The Holidays are here! It’s my favourite time of year, as it brings me close to family and friends – I get to make new memories and I can show people in my life how much I care about them! There’s great food, amazing company, laughter and cherishing the good ol’ days. For me, the only challenging thing about this time of year, is knowing what to get everyone as gifts! If you are in the same boat as me, then I hope you will appreciate this gift guide for the environmentalist that I have created for you.
Let’s face it – it’s 2018! (ALMOST 2019! What!) and whether we like it or not, it is my belief that we should all do our best to become more environmentally aware. This has been a goal of mine during the last year – Journey To Becoming Zero Waste – and will be an even bigger focus for me in the years to come.
If you already have an environmentalist in your life – GREAT! These ideas would make excellent gifts for them. If YOU are the environmentalist in your circle, no problem! You can use this gift guide for the environmentalist as inspiration to fill the stockings of your loved ones with easy to use products that can make a HUGE DIFFERENCE!
In short – this gift guide for the environmentalist is really a gift guide for everyone!
Gift Guide for the Environmentalist
This list includes ideas from a variety of budgets, and 10/20 of them are linked to Amazon where you can easily purchase the products and have them shipped to your home! I love Christmas shopping without leaving my couch! Please note that I am an Amazon Affiliate and as such, if you make a purchase by clicking the links below, I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you. Happy shopping!
Bamboo Toothbrush Set – A more sustainable, plastic-free choice, and these make a great stocking stuffer! Practical & waste -free.
2. Mason Jars Filled With Goodies – Easy to customize for anyone’s tastes. Attach a recipe with dry ingredients included. I love that the mason jar is re-usable afterwards.
3. Recycled 2019 Monthly Planner – If you know someone who never goes anywhere without their planner, then this recycled daily planner is a perfect gift!
4. An Experience – Make memories, not waste! Tickets to a sporting event, concert, or a trip make once in a life time memories.
5. Stainless Steel Straws – One-time use plastic straws are a thing of the past. If you aren’t into these stainless steel ones, there are also great paper options that are way more sustainable than plastic. Truly a staple in this gift guide for the environmentalist.
6. Homemade Products- Are you crafty? Homemade cleaning products infused with essential oils, homemade candles or a DIY planetarium full of succulents are just a few ideas for homemade gifts.
7. Reusable Food Storage Bags– These are made of silicone and will replace your one-time use plastic snack bags. They can be used for so many things! I love this brand in particular because they can go in the freezer, oven, microwave and even boiling water!
8. Local Artwork- Artwork made by local artists is often more affordable and also enables the artist to continue creating works and doing what they love. Whether its a painting, or a musician’s new album *cough, cough, my new album is out now!* It makes a lovely gift.
9. Reusable Food Storage Wrap– Believe it or not, this food wrap is made of beeswax, and wipes clean to re-use again and again. You can find them in assorted colours and patterns. Say no to saran wrap!
10. A Charity Donation- Choose a cause that is near and dear to a loved one’s heart, and make a donation in their name. This is a lasting gift that can make a difference in so many lives, and it’s zero waste!
11. Recycled Notebooks– If you are like me, and prefer writing notes on paper, rather than in my phone/computer, then these recycled notebooks are perfect. It’s a guilt-free way of using paper to write your notes.
12. Seeds For A Garden– Buying food at grocery stores often comes with excessive plastic and packaging. If people can grow their own food in their yard, they will save money, know where their produce is coming from, and reduce packaging waste! Plus- gardening makes an excellent hobby! Add some gardening tools to make a gift basket!
13. Pens Made from Recycled Water Bottles– If we can begin to use wasted water bottles to create new products like these pens, then the world will be a much more sustainable place.
14. Homemade Food- Let’s be honest, there is nothing better than food. Homemade cookies, or a homemade charcuterie platter are a couple ideas, but the choices here are endless! Do you make great cabbage rolls? Freeze them and give them as gifts!
15. Recycled Fair Trade Rug– Anything recycled makes a great gift, but this rug is so cute that I couldn’t help but add it to this gift guide for the environmentalist. It’s so boho, I just couldn’t resist!
16. Secondhand Items- Take a trip to the thrift shop and purchase your holiday gifts there! They are often more affordable, and is a much more earth-friendly way of buying new clothes/house-ware.
17. Reusable Water Bottle– I have this water bottle in white, and I use it every single day! I bring it to work and in the car, everywhere I go. It doesn’t EVER leak, and it keeps my drink hot or cold all day long. It’s a less expensive version of the stainless steel “Swell” bottle and I bought mine on Amazon! I get so many compliments on this bottle too.
18. Mixtape (In A Playlist – MP3 Form)- Make a Spotify Playlist for someone you love and send it to them! Mix-tapes used to be so popular, why not bring it back in high-tech form?
19. Reusable Coffee Cup– Every coffee drinkers needs one (or two) of these! I love this one because its small enough to stick into my purse for whenever I hit up a coffee shop!
20. Nice Bottle of Liquor/Wine- Alcohol is a popular gift for those who are of age. Cans and glass bottles are recyclable so they make the list of sustainable presents. You could even make a gift basket of mini alcohol bottles (just make sure they aren’t plastic).
That concludes my gift guide for the environmentalist in your life! I hope this gave you some good ideas for this holiday season.
Which of these ideas are your favourite? Are there any gifts you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments below!
I also wanted to mention that brown paper packaging is super cute, and recyclable! Or re-use a holiday bag you got previous years. Remember, any little bit helps 🙂
Wishing you all a safe, happy and less wasteful holiday season!
With love, Satisfy Her Soul xo