Looking for eco-friendly gifts for all the earthy types on your holiday gift giving list this year? Look no further. Here you will find a wide assortment of sustainable gifts for every natural leaning hippie, crunchy mama, holistic health guru, green environmentalist, and, yes, even minimalist hipsters that live in their Prius and cold brew tea in giant mason jars.
Eco-Friendly Gifts to Bestow On Hippies & Hipsters
I bet you’ve got some real crunchy types on your Christmas list this year. I mean, you know your way around a kombucha SCOBY, but not everyone on your list wants to get one of those under the tree this year.
It can be tough to find gifts that work for the woke folks you love. A canister of sugary Jelly Bellys or a carcinogen-laden jar candle just isn’t going to cut it.
You’ve got to dig deep and really speak their holistic love language with well thought out eco-friendly gifts that are also either sustainable, organic, minimalistic, homeopathic, or some other natural adjective we are not thinking of right now.
Lucky for you, I’ve got your back. I’m one of those tree hugger types myself, and I’ve got some family members that have their own funky, back to nature quirks. And I must say, I’ve hit a home run with some gifts for these hard to buy for characters (as you’ll see below if you look for the bearded guy in love with his plant I sent).
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What Type of Natural Gift To Buy
Let’s determine who it is you’re buying for. A minimalist guy, for example, is going to need something far different than a crunchy lady who has 17 different fermentations going at any one time.
Then again, a hippie dad (or hipster dad!) and a minimalist mom are also going to differ significantly.
There are, however, a lot of gifts appropriate for any of these people. I tried to hit the highlights and chose gifts that will work for most of these populations of nature-lovers at any one time.
You will have to read through and decide which gift is best for your particular friend or relative.
Eco-Friendly Gifts for Men & Women (Crunchy Mamas, Holistic Guys, Minimalists, Etc.)
Do you see those lovely little microgreens? Eco-friendly types go gaga for this kind of thing. They can feel like an organic farmer right in their own house. This is a guaranteed hit with the hippie crowd because it is so dang healthy and reduces reliance on industrial farming. I might even buy one of these Hamama microgreen growing kits myself (and I’m definitely getting one for my retired back to the earth type dad!). So do yourself a favor and order 2- one for your weird friend and one for you! You can get them directly from Hamama right here.
Have you heard of Accompany? They are a really neat company that features the handmade work of artisans from indigenous communities around the world. Everything they sell is fair trade, so you can be sure that your gift dollars are actually supporting families and keeping them out of oppressive, low-paying factory jobs.
One of the things they sell that I love are these handwoven blankets. And they happen to make great gifts! There are so many to choose from, either alpaca or cottton, colorful or monochrome. What you can be assured is that your gift of an artisan-woven blanket will be unique, loved, and treasured for years to come.
Every natural-leaning person can use one of these Himalayan pink salt lamps which purport to cleanse the air. Regardless of its air cleansing properties, this lamp looks amazing and does give a lovely natural glow of light in a room. Because it’s a gorgeous hunk of salt with a light bulb inside, it contains a natural beauty that is pretty unmatched in other lamp decor.
In keeping with the nontoxic home interior theme, I’d like to suggest super healthy candles scented with essential oils. My favorite brand of essential oils, Edens Garden, just came out with some gorgeous scented candles* made with lead free wicks, coconut wax, and their luscious essential oils. Soooo nice! Unless your giftee is extremely sensitive to smell, I don’t think you can go wrong with a 3-pack of some of the best candles around (*you’ll have to click the link and navigate to the Home section of their website).
If you’re shopping for a woman with hair, you really can’t go wrong with Lilla Rose hair accessories. They have the famous (and my favorite) FlexiClip like the one above in a ton of really beautiful options with different metals and center pieces to fit any woman’s style. They also have a bunch of gorgeous hairbands and jeweled bobby pins and beaded hairsticks and some really unique and innovative pieces to hold hair back that you can’t get anywhere else.
These hair clips last forever, are backed by a guarantee, and basically are the perfect gift. Another salt and light edition to the gift list, these Edison bulbs filled with Himalayan salt take the overdone hipster lighting to another level. This is perfect for the hybrid hipster/minimalist/hippie. New to the market and sure to delight those who are hip to the new trends while still grounded and earthy. Grab a handful for your favorite hip hipster.
And now with the ultimate eco-friendly & sustainable gift…a living plant. I bought this air plant in a cholla wood holder off Etsy for my extremely hard to buy for brother, and I can personally attest that it is the perfect gift for a minimalist who wants for nothing (except perhaps for an extra dose of nature in life). Look how he is gazing into the future thinking how he doesn’t know how he got this far without this little guy in his life:
Eco-Friendly Gifts for Kids (Children of All of the Above Folks)
When my kids were all little, one of the things we did for Christmas gifts for the whole family was to buy one outdoor item for everyone to share. So one year I bought a fun outdoor swing for the kids, and one year I bought a teeter totter for the backyard. Making this a holiday purchase made it seem more do-able for a cheapskate like me who doesn’t always like to spend money! I never regretted getting the kids super durable toys that increased their outdoor time, though! Click here to visit Magic Cabin, one of my favorite children’s toy stores, and browse a fantastic selection of outdoor toys for kids of all ages!
This gnome-sized tree fort is simply fantastic. One of the things I love about it is that it encourages doll play without seeming “girly” which is an unfortunate cultural stigma that some boys definitely pick up at a young age. Another thing is that it is customizable and can be tinkered with and moved around in different ways like a building toy which means it uses different parts of the brain depending on how the child is playing with it. Brilliant! Check out the Tree Fort Collection to get everything included in this picture and your favorite kids will be spending hours of magical imaginative play with their little forest friends!
Ok, so here’s a really great option for kids from about 3-12. Green Kid Crafts sends out affordable monthly boxes with themed STEAM-related crafts inside. These are so fun and will appeal to a whole range of kids from those just into the crafty, making side of things, to those who dig the fact-based, science side. I love that these are great for kids you may not know that well, a niece or nephew you rarely see, perhaps. ALL kids will love these kits, plus you can order a subscription so they get a new box every month OR you can just buy one themed kit, like dinosaurs, rocket science, green energy, or even music science. All guaranteed to be a hit! Give the Gift of Screen-Free Fun and Learning with Green Kid Crafts!
The Ultimate Thoughtful & Unique Gift is the One You Buy With Love
Did you come up with an amazing sustainable, eco-friendly gift for your person?
I truly hope that this comprehensive list I’ve put together through years of serious pondering and targeted gift buying for my crunchy peeps has given you inspiration and freedom from worrying about what the heck you are buying this year for your brother (or wife, or whoever!).
May this ease the shopping woes for your crunchy mom gifts on Mother’s Day, birthday, and Valentine’s Day.
May you never fret again about finding amazing eco-friendly gifts for dads on Father’s Day or birthdays again.
Drop a comment below and tell me about your organic, natural gift-giving experiences. I love giving the perfect gift and want to hear your stories!
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