With Christmas coming up the google searches for gift ideas have spiked once again. All the big sales and online shopping make it easy for us to start ordering random things that no one actually needs. But also the interest in sustainable git ideas is growing so what are the options?
For you and me, and many others around the world sustainability matters. That doesn’t change during Christmas or other holidays. I want to make sure to buy gifts that will be used, not wasted. Things that even my friends who do not care much about sustainability will love. What you buy is how you vote on what gets produced.
So here’s my list of sustainable gift ideas for all your loved ones (and yes you can also use them for your own wishlist)
The world’s first recycled hammock is made from 37 plastic bottles and looks as good as it is. The perfect gift for travelers, nature lovers, or the one friend that simply needs a place to relax and unwind in. Made from 37 plastic bottles.
Solgaard upcycles ocean waste into great products for travelers and digital nomads. My favorite product tips: The must-have Carry on luggage with integrated Closet. And their Lifepack Backpack with integrated solar panel powered power bank so you never run out of battery while you’re on-the-go.
Who doesn’t like to have fresh greens all year round? With Click+Grows indoor smart gardens even your friend who cant take care of a cactus will be able to grow tomatoes, herbs, and strawberries.
4. Ocean bottle
Everyone needs a reusable bottle that keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot. Each ocean bottle offsets ~18kg of CO2 from collecting 1000 ocean-bound plastic bottles. It’s available in 6 different colors. Use your Koras to get 40% off Ocean Bottles in our Marketplace.
5. Elliott footwear
Classic designed sneakers that are sustainable, recycled, vegan, and climate positive. For each pair of shoes sold, Elliott offsets 1 tonne of CO2. Use your Koras to get 40% off Ocean Bottles in our Marketplace.
6. Little Sun
The little sun reading light and charger are both solar powered and a great way to learn about sustainability. When you buy Little Sun products, you make solar energy available to communities without electricity at a locally affordable price.
7. Halo coffee
For all the coffee lovers. Which is almost everyone right? Halo coffee sells compostable coffee capsules so you can stay sustainably awake. Get 20% off HALO coffee in our Marketplace with Koras.
8. Pela case
Phone Cases, Airpod cases, Smartwatch bands, and more. Cool designs that are 100% compostable. Get 25% off in their shop with the code KORA25.
9.More Plants Less Waste: Plant-based Recipes + Zero Waste Life Hacks with Purpose
Good food and good for the planet! Max La Manna, zero waste chef, and climate activist, bridges the gap between vegan food and waste-free cooking.
10. Headspace or Calm subscription
A calm mind is something we all need in today’s world. The guided meditations help in many situations that we are facing such as sleep deprivation, stress at work, anxiety or simply to focus again and take some time for yourself and things that really matter. A perfect gift not only for mediation fans but also for everyone else who can use a minute to take a deep breath on a stressful day.
11. The Body Shop gift box
Give the gift of self-care and love with a Big Gift Box from the Body shop in many different options such as shea butter, coconut, rose, or juicy strawberries.
Read wherever you are without carrying around 20 kg worth of books. Sounds like a dream come true with the Kindle Paperwhite. 1000 books in 1 light waterproof kindle.
13. Interrail Pass
Discover Europe by train with the Interrail pass. Traveling by train is not only the more sustainable alternative to flying it also allows travelers to discover cities in a new way and see Europe’s beautiful nature on-the-go. Plan a trip together with your loved one, or surprise your kids with an exciting solo-trip after graduation.
Electric scooters took over Europe this summer and I get why! Riding the scooters is so much fun and allows you to easily commute in a busy city.
15. Offsetting subscription
This is your chance to educate your friends and family a bit about sustainability. With an offsetting subscription, you can offset their yearly footprint and award them with a certificate showing how many trees have been planted in their name. It gets the conversation started about CO2 footprint and what we can do to reduce it. While you’re at it, make sure to download the Kora app and getting rewarded for your actions. Offset your limits with our partners at Eden Reforestation Projects.
16. Sport subscription
Physical workouts are good for the mind and body. Being given a subscription to a local gym or online workouts will push and motivate to workout more regularly. Sweat and Freeletics are 2 of many options.
17. GroupHug Solar Window Charger
This easy-to-install, stylish solar panel charges your devices with the power of the sun. As Seen on Shark Tank.
18. Time together
The gift of time is the most valuable one. Depending on budget and receiving person it can be a variety of things to create lasting memories together. :
- A vacation or a weekend trip together
- Spa day
- A great evening with dinner and movies.
- A concert, musical, or other events
- Cooking class
- Tickets to a sports match
19. Self-made gifts
Your loved ones will always value the gifts that you made yourself. It shows that you really care and put a lot of time and effort into their gift. It can be candles or soap in their favorite scent or shape. Handmade decoration or painted mugs.
20. Photo gifts
A photo is such a great way to keep a memory forever. Nowadys we take so many photos on our phones but how many do you actually print and have them framed in your house or simply a photobook to look through on nostalgic days. Photos always make everyone emotional and are the most personalized of all gifts. Try Mixtiles or do it yourself.
Sustainable gifts don’t have to be a compromise, they can be just as great and many times more useful. The fact that you are here reading this shows that you care and that you put a lot of thought into your gifts.
Whatever you decide on buying, always try to support small and local businesses they will be happy to help you find the right gift and also you avoid unnecessary packaging from online shops. Also, consider shopping second hand and using sustainable reusable gift wrap.