Eco-Holiday Gift Guide

Ring in the holidays with our eco-approved gift guide!

Check out our hot list of 12 eco-savvy holiday gifts that will leave even the Grinch green with envy!

On the first day of the holiday my true love gave to me…

The gift of education. Looking to give a teacher in your life some holiday cheer? The gift of learning never goes out of style and is always appreciated. You can avoid the generic gift-card route by choosing to give your favourite book. Some of our faves include Magnifeco by Kate Black, Jane Goodall's Seeds of Hope and Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto.

On the second day…

The gift of fair trade. For the workaholic in your life, why not give her a bag of fair trade coffee? You'll be supporting the movement towards improving global trade conditions, promoting sustainability and most importantly, you'll be helping improve the lives of workers in developing countries. If coffee isn't your thing, fair trade options range from handicrafts to fruit and wine to gold and even 3D printer filament. Check out companies like Social Gem for fair trade jewellery that is sure to impress.

On the third day…

The gift of DIY. Giving someone a gift that you took the time to create will definitely be a hit in any circle. DIYs don't have to be time-consuming either; you can fashion crafts that are quick, inexpensive and thoughtful. Pair it with a hand written card to tell someone how special he or she is to you. Looking for ideas? Check out our "DIY Crafts" Pinterest board for easy all-natural bath bomb recipes that make the perfect stocking-stuffer.

On the fourth day…

The gift of clean beauty. Why not swap out your friend or teenager's makeup bag with chemical-free make-up or all-natural make-up brushes? Gifts with natural ingredients are better for the people you care about and better for the environment. Check out companies like Parkdale Butter Co., Saint Cosmetics or the winners of the Clean Beauty Awards for chemical-free skin-care products.

On the fifth day…

The gift of giving back. Stumped on what to get that one person who has everything? Channel the spirit of giving by making a donation to a non-profit foundation in someone else's name. To really personalize this gift, choose an organization whose values align with your recipient's. Be sure to do your research and donate to a reputable foundation. You can check out organizations like David Suzuki, Nature Conservancy of Canada, WWF or The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada. You can click here to become a Chimp Guardian with The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada.

On the sixth day…

Give the gift of eco-adventure. For anyone bitten by the wanderlust bug, you can give the gift of exploration. Discover nature-inspired tours in your city, like a hike through your favourite park or for more international tours, try G Adventures for sustainable travel tours. Trips that have low-carbon effects will help reduce your environmental impact.

On the seventh day…

The gift of wine. The holidays are about spending quality time with the people you care about most, so how about treating your best friend to a wine tour? Discover local wineries near you or skip outside exploration altogether and have a wine tour in the comfort of your living room! Round up a couple friends and some sustainably produced Canadian wines to have a cozy and intimate wine and cheese night. Here are some fabulous certified organic wine brands from Canada: Summerhill Estate, Rollingdale Winery, Frogpond Farm, L'Acadie Vineyards, Southbrook Vineyards. For more, click here.

On the eighth day…

The gift of greenery. While it may be too cold to go for a hike with your pal, you can still bring the forest to them. Give a friend a potted plant to spruce up their workspace and attach an "I owe you" card, redeemable when the weather is nice for a day spent outdoors. Try grabbing a low-maintenance aloe, a colourful Gerber daisy or a decorative Spider plant, all are known for effectively cleaning your indoor air quality!

On the ninth day…

The gift of reuse. This is an easy present to give to anyone in your life. Reusable coffee mugs or reusable water bottles are always a household necessity. Our Team's favourite has been the Keep Cup, a reusable coffee cup made of glass or recycled plastic. It's BPA-free and comes in tons of bright, customizable colours. Or how about a set of reusable lunch containers to save last night's dinner? Get creative by customizing whatever product you get them with their initials or favourite quote!

On the tenth day…

The gift of local. Skip the packaging and wrapping all together, and take that special person out for a meal at a restaurant that serves food sourced locally. If the holidays are too busy to set aside the time, you can always get them a subscription to a local organics delivery service like Fresh City Farms, pair it with a date night to cook together.

On the eleventh day…

The gift of craft beer. Why not get your brother a carefully selected two-four? Peruse local breweries and handpick some of your area's best. The quality ingredients will be much appreciated and a varied selection may just spark a new favourite. If in Toronto, give the Indie Ale House a try, pictured on the left.

On the twelfth day…

The gift of up-cycling. You can purchase designer up-cycled products from boutiques, vintage shops or online. If you really want to pull at your loved one's heartstrings, give a handmade gift that comes straight from the heart. One of our favourites is up-cycling an old cloth bag or piece of clothing (like grandpa's old sweater) to turn it into a pillow with a special phrase embroidered on it. Find the instructions here!