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Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts They’ll Love

It’s the holiday season again, which means it’s time for some last-minute shopping. And what better way to show someone you care than by gifting them something truly unique that’s also eco-friendly?

Eco-friendly presents are a wonderful way to spread cheer while also helping Mother Earth. With so many eco-friendly gifts on the market, it’s hard to decide on the perfect one. Here are some of our favorites.

Reusable Tote

Everyone could use another tote bag. They’re ideal for carrying groceries, school supplies, snacks, and games for the kids, and you can even substitute them for a purse. Seriously, you can never have enough because they are so versatile.

We also love reusable totes because they come in so many different designs, which make them an ideal gift as you can choose one that fits the personality of the person you’re buying for. Personally, we love the site outofprint.com which features totes designed to commemorate our favorite books. From Harry Potter to Jane Eyre, there is something for every book-loving friend on your list.

Related: “BYOC: Bring Your Own Coffee Cup”

Glass Water Bottles

Water is a necessity, so why not make it fashionable? Many people today opt to carry a water bottle with them instead of buying non-reusable plastic water bottles. This holiday season, gift someone on your list with a beautifully designed glass water bottle to help them quench their thirst.

Glass water bottles are also made of natural materials so there’s no chance that inorganic chemicals can be infused into the liquid. Glass also doesn’t hold flavor so your water will always taste fresh. Check out this stylish one.

Cork Yoga Mat

If you have someone on your list who is a total yogi, they probably already have a yoga mat, but we bet they don’t have a cork yoga mat! This yoga mat is 100% biodegradable and comes from a plant that’s quickly renewable and is collected in a sustainable fashion.

As a bonus, this mat does not get slippery when wet. So you don’t have to worry about sweating during that hot yoga flow.

Solar-Powered Phone Charger

Everyone could use another phone charger and a solar-powered one is a total upgrade. This is a charger that you can take camping, hiking, to the beach, and wherever you want to go.

It’s also a great alternative if your power goes out and you’re stuck on “10%.” We love this model because it’s also rain-proof and comes with an LED flashlight (perfect for outdoor activities).

Stainless Steel Straws

Stainless steel straws are a great way to stop unwanted plastic from hitting landfills. Plus, they are super cute and come in different styles and colors. They have straight straws and ones that are bent at the top for easy sipping!

We love this pack which features colored tips to add pizazz to your drink-of-choice. Plus, it comes with easy cleaning tools so that nothing gets stuck in the trunk of the straw.

Avocado Grower

If you have a friend with a green thumb, then consider getting them this adorable and unique avocado starting kit. This kit contains absolutely no plastic, so you already know you’re doing something great for the planet.

This kit is designed to sprout a stem in just a few weeks’ time. This is a wonderful way to learn about the growth of the plant and to (later) partake of a superfood.

Eco-Friendly Jewelry

We all want to be fashionable, so why not gift your friends with jewelry that is not only eco-friendly but also eyecatching?

Our favorite eco-friendly jewelers are from OceanPlastics and you can find their beautiful collection right on Etsy. All of their pieces are made from washed-up ocean plastic; you’ll be shocked at what they create with just that!

(PS – you’ll find some thoughtfully-curated gift ideas on our site, so hope you’ll check it out!)

-Laurie Riihimaki

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Laurie Riihimaki is a full-time freelance writer, editor, and busy-bee covering topics such as sex and relationships, holistic medicine and self-care, and career and personal development. Laurie's background and studies with theatre in Boston, London, and New York City have helped her to create a fun, comical voice that she utilizes in her writing. When she is not writing for work, Laurie puts time into developing novels, poetry, and personal essays. And when she isn't writing she is spending time directing, acting, painting, exploring nature, reading, or spending time with family and her dog, of course.

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