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9 Awesome Sustainable Gift Ideas That Are Under $50

Not sure what to gift this holiday season? These sustainable options are a great place to start.

Written by
Giulia Lallas

The holidays are near so let's start spreading some sustainable cheer! As the holidays approach, you may be debating whether or not to buy sustainable gifts as they can often be quite expensive and you may be buying a lot of presents for different people this year. We're here to make the decision to buy eco-friendly a little easier. Below is a list of 9 sustainable gift options that you can buy for under $50.

Wood Vegetable Platter
, $48

This hand-carved, sustainably sourced wooden platter is a life-saving gift for anyone. Allow me to explain. It can store seven different snacks, or 6 snacks and one dip, meaning that they can eat at least 6 different snacks but only have to worry about cleaning one plate. Just note that it should be hand-washed. It's Fair Trade certified and comes in handy for gatherings too. It will also train your gift-receiver to acquire impressive cheese board-making skills.

Spice Trio
, $36

This spice trio is perfect for your friends and family who love cooking. With its inclusion of chilli, turmeric, and pepper it doubles as the ideal Indian spice starter pack. Diaspora Co. values making the spice trade an equal exchange. They work to maintain sustainable agricultural practices and highlight these beloved indigenous spices.

Soft Jersey Beanie
, $13

This gender-fluid, stylish beanie is made out of 95% bamboo and 5% spandex. Plus, as the gift-giver, you can see the impact you're making by purchasing this beanie in the "positive impact of this item" section. What's more is that Boody is an ECOCERT certified, OEKO-Tex certified, and Peta Vegan-approved company.

Love Mother Earth Bamboo Mug
, $20

Hurry and get this cute mug for your earth-loving friends by November 22 if you want it to be shipped in time for Christmas! This mug was ethically-made in WRAP-certified factories and is shipped in recycled packaging. Plus, 10% of the profits made from any Wholesome Culture product go to environmental and animal rescue organizations.

Coffee Set
, $32

Coffee is a staple in many people's lives, especially given everything that is going on in the world right now. So why not gift them two of Equator Coffees' best-selling organic and Fair Trade coffee blends? Equator coffee is a certified B-corporation that aims to reduce its carbo emissions by 80% per batch of coffee. They work with their employees and producers to ensure equality and sustainability.

Galaxy Earrings
, $44

Get these hand-crafted, unique earrings for your friends to help them instantly jazz up any outfit. They are made in Nashville and come in 14k gold-fill or sterling silver to suit any personality. Able was the first fashion brand to publish its lowest wage, starting to do so in 2018. They work to make sure all women working for ABLE are treated with love and appreciation. On top of that, they use recycled packaging when they can and repurpose old shipping boxes.

Blush Travel Bag
, $15

This cute travel bag by Ilia Beauty is perfect for a friend who is always on-the-go. Likewise, it is also ideal for someone who likes to minimize crowded areas on their bathroom sink and contain their items. It is made from pure silicone and can be cleaned by simply using a reusable towel or gentle cleanser. Ilia is a clean beauty brand centered around transparency in its products and ingredients.

The Harper Scarf
, $48

Infinity scarves classify as must-have cute, but warm pieces in the winter. Gift your friends this knit scarf from Peru to help them welcome the cold season. This scarf is made out of 80% acrylic and 20% alpaca (both of which were ethically sourced). It is incredibly soft and cozy, not to mention that Krochet Kids is all about empowering its crafters which we love.

Luisa Clutch
, $50

Admittedly, this product barely fits under the benchmarks of gifts that are under $50. But if you know someone who is looking for something durable and are comfortable buying leather, which I personally am usually not, this could be the gift you've been waiting for. This clutch is ethically made from vegetable-tanned leather and has a brass closure. Plus, Nisolo also publishes its lowest wages and maintains the utmost respect for their employees.