As a bona-fide homebody myself, I love to give gifts of practical things to use in the home. But they can’t just be functional – they have to beautiful – because beauty is what makes life fun in my book. And they have to be eco-friendly too – because that’s just the way I roll. So I came up with this list of gifts for the home that met all those requirements: eco-practical-beauty. They could work for anyone from newlyweds to empty-nesters and some of them would make fabulous hostess gifts too.
Which one would you be happiest to receive?
Soma Glass Water Filter
You’ll buy it for the beautiful design, but they’ll keep it because it provides great tasting, filtered water so conveniently. The Soma filter uses activated carbon coconut shells with a 100% biodegradable plant-based casing. The carafe is shatter resistant glass with no risks of leaching plastic. What impresses me most is how easy it is to fill and pour. Warning: you might need to buy one for yourself too. $49
Organic Soap Set
Give the gift of clean with this set of 3 beautifully wrapped soaps from Meow Meow Tweet. Handmade in Brooklyn, NY, these soaps are made with organic ingredients and scented with yummy essential oil blends like Grapefruit Mint, Lavender Lemon and Tangerine Basil (with a touch of poppy seeds for scrubbing). $27
Wastefree Snack Kit
Great for anyone who needs to take food on-the-go, this snack kit from Eco Lunchbox includes a stainless steel lunch container, a stainless steel spork plus an artisan designed Furoshiki ECOsnacksack to carry everything in. Furoshiki (pronounced f-ROHSH-kee) snack sacks are inspired by traditional furoshiki bags from Japan and are hand printed by artisans using wooden blocks and wax batik techniques. $40
A non-toxic alternative to traditional paraffin candles, these beeswax candles are handmade in Oregon using 100% cotton wicks. Pair with a handmade candle holder for a thoughtful hostess gift. Choose from 6, 8 or 10 inch tapers. Set of 2. $7 – $9
Recycled Cotton Throw
Who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive a cozy, cotton blanket for the holidays? This beautiful birch tree throw is made in the USA by In2Green out of recycled cotton yarn produced from factory scraps, so it’s better for the planet too. Choose from four great looking color combos. $165
Slate Serving Board
Slate salvaged from a quarry in Upstate New York, becomes gorgeous serving boards for cheese, snacks or hors d’oeuvres. This one is a 10″ x 14″ size and comes with a soapstone pencil for writing. Practical never looked so good! $33
Screen Printed Tea Towels
You really can’t go wrong with a dish towel gift. Especially when it’s screen printed by hand on soft organic cotton flour sack material. Start searching through the Oh Little Rabbit Etsy shop and I bet you’ll find something for everyone on your list! $10
*Mindful Momma is a member of a number of affiliate programs, meaning if you make a purchase, a small commission goes to support our work – at no extra cost to you of course! I received a Soma water filter in exchange for my honest opinion.