Eco-friendly gift ideas 2021:12 of the best Christmas gifts for a sustainable twist on the holidays

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These sustainably-made fashion and beauty gifts make a great holiday gift idea.

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Holiday shopping often produces a lot of waste—from production to packaging and shipping, the piles of garbage that comes with gifting can seem endless.

If sustainability is at the top of your mind this gifting season and you're taking your time to research brands, look no further.

This year, why not give a gift that not only your loved one will adore, but the planet too. We've gathered 12 sustainable brands to support this holiday season, plus unique gifts at every price point to love.

Norden Anderson Oxford Parka

Norden Anderson Oxford Parka. Image via Norden.
Norden Anderson Oxford Parka. Image via Norden.

Bundle up for winter with this sleek parka. All Norden garments are made from recycled materials and repurposed waste. The packaging is also biodegradable, with a reusable bag and shipped with recycled materials.

SHOP IT: Simons, $347 (Originally $495)

Solios Black Solar Watch

Product photo of Solios Black Solar Watch with black strap and silver hardware
Solios Black Solar Watch. Image via Alltrueist.

Solios has watches that are stylish, use durable eco vegan leather, and have solar powered movement so your watch will last a lifetime. In addition to promoting renewable energy and reducing production waste by eliminating single use plastic, for each watch sold, Solios is committed to restoring one acre of rainforest.

SHOP IT: Alltrueist, $335

Pixie Mood Ali Tote

Pixie Mood Ali Tote bag and matching pouch in burgundy
Ali Tote. Image via Pixie Mood.

A stylish tote and crossbody bag set that you can use in many different ways. Pixie Mood crafts their pieces to ensure protection of animals, people, and the planet by using 100% recycled vegan leather and sources sustainable materials. In addition, the bag linings are made from recycled plastic bottles with 100% plant-based packaging.

SHOP IT: Pixie Mood, $80

Avre Limitless Black and White Sneakers

Limitless Black and White slip on Sneakers
Limitless Black and White Sneakers. Image via Avre.

Every pair of Avre shoes keeps 8 to 10 plastic bottles from ending up in oceans. Avre also uses a 3D Knit-To-Shape technology to create precise sizes and eliminate scrap waste during production.

SHOP IT: Avre, $95

Levi's Graphic Crew Sweatshirt

Young man wears LEVI'S X FELIX THE CAT Graphic Crew Sweatshirt
LEVI'S X FELIX THE CAT Graphic Crew Sweatshirt. Image via Levi's.

Go for a vintage feel with this striped rugby shirt. Levi's uses sustainable materials and innovations such as Cottonized Hemp, Levi’s® WellThread, Water<Less® technology and other production techniques, to use less resources thus creating less waste.

SHOP IT: Levi's, $80 (originally $98)

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Yoga Jeans Emily Slim Jeans

Model wears Washed black Emily slim jean
Washed black Emily slim jean. Image via Simons.

Yoga Jeans sources denim close to their factory to reduce travel fuel and carbon emissions. All pieces are made from excess fabric, overstock, and pre- or post-consumer waste. They also use laser technology on the jeans to reduce water consumption, use less chemicals and reduce energy throughout the production process.

SHOP IT: Simons, $128

Numi The Simone Shirt

Model wears purple button up silk shirt
The Simone. Image via Numi.

A polished and stain-repellent shirt to stand up to everyday wear. Numi uses TENCEL fabric which recycles and reuses water in the process. The garments are also manufactured locally in Toronto which minimizes carbon emissions and shipping impact.

SHOP IT: Numi, $220

Wearshop The Pitti Belt Bag

Model wears The Pitti Belt Bag in green
The Pitti Belt Bag. Image via wearshop.

Wearshop works with several Canadian vendors and local artisans to extend the life of end-of-leather-production rolls that would otherwise be discarded. The brand also produces in small batches to reduce waste, like with this belt bag crafted from Italian calf leather.

SHOP IT: Wearshop, $270

U BEAUTY The Preface Set

U BEAUTY The Preface skincare gift Set
U BEAUTY The Preface Set. Image via SSENSE.

Proof that luxury beauty can still do good for the planet, U Beauty packages with FSC-certified paper, recycled, and recyclable plastic is used to create the bottles. The brand also ditches the single-use plastics, and features no solid microplastics or microbeads for their components.


Kiehl's Hydration Starter Kit

Kiehl&#39;s Hydration Starter Kit with mini cleanser and moisturizer
Hydration Starter Kit. Image via Sephora.

This mini holiday set is sure to be a hit. It features minimal waste packaging, and Kiehl's proudly uses post-consumer recycled materials in 80% of the packages. Kiehl's also has a Recycle & Be Rewarded program where customers can return used product packaging to get points and a discount.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $25

Kérastase Dry Hair Essentials: Day & Night Treatment Set

Box of Kerastase Dry Hair Essentials: Day & Night Treatment Set.
Dry Hair Essentials: Day & Night Treatment Set. Image via Kerastase.

Kérastase is dedicated to using sustainable materials, reducing water waste, and lowering its carbon footprint. From choosing ingredients with high biodegradability to manufacturing, Kérastase aims to pursue responsible luxury.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $81

Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream

Bottle of Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream.
Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream. Image via Amazon.

Keep your eyes looking bright and refreshed with this rich eye cream from New Zealand-based brand Antipodes. Antipodes has a strict environmental sustainability policy from production, harvesting, to recyclable packaging, and only works with suppliers who have sustainable and organic farming practices.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $30

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