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The Best Natural & Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

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Treat someone special on your gift list this season to a natural gift! There are more natural and eco-friendly gift choices available than ever and it can be tough to know where to start. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! My Top Natural & Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas has something for everyone on your list.

I’ve specifically curated this list for the eco-conscious, natural minded and healthy lifestyle enthusiasts. Many of these gifts I have received or given myself, while others are on my personal wish list for this year (hint, hint, hubby!).

 

Consumable Gift Ideas

I personally love consumable gifts because they are often times items I wouldn’t buy for myself but I love to try out new products. I also love consumable gifts because once I use up the gift, it’s gone. I don’t have something else to find a place for in my home.

 

Essential Oil Gifts

Essential oils have so many wonderful uses – every family needs them in their home! I get all of my essential oils from Plant Therapy because they are high quality, reasonably priced and they have everything I need.

For an essential oil newbie, try the 7&7 Aromafuse Gift Set – it includes the top 14 essential oils (7 singles and 7 synergy blends) and a diffuser.

These holiday blends are perfect for diffusing all winter long.

The Kid Safe Synergy Set is essential in my house and used in heavy rotation all year.

 

Natural Beauty Gift Set

There are some amazing gifts for natural beauty lovers. I love trying out new natural products, so this Glow & Go Gift Set from Credo Beauty is on the top of my list. Plus it’s only $35!

I’m also coveting this Clean Beauty Kit that comes in a upcycled bag by designer MAFIA.

 

Natural Beauty Subscription Box

I have a subscription to GoodBeing Natural Beauty Box and really enjoy it! You can read my GoodBeing Box review here to find out what a monthly box looks like.

The box is $24.95 per month and comes with 5 full size and trial size natural and clean beauty products.

Sign up for GoodBeing Natural Beauty Box.

Good Being natural beauty box

Tea Gift Set

For a tea enthusiast, a box full of high quality teas is always a welcome gift! Art of Tea has high quality loose and bagged teas, as well as beautifully curated and packaged gift sets. My favorites are the Wellness Tea Sampler, the Loose Leaf Tea Gift Set or the Classics Gift Set.

 

Experience Gift Ideas

I love experience gifts because they are usually something that I want but will not spend the time or money to do myself. And isn’t that exactly what a great gift is – something the other person wants but will probably not buy for themself?

 

Massage, Facial or Spa Day

I know what you’re thinking: ‘oh, geeze, massage on a gift guide, that’s SOOOO original! (insert eye roll). But hear me out! There’s a good reason that the gift of personal pampering is so frequently suggested. Getting a massage is magical!

It never gets old, and it’s something most people don’t do for themselves on a regular basis. I’ve received massage, facial and spa day gifts on numerous occasions, and would always welcome it again.

Spa Finder is a great place to purchase a gift card for a massage. The card can be used at spas all over the country.

 

House Cleaning Service Gift

I especially love this gift for moms who feel like they can never catch up (isn’t that most moms?!). Doesn’t it sound amazing to have someone come and clean your entire house for you? It certainly does to me – cleaning is NOT my forte.

(Don’t forget to ask them to use your own, non-toxic cleaners if that’s a concern to you! Most companies will happily oblige).

Home Cleaning and maid services are mostly locally owned, so check your area for a reputable company.

 

Give an ‘Upgrade’ Gift

Upgrade gifts are some of my favorite gifts ever!  Over the years I’ve requested lots of ‘upgrade’ gifts, mostly of overused kitchen or household items I had the cheap version of. These are items I use frequently and would love to have a higher quality version of, but I will likely not give myself an ‘upgrade.’

Do the upgrading for your recipient! this category works best for someone you know well, like a spouse, parent or close friend. Here are a few of my favorite upgrade gifts.

 

Pressure Cooker or Slow Cooker

I first came across the Instant Pot years ago because I was searching for a non-toxic replacement for my old crock pot. I wanted something with a stainless steel cooking vessel, and I stumbled upon the Instant Pot. Several years later I use the pressure cooking feature more than the slow cook, and this is one of my favorite ‘upgrade’ items to date!

 

Organic Sheets or Bedding

While some people might think bedding is an odd choice for a gift, I think it is a superbly giftable item. I just recently got my first set of super soft, amazing organic sheets and I love them! Bedding is one of those categories I don’t usually splurge on, so this is a perfect upgrade gift. The set I’m loving right now is the Organic Cotton Sheets from Nest Bedding.

Get 5% off sitewide at Nest Bedding with code HOLINEST

white organic cotton sheet set

Yoga Mat

Anyone who’s in to yoga needs a really good yoga mat. I received my Jade Yoga mat as a gift 3 years ago and it still looks new – I love it!

It is slip proof, doesn’t get little rips like the cheap mats do, and stable enough to support you even during a sweaty hot yoga session!

 

Handmade Gift Ideas

I have a soft spot for handmade gifts. I spent several years making and selling my own soap and body products and I met LOTS of wonderful makers along the way. I love that when you give a handmade gift you are not only giving something truly unique, but you are also supporting a local maker in the process. I have many handmade gifts that I love, but here are a few of my favorites.

I have 12 more handmade gift ideas for women (that you DON’T have to make yourself) – make sure to check it out!

 

Handmade jewelry is a favorite of mine. I particularly love this sterling silver Orbit Necklace, these Rainbow Moonstone Hammered Circle Earrings and pretty much anything from Heidy Henke Designs.

 

This Propagation Vase is handmade from reclaimed wood and can be used as a vase, a tiny terrarium or to propagate your plants. You’ll want to check out June & December for lots of beautiful handmade home items (hand printed kitchen towels, gorgeous cloth napkins, hand made pillows, aprons, paper goods….seriously, check them out).

propagation vase JuneDecember

 

I received an amazing set of drinking chocolates from Flying Bird Botanicals several years ago and loved it. This shop also makes tea blends, body care products and products for new moms/babies.

(PS – this gift set also made an appearance on my Handmade Gift Ideas for Women post)

 

This Handpainted Glass Coffee Mug is beautiful – it’s my current favorite mug. This items ships from the Ukraine, so make sure you order in time.

rainbow handpainted glass mug

Healthy Living Gift Ideas

Healthy lifestyle gifts are great for the natural minded person in your life because there is probably at least one area of their life they are working on healthifying (I made that word up, feel free to use it ;). The common theme with all of these gifts is that they improve quality of life and/or facilitate learning about healthy living.

 

Berkey Water Filter

Give the gift of clean water with a Berkey water filter. This is THE best countertop water filter available and it does a stellar job of cleaning up your household drinking water. Make sure you spring for the fluoride filters if your city still puts fluoride in the tap water.  We have had our Berkey water filter for 6 years and absolutely LOVE it.

This is a pricey gift, but it’s one that will last for years. PLUS, your healthy living recipient will think of you every single time they get a glass of their amazingly clean water (that’s at least 8 times a day). How amazing is that?!

 

Water Kefir Grains

Water kefir is an easy to make fermented drink that is packed full of probiotics. It has a slightly bubbly texture and mildly sweet taste. Water kefir can be flavored with fruits and juices or consumed plain, and it is an awesome way to get more probiotics in your entire family.

I have made water kefir on and off for about 5 years, and I have purchased these water kefir grains 3 times and they are super high quality. Once you buy the grains, they will last for years if you take care of them (I let mine die, twice. oops). Water kefir grains do require a small amount of daily maintenance, and they will make A LOT of water kefir. So make sure you think your gift recipient would be up for a new mini-project with these.

Make sure you also purchase the accessories they will need to make water kefir: a plastic strainer (no stainless!), a big glass jar, a wooden spoon and organic sugar.

 

Mighty Fix Subscription Box

The Mighty Fix is an inexpensive and easy way to try out new natural living products. Each month you receive a healthy lifestyle product shipped direct to you for only $10 per month. The value of the product included is always AT LEAST $10, usually more.

I think subscription boxes are so fun – who doesn’t like to receive a surprise package in the mail?! The Mighty Fix box is inexpensive and geared towards natural minded moms.

Try the MightyFix for only $3 and get 2 sheets of Bee’s Wrap for your first month with promo code BEESFIX2018.

 

Healthy Living Books

I love to learn, so I always appreciate a new book about a topic I want to learn more about. Here are a few of my favorite books related to healthy living:

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy  – this is my favorite book on essential oils. It is very thorough and includes lots of recipes to help put your essential oils to use.

Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies that Heal – I just got this book myself, but am loving it! It makes using herbs approachable and teaches how to incorporate them into your daily diet.

My Paleo Patisserie: An Artisan Approach to Grain-Free Baking – this is a gorgeous book. I have given this book several times as a gift and use it myself in my kitchen. The recipes are all wonderful and the photos are beautiful enough this could be a coffee table book.

 

DIY Gift Ideas

Last But certainly not least is gifts you can make yourself. There are endless possibilities in this category, so I’ll just give you a few of my favorites that are easy enough for anyone to do.

Try my hot chocolate lotion bars or cuticle oil with essential oils for stocking stuffers everyone will rave about.

Check out this list of Easy Homemade Gift Ideas from Healthy Green Savvy for more DIY inspiration.

 

Looking for gift ideas for kids? Check out my Handmade Gift Guide for Women and list of the Best Unique Books for Kids.

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