Earth and People Friendly Christmas Gifts

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I had hopes to make this earth friendly Christmas gifts post as thorough as the toy one I did recently. Alas, time is just flying this season as I have so many projects, and so I cannot.

Still, I love the idea of gifts that give back…and so, gifts that are from companies that are environmentally and/or socially responsible qualify, in my opinion 🙂

So here’s a list of products to consider as gifts. There are oh so many more out there! I included links (yes I am an affiliate :)) to Amazon for your ease.  I also included the Amazon product descriptions to save you a little time 🙂

Happy shopping!

Ethique Eco-Friendly 12 Days of Christmas Calendar, Limited Edition Mini Soaps 1 each 


About the product
  • The 12 Days of Christmas Gift Set, contains twelve carefully selected minis, from our most popular beauty bar range
  • 12 carefully selected Minis
  • A great way to discover and share your favorites
  • Countdown to Christmas with a delightful beauty bar surprise, each day!
  • Cruelty-Free, Eco-Friendly, TSA Friendly, Compostable

Soapbox Soap

These guys donate bars of soap where needed ?We actually found a different version of these at Walmart one year 🙂
About the product


  • MADE WITH NATURAL INGREDIENTS to clean hands and moisturize skin all at once. The sweet and nutty scent of plant-based coconut is balanced with sandalwood notes – a perfect blend of sweet and earthy.
  • CHANGE THE WORLD through everyday, quality purchases – your purchase of this 3-pack also donates 3 bars of soap to someone in need, supporting our mission of soap=hope
  • MADE IN THE USA, Cruelty Free, Vegan and Gluten Free. Free from harsh chemicals and parabens. Bulk set of three Hand Soap bottles, 12 Ounces per bottle.
  • LIQUID HAND SOAP enriched with Shea Butter and Aloe Vera buffs away dirt while locking-in moisture – creates a thick, rich lather and rinses completely for a fresh, clean feeling
  • COCONUT OIL is rich in vitamins E, K and fatty acids and is ideal for restoring your skin to its softest touch, plant-based oils naturally revive and smooth hands – formulated for all skin types for men and women

Dr Bonner’s Soaps

We’ve used these for years. I use them in foam soap dispensers. The company is all about giving back 🙂
About the product


  • PEPPERMINT VALUE 2 PACK. Our most popular scent – with a peppermint burst so pure it tingles! Scented with organic peppermint oil to cool skin, clear sinuses and sharpen mind. This Peppermint soap is concentrated, biodegradable, and effective
  • SMOOTH AND MOISTURIZING. Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Pure-Castile Soap offers organic and vegan ingredients for a rich, emollient lather and a moisturizing after feel. It uses organic hemp, olive, and coconut oil to nourish your clean, healthy skin.
  • NATURAL. Smooth and luxurious soap with no synthetic detergents or preservatives, as none of the ingredients or organisms are genetically modified. Use on your hands, face, or hair, or dilute your soap for a multi-use cleaning product.
  • CERTIFIED ORGANIC AND VEGAN. Certified organic by the USDA National Organic Program and certified Vegan by Vegan Action, Dr. Bronner’s is a proud supporter of animal advocacy organizations. With a “leaping bunny” logo it is certified cruelty-free.
  • RECYCLED PACKAGING. Packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic bottles. Dr. Bronner’s is committed to environmental protection, ethical sourcing, and fair trade practices.

Tom’s Shoes

I have seen these guys in the news or online lately–but they’ve been around awhile.  Yet another socially conscious company worth supporting! I have not worn their shoes–I have weird feet 😛 My nephew has worn them though…I think he likes them!

About the Product

Reinvent yourself with the ultra-light, comfortable Original Toms Classics that started it all. Become a part of the One for One movement and enjoy the rebirth of a tradition with Toms.

Reusable Silicone Straws

There’s a movement about now to stop the use of disposable straws. So these are a great stocking stuffer or small gift for your eco-conscious family and friends.


About the product
  • #1 RATED BEST REUSABLE STRAWS: Our silicone straws use FDA inspected top grade, non-plastic non-rubber, food grade, pinch-test passing silicone. Don’t buy cheap non-inspected silicone (5 Count). Our straws are bendy, flexible and collapsible, making them portable in your purse or bag. Reuse each silicone straw for over a year, and much much longer if you take care of them!
  • SIZED LIKE A REGULAR STRAW : Standard Size (8.25″ Long) & Normal Width (Diameter: 5.5mm inner, 7.5mm outer). Skinny compared to smoothie straws. Great for use with 16 & 20 oz Yeti Tumblers, Nalgene Bottles, Starbucks Glasses, Thermos, Mason Jars, kids cups & bottles to water, drink juice, cold brew coffee, ice-tea, festive cocktails. Straw is collapsible and portable for travel, storage in pant pocket, purse, gym bag, sealable water bottle, lunch box. straw carrying case.
  • DISHWASHER SAFE + STRAW SQUEEGEE: Dirty Straws = Moldy Straws! Use our straw squeegee straw cleaning tool to easily clean all the bacteria causing liquids and solids out of your reuseable silcone straws – it’s so easy and so fun! For sterilization, our straws are dishwasher safe (rated -40 to 500 degrees).
  • SAFE: Our reusable straws are SAFE for kids and toddlers due to their non teeth chipping silicone construction. Soft to bite down on, yet durable enough to resist tears. BPA Free, BPS Free, Phthalate Free, PVC Free, Non Toxic, Non Leaching, Tasteless Non Metallic Taste. Safe for your Kids or Toddler. Resistant to heat conduction, thereby not becoming overly hot when drinking hot beverages and not becoming freezing cold when drinking smoothies (unlike stainless steel metal straws).
  • MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: Don’t love your new silicone straws? We’ll give you your money back.

Vertical Garden Hanging Planter

Growing your own food is a great way to help the planet and this planter makes it easier.


About this product:

  • GROW YOUR OWN FOOD- Use minimal floor space to provide you and your family with salad, vegetables and herbs all year long! By eating foods that you’ve grown yourself you get tastier, more nutritious store brought fruit and vegetables. Vertical gardening makes it easy and space efficient. Our XL POCKETS will hold more soil and larger plants than others on the market.
  • PERFECT FOR ANY SPACE LARGE OR SMALL- Ideal for yards large and small, apartments, balconies, patios, gates, terraces, schoolyards and community and rooftop gardens.
  • PREMIUM ECO-FRIENDLY NON-TOXIC RECYCLED MATERIALS- Super-strong & soft felt pockets are non-toxic and made from recycled water bottles. The pockets retain enough moisture to keep soil moist for longer while being permeable enough to allow proper drainage to avoid water stagnation and to keep your plants healthy.
  • EASY TO INSTALL- HANG ONE OR HANG MANY – Cover an entire wall in living art by hanging several planters side by side. The metal eyelets/grommets make hanging your vertical garden planter quick and easy- and flexible… rotate or reorganize them anytime you want to change up your patio’s look. Each hanging planter is 60 in x 10 in (150 cm x 25 cm).
  • GIVE THE GIFT OF HEALTHY, BEAUTIFUL living- Turn any unused or unsightly area into a vibrant and lush living wall full of plants, flowers, herbs, vegetables even strawberries. A GREAT GIFT FOR GARDENERS both aspiring and experienced. A quick and easy way to start gardening anywhere.

    Reusable snack/lunch bags

    These are somewhat more practical as a gift, but might be a good fit for someone on your list?!

About this Product:

  • ECO-FRIENDLY AND REUSABLE – Nordic By Nature sandwich bags are non-toxic, phthalate-free, lead-free and BPA-free. Made from cotton fabric and food-safe polyester which gives you the perfect solution to keep your food healthy, fresh and safe. No more regular plastic bags, enjoy our recyclable food bags.
  • EASY TO CLEAN – Nordic By Nature sandwich baggies are dishwasher safe and are very easy to clean by hand. Just rinse the bag with water, and you are all set. No more icky stuff, and the bags keeps all the crumbs, drips and content securely inside.
  • EXTRA LARGE SET OF 4 SANDWICH BAGS – This sandwich pack contains 4 sandwich bags. TWO x Extra Large size 7.0 inches x 8.0 inches which is perfect for your sandwiches. ONE Large size 6.5 inches x 6.5 inches which holds a lot of fruit and snacks and ONE smaller size 6.5 inches x 3 inches which is perfect for nuts, crackers, chips and whatever you might bring to school or work for lunch.
  • DANISH DESIGN – Nordic By Nature lunch- and sandwichs bags are designed by our Danish company with focus on clean minimalistic beautiful design and the best quality on the market. Our precise stitching and use of quality materials makes these sandwich bags among the most durable and beautiful available on the market.
  • VALUE FOR MONEY – This set contains four sandwich bags, which is more than you see most other places. Furthermore we provide the best customer service possible, and with our ‘No Questions Askes’ return policy, we will always help you out if there is ever a problem.

Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottles

Skip the plastic!

About this product:

  • VACUUM INSULATED & DOUBLE WALL: Our 20 oz high-quality vacuum insulated water bottle works as a thermos and will keep your drinks cold up to 24 h and hot up to 12 h. Double walled construction is designed to prevent from forming condensation on the outside of the bottle.
  • STAINLESS STEEL LEAK PROOF CAP: This water bottle comes with the leak proof 18/8 stainless steel lid. This set is 100% plastic free. The o-ring on the cap is made out of Food Grade silicone. We want to encourage you to choose this eco-friendly version. Take care of your planet, and it will take care of you!
  • LIGHTWEIGHT & NO SWEAT WATER BOTTLE: Design of this 20oz water bottle makes it perfect to take anywhere, whether to your office, school, gym, yoga class, or while you are out for any outdoor activity: biking, running, hiking, backpacking, or camping. In contrast to your body, after an intense training, the bottle never sweats 🙂 Additionally, the bottle fits in standard sized cup holder, what makes the bottle ideal for a long car drive and to travel with.
  • POWDER-COATED & DURABLE FINISH: Stylish powder coating gives the bottle extra protection from chipping and scratches. The flask is not only durable, but also very chic and classy! Inspirational designs on the bottles make them perfectly suitable for women and men, teens and adults.
  • 18/8 FOOD GRADE STAINLESS: The flask is made of high-quality FDA approved 304 stainless steel. Unlike any low-quality steel, aluminum, or plastic, 18/8 stainless steel will not leach out any metal taste to your drink and will leave your water odor free.

Go Green Activity Cards

Educational and fun gift for your own family or someone else’s 🙂

About this product:

  • HOW IT WORKS Every week, one card is randomly drawn from the 52 card deck. Each card assigns a fun, practical action step that will not only help you reduce your environmental impact, but will often deliver bonus benefits like better health and saving money
  • SUSTAINABLE LIVING SIMPLIFIED! Since just about every aspect of our lives has some kind of impact on the environment, going green can often feel overwhelming, confusing, and all encompassing. By breaking this process down into achievable weekly action steps, the process becomes less daunting, more manageable and even fun
  • FAMILY FRIENDLY Go Green Cards can be adapted for use with youngsters. It’s a wonderful way to teach kids about living in harmony with the Earth. Children LOVE getting involved and it is a great way to spend quality time together. Recommended for kids 8 and older
  • MAKE A DIFFERENCE! One of the biggest myths jeopardizing our planet is that people often think they don’t make a difference. We believe that every choice, every action and every person makes a BIG difference, particularly as it relates to the health of our planet. The ripple effect of our actions goes far beyond what we can possible see, so know that each time you make a choice that considers the planet, you ARE making a difference!
  • 10% OF PROCEEDS DONATED! Each purchase results in at least one tree being planted. This not only helps offset the environmental impact of the eco-friendly production of each card deck it also helps ensure a brighter future for us and generations to come

I hope this list is helpful to you…or maybe gives you some ideas for adding a few gifts to your list that are pleasing and good for the whole earth family 🙂 I try to add in these types of gifts throughout my list…it’s also a good way to share the idea of using such items to the general public 🙂

Ho ho ho ?? Happy Holidays!!

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About Cate

I am a retired RN–stayed home after my second child was born, having worked for 10 years. I am in my mid-50s now, and I enjoy blogging, designing mugs and more and spreading a bit of positivity in the world.

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