20 Sustainable Gift Ideas That Won’t Destroy The Planet

by Rachel Gariepy
Rachel Gariepy is an experienced Editorial Director for a variety of digital publications including LittleThings and Purple Clover. She has written for, edited and managed teams across multiple lifestyle properties, including sites for celebrity clientele including, but not limited to Jenni (JWOWW) Farley, NeNe Leakes, and Vanessa Hudgens. Rachel has experience wearing many fun and fanciful hats including content strategist, creator, editor and project manager. She, like Mitch Hedberg before her, sometimes wrestles with the idea of wearing a beret. She also enjoys hiking, reading and hanging out with dogs.

If you’re looking for sustainable gift ideas, look no further. We are all becoming a bit more conscious of what the human race is doing to destroy the planet due to consumer culture and wasteful manufacturing tactics.

But that doesn’t mean buying gifts for your friends and family members shouldn’t still be an option. There are ways to be kind to planet Earth while still bringing joy to your loved ones, and that involves shopping with the goal of being just a tad more eco-friendly in your purchases.

If that sounds difficult, let us assure you it is not. Lots of companies make sure their materials and manufacturing practices are local, sustainable, and eco-conscious.

But we’ve taken the guesswork out for you and created an exciting list of perfect gifts for any occasion that won’t cause harm and destruction to the planet we love and live on.

Shop these sustainable gift ideas and feel good about your impact on your friends, family, and the planet.

1. Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask, $48


This product is a cooling gel face mask made from willow bark, fruit enzymes, and blue tansy for gentle exfoliation and resurfacing. This eco-friendly product is made with 100% clean ingredients and includes zero sulfates, parabens, or formaldehyde. It’s vegan, noncomedogenic, and cruelty-free, and it works wonders to brighten dull skin.

Buy it at Sephora for $48.

2. Prana Felicity Beanie in Rhubarb, $19.50


A cozy pom-pom beanie with a tonal knit pattern is the perfect gift for a birthday or just because you love someone. Prana’s collection is all sustainably made, and the company considers the safety and well-being of the people making its products. This beanie is on sale now, so grab it before it sells out!

Buy it at Prana for $19.50.

3. Patagonia Cool Long-Sleeve Tee, $55


A cute, functional T-shirt is a great gift for a pal or family member. This heather gray long-sleeve option features a crew neck and center-front mountain range and rainbow graphic. Patagonia is committed to sustainability, and its clothing will last you a lifetime.

Buy it at Nordstrom for $55.

4. "I Love You to the Moon and Back" Candle Greeting, $23+

4. "I Love You to the Moon and Back" Candle Greeting, $23+

Etsy is full of great sustainable gift ideas, like this candle greeting from Hello You Candles. Start by choosing a scent like Breakfast in Bed, Dozen Roses, or Birthday Cake. Then pick a packaging color option, and finally include a personalized message to whomever you are gifting this sweet little treat.

Buy it on Etsy for $23+.

5. The Honest Company Dry Skin Kit, $29.95


Treat your best friend to a skin-soothing kit from the Honest Company. This eco-friendly bundle includes Honest Face & Body Lotion, Organic All-Purpose Balm, and the Honest Beauty Magic Beauty Balm, which comes in a cute and convenient compact and soothes dry skin on the spot.

Buy it from the Honest Company for $29.95.

6. Baggu Reusable Shopping Bag in Golden Poppy, $12


At this point, all of us should be bringing a reusable shopping bag to the grocery story so we aren’t wasting precious resources. Why not make that bag something you’re proud to carry? Pick up this golden poppy printed reusable tote from Baggu. It offers a variety of design and color options, all totally cute and affordable!

Buy it on Baggu for $12.

7. Warby Parker Ethically Made Constance Sunglasses, $145

7. Warby Parker Ethically Made Constance Sunglasses, $145

If you are looking for the best ethically made sunglasses and eyewear, look no further than Warby Parker. Not only are the glasses lovingly hand-crafted and designed to perfection, but the company has a unique home-try-on system that allows you to order up to five frames to test-drive before you purchase! Most styles start at $95.

Shop them on Warby Parker for $145.

8. Toms Shoes Classic Heritage Slip-Ons in Tomato, $49.95


Gifting a pair of Toms shoes is actually like gifting two pairs of shoes because for each pair of shoes that is purchased, another is given to a child in need. Toms has given over 60 million pairs of shoes to people in need in over 70 different countries. Its business model has been adopted by other conscious companies, and its impact has been astounding.

Buy them from Toms for $49.95.

9. Wool and the Gang Sunshine Blanket Beginner Knitting Kit, $88.50


Do you have any friends who are looking to get into knitting but they don’t know where to start? Wool and the Gang makes these cool knitting kits for beginners, and this striped rainbow blanket is such a great option. All yarn is made from hand-picked Peruvian cotton.

Included in the kit:

  • 1 knitting pattern for the Sunshine Blanket
  • 6 balls of Shiny Happy Cotton in colors A, B, C, D, E, F
  • 1 pair of 5 mm/US8 knitting needles (optional)
  • 1 sewing needle

Buy it at Wool and the Gang for $88.50.

10. Trilogy Rosehip Oil, $44


This certified organic beauty oil is a powerful moisturizer for your face and body. Why not gift someone healthier, younger-looking skin with added hydration and antioxidant protection? Hard to believe all of that comes in this small glass bottle, eh?

Buy it at Ulta for $44.

11. House of Marley Noise-Cancelling Earbuds With Microphone, $20.99


House of Marley is trying to change the game when it comes to tech and sustainability by incorporating eco-friendly materials into its high-end product line. These are made of FSC-certified wood and recyclable aluminum housings. The earbuds offer premium sound quality and an anti-tangle design.

Buy them on Amazon for $20.99.

12. Cuyana Pebbled Leather Triangle Zip Pouch, $50


Eco-friendly can absolutely be chic as proven by Cuyana’s line of beautifully made products. This triangle zip pouch is such a gorgeous gift idea, and each order comes with a reusable bag, which you can use to declutter your wardrobe and donate your clothing to victims of abuse.

Buy it on Cuyana for $50.

13. BambsSocks Organic and Sustainable Bamboo 5-Pack, $18

13. BambsSocks Organic and Sustainable Bamboo 5-Pack, $18

Bamboo is a soft and sustainable material that is comfortable, keeps your feet dry in all types of weather, and offers gentle cushioning as you walk. This eco-friendly material is 100% organically grown, and the adorable set of socks comes in five different colorways.

Buy them on Etsy for $18.

14. RareEarth Naturals Peace Reed Diffuser, $24.99

14. RareEarth Naturals Peace Reed Diffuser, $24.99

If you haven’t signed up for Thrive Market yet, what are you waiting for? The online store carries all manner of eco-friendly and sustainable groceries, beauty products, self-care items, and home goods at affordable prices, AND it delivers straight to your door. What could be better than that? This reed diffuser will add a fresh and inviting scent to your house or apartment.

Shop it at Thrive Market for $24.99.

15. Nisolo Drop Earrings, $28


The perfect pair of affordable earrings can be hard to come by. Add eco-friendly to the mix and now you’re really scratching your head. Thankfully, Nisolo is known for its sustainable business model and its modern designs. These ultracool gold earrings are the perfect gift for a friend or family member.

Buy them on Nisolo for $28.

16. LotkaPaperCrafts Eco-Friendly Handmade Notebook, $13.59

16. LotkaPaperCrafts Eco-Friendly Handmade Notebook, $13.59

Know anyone who likes to journal? This gorgeous handmade notebook is from LotkaPaperCrafts, and it is cute and customizable. The traditionally handmade paper is created from the bark of the Daphne bush found in the Himalayan region of Nepal at a 6,500-foot altitude.

Buy it on Etsy for $13.59.


17. Clean Eau De Parfum Spray in Reserve Rain, $25


This fresh aquatic scent is perfect for anyone who likes to smell clean and delightful. With key notes of bergamot, white flower, and vetiver, this 0.34 oz. mini-size spray is perfect to carry around in your purse for a quick spritz at any moment!

Buy it at Sephora for $25.

18. The Honest Company Vitamin C Radiance Serum, $27.99


Give the gift of radiant skin. Trust me, nobody you know will say no to radiant skin! The Honest Company has a whole host of amazing skin care products that are sustainable, cruelty-free, and low-impact on the environment. This serum gives an instant glow and is recommended for morning and night use.

Buy it at the Honest Company for $27.99.

19. TouchOfHerbs Gift Set, $29.90


This herbal facial steam variety pack is the perfect gift for anyone who loves to pamper themselves at home.

The gift set includes:

  • Relaxing Reviving Facial Steam
  • Pure Pore Facial Steam
  • Soothing Sinus Facial Steam

Buy it on Etsy for $29.90.

20. Arbequina Olive Crate, $99.95

20. Arbequina Olive Crate, $99.95

This unbelievable luxe gift set for olive-lovers is certified by the California Olive Oil Council.

Crate includes:

  • Organic olive tree
  • House olive oil
  • Blithe and Bonny Olive and Avocado Hand Cream
  • Blithe and Bonny Exfoliating Goat’s Milk Soap

Buy it at Williams Sonoma for $99.95.

Psst: If you choose to purchase an item on this list, LittleThings may receive a small cut. Each item and price is up to date at the time of publication; however, an item may be sold out or the price may be different at a later date.

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