As we are 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, there are coupons for many of them in the descriptions of the products.
Holiday gift ideas under $35
*Super Plush Hand Towels – These are super absorbent and dry fast. They are certified organic by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and 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! 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. You can also find dryer balls on the Humble Suds website, a small women-owned business, that makes my favorite laundry detergent.
S’well Stainless Steel Water Bottle – It is a stainless steel water bottle that I carry with me everywhere I go.
Klean Kanteen Water Bottle with Bamboo Cap – I really like it that this water bottle has no plastic that can come in contact with liquid, and there is no paint that can come off.
Double Wall Glass Coffee Mugs – This set of two mugs is a great gift for coffee or tea drinkers, as the mugs keep the beverage hot longer.
*Numi Tea – I drink Numi tea exclusively. First, because it is organic, and second, because Numi makes their tea bags from hemp cellulose. Many other teas, even organic kinds I have seen, use either chlorine or polymers, or they do not disclose materials in their tea bags.
Pyrex Food Containers with BPA free plastic lids – These are glass containers. The lids are plastic, so be sure not to fill them to the very top, so the food does not touch the plastic lid. These containers are made in the US.
Anchor Hocking 6-Cup Rectangular Food Storage Containers with Green TrueSeal Airtight Lids – These are glass containers. The lids are a combination of plastic and silicone with the outer ring made of silicone. The lids are airtight and leak-proof. They come in different sizes and are light enough to carry lunch in. You can find more options here and here.
*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 – The company carries 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.
Glass Tea Pot with Stainless Steel Infuser – If any of your friends or family members are keen on drinking tea, like I am, this is a perfect gift for them! Unlike ceramic and enamel, it does not have concerns of lead and other heavy metal leaching. You can use it on the stovetop. It looks pretty, too, which is important for us, gals.
Reusable Grocery Shopping Bags – A set of three foldable bags with 6 bottle sleeves each, made of GOTS-certified organic cotton muslin fabric. The bags are available in 5 colors and have durable handles. We use these bags and love them! They also carry reusable produce bags.
Non-toxic skin care and makeup under $35
Neal’s Yard Remedies Hand Creams – NYR has a nice collection of hand care products, which will make great stocking stuffers. The products are made with organic ingredients in Europe that are certified organic to the Soil Association Organic Standard. The scents are pleasant and not overpowering.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Bath & Body for Men – Many of you have asked me to recommend skin care products for men, and I am glad I can do it now. Any of these items will be a great gift for the man in your life. My husband is a fan of NYR, and he especially likes their Men’s Cooling Aftershave Balm.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Gift Sets – There are a few options of skincare, hand care, and aroma sets under $35 that will make any woman excited about trying something new but without strings attached – just enough time to figure out if she likes this cosmetic line enough to go for a longer commitment.
Pure Haven Lip Gloss – Choose among cinnamon, plum, rose, clear shine, and lip plumping gloss options. All in all, Pure Haven presents a good opportunity to pick and choose to form your own gift set that will still be under $35. For instance, select a lip gloss and add Candy Cane Dream Cream with Free Sweet Mint Lip Balm or Almond Biscotti Dream Cream with Free Sweet Mint Lip Balm, and voila – your non-toxic holiday gift of three items under $35 is ready!
Pure Haven Bath & Body for Men – Here is another chance to choose something for your man.
Crunchi Concealer + Eye Primer – A non-toxic must-have for any lady who uses makeup on a regular basis.
Crunchi Lip Gloss – There are four shades to choose from. I find it moisturizing and attractive on the lips.
Crunchi Lipstick – The fact that there are just three shades makes it easier to make a choice.
Holiday gift ideas for kids
Toy Kitchen Pots and Pans – My son loves playing with these.
Fun Puzzles for Toddlers – It makes a great gift and 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 for pets
Pure Haven Pet Paw Balm – This balm will make both the pet owner and their furry pal happy.
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 over $35
Cutting Board – This is the best cutting board I have seen. These cutting boards are the only cutting boards that are made from 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.
Electric Kettle – The electric hot tea maker is made with stainless steel and German Schott Duran (borosilicate) glass. It has a removable infuser, and it looks like there is no plastic that touches the liquid.
Stainless Steel Kettle – This stainless-steel kettle is made in Japan, not in China like all the other stainless-steel kettles I have seen. Unlike ceramic and enamel, stainless steel does not have concerns of lead and cadmium heavy metal leaching.
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 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. And, Naturepedic’s Black Friday Sale has already started.
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. And, Naturepedic’s Black Friday Sale has already started.
Happsy – This is a budget-friendly brand made by Naturepedic. The safety and quality are 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 IRL225 to get $225 off.
Holy Lamb Comforter – They have wool and certified organic wool comforters of all sizes, including crib size. It will make a great gift for a family with a newborn. Check out Holy Lamb Organics website for other items such as organic blankets, throws, and bath towels. They also carry new mom and baby items, such as a changing table pad and nursing pillow.
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.
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% off 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.
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 beautiful GOTS-certified organic rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting that they ship 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 – The cookware is made of 18/10 stainless steel. Pans and pots are made in the US. The accessories and tea kettles are made in China. Please see the set we own here. Feel free to read my Safe Cookware Guide.
Holiday gift ideas for kids
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 of 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.
Holiday gift ideas for pets
Holy Lamb Organics Natural Pet Bed – They make pet beds using remnants from the production of their bedding items. The materials are premium eco wool, organic sateen, and organic cotton. I like the fact that they stick with the zero-waste philosophy. They offer two bed sizes.
Ayisoro Large Dog Rope Toys – Every day my son plays with our neighbor’s dog who loves to tug. So, my son found this natural cotton toy with no plastic, and the dog loves it. (Maybe I should put him to work researching other products!)
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.
Hydrolized Collagen – It is a great gift idea for anyone with a resolution to have a healthier lifestyle in the new year. The collagen is made of pasture-raised and grass-fed cows. It is hydrolyzed, which is the most digestible and absorbable form. Also, there are no additives of any kind in this hydrolyzed collagen.
Organic Plant Protein Powder – also great for health-oriented people.
Water Testing Kit – I know this is a little too unconventional as a holiday gift idea but, definitely, useful. I have used it and recommend it for its simplicity and effectiveness. Please, read my post about why you or your friends and family might want to test your water in a water testing lab.
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.
Neal’s Yard Remedies – They make a variety of certified organic skincare products in Europe. My favorite NYR products are Frankincense Intense Lift Cream and Frankincense Intense Lift Eye Cream because they have collagen-producing peptides and are very hydrating. They are also clinically proven to have great results. You can also buy these products in a regular set or travel set and save money.
Pure Haven – They have a number of holiday sets at 30% off. The holiday products have holiday scents that come from essential oils only.
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. Pure Haven uses lactobacillus ferment lysate filtrate probiotic. They also use prebiotics to provide food for the probiotic. The probiotics are great to bring back the skin into balance. These products are good especially if you have acne, irritated, reddened, dry, inflamed or sensitive skin.
True Botanicals – They make skincare products for a variety of different skin conditions such as rosacea, aging, dryness, and blemishes. They even carry a line for pregnancy. My personal favorite product is Renew Serum, which I use at night. My skin looks much younger. Their Black Friday sale will end on November 30, 2020.
Blissoma – They 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. My personal favorite is their facial sunscreen because it does not leave a whitening effect.
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 focuses 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 Gianni – I 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 Therapeutics – It 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.
Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child by Victoria Maizes, MD. 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.
Woman Code: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source by Alisa Vitti, HHC. This is a wonderful gift for any woman who wants to be in charge of her own health. The book presents a nutrition program for the hormonal challenges women face that may prevent them from looking and feeling their best.
Naturally Healthy Babies and Children: A Commonsense Guide to Herbal Remedies, Nutrition, and Health by Aviva Romm. This is a useful book for every family and may be especially of interest to those who practice using essential oils for health.
The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution: A Proven 4-Week Program to Rescue Your Metabolism, Hormones, Mind & Mood by Aviva Romm. A great gift idea for women because it looks into women’s health from a holistic perspective with tons of remedies.
The Dental Diet: The Surprising Link between Your Teeth, Real Food, and Life-Changing Natural Health by Dr Steven Lin. This book is a tremendous gift not only to “common” people but also to dentists and doctors. It provides key strategies for parents to support optimal dental and whole-body health of their children.
Cured by Jeffrey Rediger, MD. I found this book very uplifting and inspiring. My dear friend and fan of this blog recommended it to me (thanks, Ann!). The author is a conventional medical doctor who, unlike many other doctors, got curious as to why some people recover from chronic or terminal diseases. He describes many stories of people who recovered. Apparently, “spontaneous remission” (that is what conventional doctors call it) is not uncommon. It is not a phenomenon that is widely reported. I loved the amazing stories!
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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