Earth Day Gifts | Eco-friendly & Sustainable Present Ideas

by | Mar 7, 2024 | Family Adventures

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The phrase “world’s best gifts” takes on a new meaning this Earth Day. Celebrate Earth Day, raise environmental awareness, and show your love for the planet by giving gifts that are eco-friendly and sustainable. Now more than ever, people are thinking more about the impact of the gifts they give rather than the price. Gifting items that repurpose existing materials in creative ways or choosing gifts that tread more lightly on the Earth is a win-win for all. Not only will you spend less and waste less, but you will also have the opportunity to personalize gifts and give something unique.

Read on for a round-up of eco-friendly products and sustainable gift ideas that are reusable, sustainably sourced, or made from upcycled, recycled, or repurposed materials. Plus a few fun activities to celebrate Earth Day that are bound to leave a lasting positive impact on future generations.

 

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Celebrate Earth Day with Reusable Gifts

Reusable Water Bottles

These days, a reusable water bottle is as much a fashion accessory as it is a planet-conscious way to get your daily H20. Reusable bottles are a practical and environmentally friendly gift that not only reduces the number of plastic bottles in our landfills but also conserves resources. There are many options to choose from, including stainless steel water bottles, glass, and bamboo. Look for water bottles that are BPA-free and made from environmentally friendly materials. Hydroflask and S’well are just a couple of sustainable brands that check all these boxes AND, each has a variety of colors and patterned designs that will compliment your fun-loving spirit and maybe even up your water-chugging game.

If you’re thinking “not another water bottle,” some other sustainable sipping ideas that have a positive impact on the planet include reusable straws, which also come in a variety of eco-friendly materials like stainless steel and BPA-free bendable ends. Reusable and compostable coffee cups are a good idea too. Pair it with a bag of fair-trade coffee and viola! — you have a great sustainable gift box for that coffee-fiend friend.  

 

Reusable water bottles make great earth day gifts.

Let your personality pop with a fun, colorful water bottle that screams drink me!

 

Reusable Shopping Bags

Reusable bags are the perfect gift for that lovable bag lady (or man) in your life. Everyone loves a reusable bag. As a mom, I’m embarrassed to say I have several reusable shopping bags inside several other reusable bags, all shapes and sizes for all sorts of things. They really come in handy for groceries, transporting an art project, or an impromptu sleepover, am I right? From reusable mesh shopping bags (perfect for produce) to DIY kid-painted tote bags or a super cute jute bag, they are the perfect Earth Day gift to reduce plastic bags in our landfills and conserve resources. Look for bags made from durable materials such as organic cotton or canvas.

 

Reusable bags are practical Earth Day gifts.

Plastic bags are so last decade. Reusable bags are where it’s at.

 

Go Green with Earth Day Gifts for the Garden

Bee Hotels and Butterfly Houses

No green thumb is needed to go green and take advantage of Earth Day. Gifts for the garden are appreciated by all, especially nature lovers and Earth lovers.

Earth Day gifts such as a bee house and butterfly garden add beauty to any yard while creating a natural environment for our precious pollinators. They also offer a cozy and safe home and help promote biodiversity. Not to mention, neighbors will think a butterfly whisperer lives next door. Look for bee houses and butterfly gardens that are made from natural, eco-friendly materials. If you’re handy with a hammer, DIY bee and butterfly houses are a good idea, too, and are a unique gift. Bee houses can be constructed using upcycled tin cans or recycled waste wood filled with bamboo poles. Butterfly houses that are brightly painted and topped with scraps of tree bark are the way to go, then choose a sunny spot facing towards the south near nectar-rich flowers. Additionally, bird feeders, birdhouses, and bird baths are more “green” Earth Day gifts that turn any yard into an oasis for birds and other fluttering friends.

For the green thumbs, compost bins are the kind of Earth Day gifts that keeps on giving. Composting combats climate change and reduces our carbon footprint while promoting healthier plant growth in backyard gardens. Putting food scraps and organic kitchen waste into a compost bin makes for vibrant organic greenery in the garden.

 

bee hotels are great gifts for gardeners

A bee hotel is the perfect Earth Day gift for the garden. Plus, my mom always said: “you get more bees with honey, honey.”

 

Promotional Earth Day Gift Ideas

Companies are always looking for ways to be environmentally responsible. So why not celebrate planet Earth with Earth Day giveaways? Personalize your Earth Day celebration with promotional Earth Day gift ideas. Create a company gift basket or Earth Day gift hamper filled with cruelty-free goodies, handmade products, like a beautiful photo frame made by local artisans, and sustainable items like a plantable pencil or tree-free notebook, perfect for friends, family, colleagues, and the planet.

 

DON’T MISS! Outdoor Gifts For People Who Love The Planet

 

Earth Day Gifts for our Blue Planet

For the ocean lover, beachcomber, or basically anyone interested in swimming in clean water, you can adopt baby coral fragments from coralgardeners.org for yourself or your friends and loved ones. On behalf of the receiver of this gift, you will get a digital coral card and email updates about how your coral is maturing. And…just a thought: maybe book a trip to Fiji so you can meet your new baby coral in person.

 

 

Still Wondering How to Help the Planet this Earth Day?

The easiest way to celebrate this special day is by having a great time in the great outdoors. Get the family together and plant a tree, volunteer for a neighborhood clean-up, set up a backyard campout, or set out on a human-powered run, hike, swim, moonwalk, or bear crawl, whatever you do—do it without a motor.

If ever there was a time to put Planet Earth first, it’s on Earth Day. We will all benefit from a more sustainable, healthy future. While I love Nelly’s “It’s getting hot in here” as much as the next GenX, I’d rather sing it alone, in my minivan, and not in reference to Earth’s melting ice layer. We are all Earth dwellers and share the environmental responsibility to care for this planet.

 Make your mother (Earth) proud.

 

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