12 Presents for the Most Hard-to-Gift People in Your Life
Not everyone is easy to shop for. These presents are perfect for even the most hard-to-gift people in your life, from adventurers to foodies.
Finding the perfect gift isn't easy—which is why 57% of Gen-Z and millennials have admitted to returning something they've received in the past. While these returns might not seem like a big deal, the sad reality for the planet is most don’t make it back onto store shelves. Instead, they wind up in landfills.
If you're struggling with what to buy for the hard-to-gift people in your life, fear not. In a recent episode of Good Together, Brightly's founder Laura Wittig—a sustainable gifting pro—shared some of her top picks and tips. Starting with thinking about what you're going to give people early.
"I try and keep a notebook—or at least an Apple Note—throughout the year of what people could want," she says. That way, once it comes time to buy a meaningful gift, you already have some clues as to what the people in your life will really enjoy.
Sometimes, that's gifting an experience: "We're members of our local zoo, Woodland Park Zoo. They do so much work with conservation. So we like to say, 'Hey family members—if you'd like to, you can help us 'adopt' an animal. Or you can help us with that membership that we like to do."
That's also giving physical gifts, and there's something even the most difficult-to-shop-for people will enjoy. Here are Wittig's top sustainable picks to get you started.
12 Presents to Give the Most Hard-to-Gift People in 2022
For the Foodies
1. Reusable Silicone Baking Mat, $29
There's no need for single-use parchment paper when you have a reusable silicone baking mat on hand—one of Wittig's go-to gifts for the foodies in her life.
"It's actually made from silicone, which is made from sand—fun fact. And it has reinforced fiberglass mesh on it," Wittig says. "It's also replacing the need to use butter, grease, and oils when you're cooking."
2. Reusable Bowl and Pan Covers Set, $30
These reusable bowl and pan covers are easy to use, easy to clean, and help reduce waste in your kitchen. "If they get gross, you can throw them in the dishwasher," Wittig says. "And they're made of recycled plastic bottles."
3. Reusable Silicone Muffin Mold, $63
Wittig is also a fan of the reusable muffin version, which she uses for food prep for her daughter. "I pre-make a lot of her food and freeze it in these little single-serving discs," she says.
For the Adventurers
4. Rechargeable Lighter, $30
A rechargeable lighter is an essential, whether for building fires or lighting candles. This one utilizes a lithium-ion battery to generate a flame, which cuts harmful butane out of the picture.
5. Stasher Bag Bundle, $36
Someone who's always on the go will get a lot of use out of a set of reusable silicone bags that reduce plastic waste.
"We're big fans of making sure that when you go out on your hike or your camping excursion, you're safe and well-fed," Wittig says. "We really like our Stasher bags; they're really useful for bringing your own snacks in."
6. Stanley IceFlow Flip Straw Tumbler, $26
This reusable bottle is built for coming along on all of life's biggest adventures. It has a built-in flip straw for easy sipping, a handle, and double-wall vacuum insulation that keeps drinks cold for hours.
For the Homebodies
7. Ettitude Waffle Bathrobe, $79
A robe that's both comfy and sustainable? Wittig loves gifting Ettitude's Waffle Bathrobe, which is moisture-wicking, free from harmful chemicals, and hypoallergenic. Ettitude also donates a portion of every purchase to 1% for the Planet, a network of environmental partners that are working to solve the planet’s problems.
8. Clevr x Brightly Vegan Matcha Latte Set, $40
No homebody wants to leave the house to get their favorite morning beverage from a coffee chain. That's why this kit is such a hit: It contains both Clevr's buzzy matcha latte powder and Brightly's reusable ceramic travel mug.
"It seems like a milk-based treat that you'd get if you went to like a Starbucks or another coffee establishment, but it's actually vegan," Wittig says. "It's really tasty. You can actually froth it up."
9. Kindthing Bamboo Pajamas, Prices Vary
Pajamas are the ultimate homebody gift, and Kindthing makes eco-friendly options for babies, children, and adults from modal fabric.
"When I had my baby about a year ago, I got sucked into the world of bamboo baby pajamas," Wittig says. Modal is a skin-safe material that's even gentle enough for little ones with skin conditions like eczema.
For the Clean Beauty Buffs
10. Reusable Bamboo Charcoal Makeup Remover Pads, $24
These reusable makeup remover pads help reduce waste in the bathroom. They're made from OEKO-TEX certified bamboo velour and even have a special pointed tip for easy makeup removal.
"I'm obsessed with these—we sell out of them all the time on Brightly," Wittig says. "You can throw them in the wash."
11. Leaf Shave Plastic-Free Razor, $84
Billions of disposable razors and refill cartridges are sent to landfills every year. This reusable safety razor solves that problem. "We're all kind of going back to old-school methods of using these safety razors with replaceable blades, and they work really well," Wittig says.
12. Kate McLeod Solid Body Moisturizer with Case, $45
There's no need for plastic lotion bottles with this bar version on hand. "They work so well on your skin—it's amazing. You kind of glide it over your skin and it melts in," Wittig says. "It also comes in a reusable bamboo canister."
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