5 cheap and eco-friendly gift ideas

5 cheap and eco-friendly gift ideas

author: Sarah Neate

By Sarah Neate

Are you looking for a great gift that's both eco-friendly and inexpensive? From stainless-steel water bottles to bamboo toothbrushes, you’re bound to find some green inspiration here.


1. Reusable water bottles  

The ultimate eco-warrior staple at the moment is the reusable water bottle. A stainless steel water bottle will keep your water cooler for longer and can be used to carry hot drinks as well.  

Some stainless-steel water bottles can be pricey, but this BamBaw water bottle is considerably cheaper at £14.28 

Alternatively, you could gift a reusable coffee cup instead. Ecoffee Cup sells cups for £10. Some coffee shops also offer an incentive where they’ll knock a few pence off the cost of your drink if you bring your own cup.    

You could also pair your eco-friendly coffee cup with some lovely organic, fair trade coffee. 

2. Bamboo lunch box  

Along with the theme of green crockery, you could gift someone a bamboo lunch box. Bamboo is a great alternative to plastic because it’s 100% biodegradable and antibacterial. 

This one from John Lewis costs £10, and this bamboo lunch box from Urban Cuckoo is slightly cheaper at £6.99.  

3. Cotton tote bags  

There's plenty of choice for cotton tote bags online, and they can be used in place of a plastic bag when grocery shopping. Win-win! 

Earth Wardrobe have a tote that costs £4.46 and Lucy and Yak have a corduroy one for £8.  

Others can be much pricier, especially if you want them to be personalised. For the biggest choice in shopper tote bagEtsy is your best bet. You’re also more likely to be supporting local business buying from Etsy as well, which means even more bonus points for the environment.  

4. Eco-friendly books 

There are plenty of books out there that can give someone ideas for recipes or lifestyle changes they can make to be more green.  

This cookbook from The Plant Kitchen has over 100 plant-based recipes and is currently £10 from ASOS.  

Alternatively, Michelle Neff’s Simple Acts to Save our Planet is only £9.99 and focuses on eco-friendly living.      

5. Eco-friendly starter kit  

For a more creative gift, you could put together a starter kit which you could tailor to suit your budget. Just pick a few items and bundle together for a thoughtful gift.  

You could even give your box a theme, such as 

The bathroom box 

Fill it with:

These items altogether would cost you a total of £24.49 not including postage.  

The accessories box 

Fill it with: 

These items would cost you a total of £25 not including postage.  

The kitchen box  

Fill it with:

These items would cost you a total of £26.97 not including postage.  

To find out whether going veggie could help you save some cash, read on here. 

Disclaimer: All information and links are correct at the time of publishing.

author: Sarah Neate

By Sarah Neate

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