What to look for when shopping for the best gifts for environmentalists
Gifts are a close way to show a loved one that you cherish them. It is a wonderful feeling knowing you got the perfect gift for somebody you care about. However, the many factors to consider when buying gifts for environmentalists can make this trickier.
Finding gifts for eco-activists can be harder than normal because the world we live in today is very pro-comfort. It’s comfortable not paying attention to whether a product is disposable in an eco-friendly way and whether ingredients are sustainably sourced. Being eco-friendly is not as easy as it may seem.
When looking for environmentalist gifts in particular, you want to make sure the product is either biodegradable or easily recyclable. Another consideration is how sustainable the product is.
Some products may claim to be eco-friendly but are made in unsustainable ways. For example, there are sustainably made bamboo products (I wrote an article on this, see here). Even though bamboo is eco-friendly it can still be over-harvested or land can be cleared to create bamboo fields that force out local wildlife.
Since you are reading this you have probably been searching for the best gifts for environmentalists. Below are the best eco-friendly gifts that your loved one will treasure forever. We chose and reviewed every gift that would be useful and enjoyable.
These fabric softener wool dryer balls are perfect for sensitive skin. They are hypoallergenic, organic, chemical-free, and fragrance-free. This product also comes in an organic cotton gift bag with a manual of eco-friendly tips.
These wool dryer balls save money, waste, and energy. They reduce the energy of their dryer and the waste of disposable dryer sheets and fabric softener bottles. They also prevent lint and save on drying time.
- Lasts longer than disposable dryer sheets and fabric softener bottles
- Saves energy on drying time
- Its materials are hypoallergenic, organic, chemical and fragrance-free
- Comes with organic cotton gift bag with eco-friendly tips
- There are a few reviews stating they cause static and leave black hairs on clothes
This indoor herb garden features everything you need to grow herbs from inside your home. This is the perfect starter kit gift for anyone who loves tea or herbs. This convenient kit would reduce the waste from going to the store and buying disposable tea bags.
Can you imagine getting this kit as a housewarming present? It’s useful, convenient, and eco-friendly. There just isn’t a more satisfying thing for you to be able to tell your guests you grew the tea they are drinking!
- Comes with many items and everything you need
- Indoors or outdoors
- Eco-friendly packaging and products
- Reviews state there is mold in the soil
The perfect gift for your loved one who is starting their journey as an environmentalist! This gift set includes three beeswax food wraps, a drink bottle, and more. All these products are reusable, biodegradable, or recyclable and are in zero-waste packaging.
If somebody you care about is just starting on their eco-friendly lifestyle then this is the gift to get them. They get the basic products that they need while learning more about the lifestyle they are interested in. You would be giving them the perfect head start into their new life.
- Great value for the price
- Comes with many sustainable products
- Multiple uses
- Some negative reviews state the products are low quality or received missing items
This gift includes a 10 pack of eco-friendly kitchen sponges. Sometimes the best gifts are the ones we need on a day-to-day basis. These kitchen sponges are completely biodegradable with recyclable packaging without any plastic waste.
These sponges are made out of plant-based materials that make them so eco-friendly. However, they are still completely durable with natural coconut fiber that makes them great for cleaning. Additionally, this product is a great and cheap gift for somebody who is beginning their environmentalist journey.
- Zero plastic and recyclable packaging
- Outlasts 30 paper towels and biodegrades at end of life
- Great reviews
- Not the most exciting gift
This planner/journal is a great gift for the conscious environmentalist. Planners and journals are great for keeping a person on track towards their goals. If the person you’re purchasing for is organized and loves making lists and plans, this is a winner.
- Comes with eco-friendly tips, recipes, a habit tracker, and garden logs
- Also is a planner with year, month, and week calendar
- Perfect for your loved one who enjoys planning
- Doesn’t say if it’s recyclable or not
- Reviews state it doesn’t have enough tips
These pencils would go perfectly with the zero-waste notebook or entirely by themselves. This 5-pack of pencils doubles as seeds to plant along with many more benefits. They are biodegradable, non-toxic, free of lead, and made completely sustainably.
Inside the box are seed capsules for herbs, flowers, or vegetables. These pencils even include inspirational quotes! They will definitely bring a smile to your loved one’s face.
- Great to pair with a journal or planner
- Should probably be doubled with another gift
Being eco-friendly and wearing makeup usually don’t mix well. This makeup remover set would be a perfect gift for the person in your life who loves the environment and makeup. It even includes a makeup blender and headband.
This gift set reduces the waste from disposable makeup remover wipes. It leaves your skin soft and healthy while also helping the environment. Also, it comes with a luxury gift box!
- Necessary and lasts longer than disposable makeup wipes
- Comes with a headband, makeup blender, and luxury gift box
- Great review stating it is good quality
- There is only one review
Shampoo bars are a new and booming product for environmentalists. Shampoo is a necessary product, but the bottles are bad for the environment. This shampoo and conditioner bar set would be a great gift for anyone who hates the waste of shampoo bottles.
These plant-based shampoo and conditioner bars are good for all ages! They last between 4 to 6 months which is 2 or 3 bottles of shampoo. They last longer, are good for your hair and help the environment. If you want a better selection of eco-friendly soaps, we reviewed some of the best ones here.
- Lasts longer than bottles of shampoo or conditioner
- Good for all ages
- SLS Free, Cruelty-Free, Palm Oil Free, Silicon-Free & Naturally Scented.
- Plastic-free and sustainable
- There are no reviews to judge how good they work
You must have known a gift like this would be on here. There are millions of reusable cups, but people still tend to choose to get to-go cups. This cup is the perfect gift for reducing the waste of to-go cups. Your giftee may already have one of these, but it is a cute gift for environmentalists regardless and we can always use more cups!
The Panda Cup is made from natural bamboo fiber and is completely BPA-free. It is also easy to maintain as it is microwave and dishwasher safe. With three different colors, this cup is cute and eco-friendly.
- Eco-friendly made from bamboo fiber and BPA free
- Different colors
- Microwave and dishwasher safe
- Some negative reviews state the lid doesn’t fit properly
This anti-plastic, zero waste kit is perfect for anyone who is choosing to live sustainably. The straws, floss, and cotton swabs are all biodegradable.
This is a huge win for people who want these items without being wasteful.
This kit includes produce bags as well as reusable makeup remover pads. There are so many great items in this kit.
- A variety of eco-friendly items
- Designed to reduce plastic pollution
- Even the box is made out of recycled materials
- Only great reviews
- Not super exciting
If you’re buying for someone who chose an eco-friendly lifestyle then they probably have reusable shopping bags. They also probably hate them. The basic reusable shopping bags are very simple, hurt your hands, and rip when there is a lot of heavy groceries in them.
This grocery bag kit is a lifesaver if you’ve heard your loved one complain about their reusable bags. These high-quality bags are multi-use and are comfortable on your hands. These bags are durable and save about 1,500 shopping bags per year (based on the average American family).
- Multiple bags for different weights
- Silicone grip handle for comfort
- Durable and won’t tear
- Great reviews and price
- Some reviews say the sizes is too small
Some of the most wasteful products come from your bathroom. Think of shampoo bottles, cotton swaps, toilet paper, and any other plastic bottles. With that in mind, this kit includes a bamboo razor with 5 refills, toothbrush and case, and also 100 bamboo cotton swabs.
This kit is ideal for traveling or just to get a head start on being sustainable as you can reduce your impact significantly in just your bathroom. The bamboo is completely biodegradable. Also, they are durable and work very well. If you want a more comprehensive list of eco-friendly bathroom products, check out this other article.
- Durable and reduces plastic waste
- Biodegradable bamboo
- Very inexpensive but valuable
- Great reviews
- There are some negative reviews about the razor
If your loved one is a book reader, this is an amazing book to give them. It includes encouraging tips and ideas that will help them along with their journey. Additionally, many reviews said they have been incredibly inspired by this book.
Another plus is that it isn’t expensive, and knowledge is generally more valuable than material things, making this one of the best gifts for an environmentalist.
- Eco-friendly tips and ideas
- Full of information
- Many reviews state it helped them with their journey
- A review stated it came in plastic packaging
- Some environmentalist would prefer the kindle version
This one may not be a gift, but your eco-activist will appreciate you for it. Gift wrap and bags are some of the most useless items you can get, however, this item puts a bigger purpose into gift wrap. You can purchase this gift wrap to wrap their present in, and let them know the wrap will create an awesome garden!
This gift wrap is made entirely out of seeded recycled paper. It contains a mix of seeds, so it’ll be a surprise to see what grows. This may only be wrapping paper, but it will be as exciting as the gift inside.
- Recycled, seeded paper
- Comes with six gift cards and a bundle of Natural Raffia
- Each wrap is 24”x36” in size
- Unique gift wrapping idea to help them in their gardening
- It has an expiration date and can be inconvenient if given at the wrong time to plant seeds
These bowls are great for a house warming gift and are made out of natural and organic materials. An added bonus is they are relatively modern and stylish. For the most part, we look to buy home decor and kitchen sets that are functional, but these are also a great conversation starter.
These are created in a sustainable way, and are reclaimed so you can be at peace knowing these were not created harming the environment, and your loved one will appreciate it that much more!
- Great price
- Stylish and unique
- 100% Sustainable
- Not expensive
- No reviews
Final thoughts on our best gifts for environmentalists
Gifts for environmentalists are difficult to say the least. They normally try to steer away from unneeded, short-term items. That is why this list of best gifts for environmentalists should inspire you to look for sustainable items.
If you enjoyed this article, be sure to leave a comment below with your favorite eco friendly gifts, or contact us!