The Ultimate Eco Friendly and Sustainable Gift Guide

Made Trade sustainable and ethical gift selection
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Are you stuck for gift ideas for your nearest and dearest?

Don’t worry, we’ve handpicked the best ethical and sustainable gifts for your family and friends to suit every occasion.

Let’s jump in.


1. Sustainable and Ethical Jewelry

A perfect piece of sustainable and ethical jewelry is the perfect holiday gift. It’s a gift that will be cherished for years to come and is always guaranteed to make someone feel extra special.

Daisy siizu necklace makes the perfect sustainable gift

Siizu

The perfect gift for any jewelry lover, the Daisy necklace, from sustainably focused New York brand Siizu, is made from a 14K gold filled chain + Brass charm. Siizu is committed to producing sustainable jewelry at affordable prices.

Their jewelry is shipped in recycled paper packaging, making this a great gift without costing the earth.

Mejuri

Mejuri is a sustainable and ethical jewelry brand creating beautiful pieces, including rings, earrings necklaces and bracelets.

Let your loved one to sparkle this holiday season with this gorgeous Pavé Diamond Croissant Dôme, 14k Yellow Gold ring.

Mejuri diamond Dome ring the perfect sustainable gift to make your loved one sparkle

2. Organic Skincare

Rōzu Ensemble – Aesop

Cult beauty brand Aesop is a perfect choice for an eco-friendly gift. All products are vegan, and they are committed to sustainable sourcing materials in their supply chain. Their Rozu ensemble features the classic Rozu fragrance, aromatic hand balm, and body cleanser.

Aesop Rozu ensemble, non toxic organic perfume gift set

Eco Friendly Wrapping

Top Tip 🎁 Create home-made eco-friendly holiday decorations such as dried orange garlands and paper chains from recycled FSC certified paper.

Wrappr eco friendly wrapping paper

Wrappr – Furoshiki Wraps

If you’re looking for eco-friendly wrapping paper this holiday season, check out Wrappr – a brand offering a refreshing alternative to disposable paper wrapping.


Wrappr creates affordable yet unique traditional Furoshiki wraps, which honor the thousand-year-old tradition of Japanese fabric wraps. In addition, the brand partners with artists to create bespoke designs so the Furoshiki wraps can be enjoyed and reused again and again.


3. Eco Friendly Gift Bundles

A great option if you can’t decide on one product, simply choose a box and introduce you’re loved one to a range of sustainable and eco-friendly gifts.

Guamayu ethical gift

Guamayu – Gifts for Social Change

Guamayu is a refreshing ethical brand creating cool prints, sustainable t-shirts, and socks for social good.
The brand donates a part of every purchase to partner organizations that support social change. Currently, the brand is working with MAIA, a non-profit organization in Guatemala that help to support and empower young indigenous women.
In addition to collaborating with NPOs to drive change, Guamayu also partners with local artists and designers to create unique and exciting prints.

Love Goodly subscription box makes a great eco friendly gift

Love Goodly Box Subscription

Love Goodly is a brand started by a mother and daughter duo who focus on healthier, sustainable brands. They showcase 4+ full-sized products from cruelty-free, nontoxic brands in their mystery boxes, which you can subscribe to and get delivered every month.

Love Goodly boxes are a great way to try new products from brands that are making a difference.

The Morning Routine Box by GreenUP

If you are looking for a vegan, organic gift with a range of products, Green UP is a brand that carefully curates great gift boxes which feature reusable and sustainable products.

GreenUP are using renewables and plastic alternatives in their gift sets. We have featured their Morning routine box, which features a bamboo toothbrush, hemp soap bag, shampoo bar, and much more. They also have a great range of other curated eco-friendly boxes!

Morning routine gift box featureing recycled products and plastic free gifts

4. Sustainable and Eco-friendly Activewear

Allbirds Tree Dasher 2.0

Allbirds Tree Dasher

The ever-popular Allbirds tree dashers are a great gift for any eco-conscious runner out there.

The Treedashers come in a range of colors, and we rate the quality of these runners highly. They are good for running and have a great look and feel for casual wear.

Girlfriend Collective Activewear

Girlfriend Collective is a sustainable clothing brand, creating a fab range of must-have activewear sets in flattering colors.
Girlfriend creates its collections from recycled plastic bottles and is a size inclusive brand.

Girlfriend Collective sustainable alternative to PacSun

5. Non Toxic Candles

Give the gift of relaxation with a non toxic candle. Perfect for any loved one, these candles are safe and sustainable with no harmful chemicals or artificial fragrances.

Home sick candle non toxic, the perfect eco friendly gift

Homesick Candles

Homesick create nontoxic candles that remind people of their home, a perfect gift for those who live away from home. They bring people closer to the places they love by encompassing the fragrance and scent of their hometown into bespoke candles.

Chose from over 200 place including cities, states and countries.

Non Toxic Candles at Made Trade

Made Trade showcases the best ethical and sustainable products on the market. This women-led family-owned brand publish full transparency about its featured brands, so you know your sustainable gift has been ethically sourced.

Check out Made trades range of non-toxic candles, perfect for a unique extra-special gift.

Made Trade non toxic candles

6. Organic Pajamas

The holidays aren’t the same without a new pair of cozy pajamas. So this year, treat yourself or your loved ones to a pair of organic pajamas, extra soft on the skin and better for the environment than conventional cotton PJs. You can chek out our full organic cotton pajama guide here.

Mate the Label Organic Cotton Pajamas

MATE The Label – Organic Pajamas

For cozy nights, gift organic cotton pajamas. Organic cotton uses up to 80% less water to produce than conventional cotton.

Organic cotton is naturally soft, moisture-wicking, and great for sensitive skin.

Ettitude – Organic Bamboo Pajamas

Ettitude creates luxuriously soft silky sateen pajama sets from 100% organic bamboo.

Choose from beautiful and sexy sateen cami and short sets or classic PJ styles with this organic brand.

Ettitude Organic Pajamas

7. Organic Cotton Robes

Perfect to compliment a pair of organic pajamas, choose from any of these robes for the perfect luxurious and eco friendly gift. You can also check out our top ten organic robe recommendations here.

Ettitude bamboo robe, a great gift to pair with a pair of organic cotton pajamas

Ettitude Organic Bamboo Robe

Treat somebody to that at-home spa feeling with an organic luxury robe.
Ettitude creates gorgeously soft organic robes from organic bamboo, a sustainable alternative to cotton, grown with less water and without harmful chemicals.

Coyuchi

Coyuchi has crafted gorgeously soft organic robes and sleepwear for over three decades.


Designed from only the most luxuriously soft GOTS organic cotton, Coyuchi’s unisex robes are a great sustainable gift to give a loved one.

Coyuchi organic plush cotton robe

8. Clean Beauty Gifts

Dear Sundays vegan nail polish gift ideas

Dear Sundays Vegan Polish

If you’re looking for vegan nail polish but don’t want to compromise on salon-quality, check out Dear Sundays.

The vegan brand has boomed in popularity thanks to its innovative 100% cruelty-free vegan nail polish, created without the toxic chemical nasties you often find in conventional nail polish. The brand allows you to have salon-quality nails at home and offers in-store treatments at its NYC salons.


9. Sustainable Kid’s Gifts

If you’re shopping for children’s presents this season check out our favorite top picks for kids of all ages below.

Microscooters sustainable kids gifts

Microscooters Recycled Scooters

If you’re looking for a sustainable kid’s gift, Micro scooters are a great eco-friendly option. Microscooters come in sizes from 12 months all the way up to adult scooters.

The brand creates its kid-friendly scooters from recycled fishing nets! Plus, they’re a B corp and are carbon neutral, meaning your gift won’t cost the earth.

Green Toys by Earth Hero

Do you sometimes feel like there are no easy alternatives to buying plastic toys for kids?

Then check out Earth Hero, a brand that’s taking conventional kid’s toys and turning them green. Earth Hero creates a range of wooden toys, recycled plastic toys, and eco-friendly children’s books, perfect for gifting.

eco friendly childrens gifts

10. Hemp Goods

8000kicks Hemp Sneakers

Are you looking for a novel gift? Why not gift a pair of 8000kicks, the world’s first waterproof hemp sneakers?

The brand creates its shoes from a durable hemp canvas and algae bloom soles. We’ve tested them out and love how lightweight and cool the sneakers are.

Plus, the brand creates cool hemp backpacks, socks, and wallets too!

8000kicks

11. Eco Friendly Yoga Mat

For the yogi in your life, give the gift of a earth friendly yoga mat to elevate their practice. If you’re looking for more yoga inspired gift ideas, check out our guides on the best yoga clothes and yoga mats.

Corq eco friendly yoga mat

Corq Yoga mat

For the yoga enthusiast, Corq’s unique yoga mats are sustainably produced and fully recyclable. Made from premium cork, a naturally non-slip, moisture-wicking, and cushioning material, it offers good support during your practice.

Corq offsets the carbon shipping donating to the Jarí Para REDD+ Avoided Unplanned Deforestation charity for every mat purchased.

Yoke Wellness – Vegan Yoga Mat

Yoke Wellness is a sustainable, vegan yoga brand, creating unique yoga mats and amazing acupressure mats.

Founded by a nurse and his wife, Yoke wellness designed its products to allow you to “Feel The Best You’ve Ever Felt.”

Yoke’s vegan yoga mats come in a vibrant protective case and feature a handy carry strap – a perfect gift for the yoga lover in your life.

Yoke vegan yoga mat

12. Reusable Gifts

Ditch the plastic and gift someone a handy eco friendly water bottle they can use again and again.

Hydroflask reusable water bottle

Hydroflask

Perfect for on-the-go, exercise, and travel. The hydro flask will keep cool drinks cold for 24 hours and hot drinks hot for 12 hours. This versatile bottle is perfect for anyone wanting to reduce their plastic usage. Every hydro flask comes with a life long guarantee, which means your gift will last a lifetime.

Top Tip Use eco-friendly wrapping paper, like FSC certified paper that can be easily recycled to wrap your gifts, or use reusable materials like scarves for a extra special touch.

Geometry Reusable Napkins, Towels, & More

If you’re looking for a unique reusable gift your loved ones can reuse repeatedly, check out Geometry. The brand uses recycled materials to create a range of bespoke reusable napkins, placemats, and kitchen towels.


We love the cool styles the brand creates and love that the brand uses recycled post-consumer materials. You can find hundreds of unique prints and lots of great styles available for under $20!
Oh, and the brand creates cool designs in beach, yoga, and fitness towels!


13. Classic Socks

Our take on one of the most popular gifts. You can’t go wrong with gifting the perfect pair of socks, gift a sustainable pair for a eco-friendly gift.

Colorful Standard organic socks

Organic Socks – Colorful Standard

Give the gift of cozy feet, check out Colourful Standards organic cotton socks, which come in 20 different colors. Made with 80% organic cotton and environmentally friendly dyed yarn, they are perfect for sensitive skin.

Bombas Eco-friendly Hiking Socks

This gift gives back – Bombas donates a pair of socks to people in need every time a pair is purchased.
Bombas is a sustainable clothing brand that produces a great range of vegan performance socks. Perfect for long hikes, their unique technology is breathable and keeps feet cool and dry.

Bombas hiking Socks

14. Cozy Slippers

Help your friends and family up their comfort game with a pair of cozy slippers; these ethically and sustainably made slippers make the perfect gift.

Baabuk Wool slippers

Baabuk Wool Slippers

These Baabuk’s wool slippers are handmade in Nepal, using wool from responsibly sourced New Zealand wool.
They are super soft, cozy, and make an excellent gift for strolling around the house.

Mahabis Cozy Slippers

Mahabis’ slippers are made from a variety of sustainable and organic materials, including recycled wool; they’re super cozy and the perfect gift for elevating your loved ones at home lounge style.

Organic Slippers by Mahabis

15. Eco Friendly Phone Case

These phone cases, created from recycled plastic and made ethically, make the perfect eco-friendly gift for any tech addict.

Pela Phone Case eco friendly materials

Pela – Eco-Friendly Phone case

Pela is a brand focusing on creating a waste-free future. Shocked by the amount of plastic pollution in oceans, Pela’s founder started to drive alternative bioplastic production to meet their goal of keeping 1 billion pounds of plastic from being produced.

As a result, their phone cases, air pod cases, and smartwatch accessories are made with 25% fewer carbon emissions and 70% less waste than regular plastic phone case production. Not only are they sustainable, but they also have a great range of phone cases to suit every taste. Their cases come in iPhone and android sizes.


16. Sustainable and Eco Friendly Backpacks

For the eco conscious traveller in your life, a sustainable backpack is the perfect gift. We have included our top picks for eco friendly backpacks, but if you want to view our full list of recommendations you can do so here.

Tropicfeel Shell Backpack

Tropicfeel Backpack

Tropicfeel is a climate-neutral travel brand that has launched several Kickstarter campaigns with tremendous success. Their most recent product range is a durable and high-quality travel backpack.

The backpack incorporates sustainable and recycled materials like regenerated nylon and recycled spandex. In addition, Tropicfeel only works with Bluesign suppliers, which means this backpack is free from any harmful chemicals or dyes.

Bearmade Gouthwaite Backpack

Bearmade hand-makes its robust eco-friendly canvas backpacks in the UK from environmentally conscious materials such as GOTS organic cotton and hemp.

Their Gouthwaite backpack is perfect for taking on countryside strolls or commuting to the office. To keep your gear safe and secure, this pack features a cool Cobra buckle – which is one of the strongest in the world.

Bearmade canvas backpack

17. Sustainable and Ethical Lingerie

For that special someone, treat them to a sexy, sustainable lingerie set. We have a whole list of ethical lingerie brands here, but we think this unique set stands out to make the perfect gift.

Uye Surana sustainable lingerie

Uye Surana – Sustainable Lingerie

Handcrafted in small batches in Uye Suranas NYC studio, their unique prints stand out from the crowd. They are the perfect choice to find an extra special gift for someone you love, with sizes available for every body shape and size.

Knickey – Organic Underwear

Knickey is a female-founded organic women’s underwear brand creating the incredible, comfortable organic cotton underwear for every shape and body size.

Knickey’s organic underwear is fair-trade, free from any synthetic fabrics and safe for even sensitive skin.

Knickey black bra and pants made from organic cotton

18. Books on Sustainable Fashion

A book on sustainable fashion is an excellent gift for anyone looking to change their buying habits and shop more sustainably.

Slave to Fashion on Abe Books

Safia Minney – Slave To Fashion

For anyone wanting to learn more about ethics and sustainability in the fashion industry, Slave to Fashion is a great place to start.

Author Safia Minney shares the powerful truth behind the fashion industry and how human slaves are being exploited to benefit fast fashion industries. She teaches us how changing our consumer habits, can drive positive change in the fashion industry.

Let My People Go Surfing – Yvon Choinard

A great gift for fans of sustainable brand Patagonia – Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard gives a fantastic account of Patagonia’s activewear brand’s beginnings in his book ‘Let My People Go Surfing.’

He discusses business challenges, from humble beginnings to a global brand, and the journey of transitioning from a rock climbing equipment business into clothing.

let my people go surfing book by Patagonia founder

19. Eco-friendly Cork Wallets

We’ve all got that one friend whose wallet is falling apart, so treat them to a brand new eco-friendly wallet. Made from sustainable and natural materials, check out our top picks below, or read our comprehensive guide here.

Corkor bifold cork wallet

Corkor Vegan Wallet

Corkor is a brand that creates all of it’s products from cork, a completely natural material, with the added benefit of being water repellent, scratch resistant, and stain resistant, making it perfect for a wallet.

The cork used by Corkor is Peta-Approved Vegan, and comes from sustainably managed forests, making it the perfect sustainable gift for anyone who’s vegan, or supporting cruelty-free leather alternatives.

tentree cork wallet

Give a gift that will support reforestation: Tentree will plant ten trees for every item purchased; they’ve already planted over 50 million trees and are on track to plant 10 billion by 2030.

tentree’s eco-friendly wallet is sustainably made from cork and designed to be super slim and easily transportable.

tentree sustainable cork card holder

20. A Cozy Sustainable Sweater

Sustainable sweater gift

A sustainable gift alternative to a festive jumper worn only once every year is a chic knit sweater that your loved one will enjoy all year round. Read our full article on sustainable sweaters here, or check out our ethical gift recommendations below.

Colorful Standard recycled wool sweater

Colorful Standard Recycled Merino Wool Sweater

Colorful Standards crewneck sweater comes in over 20 different colors.

The crewneck sweater, created from recycled merino wool, is a great gift to give and also receive. In addition, this sustainable sweater comes in 100% FSC certified recyclable packaging.

We have this exact sweater and love it, you can check out our review here.


21. Sustainable Hat and Scarf Set

A cozy hat and scarf gift set make the perfect present this holiday season; choose from a range of colors to suit your loved one’s style.

Organic Basics Recycled Wool Hat and Scarf

Treat someone to a chic hat and scarf set that will keep them warm all winter.

Organic Basics’ ethically made, unisex recycled wool beanie and scarf set is from 100% recycled merino wool – from ex-textile production waste that would otherwise go to landfill – and comes in three dreamy colors.

Organic Basics wool rib hat and scarf set

22. Handcrafted Cocktail Making Set

The perfect festive gift, check out these recycled and sustainably made cocktail sets to liven up your Christmas parties.

Handcrafted recycled copper cocktail set available on made trade

Handcrafted Mixology Set

This unique mixology set is handcrafted with 100% recycled copper and is perfect for any budding mixologist.
Created by Sertodo Copper, who have been creating gorgeous handcrafted hammered copper goods with master artisans in Mexico since 1997, this mixology set is available to shop on Made Trade.


23. Eco-Friendly Stationary

Paper On The Rocks

Ever heard of paper made from recycled stone? Check out Paper On The Rocks. An innovative brand that’s saving trees by creating recyclable paper notebooks from the waste streams of stone production.

The brand ensures no solvents are used, and as much water as possible is saved when producing its rock paper.

Every tonne of its stone paper saves 18 trees and over 957kg CO2.

Eco friendly gift guide

Wrapping Up: Ethical and Sustainable Gifts

We hope you enjoyed the sustainable gift guide, and have found the perfect gift this holiday season.

If you have any feedback, or want to share any great sustainable gift recommendations, let us know in the comments below.

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The Ecothes Team
The Ecothes Team

Hi, we're the team behind Ecothes. We started this platform to help share the sustainable brands we discover, making products from clothing, to homeware, to sneakers.

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