101 Zero Waste Gift Ideas

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101 Zero Waste Gift Ideas |  Zero waste gift-giving is one of my favorite things to do. I love giving gifts to my friends and family that I know won’t sit in a box or end up contributing to the mountain of waste we already produce during the holidays. I define zero waste gifts has handmade, homemade, secondhand, or items that help someone refuse and reduce disposable or plastic waste.

Related: How I Avoid Getting More Stuff During the Holidays

Do you ever feel that buying presents have turned into more of an obligation – a hurry up and buy something – type event. Before my drastic lifestyle upgrade, I found myself making multiple trips to every nearby retail store, buying the cheapy holiday-themed gifts – you know – the house shoes that look like penguins, and slapping someone’s name on it just so I had “something” for everyone. Oh and worrying about how much money you’ve spent on someone like that had something to do with how much your love was worth? It was more stressful than enjoyable. That’s when I knew I had forgotten the meaning of gift-giving during the holidays.

Related: How Zero Waste Improved my Holiday Spirit

Gifting items that are better for the planet and for the recipient has given me that joy of giving once again. I no longer feel that “obligation” to give someone anything but feel that I’m doing something good by exposing others to why I live the way I do. I hope that the gifts I give spark some interest to reduce waste as well.

101 Zero Waste Gift Ideas

101 Zero Waste Gift Ideas

1. Reusable Straws

2. Audible Membership

3. Homemade Candy

4. Homemade Lotion

5. Plants

6. Concert Tickets

7. Crocheted Mittens, Scarf, or Blanket



8. Homemade Cookies

9. MY BOOK – Preorders Available Now!!!

10. Candles

11. Homemade Salsa

12.Bamboo Travel Utensils

13. Restaurant Gift Certificate

14. Cotton Produce Bags

15. Bee’s Wrap Reusable Wraps



16. Massage Gift Certificate

17. Netflix

18. Gym Membership

19. Fruit and Nut Basket

20. Homemade Bread

21. Dancing Lessons

22. Reusable Ear Swab

23. Package Free Soap

24. Bath Bombs



25. Solid Shampoo

26. Cloth Napkins or Hankies

27. Homemade Flavored Salts

28. Plastic Free Scrub Brushes

29. Local Art

30. Reusable Bowl Covers

31. Homemade Lip Balm

32. Sugar Scrubs

33. Homemade Shaving Cream

34. Safety Razor



35. Stainless Steel Food Container

36. Bamboo Toothbrush

37. Homemade Perfume or Cologne

38. Cleaning Services

39. Cooking Lessons

40. Brewery or Winery Tour

41. Charity Donation in Recipients Name

42. Homemade Hot Sauce

43. Digital Magazine Subscription

44. Ice Skating

45. Homemade Pet Treats

46. Locally Made Pottery

47. Guitar Lessons

48. Personalized Coupons

49. Movie Theater Tickets

50. Seeds



51. Compost Pail

52. Zip Lining

53. Booze – Make sure they recycle the bottles! 😉

54. Museum Tickets

55. Copper Pot Scrubbers

56. Homemade Spice Blends

57. Reusable Grocery Tote

58. Bulk Loose Leaf Teas

59. Guided Tours

60. Homemade Pet Toys

61. Fountain Pen

62. Homemade Quilt

63. Secondhand Items – thrift stores and online swap shops are gold!

64. Gift Certificate for Family Photos

65. Tickets to a Ballet or Symphony



66. Handmade Wooden Toys

67. DIY Cookies in a Jar

68. Homemade Jams or Jellies

69. Homemade Soup Mix Kit

70. Lotion Bars

71. Organic Bamboo Cutting Board

72. Reusable Water Bottle

73. Reusable Lint Brush

74. Planet Love Life Bracelet

75. Bulk Coffee

76. French Press

77. Jar of Trail Mix or Nuts

78. Bulk Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

79. Homemade Hot Cocoa in a Jar

80. Money

81. Un-paper Towels

82. Homemade Vanilla

83. Infused Olive Oils

84. Reusable Coffee Cup

85. Handmade Socks

86. Organic Wool Dryer Balls

87. Reusable Cosmetic Rounds

88. Sporting Event Tickets

89. Wooden Bowl

90. Regift Something you No Longer Want or Need

91. Reusable Sandwich Bags

92. Plant Trees in Honor of the Recipient

93. Homemade Candied Nuts

94. Homemade Play-dough for Kiddos

95. Homemade Crayons for Kiddos

96. Bath Salts

97. Brownie Mix in a Jar

98. Holiday Light Tour

99. Tickets to a Dinner Theater

100. Bus or Train Credits

101. Simply, time together

Hopefully, this list is enough to get you started. What zero waste gift ideas did I miss? Happy gifting!


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11 thoughts on “101 Zero Waste Gift Ideas

  1. Sharing this far and wide. Thank you for taking the time to put it together. It’s so important that we don’t lose sight of the fact that presents, no matter how lovingly purchased and gifted, are still ultimately “stuff.” At least let’s make it useful, consumable or sustainable stuff.

    • Oh, thank you, Mickey! I’m so happy you enjoyed it. You are absolutely right, it is just stuff so I think we all need to change our expectations on what recieving and giving gifts is about. 🙂 Less getting, more doing.

  2. This was so inspiring. We tried to keep it simple this year but still felt wasteful (so hard when your family hasn’t grasped minimalism or zero waste yet). I already created an (electronic) list of tons of ideas for gifts for next year and birthdays! Thank you for this lovely and actually realistic zero waste gift guide!

  3. Thank you for the inspiration!! It is only June, but I am already thinking ahead for birthdays and Christmas gifts: homemade spa treatments for my pregnant sisters, candles, crocheted items, sprout pencils for the kids… And I have to make sure there’s no liquid as I’ll have to fly back home!

    • I have so much fun with zero waste gifts. I truly feel it brings back that joy of gift giving in the first place. 🙂

  4. AUDIBLE ?!?! I don’t think giving money to one of the worlds most problematic billionaires is in line with the sentiment of this list… I would feel more comfortable buying a new hard copy of a book from a small store than giving money to that guy. Making Jeff Bezos richer could not be more problematic/wasteful.

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