Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas Everyone Will Love

Too often, we’re gifted things we don’t necessarily want or need. While it’s truly the thought that counts, nobody wants to end up with a gift they have to donate, re-gift, or throw away. That’s especially true for the eco-minded among us. There’s nothing worse than receiving a gift that you know you’re going to dispose of as soon as it’s polite to do so. The most sustainable gifts are the ones people actually want – and will continue to use for years to come. 

It’s never been more important to be a mindful shopper. More gifts means more stuff. Inevitably, this means more plastic and more waste, too. There’s also the emissions from manufacturing to think about. Shopping sustainably can help combat these challenges. By purchasing investment pieces that will last for years to come, eco-friendly gifts keep on giving. 

Best Environmentally Friendly Gifts

At Iron Flask, we like to think we have something special for everyone on your shopping list. From the fashionistas to the athletes and the tree huggers in your life, you’re sure to find perfect environmentally friendly gifts for each of them. Take a look through our products and designs and you’ll see what we mean – there’s no shortage of stylish, sustainable options from which to choose. In this sustainable gift guide, we’ll walk you through a few of our favorite Iron Flask products. They’re sure to delight the eco-minded friends, family, and loved ones in your life! 

Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottles

Most people could stand to drink more water. It’s estimated that 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Even those who are mildly dehydrated may experience side effects like fatigue, increased anxiety, and increased irritability. Failure to drink enough water can even result in the development of painful kidney stones. 

When it comes to shopping for sustainable gifts, few ideas are better than insulated stainless steel water bottles. Giving the gift of hydration means helping your loved ones take care of their bodies and minds. Many of us don’t even realize we’re dehydrated until we start drinking out of a fun, stylish water bottle. 

There’s also the sustainability factor to consider. When a person has a favorite water bottle to turn to for their daily hydration needs, they’ll be less likely to turn to plastic water bottles on the go. Stainless steel water bottles are designed for durability – take them with you on your commute, to the gym, on a hike, or anywhere your day might take you. The cup-holder friendly design means your Iron Flask water bottle is a perfect fit wherever you go. 

Our wide mouth water bottles include three different lids at no additional cost, giving your gift recipient the choice between a straw, flip lip, and screw top options. And since Iron Flask water bottles are made with insulated stainless steel, you can count on beverages at just the right temperature all day long. Eco friendly gift ideas don’t come more thoughtful than this!

Coffee Tumblers

Coffee tumblers are a great gift for everyone in your life. From your parents to your partner to that colleague you don’t actually know all that well, coffee tumblers are sure to satisfy. They make some of the best sustainable gifts because of their universality. The fact is that most people enjoy drinking hot beverages in the morning, whether it’s coffee, tea, or even hot lemon water. By gifting someone a coffee tumbler, you’re giving them yet another vessel for their favorite daily drink. What could be more useful?

The environmental impact of such gifts can be tremendous, too. Think about how much waste comes from a single visit to a coffee shop. It’s estimated that 2.5 million single-use coffee cups are trashed each year. If a single person tosses one cup a day, that’s more than 23 pounds of waste that ends up in landfills over the course of a year. 

Contrast these figures with the humble reusable coffee tumbler. Iron Flask tumblers are built for convenience, featuring cup holder friendly designs and convenient, mess-free lids. Since they’re made with stainless steel, our tumblers can be easily cleaned and reused for years to come. Vacuum insulation helps to keep drinks hot for up to five hours. Your average single-use coffee cup simply can’t compare, making this one of the very best gifts for eco-friendly people.

Not sure which tumbler to choose as a gift? The Iron Flask Nomad Tumbler has become a fan favorite. It’s not hard to see why! Gorgeous colors and a sleek design make this one attractive way to sip coffee on the go. Each cup holder-friendly Nomad Tumbler comes with two insulated lids – one leak-proof and one splash-proof. Rover Tumblers are equally appealing with their leak-proof clear flip lids. Durable and substantial, the Rover is sure to become a staple of your loved one’s morning routine. 

Of course, you can’t go wrong with a Classic Tumbler, either. It’s perfect for sipping your morning smoothie, coffee, or any favorite beverage. Like all varieties of Iron Flask tumblers, the Classic Tumbler includes two BPA-free straws, two straw-cleaning brushes, and comes in a range of convenient sizes.

Vacuum Insulated Food Jars

Functional gifts are some of the most sustainable gifts. That’s because you know they’ll actually get used – and not end up in the trash can or sitting for years on the shelf collecting dust. The key for giving such gifts is that it must perform its function in some new or better way. Most people rely on plastic or glass food storage containers to store leftovers and to tote foods on the go. Vacuum insulated food jars improve on these designs in fun, aesthetically pleasing ways, making them the perfect eco-friendly gifts

Thermos food jars are a great way to invest in a more sustainable lifestyle. They’re great for taking snacks and meals with you to the office, on a picnic, or wherever your day might take you. Longer lasting and less wasteful than plastic alternatives, these jars are made with stainless steel that never rusts or imparts a metallic taste. The tight-fitting lid and double wall of vacuum insulation also ensures your food stays fresh for longer. It’s a great way to reduce your plastic waste while also offering safe and convenient storage for your favorite foods. 

The aesthetics of these sustainable Christmas gifts (or birthday gifts, white elephant gifts, or “just because” gifts) are also noteworthy. Unlike boring plastic containers, these gorgeous food jars can be bought in a variety of colors. It’s easy to coordinate your entire lunch break with other Iron Flask water bottles and accessories. From Midnight Black to Twilight Blue and beyond, there’s a gorgeous, sustainable food jar option for everyone in your life. Each jar comes with a foldable stainless steel spoon that’s as eco-friendly as it is easy to clean.

Stainless Steel Travel Coffee Mugs

Sustainable, active lifestyles warrant high quality travel coffee mugs. Whether you’re a coffee fanatic or more of a tea person, there’s nothing quite like a hot, steaming cup of your favorite beverage first thing in the morning. This is especially true when you’re on the go. As you shop around for eco-friendly gift ideas, consider the convenience and sustainable nature of stainless steel travel coffee mugs.

Travel mugs are a great gift idea because they can be used to tote around almost any beverage imaginable. Stainless steel double-wall vacuum insulation technology helps keep hot drinks warm for up to four 4 hours and cold drinks cold for up to 18 hours. They’re a great alternative to single-use cups that might be purchased on the go. Leak proof, sustainable, and easy on the eyes, Iron Flask stainless steel travel coffee mugs are perfect for commutes, exploring the great outdoors, or even just relaxing at home. 

Other Perks of Iron Flask Gifts

Should you decide to buy sustainable gifts from Iron Flask, rest assured that your purchases come with lifetime warranties. This protects against manufacturing defects and any damages that might occur during the shipping process. High-quality products warrant high-quality customer service, so you can count on Iron Flask to have your back when it comes to gift-giving. 

Accessories are another factor to consider when shopping for gifts for eco-friendly people. A protective boot can help further extend the life of Iron Flask products. Made from high-quality, BPA-free plastic, the boots help to protect stylish exteriors from wear and tear. Given how many fun, stylish colors are available, it’s a great way to coordinate with your reusable plastic water bottle.

A paracord handle is another option worth considering. Ideal for hands-free storage, the nylon cord handle makes it easier than ever to stay hydrated on the go. It even comes with a carabiner that you can attach to a backpack. Handy survival tools like a whistle, fire starter, and compass are included with every paracord purchase, making this one of the very best gift ideas out there.

Iron Flask is your source for sustainable gifts all year long. While this list certainly isn’t comprehensive, it’s a good starting point for someone just beginning to shop around. No matter which gift you opt to buy for the eco-minded people in your life, rest assured that Iron Flask’s products are high-quality and environmentally friendly. Thoughtful designs and 18/8 stainless steel are what make us the go-to destination for all your gift-giving needs.