Wow! It’s that time of year again folks! We can hear the sleigh bells ringing already and want to make sure you’re all set for all your Christmas gift needs. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our favourite eco-friendly & sustainable gift ideas that will put a smile on your loved ones faces but also have Mother Nature grinning from ear to ear! Make Upcycle Studio your one-stop shop for environmentally friendly presents that you’ll be proud to pop under the tree this year.
Zero Waste – For the Eco Warriors
Flip & Tumble 24-7 Bags
The easiest way to say no to plastic bags forever! The Flip & Tumble 24-7 Bags are fun and practical gifts for the eco-conscious. They are so cleverly designed and come in a variety of colours to suit everyone’s style. We recommend grabbing a few of these because they are excellent stocking stuffers!
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Apiwraps Beeswax Wraps
Great for anyone who loves to keep their kitchen plastic free!If you’ve got friends who love cooking then some beeswax wraps are a great way to keep ingredients fresh in the fridge without having to resort to cling wrap. Apiwraps Beeswax Wraps are available in a great range of vibrant prints and already come beautifully packaged in recycled card. The perfect gift for anyone wanted to kick their eco-kitchen up a notch!
Shop the Apiwraps Beeswax Wraps.
Black & Blum Box Appetit Lunch Box
Got any friends who are trying to avoid buying food at work? A cleverly designed and super practical lunch box is a great way to encourage healthier eating throughout the day. Not just your average food storage, this Black & Blum Box Appetit Lunch Box is brought to you by an award-winning brand who has really nailed the art of packed lunches. Separate dressings from your salads, wet from dry ingredients or keep your sandwich away from your fruit. It even comes with a fork that has a little nifty cutting edge down one side.
Buy the Black & Blum Box Appetit Lunch Box.
Eco Luxe – For the Glamorous Ones
Mojo Candle Co – Mountain Pine
Bring a little bit of the North Pole into your Christmas this year. This gorgeous limited edition Mountain Pine scent will evoke feelings of being tucked away in a winter log cabin and watching snowflakes fall from the sky. Whisk yourself away for a gentle stroll through a Pine Forest with this fresh, crisp & earthy fragrance. All Mojo candles are handmade in Sydney from reclaimed wine bottles and handpoured with 100% eco-friendly soy wax.
Buy the limited edition Mountain Pine Mojo Candle.
Watch Capsule Cufflinks
A true talking piece that adds a touch of glam to an outfit. These Watch Capsule Cufflinks have been beautifully handcrafted in Sydney by expert makers who have delicately restored old timepieces. Each set is one of a kind and tells a wonderful story of a past life. We love these stunning blue cufflinks but these are available in a bunch of different colours and styles.
Shop our range of Watch Capsule Cufflinks.
Elvis & Kresse Firehose Messenger Bag
You wouldn’t even know that this luxurious bag was made from reclaimed materials! A constant heard-turner, wherever it goes, the Elvis & Kresse Firehose Messenger Bag is beautifully constructed in the UK from old firehose. Each bag is unique and every little panel carries with it a little piece of history. This super durable material looks just like leather but is 100% vegan and planet friendly.
Stocking Fillers – For that Little Extra Bit
Add some Bamboo Toothbrushes to your eco-friendly stockings, these are biodegradable, unlike their plastic counterparts! We have these available in adults and kids sizes and they are a great little add-on to pad out your gifts this year. Who knew such a small present could make such a large impact on the environment?
Shop our Bamboo Toothbrush range.
Mae Laine Bath Tea Bags
The gift of pampering and ultimate relaxation is always a winner! So treat your friends and family to a little bit of calm with our range of all natural bath salts. These Mae Laine Bath Tea Bags are all hand blended in the Hunter Valley from natural ingredients and help to create a luxurious at home spa experience. We have these in a great range of different fragrances and there’s even a “Bloke Soak” teabag option for the fellas!
Shop our range of Mae Laine Bath Tea Bags.
Evergreen Bamboo Straws
What better way to celebrate the festive season than with summery cocktails? We love having a little drink but aren’t big fans of plastic straws. But these super cute bamboo straws are an excellent alternative and fabulous Christmas gift for all the eco-conscious cocktail lovers! It’s great to have a bunch stashed away in the kitchen for all of those summer dinner parties and bbqs. Opt for the 15cm straw, pictured below for short cocktails or the 20cm straw for tall drinks.
Shop our Bamboo Straw range.
Zen Botanics Activated Charcoal Soap
Give this all natural, all luxurious soap bar to someone who loves treating their skin to some revitalising care. All Zen Botanics Activated Charcoal Soaps are excellent for an all-body cleansing treatment or are can be used as a facial cleansing bar. Each and every bar is 100% handcrafted using traditional cold press methods and made from natural vegan ingredients such as activated charcoal, orange, cedarwood and geranium. This bar is available in a Pink Clay and Shea Butter option too, if that catches your fancy.
Buy the Zen Botanics Activated Charcoal Soap.
Caffeine Crazy – For the Coffee & Tea Lovers
KeepCup Reusable Coffee Cup
Do you know someone who is obsessed with coffee? Pop a KeepCup in their Christmas stocking and they can drink their beverage in style wherever they go. An 8oz KeepCup is perfect for those who order a regular size or the 12oz KeepCup is great for large coffee drinkers. These come in a great range of neutral and vibrant colours, and the option of a cork or rubber band. Grab one as a thoughtful, sustainable Christmas present and help your giftee join the reuse revolution!
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Made by Fressko Rise Flask
Tea drinkers will absolutely love the Made by Fressko Rise Flask. This sleek 300ml glass bottle is wonderfully practical and oh so stylish. Oh, and did we mention that you can brew tea in it as you go about your day? Pretty cool, right? Each one of these bottles comes with a special little infuser that can store loose leaf tea, coffee or fruit to give water a nice little flavour kick.
Buy the Made by Fressko Rise Flask.
Frank Green Smart Cup
Another excellent eco-friendly Christmas gift for all the coffee connoisseurs is a Frank Green Smart Cup. Why is it smart, you ask? Each cup is equipped with a nifty little Café Pay feature, which lets you scan and pay for your drink with your cup! More and more cafés are using this payment method these days, and it’s a really great way to grab coffee while on the go. The Frank Green range is full of fun colour options and the screw top lid makes these cups great for active lifestyles. Grab the 8oz option for small coffees of the 12oz size for large beverages.
Shop the Frank Green Smart Cup range.
On Ya Bike – For the Cycling Enthusiasts
Alchemy Goods Pine Mini Messenger Bag
Anyone who loves bikes will fall head over heels for anything from Alchemy Goods. This Seattle based brand transforms old bicycle inner tubes into fantastic carry gear, perfect for cyclists. The Pine Mini Messenger is an awesome everyday bag for bike commuters. for work or for weekends. It’s a practical, durable, everlasting style that will never go out of fashion. Specially designed with cyclists in mind, the Pine Mini even comes with reflective strips that come in handy for extra visibility during night rides.
Buy the Pine Mini Messenger Bag.
Green Guru Hip & Handlebar Bag
Keen cyclists will also love the Green Guru Hip & Handlebar Bag. These are made from reclaimed and upcycled materials and makes cruising about on two wheels as easy as ever. Constructed with versatility at the forefront, this bag can be attached to bicycle handlebars, worn as a hip pack, across the back or even attached to a larger backpack. It’s a great small all-rounder bag for avid cyclists with a green conscience.
Sustainable Homewares – For the Eco-Friendly House
Natural Boho Cushions
Who doesn’t love a fun cushion to spruce up an interior space? Our fantastic range of Boho Cushions is handmade from all natural materials and perfect for the eco-friendly home. Made with yarns that have been coloured with non-toxic dyes, these cushions are a safe and vibrant addition to any decor. Choose from our neutral black and cream options or our more colourful ones which are sure to make a statement.
Shop our range of natural Boho Cushions.
Seagrass Belly Baskets
Know someone who needs some storage options? These Seagrass Belly Baskets are awesome for a beachy inspired home and you can put just about anything in them! Excellent for stashing kids toys, popping a plant inside or storing blankets or throws for the couch. We love the white stripe colour because it’s nautical vibe evokes a sense of the sea, but these are available in a bunch of other great colourways.
Shop our range of Seagrass Belly Baskets.
Timber Chopping Board
The perfect Christmas gift for anyone who loves to cook! These beautiful Australian made Timber Chopping Boards bring a wonderful touch of nature into any kitchen. Made from one solid piece of Camphor Laurel, there are no joins in any of these cutting boards, making them super durable. They’re not only a practical option that will stand the test of time, these chopping boards also double perfectly as serving platters for all those Christmas celebrations!
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Oiled Reclaimed Timber Frame
Who would have thought something so lovely could come from an old fence pailing? That’s right, these beautiful Oiled Timber Frames have all been handmade in Melbourne from reclaimed wood. These are available in a variety of colour options and different sizes but we think the oiled look is nice and versatile, suitable for all types of spaces. Why not pair one of these with something from our wonderful art print collection and take your gift giving up a notch!
Inspirational Ideas – For the Creative Souls
Natural Dye Workshop
Give someone the gift of some creative downtime! If you have any creative people in your life, they’d love to spend some time at an inspiring Upcycle Studio workshop. Our Introduction to Natural Dye Workshop is running in early February next year and a great present for anyone who doesn’t want or need more “things” for Christmas. Our expert instructor will guide students through the process of natural dyeing and they’ll take home some vibrant samples and a wealth of knowledge to continue experimenting at home.
Book our Natural Dye Workshop as a gift today.
The Craft Companion Book
Keen craft lovers will go wild over The Craft Companion Book. This is the ultimate go-to resource for inspiration across a wide range of different crafting methods. Your lovely gift receiver can learn the simple art of appliqué, find out how to discharge dye garments or master the craft of weaving. This book is an excellent source of inspiration and provides the possibility of endless creative projects! Think of how many awesome crafternoons can be had!
Clay: Contemporary Ceramic Artisans Book
The perfect Christmas gift for keen ceramicists is Clay: Contemporary Ceramic Artisans Book. This publication guides a reader through many artist studios from all around the world and highlights their beautiful works. A great coffee table book for a creative household or just an interesting read for anyone who has ever expressed any interest in ceramics. The book is jam packed with beautiful photos which provides awesome inspiration for anyone who is wanting to dabble in pottery themselves.
There you have it! Our roundup of the best eco-friendly & sustainable gift ideas is complete. We think that any environmentally conscious person will be completely chuffed with our selection of amazing, planet-friendly gifts. For even more inspiration, peruse the Upcycle Studio online store because we have lots of other goodies there that haven’t been mentioned in this guide! Happy shopping and Merry Christmas!