Finding the perfect gift for your dad, mother, grandma, partner, sister or friend can be a mammoth task, especially if you want to make sure they use it for years to come. Unfortunately, many gifts will end up in landfill, with a recent study saying the most common unwanted gifts are novelty items, candles, pamper products, pyjamas, slippers, underwear and socks. Don’t get me wrong, some people would love to receive some of these items, so knowing the person well is important, otherwise, it might be wise to opt for a gift voucher instead.
If you put your feelers out early gift-giving can be a fun and rewarding experience, as there’s nothing better than that look on someone’s face when they receive something they truly wanted. That look of complete delight that lets you know that your research and hard work has paid off makes all the sleuthing and effort worth it.
Here is our list of sustainable and eco-friendly gifts for 2020 covering gifts for the home, gardening gifts, sustainable fashion items, experience gifts and gifts for foodies:
Gifts For the Home
Whether you’re moving into your first home or have been living independently for a long time, there’s always something you still need to make your living space more comfortable.
Gifts for the home is a great idea for couples or anyone taking the leap to move into their first apartment or house.
Hand Blown Crystal Wine Glasses
Glasses are always a great gift as breaking one is inevitable so they do need replacing from time-to-time. Every home can do with a set of beautiful crystal glasses for special occasions or even every day.
7 in 1 Cooker
An instant pot is a must-have in any zero waste kitchen. It’s an incredible time-saver and helps to encourage home cooking. This 7 in 1 option is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, saute/browning, yoghurt maker, steamer & warmer.
SodaStream is a great low waste product that helps to reduce single-use plastic at home. It’s especially useful for couples and families who enjoy fizzy water. You can also get a range of flavoured syrups that any family will love.
100% Cotton Bed Set
There is nothing like the feeling of crisp cotton bedsheets when you snuggle in. These bedding bundles from BedFolk is ethically woven and entirely free of harmful chemicals and synthetics.
Eco-Friendly Gardening Gifts
Whether your gift recipients live in an apartment or home, having greenery to cheer them up is always a great idea. Growing vegetables, herbs or even decorative plants is good for the soul and the planet.
Knowing how to grow vegetables and herbs is a great skill to have. Urban Gardening by Kevin Espiritu is a great guide to creating a beautiful garden for modern-day urban living.
An Organic Non-GMO Herb Starter Kit
Not only can herbs bring beautiful flavour to any dish, but it’s also a great way to help reduce plastic at home. This starter kit offers non-GMO seeds for toxin-free and organic gardening.
Sustainable Fashion Gifts for the Fashionista
Fashion has a terrible reputation when it comes to sustainability, but there are a few companies who are changing things for good. These are our favourite ethical fashion options for men and women. When it comes to fashion based gifts, opting for classic lines that will stay on trend season after season makes it a great sustainable gift option.
A Timeless Watch for Her
A classic watch can truly last a lifetime. Nordgreen makes watches for men and woman and gives back by donating to a range of causes including health, education and the environment.
A Timeless Watch for Him
This rugged yet classicly stylish watch for him is a must-have. Choose to donate to a range of causes including health, education and the environment with Nordgreen.
A Versatile Messenger Bag for Him
This beautiful messenger bag is made out of decommissioned firehose and is perfect for any modern man. They come in a range of colours he’s bound to love.
Elvis & Kresse
Experience Gifts They'll Never Forget
Memories do last a lifetime, which is why an experience gift is a great eco-friendly option – depending on the experience of course. Whether your gift recipient is an adventurist or enjoys a quiet outing with family there is an option for everyone.
Gifts for Foodies and Aspiring Chefs
Cooking beautiful food at home is very rewarding and can be great for the waistline (depending on what you cook of course). These gifts for foodies is a great addition to their cullanary arsenal.