But if you can convince yourself to go through the effort of explaining to them the motive behind the eco-friendly gifts, we are sure they will understand and appreciate it.
And if you have a circle that’s already environmentally conscious, nothing like that! In that case, you can choose any of the below-listed sustainable gifts without a second thought!
1. Gardening Starter Kits
Gardening is a great way to connect with nature. It's also a great way to stay active and help the environment. If you're looking for a gift that will make your loved ones feel good about themselves while they do good to the world, gardening starter kits will be the perfect fit.
The best thing about these kits is that they can be tailored to the recipient's preferences and goals. For example, if you know that your friend has always wanted to start a vegetable garden but never finds time, then this could be an excellent way for both of you to get started on something together! A starter kit could include seeds, gardening tools (such as shovels), compost, vermicompost, and other supplies like sprayers for planting vegetables in the yard.
AllThatGrow’s Microgreens Growing Kit includes everything you need to grow microgreens at home - reusable fabric grow trays, cocopeat potting discs, vermicompost, seaweed extract, and growing instructions.
2. Kitchen Compost Bin
Not only does composting reduce waste, but it also reduces the amount of energy and resources that go into disposing of organic material.
The best type of compost bin depends on what it’ll be used for. A traditional box-style bin might be fine if one only has to make huge batches of soil. However, if other bits will be going into the pile (like fruit and veg), then a bin that allows airflow through all the layers will be a better choice. This ensures that everything gets adequately decayed without having any problems with rotting down at the bottom.
3. Homemade Spice Blend
Know a friend who would love to add flavour, colour, and aroma to their food? Homemade spice blend as a gift will make their hearts blooms with love. Apart from using the leftover ingredients that might otherwise go to waste, they're also easy to make. You can do most of the work while watching TV with your kids or making dinner at home with your partner!
Being one of the best sustainable gifts, we guarantee that the receiver will love the convenience of having pre-mixed blends. It will save a ton of their time and hassle measuring individual spices for each recipe. To help them add more variety to their cooking repertoire.
4. Zero-Waste Travelling Essentials
This world is a beautiful place and everyone must get the chance to experience its unadulterated version. This makes it very important for travellers to be very conscious while trekking or travelling in general. If there’s a travel enthusiast in your group, you could consider gifting them the following essentials so they can move towards a more zero waste lifestyle.
- Reusable water bottle
- Reusable coffee cup
- Reusable sandwich wrap
- Reusable cutlery (for example, a fork and spoon)
- Sustainable snack bag or shopping bag
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5. Reusable Planters
Reusable planters can’t be left behind if we talk about eco-friendly gift ideas. They are an excellent option for the environmentally conscious as they're made of durable materials and can be used repeatedly. You can also get creative with them by adding a personal touch: engraving a personal memory and making them look appealing. One can use these reusable planters in the garden or on the balcony, which will serve as a beautiful decorative element. Check out our collection of fabric grow bags and raised beds that can be reused for years after a simple wash.
A garden with fresh produce & fragrant foliage starts with, guess what, seeds! These, therefore, make the best gift for gardening enthusiasts, especially people who want to get into this hobby but don’t know where to start. Since they have a wide range, you could choose to gift seeds of vegetables, fruits, herbs, edible flowers, microgreens, and/or flowers. With this sustainable gift, not only will you be gifting your friends/family homegrown goodness but delicious meals.
Consider giving plants if you're looking for an eco-friendly gift idea that will last for years. Besides adding to the decorations in their home, they will better the environment around them. With the flexibility of being used in the garden, on a balcony, or inside the house, maintaining/keeping them won’t be an issue. You could zero in on their interest for fruits, flowers, or vegetables, and do the initial work for them. Furthermore, you could explain to them what you did so they can carry on with their journey much beyond just one plant.
8. Second-hand Antiques/Books
Gifting the already-used or read books is hands-down the best sustainable gift. While most book lovers won’t like the idea of gliding through marked/folded pages, it’s time they are made comfortable with this idea. That’s because second-hand books help reduce the number of trees that need to be cut down to print new books.
The same goes for second hand antiques since most are made with wood from sustainable sources. They help prevent deforestation, thereby supporting the environment while also helping reduce waste.
Well, that’s all from our end.
While sustainable gift ideas may not be for everyone, they will undoubtedly be loved by someone who is environmentally conscious. For the uninclined ones, you may write a letter or explain why you chose to gift them one of these, and we are sure appreciation and admiration will follow. You will also find that there are many different ways you can give these gifts - from packaging them up yourself (no plastic, please) or by making a DIY bag from recycled paper.
With sustainable gifts, you can truly let your creative-pro-max side shine! So, why not?
Get, set, go. Happy Gifting!