At home and at the office, it’s the time of year that sees you handing out everything from socks to chocolate to share the joy of the season and show your appreciation for those around you. It can be challenging to find appropriate gifts for people you may not know that well at the office, so we’ve come up with a list of goodies that’ll make them smile and leave you feeling good about choices that honor the environment.

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Vegan Hot Chocolate Bombs by Nhiär Chocolates

Even if you’re not sure your cubicle mate is vegan, there’s no reason to take a chance with these hot chocolate treats. Beautifully made with vegan chocolate, simply place into a mug and cover with hot water to watch the show and enjoy the yummy results. Select a single or a four-pack in one of four flavors that goes beyond chocolate to also include toasted marshmallow, peppermint or mocha latte.

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Steeped single-serve coffee

The office is hectic. Make coffee a quick and easy option with these individual coffee bags. Outside the office, they’re great for backpacking, picnic on the beach or for the morning commute. Choose from five roast options or get a variety pack. A cup of coffee no longer requires equipment of any kind and the outer packaging and the inner filter, string and tab are all certified commercially compostable.

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Tastings Tea

Choose from organic teas in English Breakfast, Mint Fusion or Earl Grey. Packaging includes 15 biodegradable sachets per container and there are discounts for higher quantity purchases. The company also offers organic Fair Trade chocolate bars, which is the perfect pairing for afternoon tea at the office. 

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Prosperity Candle

Create a clean scent in the home or office without concerns of open flames or plug-ins. Give the gift of reed diffusers instead. They work by absorbing the scented oil and releasing it into the air. The rattan reeds are sustainably sourced and aren’t treated with any chemicals or dyes. The glass jar is recyclable and sealed with a wood cork. Prosperity Candle is a certified B-Corporation.

Conscious Step socks that save dogs

If you can give a gift to your co-worker that they’ll love to wear in or out of the office, why not choose socks that also help save dogs? Conscious Step features a wide variety of socks that each support a different cause. Purchasing these socks kicks off a donation to Best Friends Animal Society. They are Fair Trade, GOTS and vegan certified. The company also contributes to 1% for the Planet.

A grey reusable water bottle

Rockay water bottle

Gift good hydration with a portable water bottle that will get your office partner to and from the office with a full bottle. Not only will it add to their health, but it gives points to the planet too since it’s made from recycled stainless steel. The lid is also made from recycled materials and is approved BPA-free. It features an easy-grip lid so it can be attached to backpacks for bike rides or wilderness hikes. 

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A mess net, soap, back scrubber and sink scrubber all hanging on a wooden hanger

Zero waste kit

If you have a sustainably-minded shopper in your midst, equip them with this easy-to-use kit they can keep in their car. It includes a shopping bag, produce bag, a reusable jar for bulk food, honey or other goods and a string bag. Each bag is made from cotton and can be composted at an industrial facility. 

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Circular & Co reusable mug

Let’s face it, work and coffee go hand in hand. Skip the single-use drive-through cups and limit waste caused by those in the office too. Instead, give a reusable mug that’s actually made from recycled paper coffee cups. Durable, easy to use, leak-proof and rated to keep beverages hot 60 to 90 minutes. The company claims a lifespan of up to 10 years and says they are 100% recyclable at the end of their life. Choose from a 16 ounces or a 12 ounces. There’s also the Now Reusable Cup. Instead of being spill proof for travel, the Now Cup resembles a to-go cup with a ready-to-sip lid. 

Vegan gift box of truffles/bliss balls

There’s no better time than the holidays to sweeten up your boss or co-workers. This food box is gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free. Ingredients are also vegan, so it meets the needs of just about every diet. Reviewers report the flavor and texture is similar to protein balls rather than candy. Look for ingredients like apricots, walnuts, almonds, cacao nibs, coconut, cacao, sunflower seeds and dried fruits.

Handmade reusable tote bag

This convenient tote makes hauling the day’s supplies easier. It’s handmade in the USA from 100% recycled plastic bottle fabric. Each bag uses 10 two-liter plastic bottles to make the fabric. They are approximately 15 inches wide by 16 inches high by 4.5 inches deep. 

Via Nhiar Chocolates, Steeped Coffee, Tastings Tea, Prosperity Candle, Conscious Step, Rockay, Package Free Shop, Circular and Co, Wholesome Nibbles and Scrappy Products Inc  

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