4 Unique & Simple Low Waste Gift Ideas

It might seem strange to be gifting someone who is trying to live a zero or low waste life more gifts, but the funny thing is if they are trying to eliminate the amount of garbage they produce they are going to need a few things to make that happen, so here are 4 unique Low Waste Gift Ideas.

1. For The Home Cook:

A Tea Towel inside a mason jar with a wooden spoon.

This is one of my all-time fav gifts to make. You need three things: A Mason jar, a cute dish towel and a wooden spoon.

a small xmas tree with a glass jar sitting next to it with a spoon tied to it

All you are going to do is roll the dishtowel, slide it into the mason jar, then tie the spoon to the jar, and voila, look how cute this is!

I’ve added a little piece of dried rosemary and you can take it up a notch by hiding a recipe inside the jar.


2. For the one who wants to give low waste a go:

Create your own gift basket 

I simply love this idea, for a few reasons. You pick the items to go into the basket, items that you know the receiver will love and possibly need. Don’t get me wrong, I love a well-curated gift basket, but this idea helps you to make it much more personalized. By using a pretty basket you can eliminate the need for wrapping paper and all the waste that comes with it.

candice holding a basket filled with eco gifts, a book, a bamboo straw

This basket contains the following items:

A book called Sustainable Home. A great gift for anyone on this eco journey, not just newbies. 2 bamboo reusable straws. A reusable coffee mug from KeepCup, a handmade candle wrapped in an old shoe bag, and DIY bath salts. Looking for other DIY skincare gift ideas, I’ve got tons on The Eco Hub. I also included two low waste kitchen essentials, a reusable paper towel and a reusable dishcloth.

a gift basket filled with goodies like a DIY bath salt


3. For the clean freak:  

A large mason jar with laundry detergent and wool balls

How cute is this? I mean come on.

a mason jar in a mesh bag with some wool balls

More and more grocery stores are popping and offering a refill option for things like laundry detergent, dish soap, body wash plus shampoo and conditioner. If you know someone who is trying to reduce toxins in the laundry room this is the PERFECT gift if you ask me!

I have added some wool dryer balls because dryer sheets are toxic and can’t be recycled.  I have also chosen not to wrap this gift, instead I have placed them in a reusable mesh bag. Something I feel every green home needs.

holding a mesh bag with a jar and wool balls in it


4. For the green beauty junkie:

A personalized box of goodies 

4 Unique Low Waste Gift Ideas

This is so simple to make. I found (thrifting) a very pretty wooden box that can be reused, again I have eliminated the need for unwanted wrapping paper.

Then, I bought a few of my favourite beauty brands, there are so great ideas in this post, with coupon codes to save you some cash. 

I lined the box with an organic cotton face cloth an included:

Oko Creations reusable makeup remover pads, my absolute fav body oil from Wildcraft Care.

A divine deodorant from Love Fresh. Some dry shampoo and some shampoo bars from Rocky Mountain Soap Company.

A daily glow facial brush from Province Apothecary, which I use and can’t get enough of! And my absolute go-to lip care for these harsh winter months from 3 Acres made with fair-trade butter and botanical oils. You never know when you might need to pucker up.

And last but not least, a safety razor. Because plastic disposable razors and SO yesterday!


4 Unique Low Waste Gift Ideas


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Candice Batista

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.
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