30 Eco-Friendly Gifts: Sustainable Gift Ideas That Give Back

Find the perfect eco-friendly gifts with this list of sustainable gift ideas from outdoor gear to clothing and gifts that give back.
Find the perfect eco-friendly gifts with this list of sustainable gift ideas from outdoor gear to clothing and gifts that give back.

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 list of sustainable gift ideas 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. So whether you’re looking to reduce waste in your life this holiday season or help a loved one become more eco-conscious, this eco-friendly gift guide will give you plenty of ideas.

Here are 30 sustainable gift ideas that give back to help cut back on waste and reduce your environmental footprint this holiday season.

Sustainable Gift Ideas that Reduce Waste

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

Find the perfect eco-friendly gifts with this list of sustainable gift ideas from outdoor gear to clothing and gifts that give back.

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 // One of the best eco-friendly gifts that reduce waster

Check price: REI / United By Blue / Eartheasy

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 // One of the best eco friendly gifts that reduce waste

Check price: United By Blue / 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. Produce bags also help keep your food fresher for longer while you’re traveling. 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 // One of the best eco friendly gifts that reduce waster

Check price: Amazon

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 w/ straw lid 32 oz water bottle is our favorite. It’s a good size for all-day hydration, keeps your drinks hot or cold, has a straw for easier drinking, and it’s easy to clean and carry. If you’re looking for something smaller or a bottle without 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.

Hydroflask // One of the best sustainable gift ideas that reduce waster

Check price: Hydro Flask / REI / Backcountry

YETI Rambler Magslider Tumbler

Yeti’s Rambler Magslider Tumbler will keep your coffee or tea hot (or cold) for hours and is perfect for drinks on the go. It’s spill resistant, 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.

Yeti Rambler Magslider Tumbler // One of the best sustainable gift ideas that reduce waster

Check price: REI / Backcountry


Instead of using toothpaste that comes in single-use plastic tubes, switch to plant-based, plastic-free toothpaste with Chewpaste. Chewpaste is functional and sustainable, coming in a reusable and recyclable glass container with bite-sized tablets.

Bringing along toothpaste tablets is perfect for backpacking or weekend trips since you can pack the exact amount you need – the perfect gift for the eco-friendly backpacker or traveler in your life! Etee only carries plastic-free products, so be sure to check out their site for more plastic-free gift ideas.

Chewpaste // One of the best sustainable gift ideas that reduce waste

Check price: etee

United by Blue 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 reusable utensil set in your car or bag. They’re made from durable stainless steel and the bag is made from recycled polyester, so you can use them again and again. They’re also a great choice for camping and backpacking trips!

Reusable Utensil Set // One of the best environmentally friendly gifts that reduce waste

Check price: United By Blue

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 and hiking 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. Be sure to check out their Kula for a Cause patterns, which donate 10-30% of the proceeds to various organizations.

Kula Cloth // One of the best eco friendly gifts that give back

Check price: Kula Cloth / REI

GRAYL Purifying Water Bottle

Say goodbye to single-use plastic water bottles, no matter where in the world (or backcountry) you are. GRAYL water bottles purify water from sketchy spigots, hotel sinks, rivers, lakes, and more to make clean, safe drinking water wherever you are – in only 8 seconds! We love the Grayl for its simplicity and speed – no filter attachments or extra items you need to carry – water gets filtered right in the bottle.

Grayl Purifying Water Bottle //  One of the best environmentally friendly gifts that reduce waste

Check Price: GRAYL / REI

Bee’s Wax Food Wrap

A natural alternative to plastic wrap for food storage, Bee’s Wrap lets you swap out single-use plastic bags and wrap. Bee’s Wrap is washable, reusable, and fully biodegradable. One of the greatest benefits of Bees Wrap is it’s naturally antibacterial, so it will help keep food fresh longer. We love using Bee’s Wrap in the kitchen and on road trips for an eco-friendly food storage option.

Bee's Wax Food Wrap //  One of the best environmentally friendly gifts that reduce waste

Check price: REI / United By Blue

Sustainable Gift Ideas that Give Back

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

Find the perfect eco-friendly gifts with this list of sustainable gift ideas from outdoor gear to clothing and gifts that give back.

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 // One of the best eco friendly gifts that give back

Check price: REI / Backcountry

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 // One of the best gifts that give back

Check price: REI / Moosejaw

Cotopaxi Bataan 3L Fanny Pack

The super lightweight and versatile Cotopaxi Bataan 3L Fanny Pack is an eco-friendly fanny pack because as part of Cotopaxi’s (Re)Purpose line, it re-uses leftover fabrics to keep them out of the landfill. We love this fanny pack for hiking, traveling, and everyday wear – it’s roomy enough for all of your everyday essentials.

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 fanny pack // One of the best sustainable gifts that give back

Check price: Cotopaxi / REI / Backcountry

BioLite AlpenGlow 250 Lantern

Handy for any camping trip, road trip, or even for at home, BioLite’s AlpenGlow 250 Lantern is one of our favorite gifts that give back. It’s made with a high efficiency, long-lasting LED and is rechargeable to help you avoid disposable batteries. It’s also water-resistant in case it rains and has a variety of lighting modes including dimmable warm white light, candle flicker, and colored lighting options.

Best of all, BioLite is working to bring clean, renewable energy access to communities in need while reducing CO2 emissions.

Check Price: BioLite / REI

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 // One of the best sustainable gifts that give back

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 // One of the best gifts that give back

Check price: REI

Gardyn Hydroponic Garden

Gardyn Hydroponic Garden is an indoor vertical hydroponic growing system that has dozens of organic greens, veggies, and herbs you can grow inside your house. Growing your own food is one of the most eco-friendly choices you can make, and this would make an amazing gift.

Kristen experimented with a Gardyn in her house last winter and was amazed at the results. Gardyn also donates their at-home grow kits to non-profits and other organizations that are working to make healthy food accessible to all.

Garden At Home Food Grow Kit // Find the perfect eco-friendly gifts with this list of sustainable gift ideas from outdoor gear to clothing and gifts that give back.

Check Price: Gardyn

TenTree Juniper Hoodie

Made of organic cotton and recycled polyester, the TenTree Juniper Hoodie is an eco-friendly staple in our closet and makes the perfect holiday gift. They’re committed to ethically manufacturing all of their clothing and have incredibly transparent factory information on their website. Best of all? With each purchase, TenTree plants 10 trees, and so far they’ve planted over 50 million trees.

TenTree Juniper Hoodie // One of the best ethical gifts that give back

Check Price: TenTree

Flume Bundle: Preworkout, Recovery, & Sleep Aid

Finding quality vegan supplements can be tricky, but with the Flume Bundle, you’re all set. These supplements help fuel your outdoor adventures, recover quickly, and sleep better. Flow boosts energy, alerts the mind, and increases stamina. Bask supports optimal muscle recovery while promoting a positive mood, and Drift promotes a restful sleep to help restore your body and mind before the next adventure.

Best of all? Flume is fully committed to operating in an ethical and sustainable manner — they have a traceable supply chain, are certified by Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), and donate a portion of their profits through 1% for Planet.

Flume Bundle // One of the best sustainable gifts that give back

Check price: Flume Botanicals

Sustainable Gift Ideas Made From Eco-Friendly Materials

These eco-friendly gifts are made from sustainable materials such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, and other fabrics that have less of a negative impact on the environment.

Find the perfect eco-friendly gifts with this list of sustainable gift ideas from outdoor gear to clothing and gifts that give back.

Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

I’ve worn Patagonia’s Nano Puff Jacket for years and it’s one of my favorite pieces of gear. Super warm, windproof, and water-resistant, this jacket is incredibly lightweight and highly compressible making it easy to stuff in your daypack or in your car.

Insulated with 100% eco post-consumer recycled polyester with P.U.R.E.™ (Produced Using Reduced Emissions) technology, this jacket is also Fair Trade Certified sewn — an all-around amazing jacket that is also super sustainable. Plus, Patagonia has an awesome Worn Wear program where you can trade in your gently used Patagonia gear for store credit. You can find a hooded version of the Nano Puff here.

Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket // One of the best eco friendly gifts

Check price: Patagonia / REI / Backcountry

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 grounds and is hands down the most comfortable sweatshirt we’ve ever worn. Coalatree uses unisex sizing on some of their clothes, including this sweatshirt, so size down if you want a snug fit.

Coalatree Evolution Hoodie //  One of the best eco friendly gifts from one of our favorite eco friendly brands

Check price: Coalatree

REI Co-op Big Haul 40 Recycled Duffel

The REI Co-op Big Haul 40 Recycled Duffel is made responsibly with rugged recycled ripstop nylon for incredible durability for all of your adventures. With removable duffel handles, stowaway backpack straps, and side/end handles, it’s a very versatile piece of gear. It’s also one of REI’s best sellers and is a carry-on-friendly size with lots of handy interior and exterior organization pockets.

REI Co-op Big Haul 40 Recycled Duffel // One of the best sustainable gifts made with recycled materials

Check price: REI

Coalatree Puffy Kanchula Adventure Blanket

Whether you want to cozy up around the fire or gaze up at the stars, the Coalatree Puffy Kachula Adventure Blanket is a warm and snuggle-soft addition to your life. Water, spill, and dog-hair resistant, this is a great eco-friendly blanket option that packs up super small (it can double as a pillow in a pinch). It comes with a hood, so this can be a super cozy poncho too! It’s made from recycled materials including bluesign® ripstop nylon.

Coalatree Puffy Adventure Blanket // One of the best eco friendly gifts

Check price: Coalatree

Toad&Co Pajama Bottoms

Pajamas are the perfect cozy gift, and why not choose a sustainably made pair for the holidays? These Toad&Co Shuteye Pajama Bottoms are made of 100% organic cotton, which uses 88% less water and 62% less energy than conventional cotton, and is grown without GMOs or toxic chemicals. Bonus – these pajama bottoms come with gift-ready packaging rolled with ribbon.

Toad&Co Pajama Bottoms // One of the best eco friendly gifts

Check Price: Toad&Co

Boody Bamboo Underwear

Eco-friendly underwear that is breathable, and comfy is sometimes hard to find – not with Boody. Made of organic bamboo viscose, these undies are breathable, odor-resistant, thermo-regulating, and moisture-wicking to provide all-day comfort.

Organic bamboo is grown without pesticides, insecticides, or fertilizers making this the perfect next-to-skin layer – plus, bamboo is naturally regenerative (meaning it’s fast-growing and also helps prevent soil erosion) and requires way less water than other fabrics, like cotton.

Boody Bamboo underwear // One of the best eco friendly gifts for women

Check price: Boody

Toad&Co Re-Form Flannel Shirt

Upgrade your flannel game with this recycled flannel shirt from Toad&Co. This shirt is made 100% of recycled materials including recycled polyester (which comes from recycled plastic water bottles) and recycled cotton (which comes from salvaged cotton textiles – including Toad&Co fabric scraps!). In 2021 alone, Toad&Co has recycled 37 tons of fiber, which is over 27 million gallons of water, 55,000 oz of pesticides, and over 400,000 miles worth of car emissions saved.

Toad&Co Recycled Flannel // One of the best eco friendly gifts for women

Check Price: Toad&Co

Patagonia Nano Puff Mitts

The Patagonia Nano Puff Mitts are a great eco-friendly gift for snow lovers to use for everything from hiking or running errands around town. Made of mostly recycled materials, these mittens are water-resistant and the DWR coating protects against all but the heaviest snow days.

Patagonia Nano Puff Mittens //  One of the best sustainable gifts made with recycled materials

Check Price: Patagonia / Backcountry

More Sustainable Gift Ideas

Here are a few more of our favorite eco-friendly gifts.

Find the perfect eco-friendly gifts with this list of sustainable gift ideas from outdoor gear to clothing and gifts that give back.

Manduka PROlite Yoga Mat

The eco-conscious yogi in your life will love the Manduka PROlite Yoga Mat. PRO mats are manufactured using a process that ensures no toxic emissions are released into the atmosphere, making this a great choice for an eco-friendly, sustainable yoga mat. Plus, Manduka has a lifetime guarantee, making this a great long-term mat.

Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat // One of the best eco friendly non toxic gifts

Check price: REI

Good to Go Vegan Meal Kit

Good-To-Go offers a ton of vegan (and vegetarian, and gluten-free) backpacking meal options that taste great and are packed with nutrients to keep you fueled on the trail. While most pre-made backpacking meals are full of preservatives, Good-To-Go is totally preservative-free and full of high-quality, organic ingredients. Just add water & voila! These have quickly become my backpacking meals of choice, but would also be a great sustainable gift idea for car campers too.

Go-to-Go Vegan Backpacking Meals // One of the best vegan gifts

Check Price: Good To Go

Guppyfriend Washing Bag

Did you know that each time you wash your synthetic clothing (think: polyester, recycled polyester, nylon, and other fabrics commonly used for apparel), tiny bits of plastic shed and enter the water system? Microplastics are increasingly becoming a problem as they make their way from washing machines into rivers, lakes, and oceans, harming aquatic animals and ending up in our food.

Luckily, we can reduce the amount of microplastics entering the water system by using a Guppyfriend Washing Bag. By washing synthetic clothing in a Guppybag you actually reduce the amount of microplastics shedding altogether, and you can easily pick out and discard the microplastics that are shed in the bag.

Guppyfriend Washing Bag // One of the best environmentally friendly gifts

Check Price: United By Blue

Compost Bin

Make composting a cinch with this sleek stainless steel countertop compost bin. Food waste is the largest category in landfills, making up over 23% of all waste, and keeping food scraps out of landfills is a huge way to live more sustainably. No more plastic bags or leftover tupperware containers for scraps – this stainless steel bin is odor-free and cute enough to leave right on the kitchen counter. Just empty it into your outdoor compost pile or tumbler every few days when it fills up.

Compost Bin // One of the best environmentally friendly gift ideas

Check Price: Earth Easy

Sometimes buying a gift for an eco-conscious person is hard, especially if they request no gifts. Instead of buying something physical, why not donate to an environmental organization in their name? This is a thoughtful choice that will have a lasting impact. If you’re unsure where to find a great outdoor environmental group to donate to, check out our blog post on the top environmental groups to support.

We hope this list of sustainable gift ideas helps make any gifting you plan on doing easier and more eco-friendly this year. If you have any other eco-friendly gift suggestions share in the comments below!

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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