It’s that time of the year again and we all know what that means: family, friends, food and gifts.
However, as you scour the aisles for those perfect last minute stocking stuffers, take a moment to consider the impact your gift will have on both yourself and our planet.
For those who want to make the switch to greener gifts this holiday season, here’s a list of eco friendly stocking fillers that will be perfect as presents for kids and adults alike!
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The perfect stocking filler doesn’t have to be plastic wrapped or made from harmful chemicals but it should be thoughtful and considerate towards the environment.
These gifts have been carefully chosen with sustainability in mind so that they can be enjoyed by all without any negative impact on the planet. Here’s a list of eco friendly stocking stuffer gift ideas to get you started on your search.
Table of Contents
- Tips for buying environmentally friendly stocking fillers
- Eco friendly stocking fillers Under $25
- Eco friendly stocking fillers for the kids
- Eco friendly stocking stuffers for teens
- Eco friendly friendly stocking fillers for her
- Eco friendly stocking fillers for him
- Eco friendly stocking fillers for pets
- Other sustainable stocking stuffers
Tips for buying environmentally friendly stocking fillers
- Choose sustainably grown items
- Avoid plastic packaging
- Always check the labels
- Don’t buy gift wrap – make your own
- Choose reusable and/or recycled items
- Choose biodegradable items
- Try to avoid buying from overseas as there will be a lot of unnecessary transportation involved which will increase your carbon footprint
- Avoid fast fashion brands
- Carry on the eco-friendly attitude into the rest of the season
Without any delay, let’s look at our list of 50 eco friendly stocking fillers.
Eco friendly stocking fillers Under $25
Family Bamboo Toothbrush Set
Treat the whole family to a set of bamboo toothbrushes this year.
Did you know that each year, 4.7 million toothbrushes are dumped in our oceans and lanfils? That’s 4.7 million toothbrushes that will never biodegrade.
These bamboo toothbrushes are perfect for those wanting plastic free stocking fillers. They are made from 100% certified organic bamboo and plant based bristles. They’re also vegan, BPA free and they come in recycled paper boxes.
Bath beeswax crayons
Make bath time with the little ones even more fun with these Bath Beeswax Crayons.
These crayons are handmade in New Zealand from responsibly sourced beeswax, soy wax, natural minerals and food grade pigments.
They come in a reusable metal tin and are shipped in completely plastic free packaging.
Mongo Kiss Lip Scrub Set
Mongo Kiss Lip Scrub is the perfect budget gift for your eco friendly loved one.
The lip scrub is made using Mongongo oil, which is sourced from rural villages in Africa. Women in local communities are ethically employed to source the oil.
Mongongo oil is high in essential fatty acids, vitamin E and other nutrients. The products are Fair Trade Certified and Leaping Bunny Certified, which means they are cruelty free.
Teal glass straw
Stainless steel straws have been on the rise in recent years, and it’s not surprising considering over 500 million plastic straws are used each day in America alone.
But why not treat your family to a special Teal Glass Straw this Christmas. It’s cute, it’s colourful, and it’s eco-friendly – what’s not to love!
The Teal Glass Straw comes in a cute denim case which fits the straw and the cleaning brush. This way you can have it with you always.
Simply Straws, who make the Teal Glass Straw, is an EPA Green Power Partner and Clean Energy business. The straws are recyclable, BPA free and come packaged in compostable ‘plastic’.
Cacao Especial Hot Chocolate
This organic hot chocolate will keep the whole family cosy and warm this holiday season.
One of the main ingredients, cacao, comes from Ecuador, one of the few places where sustainably produced chocolate is farmed by people who receive a fair and decent wage.
This Cacao Especial Hot Chocolate comes in a reusable tin, which is made from recycled steel, and comes in plastic free packaging with recycled materials.
Eco friendly stocking fillers for the kids
This eco friendly play dough is non-toxic so it makes for a great worry free gift for the kids. It comes in 3 colours, which can be mixed together to make even more colours!
The ingredients are all non-GMO and the soy based organic and inorganic pigments are FDA approved.
The Eco Dough box is made out of 100% recycled paperboard and the dough containers are reusable and recyclable #5 plastic.
Pact Holiday Sock Box
Socks always make great additions to a Christmas stocking and this Pact Holiday Sock Box is no exception.
Perfect for this time of year, these socks are make of 75 organic cotton, with a little nylon and elastane. Because they’re made with organic cotton, these socks are made with 81% less water than conventional cotton.
Honeykicks kids bath bombs
Make bath time into a fun adventure with these fun colourful kids bath bombs. Honeykicks is based in New Zealand and ethically hand make each bath bomb.
The bath bombs are made with 100% food grade ingredients but free from the top 8 allergens.
They come in a reusable or recyclable metal tin and are packaged in plastic free packaging.
Calmies Natural Rubber Ecoteether
It can be scary not knowing what your little ones are putting into their mouths to chew on. But with the Calmies Natural Rubber Ecoteether, you can rest assured that they are safe and soothing.
This 100% natural rubber ecoteether was developed by a doctor and provides safe teething relief for your child.
They are free from parabens, phthalates and BPA.
Eco Bricks are perfect for your toddler, being larger than usual building blocks.
They are made from FSC certified wood and non-toxic water based pigments. The wood is harvested following strict rules, which include replanting trees for any wood that is used.
The developer of Eco Bricks, Once Kids, also contributes 1% of their sales to the Trash Free Seas Alliance which helps clean up plastic from oceans.
Organic Hair Scrunchies
Did you know that every in the US, over 20,000 pounds of hair elastic is created? Many of these are made from petroleum and other harmful chemicals, meaning that they never break down and end up in our landfills and oceans.
That is why Kooshoo created these Organic Hair Scrunchies, which are 100% biodegradable. These cute hair ties come in two colours, light and dark. They’re made from Fair Trade certified organic cotton and Fair Trade natural rubber, and are plastic free.
All of their products are shipping using recycled packaging and the scrunchies themselves come wrapped in FSC certified paper.
Conscious Step Kids Socks
Conscious Step Socks are perfect for teaching your kids about the environment and being eco-friendly! There are a number of options you can choose from:
- Kids socks that protect oceans
- Kids socks that protect animals
- Kids socks that protect rainforests
- Kids socks that protect elephants
- Kids socks that find a cure
- Kids socks that save dogs
These socks are made from organic cotton and recycled polyester. They are vegan and Fair Trade certified and each pair comes with a donation to a partner charity.
Earth Day Coloring Book
Another great way to teach your little ones about Mother Earth is with the gift of this Earth Day Coloring Book. You’ll find interesting facts dotted throughout the book, which features designs which were hand-drawn by incredible female artists.
Each coloring book is made from 100% recycled paper and the book can be composted after use.
For every sale, $2 is donated to the Food Recovery Network, which helps feed people in need and reduce food waste.
Eco friendly stocking stuffers for teens
Eco friendly gift card
For eco friendly stocking fillers to make any teen’s day, get a gift card for their favourite stores.
- Patagonia: if your teen is the outdoorsy type, they will love a Patagonia Gift Card. Patagonia are passionate about sustainable practices and environmental activism.
- Earthhero: With an Earthhero Gift Card, they can trawl through the thousands of eco friendly, zero waste and sustainable products on their website and pick out their favourite.
- Zero Waste Store: Give the gift of zero waste with a Zero Waste Gift Card this year.
Rebel True Wireless Earbuds
Prefect for any teenager’s Christmas stocking, these Rebel True Wireless Earbuds are made from natural wood fiber composite and solid bamboo and come in 100% recyclable packaging.
But it’s not just the eco-friendly nature of these earbuds that is attractive. They are noise cancelling, water and sweat resistant, have wireless charging and an 8 hour play time.
Not just for teens, Modibodi Period Panties are great for anyone looking for zero waste stocking fillers! Regular tampons and pads have a huge impact on the environment. They end up in landfills, unable to biodegrade and they’re in our waterways, harming marine life.
Period panties are not only the zero waste alternative to tampons and pads, they’re also incredibly comfortable! They come in different absorbencies and various styles, even swimwear!
Modibodi also give back to those in need. Every returned, unused item is donated to charities and they even have a program where you can contribute to sending packs to people in need.
Every teenager loves concerts, whether it’s their favourite artist or band, a festival or maybe theatre.
When we think of all the gifts we ever received going back the years, it’s impossible to remember them all, or who gave them to us, right?.
Experiences are things that stay with people forever.
Terra Thread Laptop Sleeve
Terra Thread Laptop Sleeves are made with 100% organic cotton, adding safety padding and softness.
For every purchase Terra Thread donates meals to children and families in need.
These are great plastic free stocking fillers as they ship their products avoiding plastic and any unnecessary packaging.
Cocokind Cleanser & Toner
For the perfect minimalist morning routine, pop the Cocokind Oil to Milk & Rosewater Bundle into her stocking this Christmas. Once it comes in contact with water, the cleanser turns into milk, leaving your skin feeling soft and clean. The rosewater hydrates and balances the PH of your skin.
If you want to go even further with a main Christmas gift for her, Cocokind do a fantastic ‘Mystery Box‘ which includes three full sized products and a discount code for a future purchase.
Cocokind want to be as transparent as possible with their customers when it comes to resources, materials and impact. They have transformed their packaging to include sustainability stats on each box.
Fifth Origins Himalayan Soap Bar
Fifth Origins Soap Bars are made from ingredients sourced from the lap of the Himalayans. They are 100% vegan, 100% natural and hand made by artisan women.
The Himalayans are home to some of the worlds most naturally medicinal herbs which promote healing and strength.
These soap bars are perfect for those looking for zero waste stocking stuffers. The soap comes wrapped in recycled paper, along with an organic cotton loofa and storage pouch.
Superfood Face Mask
One of my favourite self-care day activities is to relax in the bath with a face mask nourishing my skin!
These Superfood Face Masks gently exfoliate and cleanse your skin, reducing pores and wrinkes, boosting circulation and evening skin tone.
They are 100% vegan and plastic free and come in three different masks:
- Rose & Bentonite Clay Mask
- Charcoal & Bentonite Mask
- Rhassoul Dead Sea Clay and Turmeric Mask
Eco friendly friendly stocking fillers for her
All P.F. Candles are 100% vegan, cruelty free and free from phthalates. They ensure their products are never tested on animals.
The candles are made from cotton core wicks, 100% domestically grown soy wax and fragrance oils which are made from natural and man made materials.
The candles come in jars and tins which are recyclable and P.F. even have a recycling initiative where you can return your used jars and tins to collect ‘punches’. Once you have 10 punches, you can redeem them for a complementary candle!
Reusable Makeup Pads
Bring your skincare routine to the next zero waste level with these reusable makeup pads made from 100% organic cotton flannel.
They come as 30 pads in a reusable jar. You can use the pads with cleanser, as normal, and then pop them in the wash and reuse again!
These makeup pads are super soft on your skin and absorbent.
Blendily Bath Salts
Give her the gift of a relaxing bath this Christmas with Blendily Lavender Dream Bath Salts.
The bath salts are made using flora from Blendily’s own garden and from local forests. They support local farmers in the first instance, and when they do need to source from afar, they ensure the ingredients are certified organic and they personally visit the supplier directly.
Blendily’s products are vegan, cruelty free, natural, local, handmade, preservative free and zero waste.
Ethical Silk Company Eye Mask
A wonderful addition to anyone’s eco friendly Christmas stocking, the Ethical Silk Company embrace the natural silk fabric along with a passion for sustainable practices.
The Mulberry Silk Eye Mask is created using 100% eco-friendly mulberry silk on the outside and organic cotton on the inside.
The Ethical Silk Company’s products are all made in a Fair Trade tailoring unit in India, so they can ensure a safe, ethical environment for the workers. They also donate 10% of their profits to charity.
All Good Sunscreen
Did you know that most sunscreens contain toxins that threaten the lives and reproduction of our coral reefs? Scuba divers and snorkelers are huge culprits wearing harmful sunscreen.
All Good Sunscreen is made using a coral reef friendly formula which is free from oxybenzone. They also only source from GMO free suppliers.
The metal bottle the sunscreen comes in is recyclable and while the spray nozzle is plastic, you can return it to Earthhero and they will recycle it for you using TerraCycle.
Suds & Co Shampoo & Conditioner Bars
Shampoo and conditioner bars are on the rise in recent years, especially as they are completely zero waste.
Suds & Co Shampoo & Conditioner Bars are packed full of essential oils and vitamins to restore your hair back to it’s natural shine.
These bars are vegan and cruelty free and are silicon free, paraben free and palm oil free. They come in zero waste packaging.
Each shampoo bar or conditioner bar replaces up to 3 16oz liquid bottles!
Biossance Lifted Spirits Set
Your loved one will be thrilled to received the Biossance Lifted Spirits Set this Christmas. It comes in a two pack of eye cream and night serum, for firmer, smoother skin.
Biossance products are vegan, cruelty free, paraben free and non-toxic. They come packaged in FSC certified boxes.
Whether she’s into journaling, keeping her recipes or writing her bucket list, a Papier Notebook will make an excellent eco friendly stocking filler this year.
They come in so many designs, lined and plain. Journals for gratitude, wellness, weddings and so much more.
All of Papier’s paper is sustainably sourced from Forest Steward Council (FSC) forests, and their packaging is all recyclable.
If you’re feeling creative, go onto Papier’s website for some funky ways to upcycle their products!
Fair Trade Tote Bag
Terra Thread’s Fair Trade Tote Bags are a carbon neutral product, made from organic cotton canvas.
They are GOTS certified, which means that they don’t use toxic chemicals during production and ensures ethical employment.
All zippers and fasteners on their bags are lead-free.
Eco friendly stocking fillers for him
Date night coupon
One date night coupon coming up! For an eco friendly stocking filler idea that won’t break the bank and is special, this one is perfect.
Have fun making the coupon, or even a book of coupons including a massage, a cooked meal, drawing a bath for him.
Weleda Mens Moisturizer
Weleda Moisturizer for Men hydrates and moisturizes dry and toughened skin, leaving his face feeling soft and smooth.
It is made without the use of fragrances, synthetic preservatives or materials from mineral oils.
Weleda are Nature Certified and use only sustainable production and eco friendly practices.
Wooden Bluetooth Speaker
Small enough to fit in his stocking but big enough to make his Christmas, this House of Marley Bluetooth Speaker is an incredible innovation when it comes to eco-friendly technology.
Each speaker is made from solid bamboo and is packaged in 100% recyclable packaging.
House of Marley are passionate about sustainable practices and commitment to charitable organizations. They are so called House of Marley as they collaborated with Bob Marley’s family to carry on his legacy of love for plant and music.
Conscious Step Socks
No matter what he’s in to, you’ll find socks he’ll love at Conscious Step. Conscious Step support your favourite causes.
Some of my favourite options are:
- Socks that protect dogs
- Socks that protect monkeys
- Socks that save LGBTQ lives
- Socks that support mental health
- Socks that protect turtles
- Socks that give water
The socks are packaged in recyclable materials with zero waste packaging.
Conscious Step are also passionate about providing a safe environment for workers, supporting fair trade practices and clean and ethical production.
Beachwood and Boar Beard Brush
Keep his beard looking it’s best this festive season with this Zefiro Beard Brush.
The handle of the beard brush is made using certified FSC wood and the bristles are made from boar hair, making this beard brush completely compostable.
The beard brush ships in recyclable packaging.
Albatross Butterfly Safety Razor
Unfortunately, there are still billions of plastic razors and blade cartridges being dumped in landfills each year. In order to reduce this amount, we must steer clear of disposable plastic products.
The Albatross Butterfly Razor is made from stainless steel which is highly resilient to corrosion, thus there’s be no throwing out! It comes with 10 replaceable blades which can be sent back to Albatross to reuse and upcycle into another product.
This razor delivers a close shave, free from irritation and can be used for years to come.
Compostable Phone Case
Phone cases are things that don’t often last long, breaking or going out of fashion so you shop for a new one and throw the old one out. But at what cost to our environment.
Pela Case compostable phone cases are an eco friendly substitution to these environmentally unfriendly plastic versions. The phone cases are made from compostable bioplastic elastomer and flax straw materials, which will biodegrade once your done with them.
Blue Bottle Coffee
If your other half is a coffee lover, then Blue Bottle Coffee is a must for his eco friendly Christmas stocking.
Blue Bottle work with farmers across the world to product the most sustainable coffee possible, which is certified organic.
Eco friendly stocking fillers for pets
We can’t forget the furry members of the family! I’ve found some of the most perfect stocking stuffer ideas for your furry friends this Christmas.
Dog Paw Healing Moisturizer
Even the furry members of our family need to keep themselves moisturized. This Dog Paw Healing Moisturizer is made from 100% organic ingredients, including lavender, essential oils and sunflower oil, and keeps cracked paws and noses moisturized and conditioned.
It has antiseptic properties which means it’s great for treating insect bites and cuts to avoid infection.
Note: this product should not be used on cats.
Eco Pouncer Cat Toy
Keep your cat pouncing all day with the Eco Pouncer Cat Toy. Made from 100% lambswool and natural vegetable dyes, not only is this toy sustainable, it’s also safer for your cat.
The toy is attached to a cardboard backing and the box is recycled and recyclable.
Also, a portion of all sales of the Eco Pouncer Cat Toy goes towards protecting snow leopards in Mongolia!
All Natural Dog Bone Chew
The All Natural Dog Bone Chew is exactly that – all natural! It’s made from sustainable wood fiber and plant based oil, is plastic free and nylon free. The chew bone is non-splintering, meaning that it’s safer for your dog.
Each bone features dental ridges and three unique chew ends to keep your K9 friend happy for hours.
Ultimate Dog Lover Bundle
You’ll be your dog’s favourite human after they find this bundle in their eco friendly Christmas stockings this year!
The Ultimate Dog Lover Bundle includes biodegradable poop bags, dog paw moisturizer, a selection of hemp toys and zero waste shampoo bar to keep them feeling fresh.
Wool Sporty Pet Toys
For plastic free stocking fillers for your furry friend, look no further. These Wool Sporty Pet Toys are made from 100% organic and cruelty-free certified New Zealand wool and the best part is that they are 100% biodegradable.
They come in a three pack which will keep your pets entertained for a long time.
Each toy is handmade by women with disabilities in Nepal in a facility with ethical employment practices and fair wages.
Other sustainable stocking stuffers
Skyline Engraved Coaster Set
A unique eco-friendly stocking filler idea is this Skyline Engraved Coaster Set. It comes in a variety of city skylines and if they don’t have the skyline you’re after, just contact them and they’ll work on adding it to their collection.
ChopValue, who make the coaster sets, collect used chopsticks from restaurants and transform them into a raw material to create new products. Today, they have recycled over 38 million chopsticks, which would have otherwise ended up in landfills.
The Zero Waste Home Book
This book is perfect for anyone looking to make zero waste swaps in the home, but not sure where to begin. The book was written by Bea Johnson, who is often referred to as the ‘mother of the zero waste movement’.
The book gives readers step by step guides on how to create less waste in their home, from creating DIY products to plastic free lunches.
ECOlunchbox Bento Lunch Box
The ECO Lunch Box three-in-one nesting bento lunch box is made from high quality stainless steel and is plastic free, meaning there are no harmful chemicals such as BPA or phthalates.
The lunch box is modular so you can stack them on top of each and separate your meals into sections. It’s dishwasher safe, but cannot be used in the microwave.
ECOlunchbox are committed to keeping plastic out of our oceans and the chemicals used in plastic out of our bodies.
Diaspora Co Spices
If you’re looking for unique eco friendly stocking fillers this year, gift someone with a Diaspora Co Spices gift box. You can go with a pre-made box or choose your own spices to include.
Diaspora work with small multi-generational farmers and pays them an average of 6 x premium. The single origin spices used can take anything from a couple of months to years to be sourced.
Zero Waste Dental Kit
It’s time to stop buying conventional plastic toothbrushes that increase the amount of plastic in landfills. Instead move towards a more sustainable way of keeping your dental hygiene with this Zero Waste Dental Kit.
Each kit comes with:
- 4 x bamboo toothbrushes (with vegan bristles). The handle is made with 100% bamboo and is biodegradable. The bristles can be removed once finished with the product and recycled with textiles.
- 1 x Peppermint & Charcoal toothpaste which is made from naturally sourced vegan ingredients.
- 1 x metal key which is used to squeeze every last bit of toothpaste out of the tube, resulting in zero waste
- 1 x vegan zero waste bamboo dental floss, which can be composted.
All products are plastic free and zero waste.
Silicon Stasher Pocket Bags
These Silicon Stasher Pocket Bags are for all of us who want to move away from unhealthy and unsustainable plastic storage boxes.
These bags are made from non-toxic, BPA free, lead free, latex free, platinum grade silicon which can be reused over and over again. They can even be used in the microwave, fridge, oven, freezer and dishwasher! And they’re not just for food, you can store your travel essentials in them to keep them dry at the beach or important documents.
Stasher, who make these Pocket Bags, have pledged to donate 1% of their sales to non-profit organisations working to save our planet.
Organic Cotton Mesh Produce Bags
Made from 100% organic cotton which is GOTS Certified, these Mesh Produce Bags are perfect for your weekly trip to the supermarket. Because of their breathable nature, they keep fruits and vegetables fresher for longer.
These fantastic Organic Cotton Mesh Produce Bags are reusable, biodegradable, sustainable and zero waste!
It’s not too late to make the holidays eco-friendly!
I hope this guide has given you some of the best ideas for eco-friendly stocking fillers for your loved ones.
What gifts did you pick up on the list? Let me know in the comments below!