From Home Chefs to Beauty Lovers, Here are the Best Sustainable Gifts for Everyone on Your List

By Catherine Santino | November 24, 2020
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We all know the warm, happy feeling of giving a loved one a gift you really love. Of course, all that joy isn’t about the object itself; it’s about the sentiment behind it. This holiday season, show your friends and family you care with sustainable beauty, home and lifestyle gifts made with the planet in mind. Here, we’re sharing the best eco friendly gift ideas for everyone on your list, based on their unique personalities and interests.

We’re also giving you a peek into our new holiday collection packaged in FSC-certified paper, so it’s completely recyclable. The best part? We worked with Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Bachman to create a one-of-a-kind hand-drawn pattern that captures the spirit of the season — so there’s no need for additional wrapping.

For the Hygge-Obsessed

For those who value a cozy night in above all else, these comforting gifts are sure to bring a smile. Candles are must for a homey environment — why not choose ones that do a little bit of good? These fair trade candles from Bright Endeavors are not only made with soy wax and phthalate-free fragrance — they’re created through a job program that provides resources and opportunities for at-risk women. May we also suggest P.F. Candle Co.’s Amber & Moss candle, made with 100% domestically-grown soy wax? Aside from smelling amazing, we love that the company is woman-founded and committed to sustainability by remaining vegan, cruelty-free and phthalate-free.

Everyone loves to receive socks around the holidays — especially your hygge-obsessed friends. These socks from Harvest & Mills come in beautiful neutral tones because they’re completely undyed — the color of the sock is the color of the plant fiber they are made from. Swedish apparel brand Happy Socks has also made a commitment to sustainability — by 2030, they plan to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% and use 100% recycled or sustainably sourced materials. Plus, their playful patterns are sure to make your loved ones smile.

Pair your candle or socks with the gift of a soothing skin routine with our Mini Skin-Comforting Duo. This limited-edition kit comes with a travel-size PURENESS Cleanser and Moisturizer — perfect for sensitive skin that needs a little TLC.

For the Outdoor Adventurer

The great outdoors just aren’t complete without these sustainable gifts. This zero waste picnic kit provides everything you need for a meal while hiking, biking or adventuring. Plus, it’s completely plastic-free and comes with a 100% organic cotton drawstring bag.

Travel-size clean beauty is also essential for any outdoor excursion. Our Mini SKINLONGEVITY Long Life Herb Trio works to keep skin strong and healthy against the elements, while ORIGINAL Loose Mineral Foundation Deluxe Collector’s Edition provides built-in sun protection from natural minerals (plus natural-looking, you-but-better coverage). And of course, they both come wrapped in festive limited-edition packaging.

For the Home Chef

Need a gift for your foodie friend or family member? We’ve got you. These delicious spice blends from Curio Spice Co. are the perfect way to keep things interesting in the kitchen. Curio also works to sustainably source their spices from all over the globe, while also providing educational events and classes to the community.

Eco friendly cookware also makes for a thoughtful gift. A reclaimed wood board is a classic look. We also love this minimal cutting board from Material, a company taking innovative steps in their designs. After collecting discarded plastic scraps created by kitchenware manufacturing, Material adds renewable sugarcane (which gives the board extra strength), transforming it into their “reBoard.” Not to mention, these boards come in beautiful, bright colors that are sure to stand out.

Instagram can’t get enough of this multi-purpose pan from Our Place, and for good reason. Its aesthetically pleasing design makes it a photo-worthy addition to your stovetop. Created to replace 8 traditional pieces of cookware, it can serve as everything from a sauté pan to a skillet to a steamer — basically, every home chef’s dream.

Speaking of food-lovers, they’re sure to love these food-inspired lipstick shades that also happen to be super flattering. Our BAREPRO Longwear Lipstick Duo features two shades named after holiday flavors: Cinnamon (a versatile warm rose) and a new limited-edition red shade, Pomegranate.

For the Creative

It’s easy to channel your inner artist with our Good Tidings GEN NUDE Eyeshadow Palette. Bursting with richly pigmented shades, there are endless holiday eye looks to explore. Plus, this palette comes in eco friendly makeup packaging made with 100% FSC-certified paper. When empty, simply remove the mirror and inner tray, snip off the elastic band, and recycle the rest.

For those who prefer to paint on a canvas, a handmade watercolor set is an amazing (and low waste) way to show you care. These sets from OkraPigment are made with entirely recyclable and/or biodegradable materials, combining professional-grade paints with an eco friendly mission.

A beautifully made journal also makes for a practical (yet thoughtful!) holiday gift. These hardcover notebooks from Karst are made with high-quality, sustainable and recyclable stone paper — plus, every order arrives via a carbon-offset delivery service.

For the Self-Care Savant

Surprise your spa-obsessed loved ones to some self-care treats they can use at home. Our superfruit Mask Duo is sure to please — it features two vegan face masks with naturally derived superfruit extracts for a fresh-faced complexion. The Cranberry Exfoliating Mask helps reveal refreshed, radiant and healthy-looking skin while the Blueberry Nourishing Mask immerses skin in nourishing hydration.

For a mani-pedi moment, these ethically-made, nontoxic nail polishes from Rooted Woman make the perfect gift. The wide range of colors has something for everyone, and we love that these polishes are made in small batches to promote sustainability.

These detox bath salts are the ethical gift that keeps on giving. Not only do the sea salt and essential oils create a luxurious bath experience, but the glass jar can easily be recycled into a vase, drinking glass, or storage container. Plus, the white matte label on the jar is made with 100% recycled material from 100% post-consumer waste.

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