Make it a green winter with these 10 sustainable holiday gift ideas

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This holiday season, give the gift of sustainability with eco-conscious and eco-friendly products!

What does that mean exactly?

Well, as you give your loved ones gifts, you're also ensuring that you are helping the planet at the same time. It’s a win-win!

And since many manufacturers have incorporated eco-friendly materials into a range of products, you can find something on everyone's must-have list.

Below you'll also find a handful of items that can be made using reusable items and hacks that will help you go green in your everyday life.

It even includes ditching traditional wrapping paper (or grabbing a recyclable one), which one in three shoppers said they would be doing in hopes of having a more environmentally-friendly holiday, a survey by Accenture found.

Here are our favorite eco-friendly gifts for every person on your list:

For women

Zero Waste Kits

There's a wide-variety of kits by Package Free including The Zero Waste Market Kit ($38) with a 100% natural cotton produce bag, a 100% organic cotton bag, a reusable jar, and a string bag, and the Zero Waste Starter Kit ($65) comes with a tote, mason jar with lid, reusable bamboo cutlery set, airtight stainless steel container, bamboo toothbrush and more.

Bags made from fruit waste

The female-run company offers stylish “leather” products made from fruit waste including chic cardholders, wallets, crossbody bags, backpacks, and totes. Sustainability never looked so good!

Vegan leather sports attire

Look and feel good next time you’re rooting for your favorite team! The female-run brand designs and manufactures officially licensed vegan leather shoes, apparel and accessories for major league brands.

For Kids

Dino Planters

Teaching your kids about growing their own food is important, but it becomes irresistible with these adorable dinosaur planters. At $14 each, the brightly-colored ceramic planters come with seeds -- sweet basil, lucky clover, and wild strawberry -- to help you get started. While you still have to place them by a windowsill to give them access to sunlight, they feature a self-watering design that allows the roots to get the necessary amount of water needed through the dinos tongue!

Lunch Bag

Say goodbye to those brown paper bags, and hello to an eco-friendly lunch box! The Bento lunch box has 5 stainless steel compartments. Each set includes 1 lunch box, big dipper food container, little dipper food container, insulated carrying bag, and magnet set. Made from 100% recycled polyester fiber, it contains no lead, PVC, phthalates, or BPA materials.

You can also make your own sustainable lunch bag using an old pair of jeans and these how-to directions.

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For the Home


Eliminate paper towel waste by switching to eco-friendly, machine-washable towels. The countertop dispenser comes with 40 reusable towels, mesh laundry bag, hooks, and protective film.


As you spend more and more time on your couch, it’s time to get a dream sofa sans the dangerous toxins and chemicals. Inside Weather provides made-to-order sustainable couches and other furniture in the U.S. that ships quickly in a manageable box.

Bed & Bedding

Refresh your bedroom with mattresses and bedding from Avocado, one of the world’s most sustainable brands that features green items that are “certified organic and non-toxic.” They feature several materials including organic latex, wool, cotton, and kapok fiber.

On the go

Reusable coffee cozies

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a shortage of cardboard sleeves at coffee shops, but that problem can be completely eliminated by bringing your own! Reusable custom made coffee cozies are good for the planet, keep your coffee warm, and protect your hands from getting burned! And you can mix and match from a wide-variety on Etsy that fits everyones personality!

Coffee coozie
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Viral Grocery Store Hack

It’s common knowledge that plastic bags are bad for the environment. But did you know that single-use bags aren’t all that great either. A TikTok viral video recently found a hack using a household item… the laundry basket. You can get one on Amazon for under $30 that can house your laundry but also double as a carrier for your groceries. The hack encourages you to place all your items back into the shopping cart after checking out. Then, head over to your car and fill up your laundry basket to the brim with groceries. Save on bags, time spent bagging, and make less trips to your car all in one!

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