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I don’t know about you, but I tend to scramble around at the last minute for stocking stuffers for my kids and usually end up buying a bunch of junk just to fill them up. Sound familiar?
Well, this year let’s do it right! Let’s get some useful, fun, eco-friendly stocking stuffers going this year instead! That’s what they’re for, right? Or is it just my family that uses stockings for the practical stuff kids don’t really want but really need?? 🙂
Here are a few ideas that I think will do the trick.
Reusable Water Bottle
So maybe a water bottle isn’t an exciting gift but when it’s a Swell reusable bottle you’re in business!
They come in so many cute colors, it’s hard to choose! My kids love them…and love decorating them with stickers!
They absolutely keep drinks cold and hot for even longer than you need them to! And, of course, they make living greener easy in so many ways. First, they are reusable which helps reduce waste. Second, they are recyclable – should you ever need to get rid of one – although they are built to last.
I mentioned that in our house stockings stuffers are where you can get away with gifting practical things – even toothbrushes!! Yes, I will wrap up a toothbrush and shove it into my kids (and maybe even my husband’s) stocking!
Of course, I won’t gift just any toothbrush. The Preserve toothbrush looks and feels just like a regular toothbrush BUT it’s made from recycled yogurt cups AND it can be returned to Preserve for recycling when you are done with it! Win/Win!!
Reusable Lunch & Snack Bags
Think about all of the things you use a Ziplock bag for but could instead grab a reusable lunch or snack bag! How about your daughter’s earbuds and phone charger? Or your son’s hexbug collection? Or your beach sunscreen? When you grab a reusable bag you are helping the environment and living greener with one simple swap!
My favorite reusable lunch and snack bags are from LunchSkins! For one, I love them because they are SO darn cute! The patterns are fun and playful without looking like they are for kids only. They come in a variety of sizes with a velcro closure including snack, sandwich and the big bag (great for SO many things!). LunchSkins also sells zippered bags in mini and medium sizes.
I also love LunchSkins because not only are they, “on a mission to replace everyday plastic with smart, sustainable solutions that are easy to use and accessible to everyone,” but they also do amazing work with their give-back program. Their give back program donates 10% of the proceeds from their specially designed cause bag to a non-profit dedicated to the global problem of plastic pollution.
Stainless Steel Straws
Here’s another practical gift that is also a perfect eco-friendly stocking stuffer! Although, I did just ask my 13-year old daughter if she would be unhappy if she got these in her stocking and of course she said, “Uh, yeah!”. Oh well, I’m going with them anyway!
I’m going with them because stainless steel straws are way more eco-friendly than any plastic straw. And if you do something creative like including a coupon for a milkshake with those straws I’ll bet their ranking as a gift gets a whole lot better!
By the way, here’s the scoop on plastic straws. According to the National Park Service, Americans use 500 million drinking straws every day. That’s an average rate of 1.6 straws per person per day! And, all of those straws are not recyclable and will sit in a landfill for a very, very long time. Or, they may end up in waterways where they can harm the wildlife that lives there. So, how about gifting practical, eco-friendly stainless steel straws?!
Portable Solar Charger
I LOVE this portable solar charger!! My mom got me one last Christmas and I was a little skeptical of its size…but it is GREAT! It has multiple ports to plug in more than one device – great so your kids don’t have to argue about whose device needs to be charged more! I also loved having it at the beach to use the power of the sun to charge up!!
This list of eco-friendly stocker stuffers isn’t a mile long so hopefully I didn’t leave you feeling overwhelmed!
I do hope that at least I’ve got you thinking a little differently about the types of gifts you give as stocking stuffers and how easy it can be to go green with them.
And the best part is, the person you’re giving them to doesn’t even have to know how green they will be by using them – although if it were me I’d be sure to tell them!! 🙂
It’s your family only greener!!
i just got the straws for my girl. i have the toothbrush and love those. next i need to get those sandwich bags. i’m ashamed at how many zippies i’ve thrown away.
Hi Clare! Thanks for your comment! I love hearing about the easy swaps you’ve made! I think we’ve all been there and thrown away lots of zip plastic bags – they are so convenient! I did learn a few years ago that they can be recycled (at least in the US) with other plastic bags at local drop off locations. So if you do use them they don’t have to go into the trash!
i had no idea thank you! xx
Check out this website to find a plastic bag recycling drop off near you…if you don’t already know where one is: https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/ Thanks again for your comment!