Practical but stylish, reusable gifts that keep on giving throughout the year by replacing wasteful, disposable products with eco-friendly versions.
Socks. Underwear. Really?
As a kid, getting a practical gift was always a bit of a disappointment. But as an adult, especially one who already has a lot of stuff, a practical, reusable gift makes great sense.
Practical gifts rock for a couple reasons. One, because they are actually used – unlike a knick-knack or tchotchke – which might seem cool at first, but later sits on a shelf and collects dust.
The other reason practical gifts are awesome is because they can be so much better for the planet. Reusable gifts typically replace something that is usually disposable – like paper towels, plastic wrap or dryer sheets.
The way I look at it, practical, reusable gifts are just better all around!
The Best Reusable Gifts To Give
Over the course of many years, I have switched most of the products I use from disposable to reusable – from kitchen products to the bathroom and everything in between. And because I find reusable items so much nicer to use, I started giving them as gifts!
Here’s a list of of many of my favorite reusable products that make great gifts (although you’re going to want some of them for yourself as well!) All of these products are durable, high-quality and very nice looking too – which is why they work so well for gift-giving!
Bonus: A reusable gift keeps giving all year long by reducing waste and working hard!
Reusable Gifts for the Kitchen
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Once you own a set of these reusable bowl covers, you will forget about the plastic wrap and aluminum foil. The stretchy sides allow them to fit easily and snugly around bowls. These come in a variety of cute, machine washable laminated fabrics. We use ours constantly!!
The kitchen is FULL of wasteful, disposable products like plastic wrap and paper towels so it’s a great place to start with reusables. Plus, who doesn’t love a kitchen gift?
Ditch the plastic wrap and switch to a pliable organic cotton cloth infused with beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin. Great for wrapping cheese, sandwiches or to cover a bowl. If you’re up for a DIY – you can easily make homemade beeswax wrap with the fabric of your choice!
Say goodbye to wasteful paper towels and hello to reusable Paperless Towels. Made from super absorbent birdseye cotton with your choice of colored edging. I keep a stash of these under my kitchen and bathroom sinks – love them so much!
Food grade silicone contains no BPA, phthalates or petroleum, making these bags non-toxic and safe to use, even in the microwave. Perfect for sandwiches, snacks on-the-go and storing food too. I love that they are super easy to seal and dishwasher safe!
These handmade sponges will last much longer than regular, disposable sponges and are much nicer to look at! Dishwasher and laundry safe too.
Sayonara plastic and paper. Hello stainless steel! Every household needs a set of these durable, reusable straws on hand for the next smoothie attack. Be sure to buy a set (with a cleaning brush) because you’ll want more than one of these handy straws!
Make meal prep easier and less wasteful with these divided, 3-compartment glass containers with lids.
Reusable Gifts for Around the House
The kitchen isn’t the only place where reusable products come in handy. Check out these fun reusable gifts for the bathroom, the laundry room and other places around the house.
You’ll want to ditch those disposable pad immediately once you start using these soft reusable makeup pads. These come in an assortment of pretty fabrics with a soft cotton terry backing. After use, wash them in the mesh laundry bag that comes with your order. I love mine!
Soften clothes naturally with dryer balls made from natural sheep wool. Handcrafted in the U.S. from cruelty free wool from rescued sheep.
Make the tooth brushing routine less wasteful with toothbrushes made from biodegradable natural bamboo with nylon bristles. Each family member gets a different color! Add in some refillable Dental Lace dental floss for a fun stocking stuffer.
Replace toxic air freshening sprays with a reusable essential oil diffuser that scents the air with natural, therapeutic oils.
These handy reusable mop covers are made with fleece on one side for dry mopping and absorbent terry cloth on the other side for wet mopping.
Reusable Gifts for On-the-Go
There are so many awesome reusable products for eating, drinking and buying stuff on the go. Here are a few of my favorites:
Shopping bags do not have to be boring. These cute bags hold up to 40 pounds but fold up into a small carrying pouch with a handy carabiner clip.
Be prepared for waste-free meals on-the-go with this beautifully designed utensils wrap. Includes a built-in wet bag for dirty utensils.
Perfect for coffee shop regulars – a KeepCup is a barista-friendly substitute for a disposable coffee cup.
These zippered reusable bags are good for snacks, lunch, even cosmetics or small toys. You really can’t have too many reusable bags!
These stainless bottles are super durable and come in lots of different fun colors and patterns. I love that they keep cold thing cold and hot things hot!
It’s time to up the eco-ante and start using reusable bags in the produce section as well as bringing your own grocery bags. Set of 5 washable, reusable produce bags.
Liven up your lunch with these double-sided napkins in fun, kid-friendly prints.
Tote around your reusable straw in one of these cozy hemp fabric pouches to keep it clean and protected anywhere you go.
These reusable gifts are much better than socks or underwear, don’t you agree?
What are your favorite reusable gifts to give or get?
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