Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, wedding, or holiday — eco friendly gifts help 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 recycled jewelry, there’s something for everyone on your list.
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Affordable Eco Friendly Gifts for the Home
This candle bundle is a great gift for pretty much anyone on your list! Each candle is made with 100% vegan soy wax from a renewable source and can burn for 8-12 hours. Choose between Rain Water, Warm Sugar Fig, and Winter Wonderland in Pack 1, or Apple Spice, Bramble, and Honey Spiced Head Trip in Pack 2.
Ritual and Fancy is a women-owned and BIPOC-owned company that makes all their candles by hand in Portland, Oregon. All their candle fragrances are derived from sustainably and ethically sourced therapeutic-grade essential oils and each candle is topped with fresh flower petals from the owners’ own garden.
2. Looma Cable Knit Throw Blanket — $120
This super cozy blanket is the perfect fair trade certified everyday essential for the chilly season. It’s made with 100% organic hand-spun cotton and made in West Bengal, India.
Looma manufactures their products in safe and healthy fair trade certified factories. Their premium, sustainably sourced GOTS certified organic cotton is irrigated using only rainwater which is handpicked and purchased directly from local organic cotton farmers. Looma also uses GOTS compliant OEKO-TEX certified organic vegan natural dyes.
3. Korissa Savar Side Handle Basket Set — $89
Beautifully handcrafted and designed with minimalism and elegance in mind, these side handle baskets are sustainably made by Fair Trade artisans in Bangladesh. Made from 100% natural jute and sweetgrass, these baskets are a wonderful eco friendly edition to any home.
Korissa is a woman-owned and BIPOC-owned brand who creates high-quality home decor that’s made with socially and environmentally responsible materials. Their artisan partners in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Ecuador are all paid living wages and are provided with education and health care opportunities.
The best gift for the host-with-the-most, this recycled copper Moscow mule gift set is sure to dazzle with its elegance and durability. You don’t even have to worry about gift wrapping: this gift set includes a recycled paper gift box as well!
This copper gift set is handcrafted with 100% recycled copper by master copper artisans in Mexico and Texas.
Give the gift of a gorgeously handcrafted matcha stoneware bowl that’s available in six colorful and creative variations. With its delicate spout, it’s perfect for mixing and pouring anything that’s being whipped up in the kitchen.
Affordable Eco Friendly Gifts for Her
6. Coyuchi Dillon French Terry Cardigan — $98
Made with GOTS organic cotton that was grown and knit in India, this Dillon French Terry Cardigan is a versatile indoor and outdoor essential that can be worn while relaxing on the couch or while going out in comfort and style.
Coyuchi works exclusively with fair trade and earth-first manufacturers using organic cotton and responsibly sourced linen. They work with vendors who are not only certified organic, GOTS, and Fair Trade but also use sustainable manufacturing practices to make their products.
7. Yewo Nayo Recycled Hoops — $36
These classic, minimalistic hoops are sustainably made with recycled brass in an off-the-grid, solar-powered workshop in Malawi, which ensures the manufacturing process is carbon neutral. YEWO’s employees receive individual health insurance, two healthy meals per day and guaranteed reliable well-paid salary that’s 2-3 times the national average.
8. Tiradia Cork Signature Cork Backpack — $125
This backpack is made of natural cork and dyed with natural vegetable dyes, making it a beautifully handcrafted PETA certified vegan gift. Tiradia Cork harvests their cork sustainably and responsibly in Portugal using regenerative practices. No cork tree is ever cut down during the harvesting process, and each tree grows back the cork every 9 years for a 150-year lifespan.
Handwoven in Nepal using Australian Merino wool and colored with certified Eco Swiss dyes, this luxurious scarf is timeless and stunning while also ethically supporting artisan communities. Studio Variously’s artisans across India and Nepal are all paid living wages. They only use premium quality, natural yarns and their dyes are sourced from plants wherever possible.
For your friend or family members who are always on-the-go, this handwoven jute fabric tote bag is the most stylish and natural gift to give. It’s not only made with natural materials and colored with natural dyes but it’s sustainably handmade by Fair Trade artisans in Bangladesh who are all paid living wages and provided healthcare and educational opportunities.
Affordable Eco Friendly Gifts for Him
11. Son of a Sailor Men’s Mesa Bracelet — $30
This minimalistic Men’s Mesa Bracelet is available in topaz or black and features sturdy Japanese glass beads. Each bead is held together with a strong vegetable tanned leather cord that’s a byproduct of the meat industry, which ensures the cattle were not killed for their leather.
Son of a Sailor is a woman-owned company who creates their expertly crafted, handmade jewelry studios in Austin and San Marcos, Texas. All their team members are paid fair wages for their craftsmanship.
12. Harvest & Mill Men’s Jersey Shorts — $52
Made with 100% organic, locally grown cotton jersey and colored with non-toxic, low-impact react dye, this pair of Men’s Jersey Shorts are soft and breathable. It features two large pockets and a cotton drawcord to provide maximum comfort and storage.
Harvest & Mill makes their products with organic, non-toxic cotton that’s all grown, farmed, milled, and sewn in the United States. They are a women-owned company who pays living wages to their employees.
13. 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.
14. Tiradia Cork Fellowship Cork Wallet — $47
Handcrafted in Portugal, this classic wallet may look like it’s made from leather, but it’s made of 100% natural cork. This PETA certified vegan wallet features 8 compartments for credit cards and cash, plus a discreet interior pocket for anything that needs to be carried.
Tiradia harvests the cork for their products using sustainable methods, like carefully stripping the cork by hand rather than cutting the entire tree down. Because their products are made from cork, they provide durable and stylish animal-free and plastic-free alternatives to common leather goods like bags and wallets.
These hand-felted wool slipper slides are made to provide comfort and warmth for years to come. It’s made with sustainably sourced wool and features a vegetable-tanned leather sole for maximum comfort. They’re also odor resistant and moisturizing wicking, so they’ll keep your feet cool and dry even during the warmer months.