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Sustainable Gifts that will Fit into Your Budget


Sustainable gifts - they don't need to cost an arm and a leg (if you don't want them to).

Figuring out what others might want during the holiday gift-giving season is tough. And when you try to make it as sustainable and ethical, it can seem impossible.

But have no fear! Here’s a list of different items you can buy, make, or go do with your loved ones.

For the products you can buy, I wanted to focus on companies that are trying to make the world a better place in multiple ways.

So the products here are made from small companies, companies with ethical practices that treat their factory workers well, organizations that sustainably source their materials, or help promote a sustainable lifestyle.

I also don’t want people to feel like they have to fork over an arm and a leg to buy sustainable gifts either.

There are so many awesome and affordable gifts out there.

BUT I actually find the best gifts are experiences with my friends and family. I love going out to dinner, making cookies, or going on a hike with my peeps. Time with someone else is the best gift. But if that’s not your thing or you can’t do that (maybe you live far away), no judgment at all. Who doesn’t love a thoughtful, sustainable, and ethical gift?!

Also, for all these zero waste stuff I have in my life (water bottle, thermos, bamboo toothbrush, etc), check out my Favorite Products List! Giving anything of there would be a great gift and would also help kickstart their eco-friendly lifestyle.

I've once again, partnered with Sol Organics to bring you this post! They make incredibly soft sheets and towels using organic cotton and are fair trade certified, making them a wonderful gift for this holiday season.

Sustainable Gifts to Buy

gifts up to \$25

Terra Cotta Porcelain Stone Diffusers

Natural Grass Pen

Misto Refillable Oil Sprayer

Cactus Recycled ECO Composition Notebook

Tip: Pair the fountain pen, notebook, and a little plant for a stationary desk gift bundle!

Package Free Lush Bath Bombs

Compostable & Durable Phone Case (for iPhones and Androids)

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Organic Hair Ties

Rose Soaking Bath Salts

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Bamboo Cutting Board

Cute Ceramic Pot (and a Succulent)

Reusable Cloth Coffee Filter from Coffee Sock

FSC-Certified Wood and Recycled Aluminum Earbuds

USB Rechargeable Lighter with a Flexible Neck

gifts up from $26-$50

Ethical Fluffy Towels by Sol Organics

Sol Organic's products are organic, fair trade use no plastic packaging for shipping, and \$7.50 from each sale goes to one of the 4 charities they've partnered with. In addition to towels, they offer bedding and responsibly sourced down products (featured in the next price bracket).

These towels are super plush and ultra absorbent, making them the perfect gift for the people in your life who could use a little extra pampering.

Refillable Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Lotion

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I found Plaine Product's shampoo and conditioner two years ago and have never looked back.

All their stuff is packaged in aluminum bottles and shipped without plastic. And when you're done with it, you send it back to them and the wash and reuse it.

The best part is is that the products are super gentle (no parabens, sulfates, etc) but highly effective. The shampoo suds up really well and the conditioner leaves my hair soft and voluminous.

If you want to read more about how their process works and a more extensive review, check out this blog post.

I personally would love to get anything from their site (their body lotion is also to die for), so it might be a great gift for your loved ones!

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High-Quality Underwear from Organic Basics

Now that I'm an adult, I would totally love to get a gift card or even a couple of pairs of underwear and bras for Christmas. These are super breathable and made with recycled and organic materials.

Vegan Soy Candle + Planter

Fairtrade Coffee Beans

Tip: Make a coffee lover basket with the reusable filters, ethical coffee beans, and a handmade mug

Post-Consumer Recycled Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Ethical and Recycled Activewear

Made in recycled materials and treated with Polygiene® Stay Fresh technology so that you can spend your time doing what you love - and less time doing laundry.

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Geometric Wooden Phone Charging Dock

They have this available for both iphones and Androids!

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sustainable gifts up from $51-$100

Luxuriously Sustainable Soft Sheets by Sol Organics

These are the BEST sheets I've ever slept in. And I've actually gifted a pair to my parents who loved them, so I know your loved ones would love it too ;)

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Ethical Wool Slippers

Recycled Gold Earrings

Using gold recycled from metal scraps, these earrings were handcrafted with love in Seattle. Plus, their facility is zero waste!

Leaf Shave Razor - Stainless Steel + Pivoting Head

To see why I LOVE this razor and how I've saved hundreds of dollars by switching, check out my blog post here!

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Upcycled Bamboo Polarized Sunglasses

gifts over \$101

Grouphugtech - Window Solar Charger

This is 100% on my wish list. They apparently just ended a successful Kickstarter Campaign! Please note estimated product delivery is April 2020. To stay up to date on their progress, visit their Kickstarter updates.

Bamboo and recycled aluminum Turntable

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Make these sustainable gifts

3 kinds of scrubs for Lips, Face, and Body

Make your own easy DIY Scrubs with natural and sustainable ingredients you probably have at home already! No weird chemicals and no plastic jars. These 3 scrubs will leave your face, body, and lips subtle, soft, and revitalized!

Super Moisturizing Body Butter

This is cheap, fast, and easy to make! And best of all, it works really well at making and keeping skin soft.

Relaxing Weighted Eye Pillows

All you need is fabric, flax seeds or lentils, and optional lavender buds to create a tension soothing weighted eye mask.

Solid Perfume

With a liquid oil (like sweet almond or olive oil), wax (beeswax or candelilla wax), and some essential oils, you can create customizable solid perfumes for your friends!

Plant Clipping Bouquet

Take some clippings from your plants and place them into an upcycled glass jar. Spice it up by wrapping some twine and maybe a dried orange slice around the jar and you have a sweet gift that will cost you next to nothing (and can be made last minute!).

Shower Steamers

Give the gift of a spa-like shower experience by making some shower steamers. And they only require simple ingredients: corn starch and essential oils. To use, you just put them in basin or tub of your shower and the light drizzle of water will release their scents.

Brownie Mix in a Jar

One of the easiest and best gifts out there. Put all the dry ingredients for brownies into a jar and give it to your friends and family. Whenever they want freshly baked brownies, all they have to do is add the liquid, mix, and bake.

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Sustainable Gifts - Experiences

Spa day

Book a facial or a massage for yourself and a friend, and spend all day in the steam room, sauna, and pool!

Movie tickets

At home movie night

Gift your partner a coupon to let them pick a movie. Then you can pop some popcorn (maybe add some pizzaz with jazzing it up with a caramel or chocolate sauce), make some hot cocoa, and get cozy under some blankets.

Wine tastings

If your friends or family like wine, see if there's a wine (or beer tasting) course near you! I highly recommend Groupon to find some awesome deals.



Give your loved one the option of choosing which foundation you'll donate to on their behalf.

Wrapping it up

Wrapping - like gifts need to be wrapped? Eh eh, not bad? OK, bad pun, but regardless, I hope this post showed you that there are sustainable gifts out there that fit your budget, no matter how big or how small. And I know this is cheesy, but really what matters is time spent with one another so I hope that if you're able to, you have lovely holidays with your loved ones <3

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Zero Waste, sustainable gifts for every budget.

Zero Waste, sustainable gifts for every budget.

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Hi, I'm Taylor

Amateur adult. Zero waste zealot. Personal finance fiend. Spicy food supporter. I’m an mid 20’s gal living in Denver, Colorado. My love of the outdoors has cultivated my zero waste lifestyle, which inadvertently fueled my passion for personal finance. Cheers to everyone interested in lessening their footprint while growing their wallet!


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