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2023 A Planet Friendly Holiday Gift Guide

December 02, 2023

Eco-Friendly Gifts For Everyone On Your List!

As we gather to celebrate love, joy, and gratitude, let's extend our care to the Earth. This time of year, it can be especially difficult to shop sustainably with the looming darkness of excessive waste and overconsumption on your shoulder. If this resonates, we are here for you! The holidays don't have to be wasteful or overwhelming. At Friendsheep, every single product is crafted with intention and made to last while also putting a smile on your loved one's face as well as the planet's. Sustainable, cruelty-free, plastic-free, and fair trade gifts are out there (and probably not too far either!) 

 Our 2023 Gift Guide includes eco-friendly gifts for everyone on your list – ones that will actually make a positive impact.  From our heartwarming range of wool eco ornaments to our reusable and earth-friendly eco dryer balls, each item in this guide is plastic free, non-toxic (no toxic dyes or fragrances are used), handmade for fair wages with 100% cruelty-free New Zealand wool, and colored with azo-free eco-friendly dyes. So, let's make this holiday season not just merry and bright, but also green and right for our wonderful Earth! 

Let’s stick with fewer and better presents, and allow this year’s gifts to pave the way for a brighter 2024. Here are some gift ideas for those very important people in your life. Enjoy spreading the love! 


For the Home Decorator

a person holds two smiling white wool polar bear ornaments. The polar bears are wearing a pink and blue scarf and are held in front of green leaves

Happy Bears (Set of 2)

It’s tough finding decorations that are both fun and eco friendly. These charming and whimsical bears are handcrafted from 100% sustainable and cruelty-free wool, perfect for adding a touch of eco-elegance to any festive setting. Whether it's adorning a Christmas tree or adding a cozy touch to a home, these eco-friendly treasures are sure to bring smiles while promoting a more sustainable way of celebrating. Our Eco Ornaments are forever reusable, and also compostable at the end of their life. Want a great add-on gift? Pair them with one of our seasonal essential oil blends to double as a festive eco freshener or complete the holiday look with our eco garlands


For the Pet Parent

A young cat looks up at the camera from inside a wool rainbow cat cave
Not sure what to give the person who talks only about their pets? Something for their pets, of course! Give the gift of comfort and style with our Rainbow Eco Kitty Cave! This vibrant and cozy haven is the perfect cozy retreat for their feline friends. Naturally insulating, our organic wool will keep your kitties warm in the winter, and cool in the summer. Handcrafted with love and care, each kitty cave is made from 100% New Zealand wool,  contains no fragrances or toxins, and are colored with azo-free eco-friendly dyes, ensuring a safe and relaxing environment made with the planet and pets in mind. Don't worry, we have plenty more for both the cat and dog parents in your life! Check out the rest of our phenomenal Eco Pets collection featuring our bestselling Cat Spring Toys and Dog XL Sport Balls

For the Plant Enthusiast

a person wearing a yellow knit sweater holds a woven basket with 3 wool dryer balls (a bee, and 2 white dryer balls with purple and green flowers) laying on blue fabric

Lavender Fields Bee

The perfect gift for your favorite gardener and the planet! Our Lavender Fields Bee eco dryer ball set echos the charm of a blooming garden while naturally softening laundry, reducing drying time, and eliminating the need for chemical-laden fabric softeners. They'll think of their favorite outdoor oasis with every load, making this gift both practical and heartwarming. Pair this sweet set with a bottle of floral-infused essential oils, like our Pictures Of You blend or throw in one of our "La Vie En Rose" Eco Fabric Fresheners. A gardeners dream and an eco-friendly way to celebrate their love for their favorite hobby, even on laundry day!


For the Coffee Lover

a tan ceramic mug rests on a red, white, and green wool coaster next to a stack of 3 more festive coasters

Eco Coasters (Set of 4)

For the coffee aficionados in your life, elevate their daily ritual with our eco-friendly coasters. These charming coasters are not just a practical accessory for protecting surfaces, but they're also a testament to sustainable living. Perfect for those who appreciate the finer details in life and are mindful of their environmental footprint, these coasters make an ideal gift that seamlessly blends functionality with eco-conscious style. Handmade with love and a wide range of styles, you’re sure to find something that vibes with their decor. Complete the look with a matching eco trivet for their cozy holiday dishes. Cheers to a sustainable (yet stylish) home!


For the Foodie

Fall colored wool coasters and garland lay on a wood surface surrounded by white flowers and one white pumpkin

Eco Trivets

For the culinary enthusiasts and the hosts with the most, our Eco Trivets are the perfect gift! Crafted from 100% organic New Zealand wool, these trivets are not just functional kitchen essentials, but also a stylish addition to any countertop or dining table. Whether it's supporting a hot casserole straight out of the oven or serving as a decorative base for a teapot, these trivets are versatile, durable, and easy to clean. And when they've done their job, these trivets can be recycled and even composted as an end of life option; they can be tossed right in with their veggie scraps! Each trivet is lovingly made, ensuring durability and style, making them a thoughtful and practical gift for those who enjoy cooking and cherish their home environment.


For the Eco-Conscious Homemaker

a person wearing a white sweater holds a woven basket with 3 wool koala dryer balls laying on blue and white clothing

Eco Dryer Balls

Looking for the perfect gift for someone who seems to have everything or insists they need nothing? Our fun eco dryer balls are the answer! Not only do they add a whimsical touch to the mundane task of laundry, but they also pack a practical punch. These eco-friendly gems are a sustainable alternative to single-use dryer sheets, reducing waste and saving energy with each use. They naturally soften clothes and minimize drying time, making them a thoughtful and unique gift for even the most well-equipped individuals. Plus, with our charming designs they're sure to bring a smile and a bit of eco-consciousness into their daily routine!


For the Zero-Waster 

3 cotton Friendsheep bags sit on a wood surface, 2 of the bags hold loose dry rice and green vegetables. 2 red apples sit in front of the bags

One Less Plastic Bag Organic Cotton Tote

Not just your average tote! Handmade and printed in our workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal, this 100% organic cotton tote will be their new favorite everyday shopping companion. From Farmer’s Markets, to beach trips, to grocery store runs, we all need a reusable tote waiting by the back door. Lightweight yet sturdy, this tote folds up easily for convenient storage, ready to be the go-to bag for any errand. By choosing this reusable tote, you're not only making a practical choice but also joining a movement towards a more sustainable future with a mission to eliminate single-use plastics. The best part? This tote is fully compostable and recyclable, zero waste!


For the Creative Soul

6 vibrant pink and orange wool stars and one wool rainbow ornament lay on a chunky knit blanket in a wicker basket

Walking on Sunshine (Set of 7)

Rainbows, stardust and unicorns – these eco fresheners were made for the wide-eyed dreamer! Hand-shaped (with only organic wool, soap, water, hand pressure… and maybe a bit of magic) this colorful set of 7 is sure to bring wonder into someone’s world. They’re also gift-ready and come in a handmade, reusable cotton bag. Not only are they a charming addition to any space, but these fresheners also offer an eco-friendly way to add a hint of natural fragrance using just a few drops of organic essential oils. Ideal for placing in drawers, closets, or any cozy nook, they're a thoughtful and sustainable gift that will remind your loved ones to always chase their dreams under the sunlit sky.

For the Explorer

a hand holds a green wool sea turtle ornament next to a yellow essential oil bottle with text "Friendsheep Sun is Shining" and 2 green and blue Earth patterned wool dryer balls

Tiny Turtles (Set of 2)

For the one who would rather be outside, delight them with our Tiny Turtles Eco Ornaments - adorable, handcrafted decorations that bring a touch of natural beauty to any space. Made by hand from 100% cruelty-free wool, they are also apart of our #plasticfree4thesea line of products that directly benefits ocean conservation. Pair these with our Sun Is Shining essential oil, a cheerful blend of lavender and sweet orange essential oils with hints of rosemary and sage. And for a practical yet earth-friendly touch, our Mama Earth eco dryer ball set is an excellent choice, offering an eco-conscious alternative to traditional dryer sheets, while beautifully celebrating our planet's natural patterns. These thoughtful gifts not only appeal to nature lovers but also contribute to preserving the environment they cherish!

For the Team Player

3 wool pet toys (football, soccer ball, basketball) lay on a dark wood next to a green peppermint essential oil bottle in front of a green, leafy plant

Sporty Pet Toys

We know what you're thinking... you saw “pet toys” and thought about skipping over this one, but hear us out! Our Sporty Toys are not only great for pets, but make game-changing eco fabric fresheners. Whether it's tucked into a gym bag, locker, or car, pair these eco-friendly fresheners with one of our organic essential oils to tackle those post-game odors. Just add a few drops to each freshener and let the scent do the rest! So, score some major points with the sports fans and athletes in your circle, and give them a gift that celebrates their passion while contributing to a greener planet!

The Gifts That Give Back

When you choose Friendsheep, you are choosing a path that is one step closer to a brighter, greener, and healthier planet. For every item purchased, we plant one tree towards permanent reforestation. This means that your choice directly contributes to reforestation efforts, helping to restore ecosystems, provide habitats for wildlife, and combat climate change. 

Love our eco dryer ball sets but have something a little more specific in mind? Mix 'n' Match all your favorite designs into one, unique set with a tree planted for every single dryer ball you choose. For even more personalization, our beautiful eco cards are the perfect compliment to any gift! Printed on 100% recycled paper, this eco card not only protects trees but plants two trees for every purchase. A win for you and the planet this holiday season and beyond!

‘Tis the season to gather, spread kindness, and protect our Planet together!


a hand holds a greeting card with a cute drawing of animals holding hands standing on top of the Earth with text "Friendsheep, Spread Love" in front of twinkly lights

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