Published November 2020
Updated November 2022
The gift-giving season is approaching, and now is the time to start thinking about the gifts you’ll be handing out this year. More than ever, people appreciate sustainable items that will last them for years to come. Sure, that plastic knickknack is cute, but all it does is add to the clutter pile. Plus, when it is eventually thrown out, the plastic it’s made from will pollute landfills for hundreds of years to come.
Following the motto of our business: Taking Just One Step Towards Living More Sustainably, this is the year to switch your mindset and start buying sustainable gifts your friends and family will actually appreciate. One easy way to shop sustainably is to select items made from natural materials, like wood. Below are five wooden gifts that are more environmentally friendly and perfect for the holidays.
1. Pallet wood art
Wooden pallet signs are a personable home gift you can give a friend or loved one. Purchasing a hand-made piece of art for someone shows them you really know them, and care. Does your family member love birds? Wine? Camping? You can find funny + cute wood art for them they will really appreciate and enjoy.
Gift cards do have their place, but a personable, natural gift goes a long way in saying I Love You. (A gift card from your favorite website allows them to choose their favorite art).
During the winter or Christmas season, it's easy to find pallet & wood art that contributes to your warm indoor decor. Who doesn't love to decorate during this time? Choose the items that represent your feelings best.
The below artwork is perfect for the entire winter season and can be placed inside next to the mantle or hung on the front door. If you want something more year-round, you can find plenty of other pallet wood art options that’ll bring a little sunshine into the house.
2. Aperitif wine goblets
Wooden wine goblets are a great sustainable gift for the wine lover in your life. The wooden goblets are durable and will be a unique set in your friend’s cabinet. This can be a particularly perfect option for your klutzy friend as wood is much less breakable than glass.
3. Cutting boards
A wooden cutting board adds character and class to any kitchen. The lovely varieties of wood grain textures are beautiful and look great while preparing meals.
Most come with a hole in the handle, allowing you to hang the board for a decorative (and efficient) flair in your kitchen.
Wooden cutting boards are also great because they can double as a nice charcuterie board when guests are visiting. This allows a beautiful display of cheese, meats and other appetizers to present to your visitors. This eco-friendly gift is an excellent option for the chef or hostess in your life.
4. Wood dice
Board games always come with plastic dice, so why not switch things up with a wooden option. The board gamers in your family will love the heavier feel of wood and enjoy playing their favorite games with wood dice instead of plastic.
Another benefit of this gift is that the wood dice will last much longer than their plastic counterparts so the memories can be passed down generation to generation with these small cubes.
Make memories with your family around the game table and keep the dice as a memento of the wonderful time you all shared together.
Don't forget large wooden yard dice--summer will come again eventually!
5. Matching wood watches
Matching accessories are always a fun gift option for your best friend or significant other. If you want a sustainable, matching gift for the holidays this year, then check out these walnut watches. Plenty of people have metal, plastic, or leather watches, but this unique gift is made out of wood. You’ll be giving a truly one-of-a-kind accessory to your loved one that they will cherish for a long time.
Wood gifts are a much better option than plastic this holiday season. With wood, you’re connecting to the earth in a more natural way, and you can find gifts that are truly unique. Each grain of wood is different, so no two items are exactly alike. For more great sustainable gifts, check out our Nifty Gifty page where you’ll find more unique wood gift ideas!
Have fun shopping!
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