Ready or not, the holidays are upon us—and with them, peppermint-mocha everything, cheesy movies, and of course, gifts. Here at Pack Hacker, we recognize that giving and receiving gifts can be meaningful and rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming—especially in regard to sustainability.
This is why we’ve partnered with REI to bring you 18 eco-groovy gift ideas for a more sustainable holiday season. Of course, buying and gifting any type of product has an environmental impact, but we’ve hand-picked items that limit that impact—from single-use plastic alternatives to gear made from recycled materials.
We’ve broken this list up into four general categories—zero waste swaps, clothing, gear, and consumables. Hopefully, you can find that perfect something for your favorite eco-champion. Without further ado, let’s check out some gift ideas.
If your favorite eco-champion stays up late at night fretting about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, then help them out by gifting them a zero-waste swap. Simply put, these swaps are reusable alternatives to common single-use items. Beyond sustainability, all the swaps we’ve featured are actually more pleasant to use than their single-use counterparts (at least in our opinion). Sustainable and a joy to use—you can’t get much better than that.
Fast-fashion isn’t exactly sustainable (to say the least), but your favorite eco-champion likely can’t give up on clothing altogether. So, we suggest gifting them clothes that are durable and responsibly-sourced—like everything we have listed here. These clothes are also great for both epic adventures and lazy days around the neighborhood.
The gear in this section will make your eco-champion’s adventurers that much better—whether they get their kicks touring world cities or enjoy traipsing about the woods (or both!). Every item has been made with durability in mind, allowing your loved one to keep using it for years to come (and ensuring it stays out of the landfill for a long, long time).
Consumables are great gifts to give the minimalist eco-champion in your life. They’re still physical gifts—so you get the joy of wrapping something up and letting your loved one tear it open—but they don’t clutter up your loved one’s living space. Plus, they don’t create much waste.
Have a Sustainable Holiday Season
So, there you have it, folks—18 eco-groovy gift ideas. Thank you to REI for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring us to keep the environment in mind this holiday season. If nothing in this guide really spoke to you, we recommend hopping over to the REI website to check out all they have to offer. Since they’re committed to sustainability, they have a ton of eco-groovy gear to choose from (word of warning—you may accidentally spend hours pursuing their website when you should be working…and, yes, we say that from experience). Until next time, have a happy and sustainable holiday season!