20 (More) Sustainable Christmas Gifts You’ll Actually Feel Good About Giving This Year
You don't have to be a tree hugger to shop eco-friendly. These sustainable Christmas gifts are guilt-free, sustainable, and perfect for everyone on your list.
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During the holidays, we create 25% more waste than we do during the rest of the year, which kinda puts a damper on being merry and bright. It can also make holiday shopping a little more stressful as you're conscious of every piece of plastic and waste that goes into gifting.
But we have good news! Shopping for guilt-free sustainable christmas gifts is easier now than ever before!
We’ve put together a guide for 2022 to help you check off everyone on your Christmas list with amazing gifts they’ll love for years to come.
What Makes A Christmas Gift Sustainable?
Sustainability means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, your own journey, and what your lifestyle is able to accommodate.
Support Small Businesses
As a small business who partners with hundreds of other small businesses, we’re always advocating for shopping small! Shopping with a smaller brand may require more than a couple of days to ship, but it helps all of us avoid the fees that come with listing and selling on mega-retail sites.
Everything on this list — and at ZeroWasteStore — has been vetted by our team for many factors including:
- High-Quality & Longevity
- Natural Materials That Replace Toxic Synthetics
- Zero to Minimal Plastic
- End Of The Product’s Life — It Should Be Compostable, Upcycleable, or Recyclable
Now, let’s get into Sustainable Christmas Gifts for The 2022 Holiday Season!
Eco-Friendly Gifts For Her
Why We Love It: This body scrub comes in three invigorating scents with benefits for every skin type. Packaged in a glass jar with an aluminum lid it can easily be upcycled or recycled.
Why We Love It: Healing for every part of your body is just one (eco-friendly) stick away! The packaging is fully biodegradable and can be cut up and added to compost or recycled. PAPR plants one tree for every tree used.
Why We Love It: Each piece is handmade with recycled metals. 90% of the recycled metals are sourced locally and the Mother of Pearl is sourced sustainably from the Tennessee River.
Why We Love It: Chic and ethically sourced, every bag is handmade by Artisan partners in Ecuador using all-natural, plant-dyed cactus fiber and high quality, vegetable tanned leather.
Eco-Friendly Gifts For Him
Why We Love It: Giving up coffee is a steep undertaking. This bundle can get them through every hour of the day! These tea bags contain no plastic which makes them and their packaging totally compostable.
Why We Love It: Save the day with this multi-functional bag made from recycled plastic bottles that folds up small enough to fit in any (man’s) pocket.
Why We Love It: This deeply hydrating face lotion is made from only FOUR ingredients. Apply any time of day as many times as needed and watch him reap the benefits. This 1oz tin can be recycled, refilled, or upcycled.
Why We Love It: Made by a solo-female, Black owned shop, this highly concentrated, antioxidant packed oil delivers intense hydration. No need for multiple steps, this lightly-scented oil does it all! The glass bottle and plastic dropper are reusable.
Eco-Friendly Gifts For Them
Why We Love It: This perfect gender-neutral wallet is handmade from skilled artisans, using high quality, vegetable tanned leather. With two color options and two size options this wallet will continue to improve with age.
Why We Love It: Not only does it provide fantastic hydration, and with vegan options, these balms are packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled paper that are compostable. Made in an off the grid farm, a portion of every purchase is donated to save baby sea turtles!
Why We Love It: For the person who’s always running on 10% battery, this compact tech charger will fit in any pocket or bag and is made from 72% post consumer recycled plastic! At the end of its life Nimble will take the product back for safe recycling.
Why We Love It: Made sustainably in small batches using 100% recycled 14K gold locally sourced, this adjustable ½ inch wide cigar band completes any lewk.
Luxury Eco-Friendly Gifts
Why We Love It: Keep your body and your conscience warm with this waffle throw that is not only gorgeous but made from 100% organic cotton and GOTS certified.
Why We Love It: More than your average french press, this press has triple-wall vacuum insulation that keeps your coffee as hot or as cold as you like it. A stainless steel plunger keeps it all sediment free.
Why We Love It: Impress every visitor with a handmade ceramic soap dispenser. Made with lead free paint, this unique design holds any type of liquid soap!
Why We Love It: Any recipient of this slide on will sing its praises! Made from recycled plastic bottles and a stretchy knit, it provides all day comfort and support no matter where your day takes you. Avre Life donates 10% of proceeds to Oceana and Girls In Tech.
Unique Eco-Friendly Gifts
Why We Love It: For anyone who likes to take it slow in the morning this ceramic pourer is perfect — and we bet they don’t already have one like it! Handmade in LA with lead-free paint it’s dishwasher safe and comes in two sizes. (Pairs well with the Tiny Cups)
Why We Love It: Subpod is perfect for anyone looking to get started with composting. It’s easy to install, easy to use, and requires minimal upkeep. Warning: Be prepared to hear all about composting, worms, and food scraps after gifting it!
Why We Love It: You better believe no one else will be gifting gift wrap… at Christmas! This stretch velvet reusable gift wrap is guaranteed to impress even the most hardcore eco-ethusiasts.
Why We Love It: Help a loved one sustainably prepare for the New Year closet purge with this Take Back Bag. For Days will take care of getting the textiles where they need to be — which is not the landfill.
Eco-Friendly Gifts For Those Who Like The Basics
Why We Love It: Whether they’re new to shampoo bars or long term fans, our plastic-free, zero waste best selling bars make the perfect gift — and they’ll smell so good sitting under the tree! Choose from 14 scents including our limited edition holiday scent!
Why We Love It: You never know when a sponge cloth can light up someone’s life. Sponge cloths can be used anywhere and everywhere and are great to have on hand. Made from wood-pulp they’re completely compostable at the end of their life.
Why We Love It: For the person who wants to be more sustainable, nothing can be better than being gifted a whole routine like this bundle! They’ll get our best-selling shampoo and conditioner bar, the Sunshine soap bar, the Sunshine body butter, a plastic-free soap dish, AND an agave soap saver.
Why We Love It: Know any composters using an old bucket, a bowl, or whatever they can find? Treat them to a dishwasher-safe compost bin made from bamboo fiber, with a sturdy lid, protected with a charcoal filter. It will last them for years to come — plus they’ll think of you while they’re saving the planet.
Eco-warriors or not, everyone deserves to give and receive sustainable Christmas gifts. And no matter your budget, we have it all!
We hope you have a safe, fun, happy, and eco-friendly holiday season. Sending love from your friends here at ZeroWasteStore!
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Written by Lauren Plug, content creator for ZeroWasteStore & Sustainability Enthusiast!