It’s our favorite time of year again—time to celebrate the people we love by giving the most thoughtful, perfect gifts. Those gifts are made even more meaningful and joyous when they are made by people who were treated well and with materials that honor our planet. That might sound like a lot of requirements, but fear not! Our handy eco-friendly gift guide will help you find the perfect special gift for every friend and family member on your nice list.
For the Cozy Home-Body
Boll and Branch Cable Knit Throw, $99
These luxurious cable knit throws will cozy-up any corner of your home. Curl up on the couch with a soft, 100 percent GOTS-certified organic cotton blanket made ethically in India. And, as an added bonus, a portion of every sale goes to Not For Sale to help end forced labor and human trafficking. Pick from nine beautiful colors to add a touch of warmth to any room. Though this item is a bit expensive, it’s worth it—this high-quality blanket will warm your loved one for decades to come. Order soon to jump on the limited-time sale—$99 and free shipping!
A Forever Candle from Prosperity Candle, $65
These delightfully scented candles are hand-poured by women refugees who are working to build their families a better future. Though this may seen expensive for a candle, it comes with FREE LIFETIME REFILLS—you can even mix it up and try each of their signature scents. Now that’s a gift that keeps on giving!
Agraria Balsa Flower Diffuser, $50-$95
Instead of traditional reed diffuser sticks, Agraria’s lovely PetiteEssence home diffuser collection uses thinly sliced pieces of naturally grown balsa wood folded into Sola flowers to diffuse the scent and also add to the ambiance. Choose from Agraria’s eight essential oil blends or, for the indecisive gift giver, get a collection of four scents for $95.
For the Discerning Beauty
Pacifica Perfume Wanderlust Roll-on Perfume Trio, $19
These roll-on perfumes are the perfect size to travel with. Whatever you’re doing, you can bring Indian Coconut Nectar, Island Vanilla, and Tuscan Blood Orange with you. All Pacifica Perfumes are made without phthalates, parabens, carmine, beeswax, lanoline, mineral oils, petroleum or peanut oil—plus they’re 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free. They also have a great selection of make up to gift (or keep for yourself).
EWG Donation Gift Box, $150
For a $150 donation to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the nation’s leading nonprofit working to change the debate over environmental health, you get a magnificent holiday gift basket that includes the Weelicious Cookbook, the EWG’s A Year of Healthy Living booklet, Klean Kanteen stainless steel pint glasses, a ChicoBag travel zipper pouch, Core bamboo kitchen tongs, two ECO LunchBox cloth napkins, To-Go Ware RePEaT Utensil set, Earthbound Farm’s granola, Seeds of Change certified organic seeds, and more than $70-worth of savings in coupons from EWG-approved companies.
A Brilliant Earth Charm Pendant, $75
This lovely silver charm pendant is made from recycled silver and is ethically sourced. And, with each purchase before December 11th, Brilliant Earth will make a donation to the International Rescue Committee that provides creative and comforting toys to kids in need. If you want to spend a bit more, they also have a lovely recycled silver wave pendant with an ethically sourced sapphire.
For the Green Thumb
Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Farm, $20
Grow your own organic gourmet Peal Oyster mushrooms in just 10 days! This kit comes in a box ready to go, just mist and watch the mushrooms pop up—this is also great for kids! There are larger options available, like this Shittake or Pearl Oyster Mushroom Log from Terrain.
Boskke Sky Planter, $18
For your surrealist gardener friend, try this upside-down hanging planter made of recycled materials. An internal reservoir system gradually feeds water to plant roots, and makes a super cool modern room decoration!
Hanging Tillandsia, $32
Hanging plants is all the rage—this dainty and adorable aerophyte (meaning, it can live on the air alone) can be placed in a little glass bauble for a perfect self-sustaining terrarium. This could be a perfect space-brightening gift for someone with a…not-so-green thumb?
For the Eco-Techie
GoalZero Solar Recharger, $75
This portable solar panel and USB re-charger has your back when you need to re-charge your phone or other small electronics. With just 4 hours of full sun, you will be fully loaded and ready to go!
Eco Amp, $10
This environmentally-friendly iPhone speaker amplifier is constructed from FSC-certified 100 percent post-consumer paper and printed with soy-based ink for a bunch of funky cool patterns.
Driftwood iPhone Dock, $62 (limited time sale)
This supercool iPod dock is constructed from driftwood found on the Maine shoreline. Each is unique and adds a modern, natural style to your room. It amplifies whatever you are listening to by resonating through the hollow wood. There are also options for iPhones 4, 5, 6, and 6 Plus.
For the Tea-Lover
Aiya Matcha Tea Set, $88
This Japanese tea ceremony kit includes a 30 gram tin of matcha tea, a bamboo whisk and scoop, and a matcha tea bowl, plus a 20-minute documentary explaining the proper method of preparing traditional matcha tea. There are various options for style of bowl and you can upgrade the type of matcha: ceremonial, organic or premium.
Numi Flowering Tea Set, $40
Winter is the perfect time to start a new tea-drinking habit, and this flowering tea set is as fun to brew as it is to drink. This tea set comes with a 16-ounce glass teapot through which you can watch a hand-sewn tea and flower ball blossom into a beautiful exotic flower suspended in the water as it brews.
For the Foodie
Theo Holiday Chocolates, $16
Give the gift of fair trade, organic, non-GMO and tasty chocolates this holiday season! This collection of four bars of holiday chocolate is $16, though any option from Theo really is delightfully delicious.
Mockingbird Meadows Medicinal Honey Sampler, $62
Try these herb-infused raw honeys for a multitude of health benefits, including relieving stomach aches and carsickness, inducing restful sleep and boosting immune function. These are produced by contributing Mother Earth Living writer, ethnobotanist and author, Dawn Combs.
Home Cheese Making by Rikki Carroll, $17
Another gift that keeps on giving! If you know someone keen on food experimentation or homesteading, encourage them to make their own cheese, following recipes from Rikki Carroll in this wonderfully comprehensive guide. This is a delicious addition to any cook’s shelf. Also, check out more Mother Earth Living approved books at the Mother Earth Living Bookstore!
A snack subscription from Nibblr, $23
Give the gift of healthy snacking with a subscription to a healthy snack service. Nibblr provides healthy nut and fruit mixes, as well as some sweet and chocolate-y mixes delivered right to your door. This holiday season, they’re selling a four-box gift subscription for $23.
Natural Home Products Nine-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware, $89
Nothing says “I love you” better than durable stainless steel! Natural Home’s recycled stainless steel is high-quality, dishwasher safe and scratch-resistant. This nine-piece nesting cookware set, including three saucepans with lids, two skillets and a bamboo slotted spoon, costs only $89 (marked down from $170!).
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Peace Blend Coffee, $11
This fair-trade organic coffee is subtle and smooth—a perfect addition to your morning routine. There are three roasts to choose from, and whole and ground options.
Eco-friendly kitchen gadgets and utensils!
One great way to subtly ask for a build-your-own pizza party invite is to give your friend an eco-friendly pizza cutter, made from recycled stainless steel and bamboo, for just $3!
Eco Stars Recycled Wax Crayon, $10
These fun, star-shaped crayons are 100 percent recycled and recyclable (including the packaging!), are nontoxic, and made in the U.S. A box set of 20 crayons offers 100 points of color!
These earth-friendly eco-doughs are made with organic fruit, veggie and plant extracts and essential oils—no strange ingredients or chemicals for your little one’s hands! A package comes with five fun, vibrant colors.
Your kids will learn about keeping the Earth clean and happy as they work their way around the board becoming caretakers of parks and beautiful places, collecting Carbon Credits and trading them into Clean Air. This game is made with recycled materials and vegetable-based ink.
Mancala Board, $20
This popular African stone game is crafted out of locally sourced, sustainably harvested pine, and comes with 60 beautifully colored stones.
Little Nursery Rhymes, $16
This adorable set of 10 tiny books, each filled with a beloved nursery rhyme, is made from recycled materials with vegetable-based ink, and includes 10 classic nursery rhyme stories including “Little Miss Muffet,” “Twinkle Twinkle” and “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider”
For the Eco-Conscious
Klean Kanteen Water Bottle, $18-33
Show that you care about someone’s health and hydration with a nontoxic, reusable water bottle. These stainless steel water bottles are free from all BPA and other toxins, and is unlined and uncoated so you don’t have to worry about plastic or epoxy leaking into your loved one’s water.
Brush with Bamboo Toothbrushes, $20 for 4
Is someone you know trying to convert to zero-waste living? Give them a helping hand by introducing them to Brush with Bamboo toothbrushes, USDA-certified biobased product with no BPA or toxic chemicals, with a biodegradable handle and recyclable nylon bristles that comes in compostable packaging. They also sell bamboo drinking straws!
BeGood Socks, $20 for 2 pairs
These comfy and fun socks are made from organically combed cotton and local sourced yarn, plus every purchase gives 12 gallons of purified water to rural areas in Kenya and Uganda.
Mother Earth Living Gift Subscription! $15
If you love our magazine, then everyone you know will love it too! Give a one-year (6 issues) subscription to your friends and relatives. Print and digital subscriptions are available! Bonus, you could keep your print issues in a special MOTHER EARTH NEWS binder.