It’s no secret that gift-giving can be a tricky task. That’s especially true when the person in question seems to own everything. Why not pick up something that’s both stylish and sustainable? Whether you need a present for your brother’s housewarming party or grandpa’s 80th birthday, you have options — and you can support the planet in the process.
Here are 25 gifts for eco-conscious men.
For Their KitchenThere are endless tools and gadgets you can gift for a green cooking and eating experience. If you think about how much food goes to waste around the world, you can see why you’d want to prioritize sustainability in the kitchen. Encourage your friends and family to be a bit greener with these presents.
1. Living ComposterHere’s an option for the gardener in your life. If you want to help them put their food waste to better use, you can gift the Living Composter from Uncommon Goods. It’s an attractive system that converts scraps into compost before your very eyes — without any odors.
2. Stainless Steel Bento BoxIf your dad orders lunch to his office daily, you can help him cut back on all that waste. This stainless steel bento box from Etsy offers a simple way to pack meals and snacks for on-the-go use. It’ll be super easy to clean, too. Plus, the seller plants one tree for each product purchased.
3. 10-Ounce Rambler TumblerThis gift can help them save money and eliminate waste. YETI’s 10-ounce Rambler will be perfect for both morning juices and evening cocktails — which remain the ideal temperature for hours. No more $5 coffees that come in plastic containers.
4. One-Touch Sparkling Water MachineDoes your brother love sparkling water? This gift will be a fun and sustainable appliance for the kitchen. It lets you turn tap water into a bubbly concoction within minutes, which means no more plastic bottle waste. Plus, you can even add flavoring to make sodas and other delicious drinks. These machines are easy to use, as well. If you know someone who loves new gadgets, you can’t go wrong. It’s a super stylish product that fits into any space.
5. Chroma Colored Glassware SetEveryone needs a glassware set to display on their kitchen shelves. This comes in different colors and sizes — but most importantly, Guatemalan artisans use recycled glass to make them. These products help support locals in their own communities. It’s tough to get more ethical and eco-friendly than that.
6. “The Nordic Cookbook”Written by famed Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson, “The Nordic Cookbook” catalogs 700 Nordic recipes that prioritize using only local and seasonal ingredients. That’s sometimes tricky due to the region’s short summers — but that’s the point. If you want to be a sustainable chef, you have to be a bit more resourceful. This gift will challenge the recipient to create meals that don’t require processed or frozen ingredients that create carbon emissions. It won’t be long before they’re cooking up a storm in the most eco-friendly way possible. Feel free to gift “The Nordic Cookbook” to even novice chefs, as the recipes aren’t too tricky to follow.
For Their GarageHere are some picks for the guy who loves getting outside. From biking to camping and more, you probably know a few adventurous guys. Gifting them some sustainable alternatives for their outdoor activities would be an awesome idea.
7. A-Type Commuter BikeDoes your friend prefer to bike to work? Detroit Bikes’ features sustainable steel that offers extra sturdiness. It’s assembled in-house, too. This gift will help them navigate busy city streets while getting some exercise and reducing carbon emissions. If your friend prefers biking on trails in the great outdoors, you should check out the company’s other options, as they offer numerous other kinds.
8. Wood FreshenerHere’s an eco-friendly way to help your friend’s car smell a bit less stuffy. This Wood Freshener from Drift comes in grove, teak, and mill scents, as well as a limited-edition monthly option. It features a sustainably-sourced wooden block soaked in essential oils you can attach to your car’s visor.
9. Tarak Del Dia PackCheck out Cotopaxi’s Tarak Del Dia Pack for the relative who loves an adventure. It’s a well-built pack made especially for climbing and skiing, but you can use the Del Dia for every outdoor experience. These bags contain recycled materials, which means no two are alike.
10. An Electric VehicleIf you’re after a big-ticket item, you might want to think about an electric car. There are various eco-friendly automobiles on the market, including some wheelchair-accessible choices you can explore. This present could be the perfect way to congratulate a relative on their graduation or retirement.
For Their ClosetDoes your brother need some help in the fashion department? Maybe your dad never leaves the house without putting together a cool look. Either way, you should explore a few fashionable picks to help your loved ones avoid buying into harmful fast-fashion practices.
11. Wool Valley Cable Knit SweaterThere’s nothing like receiving a cozy sweater as a gift. Brothers We Stand creates eco-friendly clothing using ethical labor based in Turkey. Their Wool Valley cable knit sweater contains 100% organic wool, so you don’t have to worry about materials like microplastics ending up in the wash. Feel free to check out the company’s other clothing. There are so many options, from shirts to hoodies to swimwear and more. Their accessories are sustainably-made, too, which means you can even gift stylish socks and hats for stocking stuffers.
12. Javier Chelsea BootA smart, sturdy pair of boots can go with almost any outfit. This pick from Nisolo will add flair to even your unstylish uncle’s wardrobe. Choose from black, brandy, or brown for the perfect staple piece. These boots are also waterproof — and each Nisolo purchase helps support the Amazon Basin.
13. K38 Blue Wood SunglassesHere’s an awesome gift for your friend who can’t leave the house without a pair of sunglasses. There are endless stylish options for men on the market, but they tend to feature harmful materials like plastic. However, the K38 Blue Wood sunglasses contain 100% bamboo, making them an ideal eco-friendly choice. There are endless styles on the website, so you can browse them to find an option that will look best on the wearer. Most options come with polarized lenses, so they can enjoy extra protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. If they wear eyeglasses, you might want to consider those, too.
14. Minato Travel DuffelThis vegan leather travel duffel by Tokyo Bags is a must-have for the traveler in your life. It holds a few essentials for a weekend trip, but you can also use the bag for heading to the gym before or after work. There are even extra pockets for your wallet and phone. Tokyo Bags sells various other vegan leather goods, as well. For the professional, you can explore trendy briefcases in two natural colors. If your friend needs a new backpack for college classes, you can consider the brand’s three different backpack styles. There’s something for everyone.
15. Essential SweatpantsWhy not help them take their lounge clothes to the next level? These sweatpants from Pact feature a tapered fit that helps elevate their look. Plus, they boast Fair Trade Certified organic cotton. This means they’re both comfortable and eco-friendly. Pact also has many other options for men, including underwear, tops, bottoms, and more.
For Their Living RoomEveryone could use some new décor to spruce up their living room. If you know your family or friends would love to put a few trinkets in their space, you have endless eco-friendly options. These are some great picks to consider.
16. No Bounds Bluetooth SpeakerWho doesn’t love music? House of Marley creates sustainable electronics you can use to play your favorite tunes. Their No Bounds speaker comes with a 10-hour battery life. It’s also waterproof and made with eco-friendly cork, silicone, and aluminum. Consider getting a pair of sustainable headphones, too, so you can help them upgrade their wired earbuds.
17. “Ansel Adams in the National Parks”This book by Ansel Adams and Andrea G. Stillman features stunning wilderness shots that will inspire each reader to lead a sustainable life. There are images from all over America, ranging from Yellowstone to Glacier and every national park in between. It’ll serve as a fantastic coffee table book in your brother’s new place.
18. Braided Wool RugDoes your cousin’s bachelor pad feel a bit spartan? This rug from Parachute features natural wool and dyed cotton. Their products are hand-woven by craftspeople in Panipat, India, so you know they’re made with care. It should make a beautiful addition to any room.
19. Rustic Edison Table LampIf your friend prefers a rustic home interior, you can gift them the perfect table lamp for their tastes. This light fixture comes with free light bulbs, but you can use eco-friendly LED alternatives when they run out. Experts handcraft these stylish gifts in the United States, so you can feel good about supporting a small business.
20. Mid-Century Bar CartIf your dad or grandfather loves to expertly mix cocktails, you can fuel their hobby with a beautiful bar cart from West Elm. This Mid-Century Bar Cart contains sustainably-sourced wood and features minimal chemical emissions. Most West Elm products are created in Fair Trade Certified facilities, too. Gift them some sustainability-made alcohol, mixers, and tools to complete their bar set.
For Their BathroomDon’t forget that you can be sustainable in the bathroom, too! A lot of toiletry products contain harmful ingredients — and they can also come in wasteful plastic packaging. Keep in mind that every human should prioritize skincare, so you shouldn’t hesitate to gift your brother or cousin sustainable products that will leave their skin looking great.
21. Palo Santo Beard TonicDoes your dad take great pride in his beard? If so, you can help him keep his facial hair looking top-notch with Herbivore Botanicals’ Palo Santo Beard Tonic. It contains moisturizing elements like argan oil and vitamin E. Everything the brand makes is natural, vegan, and cruelty-free.
22. Green Tea Shave CreamHOMME makes vegan, cruelty-free skincare products for men. Their Shave Cream contains calming green tea to help you achieve a clean shave. Pair the cream with the brand’s Pre-Shave Oil and Post-Shave Lotion for a sustainable shaving routine from start to finish.
23. Merkur 34C Safety RazorWhat’s the point in throwing out a razor after every five shaves? Instead, you should gift the men in your life a premium-made tool they can use without creating so much waste. This pick from West Coast Shaving has a smooth chrome finish and double edge blades. Check out the brand’s other options, too. If your dad prefers to shave with a straight razor, they have plenty of reusable options in that category, as well. Be sure to add a pack of razor blades so they can swap out their old razor without going to the store.
24. Haeckels Exfoliating Seaweed BlockThere’s no sense in stereotyping skincare, as men can experience skin problems, too. Help your friends tackle clogged pores with the Haeckels Exfoliating Seaweed Block. It includes hand-harvested seaweed and other helpful ingredients to make your skin smooth and bright.
25. Forest Therapy Bath & Shower OilThis vegan, SLS-free oil from Aromatherapy Associates smells like you’re in nature in the best way possible. It’s a tranquil, calming scent you can slather on before you step into the shower or bath. Treat your friends and relatives to a relaxing self-care day. This company also offers oils for specific purposes, including stress and sleep, so you can pick an oil that helps them feel and live better.
Give These Sustainable Presents to Your Family and Friends
It can be tough shopping for the men in your life. However, you can find a way to gift them tasteful presents that align with their interests — and support the planet at the same time. These ideas are perfect for your eco-conscious brother, dad, cousin, uncle, or anyone else in your life. Remember to package your gift in eco-friendly packaging. That’s usually where gift-givers create the most waste, with single-use bags, tissue paper, wrapping, and ribbons. It’s best to keep things simple so you stick with the sustainable theme.