November 04, 2019 5 min read

Are you on the search for the perfect eco-friendly gift?

If you're an environmentally conscious person, buying a bunch of gifts that will either go to waste or harm the planet might just make you cringe around the holiday season. And for good reason. Americans throw away 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year's than at any other time of year. The extra waste creates about 25 million tons of garbage, which is 1 million extra tons per week!

We can do better by reducing food waste, avoiding single-use plastic, skipping the wrapping paper, and flat out shopping less. But let's be honest, giving is part of how we celebrate the season and the ones we love, and that spirit of generosity and kindness is exactly what makes the holiday season special. So if we do shop, let's do it wisely.

This eco-friendly gift guide comes from some of our favorite reforestation partners who are making a variety of different positive impacts on the environment. Some have sustainably made products while others keep their carbon footprint small by planting trees!

Need something quick, easy, and impactful? Give the gift of a tree with One Tree Planted! 

Collage of woman wearing headphones, bottles of bourbon, multi colored shoes, woman wearing red sweatshirt in nature, and gondolas in italy

Featured Gifts

House of Marley - Take your music with you wherever you wander. House of Marley creates portable speakers, headphones, and other gear for music-lovers. All of the materials are mindfully sourced, recycled, and sustainable! 

Trafalgar - Plan the trip of a lifetime! Trafalger not only creates a meaningful travel experience, they also focus on making a positive impact for the environment as well. 

Noble Oak - Is there a bourbon connoisseur in your life? This is one they've got to try! Whiskey for the tree lover. Every bottle plants one tree. 

Twisted X - You can step outside in confidence with with these shoes that are made from plastic bottles! They also use recycled packaging and plant trees.

NIKIN - Super soft, comfortable, and tree-inspired apparel. All products meet the Global Organic Textile Standard and they uphold sustainable practices. Need wrapping paper? They even have compostable gift wrap! 

Health & Wellness

A bottle with label called Mush Love and pink background

Mushroom Revival 
Certified organic tinctures made from hand picked herbs and mushrooms will be a hit for any health conscious gift receiver. 

Lavender soap with white and purple packaging that says handmade soap

Mountain Girl Soap
Handmade soaps from the Pacific Northwest with all natural products, plus it helps forest restoration in Northern California.  

Osmia lip doctor bottle in front of mounts and pine trees

Osmia Organics uses the most consciously-sourced plant materials available. Everything you need to take care of your face and body. Perfect gift sets too! 

Blue bottle of Bioelements face wash

Like trees, this product cleanses away damaging urban dust caused by air pollution. Their professional formulas are used at home and in spas!

Pink, green, orange bottles

Their mission is to empower and  inspire others to reduce their plastic footprint. Natural, ethical products for every day use.

Mason jar with green liquid and pink package of beauty cube shampooos

Plastic Freedom
THE plastic free online store. Pretty much every product you could imagine without the plastic! 

SHEbd in a white bottle in front of green leaves

In their words, "Female focused. Female lead.", SHEbd offers hemp supplements to help women live naturally. 

Orange face wash in a clear bottle

Naked + Thriving
Consciously made skincare products made from 100% botanical plant materials and organic ingredients. 


White burning candle next to green flowers

Linnea's Lights 
Candles that make the world a little brighter by being ethically sourced! Use code: ONETREE15 for 15% off your entire order!

Swedish dishcloths with a multi-color tree design

Swedish Dishcloths 
Perfect for the eco-friendly household. These dish cloths are reusable, biodegradable, and compostable! 

Blue, green, and gold to-go coffee mug in front of a blue ocean

Carys Martin Ceramics
Beautifully handmade ceramic travel mugs that plant trees! A truly special way to carry your coffee or tea while on the go. 

Wooden kitchen utensils, reusable bag, and kitchen products

Eco-friendly and sustainable products perfect for the minimalist in your life! Everything from kitchen utensils to hairbrushes.

How about giving the gift of comfort this holiday season? After all, winter is the best time for naps! 

Dan Schaub Designs
This wall decor is "art inspired by inner realms". Any art lover will truly appreciate the devotion put into these designs.

Signs that say come as you are, dream on, and California in front of a red background

Weathered Signs 
Unique signs with a huge variety from inspirational, sports, holidays, and even custom! And made from recycled wood.

A wooden sign that says the waste less shop, two wooden toothbrushes, and a canister

The Good Home Co.
For the health conscious person who actually likes cleaning! All natural cleaning supplies and scents for your home!


Two women standing outside wearing blue jeans

Boyish Jeans
Who says you can't be sustainable and trendy?! These jeans are produced with recycled fabrics and materials using sustainable manufacturing practices.

Woman sitting wearing a white tank top holding a white reusable bag

Eco Tee Co
Apparel aimed to inspire the world to love and respect the environment.  Products use eco-friendly materials such as hemp and organic cotton.

Black socks with pink and green polka dots

For the people who LIKE getting socks for the holidays. These socks are made with eco-friendly yarns sourced from renewable bamboo. 

A brown shoe on a rock in front of the ocean

This shoe makes you wonder why all shoes aren't eco-friendly. Materials include recycled algae foam and plastic bottles!

Three women wearing colorful shawls

Designs by Loveleen
Apparel meets creativity and spirituality. Unique products including scarves and art committed to sustainable packaging.

Two brown jackets

"Discover and shop the world's coolest gear". It is pretty cool. Where else can you find products made by former NASA engineers?

man with dark hair wearing white suit and red scarf

Anna In Bhutan
This high-end ethical fashion company is based in New York City. They produce unique handwoven scarves that emphasize women’s work from talented Bhutanese weavers. 

woman sitting with her knee up and head on her knee in a pink t-shirt and jeans

No new things.  Good fair prides themselves on making recycled goods at low prices. In turn eliminating waste. Plenty of amazing gifts for your eco-warriors!

Arts & Crafts 

Blue needlepoint in front of a tree

Thorn Alexander
The coolest way to needlepoint! Each canvas is hand stitch-painted so you can stitch on the 
fly with ease.

A leather journal that says the stories that I tell myself

For the poets and writers. These journals or "containers of creativity" add sentimental value with their unique design.

A painting with multiple landscapes at night with a moon

One stop shop for all art supplies! More than just a supply store, there is  a sense of community
for artists, designers,
and creators alike! 

A notebook with black, red, and blue pens

A great alternative to using paper! The reusable notebook allows you to erase notes, and there's a free app so you can digitally save the important stuff.

Seriously Unique Gifts

A black book that says stop acting so small with a hand on it

For your friend who checks their horoscope every day. You can find everything from affirmation cards to crystal charts.

Pink, purple, multi-colored, and yellow bouquets being held by a person in a greenhouse

Colour Republic
Give someone a pop of color for those cold winter days with a hand-tied bouquet of flowers!

Toy airplane, games, and cards in front of a red background

Art of Play
Game night fans look no further. A variety of playing cards and classic games! Sustainable production is  an added plus.

Round multi-colored crystals in a basket outside

Third Eye Tree
Crystals, crystals, and more crystals! Whether you like them for healing purposes or home decor this is the place to find them!

Pine Tree Soap

Crystal Bar Soap
Want to offset your carbon emissions from your Christmas tree? This gift will do that! The soap will also soothe your emotions by using a grossular crystal!

Nature inspired necklaces

Valhalla Works
These nature inspired terrarium necklaces are so special and unique! They come in eco-friendly packaging and plant trees!

Just Hit Send
Who doesn't love a unique gift box that's filled with artisnal products? Oh, and boxes are made from 100% recycled materials! 

Finally a climate positive phone case called feroniaBIO! It is made from natural mix of wheat straw and biopolymers!

Finally, when you shop, check out the WeHero browser extension so you can make an even bigger positive impact by donating to charities including One Tree Planted with every Google search.  

The holidays don't HAVE to be about getting a massive amount of gifts. Something small and meaningful that is good for the environment can go a long way. Even better, give a gift that keeps on giving like a tree! There are so many different projects to chose from that any nature lover will surely appreciate it 🌲

We plant trees on 4 continents around the world. Want to choose where yours are planted?

by Kaylee Brzezinski

Nature Enthusiast 

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