I try to live more sustainably and these eco-friendly gifts are on my holiday radar for Christmas

These gifts give a little back to Mother Nature

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Searching for Christmas gift ideas is hard, or at least for me it is as I am forever trying to make a conscious effort to be more sustainable. Whether that's in the kitchen, through my skincare routine, or even when it comes to the holidays and birthdays. I always try to think: do I really need to buy this? Will it actually be used? How can it be disposed of?

Now, we all know that along with the Holidays comes a lot of waste, whether from your dinner or from opening presents and buying your own gifts; so giving an eco-friendly gift will really make a difference, in more ways than one. I am trying to make sure that this year I make a conscious effort to give everyone at least one eco-friendly item, without going over budget. Because we all know that anything with an eco spin tends to be quadruple the price tag... Which is probably why a lot of us end up impulse buying something cheaper that breaks or gets damaged after a couple of uses and then goes straight to landfill.

I've been doing some shopping at some of my go-to sustainable shops, and here's what I've found. I've listed these gift ideas by price, starting with gifts under $15.

If you are searching for more ways to be sustainable at home, you can make a start by browsing our favorite eco-friendly cleaning products.

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Eco-friendly gifts under $20

Eco-friendly gifts under $50

Eco-friendly gifts under $100

Eco-friendly gifts $100+

Where to shop for eco-friendly gifts?

Here are just a few of our favorite places to shop online for eco-friendly gifts. We've included all of these retailers in our guide above but you can click through to shop more of what they each have to offer.

  • Earth Hero (opens in new tab) - shop eco-friendly gift ideas for everyone
  • Goldune (opens in new tab) - a sustainable marketplace for household essentials, decor, and outdoor goods
  • Getaway (opens in new tab) - give the gift of a getaway and let them choose when and where
  • Goodee (opens in new tab) - an eco-friendly marketplace for everything from furniture to decor
  • NA-KD (opens in new tab) - shop sustainable clothing plus pre-loved garments 
  • Our Place (opens in new tab) - cookware and dinnerware made from recyclable materials
  • Paravel (opens in new tab) - carbon-neutral luggage that's super stylish
  • Public Goods (opens in new tab) - personal care and household essential eco gifts
  • The Bouqs (opens in new tab) - sustainable flower delivery company that works to minimize waste, recycle water and protect worker's well-being
  • Uncommon Goods (opens in new tab) - a gifting marketplace that encourages makers to use eco-friendly materials
  • Virgin Experience (opens in new tab) - shop gift experiences for a zero-waste present idea
  • W&P (opens in new tab)- sustainable gifts for your kitchen and for foodies

Now for the eco-friendly wrapping...

There's no point in investing in an eco-friendly gift for someone if you're just going to wrap it in plastic paper. So, with this in mind, you'll want to buy some eco-friendly wrapping, too.

First of all, you can shop a huge range of eco-friendly wrapping paper at Amazon (opens in new tab). Otherwise, kraft paper is a sustainable option that's recyclable and makes for pretty present wrapping. You can also buy some recyclable tape from Amazon (opens in new tab), to avoid ones with plastic inside them

If you'd rather not wrap your presents in single-use paper and tape, then why not head to your local thrift store and pick up a secondhand scarf. You can spread your scarf on your side and pop your gift inside the middle, tie it up as you please and you've got yourself a reusable wrap!

Annie Collyer
Head Ecommerce Editor

Hi! I'm Annie, and I'm the Head Ecommerce Editor at Real Homes. Along with my team, I'm here to review all of the products you might be considering buying for your home. As someone who lives in a flat with a small amount of storage space to work with, and with two indoor pets to clean up after, I am forever searching for stylish yet functional appliances that won't blemish my decor if I can't fit them in a cupboard. I love decorating my living room for each season, while my other hobbies include drinking a decent cup of coffee, going on park walks with my dog and enjoying an Instagrammable brunch with my husband.