20+ Sustainable, Ethical and Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

20+ Sustainable, Ethical and Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

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.

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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.
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Stovetop Espresso Maker

This sustainable and low waste espresso maker is a must-have for any coffee lover. It creates a lot less waste than a coffee pod or filter option.
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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.
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SodaStream
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.
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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.
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Orchids Instead of buying flowers these a beautiful orchid is low maintenance and will bring joy for many years to come. You only need to water them once a week and make such beautiful flowers that last 30-35 days. Most orchids bloom once a year and if you buy it for a special occasion it’s likely to bloom at the same time the next year. It’s the gift that keeps on giving! Amazon.com SHOP NOW

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. 

Gardening Books
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.
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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.
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Gardening Tools
A great set of gardening tools can last a lifetime. This stainless steel set can be used indoors or outdoors and is great for beginners.
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A Beautiful Watering Can
Help keep the greenery watered and healthy. Who says sustainable living can’t be done in style with this beautiful brushed copper watering can.
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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.
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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.
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A Classic Tote for Her
Every women needs a classic tote, what makes this one special is that it’s made out of decommissioned firehose making it a truly sustainable gift option. 
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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.
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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.

A Treetop Ziplining Experience
Get the whole family to fall in love with the great outdoors with a treetop ziplining experience. 
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Spa Day with 25 Minute Treatment and Afternoon Tea for Two
Treat your favourite couple to a well-deserved spa day at a location of your choice.
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Three-Hour Beekeeping Experience at The London Bee Company
Visit the London Bee Company for a tour on sustainable beekeeping.
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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.

A Chef’s Knife Set
A great knife set is a must-have for any aspiring chef. This set from Wusthoff is a great gift that will last a lifetime.
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Blue Zone Cookbook
The Blue Zones Cookbook draws on the culinary traditions of world regions associated with living to over 100.
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Cast Iron Skillet
Chefs and home cooks alike swear by this cast iron frying pan from Le Creuset – its satin black enamel interior makes caramelising easy work.
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Cast Iron Tortilla Press
This heavy-duty cast iron tortilla press makes for easy and even pressing and comes with a Lifetime Warranty. It’s perfect for those who love Mexican food.
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