Returning for 2023, I’m excited to present the latest edition of my Christmas Gift Guide! Filled with eco-conscious, budget-friendly, and sustainable options, this curated list has something for everyone. Delve into a diverse array of gifts, all conveniently compiled in one place. Enjoy discovering the perfect presents!
This site is GREAT! They provide amazing gift options for every personality type and every budget. They also provide local options and various occasions to shop for (great for Christmas and year-round!)
Check them out here.
All Things Being Eco
This site offers gifts for under $10 and has wonderful options for men, women and kids. They also offer gift cards and zero-waste gifts.
Canadian-based, it’s definitely an option to consider if you want to support Canadian businesses this Christmas.
Find them here.
This website, via subscription, sends the recipient weekly questions (probably many you’ve not thought to ask!) to answer via email. Photos can be included with email responses, too. At the end of the year, they’ll print a book and mail it to the recipient, full of the recorded stories and photos.
This is a perfect idea for parents and grandparents, and at $139 CAD, it’s truly the gift that keeps on giving, well after Christmas!
Check it out here.
Looking to cut back on your gift-giving budget? Elfster is the place to go.
Create a gift exchange (Secret Santa-style) and the support elves will match you up with your Secret Santa, anywhere in the world, with loads of online gift options and you get to set a dollar limit, too.
Simply sign up and supply the names and email addresses of those participating, and they do the rest. When your friends sign up, they can create a wish list so you have an idea of what they’d like to receive.
Learn more about it here.
Locally-Sourced Fair Trade Coffee
This is the perfect gift idea for the coffee lovers in your life, and it’s not hard to find. Simply Google “sustainable coffee” along with your city/province and there should be some results that come up.
Themed Gift Boxes
Similar to Christmas gift baskets, but boxes are much cheaper! You could even use mugs, mason jars or any cute containers from the dollar store.
There are so many ideas for this one, here are some examples of boxes you could put together:
- Example 1 – pizza gift card, a packet of microwave popcorn, a small game or Netflix gift card for a movie night in
- Example 2 – a collection of your favourite recipes (think 5 or 6), some measuring spoons and maybe a specialty item from one of your recipes that may be hard to find
- Example 3 – anything to do with pampering – nail polish, slippers, lotion, face mask
- Example 4 – homemade cookie mix with baking instructions and packages of individual hot chocolate mix
The possibilities are truly endless and so easy to personalize. Add a little card with a note and you’ll warm someone’s heart.
This company offers hand-crafted leather goods in an effort to reduce poverty, by paying their artisans a healthy living wage.
From key chains to bracelets and earrings, you’re sure to find something you like, AND help end poverty.
Check them out here.
Mixbook or Shutterfly
In this day and age, we can do almost anything with photos. From prints, photo books, calendars and other photo gifts, the Christmas possibilities are amazing.
Buy a candle, plant a tree. Hand-poured soy candles smell amazing and also DO amazing things. They’ve partnered with Trees for the Future to plant a tree with every candle purchased.
Check them out here.
Mercy House Global
This company, based in Texas, empowers women around the globe. They provide for the rescue of pregnant girls in Kenya and provide a home for them.
They also empower their families with dignified work to redeem future generations via partnerships and sustainable fair trade product development.
Learn more and shop here.
A chemical-free urban flower farm and floral shop, they grow chemical-free flowers from May to November and support local greenhouse growers during the winter months.
They also have a selection of beauty and lifestyle products available, perfect Christmas gifts for everyone on your list.
Learn more here.