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Best Non-Toxic Holiday Gift Ideas for 2019

As we’re rapidly approaching the holiday season, I have decided to put together a list of gift ideas.  I own and use many of the items on this holiday gift idea list; others – I wish I had.  (The item with an asterisk means that I would love to receive that item as a holiday gift for me or my son!)

I have divided the items into four large categories: holiday gifts under $35, holiday gifts over $35, non-toxic skin care, and books.  Most importantly for you, there are coupons for many of the products listed below in the descriptions of the products.

List of Holiday Gift Ideas for 2019, A picture of a wrapped gift on a pine tree branch.

Holiday Gift Ideas Under $35

Non-Toxic Home

*Super Plush Hand Towels – These are super absorbent and dry fast.  They are certified organic by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).  And they are affordable.  Please use the coupon Read20 to get 20% off.

Popsicle Molds – We have these plastic-free molds!  My son and I love making strawberry popsicles.

Klean Kanteen Vacuum Insulated Cup – My husband loves this cup!  He rarely asks anything of me, but after he got it, he specifically asked me to have it clean for him when he comes home every day.  It is perfect for slow drinkers: it will keep a cold drink cold or a hot drink hot for a long time.

Dryer Balls – these wool balls reduce the time your laundry spends in the dryer and softens the laundry.  They are a great alternative to chemical-laden dryer sheets.

S’well Stainless Steel Water Bottle – a stainless steel water bottle that I carry with me everywhere I go.

Klean Kanteen Water Bottle with Bamboo Cap:  I really like that this water bottle has no plastic that can come in contact with liquid, and there is no paint that can come off.

Aquasana Filter Water Bottle – this is a great bottle to take on trips; it filters not only chlorine but also heavy metals including lead, a common water contaminant.  It is also sold on Amazon.

Glass Foaming Soap Dispenser – I recommend using non-plastic foaming soap dispensers, which you can use with soap refills such as this one.

Lead-Free Coffee Mugs – anything ceramic is always suspect for lead and cadmium contamination; glass is a much safer alternative.  These mugs are made in the US.  To read more, click here.

*Numi Tea:  I drink Numi tea exclusively.  The reason for this is that it is organic, but also because Numi makes their tea bags from hemp cellulose.  Many other teas, even organic ones I have seen, use either chlorine or polymers or do not disclose materials in their tea bags.

Lodge Cast Iron Cookware – a good brand to use, made here in the US; we love ours; even my husband, who was very skeptical at first.  (I gave him some for Christmas several years ago.)  You can buy Lodge cast iron cookware in a lot of places (even in Target) such as Amazon and you can definitely find pieces under $35.  Keep in mind that cast iron cookware is not for people whose iron levels are high already.  Please read more here.

Pyrex Food Containers – The containers are made of glass.  The lids are made of glass in the center and the outer ring of the lids is made of plastic.  They are heavy and would be impractical to carry lunch in, but they are perfect for the home.  Thus, you can fill them up with food to the top without worrying whether the plastic is touching the food.  These containers are made in the US.

Anchor Hocking Food Containers – These containers are made of glass.  The lids are a combination of plastic and silicone.  The outer ring is made of silicone.  The lids are airtight and leak-proof.  They come in different sizes and are light enough to carry lunch in.

*Meliora Means Better Bar Soap – this is my favorite bar soap because it generates a good amount of lather, does not dry the skin, and does not get soggy.  The packaging is free of plastic.  You can read more about the company and its products here.

*Wear Pact – cute organic clothing that won’t break the bank.   Their clothing is certified organic by GOTS.  Some pieces are certified under the category of “at least 95% organic” and other pieces are in the category of “made with at least 70% organic.”  You can certainly find nice pieces there under $35.   You can see their GOTS certification here.  Please read my review here.

Other Holiday Gift Ideas under $35

*Nature Journals – If your friend or family member writes a journal or makes to-do lists, like me, this might be a great gift.  The covers are made of tree leaf leather.  They are made by artisans in Thailand.

Wallets and Bags – These are made in Thailand by hand with tree leaves, most of which have already fallen.  What a cool idea!

Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

Toy Kitchen Pots and Pans – my son loves playing with these.

Fun Puzzles for Toddlers – makes a great gift and it will keep a toddler occupied.

Toys – This is the most comprehensive collection of toys made of natural and organic materials in the US.

Holiday Gift Ideas Over $35

Non-Toxic Home

Cutting Board – this is the best cutting board I’ve seen.  These cutting boards are the only cutting boards that are made with one piece of solid wood and are NOT finished with mineral oil.  We have been using these cutting boards for years now and love them.  Please see my review here.

Plastic-Free Coffee Maker – an excellent gift for coffee lovers.  Please read more about it and watch a video on how to use it here.

Electric Pressure Cooker – this is an easy way to cook bone broth, beans, stews, and a variety of other dishes.  You can read more about it here.

Naturepedic Mattress – we love our Naturepedic mattresses!  They are super comfortable, non-toxic, and reasonably priced.  We have been sleeping on a Naturepedic mattress for years now, and our 7-year-old son sleeps on a twin-size mattress.  You can read my review of the Naturepedic crib mattress here and see a mattress we bought for ourselves here.  Please use the IREAD5 discount code at checkout to get 5% off and free shipping.

Naturepedic Adjustable Pillow – I love this organic pillow! It is adjustable.  You can adjust it to the perfect amount of softness and support you need.  This is a unique feature.  Please use the IREAD5 discount code at the checkout to get 5% off.  You can read more about this nontoxic pillow here.

Happsy – a budget-friendly brand made by Naturepedic.  The safety and quality is the same as Naturepedic’s.  The reason Happsy mattresses are less expensive is that they sell them only online so there are no retail expenses.  All the mattresses come only in medium firmness, but you can add a topper to make your mattress softer.  You can read more about them here.  Please use the discount code IREAD5 to get 5% off.   

Pure Upholstery Furniture – If you are in the market for new furniture made of organic and natural materials, you should check them out.  They have budget-friendly pieces.  Please mention my name (Irina Webb) to receive 5% off.  We love our furniture made by Pure Upholstery.

Corelle Dinnerware Sets – they were tested independently and, with the exception of mugs, were found to be lead-free.  We use and like them.  To read more about them, click here.

Affordable Organic Sheet Sets – We own and love these sheets.  They are certified organic to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which is the gold standard regarding organic fabrics.  That means that the dyes are the safest available on the market today.  The price is unbeatable, and you will get an additional 20% with the code Read20.  Please read my review here.

Bath Towels – these towels are certified organic to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).  They are super absorbent.  Please use the discount code Read20 to get 20% off.

*Wear Pact – cute organic clothing that won’t break the bank.  Please find my review here.

Scoria Yoga Mat – I have done a comprehensive survey of different yoga mats (you can read about it here).  As a result, I believe that Scoria Yoga mat is the safest I have seen so far and performs best.  Please read my review of it here.

Organic Weave – They make GOTS-certified organic rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting.  And they are beautiful!  They are shipped internationally.  Please use the discount code READLABELS5 at the checkout to get 5% off.  You can read more about them in my review here.

HomiChef Cookware  – There is no nickel in the stainless steel, so it is perfect for people who have sensitivity to nickel.  We especially like our HomiChef steamer.  HomiChef is much more affordable than All-Clad cookware.  The cookware is made in China, though. Unlike some other stainless-steel products, I believe it is not crucial to avoid China in terms of safety.

All Clad Cookware – They are made of 18/10 stainless steel.  Pan and pots are made in the US.  The accessories and tea kettles are made in China.  Please see the set we own here.  

Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

Baby and Kids Sleepwear by Castleware  – my favorite brand of organic baby and kids’ sleepwear.  It is a brand of luxury.  Please read more here.

Wood Play Kitchen with Hutch – A few years ago, Santa brought it for my son, and he still loves it.  It is the only toy kitchen I was able to find that is NOT made in China.  It is made with solid wood, and is finished with a truly non-toxic finish.  No lead concerns here.  For more information on the Camden Rose company, visit here.

Toys – This is the most comprehensive collection of toys made of natural and organic materials in the US.

Other Ideas for a Holiday Gift Over $35

Amazon Prime One-Year Subscription – 2-day free shipping, free streaming music, and movies.

Blue Light Blocking Glasses – I have these and wear them 2-3 hours before I go to bed, and I fall asleep and sleep much better.

Belly Armor Blankets – It is a good idea to wear them even if you are not pregnant while working on a computer and using your cell phone.  However, it is unclear how well it protects from all these types of EMF.  It is best to reduce the exposure to EMF in the first place.  We do use these blankets in our efforts to reduce exposure to EMF.  You can also buy them on Amazon.

Non-Toxic Beauty

Crunchi Makeup –  This is the only makeup company that encompasses all three ideals I value – transparency, safety, and performance.  Its mineral pigments are EcoCert-certified and not made in China.  Please read my review of Crunchi  here.   Currently, they have a number of nice holiday gift sets.

Crunchi Skincare – They make daylight and nightlight creams now.  I’ve been using them for some time already and I love their hydrating, non-greasy, and non-comedogenic products.  They are perfect for aging skin.  You can read more about them here or go to their website here and here

BlissomaThey offer a variety of products for all skin types.  Their cleansers are free of soap, are pH-balanced, and are non-drying to the skin.  They use raw botanicals to deliver the maximum amount of vitamins and minerals from the botanicals to the skin.  Their products have the aroma and color of the raw botanicals.  The well-crafted products contain the safest anti-aging ingredients.

Thesis Beauty – This is a safe skincare brand if you prefer to use facial oils versus creams and lotions.  To get 15% off, please use the coupon IREADLABELS15 at checkout.

Primally Pure – This is another brand that is focused on facial oils.  They offer three types of cleansing oils.   And they also carry my favorite dry shampoo and lip balm.  Please use the discount code READLABELS10 at checkout.

Annmarie GianniI know many of you use and love this skincare line.  I used a few products a while back and remember liking them, especially their Annmarie Probiotic Serum with Tremella – Bio Facial Elixir.  It contains Tremella Fuciformis (Tremella Mushroom) Extract which has superior hydrating, nourishing, skin elasticity improvement, healing and brightening properties.

Silk TherapeuticsIt is a clinical-grade skincare line, which means that in clinical studies there were significant improvements in skin condition.  They use some of the safest supporting ingredients and only those that are absolutely necessary.  It reduces the risk of irritation or allergic reactions.  They also use some very beneficial ingredients such as activated silk, vitamin C, vitamin B, and hyaluronic acid.  They are EWG verified.  You can read more about it in the Silk Therapeutics Review post and read what people said about it in the comments.  You can get 25% off with the discount code IRLFY25.

Pure Haven Pre+Probiotics Skincare They utilize a powerful toxin-free plant-based preservation system.  It contains the following ingredients: populus tremuloides bark extract, glyceryl caprylate, levulinic acid, sodium levulinate, lactobacillus, p-anisic acid, cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit extract, and sodium phytate.  Actually, they are beneficial for the skin, too.  The probiotic that Pure Haven uses is called lactobacillus ferment lysate filtrate.  They also use prebiotics to provide food for the probiotic.  The probiotics are great to bring back the skin into balance.  The skincare is good especially if you have acne, irritated, reddened, dry, inflamed or sensitive skin.

Books

Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child by Victoria Maizes, MD.  To read my review of the book, visit here.  A great holiday gift for somebody who is planning to get pregnant, or who is pregnant already.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause by Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP:  a great present for somebody who is struggling with Hashimoto’s.

The Nourished Kitchen by Jennifer McGruther: one of my favorite cooking books.

Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans by Michelle Tam: great holiday gift for people on a gluten-free diet.  All recipes are EASY and QUICK!  It takes no more than 30 minutes to make most recipes.

The Heal Your Gut Cookbook: Nutrient-Dense Recipes for Intestinal Health Using the GAPS Diet by Hillary Boynton.

I hope you will find items that will inspire you.  Let me know if you have other suggestions.  A lot of links here are affiliate links.  It means that if you buy a product by clicking on the links, I will receive small commissions at no cost to you.  The commissions will be my holiday bonus!  Thank you in advance!  Happy Holidays!

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29 thoughts on “Best Non-Toxic Holiday Gift Ideas for 2019”

  1. Love the holiday gift list suggestions! Thank you!!! It will be helpful and I already know what I will get for some of my family members now!

  2. Thank you for this list. Love the ideas on here & I will be adding some items to my wish list. I was wondering what your thoughts on kids plates are? We are looking to replace the ones we have (& take our last step to being plastic free for the kids) & we are considering bamboo plates by Avanchy or Love Mae. Do you have any other suggestions or things to look for to make sure we are choosing a safe option? Thank you!

    1. Hi, Kendra: bamboo is definitely better than plastic. However, there is not much information availble as to what may leach out of bamboo and most bamboo comes from China. You want to ask where bamboo came from, if bamboo is organic, and if there is any chlorine bleach and glue. Have you considered glass? I know it can break but tempered glass is more durable. These glass plates are made in France. Let me know what you find out. ~Irina

  3. Thank you Irina! I had considered glass but had not found smaller sets like those. We use glass cups with a lid & straw so going with smaller glass plates is great. Thank you again!

  4. Thank you for your list, Irina! 🙂 I LOVE Coyuchi as well for their organic bedding options. This is an awesome resource for holiday shopping! Thanks again!

  5. Regarding the kitchen, did you find something out about Elves & Angels? I know you previously wrote an article on them and Camden Rose so I am just curious. They also have kitchens. I am actually trying to decide between Camden Rose’s playstand or Elves & Angels for my almost 3 1/2 year old son.

    1. Hi, Jessica: I had not looked into Elves & Angels since I wrote that post. But since you asked I’ve looked and I see that Elves & Angels use solid wood and CARB II plywood whereas Camden Rose is all solid wood. You might want to ask about that. ~Irina

  6. I just love this list, thank you Irina. Definitely going to get some of the books! I was wondering, bedding wise, organic is the best option in 100% cotton, but what about 100% cotton sateen, or percale?

  7. Hi Irina, thank you for such a great resource! So useful during this time of the year.

    Quick question – you recommend blankets from the Ultimate Green store, what about other items they sell? Did you do any research on them? I am looking at some clothing options and yoga mats. thanks!

    1. Hi, Natalia: it is hard to make a blanket statement about all products sold in the Ultimate Green store. Let me know what you are considering, and I can take a look for you. ~Irina

    1. I do not recommend their yoga mats as even though they claimed that they are made of PVC without heavy metals, phthalates, etc, they won’t tell us what they use instead. I guess we just have to wait for a whistleblower to educate us on that. I see that they have a nice robe collection by Coyuchi. They are certified by GOTS so the dyes should be okay. Let me know if you have specific questions. ~Irina

  8. Irina,

    have you ever come across a company called: rawganique. I came across them today online and they claim to be make organic cotton, flax linen, and cannabis hemp products in USA, Canada, and Europe from organic cotton, flax linen, and cannabis hemp grown and naturally processed in USA and Europe.

    Please let me know I am on the search for a hemp shower curtain.

    Thank you,
    Maria

      1. I’ve been looking for an organic bathrobe for over 2 months now … and I have a question – why, everything that’s organic, has to be soooo ugly? I’m ok with unbleached fabric and pale colors, but what about the cut itself? Why can’t they sew it in a way that makes a woman look attractive in their clothing? Instead, most of organic clothes look like potato sacks or granny panties. Is it a general trend that women that care what their clothes are made out of don’t care how they make them look?
        Just wanted to vent after looking at some rawganique designs … good lord, my husband would laugh his head off if he saw me wearing that.

        1. There is a company Canadian based called Skin and quite a few of their products are organic cotton or organic pima cotton. You can find them also on major department store websites (search: skin, organic cotton) or they have their own site although the bigger stores have way better markdowns. Anyway, they are kind of pricey but I’ve bought several cotton robes and undergarments and pajamas/nightgowns and they are very well made and in my opinion very attractive. This is a robe I have in white and pale green: https://skinworldwide.com/collections/organic/products/karin-robe?variant=3518190026779 but I think these are getting mostly sold out as they’ve been for sale since the summer. But I find them very pretty and super soft. I know they are more expensive but the few pieces I’ve bought I don’t regret at all. I don’t work for them or anything like that but I’ve searched and searched also for nice organic clothing for women. I also like Coyuchi very much.

    1. Hi,
      Just be careful with Rawganique as I was considering purchasing there before but there were quite a lot of bad reviews. I think they were mainly about customer service and being ignored when you’d purchased something and had an issue with. Not necessarily their products. I didn’t feel comfortable purchasing there after reading reviews.

  9. Great list! I use Annemarie! I love my Kleen Kanteen cup as well. We use and my husband really likes Lodge cookware. Once you get the hang of washing (or rather not washing them), they really work like non-stick. I’m not sure I understand your post about Numi tea?? I have their teas, but your post says…”All other organic teas I have found hemp cellulose in their tea bags.” Am I undersanding Numi makes the tea bags out of hemp cellulose, where other companies say they use it, but just add the cellulose “into” their tea bags?? Kinda like wines added wood chips to their wine barrels for that French or American wood effect on wine? I can’t do Crunchi…they use dimethicone and for me, that is a big no. It might work for others, but I’ve had too many issues with the skin on my body after using lotions with it for many years. It’s hard now to maintain a normal skin barrier. Otherwise, it looks really clean and that can be hard to find. What a wonderful gift and resource to us for you to put this together (not to mention the time in reviewing many products to make or not make the list!)! Thank you so much and Happy Thanksgiving!

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