Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, wedding, or holiday — an eco-friendly gift helps celebrate a special occasion a little more sustainably. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to introduce your loved ones to new brands that put people and the planet first. Finding useful, high-quality, and exceptionally designed sustainable gifts, though, isn’t so easy. That’s where we come in.
Our curated guide will help you find the best sustainable and eco-friendly gifts for her, for him, for them, and for the home. From organic cotton pajamas to recyced jewelry, there’s something for everyone on your list.
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Affordable Eco-Friendly Home Gifts
This Creative Women piece is a versatile lightweight blanket for taking on picnics and beach trips or for cozying up with next to the fire on a chilly January evening. And when you’re not using the blanket, it makes for a lovely textured throw to accent any living space.
Creative Women’s unique blankets are ethically handwoven from Ethiopian cotton by women artisans in Ethiopia.
2. Home & Loft Grey Stripe Tribeca Robe — $125
Luxuriously soft and responsibly handmade, Home & Loft’s towels and robes are designed for maximum comfort and relaxation.
All of Home & Loft’s soft and absorbent robes are made from 100% premium Turkish cotton and are hand-loomed and dyed by artisans in Turkey.
3. Edgewood Made Leicester Boards — $85-$160
The perfect gift for the chef or the host, Edgewood Made Leicester Boards are striking yet sturdy, ensuring they’ll be stunning accents and useful tools for years to come.
These serving and cutting boards are handcrafted in Philadelphia, PA using responsibly sourced wood. Not to mention, they hang nice and neat on their blackened steel hook.
4. Minna Gold Grid Mitt and Gold Grid Potholder — $32 to $40
Minna’s vibrant yellow mitt and potholder are sure to liven up any cooking or baking adventure. And the subtle print makes these pieces an elegant decor piece to hang in their kitchen, too.
Each of Minna’s cotton kitchen textiles is ethically handwoven in a family-run co-operative in Mexico.
These quality copper cups are ideal for both cold and hot drinks and can be used for game day, happy hour, or anything in between.
Each copper cup is made from 100% recycled copper by Sertodo Copper’s master artisans in Austin, Texas and Santa Clara del Cobre, Mexico and the sleeves are made from vegetable-tanned leather in Austin and San Marcos, Texas.
Handmade by master porcelain artisans in Jingdezhen, China — a city that was designated as a major kiln site more than 1,000 years ago — Middle Kingdom’s vases are imperial caliber.
The expertly-crafted porcelain pieces from the brand are made with unprecedented attention to detail and are built to last for generations.
You can’t go wrong with any of the vases from Middle Kingdom, but this laundry detergent design is a one-of-a-kind statement your gift recipient will remember for years to come.
Affordable Eco-Friendly Gifts for Her
The super-soft pajamas and loungewear from Coyuchi are made from GOTS-certified organic cotton, making them a thoughtful and conscious gift for a more restful sleep.
Coyuchi is an earth-first home and lifestyle brand that has been creating sustainable products since 1991 and is committed to ensuring ecologically and socially responsible practices at every step of their supply chain.
8. Salt + Still Nimbus Earrings — $78 to $98
These simple, hand-shaped and hammered hoop earrings are chic pieces for the minimalist in your life. Salt + Still’s classic handcrafted jewelry is made in small batches in New York using all recycled metals, ensuring each piece is truly special and one-of-a-kind.
9. Carry Courage Cork Cosmetics Bag — $69
This vegan cork cosmetics bag from Carry Courage is the ultimate storage piece for the cruelty-free makeup lover or eco adventurer on your gift list.
All of the brand’s sustainable bags are made from responsibly-harvested Portuguese cork in small batches in Portland, OR by Carry Courage owner Marissa Simones herself. And not forgetting any details, the bags are lined with linen and the metal hardware on the bags is produced in the US by a woman-owned company.
This color-blocked scarf from Soil to Studio is a bold accessory for accenting a vibrant outfit or adding a pop of color to a neutral look.
Each and every one of Soil to Studio’s textiles is thoughtfully handwoven using heritage techniques and natural fibers. The brand’s colorful Sushmita scarf was ethically handwoven from 100% merino wool in a small village, Kullu, India.
These stacking rings from Sara Patino Jewelry — which are fittingly named ‘Be Light’ — are delicate pieces that shine. Refined and modern, each ring can be worn individually as a minimalist accent or stacked on each other to create a stand-out look.
Sara Patino Jewelry’s timeless pieces are all handcrafted from post-consumer metals in small batches in St. Louis, Missouri. Committed to operating sustainably and ethically, all of Sara Patino Jewelry’s necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets are handcrafted in the US by makers earning fair, living wages.
Affordable Eco-Friendly Gifts for Him
12. Son of a Sailor Men’s Shirin Bracelet — $38
Son of a Sailor’s heirloom-quality bracelet can be worn through any season or occasion, making it a timeless gift he can wear for a lifetime.
Each and every accessory and piece of jewelry from Son of a Sailor is made by a small group of makers in-house in the brand’s studios in Austin and San Marcos, Texas. The woman-owned brand pays fair wages to all of their employees and sources their materials responsibly — and locally as well, whenever possible.
13. ONE432 Hoodie 33 in Chai Pink — $88
ONE432’s cozy hoodie will be his new go-to loungewear. The unisex piece is made from upcycled cotton blend fleece for maximum comfort and features embroidery and reinforced double-bound seams to give the casual piece a unique touch.
And, this sustainable, POC-owned brand pays above living wages to all of their artisans.
14. FINEX Cast Iron 15″ Lean Grill Pan — $99
This is the only grill pan he’ll ever need. Made from durable cast iron in Portland, Oregon by skilled craftspeople using temperatures above 2,000 degrees and taking over 12 hours to make from beginning to end, Finex’s cooking gear is truly made to withstand anything.
Functional, stylish, and responsibly-made, Son of a Sailor’s wallets make for great gifts for all the guys you’re shopping for this season.
All of Son of a Sailor’s gorgeous leather products are made from vegetable-tanned leather sourced from one of the few remaining vegetable tanneries in the U.S., Wickett & Craig. Vegetable tanning has a far lighter environmental impact than chrome tanning, and it also produces a more authentic, longer-lasting leather that develops a beautiful patina effect over time.