It’s less than two months until Christmas. Deck the halls. Dig Boney M out of the iTunes archives.
It’s time to go shopping.
We’ve put together a list of eco friendly stocking stuffer ideas for the special peeps in your life.
Doggos and cats are peeps too.
Sporty and I aren’t in the habit of exchanging gifts, but we get that a lot of people enjoy the tradition. Especially at Christmas time when things feel festive.
This year, let’s make the gifts we give really count. By choosing to buy something that’s good for the planet or makes a difference in some way, the gift-giving experience takes on a whole new slant.
You’re no longer buying simply for the sake of having a gift to put under the tree or in the Christmas stocking. You’re buying with the intention of delighting the recipient, not harming the environment and supporting a brand that’s doing good.
Three carrots with one knife is pretty good going.
It’s easy to default to Amazon or your local mall for Christmas shopping. Not that those are terrible options (Amazon gives back in numerous ways), but it’s always a good idea to look beyond the obvious and see if there’s someone else we can support.
I know we’re tired of hearing about covid, but a lot of business took a huge knock over the past 18 months. Let’s see if we can spread the love a little by supporting the mom and pops out there.
Earth Hero (which is where I found all of these eco friendly stocking stuffer ideas) believes choices make changes. They’ve partnered with brands that are taking the right steps and helping to create a more sustainable future.
Pretty much all of them are small scale enterprises. Comprising a handful of staff at most, these guys all have a vision for a better future for our planet. Who better to support than the ones who truly care?
Their sitewide Green Friday sale runs from now until January 3. With discounts ranging from 10-22% and codes to have them plant extra trees based on your purchases, it’s a win/win.
20 Eco Friendly Stocking Stuffer Ideas
I’ve endeavoured to compile a list of eco friendly stocking stuffer ideas that aren’t super expensive. Some of the items I came across were a little heavier on the budget, but they were too good not to include.
Don’t buy them if you can’t afford them. The last thing I want is for you to get into debt over the Holidays because of something you saw on our blog. If money is even slightly tight, rather come up with other ways to stuff those Christmas stockings.
1. Heart Stud Earrings by Baleen
These petite earrings are handmade from 99% recycled metals in a zero-waste facility in Seattle. You can rest assured you’re not adding any waste to the landfill with this purchase.
Learn more about Bayleen’s commitment to eco-friendliness.
2. Artemis at Dawn Perfume Balm by Fat and the Moon
Made from organic and plant-based ingredients, this natural perfume balm features a floral yet earthy scent. It’s 100% non-toxic and can easily be applied throughout the day for a scent boost.
Learn more about Fat and the Moon’s commitment to eco-friendliness.
3. Future Is Female Quote Necklace by Chocolate and Steel
This nickel-free and hand-stamped necklace is made from 100% recycled sterling silver and produced in a US-based studio that’s powered by wind and solar energy. In case you didn’t guess from the name, it’s also a woman-owned company.
Learn more about Chocolate and Steel’s commitment to eco-friendliness.
4. Natural Hand Cream by Seed Phytonutrients
This hand cream goes on thick and absorbs quickly, which is exactly what you want your hand cream to do. It’s also vegan, cruelty-free and packaged in an aluminum tube that can be returned to EarthHero to be recycled through TerraCycle!
Learn more about Seed Phytonutrients’ commitment to eco-friendliness.
5. Glacier Solmate Crew Socks by Solmate Socks
Think socks are a boring gift? You’ll change your mind when you see Solmate’s selection of footwear. They’re colourful, fun and super cozy. Plus, they’re made from super soft, recycled cotton scraps from t-shirt factories. As they say, life is too short for matching socks!
Learn more about Solemate Socks’ commitment to eco-friendliness.
6. Natural Carpet Cleaning Powder by Earthy Edith’s
First socks and now carpet cleaner. How is that a good Christmas present? Well, for starters it ticks the eco friendly box. More importantly, don’t underestimate your sustainability-obsessed friends’ desire for zero waste cleaning agents. The reusable stainless steel dispenser alone will have them squealing with delight.
Learn more about Earthy Edith’s’ commitment to eco-friendliness.
7. Fellowship Cork Wallet from Tiradia
Why on earth would you want a leather wallet when you could have a wallet made from cork? Handmade in Portugal, this bi-fold wallet is biodegradable, cruelty-free and vegan. With 8 credit card slots, a spot for cash and discreet interior open pocket inserts for documents, it’s sure to impress the sustainable cool dude in your life.
Learn more about Tiradia’s commitment to eco-friendliness.
8. Socks that Protect Sharks from Conscious Step
I know, more socks. But these ones have sharks on them! Plus, for every pair you buy, Conscious Step donates $1 towards protecting sharks through Oceana. As if that’s not enough, these babies are also Fair Trade and vegan certified and made from a high-quality organic cotton fabric blend.
Learn more about Conscious Step’s commitment to eco-friendliness.
9. Sea Turtles Recycled Bracelet from 4Ocean
Made from recycled materials, this handcrafted donation bracelet also removes waste from our oceans! For every bracelet sold, 4Ocean will remove 1 pound of waste from our seas. Poceeds from this bracelet also allow 4Ocean to partner with the Florida Atlantic University Marine Research Lab in Sea Turtle conservation efforts.
Learn more about 4Ocean’s commitment to eco-friendliness.
10. Microfiber Laundry Ball from Cora Ball
First more socks and now more cleaning aids. Trust me on this, your zero waste human (we all have at least one) will be thrilled to find a microfiber laundry ball in their Christmas stocking.
This laundry ball serves as an easy fix for an otherwise gargantuan problem. Every time you do your laundry, your synthetic clothes release hundreds of thousands of microfibers (tiny plastic and chemical coated fibers) that eventually end up in our waterways.
The Cora Ball works by trapping and securing threads in its “spindles” that can be easily cleaned as microfibers collect. Here’s your chance to make an impact on ocean pollution. When you order one for your pal, be sure to get one for yourself, too.
Learn more about Cora Ball’s commitment to eco-friendliness.
11. Kawan Mini Rubber Duck from Hevea
We all remember how much fun bath time was when we had a rubber duck to share the experience with. These Kawan Mini Rubber Ducks from HEVEA are made from 100% natural rubber from HEVEA trees. As teething toys go, this one’s top notch.
Learn more about Hevea’s commitment to eco-friendliness.
12. Kids Watering Can from Green Toys
Green Toys’ Kids Watering Can is the perfect gift for the beginner gardener. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs, this set includes a rake and shovel to to make planting veggies and bee-friendly flowers easy and fun. (Might not fit in a stocking, but super cute, right!?)
Learn more about Green Toys’ commitment to eco friendliness.
13. Sea Shine Shampoo from Captain Blankenship
This product ticks the eco friendly box big time. Made from organic aloe vera and packaged in recycled ocean-bound plastic, what’s not to love? But the real reason this one made the list is because of the names. Sea Shine Shampoo is awesome anyway, but then it’s made by a company called Captain Blankenship. Sounds like something straight out of an Agatha Christie novel!
Learn more about Captain Blankenship’s commitment to eco-friendliness.
14. Del Día Trece Laptop Sleeve (13 inch) from Cotopaxi
I get that a laptop sleeve is a little big to be considered a Christmas stocking stuffer, but maybe you could roll it up? These 13 inch Del Día Trece Laptop Sleeves are made from 100% repurposed nylon that was headed to the landfill by other factories. Even better, buying one means a 1% donation towards world-changing nonprofits worldwide!
Learn more about Cotopaxi’s commitment to eco-friendliness.
15. Endangered Species Bike Bell from Wishbone Design Studio
Wishbone Design Studio have found a unique way to combine fun and safety with their Endangered Species Bike Bell. Compatible with all bikes, the bell is loud (but not annoying) and has a sturdy rubber strap that connects it to any bike easily.
But here’s the best part. Each bell features a different endangered species – and donates to nonprofits that protect these animals and promote biodiversity! Choose from White Panda, Green Turtle, Blue Whale and more.
Learn more about Wishbone Design Studio’s commitment to eco-friendliness.
16. Vegan Bar Soap from Meow Meow Tweet
The packaging alone makes this Vegan Bar Soap from Meow Meow Tweet a must for our list of eco friendly stocking stuffer ideas. Cruelty-free and made with organic and fair trade ingredients, this bar soap comes in 4 unique scents. Oh, and it’s plastic free!
Learn more about Meow Meow Tweet’s commitment to eco-friendliness.
17. Peanut Butter Noochies Organic Dog Treats from Because, Animals
Peanut Butter Noochies are a delicious and sustainable snack option for your doggo. This organic and plant-based cookie serves as the perfect reward for well behaved hounds.
Packing a nutricious punch bar non, these meaty, cheesy, umami flavored human-grade dog treats will make any tail will wag! They’re also filled with peanut butter, banana, ancient grains, coconut oil, flaxseed, applesauce, which means Rover might have to share with his human.
Learn more about Because, Animals’ commitment to eco-friendliness.
18. Spruce Up Pup Natural Dog Shampoo Bar from Natural Dog Company
Lather your pupper up with a Spruce Up Pup Natural Dog Shampoo Bar. Made from 100% natural, non-toxic, and pet-safe ingredients, this eco-friendly dog shampoo will make your pooch smeel great. Even better, it soothes irritated skin and fights bacteria and fungus.
Soaking in these suds will make for a super relaxed and super moisturised doggo. It also helps Rover look better, feel better, and even dry faster. No more ‘wet dog’ smell!
Learn more about Natural Dog Company’s commitment to eco-friendliness.
19. Hemp Pyramid Cat Toy from Bobo & Vespa
Made with a hemp canvas outer and filled with organic cotton, organic catnip, and crinkly buckwheat hulls, this toy is perfect for puddy-tats who like to bat things around. It’s plastic-free and compostable at the end of its life. Be sure to read the rave reviews.
Learn more about Bobo & Vespa’s commitment to eco-friendliness.
20. Omega & Probiotic Cat Supplement Sprinkles from Because, Animals
Now you can keep your cat healthy and reduce their carbon pawprint! The Omega & Probiotic Cat Supplement Sprinkles from Because, Animals is packed with sustainably sourced algae, promoting healthier skin and coat.
Paired with human-grade, organic ingredients like cranberries, pumpkin, and coco
Learn more about Because, Animals’ commitment to eco-friendliness.
How to Wrap Your Eco Friendly Stocking Stuffers
Now that you’ve bought your eco friendly stocking stuffers, it’s time to wrap them up. But how? Believe it or not, you can actually wrap gifts without trashing the planet.
Shiny ribbons and brightly-colored wrapping paper aren’t the only way to dress up a gift. This year (and every one that follows) give a present to the earth by cutting down on holiday waste.
The lovely folks at TRVST have got you covered with their roundup of eco friendly gift wrapping ideas and tips. From old newspaper and tea towels to chip bags, jars and tins, you won’t need to spend a cent on gift wrap.
Be sure to watch Shel’s video for more tips and ideas. With a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a passion for sustainability, she probably knows better than most how best to wrap your gifts.
If you’re not the crafty type or simply don’t have the time to get creative with your wrapping, then take a look at Earth Hero’s cards and stationery department. They have loads of recycled and sustainable greeting cards and girft wrap to make your prezzies look lovely.
There you have it. A whole, long list of eco friendly stocking stuffer ideas that are good for the planet and your budget. Oh, and the people you buy them for will love them too.
More money for chocolate, awesome!