When you’re scrambling to get holiday shopping done, considering where to buy sustainable gifts is not the easiest task. We’ve done the hard work for you and compiled a list of the best ideas for everyone on your list to make shopping sustainably easy this holiday season.
Our Favorite Sustainable Gift Ideas
For friends who love a girls night in
Wine Club Membership
Know a wine aficionado? Make sure they are prepared to host by giving them a membership to a wine club like the McBride Sisters. This company, started by sisters who grew up on different ends of the world, is focused on transforming the industry by promoting inclusivity, social awareness, and sustainability one glass of wine at a time. Price: $125 - $150
Organic Cotton PJs
You can never have too many PJs (well we’d like to think so anyway). Give the gift of comfort and sustainability with a whimsical matching set from Printfresh. Our pajamas are made from 100% organic cotton so your favorite people can rest assured that their new sleepwear is eco-conscious too. Price: $126 - $158
“A great way to gift sustainably is to choose plastic-free gifts or something that is made from natural materials (like cotton or linen - extra points for organic!). They are the most sustainable fibers and make for lovely gifts.”
- Amy Voloshin
For the sibling who is always updating their space
Fresh fruit in a sustainable basket
If you can, reuse or thrift a bowl or basket to fill with fresh fruit. If you don’t have one you can reuse, we love the basket from Yumi because it’s made from bamboo fiber and it’s specifically designed to help fruit last longer. Turn this into a perfect gift by picking up some fresh fruit to go with it. Price: $19.95 + the cost of fruit
Filtered water has never looked so good. The Soma Carafe was designed with sustainability and performance in mind so your sister can hydrate smarter next year with a product that’s also a beautiful addition to any fridge or countertop. Price: $85
Abode, Thoughtful Living with Less
This book is a helpful guide to creating a space reminiscent of Californian interiors. They’ll be able to maximize their space, create openness, and amplify natural light to create tranquility in their new home all by following the sustainable principle of thoughtful living with less. Price: $36.80
“Choosing something the recipient really, really wants is always sustainable in that they will use it and enjoy it (hopefully for a long time).”
- Amy Voloshin
For the those who cherish a new addition to their closet
Tote from Able
Able is driven by a powerful cause of transforming the lives of women trying to break the cycle of poverty and make a living for themselves and their families. Support them by gifting one of their beautiful tote bags. Price: $185 - $265
Sweater from Naadam
Keep your loved ones warm this winter with a high-quality and unbelievably soft cashmere sweater. By supporting a company that promotes sustainability and ethical practices in their work, you can spend a little more in good conscience and know that they’ll get good use out of their gift for years to come. Price: $75 - $495
United by Blue clothing or gift card
With each purchase, United by Blue is committed to removing one pound of trash from oceans and waterways, so you can feel good about where your money is going. A gift card also helps ensure your loved one will receive something they’ll use for years to come, and will please even the hardest to shop for. Price: It’s up to you.
“Focusing on experiences can always be good - but it’s important to make sure it’s a place that the recipient loves (otherwise it may go to waste). Gift certificates are sometimes not the most fun to give, but they are wonderful to receive especially when it’s something you use all the time or are hesitant to treat yourself to (i.e. the fancy spa that you love, but is slightly outside of your budget, or your favorite fancy restaurant). Plus that supports small locally owned businesses - keeping your dollars in the community is a wonderful way to be more sustainable.”
- Amy Voloshin
For those who value experiences over material gifts
This genius gift idea is great for anyone and believe it or not, it still promotes sustainability. In our digital world, photos don’t need to be printed, therefore, by giving a photoshoot, no waste is created. Plus, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience to have with friends or family. Price: Depends on the photographer. Typically $100 - $400 an hour.
Choose your own adventure e-gift card
Take your experience gifting to the next level with an e-gift card to Virgin Experience Gifts. Purchasing an activity is already a more sustainable option than a material gift, plus your loved ones will get to embark on their dream adventure thanks to your generous present. Price: It’s up to you.
For the one who already has everything
It’s no secret that new socks are a good gift when you’re stumped for ideas, but Bombas are truly the best. They’re made with merino wool to keep feet warm and cozy all winter long. By supporting Bombas you contribute to their initiative to donate new clothes to homeless shelters. One purchased = One donated. Price: $72.20
Pelli Cooler Bag
Perfect for those looking forward to beach weather or who find any reason to tailgate, the Pelli Cooler bag will keep drinks and snacks cool all day long. Plus, they’re committed to cleaning 50,000 square meters of the ocean each year funded through each purchase of a Pelli product. Price: $49.95
With the holiday rush in full swing, we know it’s not easy to keep sustainability at the front of your mind. Hopefully, these gift ideas will guide you in the right direction. We’d love to hear of some of your favorite sustainable gift ideas in the comments section below!
PF MAG is dedicated to thoughtful, not-so-simple living. Founded by Amy Voloshin as a stationery and sleepwear brand, Printfresh has grown into far more than that. Our articles provide discerning perspectives on all things lifestyle, including fashion, wellness, design, travel and home decor, as well as interviews with some of the people who inspire us most.