The holidays are here, and some of us are still scrambling for meaningful gifts for our loved ones. From stocking stuffers to gifts that will last for generations to come, we scavenged the “green scene” for some of the best nature-inspired gift ideas to help you with your last minute purchases. This year, bring joy to both gift recipients and the people who produced them with these 11 eco-friendly gifts!
Farm-to-Table Serving Wares
Photos via American Stonecraft
Massachusetts-based American Stonecraft partners with working farmers in New England and Hudson Valley to gather freshly unearthed fieldstones from farms, which their studio of artists handcrafts into unique farm-to-table serving wares. From coasters to “bowlders” to food slabs, these slices of nature are perfect table-toppers for foodies, who can treasure them for generations to come.
Reusable Bamboo Utensil Sets
Photo via To-Go Ware
A To-Go Ware RePEaT Bamboo Utensil Set with Recycled PET Carrycase would make an awesome stocking stuffer for the person who eats out frequently, but is eco-conscious. Each durable set is produced with sustainably-raised bamboo, and comes in a recycled case. The reusable, non-plastic utensils are terrific for cutting down on waste while eating on the go.
Recycled Wine Bottle Drinking Glasses
Photo via Wine Punts
Anyone who enjoys wine will love these totally usable recycled wine bottle drinking glasses from Wine Punts. Each handmade, durable glass has a fire-polished rim to prevent cracking and chipping from normal use. Your purchase also helps the environment by sending fewer empty wine bottles to landfills. Splurge a little and pair the chosen set of four with a bottle of vino.
Photo via The Citizenry
Do you have any green thumbs on your list this year? Paired with a tiny cactus or succulent, the geometric Adia Planter would make a stunning work of art for a desk or shelf. Each one has been hand carved from a single block of rich Mugavu wood by a cooperative of artisans from the Nakawa region of Uganda. They also replant trees to replenish the resources for future generations.
Non-Toxic Fire Starters
Photo via Etsy
Outdoorsy types (or those who just love a roaring fireplace in the winter) will love these Eco Fire Starters. Rather than using toxic chemical lighting fluid, they function as natural fire starters made in Hawaii using macadamia nut shells, soy wax and a cotton wick in small muffin cups. Even the packaging for a set of 12 small fire starters can be burned or recycled.
Photo via Egloo
We featured these adorable, little eco-heaters earlier this year, and think they’d make a wonderful gift for those who want to stay toasty and cut down on the electric bill. Egloos use candle power in terracotta domes to store and gradually release heat by radiation, even after the candles have been blown out. They come in a range of colors to suit every style of room!
Photo via WeWOOD
Watches make timeless gifts for both men and women, and these sophisticated, eco-friendly timekeepers made of wood are no exception. WeWOOD watches might look weighty, but they’re actually feather-light and silky-smooth. Plus, each watch is hypo-allergenic and free from toxic chemicals, and takes less CO2 to produce than most other watches on the market. Read more about the stylish watches via our feature here.
Photo via Shwood
Shwood’s collection of sunglasses made with recycled newspapers were all the rage this past summer, but their original shades carved out of sustainably sourced wood are unique eyewear staples. Their classic take on a range of face-flattering frame styles are produced from sustainably-harvested, exotic woods like Zebrawood, East Indian Rosewood, and Cherry.
Fair Trade Bags and Scarves
Photo via Tilonia
Tilonia’s seriously cute block print bags and scarves support sustainable development programs in the small village in India. A portion of the profits from every sale will go directly back to the programs that inspired them, such as rainwater harvesting, education, or solar power systems. They’re even on sale since we last wrote about them!
Biodegradable Laptop, Tablet, and Smartphone Sleeves
Photo via reWrap
Their biodegradable designer tree bags had us talking after Dutch Design Week this year, but reWrap’s cool sleeves for a variety of devices would make terrific gifts for just about everyone we know. Made of first-rate natural wool, the thoughtfully designed sleeves have been skillfully sewn together in their small Amsterdam workshop, which employs workers with disabilities and provides competitive wages.
Exfoliating, All-Natural Bath Bar
Photo via Calypso Glow
Whether the person you’re shopping for flips over beauty products or not, Calypso Glow’s exfoliating bath bar will work wonders on skin year-round. The bars have been specially formulated with seaweed, Caribbean sand, coconut oil, and olive oil, and will bring a hint of the tropics to the lucky gift recipient’s shower experience.
Read more Eco Monday features here.