17 Epic Planet-Friendly Gifts For Giving Sustainably This Year

By Phoebe Youl
5th Dec 2022

A collage of sustainable gifts

When it comes to the topic of sustainable gifting, it can be hard to know where to start. Personally, we feel sustainable gifts are about much more than just buying items that meet a particular set of criteria. Instead, it is about making more conscious and considerate decisions when it comes to the things we choose to buy and give. 

This covers everything from shopping small (and local), purchasing from environmentally, socially conscious, and sustainable brands, and ensuring that the gifts we give will be much-loved and used by their recipients. Whether you want to have a more considered Christmas or you're shopping for a loved one who is sustainably minded, the list of gifts below is the perfect place to start your search.

Dock & Bay 100% Recycled Beach Towel

Price: $55

A large dark blue and white striped beach towel with a matching drawstring bag.Featuring a classic coloured stripe design, this lightweight and quick-drying towel is made from 100% post-consumer plastic. Shop here. 

VEJA V-10 Unisex

Price: $259

Beige and white Veja sneakers worn with long white socks and beige corduroy pants.Crafted from responsibly sourced white leather and a sustainable harvested wild rubber sole, these unisex sneakers will be a guaranteed outfit maker. Shop here

Bon Parfumeur 801 Aquatic Solid Soap

Price: $32

An off-white bar of soap and blue box which both have '801' in large lettering on the front.Elevate your bathroom experience and cut down on single-use plastics with this sea spray and citrus-scented soap bar by Parisian brand Bon Parfumeur. Shop here. 

Ultra Violette My Supreme Stash

Price: $92

Manufactured in Australia, this handy set contains a super-sized version of our favourite Supreme Screen SPF 50+ Hydrating SKINSCREEN™, plus a travel-friendly 15ml version for on-the-go. Shop here.

Levis 501 Original Fit Jeans

Price: $184

A female skating on the rim of a skate bowl wearing a white t-shirt and blue Levi's jeans.Crafted in 14.25 ounce 100% cotton denim and made using Levis' Water<Less® Techniques, these classic 501s will never go out of style thanks to their seriously perfect fit. Shop here

Uncommon Goods Living Composter

Price: $386

A white organic-shaped compost bin with a wooden lid and 3 holes on top.

Make kitchen composting a bit more stylish with this sleek odourless biomorphic composter. Shop here

Jamoo Bucket Hat

Price: $107

Made from upcycled vintage beach towels in Sydney, each Jamoo bucket hat is totally unique. Shop here

Sephora Collection Reusable Cotton Pads

Price: $32

7 reusable cotton pads with a brown mesh drawstring bag and a brown paper box.These reusable and washable pads are made with organic cotton and will help you cleanse without creating unnecessary waste. Shop here.

Mimmi Terra Eco Utility II Nerano

Price: $172

A light green tote bag woven from plastic material.Crafted from entirely recycled discarded plastics, this cute and durable woven tote bag is perfect for carrying everything you need. Shop here.

Bonny Down Doonas

Price: from $299

There are plenty of good reasons to gift a Bonny doona: the duck down inside is ethically sourced, each doona is filled with 90% of the stuff, and these blankies will hold that fluffy hotel feel for long, long after it's unwrapped. All they really need to know, though, is that these things are damn comfy. Shop it here.

Frank Green Desk Buddy Gift Set

Price: $103

A small white reusable cup and large white reusable bottle packaged in a brown paper box.Made from BPA-free, FDA and EU-safe materials, this hot and cold beverage set's triple-walled and vacuum-insulated design makes it the perfect single-use alternative. Shop here.

Assembly Label Casual Linen Shirt

Price: $104

Designed for a relaxed fit, this breathable 100% linen shirt has been made following considered and traceable community and environmental impact practices. Shop here.

Velvet Canyon + Net Sustain Silver Screen Oversized Square-Frame Acetate Sunglasses

Price: $469

Brown, thick square-rimmed sunglasses with brown lenses.These oversized sunglasses will bring a 70s nod to any outfit, made from low-impact acetate that's biodegradable and compostable. Shop here.

Patagonia Men's Nano Puff Jacket

Price: $345

A man wearing a black Patagonia puff jacket with a white bucket hat.Thoughtfully designed, this lightweight, wind-proof, ripstop and water-repellent puffer jacket has been made using recycled fairtrade polyester. Shop here.

Country Road 90s Reissue Australian-Made Unisex Sweat

Price: $206

A genuine reissue of a 90s icon, this unisex sweat is proudly made in Melbourne using Australian cotton. Shop here.

Deji Studios + Net Sustain The 03 Washed-Linen Shirt And Shorts Set

Price: $372

A woman wearing matching oatmeal-coloured linen shorts and button-down shirt.This boxy-cut co-ord is seriously soft and stylish and made from 100% OEKO-TEX 100 certified, GOTS-certified organic, and EU-certified stone-washed french linen. Shop here.

Comvita Bee Experience

Price: $20

A hand holding a beehive frame with live bees and pointing to the honeycomb.Learn all about the interconnected nature of bees and flowers in this intimate hands-on experience hosted by Comvita and For The Love of Bees. Shop here.

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Get more planet-friendly tips in our sustainability section

Image credit: Veja | Jamoo | Levi's.

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