Eco Friendly Christmas Gifts

Go Green – Buy Eco Friendly Christmas Gifts

 

It’s the big gift-giving time of the year again!  Of course, you’ll want to give eco friendly Christmas gifts, rather than simply adding to someone’s accumulation of Stuff.

But just because something says it’s recycled for example, it isn’t necessarily a genuinely green product!

Eco friendly Christmas gifts are recycled or made from renewable resources or even re-purposed, come in minimal packaging, are local, or use fair trade practices, are made by a company which cares about the environment, are cruelty free, and of course you’d want them to be useful or healthful to the recipient too.

Here are some suggestions for eco friendly Christmas gifts for your loved ones.

These should make sure your gift doesn’t get shoved into a dark drawer, never to be seen again!   🙂

Reusable Fresh Produce Bags
eco friendly Christmas gifts - re-usable produce bags
Most people buy fresh produce – but often the store or market supplies single-use plastic bags – and they’re definitely not eco friendly. Even paper bags are not green – they’re also single-use.

So, it makes sense to use re-usable produce bags, like these 5 muslin reusable produce bags flip and tumble 5-Pack Reusable Produce Bagseco friendly christmas gifts reusable bags

You can use them:

  • for fruit and veggies at the market or store
  • You can store your veggies in them in the fridge
  • You can use the bags when you buy nuts, granola, rice, quinoa etc in the bulk aisles
  • Or use them to strain your homemade yoghurt or cheese!

There’s a great selection, and some products are bags of the same size, some offer a mixture of different sizes, and some bags have little pouches attached!

 

Christmas Cards

If you send cards through the mail, show your family and friends you care by sending a photo of yourself or the kids on 100% recycled paper (choose it from the Paper Options menu) using a professional design.  All organised for you by Minted.

Gardening

Eco Friendly Christmas Gifts GrowBottles

GrowBottles – Recycled wine bottles get a new lease of life by serving as grow-pots for fresh culinary herbs all year round.  Even better, once the growing cycle is complete, you simply wash your bottle, rinse the pebbles and replant with another variety of herb!  The system works on hydroponics, so they’re easy to grow, and full instructions are provided.  The bottles are 8” tall and 2.75” diameter.  Around $40, with replanting kits from $6. The company is based in Troy, Idaho and started life as a garage business. They use only eco-friendly ingredients, natural materials and minimal packaging.

 

Seed Bombs are such a super idea!  Seed bombs are gumball-sized “bombs” made of soil and seeds.  Just throw them wherever you want wildflowers to appear – your garden, a vacant lot, anywhere!

Prices are around $10 – $25. (You can also make your own if you have the time and inclination – for instructional videos simply Google seed bombs).

These are fun, as well as very green and eco friendly Christmas gifts.

 

A while ago I featured Green Heron Tools who offer tools which are designed for women.  With an increasing number of women involved directly in gardening (especially with the rise in organic gardening), the two founders looked at tools and with their medical background they knew that most tools are designed for men (more upper body strength, longer arms).  So they’re creating a quiet revolution and designing and sourcing tools better suited to women – I think they’re great.

Essential Oils

eco friendly Christmas gifts - aromatherapy oilsEssential Oils are increasingly popular for use not only in aromatherapy but also around the home for chemical-free alternatives to household products. Here’s an attractive set of 6 well-loved essential oils for under $20 that are 100% pure.

 

 

Cookware

Pots and pans are safest when they’re made from stainless steel or cast iron.

 

There’s a huge range of stainless steel cookware. Here are some cast iron options – by the way, these are so long-lasting that they can become heirlooms (a friend of mine has cast iron pots from her grandmother)

 

Bamboo Products

Eco Friendly Christmas Gifts Bamboo CoastersBamboo is green.  One of the fastest-growing plants on earth, it doesn’t need to be replanted and grows without fertilizers or pesticides.  It has been used for centuries for food, shelter, fuel and clothing.  It is a renewable resource.

There are loads of items available in bamboo, so you can find a green gift for everyone. Start your bamboo search here with Bamboo Gifts for any occasion

And here are more bamboo gifts – Bamboo for Baby,  also Bamboo for Home and Kitchen (just use the menu on the left of the Baby Bamboo).

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  • Lois Dec 6, 2014, 4:41 am

    Clare, what a great list. I loved seed bombs they are perfect for newbie gardeners.

    • Clare Delaney Dec 10, 2014, 5:37 pm

      Thanks Lois and I agree, seed bombs are a great gift idea – and they’re such fun!

  • Oscar Dec 14, 2011, 4:50 am

    it seems a really good idea for this christmas, especially for a picky vegan friend that i have

  • Dennis Perry Dec 2, 2011, 5:07 am

    Clare,

    These are great gift ideas. I have made note of several of the items listed and added them to my Christmas list.

    Dennis

  • Millionaire Mind Dec 1, 2011, 8:20 am

    Is a Christmas tree recyclable? Can you take it to a paper plant, or plant it outside?

    Mark Hogan

    • Clare Delaney Dec 1, 2011, 6:03 pm

      Absolutely you can plant a real Christmas tree outside after Christmas (as long as you keep it alive in soil and water it regularly). (People often dig the hole for it in Fall while the soil is softer). If you don’t have space in your own garden, you might be able to plant it in some open space, or donate it to a school or home to provide some shade. Or you could keep it in a large pot, it won’t grow as big but will be more manageable.
      Local farmers might appreciate a used tree, as they may be used for animal bedding.
      Your local area (or a neighbour) may offer a chipping machine, which will chop up your used tree and give you it back as mulch for your garden.
      If someone you know has a fish pond, they might appreciate a tree trunk which provides a refuge and feeding area.
      Failing all of these, most curbside pickups will collect trees for 2 weeks after Christmas, but you may need to cut it first, and of course remove the decorations, check with your local pickup company.

  • Michael D Walker Dec 1, 2011, 3:22 am

    I really like all of these ideas but especially the recycled Christmas cards. Any time we can use recycled paper products, whether it’s for Christmas cards, notebooks or thank you cards, I think it’s a great eco-friendly thing to do.

    Michael

  • Body language of Politicians Nov 30, 2011, 11:55 am

    Clare, these are all great eco friedly ideas for Christmas, do you have any good ideas on how to wrap these presents?
    Scott Sylvan Bell

  • Body Language Nov 30, 2011, 8:58 am

    School catalogs should switch to eco-friendly greeting cards. Now that would be the day.

    Mark Hogan

  • Will Nov 30, 2011, 7:39 am

    Some really good gift ideas among these and I particularly like the GrowBottles which not only recycles glass but provides usable quantities of herbs.

  • Sonya Lenzo Nov 29, 2011, 6:35 pm

    Clare, these are all GREAT ideas! One of my favorite ideas for a holiday gift is the gift of time….an hour of care giving, or cooking, or babysitting or computer work..or whatever it it that you do well and that the recepient could use is generally well received and is of course “recyclable”!!!….in the best sense of the word!
    Sonya Lenzo

    • Clare Delaney Dec 1, 2011, 6:05 pm

      Super idea Sonya, you’re absolutely right, people love to be ‘given’ time!