The Ultimate Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Guide

The Ultimate Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Guide

Oct 26th 2017

eco-friendly holiday gift guide

Eco-friendly Holiday Gift Guide

Here at  EcoEnclose, we have promised ourselves to be more eco-conscious with our holiday purchases. If you're with us, read on for how to avoid the holiday retail madness and check out our ultimate eco-friendly holiday gift guide.

The weeks from Thanksgiving to New Years should be a very special time. But if we're being honest, it can snowball into complete madness.

Stressing over gifts, over-committing to holiday parties, crazy travel itineraries, and trying to host "the perfect" holiday dinner is a recipe for stress. The holidays quickly turn into mayhem, making it easy to forget your earth-minded ways.

Instead of picking the perfect, eco-friendly gift for someone, we run to the mall and grab a few, last minute gifts for that person without considering if it’s wanted, needed, or made in ways that support our values. Or, we do a quick search on a big box website that offers free two-day shipping and settle for something that's “good enough”.

In an effort to say no to holiday madness, we've put together the ultimate guide to eco-friendly holiday gift ideas that are gentle on the planet, good for humanity, and easy on our conscience.

Ideas for an eco-friendly holiday:


eco-friendly gift guide for nature lovers

eco-friendly backpack
Fjall Raven: Foldsack No.1 Backpack $100 This backpack is great for the outdoors and everyday work and life. It features a flat pocket with a padded bottom for safe laptop transport; large zippered front pocket accessible without unbuckling the main opening; durable metal buckles for the main opening as well as the shoulder straps; and leather details. The backpack is made with Fjall Raven's own G-1000 fabric, which is tightly woven, hard-tested and quick-to-dry. And, it is made from recycled polyester and organic cotton from certified farms.
eco-friendly fishing bib

AFTCO: Anhydrous 3L Waterproof Fishing Bibs $345 Have a fisherman or fisher-woman on your list? American Fishing Tackle Company (AFTCO) makes exceptional fishing products and has an impressive legacy in marine conservation. Every year since 1973, AFTCO purchases have supported fishing conservation through their 10% pledge. This anhydrous fishing bib represents the latest weatherproof advancements. It is constructed with hyper-technical fabrics and features to produce an absolutely 100% waterproof/breathable fishing bib that can endure all that mother nature can throw out. And yes, we think its pretty stylish to boot!

big agnes eco-friendly camping tent
Big Agnes: Big House 4 Deluxe $349.95

Big Agnes provides exceptionally comfortable tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads for backpacking, camping, and any outdoor adventure. For anyone car camping with the family - the Big House Deluxe is perfect. Give your recipient the Taj Mahal of the campground, with their own front door welcome mat, 12 large interior pockets to keep their tent organized, and a briefcase style carry bag which is easy to tote around and pack. If you're feeling especially generous, add on an Accessory Vestibule and they may never go back home! Located in Steamboat Springs, CO this awesome company is committed to the planet, making donations to organizations like Leave No Trace, Colorado Avalanche Information Center, and The American Alpine Club.

eco-friendly survival gear
Wazoo Survival Gear: Mountaineer™ Survival Kit Bracelet $77.00 A unique gift for anyone on your list who is either a true outdoor minimalistor who fancies him or herself a James Bond figure. This Wazoo Survival Gear 14 piece survival bracelet includes the widest range of tools available, and is ready for any challenge from starting fires in high elevations to catching fish along the shore, and cutting down trees to build the ultimate escape raft or shelter. The survival bracelet includes a paracord, wire saw, surgical tubing, firesteel, striker blade, whistle, first aid tinder packets, ranger bands, fish hooks, needle, fishing line, straw, mirror, and retro reflector. Wazoo’s goal is to save lives. They offer the highest quality, most practical survival kits on the market. A portion of all profits goes to funding non-profit Search And Rescue (SAR) organizations. They proudly and resolutely manufacture in the USA and work hard to be a company with integrity and principles.
eco-friendly kayak made of recycled plastic
Oru Kayaks: The Beach Lt $1,299 Looking for a truly unique and special gift for a water lover? Look no further. Oru Kayaks

are beautifully designed folding kayaks that make getting out on the water more accessible for everyone. Traditional kayaks are big and bulky, they're a pain to store and transport. Oru Kayaks fold down into a package small enough to fit in a cab or on a subway, but they unfold into a full-sized kayak in less than 10 minutes. They're made of a proprietary

recycled plastic that's eco-friendly, and durable.

hats that support fishing conservation
Rep Your Water: Hats To Showcase Your State Pride $25 A great find for hunters, fishermen, or conservationists. RepYourWater

is dedicated to providing uniquely designed, top quality gear for anglers and hunters while increasing support for local conservation and inspiring exploration. They have unique hat designs celebrating each of our 50 states. 10% of proceeds from these hats benefit hand-selected local

conservation organizations.

Click here for the rest of our eco-friendly holiday gift guide for the outdoor adventurer in your life.

eco-friendly gift guide for fitness lover

organic cotton tank
LVR Fashion: Organic Bra Tank Top $53

This stylish tank needs no bra, fits beautifully, and is 92% organic cotton (8% spandex). All

LVR goods are organic, soft, incredibly comfortable, and designed and handmade in Los Angeles, California. LVR gives back by donating a portion of revenues quarterly to a wildlife rescue center in Guatemala called ARCAS.

Donations support the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of wild animals. In addition, LVR makes donations of clothing to the

Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles, whose mission is to create a safe space for women in need.

organic cotton leggings
Soul Flower: Wrap Leggings in Organic Cotton $65

Dance, stretch, hula hoop, and run in these wrap leggings! A fun, dancer-inspired twist on traditional leggings, these ankle wrap leggings feature two straps to wrap around your calves and tie near the mid-calf to ankle, depending on your height and size. Like all

Soul Flower goods, these leggings are Made in the USA and are eco-friendly through and through. Soul Flower is committed to carrying sustainable, well-crafted apparel and products that are made and branded in a positive way.

recycled material towel
Nomadix: Amazon Towel $39.95

Why buy a separate yoga towel, beach towel and travel towel, when one can perform in all three activities?

Nomadix makes go-anywhere towels designed for travel, yoga, beach, camping and more. This quick-dry, antimicrobial, packable towel is made from certifiedrecycled material.

mens jogger pants
Olivers Apparel: Bradbury Jogger $118

No more excuses to skip runs on cold winter days! These pants have four-way stretch, are water repellant, a tapered leg and a sleek silhouette - prime for frigid nights and soggy mornings. Olivers Apparel has set out to deliver best in class athletic apparel meant to weather the elements and stand the test of time. Their gear is made with the best in performance fabrics and produced with respect and care for the customer. They stand behind the quality and durability of their products through the OLIVERS guarantee, through which they will repair or replace any product for up to 12 months after purchase.

Check out the rest of our eco-friendly holiday gift guide for fitness lovers and yoga enthusiasts.

eco-friendly gift guide for the chef

copper stock pot
The Housekeeper Crockery: 3 Quart Copper Pot $350 The Housekeeper Crockery uses local and American artisans, foundries, and fabricators. They use organic materials and oils. They are bringing back the “good old days" when kitchenware was actually forged, hammered and created in America. This beautiful, high-quality 3-quart copper stock pot is a must-have in the kitchen of any serious cook!
environmentally friendly wood bowl
Rustic Wall Company: Organic Mango Wood Serving Bowl $56.00 This serving bowl makes a gorgeous salad, fruit bowl, centerpiece or simply table or console decoration. Rustic Wall Company’senvironmentally friendlybowls are produced from natural materials and are hand-made by fair trade artisans from small communities and local villages in Southeast Asia. No two bowls are exactly alike. The mango wood used for these bowls is collected from the trees on mango plantations that naturally, after 15-30 years, stop producing fruit. When cut down, a new tree is immediately planted in its place to continue the cycle.
hedley and bennet apron
Hedley and Bennet: (RED) APRON $98 Designed in tandem with James Beard Award-winning Pastry Chef Dominique Ansel for the EAT(RED) campaign, this Hedley & Bennettapron was made with form and function in mind. Awesome for the culinary professional and the home chef, it's easy to care for, super durable and hides stains like a boss. The apron boasts an EAT(RED) SAVES LIVES patch on the inside of the apron and a classic red H&B ampersand on the chest. Your recipient can wear this apron proudly knowing that they have been an ingredient in the fight against AIDS.
eco-friendly food storage
Bees Wrap: Assorted Set of 3 Food Wraps $18 Say goodbye to unnecessary plastic wrap in the kitchen! Bee's Wrap is made in Vermont from just four ingredients: GOTS-certified organic cotton,sustainably harvested beeswax from US hives, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. The resulting food storage wraps are designed to replace disposable options like plastic wrap or sandwich baggies. These eco-friendly wraps can be washed and reused for roughly a year, and then composted or used as a fire starter at the end of their useful life in the kitchen.
eco-friendly gift basket
Marcelli Formaggi: Adopt A Sheep Gift Program $195.00 As featured in Food & Wine Magazine, this gift set is earning national attention as a gift that truly gives back in an impactful and everlasting way. “Adopt a sheep” and directly contribute to maintaining the farming traditions that have existed in Abruzzo, Italy for centuries, fighting to reverse the depopulation of the mountains and supporting the small family farms who produce these treasured products. “Adopters” receive a satin- bowed gift box containing a personalized adoption certificate, a 20% off voucher for a stay on the Bioagriturismo farm, and some delicious Italian food. The gift box contains two award-winning sheep milk cheeses: Ricotta al fumo di Ginepro and Pecorino del Parco, a pair of woolen trek socks, and a mix of the region’s remarkable pasta, olive oil, tomato sauce, olive pesto, mountain honey and a full-sized Marcelli Formaggi tote bag to carry it all in.

Click here for more eco-friendly holiday gift ideas for the passionate cooks in your life.

eco-friendly gift guide for the fashionista

leather clutch
FashionABLE: Tigist Clutch $98 FashionABLE is a lifestyle brand focused on ending generational poverty by working with women who have often overcome extraordinary circumstances. They manufacture directly in communities locally and globally, creating jobs and ending the cycle of charity dependency. This elegant, gorgeous clutch is named after one of the inspiring women they work with.
recycled fabric womens pants
Majamas: The Tempo Libre Pant $78

From workout to casual everyday street style, long joggers are the pant tosport. These sustainable, comfy cotton Modal pants are ethically made in the USA. Inspired by their zero-waste active lifestyles, they used recycled fabrics for peek-a-boo pockets that can hold your phone, keys or wallet when heading to yoga, pilates, or running on the trail. Majamas is committed to making beautiful clothing that doesn't destroy our beautiful planet, using organic cottons and environmentally friendly fabrics like Modal and Tencel in every piece of clothing we make. By sewing clothing in the US, they can ensure nothing is sprayed with chemicals, wastewater isn't dumped into the oceans and the people sewing them are paid fair wages.

Norton Point: The Swell $99 Norton Point helps protect and clean the oceans by recovering ocean plastic and turning it into high-end sunglasses. The Swell is a classic, comfortable everyday pair of sunglasses that look great on men and women. With every pair of sunglasses purchased, Norton Point pledges to remove 1 lb of plastic from the ocean. Their passion and commitment to the ocean is core to their mission, and they reinvest 5% of net profits into research, education and development efforts towards stemming the impact of ocean plastic.
hand-made necklace
Threads Worldwide: Balbina Necklaces $42-$84 Threads Worldwide partners with artisan cooperatives to create life-changing work in more than 15 countries around the world. By life-changing work, they mean just that: work then pays artisans a fair wage, empowering them to provide for their families and make a difference in their communities. This unique Threads Exclusive necklace is crafted from banana leaves and dyed various colors. The closure uses naturally-sourced acai berries. An 80-year-old female artisan in Rio de Janeiro has been crafting these necklaces her entire life.

Find more eco-friendly gift ideas in apparel, accessories, and jewelry!

eco-friendly gift guide for wife and mom

osmia organics gift set
Osmia Organics: Body Duo Gift Set$35.00 Osmia Organic's mission is to educate and energize conscious consumers who will savor these luxury skin care products in their daily wellness rituals. Osmia's line is formulated with exceptional, natural ingredients, to inspire people to live in health and joy, with a softer impact on the planet. Their Himalayan Body Buff will scrub away rough skin and leave skin shockingly soft and nourished. Their Rosemary Body Mousse is a heavenly, whipped shea butter mousse that smells like a sprig of rosemary fresh from the garden - it is perfect for cracked heels, rough elbows, and legs after shaving. It also makes an incredible beard balm!
organic lipstick
Hush + Dotti: Lipstick $24.00 Finally an organic lipstick with clean ingredients that offers a luxurious, hydrating formula! Your recipient will love how the antioxidants, avocado oil, mango & capuacu butter make their lips feel. The creamy matte colors last. And the lipstick is available in ten beautiful, long-wearing shades. Hush + Dotti products are cruelty-free, made with zero toxins, and are proudly created and manufactured in the USA.
eco-friendly make up brushes
EcoTools: Five Piece Travel Set $9.99 The handles on these high-quality beauty brushes are made of renewable bamboo, one of the fastest growing plants on the planet! EcoTools packaging is made of 100% Tree-Free paper. How? With 20% cotton and 80% bamboo fibers!
hydrating mask
Farmacy Beauty: Bee Well Gift Set $90 Farmacy Beauty is a farmer-cultivated, scientist activated company that has developed the powerful Echinacea GreenEnvy flower in New York state. Their limited edition Bee Well Gift Set includes a full-size jar of Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask and a bracelet of honeyed yellow jade and tiger eye bearing a delicate pendant embossed with the Echinacea GreenEnvy flower. As part of their mission to foster an appreciation for naturally derived and farmer cultivated ingredients and bring attention to the importance of honeybees to our food supply, they donate $2.00 for every BEE WELL sold to City Growers for the development of their Bee Education program. City Growers is a nonprofit with the mission to close fundamental gaps in the experiences of city kids: an exploration of the natural world and understanding of where our food comes from.
mens shave kit
Alluvian: Hemingway Shave Collection 85.00

For that recipient who can double as the most interesting man in the world. This shave collection will inspire him to take on the day and command admiration, attention, and affection like Hemingway himself. The collection includes: Moroccan Lemongrass Bar Soap + Choctaw Perique PreShave & Beard Oil + Norwegian Spear Shaving Soap + Organic Cloth + Vintage Cigar Box. Alluvian is 100% plastic free, sources 100% organic ingredients and donates a portion of proceeds to the 5 Gyres, which empowers action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, art, education, and adventure.

my essentia comfort pillow
My Essentia: Comfort Pillow $149 Ultimately, there is nothing as luxurious and pampering as a great night’s sleep! My Essentia produces a full line of mattresses, pillows and sleep accessories made with a proprietary Natural Memory Foam made of hevea milk (rubber tree sap). It feels like the memory foam we all know and love, but it's made without the gunk and toxins that are in the vast majority of mattresses and pillows. This Comfort pillow is a throwback to a traditional pillow and is soft yet incredibly supportive.
organic body oil
Laurel Whole Plant Organics: California Body Oil $90 The Laurel line is a ritualistic range of flower and herb-based skincare, formulated with impeccably sourced, highly vibrant whole plants picked at their peak for unmatched transparency, purity, and results. Lauren has exclusive partnerships with local artisan farmers to ensure the highest quality and most stringent transparency, resulting in only 100% organic, raw, unrefined plant materials used in all products. This California Body Oil is a body serum and moisturizer packed with nutrients and antioxidants to promote healthier looking skin. With stand out plants offering numerous skin benefits, such as repairing sun damage and reducing the appearance of fine lines, California Body Oil also has energetic powers. It includes a housemade Gem Essence which encourages self-love, self-acceptance, and promotes a connection to Mother Earth. All of the chosen ingredients are inspired by the energy and surroundings of California.

Click here for the rest of our eco-friendly health, beauty, and skincare gift ideas!

eco-friendly hostess gifts

succulent garden
Lula’s Garden: Holiday Jewel Garden $35 Lula’s Garden was born out of love for succulents and everything they stand for. Founder, Liraz Birnbaum, spent over a year developing an eco-friendly product that reinvents the concept of gifting. Each succulent garden is hand-planted using locally grown plants and arrives in a beautifully crafted gift box. Lula’s Garden proudly supports organizations that help improve lives around the world by providing access to safe water.
maple drinking chocolate
Albion Tea Company: Maple Drinking Chocolate $19.95 Albion Tea Company is committed to an organic lifestyle. Each ingredient in their product line is carefully sourced to ensure it is truly organic, fresh, and of the highest quality. They never use artificial colors, additives or flavors. They are also a business on a mission, with a focus on youth aging out of the foster care system and a partnership with World Horizons, an awesome global mission organization.
coffee pods
Tayst: Coffee Lover’s Gift Set $22-42 Tayst is on a mission to prove convenience coffee pods CAN be delicious, ethical and eco-friendly. Tayst brings Keurig pods that are made from superior coffee beans and packaged in compostable cups. They offer this awesome one-time gift purchase - a special treat for a friend who can’t start their day without a cup of joe.
gluten-free cookies
Emmy's Organics: Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookie $29.95 (case) Emmy’s Organics is a certified B Corporation. Emmy’s makes its cookies in a solar and wind-powered facility that produces minimal waste, uses recyclable packaging and regularly gives back to local Ithaca organizations. This mouthwatering cookie is a twist on their beloved vanilla bean coconut cookie and is packed with rich, dark chocolate morsels. Moist, chewy goodness in every bite! Organic, vegan, and gluten-free!

Check out more sustainable gifts for the hostess, including food, drink, and home goods.

eco-friendly gift guide for kids

natural play-doh
Eco-Kids: eco-dough $19.99 Because kids of all ages can get lost in dough. eco-dough™ is an original in the natural dough market. Exploratory molding dough made with non-GMO flour, salt, cream of tartar, soy oil, organic rosemary oil, vitamin e oil, water, citric acid, potassium sorbate, FDA approved soy-based organic and inorganic pigments. Essential oils keep the dough soft and pliable and provide a light aroma. These dough colors are earthy and vibrant. Natural ingredients equal peace of mind.
kids wooden puzzle
Begin Again Toys: Animal Parade Puzzle $35.00 Where does a vulture ride a unicorn? Only in BeginAgain's Animal Parade! Made from eco-friendly rubberwood with non-toxic, child safe stains, this 26-piece puzzle features one animal for every letter. Uppercase on one side and lowercase on the other teaches alphabet letters while developing fine motor and problem-solving skills.
kids baking set
Green Toys: Bake By Shape $19.99 Green Toys are 100% recycled plastic toys in 100% recycled packaging! The Green Toys™ Bake by Shape set features uniquely shaped measuring spoons to help teach the baking process. The easy-to-follow recipes use the shapes as well as conventional measurements to make baking fun for both pre-readers and older kids. In addition to the measuring spoons and recipe booklet, the brightly-colored, 11 piece set also includes a measuring cup, whisk, frosting knife, mixing spoon, rolling pin, and two cookie cutters – everything beginning bakers need! These are manufactured in the USA, contain no BPA, phthalates or PVC, meets FDA food contact standards and are printed with soy-based inks.
eco-friendly kids dominoes
Nova Natural: Rainbow Racing Dominoes $89 Nova Natural selects products, supports their employees, collaborates with suppliers and runs their company with a focus on three core tenants: Inspiring creativity and sparking imagination; connecting communities by bringing people together to play; and practicing sustainability by working with small businesses and artisans who produce heirloom quality, non-disposable toys that support healthy lifestyles in balance with the environment. This rainbow set of wooden dominoes offers so many possibilities for children of all ages. They are made with linden wood, with non-toxic water based color stain.
native shoes
Native Shoes: The Miller $35 Native Shoes strives to simplify your day, beautify your environment, and make you and those around you smile through your superlative choice in footwear. Their simple formula of innovation, originality, and the key ingredient — lite-ness — they're spreading good shoes and better vibes to all corners of the globe. Beast Free has been an integral part of their DNA since day one. Not a hair nor hide on any animal, anywhere, has been used in the creation of our product. They've even been certified by PETA as an approved vegan brand.
kids plaid outfit
Pippa and Julie: Brother and Sister Levy Plaid Set$48 each

All Pippa and Julie clothing is designed to last, and they don’t want a single outfit to end up in a landfill. That's where the J&P Recycling Program comes into play. They connect worn outfits with new homes, creating extended lifecycles for their pieces while growing the Pippa & Julie family. One outfit at a time, they keep clothing out of landfills - for our children (and their children.) This adorable ensemble gives siblings a chance to shine during the holidays -- and makes for pretty incredible pictures!

More eco-friendly toys, educational activities, and clothes for kiddos!

eco-friendly gift guide for pets

eco-friendly dog toy
Harry Barker: Alligator Canvas Toy with Eco-fiberfill $12-$14 Pups will love to chomp down on this adorable Alligator Canvas Toy made with durable canvas, faux fur backing, eco-fiberfill, and a two-way squeaker. Harry Barker uses earth-friendly fabrics and azo-free dyes, eco-fleece and “green” bed inserts made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastics. Whether it’s a collar made from 100% certified recycled plastics, a hemp striped dog bed filled with eco-fiberfill, or biodegradable pet waste bags made from recycled plastics, Harry Barker aims to improve the lives of pets and their people.
grain-free dog treats
The Honest Kitchen: Smooches Chicken & Cranberry Grain Free Dog Treats $11.99 A part of their Training Treat line, Smooches® are gourmet, grain-free, super delicious training cookies made with free-range chicken & cranberries to keep pups engaged. The Honest Kitchen makes pet food from healthy, human grade whole foods that make a positive difference to pet health and wellbeing.
west paw dog toy
West Paw: Wox Dog Toy $17.85 As a four-time "Best for the World: Environment" award winner from the non-profit, B Lab, West Paw envisions a world where business success is friendly to people and the planet. They seek to be a transformative business leader that unleashes their people's greatest talents to create amazing pet products. Like all of their Zogoflex® and Zogoflex Air® dog toys, Wox is recyclable, made in the USA, floatable, guaranteed against dog damage, BPA and phthalate-free, Latex-free, FDA compliant, non-toxic and dishwasher safe.
cat nip
Beco Pets: Bertie the Budgie Plush Cat Toy $5.99 These adorable cat toys from Beco Pets are made from recycled plastic bottles and are stuffed with the most alluring North American catnip available...cats won’t be able to resist!

Click here for more eco-friendly gift ideas for your furry friends!

If you’re still drawing a blank or are stumped at what that “person who has everything”could ever want...consider foregoing material goods and opt for an experience or act of service.

Donate to a charity that reflects the recipient's passions and identity. Hire a cleaning service for your loved one. Cook a scrumptious meal. Gift them a relaxing massage. Remember when you were a kid and gave your mom a “coupon book” for cheesy things like doing the dishes or walking the dog? Bring it back!

And remember… less is more!

For the planet and for most people, a single high quality, eco-friendlygift goes a lot further than a bunch of quick thrills.

For more inspiration, check out EcoEnclose’s Pinterest page where we’ve cataloged over one thousand of the eco-friendly, ethical, conscious companies we get to work with. Cheers to an eco-conscious holiday!