1. Laundry Set | 2. Shampoo Bar | 3. CLED Earrings | 4. ReCashmere Sweater | 5. Sports Bra & Leggings | 6. Jewelry Set | 7. ReNew Fleece | 8. Leopard Flats | 9. AllBirds | 10. Stasher Bag | 11. Lotion Stone | 12. Diamond Bracelet | 13. Rent The Runway Subscription (exact dress) | 14. Stainless Steel Straws | 15. Reusable Produce Bags | 16. Reformation Sweater | 17. Boots | 18. Reusable Utensils | 19. Sneakers
Oof, this post took WAY longer than I thought it would… but I’m also SO EXCITED to share it with you! Over the past few years, I’ve started to pay more attention to sustainable companies – and even though I still give in to a good sale sometimes, I’ve been trying to mindfully spend my money on brands like Everlane and Reformation instead of shopping at fast fashion stores like Forever21 or Zara. I’ve also been more intentional about easy swaps like using Stasherbags instead of single use plastic bags or bringing my tote bags to the grocery store. Recycling alone just doesn’t seem like enough anymore.
I’ll admit – I’m nowhere near perfect, but I’m inspired to do better… and these gifts are an amazing way to inspire other people in your life, too! Whether your gift recipients already live a really green life, or they’re totally new to eco-friendly brands, theses ideas are useful and environmentally friendly. In other words, if you’ve been looking for a thoughtful gift you can feel good about giving this holiday season, keep reading!
Sustainable Gift Ideas Under $150
I have their Tree Skippers (pictured here!) and they are hands down the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned. I love them so much, that I personally asked for a pair of their Mizzles for Christmas this year! (I also put them in my Gift Guide For Him, too!)
All of their shoes are made from sustainable materials, they arrive in recycled packaging, they treat the environment like a stakeholder in their company. AND, they’re machine washable! The best.
Everlane is hands down my favorite sustainable brand and you can’t go wrong with anything they make. I especially love their ReNew Sweatshirt (I have it in green and blue!) and this zip one for Men because it’s made from 100% recycled polyester derived from 32 plastic water bottles. How cool is that?! If you’re looking for something less casual, their ReCashmere is gorgeous, too! (And don’t forget to check out a few other favorites in my Gift Guide For Her!)
I first met Abby last year and we immediately hit it off, so I didn’t hesitate when she asked me to collaborate on a few jewelry pieces this Fall. We designed stud earrings, a chain bracelet, and a necklace that you can buy individually or as a gift set! All of her materials, from brass hardware to leather, are locally and ethically sourced in Kenya and Tanzania. No animals are harmed or killed for fashion either – they only use leather that is a byproduct of the meat industry. She’s created such a cool company!
I don’t personally own anything from Girlfriend yet, but they’ve been on my radar for a while because they’re size inclusive and made from recycled plastic bottles. Plus, their sets are really freaking cute.
The episode of the Bad on Paper Podcast with Mollie Chen influenced me so much 😂 First, she made me really want to try Birchbox – and then she talked about a lotion stone that has me SO intrigued. It’s made from five coddling oils and butters (cocoa, sweet almond, apricot kernel, avocado, and coconut) and while it’s a solid, it melts as you rub it on your skin. This is such a cool sustainable option. I’m ordering one for myself as soon as my current jar of lotion runs out!
My friend Kate swears by her Rothy’s and now I want a pair, too! Not only is their signature thread made out of recycled plastic water bottles (who knew a water bottle could help make such cute shoes?!), but their merino wool is also humanely harvested from an Australian farm. Their outsoles are made with carbon-free rubber or vegan leather. And their washable insoles are made with bio-based castor oil and recycled materials.
If someone on your list is in the market for new jeans, Madewell uses TENCEL™ lyocell fibers that are derived from sustainable wood sources in a closed-loop process. You know I usually rave about my Everlane jeans, but if you’re shopping for someone who prefers to return in store, these are another great option!
Veja is a French brand that believes in sustainability and ethical decision making throughout its manufacturing process. They use fair trade, organic, raw materials and they don’t contain any toxic elements that could end up polluting the environment. Plus, Meghan Markle has them!
Town & Anchor is an all natural, vegan, and zero waste skincare and beauty company. My friend gifted me their anti-aging oil a few months ago and it is so so lovely. They’ve also joined forces with CLED, LA’s go-to sustainable handmade jewelry line to create upcycled earrings from repurposed Town & Anchor face oil bottles. You can use the code LAUREN20 for 20% off, too! (I don’t earn a commission – it’s just a code for you 😘)
Know someone who has been wanting to switch to a more clean and eco-friendly laundry routine? (🙋🏻♀️) This set comes with their plastic-eliminating detergent and dispenser, wrinkle release and stain sprays, reusable wool dryer balls, and their 100% organic cotton laundry tote. Plus, everything on Grove’s site is sustainably produced and cruelty free with organic and plant based ingredients!
Sustainable Gift Ideas: Stocking Stuffers
Honestly, every person on your list could use a Stasher Bag or two! We’ve slowly started accumulating them and they’re the easiest sustainable swap EVER. I know they might not be the most exciting thing ever, but they’re such a useful eco friendly gift!
We also have these less expensive bags, but they don’t wash as nicely as the Stasher brand – so just keep that in mind!
I’m actually thinking about buying these makeup pads for myself now that they’re on sale! I love that they come with a bag so you won’t loose them in your laundry. Another easy sustainable swap!
I got reusable straws very similar to these in a press package last year and I love them. I’ll bring one on the go or use them at home for smoothies, iced coffee, you name it. Bring one of these and a to-go mug with you in the morning, and you’ve got a plastic-free trip to the coffee shop!
How genius is this set for someone who eats lunch out every day? They even come in 6 different colors so you can get them for a bunch of different people on your list!
There are a million options out there, but this particular one is so cute! Pick your favorite city (cough CHICAGO cough) and carry your groceries in style! This 6-pack of totes on Amazon is also super practical.
I’ve tried Bee’s Wraps before and I didn’t like them, but these covers look like an awesome alternative to plastic wrap or tin foil. I also highly recommend these pyrex containers with lids – that’s what I use most of the time!
Every time I use multiple plastic produce bags at the grocery store, I feel guilty. So these are the perfect solution!
My friend recommends Lush shampoo bars, but heard their conditioner bars aren’t great – so I did a little extra research. Turns out, the Love Beauty & Planet shampoo bar has great reviews and is only $4.99! They also have a conditioner bar for the same price – such a great stocking stuffer that cuts way back on plastic (you won’t find any unnecessary packaging here!).
Splurge Worthy Sustainable Gift Ideas
I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about this necklace enough already, but I can’t help it! Vrai uses 14k solid gold, so their pieces won’t change in appearance over time like some plated or filled options might. Plus, over 90% of their gold is recycled, with a goal for 100% in the future. You can read more about them in this post, too!
One of the most sustainable things we can do is share clothes instead of constantly buying more, which is why renting is a great option! Two of my best friends got a Rent the Runway Membership after they had their babies, and it was such a huge help for them. It seems like only a great gift for the fashionista in your life, but it would be such a nice treat for someone figuring out how to feel confident in their post-baby body – at events, meetings, weddings, or even just date night!
You know I love my Reformation dresses, but sweaters are much easier to buy as gifts! While they’re a little pricey, Ref keeps sustainability at the center of everything they do. They invest in green building infrastructure to minimize waste, water and energy footprints. In fact, they list their carbon dioxide savings, water savings, and waste savings in every single product description on their site!
Nisolo is a shoe brand based in Nashville, and they offset their carbon emissions with every product sold. They also help protect trees from being uprooted in the Peruvian Amazon. In addition, their products are made in ethical factories where all workers are paid a living wage. In fact, you can read their whole Impact Report right on their website.
UPDATE: My friend loves their shoes so much, she texted me to let me know that they are doing a buy one get one free deal right now. And a bunch of their bestselling styles are included… as in, buy yourself a new pair of leather booties and get your man a pair of new loafers FOR FREE. She has and loves these booties and these flats – and her boyfriend has and loves these boots and these travel shoes that pack flat (so cool!). Use code GOODTIDDINGS at checkout to get the deal!
I discovered Amour Vert on a quick trip to San Francisco last year, and even though I don’t own anything by them, I can confirm that their stuff is cuuuuuute. Also, their sustainable practices cover the whole lifecycle of their garments – from the fibers/production processes, to the fair treatment of workers, to how it gets to the customers, and finally if it can be recycled or not.
Sezane has a ton of adorable options for gifts, but I’m especially swooning over this dress 😍 Sezane is a French brand that works with environmental experts, they identify and test the latest alternative production methods, and they are always searching for new sustainable materials to use. So cool!
Shop in person
Mark your calendar for December 15th because Bide Market is coming back! In case you haven’t heard, Bide is a new fully sustainable, plastic-free, vegan, and cruelty-free shopping experience. I’ll be there on the 15th and I’m so excited to get some last minute gifts there!
Lena Rose is Chicago’s first green beauty boutique and spa, and it’s up near my neighborhood! I highly recommend their “farm-to-facial” service if you go – it’s heaven. They also have amazing skincare products and an in-house makeup artist! A facial would be the perfect gift for someone who needs to unwind 😉
Milk Handmade is a women’s boutique that specializes in ethically and sustainably produced goods from independent designers. I love that it’s right here in the city!
Did I miss any of your favorite sustainable gift ideas?
Let me know in the comments!
PS. Don’t forget to check out my other gift guides: For Her, For Him, For Coworkers/Secret Santa/Hosts (Under $50!), For Beauty Lovers, For Parents and In-Laws, and Gifts That Give Back (PS. I’m donating any $ made from affiliate links in the Gifts That Give Back post!)