A Green Christmas: Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Ideas


SEATTLE, United States — The holiday season is full of consumer frenzy and material consumption, which can have significant negative effects on the environment. This holiday season, give your loved one a gift that will both delight them and support environmental sustainability. Green gifts exist for many personality types, from the cooking enthusiast to the gardener to the fashion-forward. Here are a few ideas.

Water Garden

If your loved one has a green thumb and an eco-conscious mind, then the Water Garden is the perfect gift. The Water Garden is a self-cleaning fish tank that also grows food through a closed-loop ecosystem. The ecosystem is sustained by both the fish and plants — the fish provides the plants with a natural fertiliser, while the plants clean the water. This aquaponic system is a sustainable farming method, which uses 90 percent less water than traditional farming. The set includes a fish tank and gravel, organic seeds and grow stones, a silent and submersible water pump, fish food and a coupon for a Betta fish. It is USDA organic, non-GMO and designed and manufactured in the USA.

Water Garden

Water Garden

Organic Flowers

Flowers are a magnificent holiday gift that will brighten the day of your friends or loved ones. FTD provides USDA organic, fair-trade bouquets that show the brightness and joy of the season. Holiday-themed bouquets are arranged in festive vases or plaid baskets with bows, and include ornate details like a white sleigh and a drummer boy’s miniature snare drum. FTD also offers a variety of decorative wreaths, holiday trees and table centerpieces, and delivers worldwide, so the gift can promptly arrive on the doorstep of its intended receiver.

 Organic flowers

Holiday theme bouquets from FTD

Mason Jar Gifts

Use any Mason jars you’ve collected as a sustainable and recycled container for a gift. Fill your mason jar with a variety of themed gifts that suit the personality of the receiver. If your loved one is into glamorous grooming, fill the jar with manicure tools and a few favourite nail polish colours. For the baker, create a kit of cookie cutters, measuring spoons and miniature prep bowls. Mason jars are perfect for homemade treats, like cookies or confections.

Mason Jar Gifts

Mason Jar Gifts

If you want to gift something more substantial, check out the jewellery from Wayward. All pieces are produced by hand, made from elemental materials and fit great in a mason jar for presentation. Once the jar has been used and emptied, the receiver can either recycle it or reuse it for another purpose. Redbook Mag has many suggestions for spectacular mason jar gifts.


Wayward jewellery

Vineyard Hill Natural Candles

Vineyard Hill candles are vegan candles made with biodegradable soy wax. They come in a recycled wine bottle container — a feature that makes the candle especially eco-friendly. Once the candle has burned through all the wax, the glass container can be reused as a jewellery holder, for cosmetics storage or another homemade candle. The fragrances include natural aromas like Green Tea & Bamboo, Lemon Verbena, Pomegranate & Currant, Olive & Thyme and Mandarin & Lavender. The candles come in two sizes of 11 oz. and 8 oz. and are hand-poured in the USA.

Bamboo Kitchen Tools

For the cooking enthusiast, give the gift of sustainable kitchen tools. Bamboo is an eco-friendly, natural product that grows quickly without the use of fertilisers. The plant is also helpful for the environment, as it releases 35 percent more oxygen than similar trees. Bamboo absorbs less liquid than other kitchen materials, which increases its durability and helps prevent bacteria growth. The company, Bambu, offers cutting boards, USDA-certified organic cooking utensils, serveware and other home goods. The design of these tools are simple and modern, which shows off the natural beauty of the wood.

There you go, some great green ideas to add to your Christmas gift list. Please share with us your green Christmas tips and suggestions in the comments section below and help us make this Christmas a bit greener, one gift at a time.

Kyla Stelling About the author

Graduate of the University of Washington, where she studied literature. She is the curator of the blog Seattle Street Style which focuses on fashion and design in Seattle where she lives. She has worked in L.A. doing costume design but has recently shifted her career focus to public relations. When she isn't working as a freelance writer, she is preparing herself delicious food or working on a DIY home decor projects.


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