11 Green gift ideas for the minimalist, $35.00 or less
Last Updated on December 15, 2022 by Carolyn
Part of me wishes we could just skip Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas. I love the smells of Christmas; the scent of fresh pine from the tree, the aroma of hot chocolate, and the lingering scent of smoke from yesterday’s fire.
I love holiday traditions like watching the grinch who stole Christmas ( the original version of course), baking scrumptious treats, and gathering with family.
But boy do I despise the wastefulness of Christmas, so much excess especially over-spending and over-eating. Think of all the money spent frivolously at Christmas time; Do you really think your child’s third-grade teacher really needs another ” best teacher” mug? Let’s talk Christmas ornaments how many of us have bought someone a Christmas trinket because we didn’t know what to get them? Where do all of these Christmas ornaments go? It might be put out the first year so that the giftor can see it. But after that? At best they’ll be regifted to some poor unsuspecting soul next year but more than likely they’ll end up in that box of Christmas stuff that you keep, but just never gets put out. Are you really giving the recipient a gift?
In hopes of staving off a few of those gifts of clutter, I’ve put together a list of 11 green gift ideas for the minimalist that almost anyone can really use. They are eco-friendly, and affordable, and might spurn the recipient into green gifting in the future.
1. Movie Box: Since for many of us struggling to make ends meet, going to the theatre is out of the question. How about giving your friends a “Movie Box”. In it, you can include a digital gift card to enable them to download the movie of their choice ($15.00 should cover most movies), a homemade treat or if cooking isn’t your thing, buy them some non-GMO trail mix, organic nuts, or popcorn. Of course, you’ll need to include some drinks in the box. This can be an alcoholic beverage for those of age, or perhaps organic hot cocoa or treat them to some organic juice. Total costs for the box: This will vary but can easily be done for $25.00.
2. A Plant: What could be greener than a plant? Not sure your friend has a green thumb? Choose a Christmas cactus, some lovely succulents, or perhaps this spring bulb collection. Alternatively, I think all plant lovers would appreciate a nice new pot for their existing plants? Cost will vary but can easily be done for $30.00 for a pot and succulents.
3. How about a digital book or music? Minimalists are for the most part cheap and probably rarely treat themselves to a book or music they want. I recommend purchasing a digital gift card rather than trying to select something yourself. There might be a book or some music the recipient really wants to read or listen to but hasn’t purchased yet.
4. A restaurant.com gift certificate is a great way to support local businesses after all they have suffered during covid-19 closures and to also save some money. There are some great values, like 3$ for a 25$ gift certificate! I like them because they get me to try different restaurants and they never expire.
5. For those who are trying to live healthier and like kombucha how about a kombucha kit along with flip top bottles? Brewing your own is so much cheaper than buying store-bought. You can gift one of your own scoby’s if you have one! Cost 15.99-$34.99. Print out a copy of this Blueberry-Ginger recipe to go with it.
6. For travelers how about some favorite foods from either their favorite country or countries? Examples:
- Canada: Maple Syrup
- Australia: Tim Tams
- Belgium: Belgian chocolate
- Costa Rica: Cocoa nibs or costa rican coffee
- Mexico: Dried chili’s or salsa
- France: A good french cheese
You get the idea, the sky is the limit with this one, and you know they’ll love it.
7. Solar light bulb or solar garden stakes: This may sound kind of odd, but boy are both useful. I bought a solar bulb a few years back for a shed that had no electricity, now we’re using it in Costa Rica for a non-electric source of light. They are sturdy ( I can personally vouch for this, I dropped ours in our outside shower the other day and it didn’t crack! They’d be great outside on the deck or for camping or just as a backup light for power outages. The solar bulb at just $10.99 is a bargain.
8. I saw this idea the other day and thought how come I had never heard of this? Highlighter pencils, yes you read that correctly, highlighter pencils. No more dried up highlighters in my future.
9. Coffee: For the coffee lovers on your list, they can never have too much coffee, but it is one of those things I don’t totally indulge myself with, I buy middle-of-the-road coffee. A gift of premium coffee beans sustainably grown would be awesome.
10. Mushroom kit: These are educational and a lot of fun, and yield a surprisingly decent crop of mushrooms. Just $12.79!
11. Silicon covers for kitchen bowls and silicon plastic bags: These work, are durable and are a great way to start greening up your kitchen and stop the wasteful consumption of plastic wrap, and at $10.99 for this set of covers, and $15.99 for a set of bags, they’ll save money on buying consumable bag and wrap in no time.
For more ideas for a more sustainable Christmas visit Christmas on a Budget , and for some more eco-friendly purchases 20 Eco Friendly Things On Amazon.
*Disclosure: I only recommend products I would use myself and all opinions expressed here are our own. This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission to help fund my next adventure!
All wonderful ideas here! Thank you for this. Really have my eye on the mushroom kit 🙂
Mushrooms are addictive!
This is a great post with fantastic ideas!! Highlighter pencils!? Who knew, but what a great thing!! Speaking as a minimalist, I really do love all of these recommendations. Thanks for sharing!
I’m glad you liked them!
such a great list! I like the mushroom kit!
love how minimalist these gifts are and practical too.
Thanks, that is my goal!
What a lovely post. Such great Holiday gift ideas. You are right not to be wasteful when buying gifts. Thank you for sharing. ☺️
Glad you enjoyed. If I prevent just one wasteful gift, mission accomplished!
Shopping on a budget I like it!
I’m totally about not over spending.
Such unique and awesome gift ideas! I especially like movie box and coffee and I think I already know who I’m going to give them to this Christmas 🤔 Thanks for sharing!
So glad you liked them, the best thing about the movie box and coffee, is that they are great for sharing.
Interesting list! Mostly the solar light bulb !! Would definitely need it when im traveling!
I have one in my camper and use it all of the time. So far when I travelled with my camper I haven’t had to use electricity!
Great compilation !! Love the ideas 🙂
Thank-you, I hope it helps save the planet just a tiny bit!
These are really good ideas, even some I haven’t heard of before. Thanks for sharing! A mushroom kit?? ooo sounds like it could be fun to watch!