The 17 Best Eco-Friendly Gifts of 2021

Earth conscious products for everyone in the family

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"This reusable kit includes a cotton swab that can be used more than 1000 times and a reusable pack of travel tissues."
"This brush set doesn’t contain any plastic or dyes, but is sure to keep your house clean and green."
"These sunglasses don’t just look great; they’re made from recycled ocean litter."
"This convenient cutlery kit is made of biodegradable bamboo and the carrying case features a convenient carabiner."
"This water bottle comes in a ton of fun colors and the company even plants a piece of coral for every product sold."
"This bag doesn’t just hold essential items for your next trip, but it’s made of vegan leather and recycled water bottles."
"The bristles aren’t just visually appealing but also soft on kids' gums and BPA-free, while the handle is made from bamboo."
"Fur babies will love this cozy bed and pet parents will love the natural materials."
"This unique tray, which is perfect for meat and cheese, is made from a recycled wine bottle."
"These colorful notecards are made from recycled materials and non-toxic toner."
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There’s a lot of talk about shopping in a more eco-friendly way, but that doesn't mean doing so is easy—sometimes it can feel downright dizzying. It also has the perception of being expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. For anyone looking to be a bit more conscious of the materials in the products they use, it’s absolutely possible to find the perfect everyday items that won’t ruin your budget. 

Read on for the best eco-friendly gifts.

LastObject Personal Care Kit

LastObject Personal Care Kit

For someone starting off on their eco-journey, LastObject’s personal care kit is a great introduction. The four items include a swab that can be used more than 1000 times, tissues, and a laundry bag. The reusable items also come in colorful covers like peach, blue, black, or green.

Sqwishful Sqwish Set

Sqwish Set

A not-so-pleasant part of adulthood involves cleaning. To make the process a bit greener, Sqwishful’s set has the essentials for keeping your abode sparkling. There’s a dish brush, scrub sponge, and three pop-up sponges. They’re free of plastic and made with bamboo, hemp, and wood pulp. 

Eco Dune Sunglasses

Eco Dune Sunglasses

Sunglasses are a great way to protect your eyes, but they’re even better when sustainably made. Eco frames are made from 95 percent recycled materials like ocean litter and metal. And on top of that, for every pair sold, Eco plants a tree. These Dune frames have a slight cat-eye look and a classic feel. They’re available in classic black or statement-making lavender.

Bewbow Bamboo Utensils Cutlery Set

Bamboo utensils

Whether you’re heading on a road trip or just plan to use them in your everyday life, this bamboo cutlery set is a must-have. The eight-piece set includes a fork, spoon, chopsticks, straw, and more. They’re neatly wrapped in a pouch that has a carabiner, which can easily clip on any bag.

Naeco Water Bottle

Naeco water bottle

Reusable water bottles are a great option for anyone looking to cut down on single-use plastic. And this option from Naeco isn't just functional but also stylish. The 20-ounce stainless steel bottle keeps liquids cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours, and the opening is wide enough to allow for easy cleaning and can easily fit ice cubes. For every bottle sold, Naeco plants one piece of coral.

Lulu Dharma Brown Woven Weeender

Brown Woven Weekender

Sometimes you don’t need a big suitcase, but you also require more than a small tote. That’s where the weekender bag comes in. Lulu Dharma’s bag from the Eco Plus collection is made of recycled vegan leather, with an interior made of recycled plastic bottles. This style is classy, environmentally friendly, and roomy enough to carry all of your essentials for a short trip.

Pink Moon Bamboo Toothbrush - Kids

Pink Moon Bamboo Toothbrush - Kids

While teaching kids the importance of oral hygiene, they can also learn about the environment. Pink Moon’s bamboo toothbrush can be purchased as a single or five-pack. The soft rainbow bristles are sure to get a kid’s attention, but they’re also vegan and BPA-free, while the handle is made of a biodegradable bamboo.

Yaya & Co. Tucker All Natural Pet Bed

Tucker All Natural Pet Bed

While pets may not exactly understand the ins and outs of being environmentally friendly, they’ll surely appreciate this cozy bed. The actual bed is made from 100 percent cotton and suitable for pets up to 40 pounds. The basket is jute, biodegradable, and recyclable. Pet parents will also love how easy the bed is to clean.

Val Huegerich Recycled Wine Bottle Platter with Spreader

Recycled Platter

If this platter looks like a flattened wine bottle, that’s because it is. The recycled bottles, which come in amber or green, are melted and glossed to form these fun trays, which would be perfect for meat and cheese or your favorite snacks. It even comes with a cork-topped cheese spreader.

Aya Paper Co. FaceTime Friends Card

FaceTime Friends Card

Sending cards might seem like a lost art form in such a digital world, but people still love to receive them. Aya Paper Co.’s products are made from completely recycled materials, included these “F is for friends who FaceTime together” cards. It’s a cute way to show appreciation or even support for a friend who’s never more than a call (or FaceTime) away.

Goldune Small Pod Set

Goldune Small Pod Set

For your kid's snacks, or even a snack for yourself, the Goldune pod set is the perfect product. Each set comes with two eight-ounce containers that are made of bamboo. The BPA-free pods hold solids or liquids, and the spill-proof screw-on top keeps items secure.

JungleCulture Eco Friendly Safety Razor

JungleCulture Eco Friendly Safety Razor

Disposable razors can be useful in a pinch, but the amount of waste they produce can be excessive. That’s why JungleCulture’s safety razor is a great option for the person who shaves regularly. The razors have a vintage vibe with stylish chrome, and the handle makes it easy to grip. It comes with a travel bag and even a cute storage box that will look great on any counter. Don’t forget to order the affordable set of blades (sold separately).

The Detox Market The Detox Box

The Detox Box

“Green beauty delivered to your doorstep every month.” That’s how The Detox Market describes their subscription box. Choose a one, three, or six-month plan to receive at least $90 worth of beauty products that feature cruelty-free ingredients. The picks can range from moisturizing lip serums to face creams. 

Holly & Tanager The Pro Backpack Tote

The Pro Backpack Tote

A single product that has multiple functions is a major way to get serious bang for your buck. While this might just look like a regular backpack, this bag, made of recycled nylon, easily converts into a tote and crossbody. The exterior is also water-resistant and has useful interior pockets and even a laptop sleeve.

Wild One Toy Kit

Wild One Toy Kit

Gift a good boy or girl with a toy kit that will keep them engaged. And the products are made from materials that aren’t harmful. Wild One’s toy kit features toss, twist, and bite toys that are made from organic cotton and natural rubber. Pups will love playing with these toys that come in four colors, and parents will appreciate the recycled materials and how easy they are to clean.

Pottery Barn Kids Belgian Flax Linen Baby Bedding

Belgian Flax Linen Baby Bedding

New parents will absolutely love this baby bedding from Pottery Barn. The quilt is 100 percent linen while the fitted sheet is organic cotton. The material is breathable and perfect to keep baby comfortable and sleeping peacefully in their nursery. There's even the option to monogram the quilt and fitted sheets. 

L.L. Bean Recycled Waterhog Dog Mat

Recycled Waterhog Dog Mat

Some pets can get a little overzealous and downright messy when they eat. One solution is this L.L. Bean mat that holds two bowls, and the material is made of recycled plastic. It’s easily washable, can be vacuumed, and dries quickly. The mat comes in small and large, which hold dishes of seven or 10 inches, respectively, and the raised edges prevent spills from getting on your floor.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams, a lifestyle writer who's contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. She loves helping her friends and family find unique, thoughtful, and wallet-friendly presents. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she's appeared on-air for The Today Show, WEtv, and was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City.

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