The 9 Best Eco-Friendly Christmas Gifts Under $20

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It is once again coming to that time of year when we start to think about who we will need to buy for and of course the dreaded question - what do we get them?

This year how about taking a different angle?

2021 has been a hard year for us all, some more than others. Why don't we take some of the lessons that the last few months have taught us and not just purchase more 'stuff', but actually take some time to think of:

  • What the person needs, or wants
  • How to buy without negatively affecting the planet
  • How to buy with conscience

I have compiled a list of small Christmas gifts that I think would be appreciated, show thought and also tick the boxes. I would also add that I try to buy local if I can. All the items below are via Amazon, as with all the best ideas sometimes we also need to be practical to. 

Eco-Friendly Christmas Gifts

reuseable coffee cup

How about a hot drinks cup, this is a great one from rice husks.

Or this is my current one 

husk up cup

For the ladies, I moved to shampoo bars and conditioner bars, they work just as well as the liquid variety BUT no plastics! They also last much longer than the bottles. With 3 girls in the house they have saved me a fortune. My partner uses it too, as it smells delicious. They make a great small Christmas tree present, teachers gift or little eco friendly stocking filler. 

Eco friendly Shampoo Bar

The conditioner bar takes getting used to, you have to stroke it through the hair but it works really well. As you can see from my pic below I have very long hair. Once again it is reducing plastics and moving us all towards a zero waste household. 

conditioner bar

This next one might not seem the best present, but trust me, these have made all the cleaning in my home so much easier. I have one in the shower, one by the sink. They are not only made from coconut husks but clean pretty much everything! A scourer that really works. It is a fun Christmas gift that will be sure to create some humour but will be very well used and not only is it completely plastic free but it is also bio-degradable. 

eco coco nut

Another great Christmas purchase, that is simply the good old straw. I know that several countries have now banned the plastic ones (yeah) but for both adults and kids it can be hard to replace those. These metal ones also have their own bag and cleaning brushes. What a great eco-friendly Christmas gift for all the family! 

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Another firm favourite is the Bamboo toothbrush, I love that these are also stamped with letters, so everybody knows which toothbrush is theirs. A fun Christmas tree present that helps all the family work towards a zero waste Christmas.

bamboo toothbrush

I have long been a lover of beeswax wraps (in fact I shall be giving you full instructions on how to make your own soon). I made my own last year, but previously we used these ones. They are so handy and stops the use of the dreaded cling film! From kids packed lunches to storing food in the fridge, they last for years and reduce our plastic waste alongside offering a thoughtful Christmas gift. 

beeswax wraps

Now in the Winter I have to resort to a mix of air drying and tumble dryer. I know, I hate having to use it but I wash so many towels and large items my house just cannot dry them quick enough. I have managed to cut down on drying time in the machine though, by using these fab dryer balls. A quick tip: add a few drops of your favourite essential oil and the clothes then smell amazaballs! 

If you paired these eco-friendly gifts alongside a lovely bottle of essential oils, then you would have an amazing Christmas Gift Set. My girls love to pick the the oils that I use, so it also gets the kids involved too. 

dryer balls

As always these are just the tip of the iceberg for eco-friendly products. They are a great place to start, or just to add in and at under $20 they can be the perfect Christmas stocking present, teachers gift or thank you to someone without breaking the bank. These eco-friendly gifts for Christmas can really help you work towards being not only plastic free but also zero waste, which I think we are all being more consious of. 

I shall be sharing more eco tips with you before the season ends. So please do subscribe to the newsletter and you can even dowload your FREE AFFIRMATIONS which are great to use at any time of year. You can also see more ideas on how to be eco friendly at Christmas in the blog with Mindful Makes 

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Do come and say hi, it is a very supportive collective that shares some very inspirational ideas. 

Mindful Makes For Christmas

If you want to take your Christmas even more environmentally friendly, then why not look to replacing your Christmas wrapping, Christmas cards and Christmas gift tags? We have been trying to use less and less packaging over the last couple of years and last year we went completely wrapping free!

You can read how we used existing boxes, cards and other items to be more creative at Christmas

As always, I wish you well on this amazing journey of parenting!



Please note that all ideas are my own, I am an amazon affiliate so I will make a few pennies if you happen to buy any of my recommendations. 

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