80+ zero waste gifts for everyone in your life

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The mega zero waste gift guide for every person in your life.

With the caveat: support local, BIPOC- or woman/NB-owned businesses first and foremost! Unfortunately I’m unable to recommend specifics for everyone who reads this site, so I’ll be sharing general ideas.

And no, none of this gendered “zero waste gifts for men” or “zero waste gifts for women” nonsense. Let’s break down zero waste gifts by interest – add in a dash of WOC-owned business, a sprinkle of “don’t buy sh*t just to buy sh*t” and we’ve got a guide that might not be totally terrible for the planet.

Use the table of contents below to jump to a section that best describes who you’re trying to shop for…

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Zero waste gifts for the partner who doesn’t really care

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And if you’d like to hear from an actual partner who doesn’t care too much (AKA my husband!) he said his #1 gifts were a collapsible Stojo cup he’s brought with him every day for 3+ years – and stainless steel chopsticks. It’s the little things!

  • Sustainable clothing basics from For Days, a zero waste take-back company with plain clothes to fill wardrobe gaps.
  • Give a gift card to a zero waste store and let them decide. (Another zero waste store gift card available from Done Good!) Not everyone loves the idea of a gift card, but it ensures people can actually get what they want!
  • Avoid the clutter with an experience gift that aligns with their interests. Consider tickets to a game or concert, passes to their favorite local attraction, or the promise of a getaway sometime soon.
  • A compostable phone case from Pela Case. Everyone can use a cool new phone case every once and a while – why not merge cool design with a low-waste end of life?
  • A wireless convertible charger from Nimble. It’s a hyper-practical gift from a company that does tech as ethically and sustainably as possible – win-win! (I wrote a whole post about how cool Nimble is, too!)
  • If they do a lot of writing, a refillable fountain pen can be a really classy gift. (Don’t forget to include their favorite color of ink.)
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Zero waste gifts for the person who has everything

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  • This glow & grow candle kit. It’s a really cool concept – burn the candle, then once it’s finished, plant the label in the empty candle and grow some wildflowers!
  • Why not send them a little note on a plantable seed card? They can get the message, enjoy it, then plant it and watch different plants pop up!
  • Set them up with a subscription to their favorite service. It’s not exactly sexy, but paying for a year of access to streaming platforms like Hulu or other services like Spotify/Netflix can be bought from (ugh) Amazon.
  • A window solar panel for phone charging.. This solar panel is adorable and a perfect little baby step into soar energy for people in apartments!
  • Consider a quick customized soap (pictured). Take a plain soap and upgrade it with their favorite scents for a quick, affordable gift. Here’s how to customize your own soap bar.
  • An experience gift. Why bother people with stuff they don’t want when they probably just want to do something really cool? Give them the gift of experiences! See more about experience gifts in this post.
  • How about a “Compost the Rich!” enamel pin made by yours truly?

Zero waste gifts for the reader

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For even more zero waste and sustainability books, check out this full post.

Zero waste gifts for people who love clothes

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Zero waste gifts for people who love plants

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Who doesn’t love plants? Who doesn’t need just a few more dotted around their home in a futile attempt to stave off our collective sense of impending doom?!

  • Ship an incredible geode planter from this Black-owned business. They’re out of my price range but constantly in my Etsy cart… a perfect gift!
  • This Hyggelight growing candle. It’s a really cool concept – burn the candle, then once it’s finished, plant the label in the empty candle and grow some wildflowers!
  • A tree that supports the Arbor Day Foundation! It’s an even better gift if you don’t make them plant it themselves!
  • Mason jar herb sprouting kits for super-simple plants that even the blackest of thumbs will have trouble killing!
  • A subscription to a plant propagation box. Sign-ups are limited and it looks like spots for 2021 are limited. (Black-owned biz!)
  • If they don’t have outdoor space to grow, consider a super-compact option like an AeroGarden kit. Having a connection to food systems with a tiny garden that grows in your kitchen is powerful!

Zero waste gifts for the food lover

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Count your lucky starts if you have a food lover or cook on your list to shop for… the kitchen and our diet are such simple, effective ways to begin exploring zero waste with some really cool stuff!

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Zero waste gifts for the person who needs to stop grinding their teeth

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Listen, 2020 has been a hard year. If your friend’s jaw is constantly locked and/or shoulders remain firmly near their ears 24/7, I get it. Here are some potential antidotes:

Zero waste gifts for the person dipping their toes into zero waste

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If you’re shopping for someone that also appreciates your zero waste ambitions, this is the list for you! And FYI… it’s always best to shop second hand for items like these, but if you can’t find them thrifted, here are some options:

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Zero waste gifts for babies, toddlers, and young kids

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  • The ethically-curated Done Good site has a whole range of kids toys and activities to choose from!
  • These stuffed animals are made from recycled plastic bottles and so cute. I kind of want the sloth for myself…
  • Junobie silicone breast milk/toddler snack bags. The creator is local to me so I cannot stress how much you should support this Black-owned sustainable business from Indiana!
  • These stuffed animals are made from recycled plastic bottles and so cute. I kind of want the sloth for myself…An experience gift that aligns with their interests. What about tickets to a local zoo, children’s museum, or other local attraction they’ve loved going to?
  • A mason jar bottle set if you trust a combination of glass and children?
  • I’m really into this natural wooden block set. These speak to me so much more than traditional squares do!
  • Sidewalk chalk! What kid doesn’t like permission to scribble all over the driveway/sidewalk?
  • Or maybe Honeysticks, crayons made of natural beeswax, for the discerning young artist?
  • Crocheted vegetables for that Montessori vibe!
  • If you’re looking to get gear for a kid who loves sports, check out Sideline Swap, a site that sells new and used sports gear and equipment!
  • If you need a lot to sort through, Plan Toys is a whole site dedicated to sustainable toys.

Miscellaneous zero waste gifts you might like

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In case I haven’t covered someone you need to give a gift to yet, why not try one of these random-but-cool gift ideas?

Have something that should be added to the list? Get in touch and let me know!