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12 Sustainable Wellness Gifts This Holiday Season

Make holiday shopping fun and easy with these sustainable wellness products. There's something for everyone on your list.

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Sustainability isn’t just a trend. According to a March survey from retail technology solutions company Sensormatic, 81% of 1,000 consumers who were surveyed said they’re concerned about the future of the environment.

Over half of respondents also said that they would shop with a brand less frequently if they knew it was not operating sustainably. These days, we want to know that our money is going toward a responsible, ethical cause.

So no matter who’s on your nice list this year, these sustainable wellness products are likely to fit their needs—and their values.

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For the beauty & skincare guru

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EcoTools Dry Body Brush

The EcoTools Dry Body Brush, made with a bamboo handle and synthetic bristles, is designed to eliminate dead skin cells and will leave the skin soft and radiant after each use—making it the perfect way to gift sustainable self-care. This brush is vegan, cruelty-free and created with recycled materials. “THIS WORKS,” wrote Austin Trost, whose said their skin has been looking better ever since using this brush. “The bristles are soft yet effective for exfoliating dead skin and massaging your skin to stimulate regrowth of cells. This has been added to my daily skincare routine before I hop in the shower.”

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UpCircle Best-Sellers Skincare Bundle

If you’re searching for an eco-conscious and vegan facial skincare gift for someone on your list, then consider UpCircle Best-Sellers Skincare Bundle. This set includes five products (face serum, moisturizer, eye cream, cleansing balm and a coffee scrub). Each product is created without parabens, silicone, synthetic fragrance or palm oil, and there is no animal testing. The packaging is also 100% recyclable, and each product contains a repurposed ingredient (such as discarded coffee grounds) that will give you luminous skin and save the environment in one fell swoop! Halima P. said, “I’m in my 50’s and have used many products throughout my life, but this is by far the best I’ve ever used. I just love it, my skin feels and looks so much clearer…Do not hesitate to purchase this product, you won’t regret it!”

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ILIA: Multi-Stick For Lips + Cheeks

This multi-duty makeup stick from ILIA is the perfect catch-all present for the beauty lover in your life.  It glides onto your lips and cheeks for that flush of color we all need in the middle of winter. ILIA’S products are vegan and cruelty-free, and packaged with recycled materials. ILIA also encourages its customers to mail them up to 10 empty beauty products each month—theirs or another brand’s—to be broken down sustainably so they don’t end up in a landfill.  Jen L. is a big fan, writing, “Great color! …It is great for my sensitive skin, very moisturizing and buildable. This rouge lasts most of the day!”

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AIR Eau de Parfum

Ever heard of a carbon negative perfume? Neither had AIR Company, which is why they set out to create something new, fabulous and eco-friendly. The gender neutral fragrance converts carbon into “impurity-free ethanol,” according to its website. You won’t believe how lovely and subtle this ethanol can smell!

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For the self-care savvy

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Tiny Footprint Coffee

Tiny Footprint coffee is a great gift for the caffeine fiend in your life who wants to go green. For each pound of coffee sold, Tiny Footprint contributes to reforestation projects in Ecuador in the Mindo Cloud Forest. They call themselves “carbon negative coffee” and are certified USDA organic and Fair-Trade.

Even better? It tastes great! Several reviewers raved about the taste and quality. RichG said in their 5-star review, “I’m a huge fan of Nicaraguan coffee and this one is a great representation of the chocolate and berry like flavor that often comes with [it]. Hands down top quality coffee. Smooth yet strong and smells so nice.”

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Waterdrop Starter Set

Make your loved one’s water drinking habit fun with Waterdrop’s Starter Set, which comes with a beautiful (and sturdy!) glass water bottle and 18 of Waterdrop’s signature “microdrinks.” The little flavored cubes are packed with vitamins and plant extracts, such as Goji Berry and Açaí, and are designed to be dropped into your water for a tasty, refreshing drink that delivers nutrients and saves you from buying a flavored beverage in a plastic bottle. Megan M. can’t get enough, writing in their review, “I am obsessed! Waterdrops are delicious and refreshing and something about the glass bottle just seems to make the water taste even better. I can’t believe how much more water I’m drinking now. I can’t pick a favorite flavor but I love that the starter set lets you try them all. The fact that they’re good for you is just icing on the cake! I’m getting some more for Christmas gifts because I love them so much.”

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Parrotfish Shower Steamers

Looking for a creative body care gift? Check out Parrotfish shower steamers, made with chamomile and lavender essential oils. If your eco-conscious loved ones are used to soaking in bath bombs, they’ll love these shower steamers, which create the same spa-like atmosphere but require half the amount of water. Parrotfish’s products are also vegan, cruelty- and palm oil-free, and are packaged in 100% virgin pulp paper, so the containers are reusable, recyclable and biodegradable.

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Rocketbook Fusion Smart Reusable Notebook

Gift the Rocketbook Fusion Smart Reusable Notebook so the recipient can kick off the new year reflecting in their versatile, reusable journal. After filling up all the pages, you can scan them, digitize them and wipe the notebook clean to start all over again. Consider it a gift that keeps on giving—or rather, renewing.

5-star reviewer Vine Voice said, “I absolutely love my Rocketbook Fusion! …As someone who cares about the environment, it matters to me that I am utilizing products that lessen that environmental impact.”

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For the comfortable fashionista

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Hippy Feet Socks

Socks as a present deserve a comeback—we all need them, we all want them to be comfortable and if they’re helping the planet, even better! Gift a pair of Hippy Feet unisex socks (or several) and feel good about where your money is going. Hippy Feet makes its socks with recycled cotton t-shirts and recycled polyester, and 50% of its profits are donated to nonprofits that support young people experiencing homelessness.  “Amazing,” said 5-star reviewer Gloria A. “I love them so much!”

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Vionic Beach Sustainable Shoes

Cute, comfortable AND sustainable? You really can have it all. Vionic’s shoes are intentionally designed to be functional, with a deep heel cup, forefoot cushioning and arch support, while still looking fashionable. Machine washable, vegan certified and partially constructed with a soybean based compound, these beach shoes are the perfect gift for someone with a tropical vacay on their itinerary.  “Very comfortable tennis shoes,” says Sheila P. “Great arch support and very light weight. Walked for hours in them and my feet did not hurt.”

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Line in the Sand Dive in Swim Leggings

Whether you’re buying for someone who’s jet-setting to a beach getaway or they just love lounging in athleisure, Line in the Sand’s sustainable leggings are the perfect gift. They’re made from 100% regenerated nylon yarn, taken from discarded fishing nets “and other pre- and post-industrial waste,” according to the company’s website.  All profits from Line in the Sand’s sales also go to organizations that are supporting the fight against cancer or working to protect our planet’s oceans, so you can feel extra ethical about the purchase. One 5-star reviewer said, “In these pants all I have to worry about is how to have fun. These felt like I was wearing just my skin, even when wet…Exceeded all of my expectations! Following an amazing day in Lake Michigan, I took them for a little bike ride in 90 degree heat. Thrilled with my purchase and with this mission!”

For the fitness fanatic

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Cubii Pro Under Desk Elliptical Machine for Home Workout

The Cubii Pro Under Desk Elliptical Machine for Home Workout is ideal for anyone on your list who wants get more movement into their day without hiking up their electric bill by plugging in a clunky machine. Perfect to slip under your desk or place in front of your couch, this mini elliptical also connects to your cell phone via Bluetooth, so the fitness lover in your life can easily track their workouts. One 5-star reviewer wrote, “So happy with this product. It was easy to set up and has me burning 350+ calories a day while working from home. It’s so easy to pedal and type at the same time and the app makes it fun to try and beat your daily goals. 10/10.”

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Lauren David
Lauren David is a Chilean-American freelance writer. She writes about food, gardening, lifestyle, tech, travel, and health and wellness. Her work has appeared in Business Insider, Budget Travel, Huffpost Personal, Greatist, The Kitchn, Reader's Digest and more. Teaching for over a decade, she's skilled at making complex ideas understandable. She has over thirteen years of experience gardening and enjoys home and outdoor DIY projects. In her spare time, you'll find her in her garden, improvising in the kitchen, or daydreaming about her next trip– both near and far.
Miranda Manier
Miranda is the Associate Editor for TheHealthy.com and The Healthy section of Reader's Digest magazine. Previously, Miranda was a producer at WNIT, the PBS affiliate in South Bend, Indiana; and the producer in residence for Minneapolis TV news KARE 11, where she won an Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Award for producing gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Derek Chauvin trial. Miranda also interned at Chicago’s PBS station, WTTW, and worked as the managing editor at the Columbia Chronicle at Columbia College. Outside of work, Miranda enjoys acting, board games, and trying her hand at a good vegan dessert recipe. She also loves talking about TV—so tell her what you’re watching!