15 Christmas Gifts For Friends
Values: Vegan, Organic, Non-Toxic
First on our list of the best gifts for friends is this practical tote bag. The olive-colored, 100% organic cotton Vin One Bottle Tote by Aplat makes the perfect Christmas gifts for friends and sustainability lovers. Manufactured in San Francisco, California, using zero impact dyeing methods and no plastic, these heavyweight, double-layer tote bags are ideal for a day at the beach or picnic.
Other features include three side pockets, perfect for tucking away your favorite wine and cheese, as well as snacks. The utility this bag provides definitely makes it one of the best gift ideas for friends.
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Values: Plastic-Free, Non-Toxic
Ideal eco-friendly cookware, the Ten-Piece Ice Cream Granite Set by Carote is PFOA and PFAS Free and completely non-toxic. Further, they produce less smoke when cooking, which releases less Co2. In addition, the packaging consists of 99% recycled material, and the granite cookware is manufactured with Swiss white granite and no splicing or rivets.
The set is cadmium and lead-free, and consists of a frying and deep frying pan, casserole dish, saucepan, and steamer.
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Values: Vegan, Non-Toxic
Eucalyptus + Lavender Candles by Slow North are environmentally friendly candles that make great sustainable gift ideas. This Austin, TX-based candle manufacturer uses only soy and plant-based materials.
Hand-poured and created with 100% essential oil fragrances and cotton wicks, these vegan candles provide stress relief by incorporating hints of Eucalyptus and Lavender with a woody undertone.
Slow North uses 100% natural ingredients in every process of their candle making, meaning you'll benefit by having a less sooty, lighter aroma when burning. The best Christmas gifts can be something simple yet pleasant, just like these beautiful fragrances.
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Values: Recycled, Non-Toxic
Recycled Planters by Ecopots are a great gift idea for those with a green thumb. In addition, they are UV-proof, frost resistant, and waterproof. A perfect Christmas gift for friends with shelves of plants.
Consequently, each is created using 80% recycled plastics and Ecopots harvest much of their materials from the ocean. Ecopots come with a saucer and are 15.7″ in diameter, 13.7″ tall, not to mention the clean utilitarian craftsmanship inspired by their Dutch heritage.
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Values: Ethically Sourced, Gives Back
Searching for unique and sustainable gifts to get your best friend for Christmas? Roll-On Friendship Bracelets by Indigo are one of the best ways to show you care. For example, these beauties come with two per purchase. Glass beads are highlighted with hand-dyed cotton thread and are ethically crafted in Nepal.
In addition, the company gives back to marginalized communities by providing 500 plus youth scholarships! Initially started by a Peace Corps volunteer, the company now employs over 200 artisans in Nepal. If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gifts for your best friend, this bracelet says it all.
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Values: Ethically Sourced, Gives Back
Pure, clean ingredients translate into pure, clean skin with the Hand Wash and Lotion Set by FRAMA. These days, people are washing their hands more than ever. Consequently, FRAMA has created a lotion using 100% natural ingredients, including sandalwood and cedarwood, that leaves your skin vibrant and soft.
In addition, the bottles are refillable, and the lotion has a gentle and mild formula that's inspired by nature and leaves a beautiful fragrance.
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Values: Plastic-Free, Non-Toxic, Gives Back
Classic Wooden Spoons by Food52 last for generations and feature thoughtful, meaningful design. For instance, this kitchen keepsake was made using customer feedback on what they thought were the most important aspects of a great cooking spoon.
All wooden spoons are handcrafted and come in five models; a mixing spoon, multipurpose, Big Dipper, Corner-Getter, and The Flip & Scrape. In addition, all purchases made from their All For Farmers Market contribute to all U.S. farmers.
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If you haven't got these distinctive puzzle gifts on your gift radar, chances are, neither will your loved one. These combinations of art and fun come from a female-founded business. They feature art by Maggie Stephenson, a self-taught illustrator who used her skills to create an enchanting puzzle gift set influenced by her European roots. Using vibrant colors, her puzzles inspire your inner artist.
The Plants Over Plans Puzzle by Jiggy includes 800 pieces, a tube of puzzle glue, straight edge tool for spreading glue, and a reusable glass jar.
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Created with borosilicate glass, laboratory-graded glassware is seen most commonly in high-end kitchenware. The Glass French Press by YIELD uses a traditional press-pot style to brew a classic cup of coffee or tea.
Resistant to high heat and thermal temperatures, borosilicate glass is also durable and attractive, meaning you can pass it down to the next generation of coffee makers.
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Values: Eco-Friendly, Vegan
If you're on the lookout for a great gift idea for non-drinkers around the holidays, this Trio Giftpack by Seedlip answers the call.
Made with calorie-free, sugar-free, and non-alcoholic spirits, the gift pack has three flavors to choose from and comes in a beautiful illustrated gift box.
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Values: Plastic-Free, Gives Back
These Shot Glasses with Bamboo Coasters are a neat way to have fun and be eco-conscious for those who like to juice. The shot glasses come in a set of six with corresponding coasters. The sleek glasses feature a classy 'floating' design.
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Values: Vegan, Gives Back
Designer Jakob Wagner has spent a lifetime working with top brands such as Bang & Olufsen and has created these sustainable watches that embody a timeless look. Using a minimalist approach favored by Danish craft makers, the Vegan Native Watch by Nordgren has an interchangeable strap and Japanese quartz movement.
In addition, the company provides a serial number for every watch sold to empower its customers to give back to their favorite cause. Nordgren then tracks the number on the back of the watch to show the positive impact your donation has made.
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The CHAMP Portable Charger by Go Nimble is small and ultra-compact. Go Nimble uses high-density batteries and fewer cells, so you're packing a more significant charge in half the size of a standard charger.
In addition, the company manufactures its products with biodegradable, recycled paper, free of inks and dyes. The charger includes a two-year warranty and a recycled plastic bag.
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Values: Vegan, Non-Toxic
One of our favorite gift ideas for friends has to be the gift of rest and relaxation after a busy year. Eco Friendly Bedding from Bed Threads is non-toxic, and manufactured with OEKO-TEX-certified flax linen. This gorgeous rust-colored set is perfect for a minimalist aesthetic and includes two pillowcases, one fitted sheet, one duvet cover, and one storage sack, also made from flax linen.
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Last but not least on our list of the best Christmas gifts for friends are these stunning personalized notebooks. Diary lovers and planners alike will love these sustainable Color Combo Notebook from Papier. You can let your thoughts run wild and be better inspired by these colorful and eco-friendly notebooks.
You can choose between hardback or softback, as well as dotted, lined, or plain pages. Furthermore, you can personalize the cover of your notebook to make it unique and a perfect Christmas gifts for friends. Good Christmas gifts for friends can also mean making more memories. And a fresh new notebook can help store all of your favorite moments with your loved ones.
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