Sustainable gifting is a tricky concept. Ideally, we’d all forgo physical presents and instead give our loved ones something more experiential: a gift card to a local restaurant, a donation in their name to a mutual aid fund, or a seat at an online class for a new quarantine hobby. But if you’re itching to watch your favorite person open up something tangible this holiday season, you can still do so while keeping the planet in mind. A few things to think about: Give gifts that will actually get used, not end up in a landfill, and be on the lookout for minimal plastic and packaging. If you’re in need of a few ideas, here are 11 to consider.
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Festive Soap Stack
One thing your loved one most certainly needs and will use during a pandemic? Soap. These festive sets from Lush come tied together with a cotton wrap that can double as a hand towel. Plus, if you can’t pick it up in person, Lush ships items in recyclable and compostable packaging.
Blue Marble Soap Dish
For the person who’s already on the bar soap game but just needs a fancy place to store them. Bonus: These dishes help soaps last even longer in the shower, meaning less waste in the long run.
Give the literal gift of life with a new houseplant—or even a packet of seeds for your DIY friend. If the plant ever dies (sad), it can be composted and the pot reused.
Pink Onyx Marble Candle
When you’ve burned through this candle, simply order a wax refill from the same site and get lit again and again and again.
Shea Butter Hand Cream
After months of vigorously washing up, a luxurious hand cream is a no-brainer gift. This one in particular won a Good Housekeeping award for its sustainable,…