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Green Giving Made Easy: Our Guide to Eco-friendly Holiday Shopping

Green Giving Made Easy: Our Guide to Eco-friendly Holiday Shopping - Earth Ahead

With the holiday season fast approaching, we are getting ready to put our green-living ideals to the test. This means going toe-to-toe with the multi-billion-dollar gifting industry that’s peddling non-biodegradable, one-time-use products—along with ribbons, gift cards, and more plastic nonsense than we know what to do with. All of it, no matter how cute or festive, is destined for the landfill once the season is over. As if finding a perfect gift isn’t stressful enough, the additional anxiety of inadvertently contributing to Earth’s growing pollution problem is something we definitely want to avoid.

eco-friendly gift ideas

That’s why we came up with our own list of sustainable, eco-friendly gifts that are not only thoughtful and useful, but also make a powerful statement about the kind of gift givers we are (you know, considerate of our loved ones and the Earth). And just to be clear, we don’t ever want to make you feel like you need to buy stuff to make this point. DIY gifts will always be among our favorite things to give and receive (Anyone up for homemade jam? Yum). But for those of you who are less culinarily-inclined or are pressed for time, we have put together a list of adorable Earth-friendly gifts your friends and family will love.

1. A Six Pack of a Different Kind: 6-Piece Beer Soap Sampler

Beer soap sampler

Here’s a fun fact you can drop at your next holiday gathering: beer is actually great for your skin! These 100% natural handmade beer soaps help retain moisture, fight acne and improve skin tone, without any morning “side effects.” A fun gift for a guy or girl, this sampler set includes six different varieties of soap: Brown Ale Eucalyptus, Angeles Forest IPA, Golden State Hefe, Hops & Barley Scrub, Coastal Sage Lager and Citrus & Spruce Saison. Cheers!

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2. End The Year With a Perfect Gift of Self Care: Rose Quartz Facial Roller + Elasticity Serum Set

Rose Quartz Roller and Natural Serum Set

This wonderful set helps de-puff, detox and destress using a facial roller, an ancient Chinese beauty tool that’s making quite a splash in the West right now. Regardless of whether you believe in cleansing your “chi” or the healing powers of stones, the cool, soothing sensation of the facial rolling technique will promote a moment of mindfulness and relaxation we all need after a stressful day. Or a stressful year.

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3. Natural Soda-Free Deodorant Cream in Holiday Scent

Natural Soda Free Plastic Free Holiday Deodorant

Our customers are raving about this aluminum- and soda-free natural deodorant and your friends will, too (even those with sensitive pits). That’s because it actually does what it’s supposed to—keep you fresh without the chemical overload. Choose from seven scents, including the limited-edition Peppermint Vanilla that smells like a delicious blend of peppermint bark and sugar cookies.

“I was so relieved to find an all-natural deodorant that not only works even on my sensitive skin, but is also FREE OF PALM OIL! Kudos to y’all for providing such a stellar product to the environmentally conscious community! Would 10/10 recommend to anyone and everyone! Will definitely be buying again!” -Elena F

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4. Green Living on the Go: SoL To-Go Tumbler and Reusable Utensil Sets

Reusable SoL to-go glass tumbler green and white with reusable utensil set

Let’s quietly start an anti-plastic revolution by sticking these wonderful, reusable products into everyone’s stocking this year. Not only are these hand-blown glass tumblers incredibly cute and versatile, they also won’t leach any chemicals into your beverage. Pair them with one of our reusable straw or utensil sets, and you and your crew will have everything you need to take on the single-use plastic industry in style, anywhere you go.

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5. The Gift of Never Paying for Tissues or Swabs Ever Again

Last Tissue and Last Swab as sustainable Holiday gifts and stocking stuffers

Ok, we know this is an unusual idea for a gift, but hear us out. With just one Last Tissue Pack and Last Swab, you will save the planet from more than 3100 single-use tissues and up to 1000 single-use swabs. They are a sanitary, durable, gentle, washable and sustainable alternative to single-use products that end up in our landfills by the billions. How’s that for a thoughtful gift? And yes, they are also very, very cute.

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6. Natural Cork Flex Case

Natural cork tote bag, flex case and sidekick makeup bag - sustainable holiday gifts

We are very partial to these functional natural cork flex cases that are perfect for glasses, make-up, keys, cards and all the other little somethings you can’t live without. Anything made out of cork is automatically cool in our book, but that’s not the only reason. Cork is naturally resistant to bacteria and moisture (that’s why it’s used for wine bottles), plus it’s biodegradable and compostable.

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7. Winter-proof Ultra Moisturizing Skincare

UpCircle natural plastic-free skincare with sustainable holiday packaging

When it comes to gifts, you can’t go wrong with all-natural skincare. Our collection of sugar scrubs, face washes and masks is essentially like a warm cozy blanket for the skin, rich in nutrients, antioxidants and nourishing natural oils to protect from the harsh winter weather. Check out Buttercream Cleansing Face Wash, Facial Sugar Scrubs, Clay Face Masks, Face & Eye Moisturizing Mousse and our fave—Lip Butter in Lavender Earl Grey.

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8. Tame His Mane With Our All-natural Skin and Beard Care

Eco friendly natural men's care products

If you’re still under the impression that men are hard to shop for, a whiff of any of our natural soaps, shaving and beard care products will change your mind. These products are formulated to naturally put an end to burns, bumps and dry itchy skin using organic butters and oils that smell as amazing as they sound. Our favorites are Beard Soap With Tea Tree, Cedar, Lavender & Spruce, Shaving Soaps in Campfire or Citrus & Spruce, and Beard Oil in Backcountry Forest.

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9. Natural Soaps for Everyone on Your List

What The Fir natural luxury bar soap holiday stocking stuffer

What good is a soap that cleans the skin while polluting the Earth? Our all-natural soaps are made with organic oils, plant butters, pure essential oils and organic herbs that will gently cleanse and moisturize the skin without sending all sorts of harmful nasties down the drain into our waterways. We’re obsessed with Sexy Buddha and What The Fir right now, but there’s a ton of other options in our shop. Even coffee soap.

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10. Reusable Silicone Food Huggers

Eco friendly silicone food and avocado huggers on festive background

Once you try these Reusable Silicone Food Huggers, you’ll want to give them to everyone you know! They are as fun as they are functional, turning a messy fridge into a colorful array of neatly organized fruits and veggies that would otherwise have to be thrown out after a day or two. You can use them on almost anything, from avocados to bananas to onion halves. Or to seal open jars.

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We hope our “green” gift ideas made your holiday shopping a little easier this season. Be sure to drop your name in our mailing list so we could let you know about any new arrivals or upcoming sales. 🤩

Written by Olga Solomon.


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