Eco-Friendly Gift Guide
It seems as though we’re all trying to incorporate more eco-friendly, non-toxic, and “green” aspect into our daily lives. So why not bring your holiday shopping into the mix? There are lots of “green” products out there that are perfect for gifting this holiday season, and we’re here to help you find them. There’s something for everyone (even the family pet!) in our Eco-Friendly Gift Guide. And you can be sure that each product is a safer, more responsible way to keeping your loved ones healthy and keeping our world greener!
Give the little girl who loves to play with her brother’s trains her very own this year. With a splash of pink and purple, this train from one of our favorite eco-friendly brands, Green Toys, will be sure to give little miss conductor something to “choo choo” about this Christmas. The three pieces of this durable train connect and come apart, the roof of the caboose detaches, and two pink bears are along for the ride. For play indoors or outdoors, if the Green Toys train gets too messy during its adventures, simply toss it in the dishwasher for easy cleaning. And just like all of Green Toys products, every piece of this train is made out of 100% recycled plastic milk jugs, with no BPA, PVC, or phthalates, making it a safe and responsible choice.
Bonus: Green Toys are proudly made in the USA!
Move over Play-Doh, there is a new cooler buddy in town! Non-toxic, gluten and allergen free modeling compound that NEVER dries out. That’s right! No more leaving clay out to dry. Bubber by Waba Fun is very pleasant to touch, lightweight and non-sticky. This compound is made of sand, acts like sand, yet sticks together and leaves no mess.
Kids love to play with it, touch it, break it apart, make cakes and figurines out of. So easy to build with, it leaves clean lines when using shapes to cut it out and never sticks or stains. Perfect gift for a child of any age that will help develop their fine motor and sensory skills. Comes in 6 beautiful colors, this affordable toy will blow every child’s mind and open new possibilities.
Love a fresh manicure but hate the scary toxins in traditional nail polish? Lakur non-toxic nail polish from Londontown will give you the best of all worlds – gorgeous, glossy colors, and free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, DBP, and camphor – and, it’s vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free!
Lakur has a stunning array of color choices with cheeky British-themed names in the product line – some of our favorites are shown here (Down To Dilly, Changing Of The Guards, Guarded Jewel, Posh Rising, Dishy Splendour, Foglifter, Stargazing Royalty, & Brittania). This nail polish glides on super smooth, and dries with a perfect, shiny gloss, and even better, it lasts. Each polish is infused with a proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals that help heal nails, promote overall nail health, and adhere to your nails for the long haul.
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Something that is good for you and for the environment makes for a special gift. You can feel good about giving John Masters Organics skincare essentials that are composed of natural products which work better and are safer. A complete regimen of skincare necessities would make a wonderful present including a gentle exfoliating cleanser and their award-winning natural mineral sunscreen. With a John Masters Organics Skincare Essentials Collection you received products that will cleanse, moisturize, nourish, and protect your skin with all-natural products that leave your complexion radiant. You don’t have to break the bank in order to give this gift either because all the skincare fundamentals are in one money saving kit. For a limited time you will receive FREE 1 oz. bottles of Blood Orange & Vanilla Body Wash and Body Lotion and a monogrammed John Masters Organics washcloth with every purchase of the Skincare Essentials Collection. So, you can keep it for yourself to try these fabulous products or give a little extra in your gift.
Don’t forget about your furry friends this holiday season! Let your pet indulge in this mystifying and organic line of Lemongrass and Flaxseed Pet Shampoo and Conditioner. If organic products are important to you, then surely your pet will expect nothing less than organic wholesome products. The John Masters Organics Pet Collection not only keeps your pet looking and smelling fresh, it also protects your pet from fleas and ticks with the infused natural essential oils.
Unlike other pet shampoo and conditioner, this collection serves many purposes, from cleaning, to protecting, to detangling your furry friend. Watch your pet enjoy bath time with the John Masters Organics Pet Collection products. The Lemongrass and Flaxseed Pet Shampoo and Conditioner is perfect for any furry friend and we have even found cats to enjoy these bath time essentials!
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Let your senses indulge in the most natural skin care line this holiday season! Kneipp bath and body products are made in Germany and have been a leading all-natural skincare line all over the world since 1891. The Kneipp body oil and joint and muscle intensive cream are uniquely crafted with no preservatives, no artificial ingredients, no paraffins, no silicone, and no mineral oils. If natural bath and body care is important to you, then you will be blown away by the quality and spa-like feeling from Kneipp products.
Free of harsh chemicals, the body oil is a perfect alternative or addition to a daily moisturizing routine. Complimentary to the body oil, the joint and muscle intensive cream makes the ideal gift for anyone who needs a little tender, loving care on their sore joints and muscles. Derived from the Arnica plant, it a great natural remedy for joint and muscle pain. Watch your loved ones restore their body with Kneipp bath and body products!
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Organic Tea by Numi
Do you have a tea connoisseur in your life? Treat your tea lover to a sensual experience with Numi Organic Tea. Not only does Numi craft some of the most refined organic teas, Numi is committed to saving our planet by using eco-responsible packaging, and partnering with green companies to offset carbon emissions. Celebrate the planet and your love for tea all at once!
Warm up this winter to a variety of teas like the Numi Holiday Tea Bundle, or some classics like green tea, black tea, and rooibos tea. And for those who enjoy a little decadence to their morning, evening, or afternoon tea, Numi offers some luxurious chocolate tea varieties. If you really want to impress your loved ones with a beautiful tea experience, consider the Flowering Tea Set in Bamboo. The look on their face as they watch the flowering tea blossom into a gorgeous masterpiece while steeping in a clear tea pot will be priceless. Enjoy the holiday this season with a cozy glass of Numi tea.
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Everyone should be able to enjoy the health benefits of homegrown food whether they have a sprawling backyard or live in an urban location. But traditional gardening is time consuming and difficult for beginners. Take the guesswork away from your loved one this year (and years to come!) and purchase them an UrbMat Guided Garden from UrbEarth. The UrbMat is the easiest way ever to start a garden! All they will need to provide is the soil, and the sun.
UrbMat is a 3′ x 2’growing mat with pre-spaces selections and built-in irrigation to grow over 13 lbs of GMO free produce per season. Using the UrbMat to garden saves water, prevents weeds from growing, and will open up their eyes to a whole new way of gardening and growing veggies and herbs. We love that UrbMats are sustainable and can be used for 3+ years and optimize small spaces. The 30 GMO free seed pods (called GrowUps) require no digging and are guaranteed to grow through UrbnEarth.
Each guided garden comes with the following veggies: Arugula, Basil, Carrots, Cilantro, Chard, Lettuce, Marigold, Parsley, Kale, Radish, Spinach and also includes your choice between Brussels Sprouts, and Tomatoes. Setting up the UrbMat is as simple as laying it on the soil, plugging in the hose to the mat, and start growing. Once your loved one has had awesome gardening success, they can easily purchase the refill kit year after year.
UrbEarth also believes in giving back. The purchase of UrbMat allows UrbnEarth to donate two meals to kids suffering from hunger in the U.S. Meals are donated in partnership with 2 Degrees Food and Feeding America.
Ready, set, grow…with UrbMat!
If you have a preschool or school-aged child, then you’re all too familiar with the morning routine of packing a snack or lunch for your child. Why not trade in your plastic baggies for reusable? With that in mind, Planet Wise has a new Snack Line that you’re sure to love this holiday season! This set includes a snack bag, sandwich wrap and sandwich bag in fun, coordinated prints.
Beyond the obvious, there are so many uses for these bags:
- Great alternative to plastic wrap or bags and aluminum foil
- Perfect size for fruits, snacks, sandwiches and leftovers
- Sandwich wrap doubles as a place mat
- Made with FDA Food Safe Materials
- Top-rack dishwasher safe (do not microwave)
Once you make the switch to these wash, rinse and reuse bags, you’ll want to pick up a few extra baggies. We love these window bags in red and lime dots. These bags feature a hook and loop closure to keep food fresh, angled corners for easy cleaning and waterproof seams to prevent leaking.
These snack bags not only save the environment, but they make a fun stocking stuffer.
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Give parents something for their baby that will also give them a peace of mind from the Erbaviva Baby Collection, a beautiful line of authentically organic skincare products for baby and the exclusive, handmade collection is Certified USDA Organic and Demeter Biodynamic. A Certified B Corporation, Erbaviva consistently implements and supports sustainable and environmentally responsible principles.
You can hand select from a variety of goodies for baby, such as Erbaviva Baby Shampoo. It nourishes the hair and scalp of newborns, but is ideal for the entire family. For bath time essentials there is the Baby Body Wash, which is made with soothing chamomile and nourishing aloe, oat and calendula extracts. Another bath time enhancer is the Erbaviva Happy Bath Essence, which naturally relieves over-stimulation and crankiness in children. For parents who need more help with bed time, consider giving Erbaviva Nighty Night Bath Essence. Sweetly scented organic essential oils of chamomile, lavender and sandalwood harmoniously create a lovely bath at the end of the day with Erbaviva Nighty Night Bath Essence. For hydrating baby after bath the Erbaviva Organic Baby Oil is a rich emollient moisturizer and nourishing supplement for delicate and sensitive skin.
If you’re short on time and need something quick and complete, then the Erbaviva Baby Basket is complete and ready to give. The Burmese Gift Basket offers an assortment of Erbaviva’s premium baby products that are just right for newborns and delicate baby skin. It’s all wrapped in a beautiful handmade basket woven by the Karen Hill Tribe of Burma. Each basket takes a week to weave, and makes an exquisite gift for baby or even a shower gift.
Are you looking for the perfect gift to pamper that special girl? If you want to give a gift that is truly indulgent, authentically organic, and smells and feels divine– Erbaviva’s products are a must. With Erbaviva’s products you can give the gift of a spa treatment this holiday season without your loved one ever having to leave the comforts of home.
Made with the healthiest and most pure products available, Erbaviva’s collections of bath and body essentials are all inclusive with something for everyone. Erbaviva bath and body collections are the epitome of luxurious. From bath salts to massage oils, from body wash to lotions, one can’t go wrong with any combination. Also, be sure to see Erbaviva’s aromatherapy section made up of 100% pure therapeutic grade oils. Giving Erbaviva products as a gift is giving an entire experience that is also eco-friendly. Choose from their Relax, Awaken, Breathe, or Embrace collections, each with their own unique blend of herbs. In fact, after you purchase one set, you are likely to want to purchase them for yourself as well!
Little boys and girls will love gathering all of their friends together in this charming farm cottage play tent! “Lucky” the horse, along with his chicken, cow, and other furry friends are all a part of a vibrantly-colored and detailed scene depicted on every side. Tent features a roll-up door on the front and back window for gazing out into the pasture. What a lovely space for your child’s imagination to grow!
Measuring 35 1/2″ L x 20 3/4″ W x 43 1/2″ H, this tent will fit great in just about any play space. Tent material is made of polyester and frame is made of plastic rods, making both setting up, putting away and storage a quick breeze. A unique feature of it is that it actually includes a bottom part rather than sit on bare floor. In addition to its development and play value, parents can feel safe knowing this and all tents by HABA are free of harmful chemicals such as fire retardants, water repellents, BPA, PVC and phthalates.
Is your child beginning to collect stuffed animals and you are starting to feel like they are taking over your home? While stuffed animals are a fun gift, storage for them is sometimes tricky. Hanging hammocks take up room and wall space, and render them as decoration, leaving them kind of useless. Why not turn your child’s stuffed animal family into a fun “bean bag” storage bag?
We love Boon products because the company has been at the forefront in taking a stand against harmful and toxic materials and chemicals in their products. Boon goes above and beyond to make sure that all their plastics are BPA free, and that they also, as a company, never use phthalates and PVC in anything. That’s music to any eco-conscious parent’s ears.
Your child will absolutely adore their newest chair, and you’ll love how the stuffed animals are confined, yet also easily accessible. Some of our favorite features include:
- 100% polyester material, that’s machine washable!
- BPA free, Phthalate free, and PVC free
- Approximate dimensions when full: 24″ X 22″ X 12″
- 4 fun color options (orange, blue, purple and gray)
- Mesh window with zipper closure for easy access
You’ll be surprised how many stuffed animals will fit into the Boon Animal Storage Bag, and it’s sure to clean up and organize your play room or child’s bedroom, while still being accessible, and a fun seat they will love!
Go green, or go home! Some people live by this motto and try to live the greenest life possible. Why not surprise them with a product or two from this 100% plant-based line? Nine Naturals make their products specifically with expecting moms in mind. If you have a friend who is pregnant and cautious about everyday beauty products, she is going to love this! We are so excited to introduce this green beauty product line by Nine Naturals.
The natural unscented deodorant, repairing body balm, and simply natural lip balm will make the perfect combination gift for any expecting mom you want to impress. The best part is, it’s not just for pregnant women, anyone who loves things all natural will enjoy this gift. Everything used in these products are derived from nature and never contain any sulfates, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, DEA, synthetic fragrances, or artificial preservatives. Not only are these products all natural, the performance is high rated. Get someone you love and care about the gift of natural beauty.
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Gift your loved ones with our newest favorite skincare line this holiday season – Waxelene truly is a dream come true. This pure, natural, non-GMO, cruelty-free, 4-ingredient moisturizer (yes, just 4 ingredients!) is petroleum-free, but has the rich, thick consistency of a petroleum jelly (but even better than that because it’s made with a patented aeration process, so the end product allows your skin to breathe!). Made from organic soybean oil, 100% natural beeswax, organic rosemary oil, and 100% natural vitamin E oil, Waxelene’s non-greasy texture and healing properties will make these products your go-to staple in your beauty routine.
The Lip Tube and Flip Tube are fantastic for moisturizing on the go – you’ll never have dry, cracked lips or hands again with these in your arsenal. We’ve also been known to dip into a jar of Waxelene (the 2 oz. jar and even the large 9 oz. jar!) for the ultimate lip moisturizer – it truly does not get better than this. Waxelene jars are ideal for moisturizing larger areas, such as your face, hands, or legs, on baby diaper rashes, or eczema. Trust us when we say that you’ll never experience a moisturizer this effective – we don’t leave home without it.
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If you have a little one on your shopping list this Christmas and you want to give them a unique gift, an annual subscription to Little Pnuts boxes will make the perfect present! Designed for children 0-7 years-old, these boxes arrive in the mail quarterly, filled with naturally-made, eco-friendly, quality toys without the bells and whistles of modern technology. The toys in Little Pnuts subscription boxes are hand-picked, and chosen specifically to encourage creative thought and play in children.
Your little ones will look forward to the arrival of their very own package in the mail, and find excitement in the new toys they receive every few months. And you will find satisfaction in the fact that you are giving them a gift of quality toys that are safe, non-toxic and designed to aid in each developmental stage in their lives.
Let your gift giving this holiday season give red and “green” a new meaning. And remember, be sure to recycle all your gift wrappings, either in the recycling can or by reusing for other gift giving this year!
Be sure to check back to see all our Holiday Guides this season!
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Dani lives in North Carolina with her two preschoolers. She is a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom who loves to clean and organize anything and everything. Her happiness is found in Jesus, days at the spa, and combating dark chocolate peanut butter cups with everyday workouts at the gym. She owns a wedding, lifestyle, and freelance photography business, Dani Nicole Photography.