What are Great Green Presents for the Holidays to Give? 11 Tips

What are Great Green Presents for the Holidays to Give?

The holiday season is on its way. Maybe it’s early to talk about the presents we want to come up with to give to our family and friends. 

On the other hand, Black Friday (the last Friday of the month) is coming as well. Lots of companies have nice offers either on that specific day or, to avoid crowds, spread out over a few days or weeks.

So why not be frugal and save ourselves the stress of December by thinking about green presents for the holidays now.

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Green presents for the holidays

It is wonderful to come up with gifts for the family. The only thing better is having Santa bring green presents for the holidays! Lots of companies and webshops focus on ecological products with a keen eye for the environment.

Festive meals

Delicious shared meals, lots of fun, and a long after-dinner sitting at the table. Chatting, enjoying the food and company, nice and warm inside while outside the snow is blown against the windows.

I can already imagine the whole picture. Except for the snow, of course. Usually, over here in Spain, we can have lunch outside on the terrace. That’s evenly pleasant, don’t you think?

Serious knife set

When we emigrated 4 years ago, we got rid of many household items, but there was never any discussion about the set of kitchen knives.

Every cook needs a good set of knives. If you argue that the ingredients are much more important, I can only agree.

But after the ecological ingredients are bought, the chef’s life is made considerably easier if he or she can work with a knife that is sharp and sturdy.

Misen Knife set

Green tools in the kitchen

In addition to a set of knives, there are all kinds of handy products that do not harm the environment or are a good replacement for toxic products.

More and more companies have a return system for their packaging or refills, which makes it a little less bad that the inevitable plastic has been used.

Safety is very important, so if you plan a barbeque, make sure the temperature is high enough.

Related: ​​Slow Cooking with a DIY Solar Cooker can be so Much Fun

Superfood for a super meal

Whether or not the word superfood is a marketing term, I don’t really care. I love most superfoods and the idea that they are extra healthy gives me great pleasure.

Get seeds, such as chia seeds, and herbs, such as Curcuma, from the organic store and put them in festive packaging.

Or make it easy on yourself and buy one of YourSuper’s healthy cardboard tins. After unwrapping the gift, the contents can be used immediately in the holiday meal.

YourSuper Detox bundle
Use our link and the code OURGREENHEALTH at checkout for a 15% reduction on your whole order.

Related: Eating a Rainbow of Food Will do a Lot of Good

Avoid food waste

When we have guests for lunch or drinks with tapas, we usually have too much to eat.

I suspect almost everyone will recognize that. Ultimately, we don’t want to have too little to offer.

And it shouldn’t be a problem. If we can keep everything in the fridge or in kitchen cupboards, we can use it up in the days after.

Give these bee’s wraps as a present and buy some for yourself as well. Very handy and plastic-free!

Free The Ocean Bee's Wraps

Useful knickknacks

Everyone has a mobile

The first purchase Tom and I always make after purchasing a new mobile is a case.

We don’t often have to get a new mobile because we are careful with our stuff, and at the time there were only plastic or silicone cases available.

Fortunately, that has changed and there is now a lot of choice in alternative and green materials. Even plant-based, transparent ones.

Pela Animal case

Personal care

Massage while combing your hair

With a wooden comb, you don’t have to worry about static charge, unlike using a plastic comb. Static electricity promotes hair breakage. A good wooden comb helps to detangle all hairs without damaging the hair or charging it statically.

It is wonderful to comb your scalp with a wooden or bamboo brush. Your scalp is massaged in a gentle way.

A great present for a family member with long hair.

EcoRoots wooden hair brush

Prevent bathroom waste

Grabbing a tissue to remove excess makeup. Cotton pads to remove makeup in the evening. Ear swabs to clean the ears.

When we look at everything together, quite a lot of waste is thrown away in the bathroom.

One of the solutions is a travel kit from LastObject that is available in various colors.

Not only handy when traveling but also in the bathroom at home.

LastObject travel kit
Order through this link and use our code OURGREENHEALTH at checkout for a 10% reduction on your whole order.


For some people, the holiday season is a stressful event. We can tell them several times it’s not necessary to fuss but it might be better to offer relaxing presents.

Bamboo diffusers with aromatherapy essential oils provide not only the gift recipient but everyone in the house with health benefits.

Good essential oils are organic and pure. These are especially relaxing: lavender, ylang-ylang, lemon, chamomile, or rose.

Top it off with a cup of chamomile tea and put whoever has fussed the most in an armchair.

Amrita Rose
Dr Mercola Lavender

Related: The 8 Most Important Essential Oils Everyone Should Have

Nature in the house

Bring plants into your home

NASA has made a list of 18 plants that are exceptionally good for air purification inside the house. For example, Sansevieria, Spathiphyllum, Bamboo palm, Dracaena draco, Anthericum, or Ivy are on this list. Some of these plants are very easy to care for and will thrive anywhere in your home.

If you have a family member who would like to plant but does not have green fingers, consider giving a PlantBoxs subscription.

They provide manuals with every plant that is sent and there is a help desk that can be called upon with questions about the care of the plants.

Experiences to remember

Instead of stuff, it’s also a great idea to give memories and experiences. Make a drawing or a voucher with your offer so that you can put something tangible under the Christmas tree.

Create your own adventures

The easiest thing to give would be an amusement park ticket, but amusement parks with their fast-food stands are far from green.

Take your family on a nature walk and explain the flora and fauna. Or ask a nature guide to accompany you.

Go to a museum or offer a walk in an unknown city where you hire local guides. Urban adventures has some of those options.

Urban Adventures
Urban Adventures

Give a tree

One of the best things I’ve done in the past year is to give my grandchildren a tree.

Not a tree to put on their balcony, but a tree in Thailand and the other in Ghana.

The trees have been planted by Click a Tree in areas threatened by deforestation. And I have been able to name the trees after my grandchildren so that there is always an email reporting the progress of tree Diego and tree Alex.

They love it!

Click a Tree

Green presents for the holidays

There are probably more green presents you can think of. Maybe there is something in my list that you like and if not, hopefully, you have found inspiration for conscientious gifts.

Do you have more green ideas? Tell us in the comment box.

6 thoughts on “What are Great Green Presents for the Holidays to Give? 11 Tips”

  1. Oh, these beewraps are such a good idea!
    Good essential oils are on my favorite gifts list already. Last year I gave some familymembers a shampoo bar in a beautiful tin box. They are marketed as easy to bring when traveling, which is true, but we also use them in our home bathroom, it saves us a lot of plastic bottles!

    • I agree, Klaartje, I like those bee’s wraps as well. You can use them in several ways which makes them very handy in the kitchen.

      That tin box would have come in handy last weekend when I was away for a couple of days. Although my selfmade cotton wrap did function quite well. I have made a square of textile with canvas on the outside and put 4 pieces of velcro on it. That way several forms of soap or shampoo bars can go inside.

      I love it you are trying to reduce plastic! Great. Thanks for your comment and take care.

  2. This article is amazing and can help save plants by planting one and paying for it. This can help save species of animals. The article at the end was interesting to plant a tree in another country to help the world.
    We want to click and save a tree as well, we are going to pass this on to everyone we know.


    • Thanks, Matthew&Deloris. Both for the compliment and for the sharing with others. The more people who are involved in making this world a better place, the better. I like the tree planting as well 🙂 My garden isn’t too big and now I still can plant trees and leave a mark.
      Take care and have fun.

  3. Hi Hannie,

    Thank you very much for such a comprehensive list of green products! I particularly like the experiences, and I think these often give the best lasting memories. Keep up the good work here, I’ll definitely be checking back.

    All the best, Mike.

    • Thank you too, Mike, and I agree with you. Experiences are often better than more stuff. I am looking forward to the family visit with Christmas when we can visit places again with our grandsons. We discovered an inland lake where flamingos spend the winter. That seems like so much fun to visit with them.

      All the best to you too and stay healthy.


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