It’s getting to be crunch time for holiday gift shopping, but if your schedule is anything like ours, holiday parties and work events are ramping up too. Gone are the free afternoons and evenings where you can leisurely wander the mall combing stores for the perfect gift.
But hey, there’s no need to panic. Over the next few days, we’ll be posting last-minute gifts for the most important people in your life. First up, your eco-friendly friend.
Give the gift of sweet dreams with fluffly, oh-so-soft bamboo bedding. Your gift recipients will sleep extra soundly at night, knowing that their bedding is made from bamboo material that’s more sustainable than cotton or other textiles. No more counting sheep — they’ll be asleep as soon as their heads hit the pillow!
An Energy-Efficient Coffee Maker
Life without coffee is not an option, but between paper filters, the energy required to keep the pot warm on the burner, and the prevalence of single-serve coffee machines, your most eco-conscious friend might be looking for a better solution. Non-electric coffee brewers like a French press, Aeropress, or Chemex will cut down on the energy footprint (although yes, it’ll still require energy to heat the water- an electric kettle is probably the most energy-efficient method here). Make the gift extra-awesome by including a reusable stainless steel coffee mug.
(Psst… worried your friend won’t know how to use these different brewing methods? We have short guides on how to make coffee via French press, AeroPress, and Chemex, because we care about you like that.)
Recycled Yoga Mat
Does someone on your gift list start every morning with a sun salutation? Treat them to a new yoga mat — and then go one step further by gifting them with a recycled yoga mat. Several yoga mat companies make their mats from materials like recycled neoprene wetsuits to improve the sustainability of yoga practices everywhere.
Personal Water Bottle Filter Straw
For the friend who thinks life is one giant adventure, a personal water bottle filter ensures that they’re never without clean water, no matter where they are. They’re perfect for hiking, backpacking, or travel, and select models can remove 99.9% of bacteria and protozoa, while also reducing chlorine, bad odor, and taste. The best part is that it doesn’t have to replace their favorite reusable water bottle — all they have to do is fill their water bottle up with water, and then use the filter straw to drink.
Want to bulk up this gift a little bit? Add a reusable glass water bottle. Glass can be recycled endlessly, so it’s super eco-friendly. Plus, reusable water bottles cut down on the waste created by single-use plastic water bottles. A reusable glass water bottle — it’s the gift that (really) keeps giving.
Feeling inspired? Go forth and give green.