10 Gift Ideas for the Holidays that are both Chic and Eco-friendly

Katt GuBlog, Reviews


Nowadays, people around the world are talking about ‘going green’ constantly, and most are willing to and striving to be more environmentally conscious through an eco-friendly lifestyle choice. However, when it comes to your green-minded family members, friends, and co-workers what should be the best gift for them on their birthday, at Christmas and other holidays? Eco-friendly gift ideas may be hard to find as, unlike everyday items, most gifts sold in a normal retailer store are not manufactured in an environmentally, sustainable way (some products are not fully recyclable). Therefore, they may end up generating waste and harming the environment. But don’t worry, there are plenty of eco-friendly products available that are unique and awesome gift ideas. Below, we offer 10 suggestions that might work for you:

1. Natural Beeswax Crayons from The Land of Nod, $12.95

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Via The Land of Nod

This set contains 24 triangular-shaped crayons with vibrant and beautiful colors that are made from natural beeswax. It also comes with a sturdy reusable box for easy storage.

2. Lead-Free Clear Crystal Wool Dial Corn Resin Strap from Sprout Watches, $70

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Via Sprout Watches

Put a pop of personality on your wrist with this eye-catching watch with a natural bamboo dial and advanced crystals with Swarovski elements in clear and silver-tone index. The battery is also mercury free.

3. Chocolate Fudge Eco-friendly Soy Wax Candle from Catching Fireflies, $19,95

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Via Catching Fireflies

These aromatic candles are hand-poured locally in Michigan, with 100 percent soy wax, eco-friendly cotton wick, and no phthalate. They smell just like a tasty chocolate frosted cake and come in a tumbler glass container with a lid to keep the smell fresh and strong.

4. Sprout pencil gift ideas from Sprout World, $17.95

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Via Sprout World

Don’t throw your pencil away when it is too short; give it a new life and plant it! The pencil contains non-GMO and pesticide-free seeds for 8 varieties of herbs and flowers (Basil, Mint, Sunflower, Lavender, Sage, Forget Me Not, Cherry Tomato and Thyme). Once the seeds get in contact with soil and water, the pencil will start to sprout!

5. Easy Peasy Blumoo Sailor Booties from Serena & Lily, $75.00

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Via Serena & Lily

These cute booties are made of the softest leather and perfect for little feet. There’s a handy loop on the back for easy fitting, plus hand-painted stripes that give a nod to the nautical.

6. Demos Laptop Messenger Bag from Paguro, $104

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Via Paguro

Crafted from reclaimed material, these bags are not only durable and stylish but also totally sustainable. The bag is ideal for work and comes with a padded compartment to give your laptop extra protection.

7. Gold Vermeil Elephant Necklace “Family Love” From Novica, $58.49

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Via Novica

Crafted out of brushed silver and bathed in 24k gold, the necklace depicts a mother elephant embracing her baby in a declaration of love. The necklace is handmade by an artist who runs a small silverware workshop in rural Thailand.

8. Feed Apron from West Elm, $29

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Via West Elm

Made from recycled US cotton/poly blend in Natural Flax, the apron is created in collaboration with FEED to support their mission to end world hunger. For each apron purchased, FEED will donate 14 meals to families in need in the US.

9. Mexican Marble Chess Set “Glorious Battle” from UNICEF, $59.99

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The chess set is handcrafted in Mexico by the Sierra Family and sculpted of richly-veined black and rose marble. Combing art and function, the intricate-carved pieces reflect the artist’s virtuosity and bring drama to the game.

10. ‘Bite Beauty’ The Perfect Bite Set from Sephora, $25

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Via Sephora

Created and crafted by hand, Bite’s small batch, the low-heat process creates a balanced blend of lip-quenching nutrients, vitamins, and omega oils that are essential for achieving healthy-looking lips. Just as they describe on their website, these lipsticks are “healthy enough to eat for women everywhere.”

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Katt Gu

M.S of Natural Resource and Environmental Science/J.D Candidate at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.