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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bamboo Cutting Board
Fast-growing and organic bamboo also helps prevent bacteria growth by repelling water absorption in your kitchen.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Rainbow Sound Blocks
Half decoration and half entertainment, these musical blocks are made from sustainable rubberwood and also non-toxic paints.
Organic Wooden Teether
This tiny teether is made from hand-carved beechwood and organic linseed oil, safe for even the smallest tot.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.