20 Eco-Friendly Gifts Under $50 (Sustainable, Non-Toxic, All Natural)

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We all have that one person in our lives who makes every attempt to live as sustainably as possible. You know what I’m talking about – they avoid chemical cleaners, take advantage of reusable containers, and concoct their own beauty products. This person may even be you! And whether you are shopping for yourself or a loved one, no one wants to spend a fortune on the yearly gift-giving tradition. Below are 18 budget conscious eco-friendly, sustainable, and non-toxic gifts for every person in your life (including yourself!)

The Beauty Guru

Reusable Makeup Removing Wipes. One of the first things people do when trying to go “green” is swap disposable products for reusable ones. These handy little makeup wipes do the trick. They can apply facial toner, remove coconut oil from eyelids, and even come with a laundry bag and hand mitts for versatility.

Beauty Bars. Say goodbye to plastic packaging and environmentally damaging products! Beauty bars are the way to go if you want to decrease the volume of containers in your recycle bin. This sampler comes with a mix of shampoo and conditioner bars, and the brand is completely vegan and cruelty-free.

Amber Glass Pump Bottles. Does the beauty guru in your life moonlight as a DIY beauty expert? These amber colored bottles, equipped with a black pump, are ready to hold any liquid/semi liquid product. Customized lotions, essential oil scented hand soaps, and homemade shampoo all work great in these 8oz glass jars. As a bonus, the amber color helps block out light that can weaken essential oils.

The Aromatherapy Lover

Essential Oil Diffuser. The aromatherapy lover in your life might already have an essential oil diffuser, but who couldn’t use another? Diffusers generally only cover a small area, or one room, and a second could mean aromatherapy benefits all throughout their home. This diffuser has a sleek, modern design that fits right in with most décor.

 Aromatherapy Necklace or Bracelet. Who knew beautiful jewelry could moonlight as aromatherapy? These attractive pieces come with different pads, where you place the essential oil drops, that can be inserted to create different aromatic benefits. These are great for when you need a little pick me up – just keep them filled with something uplifting and citrus-y and sniff away.

Essential Oil Car Diffuser. Help the aromatherapy lover in your life take their fondness for essential oils on the go! This neat little diffuser clips on to your car’s vent and comes with 12 different pads. Each pad can be scented differently, depending on your mood that day. Say goodbye to musty, offensive car smells for good!

The Outdoor Enthusiast

Bamboo Utensil Set. Outdoor enthusiast, avid traveler, or just trying to cut back on plastic waste, everyone can benefit from this eco-friendly utensil set. In addition to a sleek carrying case, it includes a fork, spoon, knife, straw, and set of chopsticks.

Essential Oil Bug Repellant. Being outdoors, in any capacity, calls for a natural bug repellant. Essential oils work great to keep the little critters away, without the nasty chemicals found in traditional bug repellants. This bottle of essential oils is already formulated to repel bugs, so you don’t have to play chemist and mess around creating a mixture of your own. It can be used in a diffuser or topically, diluted in a spray bottle or mixed in with lotion.

Biodegradable Sunscreen. It can be tough finding a sustainable sunscreen, since understanding the ingredients on the containers can be nearly impossible. This sunscreen is biodegradable, which makes it more environmentally friendly than the other sunscreens on the market. It is labeled as “Reef Safe”, vegan, and cruelty free.

The Natural Mama

Silicone Containers and Baggies. Moms are constantly throwing together snacks to take on the go for their kiddos. Generally, glass containers don’t work out with little hands shoving their way in and out. Help a mama out and get her these silicone containers and baggies! They are non-toxic, won’t leach chemicals, and are great on the go. Bonus: the containers collapse so they take up less space in the diaper bag!

Reusable Bamboo Nursing Pads. Every pregnant and new mom knows the importance of nursing pads (we’ve all had those awkward, boob-leaking moments, right?) So why not gift that natural mama in your life these reusable, bamboo nursing pads to ensure leaks don’t happen. Bamboo is a renewable resource and great alternative to other, non-renewable fabrics.

Stainless Steel Water Bottle. Sounds simple, but hear me out. As a mom, I find myself skimping on my water intake, just from being so busy with my son. Whenever I have a full bottle of water readily available, I am 1000% more likely to sip it throughout the day. Since I am also paranoid that my toddler is going to knock over a glass bottle and shatter it, I vote for stainless steel all the way. The best part is that these bottles can be thrown in a bag for that trip to the grocery store.

Toddlers & Kids

Beeswax Crayons. Regular crayons are filled with an array of chemicals that kids are exposed to every time they color. Let’s be real – what child hasn’t put a crayon (or 10) in their mouth? Some brands of crayons even have traces of asbestos, a known carcinogen. Give the kids in your life a non-toxic version of their favorite creative utensil!

Bamboo Cups. These may not get the kids jumping for joy, but their parents sure will be! Avoid plastic cups, and the gross chemicals that can leach when you use them, with a healthier alternative. Bamboo is renewable resource, making it an environmentally friendly, sustainable choice for dinnerware.

Wooden Animal Stacking Blocks. These Montessori inspired wooden blocks are more than just fun to play with – they are eco-friendly and plastic-free. Kids will get a kick out of the bright colors while learning the names and sounds of the animals. Learning is always more fun when it’s interactive, so don’t forget to play with whoever you gift these blocks to!

The Person Who Just Got Into The Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

When I think of “gateway” eco-friendly and sustainable products, a few things come to mind. Items that are simple to incorporate into daily life, informative, and multi-purpose make the best gifts. 

Essential Oil Starter Kit. Essential oils are the backbone of an eco-friendly, natural lifestyle. These beneficial oils can be used for anything from homemade soaps and aromatherapy, to non-toxic cleaning products. This starter kit contains lavender, lemon, and peppermint – all of which are multipurpose and serve as a great baseline for homemade, DIY products.

Natural Deodorant. Try not to offend when gifting deodorant! Just kidding. If someone is taking a nose dive (pun fully intended) into the au natural lifestyle, chances are deodorant has been on their mind. Traditional deodorant is filled with harmful aluminum (linked to cancer and other conditions) so homemade versions and store-bought alternatives are definitely worth a shot. You can find my review of Schmid’s all natural deodorant here.

Homemade, DIY Recipe Book. When first starting out in a sustainable lifestyle, there is this always a weird transitional period. You are still trying to figure out how to make the products you use every day more natural, sustainable, and eco-friendly. Have no fear, this book contains a ton of recipes for your home, your overall health, and your skincare routine. Homemade recipe books are always a great resource for anyone interested in living a more eco-friendly lifestyle and can make the learning curve a bit smoother.

What eco-friendly products will you be gifting this year? What will you be keeping for yourself?

-Halle

 

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