Thanksgiving is over, so it’s time to start thinking about holiday gifts! I love to give people experiences (nice dinners out, cooking classes, a yoga class) because most of my friends and family don’t really need more STUFF. It’s always fun to receive a physical gift for Christmas or Hannukah, though, so here are some ideas that fit with your low-waste, eco-friendly, lifestyle.
For the Techie: A Solar-Powered Charger/Flashlight
Solar power! 200 hours of flashlight power! And it charges your phone! Bonus: proceeds from every purchase go towards helping families in lower income countries gain access to electricity.
For the Foodie: Reusable Produce Bags
Fill ’em with some yummy fresh fruits and you’ve got yourself an eco-conscious gift that your foodie friend will appreciate (who doesn’t want a bag of juicy, fresh, oranges?)
For the Outdoorsy One: Hydro Flask
Any of these awesome water bottles would make an outdoor adventurer happy. Drinks that stay cold (or hot) for hours! Just think of how many plastic water bottles this replaces….
For the Tea Drinker: A Tea Strainer
It seems basic, but coupled with nice bags of loose-leaf tea, you have a gift someone will actually use! There is little point giving someone something that will sit untouched on a shelf for years; give the tea-lover what she wants! Loose-leaf tea is great because it does away with all the unnecessary packaging used to pack individual tea bags.
For the Stylish Toddler: Sustainably Made Clothing
Mini Mioche makes the most adorable clothes for kids out of sustainable cotton and non-toxic dyes. If you know a toddler (or you know a parent who would appreciate some help in the toddler fashion department), give this site a look.
For the Vegan: A Spiralizer
For all those veggies.
Other great gift ideas include: vegan cookbooks, bamboo cutlery, eco-friendly chocolate, vegan snacks and candy, and of course, donations to organizations like the National Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Law and Policy Center.