Sustainable Gift Ideas for Gift Swaps

November 27, 2020  •   2 min read


We’re sharing sustainable gift ideas for Secret Santa / Gift Swaps that have been curated and hand-selected for the highest quality and ethical & environmental manufacturing processes. Your group of loved ones will appreciate a gift that benefits others in a positive way, and one that is socially-responsible. Whether you choose to surprise them with the most delicious almond butter available, or a soothing soy-wax candle, support sustainable gifting during the most indulgent time of year.  


1. Wax Buffalo, Evergreen Candle, $22 USD

These hand-poured candles from Wax Buffalo are made from pure American-grown soy wax, unbleached cotton wicks, and are made without phthalates, only using the highest quality essential and fragrance oils. The Evergreen scent is a blend of pine, blue spruce, roasted rosemary, fir needles, and crisp pine cones, a gift perfect for your Secret Santa.

2. Amoda Tea, Organic Ceremonial Matcha, $30 CAD

Not all matcha is made equal. Amoda Tea offers authentic, high-quality matcha that has been personally sourced by the founder, Tegan. Finding a matcha supplier that was of the best quality was a non-negotiable for her, which is evident in the superior taste of her ceremonial-grade matcha, sourced ethically from Uji, Japan. This matcha is organic, shade-grown and authentically stone-ground, giving a light but creamy and full-bodied flavour.

3. Stasher Bag, Reusable Silicone Sandwich Bags, $11.99 USD

The trendy zero-waste gift that everyone wants, Stasher Bags are quickly replacing wasteful zip lock bags. Made with 100% pure platinum silicone, these bags are endlessly reusable, non-toxic, BPA-free, sealable, dishwasher and microwave safe. This brand is woman-owned, a Certified B Corp, and part of 1% for the Planet. A plastic-free option for your Secret Santa, getting even the most change-resistant amongst us excited about sustainability.

4. Natural Wine, $20-200 USD

An ancient practice that is incredibly trendy right now, natural wines make for the perfect Secret Santa gift. This kind of winemaking brings forth a totally different wine drinking experience, where the wine feels wild and alive. Made from unadulterated fermented grapes (no pesticides, herbicides or additives), this is the way wine was made for thousands of years where farmers would handpick their grapes instead of relying on machines to harvest them. Grab a bottle or two from a local vineyard – I mean, wine not!

5. Jem Organics, Cashew Cardamom Almond Butter, $12.99 USD

An almond butter that far outweighs the others, Jem Organics sources only premium USDA Certified Organic Spanish Marcona almonds, and all their signature ingredients (heirloom Peruvian maca, Indonesian cinnamon, Ecuadorian cacao) are sourced ethically, organically,
and sustainably. Their spreads are GF, Non-GMO, Soy and Dairy Free, Paleo, Kosher, and Palm Oil-Free, and all spreads come in glass, not plastic, jars. The team handcrafts their blends in small batches out of their facility in Bend, Oregon. This delicious Cashew Cardamom blend comes with a host of health benefits, such as improving blood circulation in the body. Spread the love and make your Secret Santa swoon this year!

6. Seed and Sprout, Un-Baking-Paper Silicone Baking Mat, $29 AUD

With the holiday baking season coming up, these silicone baking mats are a great swap for conventional baking paper, which is not only non-recyclable, but full of bleach and dioxins. Reduce waste by gifting these reusable baking mats that fit on rectangular baking trays and can be used over and over again.

7. Folkway Culture Kits, $37 USD

A gift that will be loved universally, these craft kits are designed to bring a bit of global culture to the home. Each craft kit supports fair and ethical, local practices, with the products being sourced from local artisans in different countries around the world. While we can’t travel as freely right now, Folkway Culture Kits is an endearing way to not only experience an artisan practice from a faraway place (block printing, knitting), but it’s a fun at-home activity for anyone on your list.

8. Darling, MHN Playing Cards $20 USD

While maybe not the best cards for your next poker game, this deck is made in collaboration with Morgan Harper Nichols, insta-famous for her gorgeous artwork and soulful words. With 54 unique conversation starter questions on one side and 54 beautiful displays of artwork on the playing side, these cards are thought-provoking and will be the perfect gift for a swap.

9. Organic Traditions, 12 Days of Superfood Teas and Lattes Advent Calendar, $24.99 CAD

For a gift that will be universally adored, this advent calendar from Organic Traditions is a healthy way to enjoy the holiday spirit. With 12 days of delicious teas and lattes that are potent blends of superfoods, traditional herbs and adaptogens, the person who gets this gift will spend the holidays feeling well balanced and energetic. Organic Traditions is a family-owned business that is committed to farmers and harvesting projects that are eco-drive and socially conscious.

10. Homemade Cookie Box

A gift that no one can turn down! Make your own homemade cookie box for your next gift swap. By packaging it up into a cute and festive crate, your group of friends will have a hard time passing this up. Get creative and use your artistic skills, and try to source your ingredients locally, as well as using non-toxic and natural food colourants.

11. Ahista, Tea Blends, $8 CAD – FORAGE15 for 15% off + 5 free tea samples

Blending a traditional Indian tea experience with a contemporary interpretation, Ahista itself means “at a slow pace”. Bringing to mind the art of slow living, this tea brand encourages us to take a step back, and savour each sip. They also have ventured into lesser known tea producing areas in India, a practice that helps sustain the organic revolution by supporting more farmers to become self-sustaining entrepreneurs. Help your gift swap recipient slow down and savour their day with a blend from Ahista.

12. Copper Spirit, Gin, $60 CAD

Honouring the art of traditional distilling in a holistic way, Copper Spirit handcrafts their spirits on Bowen Island, celebrating their connection to community and nature. Their gins are a blend of organic and wild local botanicals that elevate the cocktail experience to the next level, making for the perfect gift to swap this holiday season.

13. Woash Wellness x Forage and Sustain, Awaken Flower Remedy, $28 CAD

As gentle as the name suggests, flower remedies are created in a mindful way to help support, guide and balance our emotional states. In line with homeopathic healing, flower remedies are tasteless tinctures formulated from wild flower essences that are designed to naturally release any underlying negative or stuck emotions, while also promoting emotional well-being and a deeper mind-body connection. This gorgeous blend by Woash was created in partnership with us, and can be used universally by anyone, helping to awaken our hearts and open our minds. After a tough 18 months, this remedy targets distress, fear, and heaviness, helping to gently move us into a state of joy, compassion, understanding, and pure love.

14. Petersen Family Farm, Gourmet Popcorn, $5 USD

A land-based project with a year-round market, Petersen Family Farms is the quintessential acreage of meadows, horses, and freshly grown foods. One of their favourite crops is the corn they grow to make their signature fresh gourmet popcorn. Packaged in a reusable glass bottle, this four-colour popcorn gives microwaveable bags a run for their money. Give your Secret Santa a pop of colour and fun this holiday season!


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