Gift Guide for Environment Lovers

Gift Guide for Environment Lovers

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and what better way to show your love for the environment and support your loved ones on their quest to become better Earthlings than with gifts that give back? 

I have to admit, I am kind of terrible at holiday shopping, so I totally appreciate friends and family who love a good cause or have a hobby or a collection. Knowing what someone will love is so much easier when you know what someone loves! So, my environment-loving friends, cover your eyes, because you’re about to see what you’re all getting for Christmas. 

Local, Local, Local 

Tare Market started as a local business hosting small pop-ups around Minneapolis and eventually opened a brick and mortar store in April 2019. Their mission: to make sustainable living convenient and easy so everyone has the opportunity to make an environmental impact. They offer plastic-free, eco-friendly products and bulk and refillable liquids. My favorite gift from Tare Market is their Zero Waste kits, starting at under $30, these awesome little kits are just what some people need to start their journey to reducing waste and living a more sustainable lifestyle. Their kits come with handy items like compact shopping totes, bamboo reusable straws, and eating utensils and stainless steel storage containers. That also carries a fantastic bath and body line and household goodies that probably everyone on your shopping list would love!

Not from my neck of the woods? Look up local markets in your area. You’re bound to find a few.


For my make-up loving AND animal-loving teenage daughters, organic cosmetics are one of the big gifts they are getting this year. I wish someone had led me down the path of buying good products when I was their age and a company that supports women and wants to stop cruelty to both women and animals is high on my list of things I want to support.  My favorite cosmetic company is Thrive Causemetics, whose slogan, “Beauty with a Purpose”, describes the company’s vision to empower women through vegan, 100% cruelty-free products. Each purchase allows the company to donate to causes that prevent and help abused women and animal abuse. They offer a mid-price range line of beautifully colored makeup and well made brushes and tools and, get this! EYELASHES! My girls are getting the basics in make-up but a message I want them to hear over and over: buy from companies that do good, don’t put garbage on your skin, and Thrive.

Gifts That Give Back

World Wildlife Foundation- The WWF has a ton of great gift ideas, but one that really caught my eye was their “Adopt A Sloth" gift options. Starting at $25, sloth lovers get an adoption certificate and sloth photo, some options include a plush sloth and gift box. Proceeds from your adoption go directly to WWF conservation efforts. 

Sword & Plough is a company I will never stop supporting and I give their products whenever I can. My mother-in-law rocks the wool crossbody that we gave to her for her birthday last year, and his step-mom got the wool handbag last Christmas. The fact that their son served in the military and that these bags support veteran employment and are made with repurposed military surplus wasn’t lost on them. They both love the message and adored the camo lining of both bags. In addition to awesome looking handbags, there are totes made from parachute material, jewelry made from .50cal brass casings, bridle leather dog collars and beautiful leather products. My favorite gift to give the men in our family is the green compact travel kit filled with hand-made soaps from Tare Market!

Sword & Plough has something for EVERYONE on your list and they will not be disappointed. 

So now everyone on my list has a pretty good idea of what they are getting this year! I hope they love them as much as I loved buying them!


About the Author:

Jen Flickinger is a full time working mom of 3 busy kids. Married to a USMC and Army National Guard Veteran, Jen was drawn to the mission of Sword & Plough to bridge the civilian and military divide while promoting awesome looking products. 



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