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.
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.
The Hungry Gnome (especially the chocolate chip scones)
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.
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.
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.
Canary Toothpaste Tablets (mint for adults, watermelon or strawberry + kiwi for kids)
Gifts for Babies/Kids
Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World by Dr. Katharine Hayhoe
Mothering Earth: The Busy Family’s Guide to Saving the Planet by Julia Rockwell
Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard by Douglas W. Tallamy (Adult Version or Young Adult Version)
You Can’t Go Wrong
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 email@example.com.
Anna Robertson is the co-founder of The Cool Down and loves discovering and testing new sustainable products.
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