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Ah stocking stuffers, the fun little things that we pour over on Christmas day. Alas, way too many stocking stuffers are plastic trinkets, destined for the landfill before we even ring in the new year. Fear not, it is entirely possible to fill a stocking with eco-friendly products, for a much more sustainable Christmas.
We’ve amassed a nice list of green gift ideas that will have your stockings overflowing with planet-loving goodness. The best part is you can use these eco-friendly gifts for everyone on the list, whether they’re full-on crunchy or not even a little bit. If your goal this year is to avoid consumerism, or to strike a balance between minimalism and gift-giving, there are a number of extremely useful, but still delightful, gift ideas that will help you navigate those challenging waters. Please visit our list of the Most Incredible Stocking Stuffer ideas for literally everyone on your list, if you don’t find what you need here!
Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffers for the Whole Family
While it may be the dead of winter where you live, a host of garden seeds are a fantastic stocking stuffer for the gardener who spends all winter planning for next year.
A new toothbrush is a classic, at least in my family, and these recyclable toothbrushes fulfill a need in a green way!
Use these handy magnet racks to make the most out of your fridge space – they are perfect for holding condiments, too!
Avoid printing extra books – listen to audiobooks, instead. Gift an audible subscription to enrich their mind for the entire year.
Unless you’re in the no ‘poo camp, organic shampoo and conditioner are welcome additions to a green Christmas!
Keep their lips happy with some lip chap – a perfect stocking stuffer for your wife when there’s mistletoe around!
There are many types of solar lamps available these days, I love my Nokero – it’s waterproof and can run up to 15 hours on a single day’s charge. It’s perfect for power outages and camping trips, nice and small and compact.
If your green friends have some prepper tendencies, love to camp or generally want to unplug from the grid, a solar charger makes an excellent gift.
Eco friendly clothing has a huge impact on the planet, even if it is hard for us to see directly. Keep pesticides out of the watershed by giving a pair of organic pajamas as a stocking stuffer this year. They are also perfect if your family has a tradition of new PJs every year at Christmas.
What do you get the urban homesteader or gardener? Canning supplies! You know they’ll use them this year.
Avoid plastic garden markers with these more permanent metal garden markers, a nice eco-friendly gift for guys and gals who love to get their fingers in the dirt.
Soap nuts are a great eco-friendly product that replaces laundry detergent.
Axe the dryer sheets and at the same time decrease the time required to get your things nice and dry – wool dryer balls do both!
Tired of losing the last bit of condiments, especially in bottles that won’t balance upside down? The flip-it cap adapter means they’ll get the last bit of that delicious mustard.
While bicycles are beloved by sustainable living advocates, used bike tubes can create a lot of waste. Thankfully, there are tons and tons of great products being made out of old bike tubes. Our favourites include wallets and laptop covers.
Christmas just isn’t Christmas without chocolate! Love the planet with some fair trade, organic chocolate bars. Everyone appreciates this classic stocking stuffer!
Rev up their engine with some organic coffee – see if you can find some excellent local roasters to support.
Tea always makes an excellent sock filler.
Set aside the metal or plastic reusable filter for a Coffeesock, cotton reusable coffee filter instead.
We love this lunchbox adapter from Cuppow that makes it easy to carry your salad dressing or hummus separately, but in the same ready-to-go mason jar!
Maintain the convenience of brewing just one cup at a time, without creating heaps of plastic waste by using reusable k-cups. As a bonus, you can fill them with organic, fair trade coffee! These were a requirement my Mom had before my Dad could get a Keurig (no joke!).
Good water bottles are just *so* much better than cheap ones – invest once in quality with a Hydro Flask.
Help them stay healthy and pack their lunch in a long-lasting, non-leaching glass lunch container.
Pick up some eco friendly gift wrapping in the form of a Japanese Furoshiki wrapping cloth – there are prints and styles for everyone in the family.
These easy to use, non-plastic reusable produce bags have nice draw strings, are breathable, washable and will cut down on the plastic in their life.
More stocking stuffers for gardeners – coir pellets to get their seedlings started.
As a strong proponent of the n + 1 rule of owning bicycles, a cyclist will always appreciate a high quality spare bike tube.
Metal straws make excellent eco-friendly gifts for kids – all the fun, none of the waste! This set is still bendable and comes with handy cleaning rods.
For the golfer, try some biodegradable golf tees, designed to easily break down where they lie, instead of needing to be shipped to the dump.
Banish paper towels with the gift of cloth napkins.
Avoid tossing batteries altogether by ensuring that this Christmas will be powered by rechargeable batteries.
Do you fill a stocking for your pet? We have lots of ideas for Fido, too, but an excellent one is biodegradable dog bags.
Have you ever heard of a way to get rid of q-tips or cotton buds? This is one solution – a stainless ear pick, to gently remove wax buildup from their ears, without creating heaps of waste.
A straight razor makes an excellent eco-friendly gift for guys.
Continuing on the hygiene theme, silk floss is a reusable alternative to dental floss, and if you ever decide to cease using it, it makes a wonderful building material for birds nests.
No more kleenex – handkerchiefs are for more than grandpa and hipsters.
Make lunch completely garbage free with a set of reusable snack bags. Choose your prints to make this a stocking stuffer idea for adults, or for kids!
Beeswax wrap is a natural product that seals your leftover food up without the need for plastic; it’s a great green invention!
These snack bags, like ziplocks, maintain the waterproof property that cloth bags do not, while being reusable! They are a durable and long-lasting solution that’s easy to keep around the house.
Does the keffir drinking kombucha-brewer in your life need to effectively clean out bottles? A bottle brush is the key to easily reusing bottles and jars that make their way into our homes.
Keep their water usage to a minimum with a handy shower alarm, which can also keep fast-paced mornings on track thanks to the display time.
Give them the gift of light with a shake or wind flashlight, that won’t go dead with a set of batteries. These are excellent camping gear, “reading under the covers” lights for kids, first aid kit accessories for cars and to have on hand for a power outage.
Put the incredible natural warm and wicking properties of merino to work for your loved ones with a pair of merino gloves.
Turn books into electrons – bypassing the logging, pulping, paper-making, printing, shipping and storing – a kindle is a wonderfully green gift.
Scarves are wonderfully seasonal and frequently made out of recycled materials.
The study of fungi is just beginning to unearth how powerful a force mycology is in nature – give the gift of an edible mushroom farm.
Lifestraws are small, portable, personal water purifiers. Perfect for camping, emergency situations and “living on the land.”
Turn newsprint into seedling containers with a paper pot press. One paper pot press will last for a lifetime of gardening, repurposing the carbon of newspaper into seedling starters!
If you have a green-loving culinary friend, a mozzarella making kit is a fun way to truly appreciate how food is made. The freshest of fresh mozzarella is also delicious!
Skoy cleaning cloths are multi-purpose, highly absorbent, biodegradable cleaning cloths. A great addition to an eco-friendly cleaning regime and household.
There you have it – more than 50 eco-friendly stocking stuffers to make this Christmas a little greener for the planet.