Sustainable Gift Guide (2019 Holiday Edition)

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Happy holidays! I apologize that my sustainable Christmas gift guide is so late this year (I just finished my final papers this past weekend). Below are some general sustainable gift giving tips and recommendations!

General Tips

  • Support your local shops rather than ordering online.
  • If you don’t have a lot of local shops to choose from, be sure to buy gifts from ethical, B-corporation brands.
  • Buy plastic-free gifts. Not only are plastics bad for the environment, but they also aren’t good for our health.
  • Give experience gifts! GroupOn has a lot of fun options, from Paint Nite to workout studio passes.
  • Let’s be honest, most of us don’t have our emergency to-go kit prepared. Everyone should have solar + hand crank radio that can also charge your phone.
Gift Ideas
For your artsy friend:
  • Paint Nite/Plant Nite tickets
  • Tickets to a local theater show or museum exhibit
For your active friend:
  • ClassPass credits
  • Workout Studio pass (GroupOn has a lot)
  • Regional parks pass
  • Sustainable workout clothes (ex. The Girlfriend Collective and Patagonia)
For your stressed friend:
  • Diffuser and essential oils
  • Plants!
  • Spa certificate
  • Loose leaf tea & tea infuser
  • To-go coffee cup
For your friend who likes to cook:
  • Reusable produce bags
  • Beeswax wrap
  • Kitchen herb garden
  • Cooking class certificate
  • Counter top compost bin
For your fashionista friend:
  • Handmade jewelry (lots of great options on Etsy!)
  • Clothes from sustainable brands
  • Cool finds from a thrift store
  • Healthy make-up products
For your friend in school:
  • Rocketbook
  • Refillable pens
  • Collapsible food containers & to-go utensils
Stocking stuffers:
  • Bombas socks
  • Bar soaps or bar moisturizers
  • Compostable toothbrush
  • Alter eco truffles
  • Collapsible straw
  • To-go utensils
  • Reusable snack bags
  • Reusable cotton rounds
  • Pela phone case
  • Reusable coffee filter or Keurig cup & fair trade coffee

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