The best gifts for eco-friendly grandparents

The problem with shopping for grandparents is that they’ve been around for a while and usually have a lot already. It’s a challenge to find something new for them that they will use and love. Here are our top picks this year for grandmas and grandpas on your eco-friendly holiday shopping list.

Australian Anew Atelier offers vegan leather made from industrial apple peels. The stylish totes and clutches are sure to please any ancestor. Styles change every season as a different destination around the world inspires new looks. When founder Gemma Trebilco became a vegetarian, she noticed a gap in the market. Too many products relied on animal-derived ingredients, from food to cosmetics to fashion. Anew Atelier helps fill this gap.

A yarn elephant holding a potted plant next to a basket of patterned scarves

Awear is an American vegan clothing brand with an elephant fashion collection to help save elephants and a rhino collection for rhinos. They also have lots of animal prints and even pet clothes. Wouldn’t grandpa’s pug look smashing in a little leopard print hoodie? Uh, of course. If your grandparents appreciate animal and sporty looks, Awear Clothes will suit them. Certified boss Steph Griffith has loved animals ever since she experienced its healing and caring powers while dealing with childhood hardships, which inspired her to create this brand.

Korean food spread out on a table

Does your grandmother crave fresh kimchi? Mama O’s premium kimchi kit promises a fun and easy way to whip up Korean pickled cabbage and fill a grandparent’s stomach with healthy probiotics. The kit includes a half-gallon container, instructions, and your choice of Original, Super Spicy, or Vegan kimchi paste.

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Three reusable bags filled with fruit

Whether they come from a Depression-era upbringing or from ecological and economic common sense, many grandparents are careful about storing leftover food. Stasher’s reusable, food-grade platinum silicone storage bags are a great alternative to useless single-use bags. These dishwasher and microwave safe bags are available in 17 colors. Their size ranges from four ounces to half a gallon. It is a good gift for people who are economical and practical while saving the environment from plastic pollution.

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Two yellow bags with a beige bag in front

For grandparents on the go, Lunar Method bags are stylish and vegan. The tech-savvy grandma will love Lunar Method’s Vegan Leather Laptop Sleeve. Or choose the pretty jewelry bag lined with handmade Chiapas artisan fabric in soft, neutral tones of beige and green or a bolder red palette.

A cardboard box full of household items like tin soap boxes

Naturally Legit makes products for your face, body, and home. For the holidays, consider offering a Naturally Legit gift box. The bathroom essentials box includes a bag of sisal soap, two bamboo toothbrushes, a bar of chamomile soap, a pine and calendula balm and a large box of natural deodorant. The handmade soap gift set includes a sisal bag, a wooden soap dish and three delicious smelling bars: rose geranium, chamomile and a blend of coffee, coconut and vanilla. All Naturally Legit products are organic, made with plant-based ingredients and cold-pressed oil.

A cloth bag containing dried pasta spread out on the outside

For organized grandparents who appreciate superior home storage strategies, consider bags made by Alabatis. This star Etsy seller uses natural Lithuanian linen and unbleached cotton rope to make storage bags. They are great for foods like bread or nuts. Or store delicate lingerie or shoes inside. Choose from 12 x 12 inch or 12 x 16 inch bags.

Two photos, on the left a six pack of spices in white packaging, on the right a single zoom up of a spice jar

Spiceology does more than sell spices. The company adheres to a long list of responsible practices, including reducing its carbon footprint, donating to LGBTQ+ and health-focused causes, and helping educate the next generation of chefs. Sixty-three percent of its leadership team identify as female and 15% as LGBTQ+. When it comes to gifting potential, Spiceology has plenty of fun spice sets for everyone from the badass baker to the foodie. If your grandparent needs Ceylon cinnamon sticks or roasted cocoa nibs, look no further. Your chili-loving grandma will appreciate the six-pack of different Sriracha blends, including smoky maple and teriyaki miso.

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A pile of puzzle pieces

During the pandemic, puzzles have become more popular than ever. If your grandparent likes to challenge his brain by putting together little pieces of cardboard, consider buying an eco-friendly puzzle from Cobble Hill. They make their puzzles from 100% recycled materials, including puzzle boards made from 100% post-consumer waste. The puzzle pieces are delivered in biodegradable plastic bags. And even the puzzle itself is recyclable. Cobble Hill manufactures its puzzles in the United States. For grandparents who love animals, the 350-piece Frog Pile Puzzle features colorful frogs. Earth Day features fish, birds and a sea turtle.

Two photos, on the left a poster of Vegan Un-Honey with three bottles and on the right a close-up of the bottle

Thanks to new technologies, we no longer need to steal honey from bees to sweeten our tea. Blonde Vegan Un-Honey, made by The Single Origin Food Co., sources its unblended organic coconut nectar from Pylpongpang, Thailand. It’s organic, raw, and non-GMO and is sure to please plant-based, discerning grandparents.

Via Anew Atelier, Awear, Mama O, Stasher, Lunar Method, Naturally Legit, alabatis, Spiceology, Cobble Hill Puzzles and Plantx

Images via Grae Gleason and Delaney Tran / Inhabitat, Mama O’s, Stasher, Naturally Legit, alabatis, Spiceology, Pexels and Plantx

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