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Pick a present that helps the planet with The Cool Down’s 2023 holiday gift guide

You can’t go wrong with any of these special gifts.

You can’t go wrong with any of these special gifts.

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I’m about to make your life a lot easier this holiday season if you’re looking to give gifts that don’t hurt the planet.

This is a tried and true short list of gift ideas that are sure to make someone smile and come from responsible, sustainable companies and small businesses. 

Our approach to gift-giving at The Cool Down goes like this:

— Shop high-quality, long-lasting, and non-plastic, when possible 

— Buy local, prioritizing small business and thrift finds

— Show your values through your gifts

Let’s get to it. 

01.

Holiday Cards

This one’s simple — recycled paper, responsibly sourced, from a certified B-Corp, and great designs. Highly recommended by at least three TCD staffers (including me).  

Paper Culture 

02.

Food Gifts 

Introduce your family and friends to the most delicious “upcycled” food, smarter and healthier cooking oils, yummy eats from a contestant on “The Big Brunch,” and responsible small businesses that use packaging that is better for the planet. 

Renewal Mill Dessert Collection Variety Pack 

Zero Acre Cooking Oil

Ritual Chocolate Club

Sqirl Jams & Gift Boxes

The Hungry Gnome (especially the chocolate chip scones)

03.

Gifts for Her 

There’s something for everyone here, from the most high-performance and innovative makeup to jewelry with intention, and bags that are made with innovation and durability. I’m personally gifting or asking for items on this list this year. 

Wishbeads Bracelets 

MOB Beauty Makeup Sets 

Rothy’s Casual Crossbody Bag 

Cotopaxi Hip Pack 

Cuyana Mini Travel Case

04.

Gifts for Him

I’ve personally gifted most/all of these to my husband, dad, and brother, and I can vouch for the uniqueness and adoration of each item. You can’t go wrong.

One Golden Thread Long Sleeve Raglan

Huckberry Greys Wool Slippers 

Patagonia Better Sweater

Pact Stretch French Terry Quarter Zip

Lems Shoes

JunkTheory Starter Kit

05.

Stocking Stuffers 

These small and inexpensive items are a great way to bring low-key sustainability into your gift-giving, and all come personally recommended by me and our TCD team. 

Poppy & Pout Lip Balms 

Dieux Skin Forever Eye Masks

Grove Collaborative Wool Dryer Balls

BLAVOR Multi-Use Solar Charger Power Bank

Nimble Fast Phone Charger

Canary Toothpaste Tablets (mint for adults, watermelon or strawberry + kiwi for kids) 

Nordhus Swedish Dishcloths 

Thank You Cards

Que Collapsible Bottle

06.

Home 

All of these products have a place in my home — and with a range of prices, there’s something here for every recipient on your list. 

Stojo Collapsible Travel Coffee Cup

Bearaby Weighted Blankets

Eddi Hand Soap Starter Set

Marley’s Monsters UnPaper Towels

Lula’s Garden Holiday Sets 

07.

Gifts for Babies/Kids

You can’t go wrong with any of these special gifts — from baby shoes that will dissolve in boiling water once your little one has outgrown them to high-quality toys and puzzles. 

Woolybubs Baby Shoes 

Tiny Earth Toy Membership 

Flap Happy Sunwear 

eeBoo Puzzles 

i See Me! Personalized Books 

09.

You Can’t Go Wrong

All of these brands are doing the right thing — and you’ll be making a great choice with just about any gift they offer. 

Patagonia 

Etsy (especially when using the “Zero Waste” and “Eco-Friendly” filters)

Cotopaxi 

Reformation

10.

Experiences 

Forget “stuff” — some of the best gifts can be memorable experiences for you and your family. Our kids loved this magic show. Good family fun! 

Magic Show & Lesson

Paint Your Pet

Want more ideas? Check out more from our team and our partners at Maavee Wellness with a more visual gift guide here. What are your favorite sustainable gifts? We’d love to hear from you at hello@thecooldown.com.

Anna Robertson is the co-founder of The Cool Down and loves discovering and testing new sustainable products.

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