Stocking Stuffers and Gift Ideas For The Environmentalist
I feel like everyone has at least one friend or family member that opened the can of worms labeled “environmentally friendly”. That person who starts ranting about how nothing is made to last anymore, how everything is cheap and plastic and it’s piling up in landfills and polluting the oceans at alarming rates. They start searching for ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Maybe you agree with them, or maybe they seem a bit over-zealous to you. Either is totally fine, you really don’t have to think about it much, until you’re scratching your head at Christmas (or their birthday) wondering what the heck to get someone whose gone “green”. OR, maybe you are this person and everyone thinks you’re Mr. Scrooge when you tell them you honestly want “nothing” this holiday season, so you need ideas that will actually get used.
Have no fear, I am also this person, and I’ve done an obnoxious amount of research for items for my own house and family…In fact I’ve either made or purchased nearly all the items on this list. So here are some ideas!
1. Water bottles:
Stainless Steel: Klean Kanteen is a great source for Stainless steel, USA made, Reusable, Last forever bottles. They have all sizes from baby bottles, to toddler, to ‘standard’, all the way up to growlers. Available in tons of colors. **Do they already have one of these? Why not pick them up a new water bottle cap for it? They have several options from “sport” to stainless steel and bamboo tops.
Glass: Glass bottles in decorative silicone sleeves. Find a variety of looks on Amazon!
2. Mugs and Cups
For a great list of durable, safe, and USA made ceramic mugs check out our post: Dinner Plates Made in the USA and Lead Free
Kleen Kanteen sells 10oz, 16oz, and 20oz stainless steel cups (great for kids and camping!) as well as insulated tumblers in the same sizes but a variety of colors (great as coffee/tea mugs!)
Amazon also sells an adorable set for kids by Greens Steel
3. Eco-friendly toothbrushes
RADIUS sells toothbrushes where the handles are made from recycled materials. When it comes time for a new tooth brush, the tops are replaceable, allowing you to re-use the handles again and again! They also have organic toothpaste and biodegradable floss.
Preserve sells toothbrushes made from recycled yogurt cups.
4. Merkur Razors
Super durable, heavy, well-made razors. Buy one of these and all they’ll ever need to replace again are the blades which are very small and inexpensive. Good-bye disposable razors! Check out the raving Amazon reviews (both my hubby and father-in-law love theirs!)
5. State Parks Pass
Check your state’s park department website (here’s Maryland’s) and gift a one year pass. Grants free day use admission to your state’s parks and some offer additional savings on camping fees and boat launching.
6. Reusable shopping bags
7. Reusable produce bags
8. Reusable paper towels and/or napkins
Also known as “unpaper towel rolls”. Etsy is a great place so some really cute fabrics, like this shop. Fabric napkins can also be found on Etsy, like this shop, or pick some up at your local home store like Khols.
9. Stainless steel food canisters
Great for packing snacks in lunch boxes, Klean Kanteen has several sizes available.
10. Local Food Co-op one year membership or gift card.
Sooner or later environmentalists will begin to shop local and co-ops are a great place to start. Their inventory tends to consist of local farms, organics, and eco-friendly products. Or consider a local CSA if a co-op isn’t near you.
11. Stainless steel reusable straws
12. Online magazine subscriptions
Instead of having magazine delivered to your door, you can now download and view them from your computer. Often at cheaper costs! For example Magzter.com offers access to thousands of magazines for the price of one subscription. Then apps like Google Play Newsstand allow you to purchase and view magazines also.
13. Endangered Species Chocolate Bars
14. Audio book or Kindle Book gift cards
Sites and apps like Amazon Audible and itunes offer gift cards for audio book downloads. Or gift cards for Kindle downloads can be purchased from Barnes and Noble or Amazon.
15. Handmade soaps
Often made with essential oils and safe products, local shops and Etsy (like this shop) are great places to find these!
If you prefer to not get handmade, any Dr. Bronner’s soaps are a safe bet! Often found in health aisles or health stores from fragrance free to peppermint.
16. Reusable tea strainer with loose leaf tea
17. Handmade ornaments
If you’re crafty, search Pinterest and find a ton of ideas for DIY ornaments from recycled materials like popsicle sticks, buttons, fabric scraps, and more.
18. Bee’s Wrap
19. Items from local artisan shops
Shop and support local artists and shops and find something unique.
Hi there! I’m Kaley, prevailing parent and wife, but also just me; stubborn lover of DIY everything, outdoors, and chocolate. Read more about myself and my family under the “Parenting” > “About My Family” tabs.