Practical but stylish, reusable gifts that keep on giving throughout the year by replacing wasteful, disposable products with eco-friendly versions. Roundup includes reusable gifts for the kitchen, the home and products to use on-the-go.
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, reusable 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 reusable gifts are awesome is because they can be so much better for the planet. Reusable gifts typically replace disposable, single-use items – like paper towels, plastic wrap or plastic bottles and will be appreciated wherever someone is on their zero waste journey.
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 reusable kitchen products to the zero waste items for 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 – whether it’s for the holiday season or any time of year!
Bonus good news: A reusable gift keeps giving all year long by reducing waste and working hard!
Reusable Gifts for the Kitchen
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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?
In my humble opinion, reusable products made from durable, sustainable materials are some of the best gifts for the kitchen because they will be used and enjoyed all year long!
I hope you find some great ideas in this list of the best sustainable gifts I’ve found! If you can’t decide what exactly to give, a gift card to a sustainable company like Earth Hero or for zero-waste gifts on Etsy could be a great option! Shopping for green gifts at local businesses is also a great idea.
Reusable Bowl Covers
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 and are a perfect gift idea for friends or family. We use ours constantly!!
Ditch the plastic wrap and single use plastic bags and switch to this pliable organic cotton cloth infused with beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin. Bee’s Wrap is a great alternative for wrapping cheese and sandwiches or to cover a bowl. It comes in lots of fun colors and patterns so it’s enjoyable to use. If you’re up for a DIY – you can easily make homemade beeswax wrap with the fabric of your choice!
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Say goodbye to wasteful paper towels and hello to reusable Paperless Towels. These reusable kitchen towels are made from super absorbent birdseye cotton with your choice of colored edging. I keep a stash of these under my kitchen and bathroom sinks so they are handy for any cleanup situation I have. Love that they help me reduce my environmental impact in my kitchen.
Stasher Silicone Food Bags
Food grade silicone contains no BPA, phthalates or petroleum, making these silicone food bags non-toxic and safe to use, even in the microwave. Stasher bags come in a variety of styles and sizes, making them perfect for packing sandwiches, carrying snacks on-the-go and storing food too. I love that they are super easy to seal and are both freezer safe and dishwasher safe – not to mention a great way to reduce plastic waste!
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These handmade sponges will last much longer than regular, disposable sponges and are much nicer to look at! They come in lots of fun fabric choices and can be tossed in the dishwasher or laundry to thoroughly clean. Each sponge has a polyester mesh on the one side and 100% cotton flannel to give multiple scrubbing options.
Stainless Steel Straws
Sayonara plastic straws. Hello stainless steel! Every household needs a set of these durable, reusable stainless steel straws on hand for the next smoothie attack. Be sure to buy a set and a cleaning brush because you’ll want more than one of these handy metal straws!
Glass Food Storage Containers
Make meal prep and food storage easier and less wasteful with these divided glass containers with lids. The lids lock food in with an airtight seal for secure, leak-free storage that helps eliminate food waste. These glass containers are safe for the dishwasher, microwave and freezer, making them extra valuable in the kitchen.
Reusable Gifts for Around the House
The kitchen isn’t the only place where reusable products come in handy. Check out these fun sustainable gift ideas for the bathroom, the laundry room and other places around the house.
Reusable Makeup Remover Pads
You’ll want to ditch those disposable cotton pads immediately once you start using these soft reusable makeup remover pads (great to use with homemade makeup remover liquid). 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!
Wool Dryer Balls
It’s time to ditch those disposable dryer sheets! Reduce static and soften clothes naturally with dryer balls made from natural sheep wool. These cute wool dryer balls are handcrafted in the U.S. from cruelty free wool from rescued sheep.
Make your tooth brushing routine less wasteful and reduce plastic use 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.
Essential Oil Diffuser
Replace toxic air freshening sprays and disposable plugins with a reusable essential oil diffuser that scents the air with natural, therapeutic essential oils. These heat-free, cool mist diffusers are both functional and fashionable decor for your home, making them a great gift idea!
Reusable Mop Pads
These handy reusable mop pads are made using multiple layers of scrap felt that are sewn together to create an absorbent and heavy duty fabric that can be used wet or dry. A much more eco-friendly alternative to disposable mop head sheets.
Reusable Gifts for On-the-Go
Reusable Shopping Bags
Shopping bags do not have to be boring. These cute reusable tote bags hold up to 40 pounds but fold up into a small carrying pouch with a handy carabiner clip. Choose from a variety of colors and styles – there’s something for everyone!
Travel Utensil Wrap
Be prepared for waste-free meals on-the-go with this beautifully designed utensils wrap made from screen-printed cotton, from a Fair Trade company in South Africa. Utensils not included – but you can get some cute bamboo utensils to add in to the gift.
KeepCup Reusable Coffee Mug
Perfect for coffee shop regulars, a KeepCup is a barista-friendly substitute for a disposable coffee cup. KeepCups are reusable coffee cups made from durable, tempered glass, with a silicone band and a safe plastic lid. A bunch of different colors and styles are available.
Reusable Snack Bags
These zippered reusable bags are good for snacks, lunch foods and even cosmetics or small toys. You really can’t have too many reusable bags! They come in so many cute cotton fabric designs – there is bound to be something you love. (Here are plenty more reusable food storage bags to choose from if you need them.)
Organic Cotton Napkins
Liven up your picnic or lunchbox with these colorful organic cloth napkins. The designs are hand-printed on flour-sack cotton and are washable and reusable. You pick the styles you love from a variety of designs!
Stainless Steel Water Bottles
A reusable water bottle from Klean Kanteen makes a fantastic gift because it is so practical, yet stylish too. These insulated bottles have double-wall vacuum insulation that can keep drinks hot for up to 20 hours, and icy cold up to 50 hours! Plus, they are made from food grade stainless steel, with a leak proof cap, to ensure no spills, messes, or dents. Choose from a variety of fun colors.
Reusable Produce Bags
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. This set of 4 washable, reusable produce bags includes two mesh bags, and two solid bags to handle all your grocery store or farmers market shopping needs.
Linen Straw Pouch
Tote around your reusable straw in one of these cozy pouches made from remnant linen fabric. Your straws will stay 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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