Stockings are my favorite part of Christmas morning! My mom always found the most fun and unique stocking stuffers for my sister and me, so I love carrying on the tradition.
Stocking stuffers so commonly have plastic packaging or are fun but useless items that get thrown away right after the holidays. I always make an extra effort to find eco friendly stocking stuffers that my family will actually use and that don’t create a ton of waste. There are always lots of great eco friendly gifts on Etsy, and I love perusing local shops and farmers’ markets to find stocking stuffers as well.
I have compiled the ultimate list of this year’s findings: 25+ stocking stuffers that will delight your friends and family while also being kind to the environment! Skip all the unnecessary plastic with these eco friendly gift ideas.
All of the products I love are some combination of organic, vegan, zero waste, handmade, non-toxic, and sustainable. Many are made by companies that give back and support great causes. And beyond that, these products are simply clever, unique, well designed, and, at times, surprising!
Giving gifts always feels good, but it feels even better when the gifts you’re giving are also good for the planet.
Here’s my guide to the best eco friendly stocking stuffers!
I’m in love with this unique, sustainable toothbrush from Brush with Bamboo. It’s the world’s first-ever plant-based bamboo toothbrush. The bristles are made from non-fossil fuel carbon and are 100% castor bean oil and USDA certified 100% biobased.
They do not contain any ricin, and you can rest assured that all of the company’s products are tested and certified by third parties, including the United States government’s Biopreferred Program.
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Did you know you could make a difference just by the socks you wear? These cozy socks are certified organic and fairtrade, plus they’re available in crew and ankle styles and countless patterns and colors.
But what I really love about them is that for every pair of socks you buy, a portion goes to a good cause.
This includes planting trees with Trees.org, providing disaster relief with Oxfam, restoring oceans and coral reefs with Oceana, supporting LGBTQ youth through the Trevor Project, treating HIV with UNAIDS, and fighting hunger with Action Against Hunger. The pattern you choose shows off the cause you care about!
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I love the idea of planting your pencil once it’s too short to use! That’s what Sprout wants you to do. Made with sustainably harvested wood, 100% natural graphite and clay and a non-toxic seed capsule, all you have to do is stick your pencil in potting soil, tip out, and ensure it remains moist and receives sunlight.
In 1 to 4 weeks, your plants will start to grow. Carnations, thyme, forget-me-nots, sage, daisies, coriander and cherry tomatoes—create your own garden with these singular pencils or give them as a gift to kids or adults alike.
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Take your bathroom routine to the next level with these reusable q-tips from LastSwab. The first q-tips of their kind in the world, they’re made from TPE, PP, and are stored in a bio-based carrying case. I gave these to all my family members and they were a big hit!
They can be easily cleaned by hand with soap and water and they’re made from durable, high-quality, flexible and non-toxic materials.
Even more impressive is that the LastSwab q-tip can replace 1,000 single-use cotton swabs. Using it allows you to play a role in reducing the harmful waste that impacts our environment.
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Similar to LastSwab, another great environmentally-friendly stocking stuffer this holiday season is LastTissue. Each box comes with 6 reusable 100% organic cotton tissues that come in a 100% recyclable silicone carrying case.
The case is organized in such a way that you can separate used tissues from the clean ones and you can disinfect it in the dishwasher. Also, you can wash your reusable tissues up to 500 times each. Even better: every pack saves the planet from over 3,000 single-use tissues.
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Beauty junkies (like me) will rejoice with LastRound. These are a sustainable alternative to single use cotton pads. Cotton, as it turns out, is not as environmentally friendly as you may think.
That’s why LastObject created these packs of 7 reusable cotton rounds, which you can easily store in their bio-based case. They’re made from 100% sustainably-sourced materials and are entirely compostable, and once you use them you can wash them by hand or in the washing machine before you reuse them.
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Stand up for the environment with your hair tie! I love these biodegradable hair ties made from natural rubber and certified organic cotton, produced at a Fair Trade Certified facility and hand-dyed using a low-impact dye.
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got thick or thin hair or whether you’re going to wear it as a fashion statement or for working out. These hair ties work for everyone and they’re made to last.
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Nothing tastes quite as good in the morning as a delicious cup of organic Guatemalan coffee. I absolutely love that it’s made with 100% organic arabica coffee beans, grown without GMOs and chemicals, and is certified bird-friendly and fair trade.
This coffee also has chocolate, caramel and fruit undertones, the latter due to the fact that the beans are grown under plantain, banana and guava trees. If you want to gift a cup of joe that also protects wildlife, the environment and worker’s rights, this is it.
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Did you know it’s estimated that we use over 500 million plastic straws per day in the US? Help combat the straw crisis with this lovely set of colorful and reusable stainless steel straws.
It comes with 1 thick straw (ideal for smoothies, bubble tea and milkshakes), 1 bent straw and 1 straight straw, as well as a straw cleaner and a linen carrying case. They’re easy to clean, super convenient and, best of all, environmentally friendly.
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Can you imagine slipping some seed paper hearts into your loved ones’ stocking this season? This is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. Each package contains 24 heart-shaped seed papers made from 100% recycled paper.
They contain wildflower seeds like maiden pinks, thyme, petunia, daisy, poppy, foxglove and chamomile and the papers will sprout once planted. An eco-friendly and surprising gift that anyone would love to receive.
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Give someone something serious to smile about this holiday season, like 100% biodegradable dental floss made from natural candelilla wax, natural mint and sustainable harvested silk. It comes with 3 refills (each 33 yards long) and a stainless steel dental floss container with a built-in floss cutter.
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Keep your friends and family smiling with this natural toothpaste. It’s free of fluoride, plastics, preservatives, colors, animal by-products and artificial flavors and is made strictly with plant and earth-based ingredients. It comes in a recyclable metal tube, which in turn comes in an FSC-certified paperboard package, made entirely with wind power.
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Beach bums like me will love this natural SPF 30 sunscreen, which is reef safe, contains zinc and offers both UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection. Made in the USA, it’s cruelty-free and available in neutral tan and zombie white colors. And swim all you want! It’s resistant in the water for up to 80 minutes.
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Ready to reduce your drying time by 20 to 40%? These fantastic handmade dryer balls, made from cruelty-free New Zealand wool, reduce wrinkles and static cling naturally, are all natural and organic, and even fluff up your laundry.
They come in sets of 6 in a hand-printed organic storage bag and are unscented, non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and plastic and chemical free. Skip the single-use dryer sheets and opt for something fun and eco-friendly.
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Did somebody say jasmine tea deodorant? Little Seed Farm has created this wonderfully smelling natural deodorant made with organic ingredients that will keep you feeling fresh all day long.
It’s suitable for people with sensitive skin as it contains no baking soda, and it’s also free of GMOs, parabens, gluten and aluminum. It even comes in a glass jar with a recyclable metal lid. Good for you and good for the planet.
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I love giving personalized gifts during the holidays, and if you’ve got someone in your life with AirPods, this is the perfect stocking stuffer. These AirPod cases are made from eco-friendly, biodegradable wheat straw and PLA and you can add a name or word to the front.
The case offers excellent protection from drops and scratches, supports wireless charging, are available in a range of colors and they can be fastened to a keychain so they’re always on hand.
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What do you do with your candle container once the candle is gone? Hopefully you reuse it or you recycle it, but for all of the people who just discard it, here’s an alternative: these candles come wrapped in a seed paper label.
Once your candle burns and the wax is gone, you can plant the seed paper and grow a wildflower garden in the container. In short, a singular and sustainable gift!
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Let your kids color with a different kind of crayon. These clever, 2-tone crayons are 100% recycled and recyclable. Made from non-toxic materials, these make a great stocking stuffer or gift for children.
Kids love the star shape, which makes them easy to hold even for very little ones, plus they almost never break, unlike traditional crayons.
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Support the environment with these eco-friendly, zero-waste mesh produce bags. You can skip the plastic bags in the supermarket’s produce section and put your fresh food directly into these bags.
Cashiers should be able to scan them without a problem, and they’re extremely light so they won’t add any weight to your fruits and veggies. Even better, they come in multiple sizes, they have a convenient drawstring and toggle closure, they’re easy to clean, are BPA free and are 100% food contact safe.
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If you’ve got a friend or family member with a sweet tooth and a penchant for helping endangered animals, then this chocolate is the perfect little gift. The premium chocolate bars are non-GMO, gluten-free and Fair Trade Certified and they come in delectable flavors like caramel sea salt and dark chocolate, and hazelnut toffee.
The best part? The company gives back 10% of its profits to support wildlife, including sea otters, panthers, and black rhinos.
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The perfect way to keep lips supple and soothed in both cold and hot weather is with this handmade, vegan, all natural lip balm. Available in peppermint and rosemary lavender flavors, it comes in a cute little cardboard biodegradable push-up tube and contains nourishing ingredients like avocado oil, candelilla wax and organic cocoa butter.
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There’s nothing better than sipping on an ethically and sustainably sourced herbal tea on a chilly afternoon. That’s why I had to include this lovely hand-blended, 100% natural tea gift set complete with 5 different flavors, such as floral mint, lemongrass and ginger, and rose chamomile.
Elegantly packaged in a kraft window box with natural tissue paper and a rustic string, this is a lovely little gift for tea drinkers and, well, just about anyone.
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Reduce your plastic footprint with a sustainable alternative like this handmade, reusable organic bamboo travel cutlery set. It comes with a serrated knife, fork, spoon, straw and coconut fiber cleaning brush. It’s biodegradable and is the perfect zero-waste alternative to plastic as it has no impact on the environment.
These are made to carry on the go, tucked away in their natural hessian bag. What I love even more is that the company behind this cutlery works directly with artisans and farmers in Vietnam to create these durable products.
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Say goodbye to saran wrap and go green with these handmade beeswax food wrap sheets. They’re a great reusable alternative for storing your fresh food and come in tons of cute patterns.
They’re made from cotton, sustainably sourced beeswax, organic jojoba oil, coconut oil, and pine resin. Simply wash, dry and reuse them for up to a year. This is truly the future of food storage!
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I hope you’ve found inspiration from this epic list of ideas for eco friendly stocking stuffers. Encourage your loved ones to embrace sustainable living with these unique products and feel good about how you’re spending your money this holiday season!
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