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Sustainable Gift Guide for the Holidays

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Share your love with friends and family this holiday season with sustainable gifts. We’re not just going green for the holidays — we’re celebrating the joys of consuming more thoughtfully and reusing and repurposing more. Our sustainable gift guide is curated with care to bring you heart-warming and earth-loving ideas. Each of these useful and practical gifts holds the promise of a better tomorrow. You’ll find sustainable housewarming gifts, eco-friendly kitchen and dining items, green living essentials, upcycled home décor, and more.

Eco-Friendly Kitchen and Dining

Sustainable gifts for the kitchen and dining room are highly versatile. They’re just as appropriate for your boss as your best friend. They make excellent housewarming and hostess gifts and top our sustainable gift guide.

Handcrafted Recycled Glassware

Fashioned from discarded glass bottles and jars, handcrafted recycled glassware is an elegant and sustainable gift. As handmade items, each champagne flute or tumbler differs slightly from every other, elevating celebratory toasts and daily hydration. Perfect for a sustainable housewarming gift.

Bamboo Kitchen Utensils

Choose bamboo for kitchen tools that blend sustainability with performance. The fast-growing bamboo yields sturdy, durable, lightweight wood utensils that resist staining and odors. An excellent housewarming gift for the eco-minded gourmand, choose from ladles, slotted spoons, turners, pasta forks, bamboo-handled whisks, and more.

Upcycled Wine Bottle Serving Platters

The melted wine bottle is an intriguing sight, a stylish serving platter for charcuterie and appetizers. It retains the bottle’s original charm while offering a stylish life beyond the recycle bin. The glass bottle is melted and flattened into a functional platter for cheese and crackers. This sustainable gift merges eco-friendly living with considerable flair.

Organic Cotton Linens

Next up, our sustainable gift guide offers an eco-friendly upgrade in the kitchen. Organic cotton dish towels and cloth napkins are also excellent sustainable replacements for wasteful paper towels. Durable, washable, reusable, and so much nicer than paper, these soft, quality cotton linens are highly absorbent, making quick work of wiping up.

Sustainable Cooking Oil Sampler

For the food-lover on your list, a festive sampler of sustainable cooking oils offers a tasty treat. Presented in recyclable bottles, each promises a taste of adventure. Consider organic versions of the following delicious options: extra virgin olive oil, cold-pressed coconut oil, sesame oil, walnut oil, and almond oil. Offer a variety of flavor and health benefit profiles (and hope for a dinner invitation!)

Green Living Essentials

Sometimes, living more sustainably is about eco-friendly house renovations. And sometimes, it’s about finding more sustainable options for commonly used items. This section of our sustainable gift guide helps your friends and family with living green.

Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps

Swap out wasteful cling wrap and aluminum foil with beeswax food wraps, a reusable and sustainable kitchen staple. Made from organic cotton coated in beeswax, resin, and jojoba oil, they shape around food and bowls to provide an air-tight seal. Washable and versatile!

Compost Bin for Urban Gardeners

Sleek, compact, and odor-controlling, an urban compost bin turns kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich soil. Ideal for city dwellers, these bins facilitate waste reduction and can be used in small apartments, contributing to greener living. The urban compost bin is an excellent and sustainable housewarming gift.

Solar Outdoor Lights

Gift family or friends with illumination with solar outdoor lights to provide a sustainable glow to gardens and pathways. They harness the sun’s power during the day to lend enchantment at night.

Water-Saving Showerheads

Upgrade a loved one’s daily routine with a water-saving showerhead. This sustainable gift idea doesn’t just conserve water; it provides a luxurious shower experience with multiple spray settings, all while cutting down on utility bills.

Natural Cleaning Product Sets

The next entry on our sustainable gift guide encourages a greener lifestyle with a beautifully arranged basket featuring natural cleaning products. Imagine lemon-scented all-purpose cleaners (safe for cleaning high-energy appliances), lavender window wash, and plant-based dish soap, complete with wooden scrub brushes and organic cotton dish towels — a thoughtful and practical housewarming gift.

Personal & Decorative Sustainable Gifts

This section of our sustainable gift guide shows that mindful sustainability can be beautiful.

Set the Mood with Soy or Beeswax Candles

Give a set of soy or beeswax candles to create an inviting ambiance. Unlike paraffin wax, made from fossil fuels, these candles burn clean and toxin-free. Candles made from soy or beeswax burn longer and cleaner than traditional candles, making them a conscientious and elegant housewarming gift.

Upcycled Glass Terrarium

These terrariums are upcycled from old light fixtures and glass containers and are a testament to creative sustainability. These innovative habitats are ideal for growing mosses, small ferns, succulents, or air plants, adding a serene, living element to home décor while showcasing the beauty of reuse.

Reclaimed Wood Photo Frames

Sustainable wood picture frames crafted from reclaimed timber showcase precious memories in reused wood's warmth. The character and history of the wood can be extraordinary, making each frame one-of-a-kind. This sustainable gift is an ideal housewarming gift, especially for young couples.

Plantable Seed Paper Products

Seed paper products like stationery, greeting cards, journal pages, agond calendars transform into a living garden when planted rather than trashed. These lovely cards and tags embedded with wildflower or herb seeds bear your gift recipient’s heartfelt messages. Then, they sprout and grow when planted.

Home Herb Cultivation Kits

Give the freshest possible flavor with an indoor herb garden kit. It includes everything you need to grow culinary herbs, including soil, containers, seeds, and lighting. Set it on a window sill or kitchen counter to enjoy garden-to-table cooking. This sustainable gift idea is perfect for the budding chef or plant lover.

We hope our sustainable gift guide has inspired your holiday gifting. Cherish the joys of the season and share eco-friendly gifts. Now, that’s celebrating responsibly! Why not take a moment to give yourself some peace of mind? Contact your Wawanesa agent to review your homeowners policy to be sure you’re fully protected.

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