Whether your loved one is super eco-conscious or yet to start their sustainability journey, we’ve carefully curated an ethical and eco-friendly gift guide to suit either situation so you can feel doubly good about giving this year.
From recycled kicks to sustainable gym gear, don’t blame us if you find yourself adding double to your shopping cart.
Here are 25 of the best sustainable gift ideas.
Batch & Bottle Flat Pack Bar
Want to be the MVP of gift giving this festive season? Then we have the perfect gift—Batch & Bottle’s sustainably sourced flat pack bar. The limited edition bar, designed in collaboration with Australian furniture collective IsoKing, is the first bar of its kind. Made from sustainable birchwood ply, the unique eight-piece flat-back bar can be assembled in a matter of minutes, so that you can create a fancy bar at home in no time. Then just stock it with Batch & Bottle’s brand new premium, pre-batched cocktails (think: Reyka Rhubarb Cosmopolitan, Monkey Shoulder Lazy Old Fashioned and Hendrick's Gin Martini). Oh and did we mention you get a free bottle with purchase? Buy it here.
MAEVA Sleep Resort Stripe Short Set In Marina
Is it even Christmas if you don’t find a new pair of PJs wrapped up under the tree? Fortunately sleep style has had a serious upgrade thanks to MAEVA Sleep, an independent, Melbourne based loungewear brand. Their new Resort Stripe short set is an ode to retro parasols and the breezy style of the French Riviera in the 1920s—and it's made for summer mornings. But the best bit? It’s made from 100% super soft woven cotton and is packaged in custom fabric pouches and compostable eco-bags—eliminating plastics from the production line. Buy it here.
Kobo Libra 2
The gift that keeps on giving, the Kobo Libra 2 will give the bookworm in your life access to millions of books and audiobooks. Waterproof and glare-free with adjustable brightness and temperature control, this little eReader is the perfect companion no matter where you are. It's also got 32GB of storage and Bluetooth wireless technology to make reading a breeze, no matter where you are.
ROEMY Discovery Set
ROEMY is a female-founded fragrance house, which has launched just in time for the festive season. Crafting incredible scents, these long-wearing, luxury perfumes have a strong focus on sustainability and the environment. Eliminating harmful ingredients has been at the forefront of ROEMY, ensuring all products are non-toxic, hypoallergenic, vegan and cruelty-free. ROEMY's ingredients list excludes an array of nasty chemicals often found in fragrances while all packaging is FSC certified and made with recycled materials, eco-ink, and is recyclable. Because all of their scents are dreamy, gift your loved one their Discovery Set. The collection will transport you to a summer resort, an autumn Forest and moody winter's Solstice. Buy it here.
Aesop Anatomy of Generosity
Aesop's 2021 collection of gift kits is designed to honour and encourage everyday acts of kindness. Each kit has been tied to one of five charity groups—human rights charity Voice of Witness; London arts community Pan Intercultural Arts; Create UK; Photographers Without Borders and The Karrkad Kanjdji Trust, which brings together Indigenous ranger groups in Australia to help address some of the nation’s most pressing environmental problems. Each of the kits has its own persona—The Forager, The Advocate, The Protector, The Mentor and The Listener—which correlates to one of the featured charities and the work that they do. The kits contain an assortment of beautiful Aesop products that compliment the charity and are housed in a case made from 100% recycled paper pulp. Buy one here.
Gorman Spring Fling Picnic Rug
Take your summer picnic to the next level with this uber stylish rug from style gurus Gorman. Made from 100% recycled polyester, and featuring an exclusive Gorman print, the blanket rolls up into a velcro secured carry case making it easy to take with you whether you’re heading to the park or the beach. Buy it here.
Built To Spill X Urban List Bagnum
Say hello to Bagnum—a collab between local legends Built To Spill and Urban List. Think easy-to-pour bagged wine that is every bit classic as it is boujee. Each Bagnum holds a whopping 1.5L of juicy Aussie wine from Sparrow & Vine with three wine varietals on offer: Sangiovese Rosé, a citrusy Semillon Bagnum (white) and a Nero D’Avola Bagnum (red). Packing a heap of green cred too, Bagnums are packaged in an eco-friendly and fast-chilling AstraPouch—which has an 80 per cent lower carbon footprint than its typical glass iteration. It even has a smart nozzle that activates just by the tap of your finger (read: no leaks) and makes sure your Bagnum stays fresher for longer—sans cork contamination and potential oxidation. Order yours here.
FAZEEK Wave Soy Candle In Kakadu Plum And Bush Cucumber
For the person in your life that has everything, this gorgeous candle from FAZEEK is the perfect gift. Hand-poured in Melbourne, this 100% soy wax candle comes encased in a stylish rippled glass canister, that can be kept and re-purposed after it has finished burning. With notes of Kakadu Plum and Bush Cucumber, this 70-hour candle is the ultimate Aussie Christmas scent. Buy it here.
PELLI 'Chill Homie' Large Cooler Bag
Perfect for keeping your drinks and snacks cool at the beach this summer, add this PELLI bag to your Christmas list. Fitted with two handy pockets for your valuables, water bottle and reusables, this extra-large cooler bag is designed with nature in mind, from high-quality natural jute and canvas. Best of all, every purchase of this product cleans up 26m2 of ocean. Buy one here.
Ultra Violette Sheen Screen Lip Collection
Your loved ones will be stoked to receive a gift from Aussie brand Ultra Violette under the tree. Proudly cruelty free and containing zero palm oil and parabens, this Sheen Screen Lip Collection Set by Ultra Violette is ideal for the beauty buff in your life. The bundle includes their four lip screens: Nude, Peach, Rose and Shimmer, wrapped up in the Very Ultra silicone beauty bag. Buy it here.
Saint Valentine Mini Pearl Hoops
Handmade in Sydney, these simple and chic mini pearl hoops from Saint Valentine can be worn solo or stacked. Designed to be on high rotation for years to come, they’re made with Freshwater pearls, 925 sterling silver with 18k gold plating. Dedicated to sustainability, Saint Valentine will recycle your preloved jewelry and give them a new life, helping to close the fashion gap. Buy it here.
IN BED Linen Market Bag
Produced using dead stock from their linen bedding range, this khaki IN BED bag is stylish and sturdy and will become a staple in your everyday life. The Aussie brand is dedicated to bettering their carbon footprint making them absolutely someone your sustainability friend would want to know about. Buy it here.
Seed & Sprout Organic Farmers Market Set
For the mate that loves to hit up the weekend farmer’s market, grab them this epic gift pack from eco heroes Seed & Sprout. In the kit your loved one will score two large, canvas tote bags perfect for filling with his haul of fruit and veg. Plus two Seed & Sprout mixed mesh totes, five assorted size produce bags, four bulk food bags and a large bread bag. All of them are made using GOTS certified organic cotton. Treat someone special here.
PETA AND JAIN Paloma Shoulder Bag
Effortlessly combining street cool and versatility, this bag from PETA AND JAIN is made with all vegan materials, meaning it’s completely cruelty free. The perfect everyday bag, you can take this beauty from day to night with a detachable chain handle. You’ll make your loved one’s day with this gift. Buy it here.
Szade Ellis In Blackberry
This uber cool, unisex Aussie brand needs to be on your radar. Each pair is not only created using broken and discarded sunglasses that were destined for landfill, but the finished product is also recyclable. While we dig the whole range, their new Ellis shades will score you serious cred when you buy it for your loved one. Buy it here.
AERE Linen Shirt
Impress your loved one (while upping their style game) with this long sleeve linen shirt . A relaxed fit with a classic collar and button cuffs, this will surely become a staple in your loved one's wardrobe. AERE are on a mission to have 90% of pieces designed with sustainable fibres by 2025, you’re investing in a brand that puts the environment first. Grab one here.
ASSEMBLY LABEL Logo Cotton Crew Tee
Made from oh so soft pure cotton jersey, this classic logo crew tee from Assembly Label is a wardrobe staple. Sure to become a cornerstone of any wardrobe, your mate will love the relaxed fit and grey merle shade. Buy it here.
Loving Earth Mylk Gift Trio
Treat your sweet-toothed mate to this tasty trio of chocolate blocks from Loving Earth. Made in Melbourne using only plant-based ingredients, the gift pack features some of their best-sellers, including creamy coconut, cashew mylk and hazelnut chocolate. Sweeten up their day right here.
Fjällräven Kanken No.2
There’s a reason everyone wants a Fjällräven backpack—made with sustainable materials and a commitment to reduce fashion’s impact on the environment, this brand is seriously cool. While their whole range is great, your mate will love Kanken No.2. With a padded back, durable leather handles, and constructed from Fjallraven's resilient G1000 fabric, this baby is made to last. Get one here.
Nike Jordan Dri-FIT Air Statement Shorts
Help your fitness friend level up their workout with these uber cool Jordan Dri-FIT Air Statement Shorts. Made from recycled materials (like plastic bottles) the double-knit fabric has sweat-wicking technology and features a zip pocket along the back hip to stash go-to items. Grab a pair here.
AERE Linen Crossover Footbed Sandals
The Iconic’s sustainable fashion label AERE are crafting some of the chicest pieces we’ve ever seen at the moment. Case in point—these woven linen sandals with a platform outsole and buckle ankle strap. Pro tip: this style runs small so we recommend buying one size up for a regular fit. Buy it here.
Youth To The People Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream
Like a protein smoothie for your skin, this dreamy formula from Youth To The People is perfect for the beauty buff in your life. Vegan and cruelty free, this eco-conscious brand is committed to harnessing nutrient-dense superfoods that have an impact on your skin’s health and less of one on the environment. Buy it here.
P.E Nation Extension Top
For the active friends out there, up their gym kit with this stylish long sleeve top from sustainable activewear legends P.E Nation. Made from 100% organic cotton this street-style piece has a fine rib on the neck and cuffs and a P.E Nation flat rubber logo on the sleeve. A soft relaxed fit for the street, home, gym and beyond. Get it here.
Aesop Tacit Eau de Parfum
Inspired by the Mediterranean coast, this contemporary fragrance from Aesop is so good you might just want to snag a bottle for yourself. Invigorating, crunchy and green, expect notes of yuzu and basil grand vert and delicate, clove-like spicy undertones. Get a bottle here.
Renew Chuck Taylor All Star 70 Knit Low-Tops
Score some serious cool points with these sustainable kicks from Converse. The street-meets-sport aesthetic will mean your loved one can rock these every day and feel good about it, knowing they’re made using recycled PET knit which is breathable, stretchy, made from 85% recycled polyester. Get a pair here.
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