Impress your family and friends with these sustainable housewarming gifts!
Everyone loves presents. So whether it’s a housewarming or a birthday, an eco-friendly, environmentally conscious gift is bound to be a hit. This way, you’re also introducing your loved ones to a more zero-waste lifestyle and the benefits of choosing it. While also educating them about the different plastic alternatives that are out there.
They don’t have to be boring either. Plenty of the sustainable housewarming gifts we’re going to show you are pretty fun, and maybe you’ll even want to get one or two for your home! There are various gift ideas to choose from for the kitchen, bedroom, living room, self-care, etc.
So let’s get right into it and check out some of the eco-friendly gift ideas you can add to your gift ideas list!
Zero Waste Starter Kit
The best way to introduce someone to a more sustainable way of living is with a zero-waste starter kit.
These kits can be themed ones, like self-care or travel, or they include a little bit of everything. Personally, I like the ones that give you a taste of everything. For example, a kit that comes with a set of bamboo toothbrushes, an eco-friendly bar of soap, a reusable travel mug, maybe a reusable cutlery kit, and some laundry soap nuts. The zero-waste kits range from five-piece items to 17 pieces, giving the person many options to try and choose from.
Check out our piece on zero-waste starter kits to get a taste for what they entail, and maybe get an idea or two.
Zero-Waste Mexican Cocktail Kit
For a unique gift idea that will probably blow the rest out of the water, check out the Mexican cocktail kit by Cantaritos. It’s totally zero-waste and will suit a fellow Tequila lover. The cantaritos cups are made of clay and have a lovely, authentic look to them.
The set includes chili salt for the rim, reusable paper straws, and an aluminum citrus hand juicer to get the party going. This little set is so convenient and creative that you’ll probably want one for yourself, too!
Melted Wine Bottle Cheese Serving Tray
Most of us love a good cheese plate. And the display is important, as well. Therefore, for a truly thoughtful housewarming gift, take a look at this melted-down wine bottle by Mitchell Glassworks.
This flattened wine bottle is handmade from dark green glass, and it even comes tied with a festive red ribbon with a cheese spreader on top of it. On the plate itself are four rubber soles to make sure the table surface is protected.
It’s a simple yet stylish gift that’s bound to fit in most homes, and if your hosts aren’t fond of cheese, it’s a great plate for other snacks, as well.
FEBU Zero Waste Bamboo Dish Brush Set
An environmentally friendly brush set is a great housewarming gift idea. It’s something that we use almost daily, and you can never have too many sponges, especially good ones! The thing with the commercial sponges is that they aren’t biodegradable, meaning they won’t break down. All they do is pile up on our landfills and end up in our waterways. Therefore, switching to a more sustainable option is way better for the environment.
The FEBU plastic-free kitchen scrubber set is entirely biodegradable and compostable, and super long-lasting. The tough bristles will cut through grease and get into every nook and cranny. And the Tawashi scrubber is ideal as a cast-iron cleaning brush or even as a floor scrubber.
Wool Dryer Balls
Traditional laundry softeners or softener sheets are often filled with toxic chemicals that can irritate sensitive skin. Plus, they aren’t good for our health or environment either.
This is why I love these wool dryer balls. They are a fantastic alternative to the typical laundry softener, and they even decrease drying time by up to 30%. I also like that it’s possible to reuse the wool dryer balls up to 1,000 times – making them a sustainable long-term option.
Lastly, the natural wool dryer balls are handmade by women in Nepal with disabilities for fair wages. So by gifting these, you’re helping both the environment and supporting ethical and environmentally conscious conditions.
Recycled Chopsticks Bamboo Coasters
Coasters are such a useful housewarming gift, especially if you aren’t sure of the type of present you should buy. Often we overlook coasters, but they are so practical, often stylish, and an effective way to protect your furniture.
I really like these coasters by ChopValue. They fit well into most homes due to their simple yet rustic design, and they’re 100% environmentally friendly. Plus, the coasters are made out of recycled bamboo chopsticks – which is awesome! Recycled products are the best since you’re preventing the materials from ending up in the landfill.
Zero Waste Silicone Baking Kit
Another thoughtful and sustainable housewarming gift is the silicone baking kit. The silicone mats are eco-friendly and suitable for all types of baking since they’re non-stick. Plus, you can knead and roll on the mats, and they’re heat-resistant.
The set includes a wood rolling pin, a silicone baking brush, spatula, dough cutter, and DIY piping kit for all types of creations!
Silicone Mold Wine Glass Holders
For the wine lovers out there, try surprising them with this silicone mold wine glass holder by Richoose. The set allows you to get creative and create your own, beautiful silicone mold to impress the guests! Silicone is also great because it’s so durable and long-lasting. I also love that the mold can be repurposed as wall or table decor, after!
Natural Coconut Bowl Set
For a truly 100% natural housewarming gift, check out the Vietnamese coconut bowls by Okey Kitchen. They look very rustic and would make such an excellent accompaniment for any home! The bowls can be used for smoothies, cereal, salad, or even a cute place to store your keys. Just make sure never to put them in the dishwasher or in the microwave.
Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set
If the person you’re thinking of buying a housewarming gift for is big into cooking, then they’ll love this 28 piece set by SNIGJAT. The stainless steel bowls are great for mixing, serving, or even storing, and they come with airtight lids to keep everything organized. The bowls are easy to clean, and very durable, too.
Kitchen Counter Compost Bin
Small compost bins like this one by Barnhause are quickly becoming more popular for most kitchens. This helps to cut down on food waste and reduce the overall carbon footprint, which is a big win-win!
If you or the person you’re gifting it to has houseplants or a garden, then you’re creating a delicious compost juice that the plants will appreciate and thrive from. Plus, there is no unpleasant odor to worry about either, since the bins include a set of charcoal filters to keep the bad smells out.
The set includes a compost bin, six charcoal filters, 50 compost bags, and instructions for newbies. Overall, this is a great present to surprise your friends and family with.
Natural Soy Wax Scented Candle
Natural soy candles are in, and paraffin candles are out. Soy wax has been proven to be way better for the environment while also carrying a better scent with a longer burn time. Best of all, they don’t contain any nasty chemical toxins as most paraffin candles do, and soy candles don’t produce as much soot as well!
This natural soy candle by GSPY is a lovely housewarming gift, I mean, who doesn’t love candles? It also has a touch of lavender scent, which is very calming. And the humorous message is a bonus as well.
If your loved one is really into candles, you could also try surprising them with a soy candle-making kit!
Stainless Steel Popsicle Molds
An ice-cold popsicle on a hot day sounds like a dream, so why not gift a set of steel popsicle molds by Kitzini? They’re not only zero-waste and super convenient, but they let you try out different flavors and varieties. Plus, you can make way healthier popsicles than what you’d find in the store – minus the plastic packaging!
Stainless Steel Insulated Wine Tumblers
I’m always accidentally smashing glass or two, and plastic cups aren’t really a sustainable alternative. This is why I’m on board with this set of insulated wine tumblers by EcoLiqvi. If your loved ones are into camping, long road trips, or just appreciate a nice cup, this would make a very thoughtful gift.
What’s great about them is that they can be used for both hot and cold beverages since the tumblers are insulated. If you love this idea for you or your friends and family check out our piece on Ten Absolutely Cute Stainless Steel Wine Tumblers.
Diy Cold Brew Coffee Kit
Coffee connoisseurs will surely appreciate this cold brew kit by CoffeeSock. It’s easy to use, and it includes an organic cotton filter and a canning jar that is good for almost a year. This is a great thing to have on long trips or as a way to impress fellow coffee lovers.
Zero Waste Coffee Cups
Let’s talk about coffee cups. While a cute ceramic mug is great to have in your kitchen cupboard to get you wide-eyed and bushy in the morning, what about when you’re on the go? Most of us are aware of reusable plastic coffee cups’ impact and how they do nothing but litter our planet. Therefore, a thoughtful gift of a reusable glass coffee cup that is both convenient and chic seems like a great idea.
Another nice thing to pair with a cute coffee cup is a coffee storage bag to keep the beans fresher for longer and keep close to the perfect zero-waste coffee lifestyle!
Other options, such as a Hydro Flask, keep your cold liquids icy and your hot coffee scalding. Here at Trash Backwards, we love reusable water bottles as well, so check out some of our other ones, too.
What kind of sustainable housewarming gifts do you like to give? Do you have any other zero-waste alternatives? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks for reading!
Last update on 2021-08-05 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API