10 Affordable Holiday Gifts For Eco- Minded Co-Workers
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When I started this gift guide, I had to remind myself that not everyone works in an indoor office environment—so you’ll see a lot of practical items that can be used at home, on the commute to work, and lunch breaks—no matter what profession your colleague is in.
This co-worker gift guide also contains items that are under $15, because let’s face it, while we love [the majority] of our co-workers, we don’t want to spend our entire paycheck on them—especially those of us that have a large family to shop for.
Lastly, every eco-friendly gift option on this gift guide is gender-neutral, and some items are available in various colors.
What Are The Benefits Of Buying Eco-Friendy Gifts For Co-Workers
There are several benefits to gifting your work buddy with sustainable gifts in lieu of disposable gadgets.
Sustainable gifts are a great way to encourage co-workers to go green and make eco-friendly choices—both at work and at home.
And as for the colleagues who might already be eco warriors, they’ll get to try out some cool new items that they might not already own. They’ll also be super impressed by your thoughtful initiative to choose green over conventional items.
Lastly, eco friendly gifts, no matter how inexpensive and small they may be, always look thoughtful and high end.
With that said, below you’ll find 10 sustainable and gender-neutral gift options for your co-workers that are not only budget-friendly, but thoughtful and kind to the environment.
And don’t forget to pair them with sustainable gift wrap! You can find my sustainable gift wrap ideas here!
10 Sustainable Gifts For Eco Conscious Co-Workers
The Coconut Connection Reusable Utensils
Everyone eats lunch, which makes this gift not only eco-friendly, but practical and sustainable. Whether your co-worker eats out, or brings their own lunch to work, they will love using this good looking reusable utensil set made from real coconut wood by The Coconut Connection.
Shampoo Bar Sampler Pack By HiBAR
Shampoo bars are eco-friendly and make really practical gifts for co-workers who have always wanted to try one! The HiBAR shampoo bar sampler pack is a great buy because it comes with 3 different formulas, and it’s very budget friendly! They also work great on beards, so if your colleague has some magnificent face foliage, they’ll love using these as shaving soap.
Aroma Therapie Car Air Freshener Glass Diffuser Bottles
I love this co-worker gift for several reasons, and the first has to do with the fact that these automotive glass diffuser bottles are empty—allowing the recipient to choose their own essential oils. The second reason why I love this product is the aesthetics—they are so chíc! And lastly, these glass diffusers are biodegradable—making them totally eco-friendly!
Flyby Collapsible Drinking Straw
Another great eco-friendly gift idea for your co-worker is a reusable and portable straw that comes with a travel case. It’s a great way to minimize plastic pollution, and this particular brand allows you to clip the straw onto anything. You co-worker will be excited to try one of these out!
Chico Reusable Compact Tote
I love the Chico Bags because they’re reusable, compact and durable. They especially make excellent eco-friendly gifts for co-workers because they’re functional, and can be used for shopping or taking items home from work.
Gorilla Grip Silicone Baking Sheets
Silicone baking sheets are a brilliant idea for co-workers who love to bake, and are always bringing homemade goodies for everyone in the office! You’d be surprised how many people haven’t heard of reusable silicone baking sheets, which are non-stick, durable and reusable!
Koodee Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Help your co-worker stay hydrated and ditch the disposable plastic water bottles by gifting them a Koodee stainless steel water bottle. This water bottle is eco-friendly, non-toxic and stylish (Available in many colors).
Rice Husk Coffee Mug From Bienergo
Everyone commutes to work, and mostly everyone drinks tea or coffee in the mornings—so why not opt for a unique travel cup made from rice husk. You can even fill it with some treats! Rice husk is durable and biodegradable—making this a really great eco-friendly gift for a co-worker!
Alter Eco Fair Trade Chocolate
When it comes to gifts, a lot of co-workers prefer to receive consumable goods over other items. And if your co-worker is a chocolate enthusiast, opt for some fair trade, organic chocolate! Alter Eco is a really delicious and budget-friendly brand that I personally love.
Wool Dryer Balls By Huajie
A sustainable gift that a co-worker would really appreciate is a set of organic wool dryer balls that help speed up drying time and soften clothes at the same time! Wool dryer balls are a wonderful alternative to toxic dryer sheets, and they last a very long time, making this co-worker gift eco-friendly and sustainable!