Buying eco friendly gifts for guys is easier than ever with our handy guide!
By Lora O’Brien
Whether it’s an anniversary, Father’s Day, Christmas, a birthday or other occasion, getting gifts for guys can be tricky. Ever-changing technology means those former ‘no-brainer’ gifts of CDs and DVDs are no longer an option. You know they’d love loads of luxury stuff (think: latest iPhone, new car, new bike, skiing trip to Gstaad…) but it’s way out of your budget.
So what to get for the guy in your life? Actually, it’s pretty easy. The fact that most men hate to shop means they’ll often have a wardrobe packed with socks and undies full of holes, greying tee shirts that are over a decade old, and the same sneakers they wore in high school. Most guys also buy the cheapest (and nastiest) grooming products (meaning they often ‘borrow’ yours!).
In short, men need basics. But of course, when you’re giving gifts, basics should be the most luxurious options available, and since sustainable is the new luxury, whatever you’re giving should be green.
Here, we’ve compiled what we think is a list of the best eco friendly gifts for guys for any occasion and for any man, be he your dad, brother, partner, boss or friend.
15 Cool, Eco-Friendly Gifts Guys Will Love
The minimalistic packaging of Grown Alchemist is effortlessly stylish and perfect for the man in your life. This trio contains all the eco friendly gifts for guys that are perfect for winter weather: a hand cream, lip balm and hydra-repair day cream. So whether he’s going to work, heading out on holiday, or just staying over at your place for the weekend, his skin well moisturised and nourished.
Best for: The jet setter. These tubes are the perfect size to throw into your hand luggage when travelling.
Give the gift of style with this classic organic shirt! Patagonia has given one of their most-loved styles an environmentally-friendly makeover using organic stretch-cotton to make it even more comfortable. It’s the perfect staple item for any winter wardrobe. Its traditional check and cut make it one of the best eco friendly gifts for guys of all ages.
Best for: The laid-back man who likes to keep it casual yet trendy. Looks great paired with sneakers.
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, Peanuts has collaborated with The SkateRoom to design a collection of decks featuring Snoopy on his own space adventure. Made from a light, sustainably sourced maple wood and coming with all the fixtures you’ll need to mount it on your wall, this is the perfect quirky and unique gift for the Thrasher in your life.
Best for: The skater dude who is also a bit obsessed with space and/or Snoopy
Ever found yourself stranded and wished you had a cheese grater in your back pocket? Okay, probably not. But if you’re giving a gift to a guy who’s really into cooking, he will appreciate this chef’s portable multi-tool! It literally has everything you’d need to make a great meal, from the above-mentioned cheese grater to a lemon zester.
There’s also a garlic crusher, peeler, carving fork, stirring spoon, bottle opener, channel knife, serrated knife, small paring knife, can opener and of course, a corkscrew for opening a romantic bottle of wine!
They’re all made from stainless steel and fold down into a compact rectangle, making it easy to store, and bonus! This is the cheapest of all the eco friendly gifts for guys here.
Best for: This nifty tool is perfect for students or foodie friends who travel often (we don’t advise trying to take this on a plane, though!)
Who doesn’t appreciate a gorgeously scented candle? And this one from Le Labo is crafted using a high concentration of essential oils, bringing a subtle fragrance into any home. Made from 100% soy wax with a cotton wick, the balancing scent of aromatic pine wood is made masculine by a hint of amber, and is the perfect blend to bestow a calming and balanced atmosphere when lit.
Also, the ‘crushed’ tin is super chic, and is the perfect accessory for any man cave.
Best for: The sensual, romantic man
If your man has managed to avoid the trend for hipster-beards (when will it end??!) he’ll love this gift from Bolin Webb. The brand takes its design cues from supercars, hence the handsome curved lines and automotive hue of this award-winning ‘X1’ set. Made in the UK, it features the bits he’ll need for an enjoyable shave on-the-go or at home.
What we love most about this gift, of course, is that it does away with cheap, nasty landfilling plastic razors for good! It’s not the cheapest of all the eco friendly gifts for guys, but it will definitely be one of the most frequently used.
Best for: The well groomed gentleman
Know someone who constantly seems to be travelling for work? This is one of the best eco friendly gifts for guys for him! He’ll love replacing the toxic amenities normally found in hotels with this richly scented, gently acting quartet by Aesop. It includes all you need on holiday: shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body cream, and they’re all housed in airplane friendly sized bottles.
Best for: The globetrotting jet-setter
Whether you know someone who already loves spending time in the kitchen, who wants to change their diet for the better, or who is hoping to cook more in the new year, RAW is for them!
This is more than just a cookbook – capturing the passion for food behind chef Solla Eiríksdóttir’s, Gló restaurant in Iceland, RAW is comprised of 75 easy-to-follow, ultra-healthy recipes that celebrate the joy of vegan eating.
Divided into five beautifully illustrated chapters, this hardcover book explains the benefits of a plant-based diet and has all the inspo anyone needs for creating tasty yet healthy breakfast, snacks, light lunches, main dishes and sweet treats. There are also tips for growing your own produce and making your own holiday gifts for the winter. Plus, it looks super chic, and would be a fabulous addition to any coffee table.
Best for: The health nut and/or foodie in your life
I know what you’re thinking: socks? My, how original! But you know what? Sometimes, guys just need socks, and as I’ve mentioned, they can often be too lazy to go out and get their own. And these aren’t just any old socks – these are super-soft organic cotton socks, which allow his feet to breathe and stay bacteria-and-odour free.
Not keen on the colour shown here? Don’t worry, these come in grey, too!
Best for: Anyone with feet, really. I mean, who doesn’t need socks? These are also a great stocking stuffer (pardon the pun!)
10. Healthier Coffee
Over the past 20 years, sales of coffee have outdone sales of tea in the UK for the first time ever, and now it’s something of an obsession! There’s cold drip coffee, organic coffee, twice-pressed coffee, even nitrogen coffee. And we’re all lapping it up!
But there are issues with that. For example, if you have a Nespresso machine, those pods it uses (or that any brand uses, really) are totally not eco-friendly, and frankly….do you really want to be supporting a company that’s stealing the world’s water supplies for profit?
And of course, there’s the fact that coffee is pretty bad for your nervous system if drunk frequently.
A much cooler, trendier and healthier option would be to go for this posh coffee substitute. It tastes almost like the real thing, but it delivers a shot of plant based goodness to your system thank to the presence of cordyceps, lion’s mane, and other superfood ingredients.
The brand is currently offering a gift pack that includes a milk foamer so you can make the perfect latte – with 1/7th the caffeine!
Best for: The coffee loving, but health-concerned, hipster
11. Vegan Watch
If you’d like to give a gift that will make an impact on him for years, try a watch by Nordgreen. Their timeless (ha ha!) pieces look equally elegant with a white work shirt and cufflinks, or paired with clusters of beachy friendship bracelets and a tee. You can mix and match the straps to suit your vibe and outfit. And the best part? This is one of those eco friendly gifts for guys that really gives back! With each purchase, the brand gives back to one of three charities of your choice!
Price: From $185
Best for: The well dressed, elegant gent
12. Rock Dock
Hands up if you’ve left your phone to charge in a weird place and something has happened to it? Personally, the following three things have happened to me: it accidentally got wet (kitchen counter), the cord got chewed by a kitten (in the living room) and the cat knocked it off the side table (bedroom). This Rock Dock allows you to charge your phone safely and stylishly – and it’s made of a 100% all natural rock that looks chic with any decor scheme.
Best for: The minimalist and/or gadget lover
Bless surfing legend Kelly Slater for creating an organic clothing brand for guys! Outerknown is not only sustainable, but it’s ethical, too, with a percentage of all profits going back to charities that benefit the oceans.
There are loads of great tees, shirts and pants in Slater’s range, but something I think all guys want and need is your everyday tee shirt. Some like white, others prefer black, and so I chose to feature something in the middle here: grey! But of course, there are plenty of hues to choose from. This is definitely one of the easiest, most classic eco friendly gifts for guys to buy!
Best for: The average Joe, and/or the surfing enthusiast who’s a big Slater fan
14. 5-in-1 Tool Pen
Why buy five tools when you can buy one? This innovative pen features a screwdriver that’s perfect for fixing eye glasses or electronics, a capacitive touch stylus for smart devices, an integrated bubble level, a ruler, and of course, a pen with clip. It’s a lot more useful and stylish than a disposable plastic Bic, and of course, the cartridge can be replaced when you run out of ink.
Best for: Architects, engineers, property developers, and of course, nerds.
Veja is a sustainable brand based in Brazil, but we’re a bit sad that many of their styles are actually made from leather – it seems surprising. given the name of the brand implies ‘vegetarian’, but I digress. These eco-friendly sneakers are made from organic cotton canvas and sustainably sourced rubber. They’ve got all the clean, slick style that Veja shoes always have, and suit any guy’s style.
Best for: Guys who love to keep it casual at the weekend