An eco-friendly gift guide to help you find the perfect present for the crunchy person in your life. A mix of price ranges will fit any budget.
I’m guessing you have that one crunchy, eco-friendly friend in your life and you have no idea what those “weirdos” like for Christmas or Hanukkah. For most of my friends, I am that one person. Have no fear; I’m here to guide you down the path of eco-friendly gifting.
1. Essential oil diffuser. Chances are your crunchy friend already owns some essential oils. Maybe he/she uses them for cleaning or breathing during cold and flu season. But if they don’t already own a diffuser, it is a fabulous gift! I finally buckled and bought one to diffuse a cold/flu blend called Germ Destroyer. All the diffusers I had seen screamed “I’m a diffuser” (it was unnerving), but this one blends in and just does its job like a boss.
2. Toms Shoes. For every pair purchased, Toms gives a pair to a child in an impoverished country. Since 2013, Toms has committed to manufacturing one-third of the shoes in the regions where they give. I own three pairs of Toms and they are extremely comfortable and durable. I’ve walked over 22k steps in a day in my Toms and nothing was achy or sore at the end of the day.
3. Reusable gift bags! Crunchy people hate single-use items, so using wrapping paper for their gift can be counter-productive. Cloth gift wrap is eco-friendly, reusable, and stylish.
4. Sanger Bee House. If your friend has ever tearfully told you about the plight of the global bee collapse, he/she will be so happy to receive this stylish home for pollinators. Gardeners especially will love making bees cozy and safe in their outdoor space.
5. Reusable Kitchen Towels. Replace disposable paper towels with reusable kitchen cloth. They can be used for washcloths, cloth napkins, or hand towels.
6. Sprout Pencils. Once these pencils are too small to use, you simply plant Sprout and grow herbs. I gave these to a friend a few years ago for Christmas and she loved them.
7. Wooden Cutting Boards. I adore wooden cutting boards for so much of my kitchen prep. Hilarious and handmade cutting boards are just icing on the cake.
8. YumBox. The YumBox is the best lunch investment we have made for Jack and Bennett. The original one we purchased is over four years old. Despite almost daily use, it is still in perfect condition. These lunchboxes are leak-proof and help you reduce waste by eliminating the need for single-use packaging. Whenever Jack’s class goes on a field trip, we have to pack a 100% disposable lunch. I am shocked at how much packaging I go through for just lunch. I know plenty of adults who use them for lunches as well and love them.
9. Snapware Glass Storage. Glass kitchen containers are safer for storing and reheating food and they last forever. These lock-tight lids will keep your workbag or purse safe from liquid spills.
10. Liberty Bottleworks. Oh, my love of this company is hard to hide. I talk about them almost monthly and am thrilled to support their business. These metal water bottles are made right here in Washington State and their workforce is made up of a lot of veterans. They are coming out with a double-walled insulated tumbler very soon after a successful kickstarter campaign this summer. They will also make personalized water bottles for your small business, community group, or just because.
12. Re-Play dishes and containers. These kid-safe dishes, utensils, and snack containers are made in the USA and are made from recycled materials. Blog reader Kailyn sells them on her site SquigglyBugs.
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