Looking for some Christmas gift ideas that are perfect for a sustainable plant-based lifestyle? I’m sharing my top holiday gift exchange ideas, which include everything from secret Santa gift ideas to white elephant gift ideas perfect for your friends and family.
Just in time for the holidays, I bring you my curated list of my favorite products for your home, kitchen and garden. These are all my favorite products that I use every day in my life, which is centered around plant-based eating and sustainable living. I want to create a healthy, disease-proof, plant-based, sustainable home, and so much of that strategy is voting with your dollars. It’s all about spending your hard-earned cash on products that support a healthy lifestyle while reducing your negative impact on the planet. This list can help you buy some green goods as gifts for your friends and family, as well as a few tips for your own holiday wish list (that’s what I’m doing!).
Enjoy and enjoy the holidays with less
Remember, less is more in a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. I’ve been minimizing my kitchen and my entire life, thinking long and hard about whether I really need to buy certain items before shelling out the cash. And when it comes to gifting, I recommend disposable items as much as possible—items that you will enjoy and enjoy, like healthy natural food products or home or body care products, rather than gifts that might end up in the back of a dusty cupboard or cabinet. You can show your love by making handmade food gifts like Dark Chocolate Energy Mix, Turmeric Hemp Granola, Pumpkin Bread or Swedish Pepparkakor Cookies. Pack the media reusable jars or a beautiful kitchen towel for truly sustainable packaging. Check out this collection of 35 edible gifts to get inspired to create more edible holiday gifts, from your home to theirs.
Remember, less is more in a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. I’ve been minimizing my kitchen and my entire life, thinking long and hard about whether I really need to buy certain products. And when it comes to gifting, I recommend disposable items as much as possible—items that will be consumed, like healthy natural food, home, or body care products, rather than gifts that might end up in a dusty closet. You can show your love by making handmade food gifts like my Dark Chocolate Cherry Energy Mix, Golden Turmeric Hemp Granola, Vegan Pumpkin Bread with Pumpkin Seeds or Peter’s Vegan Pepparkakor (Swedish Gingerbread Cookies). Pack the media reusable jars or a beautiful kitchen towel for truly sustainable packaging.
Beyond disposable gifts, I have a few favorite curated products that enhance my quality of life. So, without further ado, here is my holiday shopping guide to sustainable plant-based living! I share some of my favorite healthy, sustainable products and brands as an Amazon influencer, and many are offering sales right now for the holidays, so check out the links to grab those discount codes. Let me know what you think of these products by leaving a comment below.
I wish you all the healthiest and happiest of holidays with the ones you love. Remember to appreciate the little moments in life. Take time to nibble on a holiday cookie with a cup of hot cinnamon tea and reminisce with friends and family. Give them an extra hug and tell them how much they mean to you. Be good to yourself.
Eat and live kindness,
Christmas Gift Ideas: Plant-Based Shopping Guide Sharon’s Sustainable Holidays
I don’t know about you, but I love sparkling water. The kind that comes in pretty green glass bottles all the way from Europe. But when I think about the carbon footprint of all those bottles traveling across the ocean, it makes me nervous! Well, my SodaStream he became my new best friend. Just fill the glass bottles with water, chill, then put them in the machine, press the button and you have sparkling water. You can then infuse herbs, citrus, fruit and more if you prefer — or just drink the sparkling water plain and simple. I really think this is a great gift idea for the shopping list this year.
My simple, affordable Nutribullet is my best friend in the kitchen. I use it daily for my antioxidant smoothies, cashew parmesan, bean dips, and more. It takes up almost no counter space and is very versatile. When I make a smoothie, I don’t even bother transferring it to a glass, I just pop the lid off and I’m good to go. There are also so many different types Nutribullet products including blenders, baby food makers, cereal cookers and immersion blenders! All great for a plant-based kitchen and lifestyle. Perfect gift for someone starting their kitchen. I gave them to my kids for Christmas last year.
I am a big fan of vegetable gardening. Time spent in my vegetable garden means more access to healthy, delicious, local, seasonal produce. In addition, home gardening offers mental health rewards. And you can lighten your environmental footprint by growing some of your own food. This home gardening kit is a great start to anyone’s vegetable garden. I have this kit at home and it’s really nice to have all my gardening gear together in one easy bag. Check out our free Home Gardening Tool to add to your gardening gift.
4. Ooni Pizza oven
I bought this for my husband for Christmas two years ago, and it’s been a family favorite ever since! I love making plant based pizza in our little wood fired oven Ooni Pizza Oven outdoors. It’s so good and you can make your pizza the way you like it! In fact, all year long I had fun with pizza. I created the dough and spread it on individual wooden pizza peels, put on a variety of toppings (tomato sauce, peppers, mushrooms, vegan sausage, onions, herbs, artichokes, zucchini, cashews) and let people make their own pizzas as part of fun. Then I popped the pizzas inside Ooni and cook them. It let everyone gather as part of a pre-meal activity, people just loved their custom pizza and it was easy for me to cook. Try some of my favorite plant-based pizza recipes here.
5. Instant Pot
What would I do without mine Instant Pot? This all-purpose cooking tool is essential in a plant-based kitchen, in my opinion. I use it to cook beans, grains, soups, stews, casseroles and more. You can skip soaking the beans and just press the button to get your meal on the table in no time. Only one pot to clean too! Check out my Instagram Live Cooking Show on how I use an Instant Pot here. I gave one of these to my son for Christmas (at his request) two years ago. Even if you have a small kitchen, it’s worth it, as one Instant Pot it can take the place of so many pieces of equipment – rice cooker, slow cooker, pressure cooker – in one go. Perfect for your holiday bucket list!
6. Eco kitchen gifts and socks
I’m all about eco-friendly gifts for the kitchen — items that reduce the environmental footprint of everyday activities. These little gifts make great stocking stuffers or you can throw them in a basket with a variety of green kitchen items. Check out some of my favorites:
- Reusable straws. These handy reusable straw sets reduce plastic and are the perfect stocking filler.
- Food Huggers. I have several of these handy food covers, which fit over cans, containers, even avocados and citrus fruits, to prevent food waste and avoid plastic wrap.
- ECOlunchbox. I’m in love with these cool stainless steel reusable food containers, which are perfect for taking food to work or school, as well as storing leftovers.
- Wooden dishwasher. I love a good natural plastic-free dishwasher to clean dishes and pots, as well as vegetables such as beets, potatoes and carrots.
- HydroFlask water bottles. Reduce your use of plastic with these great, insulated, reusable water bottles perfect for everyone on your shopping list.
7. CSA Member
The perfect disposable gift in my mind is a CSA subscription. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving… a regular box of delicious, healthy, seasonal produce! Sign up (literally)! You can check your local CSA (read more about them here) to arrange a gift subscription.
8. Opportunity of Sharon’s Plant-Powered book series
If you want to inspire healthy, plant-based eating for a loved one, why not send them the entire collection of my four books at 25% off, including The Plant-Powered Diet, Plant-Powered for Life, California Veganand The plant-based plan to beat diabetes—all autographed and packaged to send to anyone on your shopping list. Simply order the set and leave a comment on your order with instructions on where to send the books and who they should be personalized to. Or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. Package of organic beans, seeds and grains
Why not make an edible gift of delicious, whole, organic plant staples like beans, grains and seeds? This gift pack of 5 paperclips is ready. Stock your loved one’s pantry the healthy way.
10. Cast iron pan
I’m a big fan of cooking in a cast iron skillet. These reliable cookware make it easy to cook without sticking (less added oil) and actually increase the iron intake in your diet when you cook foods. Simple, economical and eternally cool, everyone needs a good cast iron skillet. Learn more about cast iron cooking here.
Cut down on disposable waste, as well as money, with these adorable blue swirl enamel dinner plates. I bought a set of these plates four years ago and they are my go-to for picnics, RV trips, hiking and Hollywood Bowl nights. They look so pretty, but these plates are sturdy (unbreakable), lightweight, and washable.
For more ideas on how to eat and live sustainably, check out these blogs:
Top 11 tips for sustainable eating
7 Steps to Going Plant Based
4 ways to eat for the environment
What is a sustainable eating style?
Several of the items in Sharon’s holiday gift guide are linked to the Amazon affiliate program she has partnered with. read more