30 Eco-friendly, Meaningful Holiday Gifts for Your Loved Ones with Different Passions, Desires, and Needs

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Image via Made Trade

To honor your relationship with each of your loved ones, we've curated this conscious holidays gift guide to help you more easily shop according to the specific interests, passions, and needs of those lucky enough to have you in their lives.

Here, you'll find thoughtful, socially conscious and eco-friendly gift ideas for…

  1. The one who just needs to relax…

  2. The artsy fashionista who always turns heads…

  3. The spirituality and wellness junkie…

  4. The beloved one who is healing…

  5. The one with endless wanderlust…

  6. The foodie who loves to entertain…

  7. The one already planning the next adventure…

  8. The boss on a mission to change the world…

  9. The minimalist living more with less…

  10. The little one to become tomorrow's leader…

Every list comes with some experiential gift ideas as well, and at the end, you'll also find bonus suggestions for eco gifts under $15 (including ones that may not cost at all), because gifts don't have to be fancy to be meaningful and heartfelt.

Happy holidays from us and our friends at Conscious Fashion Collective!

 

  1. for the one who just needs to relax

Have loved ones who've done and been through so much this year that just really need to take it easy? Get them a coupon to a spa or massage session, or one of the following luxuriously pampering gifts below.

Floral PJ set

At a glance: bamboo satin fabric certified by Fair Wear Foundation; designed in Denmark, made Fair Trade in India; shorts feature pockets.

Shop now at Azura Bay. $175
*Join email list for 20% off

Rose + Palmarosa Body Polish

At a glance: handmade in the USA; eco-friendly ingredients; promotes new cell growth; mineral-rich to support healthy skin.

Shop now at Brightly. $22
*Use code “GREENDREAMER” for 10% off site-wide through February 2019

Buffy's Comforter

At a glance: cover made with 100% lyocell from silky-soft eucalyptus fibers; each saves 1,000 gallons of water and keeps 50 plastic bottles out of landfills.

Shop now at Buffy. $120+
*Try it free; get $20 off with code “greendreamer”

 

2. for the artsy fashionista who always turns heads

Got loved ones who always make bold, artsy statements with style? Get them tickets to a nearby popup art exhibition they'd get super inspired by, or one of these pieces that will help them keep standing out.

cataluna Earrings

At a glance: statement earrings by mother-and-daughter designer duo under brand name Misha Vaidya; handmade; classic city style with a modern edge.

Shop now at Modafirma. $45
*Additional brands to check out from Modafirma: Michael Guhry, Nina and the Wolf, Nae Vegan, Elvis & Kresse.

Layered opal lariat necklace

At a glance: layered gold, dotted chain necklace with three tiers; made in Portland, Oregon; uses recycled metals; uses minimal, recyclable packaging.

Shop now at Made Trade. $62
*Get $15 off with code "DREAMER” site-wide

Yellow Leaf Scarf

At a glance: block-printed by hand with natural dyes; cotton and silk blend; capsule wardrobe brand on a mission to help busy people spend less time choosing what to wear (but still look amazing), and more time doing what they love.

Shop now at Joon + Co. $40
*30% off with “TURKEYTIME” 11/22 - 11/27

 

3. for the spirituality & wellness junkie

Got spiritual loved ones interested in all things wellness? Sign them up to some yoga classes they've never tried before, get them tickets to a wellness festival, or give them one of the following gifts below that will support them in their journeys toward self-discovery, personal growth, and holistic wellbeing.

Catori Life Wrap Ring

At a glance: Made ethically in New Mexico; uses recycled and certified conflict-free metals; 30 trees planted for each piece sold; supports ocean conservation.

Shop now at Catori Life. $54+
*20% off your first order

Coco Rose Luxe Hydration Trio

At a glance: includes exfoliating body polish, hydrating facial mist, and lip conditioner for the ultimate self-care ritual; made without synthetic ingredients; $50 value; coconut and Moroccan rose scented.

Shop now. $39

Rose Quartz Leggings

At a glance: Transparent supply chain; made out of recycled plastic bottles; size range XXS - XXXL; one of the best fitting, eco-friendly leggings you'll find.

Shop now. $68

 

4. for the beloved one who is healing

Have loved ones in need of healing energy? Whether they're recovering or just in need of some extra love to get through the harsh winter weather, get them some potted plants to keep them grounded and freshen up their indoor air, or give them one of the gifts below that can soothe their pains and enliven their senses.

chunky knit lap blanket

At a glance: hand knit by Lauren Aston Designs; naturally processed by hand; hypoallergenic Merino Wool from reputable British mills.

Shop now at Made With Respect. $238

organic Tea bundles

At a glance: organic; award-winning herbal tea brand Pukka Herbs; certified Fair Wild; part of 1% For the Planet; variety of flavors to choose from.

Shop now. $18

CBD Natural Pain reliever

At a glance: for soothing dry skin, irritations, aches, localized pain; palm-oil free, organic, cold-pressed ingredients; eco-friendly, plastic-free packaging.

Shop now at Shea Brand. $30

 

5. for the one with endless wanderlust

Have loved ones who travel so much you can't keep up with them? Get them tickets to a local or nearby city tour so you can explore your own home town in depth together, offset one of their recent or upcoming trips through Cool Effect, or give them one of these practical gifts that will 100% become staples to accompany their trips.

insulated Reflect 20oz

At a glance: plastic-free and paint-free; keeps beverage cold for 20 hours, iced for 40 hours; bamboo, stainless steel, food-grade silicone; B Corp and 1% For the Planet.

Shop now. $41

Holidays carbon offset

At a glance: offsets your pal's holiday travels through the nonprofit Cool Effect; supports research-based carbon sequestration and offsetting programs around the world.

Calculate and offset now.
*Also check out their fun gifts, including Flower Power and the Poo Package.

Wool Runners & Loungers

At a glance: uses conscious materials such as ZQ-certified wool, recycled plastic bottles, renewable castor oil, recycled cardboard packaging, etc.; great for city strolls, long walks and travels.

Shop now. $95+
*Free shipping + worry-free extended returns

 

6. for the foodie who loves to entertain…

Got loved ones who love to entertain and are such great chefs you wish they'd invite you over for dinner more? Treat them to a gourmet farm-to-table meal, or give them one of these beautiful gifts that will make sure they think of you every time they're in the kitchen (and maybe just invite you over more).

Olive Wood Bowl Set

At a glance: hand-carved by artisans in Kenya; made from wild olive wood indigenous to the region; set of 3; great for culinary enthusiasts.

Shop now. $38
*”salewithsoul20” for 20% off site-wide
”salewithsoul30” for 30% off orders > $250
”salewithsoul40” for 40% off orders > $500

Everyday Cooking

At a glance: contains 101 recipes that are plant-based and mostly gluten-free; recipes all require 10 ingredients or less, only one bowl or pot, and 30 minutes or less to prepare.

Shop now. $20+

Fringed Geo Coaster Set

At a glance: natural sisal fibers; hand woven by artisans in Rwanda; supports sustainable development.

Shop now. $26
*”salewithsoul20” for 20% off site-wide
”salewithsoul30” for 30% off orders > $250
”salewithsoul40” for 40% off orders > $500

 

7. for the boss on a mission to change the world

Have loved ones who run businesses or have side hustles they're keen on growing, driven by the desire to help make the world a better place? Donate to a social or environmental charity in their name, or give them one of these empowering gifts sure to keep them feeling confident and motivated throughout the year.

Green Dreamer Planner

At a glance: FSC-certified paper; soy ink; plants 50 trees (yes, like a freakin’ forest); features key eco and wellness awareness days; minimalist interiors; research-based goal-setting guides and gratitude lists; extra bullet journal pages; inspirational quotes from Green Dreamer Podcast.

Shop now. $28
*”dreamteam” for $5 off 5 planners.

This is a Good Guide

At a glance: by sought-after speaker and sustainable fashion and lifestyle expert Marieke Eyskoot; breaks sustainable living down to simple, easy steps; covers conscious fashion, beauty, food, home, work, and leisure.

Shop now. $23

Natural Mary Scarf

At a glance: handmade in Thailand by grandma activists fighting environmental destruction in their hometown; Natural Collection uses organic cotton grown by the grandmas, dyed with natural dyes made by the grandmas; symbolic of grassroots activism to keep your friend inspired.

Shop at Radical Grandma Collective. $59

 

8. for the playful outdoors adventurer

Got loved ones always craving to be outdoors, hiking, swimming, or just exploring new corners of our earth? Get them 1% For the Planet's new Planet Pass (they will be STOKED to receive this unique gift), or one of these practical, adventure-inspired items to accompany their upcoming adventures.

Wood Pocket Knife

At a glance: handcrafted by Opinel, a company that was founded in the French Alps in 1890; choose between oak, walnut or olive wood for the handle; purchase removes one pound of trash from our waterways.

Shop now at. $19
*25% off site-wide with free shipping from 11/23-11/27

compostable phone case

At a glance: made with plant-based materials and flax waste, called flaxstic; free of BPA, lead, cadmium, phthalates; part of 1% For the Planet.

Shop now. $39+
*Get 15% off with code “greendreamer”

Pocket adventure log

At a glance: set of 3 pocket-sized notebooks; made to log adventures and travels; made in the USA.

Shop now. $13 for a 3-pack

 

9. for the minimalist living more with less

Got loved ones currently decluttering and trying to practice the art of having more with less? Take them out on a surprise adventure or day of firsts, trying new experiences, or get them one of the following gifts that can help them achieve their minimalist dream.

Gift Card to Credo Beauty

At a glance: one of the most trusted online retailers of nontoxic, eco skincare and beauty products; gift cards starting at $10 so your minimalist friends can choose based on their own needs.

Shop now. $10+

Collapsible Basket

At a glance: made with dried seagrass by hand in Vietnam; collapsible for easy storage; can be used for potted plants, for towel and linens storage, as a laundry basket, etc.

Shop now. $25

Perfume Oil Roll

At a glance: handmade with 100% natural, plant oil blends; several aromas to choose from; stimulates senses to help your friend reconnect with nature anywhere, on-the-go.

Shop now. $40
*30% off everything site-wide

 

10. for the little one to become tomorrow's leader

Got little ones in the family to shower your love on? Get them tickets to their favorite singer's concert, musical, sports team, amusement park, or national park, or one of the gifts here that will inspire them to ponder their dreams of a more harmonious, healthy future. We know you may have little ones of various ages, so be sure to check out Etsy's guide to Gifts for Kids for endless options that support small businesses and artisan craft.

Whittier Backpack

At a glance: 100% recycled polyester; vegetable-tanned leather details; water repellent finish; removes 1lb of trash from waterways with purchase.

Shop now. $32
*25% off site-wide with free shipping from 11/23-11/27

Leo and the Lion Learn of Love

At a glance: picture book by social activist, environmentalist, and writer Holly Rose of Leotie Lovely; portrays the complexities of the modern world to inspire a kinder, fairer, and more peaceful future.

Shop now. $20
*Get 10% off with code “THRIVE”

Eco Wooden Playhouse

At a glance: handmade-to-order wooden playhouse; easily assembled or disassembled within 30 seconds; made from eco-friendly and durable birch plywood.

Shop now. $198

 

bonus: small gifts $15 & under

Gifting is a great way to show loved ones our appreciation for them, but they don't have to be expensive or even cost a dime. D.I.Y. something (e.g., a scrapbook, a picture frame from repurposed materials at home); set aside more quality time to just be with them; write heartfelt cards using existing paper at home, complete with your own illustrations as the cover; or browse our final gift ideas that can bring them sparks of joy this holiday season.

Paper Plane Stud Earrings

At a glance: gold paper plane studs; handcrafted by artisans in Colombia; perfect for your artsy friend with wanderlust.

Shop now. $13
*”salewithsoul20” for 20% off site-wide
”salewithsoul30” for 30% off orders > $250
”salewithsoul40” for 40% off orders > $500

Peppermint Lip Balm

At a glance: made with cooling and invigorating peppermint essential oil and shea; soothes cracked and dry lips; comes in a plastic-free, recyclable tube.

Shop now. $9

Dry Face Brush

At a glance: eco-conscious dry face brush; handmade from vegetable cellulose and wood; stimulates blood circulation and gently exfoliates.

Shop now. $9.50

Cascade Forest Backcountry Body Wash

At a glance: unisex, all-natural body cleanser; made by distilling and extracting fragrance from wildflowers, plants, bark, moss, mushrooms, and tree trimmings that the Juniper Ridge team harvests on the trail.

Shop now. $12

Thrive by Kaméa Chayne

At a glance: A comprehensive, research-based introduction to mental, physical, and environmental health; printed-to-order to avoid waste.

Shop now. $15

Recycled Paper Cards

At a glance: printed on recycled paper in the USA; recycled kraft euro-style envelope; additional design options to choose from.

Shop now. $18 for a set of 8

 

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