Top 25 Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas for $150 or Less | 2024 Gift Guide

Top 25 Eco-friendly Gifts 2023

Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, wedding, or holiday — eco friendly gifts help celebrate a special occasion a little more sustainably. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to introduce your loved ones to new brands that put people and the planet first. Finding useful, high-quality, and exceptionally designed sustainable gifts, though, isn’t so easy. That’s where we come in.


Our curated guide will help you find the best sustainable and eco friendly gifts for her, for him, for them, and for the home. From organic cotton pajamas to recycled jewelry, there’s something for everyone on your list.


Check out Made Trade’s Gifts Collection for eco friendly gifts for any occasion.


Affordable Eco Friendly Gifts for the Home

1. Bread Warmer + Basket — $59


Give the gift that perfectly encapsulates functionality and style — The terracotta Breadwarmer + Basket. Made with all natural seagrass and jute and featuring a terracotta warmer plate, each bread warmer basket is naturally insulating and handwoven to perfection. Use this microwave safe basket to keep your bread warm, as a tray for holding appetizers, or as a stylish tray to ethically uplift your kitchen countertops.

Elizabeth H. says “This makes such a wonderful gift. It’s beautiful, well crafted, and functional!”


2. Upcycled Blankets — $92


This super cozy blanket is the perfect sustainably-made everyday essential for the chilly season. It’s made with upcycled yarn and features vegetable-tanned leather straps for easy transport wherever you need it. Handwoven by skilled artisans in Mexico, this high-quality, first-class blanket is soft and beautiful enough to be showcased in your living room or bedroom while also being durable enough to take to the beach or park.


3. Bauhaus Enamel Colander — $92


Made with 100% recyclable, natural raw enameled iron and painted with non-toxic paints, this bright and cheery colander seamlessly combines functionality and playful design. This colander is the ultimate statement piece to wow the host or hostess in your life when they unwrap it.


4. Recycled Copper Kitchen Compost Canisters — $136


The best gift for the host-with-the-most, this recycled copper compost canister is sure to dazzle with its elegance and durability. Eco-friendly practices like composting is subtle and stylish with this beautiful canister. 


This copper compost canister is handcrafted with 100% recycled copper by master copper artisans in Mexico and Texas.


Interested in the health properties of copper? Read more on Made Trade Magazine! 


5. Minimal Ikebana Raw Stoneware Vase — $38


Beautifully handcrafted and designed with minimalism and elegance in mind, this Minimal Ikebana Raw Stoneware Vase is sustainably made by Convivial’s team in Kansas City, MO, who all receive living wages for their masterful work. Made from raw ceramic sand stoneware and featuring interior ivory glaze, this vase is a wonderful eco friendly edition to any home.


6. Linen Waffle Blanket — $125


Add a touch of simple, sustainable luxury with this textured linen waffle blanket. Handcrafted by master seamstresses in Vilnius, Lithuania, each blanket provides beautiful style and long lasting comfort for anyone you gift it to. The blanket is made with linen, a natural materials that minimally impacts the environment when grown.



7. Glass Votive Candle Bundle — $40


This candle bundle is a great gift for pretty much anyone on your list! Each candle is made with 100% vegan soy wax from a renewable source and can burn for 8-12 hours. Choose between Rain Water, Warm Sugar Fig, and Winter Wonderland in Pack 1, or Apple Spice, Bramble, and Honey Spiced Head Trip in Pack 2. 


Ritual and Fancy is a women-owned and BIPOC-owned company that makes all their candles by hand in Portland, Oregon. All their candle fragrances are derived from sustainably and ethically sourced therapeutic-grade essential oils and each candle is topped with fresh flower petals from the owners’ own garden.


Want to learn more about sustainable candles? Read more on Made Trade Magazine! 


Affordable Eco Friendly Gifts for Her

8. Pima Pajama Sets — $58


These Pima Pajama Sets effortlessly combines comfort and style with it’s roomy fit and ultra-soft GOTS certified organic pima cotton. Handcrafted in small batches in Peru, this dress is made using all-natural non-toxic eco dyes and locally grown and harvested cotton. 


9. Gold Recycled Hoop in White Topaz — $68


These classic, minimalistic gold hoops are sustainably made with 14k recycled gold fill, ethically sourced rose cut white topaz, and nickel-free earring posts. These earrings easily ethically uplift any outfit in an instant. Sara Patino Jewelry handmakes all their jewelry in small batches with locally sourced materials in St. Louis, Missouri. 


10. Signature Cork Backpack — $125


This backpack is made of natural cork and dyed with natural vegetable dyes, making it a beautifully handcrafted PETA certified vegan gift. Tiradia Cork harvests their cork sustainably and responsibly in Portugal using regenerative practices. No cork tree is ever cut down during the harvesting process, and each tree grows back the cork every 9 years for a 150-year lifespan.


11. AGAVE WOOL CONVERTIBLE CLUTCH — $119


Handwoven in Nepal using Australian Merino wool and colored with certified Eco Swiss dyes, this luxurious scarf is timeless and stunning while also ethically supporting artisan communities. Studio Variously’s artisans across India and Nepal are all paid living wages. They only use premium quality, natural yarns and their dyes are sourced from plants wherever possible.


12. Rattan Clutch Bag — $39


Carry all your everyday essentials with this Rattan Clutch Bag. Each bag is handcrafted in small batches by artisans in Bali, Indonesia using traditional heritage techniques. Available in four natural colors, this unique clutch bag combines vintage style with distinctive texture for a piece that’ll easily elevate any outfit.


13. Dainty Polaris Choker Necklace — $89 - $95


Featuring an adjustable chain and ethically sourced, lab-grown gemstones, this beautiful pendant necklace is a high quality and elegant gift while still staying within budget. All of Iron Oxide’s jewelry are sustainably handcrafted in Washington by owner Amy Fox, who thoughtfully crafts each piece to last a lifetime.


Want to learn more about ethical gemstones and what makes them a more sustainable option? Read more on Made Trade Magazine! 


14. Solstice Chemise — $58


Ultra-soft and extremely versatile, this GOTS certified organic cotton chemise will become an instant favorite loungewear staple. With its adjustable straps for comfort and intentionally roomy fit for breathability, there’s no doubt it’s made for luxurious comfort and maximum relaxation. Plus, it has pockets!


15. Unisex Waffle Robe — $128


Give the gift of luxury and relaxation with this GOTS certified organic Turkish cotton robe. Made to emulate the classic plushness of a spa bathrobe, the airy and drapey waffle weave ensures quick drying and comfort. Coyuchi partners with small- to medium-size family run companies to create their high caliber, organic products.


16. Executive Work Tote Bag — $49


The Executive Work Tote Bag is handcrafted in artisans in Kolkata, India using GOTS Certified heavy duty organic cotton canvas. Available in a plethora of colors and versatile for every fit, this bag easily elevates and uplifts the fit for the girl on the go. It effortlessly carries everything anyone could need, whether that be carrying essentials to the beach, holding groceries at the farmers market, or stylishly toting books and notebooks around campus.


Affordable Eco Friendly Gifts for Him

17. Unisex Wool Slipper with Rubber Sole — $94


These unisex wool slippers provide ethically sourced comfort that everyone will enjoy. Made with 100% all natural wool from New Zealand and cast latex rubber soles and insoles, these slippers are comfortable enough to wear as indoor slippers and durable and stylish enough to wear as everyday outdoor wear. Handcrafted by artisans in Nepal, Baabushka provides all their Nepali women makers with high-paying wages for their masterful work.


18. Bumi Duffel Bag — $70


Made with 100% certified organic heavy duty organic cotton canvas, the Bumi Duffle Bag is the ultimate sustainable gym companion. It features an adjustable shoulder strap, a large outside drop pocket and a roomy inside pocket to carry all your essentials. 


19. Cast Iron 15″ Lean Grill Pan — $99


This is the only grill pan he’ll ever need. Made from durable cast iron in Portland, Oregon by skilled craftspeople using temperatures above 2,000 degrees and taking over 12 hours to make from beginning to end, Finex’s cooking gear is truly made to withstand anything.


20. Fellowship Cork Wallet — $47


Handcrafted in Portugal, this classic wallet may look like it’s made from leather, but it’s made of 100% natural cork. This PETA certified vegan wallet features 8 compartments for credit cards and cash, plus a discreet interior pocket for anything that needs to be carried. 


Tiradia harvests the cork for their products using sustainable methods, like carefully stripping the cork by hand rather than cutting the entire tree down. Because their products are made from cork, they provide durable and stylish animal-free and plastic-free alternatives to common leather goods like bags and wallets.


21. Men’s Owen Belt in Brandy — $60


An ethically made upgrade to the traditional leather belt, this Owen Belt is water-resistant, handcrafted, and features a brass-finished buckle to subtly elevate a casual fit. Nisolo’s belts are all handmade in an ethical factory in Peru where artisan markers receive beyond fair wages and healthcare.


22. KNITTED UNISEX BEANIE — $25


A beanie is a classic accessory, but this is a step above your everyday headwear. Made with GOTS-certified organic cotton and dyed with low-impact dyes, this one-size fits all beanie is made in a fair trade certified factory in India. It’s available in eight bold colors, so no matter your style, you’re prepared to keep warm during the chilly months.


23. Men's Eucalyptus Tee — $45


This OEKO-TEX certified organic Men’s Eucalyptus Tee is made with 95% Eucalyptus Lyocell and 5% Elastane, making it incredibly lightweight and breathable. All of Sijo’s products are made without the use of harmful chemicals, dyes, or pesticides. Hana M, says “This was a gift for my brother in law and he really liked it. Great for lounging around the house.”


24. Durango Waxed Canvas Dopp Kit — $60


This durable hand waxed canvas dopp kit is an instant travel essential for the globetrotter on your list. Made in an ethical factory in León, Mexico, Nisolo’s artisan makers recieve beyond fair wages, healthcare, and work in healthy work environments for their labor. 



25. Natural Dye Silk Bandana — $59


Made with silk noil yarn, this ultra-soft Natural Dye Silk Bandana adds a beautiful touch to any outfit. Silk noil yarns are spun from shorter fibers left over from the manufacturing process of other silk fabrics, making this piece a great, sustainable travel accessory that’s incredibly silky smooth to the touch. Last Chance Textiles hand dye all their bandanas with plant and inset-derived dyes.


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