15 Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Gifts For Him In 2022
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Whether you’re shopping for an artist, adventurer, or professional, we’ve found something for everyone on your list. Each of the below gifts inspires unique stories of ethics, conservation, and artisanship. And the included brands not only value quality production but also prioritize people and the planet, which is why we love them (and he will too!).
1. All-Weather Chelsea Boot, $240 | Nisolo
If you want to purchase just one pair of boots for a lifetime, we feel confident saying that the All-Weather Chelsea Boot is it. These rugged-yet-refined shoes are made for every season, using Leather Working Group certified leather, memory foam insoles with arch support, and shock-absorbing rubber soles, so they’re equal parts durable, weather-resistant, and versatile. Though a bit of a splurge, they support climate-neutral practices, sustainable and ethical working conditions, and will last for years to come. Available in four colors and in men’s sizes 8-13.
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2. Mini Molded Latex Pillow, $74 | Avocado
Side sleepers making the holiday rounds, everyday commuters, and business trip pros won’t be able to live without Avocado’s Mini Molded Latex Pillow once they’ve tried it. Designed for additional neck support and breathability, this pillow is made from FSC certified latex, charcoal, and a GOTS certified organic cotton cover. A smaller version of the best-selling Molded Latex Pillow, this updated version is exceptionally breathable, supportive, and travel-ready so you can bring it on the road. If it’s not for you, Avocado touts a 100-night trial and free shipping–so give it a try this holiday season.
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3. Plant Pacers, $155 | Allbirds
For everyday kicks you can rock in style, consider the Plant Pacers from Allbirds (one of our favorite shoe brands). These off-white shoes (available in sizes 8-14) are crafted with plastic-free alternative leather, which is derived from natural rubber, plant oils, and upcycled rice hulls. Plus, the lining is made with a TENCEL Lyocell eucalyptus blend and the laces are recycled polyester. This B Corp’s sneakers get high marks from us for sustainable and responsible production, as well as their casually cool look.
4. Packing Cube Quad, $65 | Paravel
Breeze through TSA lines and unpack in minutes with Paravel’s Packing Cube Quad. This water-resistant set helps keep everything compartmentalized how it should be, with three different sizes specifically for undergarments, clothing, and even larger items like shoes or jackets. They don’t just have to be used in transit; use them daily for home organizing, too! Each set of four is made from 16 recycled plastic water bottles, available in six colors, and is OEKO-TEX certified for safety. For a thoughtful touch, personalize them with a monogram.
5. Flannel Fireside Shirt, $85 | Pact
We don’t make the rules: Everyone needs a good flannel for the cooler seasons. But unlike most others, we’ve found one that’s super soft, well-fitting, and nice enough to wear at bonfires and at family dinners. Pact’s Fireside Shirt—available in five plaid patterns and in four sizes—are sewn with GOTS certified organic cotton and finished with two front pockets and a casual collar. Wear buttoned up on cold nights or with a tee under for easy layering. Consider it a present your recipient will love in every season.
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6. Classic Retro-X® Fleece Jacket, $229 | Patagonia
Keep the man in your life warm all season long with Patagonia’s jackets. The Classic Fleece Jacket is a popular style, since it’s meant to be windproof and to insulate warmth. How, you ask? Well, it’s made from recycled polyester and pile fleece, supplemented with handwarmer pockets and an internal wind flap. (Like all Patagonia items, these are Fair Trade Certified as well.) Pick your favorite of the seven styles and sizes XXS-XXL, from a camo pattern to a night sky blue.
7. Waffle Throw, $128 CAD | Homebird
Cuffing season is here, folks. 😉 Need something to stay warm while you Netflix and chill with your beau? Look no further than Homebird’s luxuriously soft waffle throws. Developed in five colors and sized at 50” x 70”, this throw is handwoven with long-staple GOTS certified organic cotton and finished with a double-stitch binding. Homebird offers free shipping across Canada and the US and touts a 45-day return policy. Upgrade your night’s sleep and your decor with one of these blankets; you won’t regret it.
8. Silicone Ring, $14+ | QALO
Ready to take things to the next level or simply want to gift something wearable? Check out QALO. Inspired by the great outdoors, QALO (which stands for Quality, Athletics, Love, Outdoors) is best-known for its silicone rings, since they’re fully recyclable, durable, and easy to wear through all of life’s adventures. There are dozens upon dozens of ring styles to choose from, including narrow and wide bands, engravable designs, and varying patterns and designs (including ones that glow in the dark!); our current favorite is the QALO x Pela collaboration.
9. Socks, $15+ | Definite Articles
If you’re in need of a stocking stuffer, we’ve got you. Designed for performance, Definite Articles makes some of the most eco-friendly and well-designed socks around. Unlike most activewear that uses exclusively plastic—and in turn, creates millions of microplastics—DA spins its yarn with a natural additive that speeds up biodegradation. The result? Happy feet and a happy planet. Choose from no-shows, ankle socks, or crew socks, each engineered with arch compression, cushioned soles, and no-slip grip.
10. Glass French Press, $85 | YIELD
Who hasn’t broken a french press at some point? If your loved one needs a replacement, YIELD’s high quality borosilicate glass presses assure better durability—without sacrificing design. YIELD’s french presses remind us of sea glass, coming in five stunning colors that will make any morning routine a little more enjoyable. (We also love that they’re dishwasher safe).
11. Carter Move Mug, $27+ | Fellow
You’ll be hard-pressed to find our editor without her favorite trusted Fellow travel mug. For the beverage connisseour on the go, the Carter mug makes the sensory experience of a warm drink even better (and has a splash guard, yes please). Choose from 13 sleek colors and three sizes, and if you decide to customize you can buy two get one free. (Just order early, your custom mug will ship within seven days!).
12. Classic Sweatpants, $115 | Jungmaven
There is nothing, and we mean nothing, like being in our cozy clothes with our favorite people during the holidays. These slightly oversized french terry sweatpants from Jungmaven are made from hemp and organic cotton, so they’re comfortable and still breathable (more like no-sweat pants!). We especially love that Jungmaven cuts and sews all of its clothing in Los Angeles, California. Be ready—your recipient will put these sweats on immediately after opening.
13. Kasama Rum, $30 | Kasama
Impress everyone at the holiday potluck with this exquisite rum from Kasama (spiced eggnog, anyone?). Made in small batches in the Philippines, each bottle is distilled from freshly pressed noble cane juice and aged in ex-bourbon oak barrels for seven years. The resulting flavor is light and lovely, with notes of pineapple, vanilla, and sea salt—ideal for sipping and making cocktails. Kasama–which means “together” in Tagalog—celebrates community and coming together, so this is a great option for gifting to your new neighbors, boss, or close friends this season.
14. dilo No. 02 Candle, $12+ | Witch Hazel
For a candle that sets the mood but doesn’t smell like a vanilla cupcake (unless that’s your thing, then do you!), we personally love the No. 02 candle from dilo. This Philadelphia brand hand-pours every candle with soy wax into reusable glass jars so you’re supporting small business and sustainable upcycling, too. Available in two sizes which last up to 70 hours, this scent in particular blends amber, blood orange, patchouli, and oak moss together for a warm woody scent that evokes memories of sitting in front of the fireplace. (And while you’re here, check out Witch Hazel’s entire inventory of sustainable and ethical goods.)
15. Underwear Multipack, $44 | MeUndies
The Good Trade’s team of editors have one thing in common: Their partners love MeUndies (and we do, too!). These softer-than-soft pieces are designed for exceptional comfort, and not to toot the brand’s horn too much, but they definitely deliver. They’re sustainable too, made with MicroModal sourced from beechwood pulp and ethically sewn by partners around the globe. You can grab underwear individually or in multipacks here, but our suggestion is to get a pair for them and a matching pair for yourself—a little mix ‘n match for you both, if you will.