For those who love nature, all things natural, and giving back this list is for you!
There are so many amazing companies out there trying to make a difference – for people, animals and the planet. Not only will the gifts on this list bring joy to those who receive them, but will also make a positive impact on the world around them.
Give the gift of:
1. Clothing. In a world of fast fashion, give the gift of sustainable fashionable. Companies like TenTree, Lifestyle Over Luxury, Winks and Whiskers and many others are making a huge difference. TenTree plants 10 trees for every item sold. Lifestyle Over Luxury cleans a garbage bag full of trash from beaches and oceans for each item sold. And Winks and Whiskers sells pet-proud apparel which gives a portion of profits to dog-focused charities.
2. Scents. Candles, air fresheners and sprays are all commonly used to make our homes, cars, offices and environment smell nicer or to calm us down or rev us up. But many of these items are full of toxic chemicals. So instead of gifting that candle, why not go for something more unique, and definitely better for one’s health and the environment? Essential oil diffusers and natural candles are great options, and so are these 100% natural essential oil air fresheners from Purple Frog Patches.
3. Hydration. We go through billions of to-go cups and water bottles each and every year. And while many of us own reusable water bottles and thermoses, many of them contain BPA and other harmful chemicals. Companies such as Green’s Your Colour and Klean Kanteen offer affordable, quality reusable water bottles, thermoses and food containers that always make a great, practical gift.
4. Oral Care. I don’t know about you but toothbrushes are a staple in our stockings every year. Bamboo toothbrushes are better for the environment and still offer the same quality dental care as regular, plastic toothbrushes. Companies such as woobamboo offer bamboo toothbrushes and biodegradable floss in chic designs, making them a unique gift option.
5. Skin Care. We may be a little biased here, but Nature’s Aid products are a great, natural gift for anyone on your list; perfect for men, women, children, and pets… they also make great stocking stuffers! Our bath and shower products are biodegradable, and our handcrafted soaps come in boxes made from recycled material. Further, proceeds from the sale of our bath and shower products go to Nature Conservancy Canada to help them continue to purchase ecologically significant habitats.
6. Wildlife. Who doesn’t love animals? Perfect for the animal lover, the person who has everything or even a child, wildlife adoptions make a terrific gift. The World Wildlife Fund offers 30 species to choose from – the recipient gets a stuffed animal and knows that they are making a difference and helping to conserve wildlife.
7. Nature. A unique and inspiring gift, there are many ways to give the gift of nature. You can have a tree planted in someone’s name or make a donation. Through the Nature Conservancy of Canada you can choose from 9 different species and this symbolic gift will help protect our country’s natural spaces and the species that inhabit them.
8. Style and Convenience. We love multi-purpose products, and totes and bags offer so many different opportunities. Colibri is a Canadian company that makes stylish reusable snack bags, purses, wet bags and more. These bags can be used for everything from snacks to pencil cases, purses to diaper bags, laundry totes to gym bags.
9. Child’s Play. The holidays are about many things but we can’t forget the joy brought to children by new toys and games. Give toys made thoughtfully and with the environment in mind. We love Green Toys that are made 100% from recycled products and are BPA and phthalate free.
10. Comfort. Nothing offers comfort like a well-loved doll and we love what Cuddle and Kind is doing with their handcrafted, fair-trade dolls. Each doll that is purchased gives 10 meals to children in need. The dolls come in a variety of designs, are suitable for girls and boys, and are available in two different sizes.