflict-free or recycled diamonds.

Shop | Prices vary


AeroGarden Harvest Hydroponic Garden

Whether you’re living in an urban area or an apartment without enough access to natural sunlight, this hydroponic garden is a great way to grow fresh herbs on your kitchen counter. You can grow up to six plants at once and the best part is you don’t need any soil, so it’s very low maintenance. There’s also a control panel that instructs you when to add water and plant food. Using less water compared to soil-based growing, this is an excellent eco-friendly option. 

Shop | $100

Cariloha Resort Bamboo Sheets

Caught up in our busy lives and hectic schedules, getting a good night’s sleep feels more like a luxury rather than a necessity for many of us. But prioritizing your sleep is an important part of your overall health and part of your sleep health is creating a suitable environment for a peaceful slumber.

Bamboo is one of the most sustainable, renewable resources on the planet and as it turns out, makes for extremely comfortable bedding around (400 thread count!). These bamboo sheets from Cariloha are antimicrobial, hypoallergenic, odor resistant, temperature regulating, and naturally cooling. 

Shop | $279

Soda Stream Fizzi

If you’re a fan of sparkling water but want to reduce your carbon footprint, try out the Soda Stream Fizzi. It’s compact and easy to use. All you have to do is press a button and your water becomes bubbly. 

Shop | $70

Vitamix FoodCycler

This product makes composting extremely easy (even if you’ve never done it before). Simply plug in the box, throw in food scraps after each meal. What’s great about the Vitamix FoodCycler is that it doesn’t make noise, it’s odor-free and only takes five hours to complete.

Shop | $400


BLAVOR Solar-Powered Phone Charger 

The perfect gift for your outdoorsy friends, this wireless, solar-powered charger includes a compass and flashlight. As the smallest and lightest portable charger on the market, you can carry it in your pocket and easily fit it in your backpack. 

Shop | $27

Adidas Solar-Powered Headphones

Powered by light, the self-charging Adidas RPT-02 SOL headphones are sweat-proof, waterproof and built from 87% recycled plastics. If you’re a long-distance runner, you won’t need to worry about your battery dying and if you’re on a plane and want to crank up some relaxing music, these headphones will drown out any outside noise.

Shop | $230

Ultimate Ears Hyperboom Portable and Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

While this speaker is on the expensive side, all the features make it worth it. First, it has an adaptive EQ function that reads the room to provide the best possible sound and it can reach a very high volume, making it an excellent addition to any party. What makes this speaker eco-friendly is that it’s made from recycled plastics.

Shop | $440

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