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The holidays are a time of cognitive dissonance for those of us who are constantly on the edge of a nervous breakdown from the overwhelming fear of climate change. It’s fun to be with family and friends, the food is to die for, and the whole gift thing is a nice way to say, “Hey, I love ya. Happy holidays.” But on the other hand, do we really need more stuff? Especially stuff that’s kind of a nice gift, but really, are we going to use it or just let it sit there for a couple of years before tossing it out?
But hey. What if we embraced the holiday season and made it a time to put products in homes that are a little more planet-friendly? Let me help ease some of those mental gymnastics you’re going through right now. These gifts are the perfect way to say “I love you” to both your dear ones AND the planet. They’re also all readily available on Amazon, but I’m always here to encourage you to shop local!
Also, feel free to drop this link to a friend who you know may be struggling to find you the perfect thing.
For the Cook
Beeswax Wraps | $18
This three pack of beeswax wraps is the perfect swap for plastic cling wrap. They’re made of organic, compostable materials, and can be washed and reused again and again. Find them here.
Reusable Plastic Food Storage Bags | $19
Can we all just agree that plastic sandwich bags kind of suck? They leak, get holes really easily, and they’re a nightmare for the planet. These reusable ones are easy to clean and are so much more durable. Find them here.
Kitchen Counter Compost Bin | $20
Did you know that Americans waste 150,000 tons of food A DAY? Crazy, right? Instead of sending some that to the landfill, consider getting your family into composting. This little kitchen counter bin is a great place to start so that you’re not running outside or to the garage every meal. Find it here and learn more about how to compost here (and yes, apartment dwellers can compost, too!).
A Set of Glass Food Storage Jars | $35
Getting into the bulk food game is a great way to reduce plastic waste! These gorgeous jars are the perfect way to store grains, nuts, coffee, dry pasta, and more. And you can take them directly to the store and fill them up there! Boom. Plastic packaging - gone. Find them here
A Set of Square Shopping Totes | $25
I know, I know. I keep pushing these, but they’re seriously SO GOOD. They hold so much more than plastic grocery bags, and they’re so sturdy. It’s also just one of the easiest changes you can make in your journey to be more sustainable. Find them here.
For that Friend with the Perfect Home
Reusable Swiffer Mop Heads | $20
I love my Swiffer, especially when I stopped by the solution and started making my own chemical-free version of it, but the mop heads are also a pain point for me. You just trash them after one use, and they’re stupid expensive. Enter in this reusable version. Just pop them in the washing machine and it’s good to go again and again! Find them here.
A Piece of Upcycled Artwork | $13
This company has tons of prints to choose from, and they’re all made from mid-1900s dictionary pages! Neat! Find them here.
A Coffee Table Book to Help Them Be Even MORE Sustainable | $15
It’s a pretty book, and it will help the sustainability nut in your life come up with even more good ideas! (Also - if you’re looking for a gift for me…) Here ya go.
Recycled Glassware | $50
Pretty and great to pull out for company. Find them here.
The Perfect Throw | $40
So cozy. So cute. So perfect. It’s ethically made with 100% cotton. Find it here.
For the Beauty Queen
An Eco-Friendly Hair Dryer | $220
Is it expensive? I mean, yeah, kind of. But also it’s made from recycled material, and how badass is that? Find it here.
Reusable Makeup Remover Pads | $14
These will have both you AND the planet feeling fresh and squeaky clean. Get ‘em here.
Sustainable Hair Product Sampler | $15
Made by a beauty company all about ethical and eco-friendly beauty, this little sampler pack lets you try all of their hits! Find it here.
Tools for a Pearly White Smile | $7
Bamboo charcoal toothbrushes that are biodegradable and oh-so pretty! Find a four-pack here for just $7.
The Best of Clean Beauty | $90
Sephora put together all of their favorite clean beauty products. Chemical-free and better for the planet. Found here.
For the Workaholic
Plastic-free Bento Box | $40
Because they’re too busy to leave their desk to grab a bite, right? Make sure your friends are well-fed with this pretty box. Find it here.
Recycled Paper Notebook | $9
Because they have to write their brilliant thoughts somewhere, right? Get it here.
Reusable K Cup Pods | $11
For eco-friendly use in the office Keurig machine. You kNOW they’re drinking cup after cup of coffee. Find them here.
Reusable Coffee Thermos | $18
Because where else are they going to put that sustainably made coffee? Get it heeeeere.
Pencils that become Plants! | $12
When they’re done writing down those genius ideas, all they have to do is go plant these in the garden and voila! A plant will begin to grow! Neat! Get ‘em here.
I hope this helps with your gifting this year! Have any other great gift ideas? Leave them in the comments!