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Sustainable Giving: 20 Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas for a Greener World

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Let’s face it, the old days of gift-giving are gone. Today, it’s not just about dazzling someone with bling or gifting a lavish bouquet wrapped in non-recyclable plastic. It’s about finding that perfect gift that says, “I care about you – and the planet, too!”

The eco-friendly, sustainability gift movement is here to save the day, turning the tide from wasteful to tasteful, one reusable water bottle at a time. But, how do you know if that “environmentally-friendly” handbag isn't just wearing green makeup? How can you be sure that “all-natural” soap isn't just flexing its leaves on social media?

Don’t worry, Thankbox is here to help. In this eco-friendly gift guide, we've gathered a collection of presents that even Mother Nature would put on her wish list! 

Let’s get started!

Why do eco-friendly gifts matter?

Ever handed over a gift wrapped in shiny non-biodegradable paper and ribbons and felt a pang of guilt? Traditional presents, though delightful, often come with a hidden cost to the environment. Think of it as an unwanted party guest that doesn't know when to leave.

Enter the modern consumer eager to embrace a greener lifestyle. They're swapping factory-made for fair trade, choosing gifts with a conscience. In the corporate world, this movement resonates even further, resulting in happy employees and a healthy business.

Thankbox sustainability summary

Looking to gift green? 

Start by selecting products made from recycled or sustainably sourced materials. Next, don't be swayed by flashy packaging. Finally, throw your support behind brands that are more committed to sustainability like Thankbox.

20 Eco-friendly gift ideas

1. Thankbox online greeting cards

Choose an eco-friendly alternative to traditional paper cards with Thankbox. By opting for these one-of-a-kind personalised e-cards, you align yourself with a carbon-negative business that focuses on minimising its environmental impact.

Birthday Thankbox

Thankbox combines the ease of online innovation with the intimate feel of DIY birthday cards – allowing collaboration with your friends and family. Moreover, Thankbox walks the walk and talks the talk – planting a tree for every 10 Thankboxes sold. 

Have a look at how it works.

Thankbox smiling sun icon Give the gift of kindness

A Thankbox is guaranteed to deliver some sunshine into someone's day. It also helps the planet - we plant trees, use 100% green electricity and more. Why wait? Send love and kindness whatever the occasion now.

2. Thankbox gift cards

These offer a thoughtful way to celebrate special occasions without waste. 

Thankbox gift cards are sent straight to the giftee’s inbox, allowing them to choose from various options, including a Sustainable Fashion Giftcard NL or 700+ other popular retailers worldwide.

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3. Solar-powered chargers

Empower tech lovers with renewable energy through solar-powered device chargers. These chargers harness the sun's energy, allowing devices to stay 100% charged without taxing the planet – it’s a win-win!

4. Reusable water bottles

Stainless steel water bottle

Gift a stainless steel or bamboo water bottle and turn daily hydration into an eco-friendly act. These reusable bottles reduce single-use plastic waste, promoting a greener lifestyle with every sip.

5. Organic cotton tote bags

Fashionable, functional, and perfect for those market trips! These reusable tote bags fold away neatly and are a chic statement against disposable culture. And best of all, when you get asked if you need a bag, you can respond smugly with, “No, thanks, I’ve got my own.”

6. Bamboo utensil sets

A selection of Eco gifts

Make on-the-go dining a sustainable breeze with reusable bamboo utensils. Lightweight and biodegradable, these sets cut down on disposable plastic cutlery waste.

7. Plantable seed greeting cards

Greeting cards that bloom into flowers? Yes, Please! After reading your heartfelt message, recipients can plant their card (made of recycled paper and wildflower seeds) and watch the flowers grow, so they’re always reminded of your sentiment.

8. Eco-friendly yoga mats

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Help the yogis in your life find their Zen with eco-friendly yoga mats made from recycled or natural materials. Non-toxic and comfortable, they set the scene for a mindful practice in harmony with nature.

9. Sustainably-sourced coffee

coffee beans

A bag of fair trade, organic coffee warms more than just hearts. It supports ethical farming practices and offers a delicious brew to the coffee lover. Perfect for those that care about the world and need coffee to function – especially on Mondays!

10. Biodegradable phone cases

Fashionable protection that won't linger in a landfill for years to come. Made from compostable materials, these cases add a splash of style while keeping our planet in mind.

11. Eco-friendly cookware

Non-toxic and energy-efficient, these kitchen wonders make cooking a green gourmet affair. They combine culinary excellence with sustainability, a delicious treat for budding chefs.

12. Solar-garden lights

garden lights

Illuminate their garden with the gentle glow of renewable energy. Easy to install, they add charm to outdoor spaces without raising the energy bill. 

13. Ethically-made jewellery

Crafted by responsible artisans, this jewellery shines with ethical elegance. For instance, sea glass-style necklaces are created from recycled glass bottles.

14. Fairtrade chocolate

Delight the sweet tooth with fair trade chocolate that is as ethical as delicious. Each square consists of responsibly sourced cocoa and supports fair labour practices. It’s chocolate so honourable even Willy Wonka would trade in his golden ticket for a taste!

15. Organic skincare products

Pamper someone special with natural, cruelty-free beauty treats. Free from harsh chemicals, these products beautifully nourish the skin.

16. Upcycled home décor

Upcycled household items

Turn their house into an eco-trendy home with décor made from reclaimed materials. From repurposed wood to vintage textiles, these pieces carry history and environmental mindfulness.

17. Sustainable pet toys

Tired of your pet chewing on your favourite shoes? Redirect those gnashers towards toys made from recycled or natural materials.

18. Reusable beeswax food wraps

Swap out plastic wrap for these reusable, natural food huggers. Made from organic beeswax, they keep food fresh and reduce the cling film clutter.

19. Vegan meal subscription

With a subscription to a vegan meal service, your friend or loved one can enjoy delectable plant-based dishes delivered right to their door.

20. Stainless steel straws

stainless steel straws

Sip in style and sustainability! These stainless steel straws are more than a flashy accessory – they're a statement against single-use plastic. Cheers to that!

Join the green gifting revolution with Thankbox

Embracing sustainable gifting is more than a trend, it's about embracing a greener future. By choosing ethically sourced, environmentally friendly, and thoughtfully crafted gifts, you’re doing your part in making a positive impact.

Thankbox Sustainability Pledge

And that’s where Thankbox comes into play. Combining the warmth of personal connection with environmentally responsible choices, Thankbox turns birthdays, work anniversaries, or other occasions into a sustainable celebration. 

Create a Thankbox today and start your eco-friendly journey.

Thankbox smiling sun icon Give the gift of kindness

A Thankbox is guaranteed to deliver some sunshine into someone's day. It also helps the planet - we plant trees, use 100% green electricity and more. Why wait? Send love and kindness whatever the occasion now.

Images: Cover | Coffee beans | Garden lights | Upcycled household items | Stainless steel straws