Eco friendly stocking fillers include bamboo toothbrushes, vegetable seeds, eco coffee cups, bamboo sunglasses and stainless steel straws. Choose items that are reusable, biodegradable and made sustainably. Lighten your footprint by filling stockings in an eco friendly way.
If you are looking for Christmas ideas for your eco friendly friends or family or simply looking to lighten your load on the environment around the holiday season you have come to the right place.
Here are 27 great Eco Friendly and unique stocking fillers for the whole family and your friends.
- Bamboo toothbrushes
- Organic vegetable seeds
- Eco coffee cup
- Bamboo sunglasses
- Stainless steel straws
- Bamboo Cooking utensils
- Eco lunchboxes
- Organic Socks
- Tea Strainers
- Canvas shopping bags
- Biodegradable golf tees
- Wooden toys
- Natural Crayons
- Recycled Newspaper pencils
- Mini Recipe books
- Wooden puzzles
- Organic baby wraps
- Natural teethers
- Organic chocolate
- Organic coffee
- Coffee scrubs
- Organic tea
- Matcha tea
- Reusable produce bags
- Reusable snack bags
- Beeswax wraps
There are small gifts for adults, kids and babies, so check out the list below. Also check out my quick tips for eco friendly gift giving at the end of this article.
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A cute little gift for any member of your family or friends is a set of bamboo toothbrushes. I’ve been using a bamboo toothbrush for months now and I’m not going back. Hard plastic toothbrushes can end up in landfill or littering our oceans so help your friends have healthy teeth and keep the planet healthy as well.
Check out bamboo toothbrushes on Amazon.
Organic vegetable seeds
These cool little gifts look great in a stocking and will help inspire everyone to grow their own veg at home. If there is only space for a small pot or windowsill planter then try some herb seedlings. This will keep fresh herbs at arms reach, release oxygen into the home and they taste delicious.
Check out organic vegetables seeds on Amazon.
Eco coffee cup
Help your friends and family ditch the throwaway coffee cups and give them an eco friendly cup instead. These little gifts are perfect for coffee, tea or hot chocolate drinkers.
I love these cup made from bamboo, but if glass is more your style check out KeepCups on Amazon.
These are really cute gifts and will go their way to help the planet too. Made from biodegradable bamboo, these are a cool way to avoid those hard plastics whilst looking good.
Check out bamboo sunglasses on Amazon.
Stainless steel straws
A great stocking stuffer for those who are hard to buy for are stainless steel straws. Keep your gifts eco friendly and help your friends swap to a sustainable replacement for throwaway plastic straws. Straws can end up choking wildlife and floating out to sea so go reusable and try stainless steel.
Check out stainless steel straws on Amazon.
Bamboo is such a great sustainable product and looks awesome in your kitchen as well. The best thing about these utensils is that once you have finished with them they will biodegrade, trapping the carbon back into the soil and returning it to the earth.
Check out bamboo cooking utensils on Amazon.
Kids and adults will love using these cute bento boxes for their lunch and snacks. I have been using this Lunchbots lunch box for years and it is perfect for both my work lunches and packing for the kids.
There are heaps of different sizes to choose from and they are a great alternative to plastic or throwaway packaging. You can pack a completely waste free lunch in eco luncboxes.
Organic materials are a great way to be gentle on the environment as they eliminate the harsh chemicals used to grow the materials. Everyone needs cosy socks over Christmas so treat them and go organic.
Unsponges are such a cool replacement for a regular synthetic sponge and a great stocking stuffer. These cute little sponges can be used over and over again and look great in any kitchen. There are heaps of patterns to choose from so check them out on Amazon for a unique gift that saves the waste of throwaway synthetic sponges.
Check out unsponges on Amazon here.
A cute idea for a fun stocking stuffer is a tea strainer. These little gifts are perfect for the tea lover in your life. Made from stainless steel they will last for ages, and are perfect for using with your favorite organic teas.
Check out tea strainers on Amazon here.
Canvas shopping bags
Canvas shopping bags are the perfect replacement for plastic bags and look great as well as being functional. Try a small foldable bag as a cool gift idea for someone so they can just throw it in their car or handbag.
Check out canvas shopping bags on Amazon.
Biodegradable golf tees
These biodegradable golf tees are great for the guy or gal in your life that loves a hit of golf. Instead of leaving plastic little tees lying around for when they eventually get lost on the course, feel good knowing these ones will break down. No hard plastics leftover after the game is done, perfect!
Check out biodegradable golf tees on Amazon here.
There is something special about wooden toys that feels so much more natural than hard plastic ones. Choosing puzzles or cars made from sustainably sourced wood will ensure a quality product that can be passed on. Avoid more plastic entering our kids lives by choosing wood instead.
Check out this wooden puzzle on Amazon.
I found these really cool natural crayons on Amazon, made in New Zealand. They use all natural beeswax and are biodegradable. Feel good knowing you gave an eco friendly product to the kids in your life and helped them express their creativity.
Check out natural crayons on Amazon here.
These pencils are perfect for school aged kids. They are made from recycled newspaper and are a great way of teaching kids to think about what they use and how it impacts the environment. Most kids are so savvy about the environment already so help your little eco warrior continue their quest with these cute pencils.
Check out newspaper pencils on Amazon here.
Wooden STEM Toys
Help kids to learn them learn whilst they are having fun with these natural wooden toys.
Check out the range on Amazon here.
Baby Stocking Stuffers
Organic baby wraps
Organic baby wraps will always be a winner. Look after the little one in your life by giving a beautiful wrap made from organic material. Avoid the harsh chemicals and give a natural material that feels so good.
Check out organic baby wraps on Amazon here.
Teethers that are made from natural material are so important. My babies loved this Sophie teether. They both still play with it even though they are no longer teething.
Check out Sophie teether on Amazon here.
Foodie Stocking Stuffers
If you have a friend or family member who is into gourmet food then you can’t go past organic chocolate. Delicious and gentler on the environment, chocolate is always a winner.
Check out this organic chocolate gift pack on Amazon below.
If you have a coffee lover in your life give them wonderful organic coffee. Coffee beans grown organically avoid all of the nasty chemicals and taste so good.
Check out organic coffee on Amazon below.
Not for eating but for exfoliating the skin, coffee scrubs smell so good and will be a great gift for the coffee lover who has it all.
Check out coffee scrubs on Amazon.
If you have a tea drinker among your friends or family give them a beautiful assortment of organic tea. These are also great gifts for teachers or child carers when you want to give something other than chocolates.
Check out an organic tea gift pack here on Amazon.
Another great gift is matcha tea powder. This can be used in cooking as well as brewed naturally with water. It is incredibly good for you and delicious.
Check out matcha tea powder on Amazon below.
Reusable produce bags
I have been using reusable produce bags for about a month now and I will never go back to putting my produce in plastic. Give a gift that is super useful for produce shopping, snacks or carrying kids toys.
Check out reusable produce bags on Amazon.
Reusable snack bags
These snack bags are so cute and make a great gift. They can be used to pack small snacks for outings, thrown in lunchboxes or used to pack any kid friendly snack. Avoid the plastic wrap and give these instead.
Check out reusable snack bags on Amazon.
Another great gift idea is these beautiful beeswax wraps. These are the perfect replacement for plastic wrap and will keep food fresh without the waste. They come in so many beautiful patterns and are a wonderful gift.
Check out beeswax wraps on Amazon.
Savvy Eco Friendly Shopping
Christmas can be a time of year where it is difficult to know what to buy and where. Shopping centers are full of crazy shoppers looking for something to buy for friends and family and it can be really hard to concentrate and find something worth spending your money on.
Finding small gifts that don’t have a negative impact on the environment can be tricky but here are my top tips.
Top Tips for Buying Eco Friendly Stocking Stuffers
Avoid Plastic Packaging
Look for products with minimal or no plastic packaging. Making sure the gift has a recyclable cardboard package or comes with no packaging at all. That way we are not adding extra plastic to landfill and is a great method of precycling.
Look for biodegradable
Another great tip is to look for products that are biodegradable. many products come to the end of their life eventually so knowing that they will break down into the earth, returning carbon back to the soil is a great thing.
Think bamboo toothbrushes and bamboo cooking utensils as great examples of biodegradable products that will eventually rot back into the soil.
Choose something that will help avoid future waste
What I mean is to help others replace throw away items with reusable. For example, if you know a coffee drinker in your life who always uses throwaway cups then get them an eco friendly coffee cup and help them make the switch. The best way to encourage others around us to swap to reusable is to give them a gift that supports this change.
Wrap Eco Friendly
To round out a well chosen eco friendly gift, make sure you wrap your gift in an eco friendly way.
Regular Christmas wrapping that gets thrown away is easily replaced by a simple, eco friendly alternative like cloth or glass jars which can be part of the gift itself.
Look for natural ingredients
Giving a gift that has natural ingredients is a great way to avoid harmful chemicals, supporting both the health of the planet and the people you are gifting to. Giving gifts to babies made from organic, natural fibres or substances is a great way to show you care.
Choose sustainably grown
If you are gifting something made from a natural fiber (which is a wonderful thing to do) then look to see if the fiber is sustainably grown.
Great examples are bamboo, which can be grown with minimal chemicals and a single plant can be harvested over and over again. They take up minimal space which avoids destruction of more natural habitats.
Another example is Jute, which is used to make hessian. The jute plant grows with minimal or no chemicals, is hardy, and because it is natural, is biodegradable. Looking for sustainable grown ingredients is a great way to care for the environment.
I am an accredited practicing dietitian, experienced gardener and a dedicated cook. I love writing and sharing my experience so you can learn from my successes and mistakes.