Awesomely Sustainable Gift Guide – 2016


Missed last year’s post? You can check it out here.

I love giving gifts. Not only do I carefully consider who will be receiving the gift, I’m also intentional about where that gift comes from. Who made it? What resources were used to create it? Will it be enjoyed by the person receiving it? I ask similar questions when I shop for my groceries and clothes so why not do the same for the gifts I give my friends and family.

The holiday craft fair season has begun here in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, making it a great opportunity to get my hands on some local, handcrafted goods. However, for those stubborn family members for whom I just can’t seem to find the perfect “local” sustainable gift, I turn to some of my favorite companies online. Here are some sustainable gift ideas that I look forward to sharing (and hopefully receiving!) this holiday season.

  1. Sierra Club – Adopt a Wild Animal

Sustainable gift idea 1: adopt a pet from Sierra Club

Who wouldn’t want to adopt a wild animal? Symbolically, of course. The Sierra Club has created a fun way to donate money to their conservation efforts by inviting you to adopt a wild animal such as a Red Fox, Sea Otter, or even a Snowy Owl. In return for your donation, you will receive an adorable plush animal, an 8-page full color booklet, and the satisfaction of knowing that your symbolic adoption will help to protect these wild animals and the wild places they call home.

Pairs best with: Badger’s Anti-Bug Balm

  1. Klean Kanteen’s Insulated Growler 64oz

Sustainable gift idea 2: reusable growlers from Klean Kanteen

It’s not news that craft breweries are on the rise. What is news is that you can now keep your beer (or kombucha or cold-brewed coffee) chilled and carbonated for hours while on the road. This 100% stainless steel growler features high performance, double-wall vacuum insulation with a removable, all stainless steel cap. Klean Kanteen is a family-owned B Corp dedicated to creating high-quality reusable products that keep single-use waste from trashing the world. We know what we’re keeping our favorite drinks in this year.

  1. King Arthur Flour’s Baking Classes
    $17.99 – $39.99

This holiday season, give the gift of a lifetime of great baking with baking classes! King Arthur Flour is America’s oldest flour company, providing quality flour throughout the United States since 1790. This B Corp not only sells some of the highest quality baking ingredients but also offers exceptional classes, both online and at their Baking School. They have classes for every level and every interest. Mmmmm…I can already smell the delicious treats that will be coming out of your oven next!

Pairs best with: Badger Balm for Hardworking Hands

  1. National Park Service Annual Pass
    $80, FREE for US military, $10 for seniors  

Sustainable gift idea 4: National Parks annual pass

There’s no better way to quench that wanderlust than to share America’s best idea, our National Parks. This annual pass is a steal of a deal, giving you access to all 400+ National Park Service sites for 12 consecutive months. Just think. You could wander amidst ancient trees at Sequoia NP, fall asleep gazing at the stars in Shenandoah NP or walk in the footsteps of our Founding Fathers at Independence Hall NHP. What park will you visit next?

Pairs best with: Badger’s Foot Balm

  1. Cognac Brown Leather Earrings, handmade from upcycled leather

Sustainable gift idea 5: upcycled leather earrings

This Finnish artist takes vintage leather jackets and textiles to a new level, transforming them into stylish accessories and jewelry. We immediately fell in love with these chic upcycled leather earrings. Explore the rest of the collection on her Etsy shop.

Did you know that Etsy is a B Corp too? Purchase a sustainable gift while you support the creative entrepreneurs who use Etsy to sell what they make or curate.

Pairs best with: Badger’s Rose Tourmaline Mineral Lip Tint

  1. Guayaki’s Biodynamic Yerba Mate in a Commemorative Tin

Get your caffeine buzz this holiday season from Guayaki’s organic and biodynamic mate tea. This special tea is harvested from a vibrant, self-sustaining rainforest ecosystem centered on biodiversity and everlasting soil fertility. Yerba mate is a celebrated tea that originates from South America, has the “strength of coffee,” the “health benefits of tea,” and the “euphoria of chocolate” all in one beverage. We love supporting this B Corp because they pay more than twice the world market price for yerba mate. We’ll drink to that! Mate is one of our favorite ways to jump start the morning and is sure to be a favorite gift any time of the year!

  1. National Geographic Kids Subscription Box
    Box: $19.99/box | 6 boxes: $18.99/box | 12 boxes: $17.99/box

This is perhaps the coolest activity kit for kids. Pley, a B Corp toy subscription box company, has partnered with National Geographic Kids to create four different adventure kits. Each monthly kit focuses on rescuing endangered animals in new parts of the world and includes activities, temporary tattoos, animal fact cards and much more! Additionally, each adventure can be paired with online games and activities. To top it off, we love that Pley donates toys to underprivileged children. We sure wish this had been around when we were kids!

Pairs best with: Badger’s SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen Cream

  1. Patagonia Lightweight Hoody
    Women’s Marching in Lightweight Hoody – $69
    Men’s Marching in Lightweight Hoody – $69

Who can resist getting cozy in an organic cotton and  Fair Trade Certified™ hoody? Patagonia’s commitment to ethical clothing continues to amaze us. Enjoy a clear conscience while bundling up this winter knowing that your durable clothing is made of organic materials and created by workers who receive a living wage.

Pairs best with: Badger’s Lavender Massage Oil

  1. United By Blue’s “And I Must Go” Pennant

We can’t stop raving about this Philly-based outdoor apparel B Corp. For every product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways through company organized and hosted cleanups. We love how this vintage-inspired pennant reminds us to get out and reconnect with the great outdoors. Biodegradable and made from 100% wool felt, this sustainable gift pennant is sure to lift your spirits whether it’s hanging on your wall or joining you on your next adventure. Happy exploring!

Sustainable gift idea 10: united by blue pennant

Pairs best with: Badger’s SPF 34 Anti-Bug Sunscreen

  1. 10. Cotopaxi’s Luzon 18L Pack
  2. Sustainable gift idea 11: cotopaxi pack

When was the last time you ordered a product and didn’t know exactly what it would look like? This lightweight backpack made of repurposed ripstop nylon is designed with total creative control by employees in the Philippines. No two bags are alike! Cotopaxi is a B Corp that creates innovative outdoor products and experiences that fund sustainable poverty alleviation, move people to do good, and inspire adventure. We’re inspired to get out and explore with this incredibly light and creative daypack!

Pairs best with: Badger’s Sore Muscle Rub

    1. Six Cup Classic Chemex

Sustainable gift idea 12: chemex coffeemakerMore than ever before in history, coffee is a staple in the American home. Limit your coffee-making waste by gifting the sleek and stylish Chemex Coffeemaker. To really make this a sustainable gift, pair this classic, simple, and stellar coffee-maker with a 100% Organic cotton reusable filter. Drink up and enjoy!

Pairs best with: Badger’s Mocha Cocoa Cocoa Butter Lip Balm

Caity Stuart has been at Badger for five years and has loved every minute of it. Caity loves a good story (who doesn't?). Luckily, as the Digital Content Manager for Badger, she gets to put her creative hat on and dream up new ways to tell the Badger story to customers near and far. When not enjoying free lunch at Badger, Caity loves practicing yoga, going on crazy adventures with friends, and exploring the numerous trails throughout New Hampshire. Caity's favorite Badger products: Badger Balm for Hardworking Hands, Seabuckthorn Face Cleansing Oil, and Tea Tree and Lemon Balm Cocoa Butter Lip Balm.

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  • Some years we’ve gotten live Christmas trees to replant, not sure what kind of tree we’ll have this year. I love being able to feed the birds again — we can’t do it as much during the year because of bears. Every year the kids are all a bit older so we have to come up with new activities and new ideas.

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  • Elizabeth Triano says:

    Some years we’ve gotten live Christmas trees to replant, not sure what kind of tree we’ll have this year. I love being able to feed the birds again — we can’t do it as much during the year because of bears. Every year the kids are all a bit older so we have to come up with new activities and new ideas.

  • Sustainable Christmas for our family includes: An itty-bitty fake tree that we reuse every year, buying gifts from local craftspeople, and vendors, and keeping kid presents to a minimum (something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read).

  • Carpooling, potluck, and teamwork in the kitchen makes this family holiday less stressful and more sustainable. (And leftovers are served thru New Years, so no waste here.) We’ve all gone minimalist with regard to trees and decided less is more: if a one-footer is good enough for Charlie Brown, it’s good enough for us. 🙂


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