Wondering what to give every family member on your list — parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins? Here are this year’s green gift recommendations from Inhabitat to help you decide which eco-conscious presents to give this holiday season.
Beauty and personal care products are wonderful ideas for gift-giving. Even better are the ones that are ethical, zero-waste and eco-friendly. Some suggested brands are Antonym Costmetics, Axiology, Besame, Elate Beauty, Ilia, Kjaer Weis, Lush, RMS Beauty and Tata Harper.
Vegan leather goods
Vegan leather is in, especially for those who prefer being cruelty-free and ethical. For vegan leather alternative goods like belts, footwear, jackets, luggage, outerwear, purses and wallets, consider Brave GentleMan, Cork By Design, Corkor, Doshi, Ethique212, Eve Cork, Matt & Nat, Pixie Mood, Stella McCartney, Tree Tribe, Urban Expressions, Vaute Couture, The Vegan Collection, Wilby and Will’s Vegan Shoes.
Bamboo pillows and bedding
For a good night’s sleep, pillows and bedding made from bamboo fibers are a healthy and environmentally friendly choice. Did you know that bamboo pillows and bedding are hypoallergenic? If that has piqued your interest, have a look at the options by Cariloha Bamboo, Ettitude, Hotel Sheets Direct, Miracle Bamboo Pillow, Simply Organic Bamboo, Snuggle-Pedic, Zen Bamboo and Zenlusso.
Sustainable weighted blankets
If anyone in your family has weighted blankets on their wish list this year, then Bearaby and Sheltered Company have some snuggly, sustainable options. Weighted blankets resemble the sensation of being hugged or swaddled, allowing for a deeper sleep. Plus, weighted blankets stimulate serotonin production, which helps reduce stress and increase calmness, making sleep more comfortable and satisfying.
Cast iron skillets
Cast iron skillets are sturdy and durable. As the original non-stick cookware, they don’t have the hazardous coating chemicals, like Teflon, which means they are a healthier cookware choice. Also, what draws many people to them is that they are easy to clean and they can be passed down from generation to generation. Examples of cast iron skillets to gift this year include those by All-Clad, Demeyere, Le Creuset, Lodge Cast Iron, Mauviel, Skeppshult, SolidTeknics and Staub.
Solar grills, cookers or ovens
Solar energy is now being utilized in cooking and grilling. Grills, cookers and ovens that operate via solar power are becoming a hot commodity, not only for camping enthusiasts and off-grid homesteaders but also for those prepping for potential power outages. Some viable options to choose from include those offered by All Season Solar Cooker (SolCook), GoSun, Haines Solar Cookers, SolSource by One Earth Designs, Sun BD Corporation, SunFlair Solar Ovens and Sun Oven International Inc.
Organic fabric aprons
Organic, sustainable fabrics are a better option for the planet. Luckily, there are many aprons out there that are made from organic textiles. Try the offerings from Native Organic, the Portland Apron Company and Rawganique.
Nut and seed butters
Nut and seed butters are wonderful sources of vitamin E and protein. They are also full of healthy fats and are high in fiber. These butters can be made from almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chia seeds, coconuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts and even watermelon seeds. Some good brands to gift include Artisana Organics, Barney Butter, Dastony, Justin’s, MaraNatha Foods, Nutiva, Rawmio, Reginald’s Homemade, Soom Tahini, Sun Butter, Wild Friends and Yumbutter. Better yet, try your hand at making homemade varieties!
Jams, jellies, marmalade and preserves
You can’t have nut and seed butters without a tasty jam or jelly. Marmalades and preserves are a delicious addition as well, especially to cheese boards and bread trays. If you aren’t great in the kitchen, here are some recommendations for wonderful varieties to try: Frog Hollow Farm, Happy Girl Kitchen Company, INNA, June Taylor Company, Katz Farm, Lemon Bird Preserves, Mountain Fruit Company, Quince & Apple Company and We Love Jam.
Eco-conscious headphones and earbuds
For the music listeners on your nice list, there are some options that are friendly to the environment. While there aren’t yet any types that are 100 percent green, there are still many that strive to do better by the environment through materials like sustainably sourced wood, organic cotton, recycled plastic, bioplastic or recycled metal. Options to consider are those from The House of Marley, Thinksound and Woodbuds.
Burgon & Ball has been around since 1730, and its stainless steel tools have been endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society as “Tried, Tested, Trusted.” For those on your holiday list with a green thumb, gift them a Burgon & Ball set of tools.
If you have a gadget geek on your list, consider SunCore products like backpacks, Bluetooth speakers, solar panel kits, door locks and street lights. There are numerous other types of solar-powered gadgets, too. For instance, there are the Logitech Solar Wireless Keyboards and the SolSol Solar Charger Hat.
For campers and glampers, having a tent, such as this Eddie Bauer 3-person tent or Earth Ship tents powered by a solar panel from Goal Zero or BioLite, might be just the ticket. Of course, there are an assortment of portable solar power packs to choose from as well, like chargers, portable panels and solar backpacks, as seen on SolarProductsPro. But if you want to get started with going solar, then peruse the online offerings from A Green Origin, the altE Store, Blue Pacific Solar, Free Clean Solar, The Solar Store and Wholesale Solar.
Maps, globes and more
MOVA offers a world of possibilities with its wide array of maps and globes. The company likewise features artworks of the planets and outer space. All of MOVA’s inventory showcases an appreciation for Earth and our place in the universe.
Woodworking is a hobby that is regaining momentum, and it can appeal to people at any age. For youngsters, there’s Annie’s Young Woodworkers Kit Club subscription and the wood craft kits from Craft Kits and Supplies. For all ages, visit the Wood Store’s online portal for more merchandise and ideas to cultivate the hobby.