20 Eco-Friendly Vegan Gifts for Outdoor Enthusiasts in 2020

Looking for useful, eco-friendly gifts for the outdoor enthusiast in your life? Check out this list of our favorite sustainable, eco-minded gifts for 2020.

As outdoor enthusiasts, it’s our job to do what we can to reduce our impact on the planet, and even better, to help others do so as well. This eco-friendly vegan gift guide features products that can help you and your loved ones reduce waste while supporting brands and organizations that are working to make the world a better place. Remember, you vote with your dollars and every purchase is a statement of the kind of world you want to live in.

Why vegan you might ask? For one, I myself have made the switch to a plant-based diet and am working towards a more holistic, plant-based lifestyle overall, and second, vegan products are generally eco-friendly and made from sustainable materials. So whether you’re looking to reduce waste in your life this holiday season or help a loved one become more eco-conscious, this gift guide will give you plenty of ideas.

Here are 20 eco-friendly vegan gift ideas to help cut back on waste and reduce your environmental footprint this holiday season.


Eco-Friendly Vegan Gifts that Reduce Waste

Our favorite gifts that reduce single-use plastics and other waste

Looking for some eco-friendly gifts for the outdoor lover in your life? Check out our eco-friendly gift guide for our top suggestions.

Stasher Bags

We’re all about items that reduce trash and dependence on single-use items, and Stasher Bags are a favorite for saying no to ziplock bag waste. They’re made of vegan silicone, easy to clean, and a convenient way to pack your lunch or store leftovers. You can even bake or boil in them, which is great when you don’t have a microwave (hi you van lifers) and Stasher’s newest silicone bags stand up by themselves so there’s no risk of spilling dinner.

Stasher Bag is a certified B Corp and member of 1% For The Planet, meaning a portion of their annual sales goes towards supporting environmental non-profits. Plus, we love their Instagram for eco-minded and plastic-free inspiration.

Stasher Bags // Looking for the best eco-friendly vegan gifts for the outdoor lovers in your life? Browse our list of our favorite eco-minded gifts for 2020.

Check price: REI

United By Blue Packable Tote

Everyone should have a reusable bag. They’re handy for everything from grocery shopping to toting around your toiletries to and from campground showers. And since many states are moving toward banning single-use plastics including shopping bags, a reusable tote bag is even more necessary for everyday errands.

This United by Blue packable tote packs into itself, making it easy to throw in your purse, stash in your car, or take along on your travels so you’ll never need a plastic bag again. As an added bonus, United by Blue removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways for every product purchased.

The United by Blue packable tote // Looking for the best eco-friendly vegan gifts for the outdoor lovers in your life? Browse our list of our favorite eco-minded gifts for 2020.

Check price: United By Blue / REI

Hydro Flask Wide-Mouth Water Bottle

With all the great options for reusable water bottles nowadays, there’s really no need (or excuse) to buy plastic single-use ones. The Hydro Flask wide mouth 32 oz water bottle is our favorite. It’s a good size for all-day hydration, keeps your drinks hot or cold, and it’s easy to clean and carry. If you’re looking for something smaller or a bottle that has a straw, Hydro Flask has lots of different styles and options.

We also love Hydro Flask because they support non-profit organizations focused on building, maintaining, restoring, and providing better access to parks.

Hydro Flask wide mouth 32 oz water bottle // Looking for the best eco-friendly vegan gifts for the outdoor lovers in your life? Browse our list of our favorite eco-minded gifts for 2020.

Check price: Hydro Flask / REI / Backcountry

Stanley Classic Travel Mug

Stanley’s Classic Travel Mug will keep your coffee or tea hot (or cold) for hours and is perfect for drinks on the go. It’s spillproof, leakproof, fits nicely in your cup holder if you’re on the road, and the lid comes apart for easy cleaning. Fill it up at home or at your local coffee shop instead of using a disposable to-go cup which often isn’t recyclable. If you’re looking for a more traditional style coffee mug, the Legendary Camp Mug is the way to go.

Classic Travel Mug // Looking for the best eco-friendly vegan gifts for the outdoor lovers in your life? Browse our list of our favorite eco-minded gifts for 2020.


Check price: Stanley / REI / Backcountry

Nordic by Nature Sandwich & Snack Bags

Instead of using single-use plastic zip loc bags, try these reusable sandwich and snack bags instead. They come in all kinds of fun designs, are 100% food-safe and non-toxic, and best of all they help eliminate single-use plastics and save you money. Use them to pack a lunch or your favorite trail snacks on your next hike or outdoor adventure.

Check price: Amazon

To-Go Ware Utensil Kit

Plastic utensils are a big source of unnecessary waste. To help cut back on the number of plastic forks, spoons, and knives that make their way to landfills, keep a set of these To-Go Ware Utensils in your car or bag. They’re made from sustainable bamboo and they don’t absorb any stains or flavors, so you can use them again and again. They’re also a great choice for camping and backpacking trips!

To-Go Ware Bamboo Utensils // Looking for the best eco-friendly vegan gifts for the outdoor lovers in your life? Browse our list of our favorite eco-minded gifts for 2020.

Check price: REI

Simple Ecology Reusable Produce Bags

In addition to bringing your own reusable grocery totes to the store, it’s also a great idea to bring these Simple Ecology Muslin Produce Bags to use in lieu of plastic produce bags. These muslin bags are great for loose fruits and veggies as well as any items you buy in bulk like rice, beans, oats, and other grains. If you’re looking for an eco-friendly vegan gift that reduces waste, these bags are a great option!

Simple Ecology Muslin Reusable Produce Bags // Looking for the best eco-friendly vegan gifts for the outdoor lovers in your life? Browse our list of our favorite eco-minded gifts for 2020.

Check price: Amazon

Kula Cloth Reusable Pee Cloth

For women, staying fresh and clean on camping trips or in the backcountry can be a challenge. Most women rely on disposable wet wipes or toilet paper to wipe after peeing, but we recommend this Kula Cloth instead. It might sound strange at first, but give it a try and we bet you’ll become a convert.

The cloth is waterproof on one side to keep hands dry and it has two snaps to keep it closed when not needed. I use this on my backpacking trips and it works great, I simply throw it in the wash when I get home. I love that it helps to reduce toilet paper waste and encourages Leave No Trace practices, plus Kula often supports organizations, artists, and individuals working to diversify outdoor spaces.

Check price: Kula Cloth / REI


Eco-Friendly Vegan Gifts that Give Back

These eco-friendly vegan gifts give back in a variety of ways, so you’re not only purchasing a well-made product, you’re also supporting a good cause

Looking for the best eco-friendly vegan gifts for the outdoor lovers in your life? Browse our list of our favorite eco-minded gifts for 2020.

Buff Headwear Triple Crown Series

We’ve always loved Buff’s multifunctional headwear for its versatility, but when we saw their Triple Crown Series we were especially excited. These Buffs are not only made with recycled materials (each one is made with 2 recycled plastic bottles), but Buff also donates 5% of the purchase price to one of three non-profit trail organizations with the mission to protect, preserve, and promote the “Triple Crown” National Scenic Trails. This includes the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, and the Appalachian Trail.

Buff's triple crown multifunctional headwear series // Looking for the best eco-friendly vegan gifts for the outdoor lovers in your life? Browse our list of our favorite eco-minded gifts for 2020.

Check price: REI

ENO Leave No Trace Hammock

Give the gift of relaxation this year with a hammock. ENO’s Leave No Trace double hammock is light, compact, and big enough for two people. With every purchase of this hammock, ENO will donate $10 to Leave No Trace to support their mission of teaching people to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.

ENO's Leave No Trace hammock // Looking for the best eco-friendly vegan gifts for the outdoor lovers in your life? Browse our list of our favorite eco-minded gifts for 2020.

Check price: REI

United By Blue Mug

These hand-dipped enamel cups by United by Blue are a fun gift for any outdoor lover. They are dishwasher-safe and can withstand the flames of a propane stove. We also love them because with each purchase, United by Blue removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways.

Enamel cup by United by Blue // Looking for the best eco-friendly vegan gifts for the outdoor lovers in your life? Browse our list of our favorite eco-minded gifts for 2020.

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Cotopaxi Luzon 24L Pack – Del Dia

The super lightweight and packable Cotopaxi Luzon 24L Pack is an eco-friendly day pack because it re-uses leftover fabrics to keep them out of the landfill. It has lots of thoughtful features like water bottle pockets and is designed with durability in mind so it can be used for years to come.

Cotopaxi is a brand we love because they’re always doing good. They are a certified B Corp and they allocate 1% of their annual revenues to the Cotopaxi Foundation, which supports non-profit partners that work to alleviate poverty, provide education, and support refugees around the world.

Cotopaxi Luzon 24L Pack // Looking for the best eco-friendly vegan gifts for the outdoor lovers in your life? Browse our list of our favorite eco-minded gifts for 2020.

Check price: Cotopaxi / REI / Backcountry

Sand Cloud Towels & Beach Blankets

For the outdoor-loving beach-goer, Sand Cloud makes lightweight, quick-drying, and sand-repelling towels and blankets for action-packed days at the beach.

Sand Cloud designs all of their products and packaging with sustainability in mind and 10% of their profits go straight to marine conversation. Their towels, blankets, and other offerings are a great eco-friendly gift for beach-lovers.

Sand Cloud Beach Towel // Looking for the best eco-friendly vegan gifts for the outdoor lovers in your life? Browse our list of our favorite eco-minded gifts for 2020.

Check price: Amazon

America the Beautiful Pass

Give the gift of outdoor experiences this year. The America the Beautiful National Parks Pass provides access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites throughout the country. It’s good for a year from the month of purchase and covers admission for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas or up to 4 adults at sites that charge per person.

As an added bonus, REI donates 10% of the sales of this pass to the National Parks Foundation which works to protect the parks we love.

America the Beautiful National Parks Pass // Looking for the best eco-friendly vegan gifts for the outdoor lovers in your life? Browse our list of our favorite eco-minded gifts for 2020.

Check price: REI


More Eco-Friendly Vegan Gifts

Here are a few more of our favorite eco-friendly vegan gifts for outdoor lovers

Looking for the best eco-friendly vegan gifts for the outdoor lovers in your life? Browse our list of our favorite eco-minded gifts for 2020.

Coalatree Evolution Hoodie

Coalatree is one of our favorite eco-friendly outdoor apparel brands. We love that they use recycled materials and have factory standards that utilize sustainable energy and water-saving technologies as well as and non-toxic production methods.

The Coalatree Evolution Hoodie is made from recycled plastic bottles and coffee ground and is hands down the most comfortable sweatshirt we’ve ever worn. Coalatree uses unisex sizing, so size down if you want a snug fit. This hoodie is the perfect eco-friendly vegan gift for any outdoor lover!

Coalatree Evolution Hoodie // Looking for the best eco-friendly vegan gifts for the outdoor lovers in your life? Browse our list of our favorite eco-minded gifts for 2020.

Check price: Coalatree

Manduka Yogitoes Yoga Towel

The eco-conscious yogi in your life will love the Manduka Yogitoes Yoga Towel. Made with recycled materials (each towel contains 8 plastic bottles!), this absorbent yoga towel is designed to lie over a yoga mat and provide a non-stick surface for those extra sweaty yoga workouts. The underside of the Yogitoes towel is lined with sticky nubs so that it stays in place throughout your practice.

Manduka Yogitoes Yoga Towel // Looking for the best eco-friendly vegan gifts for the outdoor lovers in your life? Browse our list of our favorite eco-minded gifts for 2020.

Check price: Backcountry / REI

United by Blue Duffel

This United by Blue vegan duffel bag is responsibly made in Vietnam out of recycled plastic bottles and other recycled materials. It’s one of their best sellers and is a carry on friendly size with lots of handy interior and exterior organization pockets. Plus, United by Blue removes a pound of trash from the ocean and waterways for each item purchased which is a gift in itself.

Check price: United by Blue / REI

Vegan Leather Journal

I used this Valery faux leather journal during my 3-month sabbatical. The beautiful design and artisan feel made daily journaling enjoyable and I still feel inspired every time I open it. I also love that the faux leather cover is removable, so once you’ve filled up the pages, simply transfer the cover to a new journal.

Valery Faux Leather Journal // Looking for the best eco-friendly vegan gifts for the outdoor lovers in your life? Browse our list of our favorite eco-minded gifts for 2020.

Check price: Amazon

Sun Bum Sunscreen

When choosing a sunscreen, it’s important to choose one that is reef-safe. That’s why we love Sun Bum Sunscreen. Not only is it mineral-based (no harmful chemicals here), but it’s also certified reef-safe, meaning that when it washes off into the ocean, the minerals won’t harm fragile reef ecosystems. Sun Bum Sunscreen is also vegan and cruelty-free, making it a great eco-friendly gift or stocking stuffer for the sun-lover in your life.

Sun Bum // Looking for the best eco-friendly vegan gifts for the outdoor lovers in your life? Browse our list of our favorite eco-minded gifts for 2020.

Check price: REI

Dr. Bronners Soap

A bottle of Dr. Bronners soap is a small but practical gift (and a perfect stocking stuffer) with a big impact. All of Dr. Bronners products are vegan, eco-friendly, biodegradable, and contain no harmful chemicals. We pack a travel size bottle whenever we’re headed out on a camping or backpacking trip because it can be used for almost everything from washing yourself to washing clothes and cleaning up dirty dishes (just remember to Leave No Trace).

Dr. Bronners Soap // Looking for the best eco-friendly vegan gifts for the outdoor lovers in your life? Browse our list of our favorite eco-minded gifts for 2020.

Check price: REI


We hope this list of eco-friendly vegan gifts for outdoor enthusiasts helps make your holiday shopping easier so you can get out of the stores and off your computer and spend more time outside this holiday season.

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Written by Kristen Bor

Hey there! My name is Kristen, and this is my outdoor blog. I discovered the power of the outdoors in my 20s, at the time I needed it most. Now 15 years later, prioritizing that critical connection with nature continues to improve my life. My goal at Bearfoot Theory is to empower you with the tools and advice you need to responsibly get outside.

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