It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year, and I’ve rounded up a diverse list of sustainable gifts for your friends and loved ones this year. It can be very challenging to buy gifts for others and trying to be eco-friendly at the same time. The roundup below includes ideas for the fashion lover, bag lady, homebody, and fitness junkie from brands like Madewell, Anthropologie, and Madewell. It also includes non-fashion gift ideas such as activity-based gifts, eco-friendly lifestyle products, and gifts for ‘him’.
For the Fashion Lover
Cloth & Stone Dress // Anthropologie
On trend with bell sleeves and a gorgeous Merlot color, this Cloth & Stone dress at Anthropologie is a great gift idea for the fashion lover. It has a loose fit for a whimsical feel. It’s also made with a sustainable fabric called lyocell. Original price $150.
Quilted Puffer Parka // Madewell
I love Madewell’s puffer parka this year! It comes in black or lilac, and I have to say the pink is really cute. Though it’s called a parka, it’s not a super long coat. The fabric content is 100% recycled polyester, and it’s made out of 11 plastic bottles. Original price $228, but you may be able to get it on sale for under $200.
This matching set from ASOS is cozy, sustainable, and affordable. A great gift in my book! Beanies are so “in” as they say, so this would bring a smile to any fashionista’s face. I love that there are matching tech gloves – because let’s be honest, what’s the point of wearing gloves when you have to take them off to use your phone? No point. I digress…thankfully these are tech gloves. Both the beanie and gloves are made with recycled polyester. Woo! Original price for the beanie is $10 and $8 for the gloves.
Veja Sneakers // Madewell
Graced by the Duchess of Sussex herself, Veja sneakers – which were already popular among the sustainable fashion world – are now taking the sneaker world by storm. These are definitely on my Christmas wish list! You can shop many different styles and colors from Veja’s site, but I love these pink and white ones exclusively at Madewell. Original price $150.
Belted Skirt // Anthropologie
The windowpane pattern is super on trend, but I’ve never seen it on a skirt like this before. This is a unique gift that would be a real staple for a work wardrobe. It’s made with a natural fiber called lyocell. Original price $140.
Peplum Blouse // Amour Vert
Amour Vert is one of my favorite eco-friendly fashion brands, and I particularly recommend their silk. There’s really nothing else like it at that price point. Their high-quality Mulberry silk is sourced from India and uses non-toxic dyes. Original price $148 but on sale for $58. This is a must buy that can be worn year-round.
For the Bag Lady (haha!)
On Purpose Bag // Kate Spade
This bag isn’t made of sustainable materials. In fact, it’s made from Nylon, a very non-sustainable material. However, I’ve included this purse in my gift guide because it’s part of Kate Spade’s On Purpose line. In 2014, Kate Spade launched her On Purpose collective line, which provides stable and respectable jobs for 162 women in Rwanda. The women who work on the On Purpose collection are empowered financially and educationally to take on leadership roles and play a bigger part in making family decisions (like sending their kids to school). Original price $158.
Day Market Tote // Everlane
Another gift idea that was graced by Meghan Markle herself. But let’s be honest, Everlane’s day market tote was popular well before Meghan wore it publicly. It’s the perfect carry-all tote for daily to-and-fro work. It’s made from premium Italian leather, and manufactured in Prato, Italy. I’m loving the blush color, but it also comes in a variety of other colors! Original price $175.
Emnet Foldover Crossbody // ABLE
This foldover crossbody bag by ABLE was handcrafted ethically in Ethiopia. I really love the styling of the bag and the two-toned color. ABLE provides stable, good paying jobs for women to end generational poverty. Providing good paying jobs also empowers women financially and personally to be more independent. It also comes in a variety of single-tone neutrals as well. Original price $148.
For the Homebody
Petula Set of 4 Drinking Glasses // Nordstrom
This set of glasses is the perfect unique gift for the homebody or as a house warming gift. Made from recycled brown glass, each is uniquely different. And totally Instagram worthy! They come in a set of 4, with an original price of $48.
Mayberry Slippers // Emu Australia
I have these and absolutely LOVE my mayberry slippers. I wear them everyday around the house (I don’t wear mine outside). They’re made with 100% Woolmark sheepskin for extra cozy comfort. The crossover style is very chic and comes in a variety of colors. I have the grey which I love because it won’t show dirt with wear. Original price is $60.
Leaf Supply Book // Amour Vert
There’s nothing like having live plants in the house to keep the air clean and make a space feel truly cozy. But if your friends are anything like me, it’s incredibly hard to keep the plants alive! Mine always die, I’m ashamed to say. Well no longer if you gift them the Lead Supply book from Amour Vert. It’s a how to guide on keeping your indoor plants alive and happy. Plus it’s a gorgeous book for display on a coffee table. Original price $35.
Floral Robe // Anthropologie
This stunning and cozy floral robe by Flora Nikrooz is the perfect luxury gift. It was handmade with super soft, sustainable modal, it’s sure to be a hit to cozy up in. The print can definitely be worn year-round. Original price $90.
Criss Cross Back Hoodie Sweatshirt // Athleta
No homebody guide would be complete without cozy loungewear. Keeping it sustainable and chic (because we all want to still look cute while lounging at home), Athleta’s cross back sweatshirt is a great option. It’s made with sustainable Lenzing Modal and comes in 4 different colors (pink, black, grey, and white). Original price $80.
For the Workout Junkie
Yoga Mat // Anthropologie
Help the fitness guru in your life step up their sustainability game. This gorgeous Yoga Design Lab mat is free from silicone, toxic glue, and phthalates. It’s made from 100% biodegradable tree rubber, and dyed with water-based inks. I’m obsessed with the design of this yoga mat. Original price $54.
Rock Ridge Primaloft Coat // Athleta
So I have this coat and I’m completely in love with it. I bought it in Moonlight Grey (shown above), but it also comes in green and black for those who are skeptical about buying a light-colored coat. It’s extremely light-weight and flexible while still providing warmth on cold days. The pattern details on the arm make it incredibly chic too. I wear this for much more than just working out. The shell is made with 100% recycled nylon. Original price $198.
High-Waisted Play Leggings // Aerie
Featured in one of my blog posts from this fall, specific styles of Aerie’s Play leggings are made with recycled polyester from Thread International yarn. These leggings are Aerie’s bread & butter and are super popular for working out or for hanging around the house. Original price $40, but you can definitely get these on sale.
Tree Runners // Allbirds
A running shoe make out of trees. No, seriously. Allbird’s tree runner sneakers are made from eucalyptus tree fibers, which is a good sustainable option to polyester running shoes. Even the laces are eco-friendly because they’re made out of recycled polyester. Original price $95.
Gifts for Him
Quarter Zip // Pact
Get your guy the gift of organic cotton with this sleek quarter-zip sweatshirt. It’s hard to find organic cotton at a better price point than this. Pact is high quality, sustainable, and produced ethically. The quarter-zip comes in navy, charcoal, and redwood. Win-win-win! Original price $60.
Acorn Slipper // Nordstrom
By getting him a pair of slippers, he’ll stop stealing yours, right? Haha. These slippers are the definition of cozy, and have a sole so they can be worn inside and out. Acorn uses ethically-sourced sheepskin in their slippers instead of non-biodegradable synthetics. Original price $98.
Sherpa Blanket // Faherty
This sherpa blanket is #cozygoals for sure. Made with cotton and sherpa, the blanket is great for cold nights camping or just cozied up by the fire. The pattern has a unique, rustic vibe he’s sure to like. Original price $168.
Recycled Wool Shirt // Patagonia
Patagonia carries a wide array of sustainable clothing and accessories for men (and women). I really like this plaid shirt made from recycled wool, recycled polyester, and recycled nylon. It would be great to wear for work or the weekend. It comes in 3 different colors, and the original price is $129.
Drifter Jeans // Outerknown
Outerknown’s 100% organic cotton Drifter jeans are a great gift idea for a guy that likes a natural fit jean. The Fatigue color (pictured above) is a really unique color for jeans. They also come in light grey, white, and khaki colors. Did I mention these jeans are guaranteed for life? Original price $148.
Responsibili-Tee // Patagonia
This long-sleeved tee is a great medium price range gift. It’s Fair Trade Certified and made from a combination of recycled polyester (aka water bottles) and deadstock scrap (aka fabric waste). So you can gift this tee with a clear conscious! It comes in a variety of colors, and I’m really liking the dark green. Original price $45.
Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Gifts
Annual Park Pass // U.S. National Parks
Gifting experiences instead of things can be such a refreshing change of pace. If you live near a U.S. National Park, an annual park pass is a great gift to give the nature lover in your life! For just $80, you get access to all U.S. National Parks for the entire year. Such a good deal.
Ello Cole Coffee Mug // Target
It’s 2018…if you don’t have a reusable mug, what are you doing?! Haha. But in all seriousness, a coffee mug is a great low-cost gift idea. Plus it encourages reuse instead of a disposable cup for a daily coffee habit. It’s vacuum sealed and made with stainless steel for durability. The absorbent cork bottom means you don’t have to deal with using a coaster. Original price $13.
Rose Gold Reusable Straws // Anthropologie
Ditch the plastic single use straws in favor of rose gold stainless steel reusable straws. They come in a pack of 4 and include a brush cleaner (woo!). Perfect for those looking to limit their plastic use. Original price $19.
Organic Cotton Produce Bags // Anthropologie
Another gift idea to reduce single-use plastic consumption. Organic cotton produce bags assure veggies don’t come in contact with plastics (which you would then digest). This set comes in a pack of 4 bags. Original price $20.
Reusable K Cup Filter // Keurig
If you have a Keurig or know someone who has one, getting a reusable K cup filter is essential. The single use k cups are a serious waste problem that can easily be solved by using a reusable filter. This is a great low-cost gift idea. Original price $15.
So there we are! 30 eco-friendly or ethical gift ideas for everyone on your holiday list this year. Let me know what you think in the comments below.