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Sustainable gifts for all your favourite foodies

Toast the holidays with one (or all!) of these sustainable gifts.

This holiday season, we’re embracing the eco-friendly. These gift ideas are practical and beautiful, and they’re also from brands that prioritize sustainability. Whether you’re giving a set of candy-coloured 100% biodegradable mixing bowls or an indoor garden for growing organic herbs, you can feel good about this year’s holiday shopping.

A small wooden indoor garden in a sparkly black circle
Novagrow Simple,
Novagrow

Gourmands with green thumbs will love the Novagrow, a sleek indoor garden system that can produce fresh herbs and greens within an average of 15 days. This compact model comes with a starter kit that includes 7 different organic seed grow mats.

$249

A carrying caddy with two jars, a bottle of milk and a green apple in a green circle

Tierra “All Together” Table Caddy,
Guzzini

This taupe carrying caddy is made completely with post-consumer recycled plastic and wood. It’s perfect for toting things like condiments and cutlery from the kitchen to the dining room, packing things for picnics or just keeping countertops tidy.

$43.50 U.S.

Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin,
Glendalough Distillery

Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin is made with fresh foraged botanicals – juniper, citrus, pine and more – hand-picked in Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains. The gorgeous recycled-glass bottle is embossed with a design incorporating the botanicals and Celtic designs, with a wicker base to represent the gathering basket.

$52.95

A glass carafe, two Champagne flutes and a brown holiday-patterned card over a cream-coloured circle

Toast the Holidays Set,
Fable

Vancouver’s Fable is a conscious, carbon-neutral company with a penchant for compostable packaging. This limited-edition gift set comes with their new glass carafe, four Champagne flutes and a holiday card. The glassware is all scratch-resistant and lead-safe.

$242

Two canvas shopping bags, one rolled up, over a red circle

Niru – 3-Way Tote,
LOJEL

This versatile tote can be carried, slung over a shoulder or worn crossbody, making trips to the farmer’s market a breeze. They’re made with 100% recycled nylon fabric and premium components, packaged with corn-based, home-compostable material.

$70
Four cloth napkins with red stitching in a sparkly black circle
Occasion Napkins – Set of 4,
Ferm Living

Danish design studio Ferm Living is on a mission to reach carbon neutrality by 2030. These festive napkins are a cotton-linen blend and feature delicate red stitched words that pay tribute to the spirit of the season.

€39
A white appliance over a green circle
FoodCycler by Vitamix Eco 5,
Vitamix

For the home chef who can’t stand food waste. The Eco 5 from Vitamix is a sleek, quiet new FoodCycler that has double the capacity (5 L) of its predecessor. The advanced food-waste solution converts scraps into nutrient-rich soil amendment in a matter of hours.

$700

An assortment of colourful mixing bowls over a sparkly black circle

7 Piece Bamboo Pastel Nesting Bowl Set,
Bamboozle

An easy-to-store set of mixing bowls is a practical gift that will go over well with any home chef or baker. This cheerfully-coloured set of seven bowls is crafted of a durable bamboo that is completely biodegradable.

$128

Blueberry Plat Dish Tote,
Aplat

Aplat’s 100% certified-organic heavyweight cotton canvas is produced using low-impact fabrication methods and no byproduct waste. This machine-washable tote is built to carry a pie dish upright and spill-free, and it’s available in their new shade Blueberry.

$56

A grey bottle with a bright orange spherical cap

750ml Skittle Water Bottle,
LUND

The colourful, stylish water bottles from LUND are made of recycled steel with a BPA-, PVC- and phthalates-free lid. They’re vacuum insulated to keep drinks piping hot or freezing cold for up to 12 hours, and you can choose from a few different colour combinations.

$60

An orange shopping bag with blue script over a cream-coloured circle

Standard Baggu – Bagels,
Ban.Do

What are you doing right now? Wouldn’t you rather be eating a breakfast sandwich on an everything bagel? This reusable shopping bag is an easy, stylish and cheeky way to reduce waste when grocery shopping. It comes in a few other colourful style options.

$18 U.S.

A red Dutch oven in a green circle

Sous Chef Enamelled Cast Iron Dutch Oven,
Combekk

This durable, heavyweight Dutch oven is constructed with 100% recycled cast iron and has a strong single-layer enamel coating. It can be used with any heat source (including induction!) and is available in a holiday-friendly red.

€249

A gift box with four canisters of tea over a red circle graphic

Energy & Balance Gift Set,
Luxmi Estates

The estates that grow Luxmi’s teas utilize permaculture and organic farming practices, with each ounce subjected to rigorous standard tests. This gift set comes with four full-sized canisters: African Rose, Tokyo Green, Astounding Ashwaganda and Midnight Bloom.

$74

A blue wooden box with small blocks of wood in a green circle

Solitary Bee Home,
Scopa

These bee houses nurture local wild bee populations by providing nesting sites that can be installed around urban homes. The brand debuted at this year’s One Of A Kind Show and has since sold out of their pre-holiday stock, but you can still snag one at Lee Valley.

$129

Cheese Knives – Set of 3,
Doing Goods

These beautiful cheese knives, by Dutch home accessory brand Doing Goods, are hand-crafted by artisans in India using 100% recycled brass. The trio features unique branch-inspired handles that look elegant on any cheese board.

$68

A bundle of dark green taper candles in a cream-coloured circle

Taper Candles – Woodland Green,
St. Eval

In England, the certified B Corp (and recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development) farm known as St. Eval produces their own energy with wind, solar and biomass. Their taper candles also come in recycled packaging – and a festive green shade.

$5

Six clear circular silicone lids over a red circle

Silicone Reusable Stretch Lids – Round Set,
W&P

Made from transparent silicone, W&P’s Silicone Reusable Stretch Lids effortlessly cling to soup cans, mason jars, serving bowls and more to create a spill-proof seal. Best of all? They’re freezer-, oven-, microwave- and dishwasher-safe. This set comes with six in various sizes.

$20 U.S.

A purple and tan bag of coffee in a green circle

Privateer Dark Roast,
Reunion Coffee Roasters

Reunion Coffee Roasters is a Canadian, Fair Trade Certified brand that uses Rainforest Alliance Certified beans. The flavourful and balanced Privateer dark roast is deep and heavy, featuring smoky burnt marshmallow notes. It’s available in a few sizes, as well as in compostable brewing pods.

From $11

A brown box with green lettering and a tomato pattern in a sparkly black circle

The Mini Organic Farm Box,
Growers & Co.

Growers & Co. is on a mission to introduce home gardeners everywhere to regenerative agriculture practices. This beginner’s kit comes with five seed varieties as well as accessories including organic fertilizer, biodegradable cups and gardening gloves.

$50

Five boxes in various colours wrapped in purple paper in a cream-coloured circle

Bejeweled Collection,
Spring & Mulberry

The date-sweetened chocolate bars from Spring & Mulberry are wrapped in beautiful and reusable (or recyclable) decorative paper. This gift set comes with five of their gourmet 72% cacao bars, ranging in flavour from Mixed Berry to Mango, Urfa Chili, Black Lime.

$75 U.S.

A black and white knife bar in a red circle

Black/White Knife Magnet,
Fredericks and Mae

Fredericks and Mae is widely known for their colourful confetti cutting boards, which are made with food-safe recycled plastic and upcycled waste from solid-colour cutting board production. This snazzy knife magnet is made of the same materials and spans 12 inches.

$56

A gift box with various cloth items over a red circle

Eco Set,
Public Goods

This green gift set comes with an assortment of items designed to reduce single-use plastic waste. It includes a cotton tote bag, mesh tote, ayate washcloth, sea sponge and reusable food storage wraps. A purchase from this brand also means a tree will be planted.

$46

A wooden book stand over a cream-coloured circle

Salvaged Wood Cookbook & Tablet Stand,
Uncommon Goods

This cookbook and tablet stand is made in with a blend of salvaged mango wood accented with antique brass. With adjustable angling and space to account for charging cords, it’s a unique and user-friendly gift for home cooks.

$101

Two red square-shaped plates, one with a halved pomegranate, on a sparkly black circle

Tableware,
Ekobo

Husband-wife duo Bruno and Boo Louis created Ekobo’s trademark bamboo fibre eco-composite, which makes a sustainable and versatile alternative to plastic. A range of dishes, cutlery and bento boxes in colourful shades are perfect for mix-and-matching.

From $12

Four black-and-white cocktail napkins over a cream-coloured circle

Fleur Royale Cocktail Napkins,
Atelier Saucier

All of the linens in Atelier Saucier’s products are sustainably-sourced, repurposed and jazzed up in their Los Angeles studio. This set of cocktail napkins is from their newest collection and sports black-and-white houndstooth with beaded flowers.

$67 U.S.

A box and four wavy glass straws in shades of green and pink in a sparkly black circle

Festive Wavy Glass Straws,
NPW

Plastic straws are increasingly being phased out, but the now-widespread cardboard straws aren’t too popular either. Glass straws are the way to go if you’re gifting – this holiday-themed set comes with four wavy ones (a dark green, light green, pink and clear).

$19
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