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Cross Off Your Holiday List With These Eco-Friendly Gifts

Cross Off Your Holiday List With These Eco-Friendly Gifts

By California.com
December 07, 2020

Sustainable luxury isn’t so far-fetched; with more people taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint, finding California-made eco-friendly products for the holidays is easier than ever. We know your New Year’s resolution was to become more environmentally friendly, so now it’s time to introduce the lifestyle to your friends and family.

Show your loved ones how awesome sustainable Christmas gifts are and teach them how to shop for presents while being environmentally responsible. The time to go green is now—what you save will save you. Get into the holiday spirit and check out the best eco-friendly gifts to buy this year; we guarantee that no one’s going to regift these

Environmentally Friendly Gifts For Everyone On Your List

You can't go wrong with a stylish, reusable tote that's perfect for grocery shopping or running errands. Photo courtesy of Pacific Tote Company.

1. Reusable Totes

The easiest way to get someone to stop using plastic bags is to give them a trendy, eco-friendly holiday gift, and we just can’t get enough of totes—we want them in every shape and color. Pacific Tote Company has stylish designs of colorful, durable, and fun-to-use totes. Whether it’s used for grocery shopping or just running errands, a tote is always a handy present. 

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2. Kathryn Kellogg’s 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste

Help your friends and family take their first steps in learning how to lead an eco-friendly lifestyle. The perfect Christmas gift to help achieve that is a copy of Kathryn Kellogg’s 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste. By sharing her tips and tricks for responsible consumption—along with DIY recipes for beauty products—the Bay Area author teaches readers the secret of making better choices to reduce one’s waste. 

Give the ultimate environmentally friendly gift this year: a lovely bamboo utensil set. Photo courtesy of Eko Kreations.

3. Bamboo Utensil Set

Slip an on-the-go bamboo utensil set into the Christmas stockings of your eco-conscious family members who want to reduce theur plastic use every day. This Eko Kreations product includes a pair of reusable bamboo chopsticks; a knife, fork, large spoon, and teaspoon; and a stainless steel straw, straw cleaner, and eco-friendly hemp napkins. All of these items come fitted in an embroidered zippered pouch that pays homage to the Golden State redwoods—the perfect sustainable gift for a California native. 

Who said yoga mats can't be sustainably made? Give the yogi in your life the best gift ever this holiday season. Photo courtesy of Embrace Yoga.

4. Cork Yoga Mat

Ditch the regular yoga mat; buy a cork yoga mat instead. This eco-friendly Christmas gift from Embrace Yoga is designed to help people get the most out of their practice—the eco-friendly natural rubber backer yoga mats are easy to roll up, take up no space, and feature a non-slip cork-topped surface layer.

Send someone you love a pair of high-quality, sustainably made jeans. Photo courtesy of Outerknown.

5. Pair Of Jeans 

Wear clothes that matter. If you haven’t heard of Outerknown yet, your life is about to change. This ethical California clothing brand is known for its products made from water bottles and recycled fishing nets. Pick out a pair for the men in your life and gift them an environmentally friendly gift they’ll absolutely adore. 

Encourage your loved ones to pamper themselves by giving them an at-home spa kit featuring eco-friendly products.

6. Cali Surf Sea Salt Pedicure Spa at Home Kit 

Looking for sustainable gifts for her? Your search ends here. The Grapeseed Company is an awesome California-grown skincare company that uses the American wine industry to create a one-of-a-kind collection. The best gift set to buy for the December holidays is the Cali Surf Sea Salt Pedicure Spa at Home Kit, which contains lotion, scrubs, bath salts, a foot file, and instructions for the ultimate at-home spa experience

Outdoor enthusiasts are bound to be happy with a durable, reusable water bottle they can take on the go. Photo courtesy of Klean Kanteen.

7. Stainless Steel Water Bottle

A stainless steel water bottle is many things: A) it’s a cool last-minute holiday gift, B) it keeps beverages hot for up to 12 hours and cold for up to 24 hours, and C) it’s a great sustainable gift idea for those wanting to reduce their plastic usage. Send a subtle message to your loved ones that it’s time they change their ways. 

Silicone straws are environmentally friendly and great gifts for those looking to live more sustainably.

8. Silicone Straws In Every Color

It’s high time everyone gave up single-use plastic straws and started using silicone alternatives. These soft and flexible options are a great way to cut down on plastic. It's the better alternative if the person receiving the eco-friendly gift hates the feeling of drinking through a metal straw. 

These luxurious, sustainable pillows will leave everyone else green with envy. Photo courtesy of Avocado Green Mattress.

9. Avocado Green Pillow

Ever heard of Avocado Green Mattress? Now you have. Manufacturing eco-friendly and non-toxic luxury mattresses and pillows, the company provides a healthy sleep environment while promoting sustainability and social responsibility. The Avocado Green Pillow is hypoallergenic, biodegradable, non-toxic, vegan, and handmade in Los Angeles. The pillow even has a side zipper that allows the user to adjust it to their preferred level of firmness. There’s no way that anyone is going to dislike this eco-friendly gift idea.  

Treat the lovely ladies in your life to a high-quality sea salt scrub. Photo courtesy of Earth Tu Face.

10. Therapeutic Salt Scrub

Earth Tu Face All Natural Skincare is a women-owned California beauty brand that only uses plant-based ingredients, which are sourced directly from an organic herb garden. Who wouldn’t want a holiday gift from here? The salt scrub—a combination of sea salt and organic oils—is the ideal sustainable gift for her. By stimulating the circulation of the lymphatic system, the sea salt scrubs away dead skin cells as the skin absorbs the organic oils for moisture, so it’s both eco-friendly and detoxifying.

Your favorite home chefs will appreciate the gift of an organic kitchen herb gardening kit.

11. Organic Kitchen Herb Gardening Kit

The best way to become sustainable is by growing your own food. Expand your eco-friendly ideologies and invite your friends and family to share the same lifestyle by giving them a unique Christmas gift: an organic kitchen herb gardening kit. As soon as they start growing their own herb garden, they’ll never run out of fresh organics. 

May the air smell a bit sweeter with the highly sought-after gift of fragrance. Photo courtesy of Thin Wild Mercury.

12. Thin Wild Mercury Perfume

Your loved one can enjoy a whiff of the iconic spirit of Los Angeles thanks to Thin Wild Mercury. The fine fragrance line has an L.A. collection of four perfumes, each more aromatic than the other: Laurel Canyon, 1966, smells of sweet orange, herbal terpenes, and grapefruit; Chateau, 1970, has a French citrus and nutmeg scent; Zuma, 1975, captures the essence of bergamot and coriander; and finally, Whiskey, 1969, has a distinctive aroma of pink pepper and cardamom. The unisex fragrances are made of natural and eco-friendly ingredients, and they make the best gifts for environmentalists

A cozy sweater is a quintessential holiday gift, but the options from this California company are hard to beat. Photo courtesy of Back Beat Co.

13. Holiday Cotton Sweater

You can never go wrong with a cozy holiday cotton sweater from an eco-friendly company; it’s practically the best sustainable gift because cotton is one of the easiest and quickest fabrics to decompose. (It’s usually gone anytime between a week to five months.) Keep your loved ones warm with a thoughtful eco-friendly gift from Back Beat Co.—they’re never going to want to take it off. 

Let the munchkins have a blast coloring away with plantable colored pencils. They'll thank you for the sustainable Christmas gift.

14. Set Of Plantable Colored Pencils

Who would’ve thought that colored pencils can grow into fragrant herbs, luscious flowers, or even fresh vegetables? Teach kids that being creative and eco-friendly are two things that go together. Let their imagination run wild with this awesome sustainable Christmas gift. Once the pencils become too short to use, simply plant the ends and watch them bloom. 

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