Brenna Miles | Apr 20, 2023

12 of the Best Sustainable Gift Ideas for 2023

Looking for a special gift for that earth-conscious friend? There are so many useful and fun eco-friendly gifts out there to choose from. Whether you’re shopping for a coffee lover, a fitness fiend, or a foodie, you’ll find plenty of sustainable gift ideas below.

Table of Contents

  1. Reusable Water Bottle

  2. Camping Trip (or Another Outing)

  3. Reusable Notebook

  4. Pour Over Coffee Maker

  5. Homemade Treats

  6. Stainless Steel Straws

  7. Meal Subscription

  8. Personalized Tumbler

  9. Audiobook Subscription

  10. Travel Tumbler

  11. Coffee or Tea

  12. Flowers or Plants

  13. Sustainable Gifting FAQs

#1. Reusable Water Bottle

Single-use plastics are a no-no when it comes to sustainability. After all, plastic isn’t biodegradable and often finds its way into already overflowing landfills and our precious oceans.

A simple way to do our part in eliminating plastic is to stop using plastic water bottles. And if you’re looking for the perfect gift that anyone on your list can use, it’s the reusable water bottle.

The BrüMate Rehydration 25oz water bottle is made to keep water chilled for up to 24 hours. Plus, it features a leakproof straw lid and an easy-carry loop for simple packing to the gym, the park, or work.

Plus, it comes in so many colors and designs that you’re sure to find one that fits your loved one’s aesthetic.

#2. Camping Trip (or Another Outing)

One gift that we often overlook is the gift of time. Why not give your friend or family member your time by scheduling a fun outing?

For example, you can explore the great outdoors by taking a camping trip (and if you do, don’t forget your reusable mug for the chilly nights). Or, you can take a stroll around the local museum, head to a concert together, or even schedule a picnic in the park. The opportunities are endless here!

Time is completely sustainable in that it creates memories that last and produces zero waste. It’s truly a win-win.

#3. Reusable Notebook

Is your gift recipient a writer? A doodler? A student? A busy mom that makes a ton of to-do lists? Virtually anyone on your list can benefit from this sustainable gift.

A reusable notebook helps reduce waste by eliminating the need for paper notebooks. Plus, it’s super convenient, simple to use, and easy to carry anywhere.

There are a ton of different reusable notebooks out there to choose from. For example, there are smart notebooks that allow you to scan and save drawings, notes, and more to your phone using a mobile app. Or, there are more simple notebook designs that use stone paper that can be wiped and reused.

#4. Pour Over Coffee Maker

For the coffee connoisseur, what’s better than a pour over? A pour over that’s travel-friendly, that’s what.

The BrüMate Pour Over is a simple way to make the perfect cup of joe on the go. It features a built-in pour over mechanism that nests perfectly inside a travel tumbler. Just insert one of our biodegradable coffee filters and coffee grounds, pour your water, remove the insert, and go.

The Pour Over is 100% leakproof and features a triple-insulated tumbler that will keep your loved one’s coffee warm all day long.

#5. Homemade Treats

Everyone loves homemade treats. Plus, as they’re consumable, they don’t result in extra waste that could harm our environment. There are so many options to choose from, including cookies, candy, and even bread. You can customize treats to fit your loved one’s unique tastes too!

For bonus points, wrap your treats in sustainable gift wrap, such as fabric scraps. Or, place your treats inside cute mason jars.

#6. Stainless Steel Straws

Just like plastic water bottles, plastic straws are often used once and then thrown away. Unfortunately, they don’t degrade over time.

Switching plastic straws for sustainable steel straws is a simple swap anyone can make to support our environment. And since virtually everyone uses plastic straws, they make a perfect gift.

Our stainless steel straws are environmentally friendly, reusable, and dishwasher safe. Each bag of straws includes silicone tips for comfort and a convenient cleaning brush. The bag makes traveling with the straws simple. Just throw them in your bag and go.

#7. Meal Subscription

Shopping for the foodie who loves trying new recipes? A meal subscription makes a fantastic gift. Plus, many meal subscriptions offer sustainable packaging to reduce waste, as well as high-quality and organic ingredients.

There are many meal subscriptions to choose from, and a ton of them offer diet-specific meal plans. This makes buying a meal subscription easy, regardless of your loved one’s dietary needs.

#8. Personalized Tumbler

Part of gifting sustainably is selecting gifts that the recipient will use over and over again. Think about how often we use drinkware each day: the morning coffee cup, emotional support water bottle, afternoon caffeine pick-me-up cup…the list goes on.

A personalized drink tumbler makes a great gift that your recipient is sure to use daily. Brümate makes personalization easy - simply select a BrüMate product, such as the Pour Over or Toddy 22oz, and then personalize it to fit your loved one.

For example, you can choose from various fun icons or keep things simple with initials. The sky’s the limit when personalizing our tumblers.

#9. Audiobook Subscription

Ah, audiobooks. Even those who don’t necessarily like to read often enjoy listening to books while traveling or hanging out at home. This makes an audiobook subscription a great gift. Plus, with so many genres to choose from, you’re sure to find an audiobook that’s perfect for your recipient.

There are various subscriptions available that allow you to fully customize your gift. For example, you can purchase a month’s worth of audiobooks or even a year’s worth.

#10. Travel Tumbler

Whether for the daily commute or a summer vacay, a travel tumbler is a must-have. High-quality travel tumblers stand the test of time. Plus, they help reduce the number of single-use drink containers we use each day.

There are so many travel tumblers to pick from. For example, our Toddy XL holds a whopping 32 ounces of liquid, perfect for any road trip. And even at 32 ounces, it still fits in any standard cup holder. It’s also 100% leakproof and will keep liquids cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 4 hours.

#11. Coffee or Tea

Whether your loved one enjoys a morning brew or an evening cuppa, coffee and tea are great gifts that keep on giving. Plus, coffee and tea are both consumable, leaving behind minimal waste. And they’re relatively inexpensive too!

Try putting together a coffee or tea sampler that includes some of your favorite grounds or tea bags. Or, pick up some unique loose-leaf tea and a cute tea infuser.

Want to take your gift to the next level? Add in a Toddy 16oz, which is the perfect mug for any warm drink.

#12. Flowers or Plants

Flowers and plants can brighten anyone’s day. To keep it as sustainable as possible, pick up a flower or plant that will continue to grow or bloom over time.

For example, pick up a low-maintenance house plant such as a snake plant or a string of hearts. Succulents and cacti are also fun options that don’t necessarily require a green thumb to grow.

Go Eco-Friendly With BrüMate

These sustainable gift ideas are sure to delight anyone you’re shopping for. When eco-friendly gifts matter, you’ll find them at BrüMate. We offer a ton of options, from water bottles to gift bundles. Check out our selection of drinkware and more right here.

Sustainable Gifting FAQs

What Is Sustainable Gifting?

Sustainable gifting means buying gifts for your friends and fam that are eco-friendly. In other words, it’s giving gifts that result in minimal effects on the lovely planet we call home.

For example, gifting a reusable water bottle helps inspire your H2O-loving friend to kick plastic water bottles to the curb. This helps reduce the number of single-use plastic containers that may be harmful to the environment.

How Can I Gift More Sustainably?

There are many things you can do to gift more sustainably. The easiest way is to just be mindful of what you’re buying. Will your recipient actually use and enjoy the gift? If not, it might be wasteful. Do some digging to determine what your loved one needs or wants.

You can also consider how a product was made. For example, products made using biodegradable materials won’t end up in landfills. And that’s good news!

Another way to gift more sustainably is to give something your loved one can consume, such as homemade treats or coffee. After they enjoy your gift, there won’t be anything left behind.

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