Eco-Friendly Gifts: Sustainable and Environmental Gift Ideas

September 15, 2021

According to the EPA, an estimated 292.4 million tons of solid garbage accumulates each year. While this is a staggering number to contend with, we can combat this statistic with a little mindfulness by taking small actions in our everyday lives. Communities and companies alike can benefit from making solid commitments to minor adjustments that help move the needle toward a more environmentally friendly and sustainable world. 

One way we can begin this journey is by celebrating one another with eco-friendly gifts. Here are a few of our favorite eco-friendly gift ideas that demonstrate love and appreciation not just for your loved one but for the environment as well.

11 Eco-Friendly Gifts For Sustainable Giving

It doesn’t have to be difficult to find sustainable gifts. Packed With Purpose’s carefully chosen collection of gifts has something for even the most challenging person in your life to purchase for — even that one person who seems to have it all! You can feel good about gifting one of our curated items since they are all of the finest quality and beautifully packed in environmentally friendly gift boxes. Each of our sustainable gift ideas includes an artistic booklet that highlights the stories behind our intentional purveyors and the significant impact our gifts have on communities around the globe.

Our environmentally friendly gifts are made to change people’s lives, improve communities, and protect the planet while demonstrating how much you care about the person you’re honoring. 


1. Trivia & Treats

With this fun-filled collection, you can engage and entertain your loved ones. The trivia game and rainbow popcorn with Himalayan salt provide tasty fun for the whole family, with sweet and nutritious snacks for a little extra game-time nourishment. This is hands down one of the best eco-friendly gifts for those who love a good game night while also helping domestic violence prevention, small-scale farmers, and animals in need. This gift comes in a recyclable signature box and includes the following items:

  • Card deck with 150 questions about the United States of America
  • Pink Himalayan salt and black pepper spice on rainbow popcorn kernels
  • 1.25 oz. hand-roasted everything-spice nut mix, almonds, cashews, and pecans
  • Homestyle comfort food in bite-size portions 4 oz. triple-chocolate-chip cookies
  • A fruit combination of organic dried banana, mango, and pineapple, 2 oz.


2. Chicago Rocks!

These elegant rocks glasses engraved with Chicago’s (or any location if you contact us) famous streets and neighborhoods are sure to ignite conversation at any get-together.  And, these exquisite hand-blown glass drink stirrers are the perfect way to combine the classically flavored old-fashioned mixer with their favorite spirit. This gift supports diverse-owned companies and trauma rehabilitation for children affected by gun violence, making it an ideal gift for those who love their local community and supporting social causes. Inside, they’ll find:

  • Two 11-ounce Chicago rock glasses with precise engraving
  • Hand-blown glass cocktail stirrers
  • 1.25 oz. savory and sweet nut mix with almonds, cashews, and pecans, hand-roasted

*If you’re interested in a city-specific gift, get in touch for more details.


3.  Women’s Empowerment Essentials

It can be challenging to purchase gifts for the remarkable and strong woman in your life. Finding the ideal present can be especially hard if you’re buying for a sibling, your wife, or a colleague. These fashionable, eco-friendly gifts for “her” include a charcoal zip purse, calming lavender lip balm, and a handmade soy candle to brighten her day. Each product empowers women, from assisting survivors of human trafficking, addiction, and prostitution to offering job development for women in underserved regions. Family, friends, and colleagues will love this socially conscious and eco-friendly gift. It comes in a recyclable signature box and includes the following items:

  • Charcoal-colored organic cotton canvas pouch with an eco-friendly leather zipper pull (8.5″ x 5″)
  • 4 oz. handcrafted soy candle in a travel tin with a white tea aroma
  • Lavender-scented lip balm with organic shea butter and sweet almond oil


4. Bundle of Joy

Finding eco-friendly baby shower gifts might be one of the most difficult present-finding assignments — 80% of children’s plastic toys are only used for an average of six months and end up in landfills, incinerators, or the ocean. To help ease your gift hunt, we’ve put together a fantastic newborn gift set. This lovely present for new parents will warm their hearts and prepare them for one of life’s greatest duties. This bundle of joy (as the name suggests!) is packed with environmental gifts, including: 

  • Blue elephants on an ultra-soft 95% organic cotton beanie cap
  • Vibrantly colored cupcake pattern, fluffy handknit rattle
  • Handcrafted, thick, buttery oat biscuits, 7.2 oz share size
  • Two teabags of aromatic rooibos and honeybush tea scented with peach, apricot, rose petals, and more

New parents who enjoy gifts for sustainability lovers will be overjoyed to learn that the donation will help elephant conservation, women in poverty find work, and more.


5. Sustainable Luxuries

Send your friends, family, or colleagues one of the most unique, eco-friendly gifts. At Packed with Purpose, we’ve combined a traditional cedar wood notebook with a black precision-point pen to lend even more elegance to the written word. From coffee to wine, a stylish, double-insulated travel tumbler allows them to carry their favorite beverage along for the ride—and keeps it hot or cold. Each item is wrapped in our eco-friendly packaging. A purpose box is included in the package. Inside they’ll receive:

  • A handcrafted traditional wood journal made in the United States (6″ x 9″)
  • A fine point pen in black that dries quickly and resists smudges
  • A 10 oz. black insulated stainless steel beverage tumbler with a detachable sipping top


6. A Toast For Two

You can make every event extra memorable with these exquisite pairings for a joyful toast with your loved one. Your recipients will be able to toast for years to come with two elegant double-walled insulated wine glasses and a stunning hand-blown wine stopper. Perfect for a happy couple, a business colleague, these eco-friendly gifts are going to be their go-to glasses for any occasion that deserves celebration. Delight your friends while also assisting artists with developmental impairments and youth who have been traumatized by gun violence. These green gifts come in a distinctive recyclable box and include the following items:

  • Set of two 12 oz. double-walled wine glasses that are both lightweight and sturdy
  • A unique hand-blown glass wine stopper


7. Anytime Employee Appreciation

Make them feel important wherever their workday magic takes place. Redefine break time with this eco-friendly deck of playing cards, which provides team members with a lasting reminder of your kindness and sense of camaraderie. This precisely portioned gift includes heirloom popcorn, chocolate espresso cookies, and a delicious s’mores snack bar, as well as a couple of our favorite treats in snackable sizes. These tasty goods assist famine relief initiatives, help provide career opportunities for marginalized women and tackle economic injustice in food-based allergies, making them ideal for welcoming teams back to the office or rewarding remote colleagues. This gift comes in a recyclable signature box and includes the following items:


  • Playing cards that are beneficial to the environment
  • S’mores snack bar made from seeds, The Top 8 Allergen-Free Foods
  • Chocolate biscuits with an espresso smidgeon (2-pk.)
  • Sea salt heirloom popcorn, sustainably sourced, 1 oz.
  • 2 pcs. lightly sweet tea cookies with toasted oat layers and a touch of salt
  • 2 oz. cinnamon-pecan granola prepared by hand


8. Family Game Night

This deluxe selection is ideal for a night in and will provide hours of amusement and excellent bonding time. Before tackling a beautifully crafted, earth-friendly puzzle, gather around an eco-friendly deck of playing cards. All that game night fun is fuelled by delicious cookie butter cookies and sweet-and-salty caramel cheddar popcorn, making it the ideal gift for distant colleagues or loved ones. They’ll appreciate it even more knowing that it helps food-insecure families throughout the country by supporting women- and diverse-owned businesses. This gift comes in a recyclable signature box and includes the following items:

  • 3.5 oz. handcrafted popcorn mix with salted caramel and white cheddar
  • “Everyone is welcome here!” Family puzzle with 1,000 pieces created from recyclable and environmentally safe materials
  • Playing cards that are beneficial to the environment
  • 5.5 oz. soft-baked, allergen-free bite-size cookie butter cookies


9. Beer Tasting Bites

Give a present that the beer enthusiast in your life will love. Their favorite brews will be an excellent pairing with the award-winning hand-roasted nut mix, spicy organic potato chips, and fantastic-for-dipping amber beer mustard. Satisfy their beer munchies while promoting animal care, eliminating food insecurity, and more, whether as a happy hour companion or a fun team-building exercise. This gift comes in a recyclable signature box and includes the following items:

  • 1.25 oz. hand-roasted nut mix includes almonds, cashews, and pecans
  • 1.5 oz. gourmet seasoned potato chips
  • 2 pcs. lightly sweet tea cookies with toasted oat layers and a touch of salt
  • 1.4 oz. handcrafted parmesan and black pepper popcorn mix
  • 4 oz. amber beer gourmet mustard


10. Everyday Exploration

Do you have someone in your life with a curious nature and a mind for exploration?

If so, then send them out on an adventure with a collection that is both elegant and useful. The bamboo-wrapped water bottle with a flip-top lid will ensure they’re refreshed throughout the day. Paired with a softcover notepad and elegant pen, they’ll be prepared to explore the world around them. This is a great gift for a colleague, client, or friend while supporting clean water efforts, cancer health programs, and more. It comes with a substantial serving of coffee and an energizing mix of tea. This gift arrives in a recyclable box and includes the following items:

  • Tumbler with infuser and flip cap, bamboo-wrapped, 12 oz.
  • Fine point pen in black that dries quickly and resists smudges
  • Softcover notepad with a smooth, water-resistant surface (5.25″ x 8.25″)
  • 4 oz. quality French roast coffee
  • Two single-serving sachets of breakfast blend tea with pu-erh, citrus, and vanilla


11. Deluxe Charcuterie Board

Are you searching for the best eco-friendly gifts that show you’ve pulled out all the stops? Then this plentiful selection of handmade delicacies will liven up any charcuterie board. Our sustainably sourced maple wood appetizer board and teakwood spreader go perfectly with the hand-cured salami, caramelized onion crisps, and savory dip. With a delectable variety of cookies, caramels, chocolates, and other savory treats, we’ve even taken care of dessert. While helping veterans, women’s empowerment, kids in under-resourced communities, and other causes, this wine is sure to please even the most discerning palates. This gift comes in a recyclable signature box and includes the following items:

  • 14″ x 5.5″ maple wood serving board with a teak oil finish, produced in the United States
  • Butter cookies, soft-baked and bite-size, 5.5 oz.
  • 10 tea bags with a twist on the standard Earl Grey, blended with bergamot oil and rose petals
  • Delicious hot cocoa mix 
  • 4 oz. quality French roast coffee
  • Organic almonds with a chocolate coating and a light roast
  • Smooth chocolate chips and crispy toffee pieces baked into these delicious biscuits
  • Award-winning goat milk caramels, sea salt, and vanilla in a box (11 pc)
  • 2.5 oz. tangy and delicious Key lime cookies sprinkled with powdered sugar
  • gourmet rainbow popcorn kernels with a seasoning of pink Himalayan salt and black pepper
  • 5 oz. gourmet traditional salami with garlic and ginger overtones
  • 100g fair trade organic dried mango, tender and juicy
  • 8 oz. savory olive and herb bread dip
  • Handcrafted in tiny amounts, all-natural strawberry “Slow Jam”
  • Crisps with caramelized onions (6 oz)
  • Hand-carved kisu knife from locally sourced Kenyan olive wood
  • Handcrafted, thick, buttery oat biscuits, 7.2 oz share size


Give a Gift with a Purpose

If you’re looking for eco-friendly gifts, Packed with Purpose offers carefully curated gifts that protect our environment and work to support those in need. Every single one of our gifts has been carefully selected to have an impact. For example, we sell decadent chocolates to support job training for survivors of domestic violence, notebooks crafted from sustainably produced wood to support forestry efforts, crisp granola to help fund individuals who have been incarcerated, and so on. Contact us today to find a gift that not only touches your loved one’s heart but the hearts of those in need as well.