It’s no secret that I get excited about the fresh start of a New Year and so it won’t come as a surprise that I like to think of the holiday season as a moment when we might offer friends and family—or ourselves—a little something to help nudge us in the direction of making a shift in habits, embracing a more sustainable way of tackling a task, or pledging to eschew a disposable option for a reusable one when clock strikes 12:00 on December 31. These aren’t things that might save the planet, but they’re steps in the right direction. Some of the gifts on this list are modest enough to be considered stocking stuffers, while others are extra special versions of everyday fixes.
Cloth napkins: Offer a set of linen napkins in a convenient size, and help breakfast, lunch, and dinner, at home or on the go, be as waste-free as possible.
Sewing Kit: Give a gentle nudge to say that maybe that tiny tear in the pocket of someone’s jeans can be mended.
Grocery bags: Present a modest collection for toting to the bulk section. (Because filling up glass jars with dried goods doesn’t just look pretty, it makes a huge dent in your weekly recycling load, too.)
Reusable Hemp Coffee Filter: Help a friend say goodbye to disposable filters and improve their morning routine in one go.
Wool Dryer Balls: Suggest an easy way for everyone you love to quit their addiction to laundry-ruining liquid fabric softener forever with a set of woolen dryer balls.
Activated Charcoal Toner: Encourage a little natural beauty regimen, and, okay, yes, have a little chuckle because you just put coal in someone’s stocking.
Natural Linen Utensil Roll: Upgrade someone’s bring-your-own-blank game with a little rollable pocket for tucking reusable utensils.
Set of Covered Bowls: Give a set of these to your favorite salad-maker so they can forgo the plastic wrap the next time you invite them to a potluck.
Cardamom Vanilla All-Purpose Butter: Offer limitless massages and a pot of all-natural body butter and endear yourself to
me someone forever.
Big Block French Soap: Suggest a friend keep a block of this super long-lasting soap right on the countertop. It’s a modern take on Savon de Marseille, made from olive oil, coconut oil, and kaolin clay.
Insulated Stainless Steel Growler: Give an excuse for someone to head to their local brewery to fill up on fresh beer (over and over again).
A Copy of Simple Matters: Because maybe, just maybe, someone wants to do a little more reading on the subject of simple matters. (And because yours truly would be really thrilled to know there were a few copies of this ol’ thing under trees this December.)