It’s 2021 and sometimes it can feel like climate change is starting to catch up to us. If we don’t take individual responsibility for putting money into eco-friendly companies, we’re never going to get ahead.
That’s why I put together this list of sustainable gifts, eco friendly gifts for her: whether “her” is your mom, sister, girlfriend, grandma, wife, or friend. There are some great options for eco friendly that will help you do your part and will impress her with your commitment to choosing things that are good for our planet!
Brainstorming Eco Friendly Gift Ideas
These eco friendly gifts are going to be closer to traditional gift ideas. Because while many lists include things like reusable grocery bags (or reusable produce bags), a reusable straw, or a bamboo toothbrush, let’s be honest:
Your eco conscious woman wants something nice, something that she wants, not something that reminds her about her responsibilities as a female in the patriarchy.
So if you really want, go ahead and get her those beeswax wraps for Christmas, but don’t come crying to me when she’s disappointed that she didn’t get something fun!
Having said that, let’s look at some places to buy environmentally conscious gifts.
Where to Buy Environmentally Friendly Gifts
Okay, let’s talk eco friendly companies. There are some places you want to avoid when you go shopping (online or in person) for things that are eco conscious.
First, let’s cross this big one off the list: Amazon.
Amazon has some less-than-earth-happy practices, including refusing to disclose their energy usage, only using 12% clean energy for their servers, and using unnecessary numbers of packages to ship. (That link above also gives 12 alternatives to Amazon, if you’re interested.)
And don’t forget about when, back in June, an Amazon warehouse in the UK was exposed to be destroying hundreds of thousands of products a week. These wasteful practices don’t make the cut for being eco friendly.
Sometimes you can’t help but shop at Amazon because they’re easy and ship quick, but be mindful about the money you spend at Amazon.
Here are the places you can find the gifts listed below:
- Boyish Jeans
- US National Parks
- 8 Billion Trees
Housewares & Homegoods Eco Friendly Gift Ideas
When it comes to eco friendly gift ideas, this throw is luxurious! It’s 100% luxury Turkish cotton. This one’s green, but there are many classic colors available. Don’t forget that Etsy offsets carbon from all its shipments!
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When snowy winters roll around, this blanket is the perfect gift. It’s super soft and made from 100% cotton. It is dye free, chemical free, and pesticide free, which makes this blanket clean and sustainable for the future.
These ethical wooden plates are the epitome of eco friendliness. They are handcrafted, so each piece is unique. Because they are wooden, they are naturally plastic free (BPA free), but they also require different care than ceramic plates, so be sure to know how to clean and season wood!
This handcrafted mug was likely the best gift I ever received and I use it every day. They are hand-thrown, not bulk produced, so each one is unique. They use lead-free glaze as well. So if you’re looking for Christmas gifts that are special, this is a great choice!
Did you know that traditional candles are full of chemicals that pollute your home? These 100% Beeswax candles reduce environmental impact and come in beautiful, bright colors.
In addition, they’re dyed with premium, non-toxic eco-friendly pigments. Plus, the beeswax is sourced locally in the US for a great, bio-based, sustainable business!
For those with a green thumb, this one might be a great gift for her! This adorable gift box has and eco friendly candle (100% soy and a cotton wick) and a succulent with a tiny ceramic pot. Even the packaging is made from recyclable materials.
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Vintage Eco Friendly Gifts for Her
As far as eco friendly gift ideas go, this vintage Turkish rug would make for an amazing sustainable gift! When you buy vintage, you don’t have to worry about one more thing being produced because you’re reusing something old. Turkish rugs are made to last, so why not get one of these stunning ones?
Every woman should have a classic trench coat. They’re versatile and great for travel. And when you buy vintage, like this one from the 40’s or 50’s, you’re not only getting a guaranteed classic style, you’re also buying eco-friendly.
Lockets, jewelry, and heirlooms are the perfect vintage gift. This adorable locket is from around 1905 and is made of silver. It would make a delightful eco friendly gift for the woman in your life!
If your woman is someone who loves to read, thrift books are always a great choice for sustainable gifts. Thriftbooks is like your book superstore for second-hand and even collectible items. I’ve purchased from Thriftbooks time and time again, for books for myself and my sons.
Beauty and Skincare Eco-Friendly Gifts for Women
Goats milk and honey are both sustainable items that are trending in beauty and self care in 2021 and 2022! This amazing milk and honey soap uses ethical sourcing of raw goat’s milk and raw honey from local (Florida) sources. It has no fragrance and no palm oil, so it’s good for the jungle! One bar is only $8.
Certified organic “face food” for dry skin, this can be a wonderful eco friendly gift for your loved ones! With ingredients like jojoba oil, vitamin E, and essential oils, this luxurious face cream is great for sensitive skin, and it’s sustainable too!
As far as eco friendly gifts for her go, this may be my favorite product of all time. Here is what Ethique has to say: “We’re on a mission to rid the world of plastic waste while offering our customers 100% sustainable, ethically sourced products, made from natural and effective ingredients. Better for you. Better for the planet.”
This shampoo truly delivers on eco friendly and environmental sustainability! (And makes your hair look AMAZING!)
Here’s another favorite small business that is good for the environment. Cut down on single use plastic used in most toiletries and make up. There’s no plastic packaging here! It’s environmentally friendly, cruelty free, and zero waste, so this makeup will really make you feel good about using it!
All organic and BPA free, this sleep spray will help you sleep at night. Lavender is a relaxing essential oil, and you’ll also feel good that you’re using eco friendly, sustainable gifts! Great for kids too!
Those plastic loofahs are a no-no for the environment. This shower poof is made from cotton, so it can be reused, washed in the washing machine, and reused again! This eco friendly gift is a great idea for an eco friendly self-care gift basket! Comes in an eco friendly compostable mailer.
Many women and girls with long hair use hair ties, but they’re usually made of plastic. So you lose them and just buy more. These hair ties aren’t just eco friendly, they’re plastic free, vegan and biodegradable! An excellent gift idea for women with long hair.
Eco Friendly Personal Items
18. Reusable Cup…
A couple quick disclaimers: 1) yes, this one is from Amazon, and 2) only buy this as a gift for a woman if you’re also a woman. For example, get this for a daughter or a mother, or if you’re really close friends.
A personal (menstrual) cup is a great, eco friendly choice in place of pads or tampons (or worse, disposable cups). This will help you drastically reduce plastic use and is much better for the environment.
If you’re eco friendly, you’re committed to cutting out single use plastics like plastic water bottles. A stainless steel water bottle is a great sustainable gift, and I would even call it a must have. Stopping our addiction to plastic bottles is essential to reducing our carbon footprint and living sustainably.
A cute gift for a teenager or someone who loves to write in notebooks, this personalized notebook is high quality and made in California. For each notebook you purchase, they plant a tree in your name.
Stop your use of disposable coffee cups! This FEBU tumbler is the perfect eco friendly gift for a coffee drinker! FEBU’s mission is “to create sustainable, premium, and affordable alternatives to single-use and 100% plastic-based products.” It’s compostable and environmentally friendly.
This second tumbler is made from recycled materials. Great for iced coffee drinkers! Bring it with you to Starbucks, or, preferably, your favorite local coffee shop.
Headed to the beach for a day? Let the hot sun charge your cell while you’re catching some waves! When we use the elements like sun or wind to provide us energy, we’re helping to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
23. Pela Case
Purchasing a Pela Phone case was one of the best eco friendly, sustainable decisions that I made. It is made from natural sources and waste materials (recycled). They come in amazing designs, and the one I have features artwork by Perly Blooms, Afro-Latino artist. What a fantastic gift idea!
Face masks are still a great sustainable, eco friendly gift for the holidays in 2021. The pandemic is still happening, and we want to protect ourselves and those around us! These super soft masks come in holiday colors and are great stocking stuffers!
Made from bamboo and cotton, it’s a great gift idea for women who love sustainable fashion. It comes in many different colors and is designed to last a long time. Bye bye fast fashion!
These leggings are my absolute favorite thing to wear around the house. I bought a pair last year and they are still in excellent condition and will last a long time. Packaged with eco friendly recyclable materials, Una Pluma Shop is fair trade partners with manufacturers in Nepal.
27. Boyish Jeans
This isn’t an affiliate link, that’s just how much I love my Boyish jeans.
I could live in these jeans because they’re super cute and fit perfectly.
They’re made from recycled materials (yes, recycled cotton). During production, Boyish jeans reduce water use and reduce waste, they use ethically sourced other materials. If your girl or woman loves fashion and looking her best, Boyish jeans has styles for everyone, from super chic and fashionable to more classic styles.
This is the perfect sustainable and eco friendly gift for any woman! Just make sure you know her size! (Fits true to size.)
Cork is a great ethical, non toxic material which sustainable businesses are starting to use. This tote bag is a fantastic eco friendly gift idea and is super versatile. Use it at the grocery store to bring home fresh produce or use it as a beach bag.
Made from recycled materials, this Tyvek mini crossbody bag is adorable and perfectly eco friendly and sustainable! They even have a Lifetime Warranty, encouraging you to send it back for repairs when something goes wrong instead of tossing it in the bin.
Other Unique Eco Friendly Gifts
For the woman who loves to travel, supporting our US National Parks is the perfect eco friendly gift. Our National Parks have been around long before your life started, and hopefully they will be around for generations to come.
31) Pela Composter
Rather than deal with a compost pile in your own backyard, try this food composter. It sits on your kitchen counter or other small space and can run as often as you need it to.
Pela is a company that is known for its sustainable practices (shown above with the phone cases). This would be a more expensive gift, but a sustainable gift that is totally worth it to reduce waste and compost materials right on your countertop!
One of the best gifts you can give an eco friendly woman as well as the earth is planting trees. The company 8-Billion Trees is dedicated to reversing global warming by planting trees and influencing legislation that supports a more sustainable world for your own life and the lives of our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren…