You are here: Home Food & Kitchen 30 Sustainable Stocking Stuffers 30 Sustainable Stocking Stuffers Wesley Tingey / Unsplash by Kate Hagan December 15, 2017, 1:28 pm It’s not always possible to buy that new greenhouse or build a rain garden as a holiday gift. At Insteading, we understand that garden gifts can easily run on the large and expensive side. We wouldn’t want to substitute our love of natural and sustainable products for a plastic and battery-operated gadget, though, so we’ve compiled a list of less spendy items. Wesley Tingey / Unsplash Our sustainable stocking stuffers are pulled from some of our favorite websites and feature smaller items, all under $50. Check out our top 25 favorites for some eco-friendly fun. Gifts to Eat & Drink Gifts for Kitchens & Homes Gifts for Gardens & Outdoors Gift for Children & Babies Gifts for Bath & Body Gifts to Eat & Drink I just love gifts I can eat and drink. I have a weakness for cheese, chocolates, and coffee. Also wine. As a former restaurant worker, I’m a bit of the foodie and am always on the lookout for new ethically sourced goodies or artisan eats for a holiday treat. Organic Flowering Tea Set Enough for 18 pots, this flowering tea set also comes in a pretty bamboo case. Brew a cup and enjoy some beautiful blooms in the coming winter months. Buy it at Amazon Honey Taster Gift Set This raw honey sampler kit is perfect for someone sweet in your life. Flavors include spring, fall, and orange blossom, all handcrafted by a family in Massachusets. Buy it at TewksburyHoney on Etsy DIY Cheese Kit I’ve got one of these in my cupboard ready to try. I’ve found some great milk options to use at our local co-op. Buy it at Amazon Ethical Bean Coffee This medium/dark blend boasts flavors of wood and smoke. The beans are fair-trade certified, and you can request carbon-free ground shipping. Buy it at Amazon Fair Trade Holiday Chocolates When it comes to chocolate, if I can’t pick a flavor, I try to pick them all. Fair trade chocolates include dark chocolate coconut cream, milk chocolate peanut butter, and dark chocolate salted caramel. Buy it at Lake Champlain Chocolates Barnana Snacks Barnana snacks are both tasty and sustainable! Made of bananas that weren’t pretty enough to be sold in grocery stores, these are both gluten-free and a good source of energy! Buy it on Amazon Habanero Hot Sauce Set Spice up your holidays with this handmade habanero hot sauce from Colorado. Flavors in this sample pack include Broja (tomato-carrot), Purple Blaze (blueberry-infused), Habacado (avocado), Strawbanero (strawberry) for a unique and fruity twist. Buy it at Uncommon Goods Gifts for Kitchens & Homes As someone who loves to cook, I constantly see kitchen gadgets that I’d like. I also have a hard time justifying the expense of these terrific gadgets, so I’m thrilled when someone sends me one as a gift. Teak Pillar Candles Balinese artists bring this wooden trio to light. These hand-carved teak candle holders come with candles made from sustainable beeswax and palm oil. Buy it at Uncommon Goods Vacuum Insulated Steel Water Bottle These leak-free bottles are super tough. Save yourself from disposable plastic and BPAs with this hot or cold insulated drink container. Buy it at Amazon Vinyl Record Wall Clock Artistically pressed from an upcycled vinyl record, this product from the recycle artists at TerraCycle will be unique decor for your favorite music lover. Buy it at Dwell Smart City Cedar Coasters FSC-certified red cedar plywood is used to create these unique city impressions — choose from one of eight major cities. Each coaster is also 100 percent biodegradable, down to the formaldehyde-free wood. Buy it at Bambeco Chardonnay Bottle Tumblers Wine bottles have a proven track record in storing wine, so why not use them for drinking too? I recommend these upcycled tumblers for a nice white. Buy it at Amazon Bamboo Candles Made from a company based in Seattle, WA, these candles are available in cinnamon, vanilla, and lavender and are hand poured into sustainably sourced bamboo. Buy it from AmericanBambooCo on Etsy Himalayan Salt Shot Glasses The makers say these shot glasses will add a touch of salt to every shot and recommend you use them for a nice tequila or mezcal. As an added benefit, these glasses are Kosher, gluten-free, non-GMO, AND biodegradable. Buy it at Amazon Bamboo Cutting Board Fast-growing and organic bamboo also helps prevent bacteria growth by repelling water absorption in your kitchen. Buy it at Amazon Reclaimed Wooden Beer Caddy It carries beer AND opens bottles. Your favorite beer drinker can also rest easy knowing this was created from reclaimed lumber and won’t contribute to deforestation. Buy it at Uncommon Goods Gifts for Gardens & Outdoors No Insteading list would be complete without at least a few garden gifts. Here are some of our smaller items. For a more extensive gardeners’ gift guide, check out our Garden Gift Guide Garden Dibble What is a dibble exactly? Only the garden tool you never knew you needed. I was unable to find info on sustainable manufacturing, but this quality tool can be reused from season to season to cut your planting time in half, thanks to a comfy handle and point for hole-making. Buy it at Amazon Self-Watering Veggie Kit When watering is just too much work. Gift these cute little self-watering jars featuring organic Thai pepper, cherry tomato, and snap peas. Designed for a kitchen garden. Buy it at Uncommon Goods Moss Terrarium Bottle A micro-ecosystem in a recycled wine bottle, this self-contained forest provides a touch of daily tranquility using three types of moss. Also great for plant-lovers with a black thumb. Buy it at Uncommon Goods Eco-friendly Fire Starters Keep harsh chemicals away from your s’mores — give your outdoors, fire-loving friends these eco-friendly fire starters. Sold in sets of twelve, these tiny muffin cups are made from macadamia nut shells and soy wax. Buy it at doublebrush on Etsy Gift for Children & Babies Kids help us enjoy the holidays, but it’s easy to fall into a plastic and battery-operated trap with their toys. Try some of these sustainable creations for a child and planet-friendly alternative. Recycled Owl Crayons Ever wonder what happens to the little end bits of crayons? Well, some of them turn into these cute owl crayons! Buy it from WinterberryOriginals on Etsy Rainbow Sound Blocks Half decoration and half entertainment, these musical blocks are made from sustainable rubberwood and also non-toxic paints. Buy it at Uncommon Goods Organic Wooden Teether This tiny teether is made from hand-carved beechwood and organic linseed oil, safe for even the smallest tot. Buy it at tinyfoxhole on Etsy Soy Dinosaur Crayons Take coloring to a whole new level with these soy-based crayons. The colors come from non-toxic pigments molded into fun dinosaur designs. Buy it at earthgrowncrayons on Etsy Natural Inspirations Coloring Book Combine coloring with conservation, thanks to this animal-themed coloring book from the World Wildlife Fund. The gift comes as a thank you for any $25 donation. Proceeds go to help their conservation efforts across more than 100 countries. Buy it at World Wildlife Fund Upcycled Index Card Notebook Created from a wide variety of different types of recycled papers, these notebooks are sure to be a unique stocking stuffer. Buy it at ChaosToArt on Etsy Gifts for Bath & Body Bath and body gifts make great stocking stuffers. Pamper your favorite friend with some eco-friendly grooming solutions. Natural Sea Sponge This sponge is biodegradable and naturally sourced. Perfect for toddlers, babies, and adults with sensitive skin. Buy it at Amazon Wooden Comb Set Described by the seller as eco-friendly, this birch comb is said to promote silky hair. I think the keychain comb is pretty neat. Buy it at WoodenLook on Etsy Bamboo Toothbrush Have you ever considered how much waste is produced by switching toothbrushes every 6 months? These bamboo brushes offer a biodegradable alternative made from highly renewable bamboo. It’s like your giving a gift of sustainability and good oral hygiene all in one. Buy it at Amazon Eco Deluxe Spa Gift Set This gift is for the bamboo lover, with a woven bamboo box and bamboo sugarcane fragrance. Items featured include scrubbing brushes, bath salts and fizzers, and lotion. Buy it at Amazon See more Previous article Fire Cider Next article 10 Best Resources for School Garden Lesson Plans Written by Kate Hagan Kate is a new homeowner currently exploring many outdoor projects. As a child, she divided her time between the Black Hills of South Dakota and the Pacific Northwest. She later combined her love of online data and storytelling into an M.S. in Information Management from the University of Washington. Currently, she works as a writer and content manager in Seattle, WA. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.