Best Non-Toxic Holiday Gift Ideas
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Looking for that perfect holiday present for your loved one? Check out my holiday gift ideas list, a result of a decade-long research project that never stops! Actually, I own and use most of what is on this holiday gift idea list. To my knowledge, none of the practical and well-performing products you’ll find here have any ingredients or materials of concern. Consequently, there is hardly any potential increase of the risk of cancer, hormone disruption, or allergic reaction. So, you can feel good about giving a holiday present from this list to your loved ones! You can either read my short reviews of the products or jump straight to the bottom of the blog post for the direct links and discount codes (see table of contents #22, #23, #24).
In this post:
- I share my research with you to help you make safer choices.
- Home and wardrobe holiday gift ideas under $35
- Essential oils and candles are great ideas for presents under $35.
- Kitchen holiday gift ideas under $35
- Mugs, water bottles, and storage containers are great options under $35.
- Non-toxic skin care holiday gift ideas under $35
- Non-toxic skin care ideas under $35 for men
- Beauty holiday gift options under $35
- Options for kids and pets under $35
- Non-toxic home and wardrobe holiday gift ideas over $35
- Sheets, pillows, comforters, mattresses, and bed frames as bedroom options over $35
- Non-toxic kitchen holiday gift ideas over $35
- Cookware and dinnerware options over $35
- Other fun holiday gift ideas over $35
- Options for kids and pets over $35
- My top favorite non-toxic beauty brands for holiday present options over $35
- Other options of non-toxic beauty products over $35
- Books on women’s and babies’ health for holiday gift ideas
- Books on recovering from potentially incurable diseases
- Books on gut health and cooking
- Conclusion of the best non-toxic holiday gift ideas guide
- Collective List of Holiday Gift Ideas Under $35
- Collective List of Holiday Gift Ideas Over $35
- Collective List of Book Ideas for a Holiday Present
I share my research with you to help you make safer choices.
Several events have affected my decision to devote my life to researching the consumer market for safe products. My father’s premature death from cancer, and me being the victim of a hit-and-run accident have definitely played their roles. The major workup I underwent after the accident revealed Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. As if one autoimmune disease was not enough, a second diagnosis followed – Addison’s disease. (You can learn more about that in my blogposts about breast implants and my health update after explant surgery.)
In between, I was blessed with a pregnancy and a healthy baby. I set out to find the safest products for my son and share my non-toxic finds with other parents. As a result, the I Read Labels for You blog was born in 2013. Today, our website offers multiple sources for you to be able to make informed decisions about consumer products. There are hundreds of free blogposts, paid healthy living consultations and e-books, and Savvy Consumer Circle membership. You are welcome to join us and enjoy your healthy journey together with I Read Labels for You!
Home and wardrobe holiday gift ideas under $35
First, wool dryer balls are a great alternative to chemical-laden dryer sheets. They soften the laundry and reduce its drying time, wrinkles, and static. Branch Basics carries great wool dryer balls. I love Branch Basics, not only because it is a woman-owned small business, but mostly because all of their products are safe and practical! (You can learn more here.) On all starter kits, you can get 15% discount by using the READ15 discount code. You can also buy wool dryer balls on Amazon and iHerb here and here. By the way, iHerb, an online retailer that is present in over 180 countries, has eco-friendly packaging and provides either $10 off or a 10% discount. For your convenience, I created several iHerb lists including Irina’s Approved Products.
Second, bar soap can be a great holiday gift for anybody who prefers bar soap to liquid soap. I like Meliora Means Better bar soap because it generates good lather, is not drying, and does not get soggy. Plus, the packaging is absolutely plastic free. (Read my review of Meliora eco non-toxic cleaning products.) Another favorite soap of mine is both Cocoa Butter Bar Soap and Sweet Orange Bar Soap by Pure Haven because it fits perfectly in my hand. I really love its shape. And this is the best bar soap dish I found (actually, my husband is claiming he found it!).
Third, Kosmatology glass foaming soap dispenser is a great gift for those who prefer liquid soap and want to reduce plastic consumption. You can use it with hand soap refills, such as Kosmatology hand soap. By the way, Branch Basics concentrate makes excellent hand soap, too, especially if you prefer no essential oils and a pH-balanced hand wash. (Use READ15 to get 15% off on any starter kit.)
Next, for hand towels and wash cloths, check out Delilah Home. Their towels are made of Turkish cotton and are GOTS-certified organic.
Further, consider these super absorbent and fast-drying GOTS-certified organic Wear Pact waffle hand towels that are made in a GOTS-certified fair trade factory in Turkey. To get 20% off your first purchase, click on this link (I will get a $20 credit). If you have already bought from Wear Pact before, click here.
Additionally, Wear Pact offers cute organic clothes made in GOTS-certified fair-trade facility in India that won’t break the bank and are certified organic by GOTS. Some pieces are “at least 95% organic,” and others are “made with at least 70% organic.” You can certainly find nice clothes there for under $35. If you are a first-time buyer, click on this link and get 20% off (I will get a $20 credit). If you have already bought from Wear Pact before, click here. My husband loves their undershirts and comfortable loungewear pants!
Essential oils and candles are great ideas for presents under $35.
Essential oils are an excellent holiday gift for essential oil lovers. Keep in mind though that some people can be allergic to essential oils and some essential oils should not be inhaled by kids, pets, or pregnant/nursing women. My top choice for essential oils is Plant Therapy because they disclose GC/MS (gas chromatography/mass spectrometry) test reports as well as safety and usage information. Please read it and take it seriously.
Another nice holiday present that is good for enhancing holiday ambiance is a non-toxic candle. For instance, Fontana candles have wooden wicks and are made of beeswax and coconut oil instead of petroleum wax. The candles are hand-poured in Pennsylvania and come in a variety of essential oil scents. Get 15% off with the Read15 code.
In addition, we use and like Natural Sloth’s beeswax and coconut oil candles, which are hand-poured in Texas and scented only with essential oils. You can get 10% off with the Read10 discount code. Do you have a friend who is into candles? Look no further – this gift is for them!
Kitchen holiday gift ideas under $35
To begin, these foldable reusable grocery shopping bags with 6 bottle sleeves are made of GOTS-certified organic cotton fabric in India. In addition, they have durable handles, come in a set of 3, and are available in five colors. We use these bags and love them! Check out these and other produce bags in the Produce Bags section of the IRLFY Amazon shop.
Then, my son and I really enjoyed making strawberry popsicles with these plastic-free popsicle molds. You can also find them, as well as many other great and safe products, in the Kitchen Gadgets and Appliances section in the IRLFY Amazon shop.
Next, tea can be a great holiday present for tea lovers like me. Based on my research of the tea industry, plastic-free bleach-free hemp cellulose tea bags are safest. However, in an ideal world, it is best to use loose teas without any tea bags. Green tea is full of antioxidants. I included some of the best organic loose teas on my iHerb Favorite Foods list. And this is a plastic-free stainless steel infuser to use. Plus, this 13 oz Rishi Simple Brew glass tea pot will make your gift to a tea-lover complete! Get either $10 or 10% off.
Lastly, a useful and practical kitchen gift is Saltverk sea salt (my favorite kind is with seaweed). What makes this salt unique is the place of its origin. Namely, it comes from a stream in the Arctic Ocean off the coast of Iceland that is reportedly the cleanest place on the planet. Moreover, Saltverk uses 100% geothermal energy, which is good for the environment. Importantly, their test report shows insignificant amounts of cadmium, mercury, and arsenic. And the lead level is the best I have seen in salt so far.
Mugs, water bottles, and storage containers are great options under $35.
My husband loves this Klean Kanteen vacuum insulated cup! (You can also find it and many other safe products in my Amazon shop in the Dishes, Mugs, and Cups section.) It is a perfect holiday gift for slow drinkers and busy parents. Indeed, it will keep a cold drink cold and a hot drink hot for a long time.
Also, we use and love these lead-free coffee mugs made in the US. Anything ceramic is always suspect for lead and cadmium contamination, and glass is a much safer alternative. You can also find them and many other safe products in my Amazon shop in the Dishes, Mugs, and Cups section. To learn more, please read my lead-free glassware options guide.
Since keeping your body hydrated is crucial, I recommend this Klean Kanteen Reflect Plastic-Free Bottle. What I like about it is that it has no plastic that can touch the liquid, and there is no paint that can come off. Conveniently, you can buy just the plastic-free cap and use it with any Klean Kanteen water bottle you already own. You can find it too in the IRLFY Amazon shop in the Water Bottles section if you prefer.
Further, great food storage options made in the US include Pyrex glass containers and Anchor Hocking glass containers. I prefer Anchor Hocking containers with TrueSeal lids as they are airtight and leak-proof. You can find these and more options in the Storage Container and Mixing Bowls section of the IRLFY Amazon shop.
Moreover, I think a wooden or stainless cooking utensil can be a great holiday gift. They tend to be more expensive than plastic or silicone utensils so it might be a good time to switch. You can find many options in the Cooking Utensils section of my Amazon shop.
Non-toxic skin care holiday gift ideas under $35
For starters, Neal’s Yard Remedies, a UK brand, has a nice collection of hand creams. The scents are pleasant and not overpowering, and the organic ingredients are certified to the Soil Association Organic Standard.
In addition, Neal’s Yard remedies carries holiday gift sets, some of which are under $35. They will make any woman excited about trying something new without strings attached. The amount is just enough to figure out if she would go for a longer commitment with this cosmetic line.
For those with tired feet, this Mint Your Feet balm is an excellent idea A combination of the mineral scrub and healing balm can not only revive the feet but also uplift the mood.
Another inexpensive idea is Primally Pure Sea Soak that will give your loved ones an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate. To get 10% off, use the discount code READLABELS10 at checkout.
Further, Pure Haven offers many holiday gift ideas under $35. Some of my personal favorites are Refresh Cleanser with Pre+Probiotics and Foot Therapy Soak. (You can learn more about the company (and other direct sales companies) in my Pure Haven Review blog post. By the way, you do not need to subscribe to them to make a purchase.)
If your friend or family member likes using body scrubs, check out these Beauty by Earth USDA organic Peppermint Tea Tree Body Scrub and Citrus Lavender Body Scrub. Also, Beauty by Earth carries a variety of fun toners and mists such as Toner with Rose Water, Youth Restoration Bakuchiol Face Toner, Hyaluronic Acid Face Toner and Facial Mist, and Anti-Aging® Vitamin C Toner. Remember to use the IREAD12 code for a 12% discount on Beauty by Earth products.
For soon-to-be-mothers, consider Earth Mama Organics’ A Little Something for Mama-to-Be Gift Set and A Little Something for the Baby Gift Set. All the products in the sets are either USDA certified organic or contain certified organic ingredients.
Finally, Crunchi facial gentle or charcoal bars as well as body bar are great healthy gifts for people who are keen on reducing plastic usage and pollution. By the way, since 2020, Crunchi has been removing more plastic out of the environment than adding (thank you for supporting their efforts). They use plastic only in the caps of some products. By the way, on your first purchase of $50+, you can get $10 off embedded in my affiliate link.
Non-toxic skin care ideas under $35 for men
Do you have a friend with a beard, or does your husband have one? This Mojito beard oil by Primally Pure is a perfect holiday present for them. I appreciate the fact that all the ingredient oils are organic, and the packaging is made of glass. Primally Pure carries other products for men, too. Look around! To get 10% off, use the discount code READLABELS10 at checkout.
For those men who like cleanly shaven skin, here is Neal’s Yard Remedies cooling aftershave balm. My husband is a fan of this product as well as Neal’s Yard Remedies bath & body for men. Any of these items would be a great gift for the man in your life.
In addition, Wear Pact carries a wide collection of organic men’s socks including even holiday socks. They are made in a GOTS-certified facility based in India. To get 20% off your first purchase, click on this link (I will get a $20 credit). If you are a returning customer of Wear Pact, click here.
Beauty holiday gift options under $35
First of all, the makeup brand I like most is Crunchi. My favorite Crunchi products under $35 are Highliner® Pencil Eyeliner, Nutribrow™ Eyebrow Pencil, Everluxe™ Lip Crayons (see how the colors look on me here), and Hydrogloss® Lipglosses. All Crunchi products have been 3rd party tested for heavy metals and PFAS with excellent results. To learn more as to why I love this company, please read my Crunchi Non-Toxic Makeup Review blog post. Be sure to use my Crunchi affiliate link to get $10 off on the first purchase of $50+.
By the way, this Beauty by Earth USDA organic Mint lip scrub is a great product for dry lips. It is scented with organic spearmint and peppermint essential oils. My husband gave it to me a couple Christmases ago and that’s how I learned about Beauty by Earth. Use the IREAD12 code for 12% discount
If your female friends and family members are into lip tints, Henne Organics Luxury Lip Tints are a great option! They carry various shades packaged in glass. To learn more about PFAS and heavy metal testing and get a 15% discount code, click here. You can also check out Henne Luxury Lip Balms.
Options for kids and pets under $35
My son loved playing with these toy kitchen pots and pans. You can find them and many other safer toys in the Toys section of my Amazon shop.
For pet lovers, check out this certified organic Pure Haven pet paw balm. It will make both the pet owner and their furry pal happy.
Specifically, for dogs, consider 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 my son to work researching other products – every business needs a succession plan!)
Non-toxic home and wardrobe holiday gift ideas over $35
If you are in the market for new furniture made of organic and natural materials, check out Pure Upholstery Furniture. We love ours! They have budget-friendly items, too. Please mention my name (Irina Webb) to receive 5% off.
For beautiful GOTS-certified organic rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting, consider shopping at Organic Weave. To get 5% off, please use the discount code READLABELS5 at checkout.
If your loved one is into fitness, a Scoria yoga mat may be a good fit for them. As a result of my comprehensive yoga mat survey, I believe the Scoria cork yoga mat is the safest and best performing (see the picture above). To clean the mat, I can suggest using Branch Basics Concentrate following its dilution instructions. Personally, I use Branch Basics for many purposes, and, I believe, it works well. At least, my bathroom tiles, grout, and stainless-steel cookware always shine like new after a wash with a Branch Basics solution. (Learn more here and use the READ15 code to get 15% off on any starter kit.).
Further, for GOTS-certified organic bath beach, and pool towels, shop at Delilah Home.
Wear Pact also carries organic bath towels as well as cute organic clothes, some of which are made in a GOTS-certified facility in India. Both my husband and I own and love their clothes. Get 20% off your first purchase by clicking on this link (I will get a $20 credit). If you have already bought from them before, click here.
Speaking of clothes, I know I would be happy to receive a hooded jacket! With outdoor clothing, especially those made with durable water repellent coating (DWR), the goal is to find PFAS-free apparel. My suggestion is Mammut Hooded Jackets that were tested for PFAS compounds by Toxic-Free Future. The Mammut rain jackets tested below their screening level for fluorine and appeared to be made with alternatives to PFAS. Check them out in the Clothing section of my Amazon shop, and browse through the entire shop for other goods, too.
Lastly, an air purifier is a good holiday present of clean air, especially if your loved ones have wildfire smoke seasons, are remodeling their house, or suffer from allergies. After years of research, I have picked out two brands I like the most – Austin Air and Air Doctor. Through me, you can buy them at various discounts depending on the model (for Austin Air discount email me). This Comprehensive Mobile Air Purifier Guide will help you choose the right air cleaner.
Sheets, pillows, comforters, mattresses, and bed frames as bedroom options over $35
To begin with, a great holiday gift for anybody who wants to be comfortable and safe is this unique Naturepedic organic adjustable pillow (IREAD15 code for 15% off). You can adjust it to the perfect amount of softness and support you need. I used to sleep on a down pillow but became allergic to down. This organic pillow is the closest to down: soft but supportive. It is perfect for side sleepers.
In addition, we love our organic Naturepedic mattresses! They are super comfortable and reasonably priced. Learn more and get a 15% discount code here.
For a budget-friendly version of Naturepedic, check out Happsy mattresses. The safety and quality are the same as those of Naturepedic mattresses. Find out why they are less costly and get $225 off here.
Next, a Holy Lamb comforter is a cozy holiday present for anyone in your family. Holy Lamb carries wool and certified organic wool comforters of all sizes. They also carry new mom and baby items, such as a changing table pad and nursing pillow as well as organic blankets, throws, and bath towels.
Further, Delilah Home carries GOTS-certified 100% organic cotton and 100% organic hemp bedding sets as well as individual pieces, such as pillowcases, sheets, and duvets, all made in Portugal.
Finally, GOTS-certified Avocado Mattress offers many bedroom options including bed frames made with various materials. Therefore, confirm with the company first what material they used in the product you like.
Non-toxic kitchen holiday gift ideas over $35
First, Treeboard cutting board is the best cutting board I have used. It is the only board made from one piece of solid wood and NOT finished with mineral oil. Learn more here.
Second, this old-school plastic-free coffee maker is an excellent holiday idea for coffee lovers. I have done extensive research into coffee makers to find one without plastic or silicone. While I do not drink coffee, my husband does and uses this one. You can find it in the Kitchen Gadgets and Appliances section of my Amazon shop as well as other kinds of non-toxic goods options.
Third, this electric pressure cooker is a great gift for a newly created family. Using its slow cooker setting, you can avoid potential concerns of heavy metals in ceramic slow cooker inserts. (Learn more here.) You can find it in the Cookware section of my Amazon store, as well as other kinds of non-toxic goods options.
Also, consider this Homeasy electric stainless steel meat grinder/food processor that you can find in the Kitchen Gadgets and Appliances section of my Amazon store, as well as other kinds of non-toxic goods options.
Further, Delilah Home carries GOTS-certified 100% organic Turkish cotton kitchen towels made in Portugal. I haven’t used them yet, but they look nice and elegant.
Next, this stainless-steel electric kettle is void of plastic or silicone ring that many glass electric kettles have. I love using it, and its various settings are so helpful for tea and coffee drinkers alike. You can find it in the Kitchen Gadgets and Appliances section of my Amazon store, as well as other kinds of non-toxic goods options.
Last, Pure Effect water filters are my top choice for a water filtration system. Indeed, I have researched many water filters and even tested my tap water and filtered water to choose the best filter. I like Pure Effect for the great quality of products and caring and knowledgeable customer service. Besides, their filter works well even on our extremely hard water polluted with carcinogenic uranium. Plus, it does not demineralize water as Reverse Osmosis water systems do. The water tastes so yummy that my son drinks it with pleasure. Learn more about this potential holiday gift here.
Another great option for a water filtration system is Clean Water Revival. They can help selecting the water filtration system for you based on the contaminants in your drinking water. To learn more about this unique company and get a discount code, click here.
Cookware and dinnerware options over $35
For starters, cast iron cookware has a special place in my heart … and in my kitchen. I love to eat! Many years ago, when I gave my husband a cast iron skillet as a holiday present, he was not super happy. Now, he loves cast iron cookware and does not even remember that he used to like non-stick cookware. My favorite cast iron cookware brands are Stargazer and Field because they have smooth surfaces that work as non-stick. (Learn more here and here.)
Alternatively, stainless steel cookware is a great option, too. The 360 Cookware is a US company that makes a variety of stainless steel cookware, including lead-free slow cookers and bakeware. We own a slow cooker, a pie pan, and a cookie sheet that are very well made and performing. Learn more here and use the IREAD25 code for 25% off.)
In addition, this HomiChef Cookware has no nickel in its stainless steel, so it is perfect for people who have nickel sensitivity. Most of all, we like our HomiChef steamer. 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. By the way, HomiChef is much more affordable than All-Clad cookware. You can find these two and other stainless steel cookware options in the Cookware section of my Amazon store as well as other kinds of non-toxic goods options.
Speaking of All-Clad cookware, it is made of 18/10 stainless steel in the US, except for the accessories and tea kettles that are made in China. You can see the set we own here and feel free to read my Safe Cookware Guide.
To conclude this section, we like using Corelle dinnerware sets. For your information, Tamara Rubin of Lead Safe Mama tested these dishes independently. She found them to be lead- and cadmium-free, with the exception of mugs. You can find Corelle and other dinnerware options in the Dishes, Mugs, and Cups section of my Amazon store as well as other kinds of non-toxic goods options. (Learn more about safe dinnerware in my Lead Free Glassware Brands post.)
Other fun holiday gift ideas over $35
I believe Amazon Prime one-year subscription is a fun holiday present. It offers free 2-day shipping, free streaming music, and movies. However, I fully understand that some people prefer to avoid using Amazon, which is an admirable resolve.
Then, these blue light blocking glasses that I wear 2-3 hours before bed help me fall asleep and sleep much better.
Finally, though unconventional, a water testing kit can be a useful holiday present. It is simple and effective. (Find out why you or your friends and family might want to test your water in a water testing lab.)
Options for kids and pets over $35
Consider Castleware organic baby and kids’ sleepwear. It is a brand of luxury. These are our standard new-baby gifts, and everyone always raves about them! In fact, it was one of the first brands I decided to promote when I started my blog. Trust me, new parents will rave about the quality of this gift! (Learn more here.)
As for toys, in the Toys section of my Amazon store, you will certainly find something that fits your needs and preferences. And check out other kinds of non-toxic goods options in my Amazon store as well.
For dogs, this Avocado bed made with organic materials by a GOTS-certified mattress company is the way to go. They also offer a zero VOC wooden bed frame to go with it.
Also, check out Delilah Home pet beds whose removable and washable cover is made from the highest quality organic cotton and the fill is made from PET-recycled bottles. (By the way, to give your pet a bath, you can use Branch Basics Concentrate following the dilution instructions. (Learn more here and get 15% off on any starter kit.)
My top favorite non-toxic beauty brands for holiday present options over $35
Of course, Crunchi skincare and makeup are my favorite. This is the only vegan, cruelty-free skincare and makeup company that encompasses all three ideals I value – transparency, safety, and performance. All their products are 3rd party tested for heavy metals. Also, Crunchi products are excellent gifts for people who seek to reduce plastic pollution. Currently, they have several nice holiday gift sets. (Learn more in my Crunchi Non-Toxic Makeup Review.)
My favorite Crunchi products to give as gifts are Clarilight Facial Essence, Goldenlight Multi-Peptide Serum, Daylight cream, Powerlight Eye Cream, and I AM Polished Facial Exfoliator. I love the spa effect from the exfoliator and the hydrating power of the daylight cream. And the multi-peptide serum is a must for any anti-aging routine as well the eye cream that is has many super nutrient ingredients. With my affiliate link, you will get $10 off on the first purchase of over $50. The code is embedded in my Crunchi links above. I like easy.
Additionally, I love the Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Intense Lift cream (for women over 50) or Frankincense Age-Defying Cream (for women under 50). They have powerful collagen-producing peptides and are very hydrating.
Furthermore, Pure Haven offers a variety of products from shampoos and skincare to cleaning products. Some of my favorites include Sweet Orange Shampoo and Supergreens Conditioner as they clean my hair well leaving it shiny and adding volume and most importantly these safe haircare products do not make my scalp itchy. However, people have different preferences when it comes to hair and their water hardness matters too so the easier gift can be my newly discovered favorite is Body Butter with Pre-Probiotics. It is so smooth just like butter but not greasy. (Visit my Pure Haven Review. Remember that you do not need to sign up to preferred customer program to place an order with Pure Haven. But if you do sign up, you can get free shipping and choose your replenishment schedule.)
Other options of non-toxic beauty products over $35
First, Blissoma uses raw botanicals with anti-aging properties in their products. Their cleansers are soap-free, pH-balanced, and non-drying to the skin. When I had blemished skin, I had great success with Blissoma Correcting Serum.
Second, consider Beauty by Earth anti-aging individual products as well as bundles. For instance, Youth Restoration Bakuchiol Trio Bundle uses a plant-based alternative to retinol. The Hyaluronic Acid Trio Bundle is especially good for those who are sensitive to scents, as this hyaluronic acid collection is unscented – well, at least I did not smell any scent. Also, check out this Hyperactive Anti-Aging® Vitamin C Trio. (Use the IREAD12 code for 12% off.)
Third, Primally Pure offers products for hair (e.g., my favorite dry shampoo), body, face, acne-prone skin, men, and babies. I think this spa kit would make a caring holiday present for your loved ones. Please use the READLABELS10 discount code at checkout.
Next, Annmarie Gianni would be a luxurious gift for any woman. I was especially impressed with Annmarie Probiotic Serum with Tremella – Bio Facial Elixir. It contains a Tremella mushroom extract that has superior hydrating and skin elasticity improvement properties.
Further, Beautycounter has started disclosing independent heavy metal test reports, and, unlike Crunchi, they ship to Canada. Some of their products contain phenoxyethanol and synthetic dyes, so I cannot recommend those. (For a list of Beautycounter products of which I approve, refer to my Beautycounter Review.)
Last, for families, moms-to-be or new moms and their babies, check out Earth Mama Organics gift sets.
Books on women’s and babies’ health for holiday gift ideas
Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child by Victoria Maizes, MD. This book is a great holiday present for those planning to get pregnant, or already pregnant.
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.
The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution: A Proven 4-Week Program to Rescue Your Metabolism, Hormones, Mind & Mood by Aviva Romm. This is a great gift idea for women because it investigates women’s health from a holistic perspective and offers tons of remedies.
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.
Books on recovering from potentially incurable diseases
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause by Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP. This book can be a useful holiday gift for somebody who is struggling with Hashimoto’s.
Cured by Jeffrey Rediger, MD, is a great holiday present because it is very uplifting and inspiring. My dear friend and a fan of this blog recommended it to me (thank you, Ann!). The author is a conventional medical doctor who got curious as to why some people recover from chronic or terminal diseases. He describes many stories of people who have recovered. Apparently, “spontaneous remission” is not uncommon. It is just that doctors do not report the cases of recovery. I loved reading the amazing stories of healing! It is an inspirational book to read for anybody struggling with any illness.
Books on gut health and cooking
Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans by Michelle Tam is a great holiday present 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 Nourished Kitchen by Jennifer McGruther is one of my favorite cooking books.
The Heal Your Gut Cookbook: Nutrient-Dense Recipes for Intestinal Health Using the GAPS Diet by Hillary Boynton.
Younger You: Reduce Your Bio Age and Live Longer, Better by Dr. Kara Fitzgerald. It is based on the groundbreaking study that shaved three years off a subjects’ age in just eight weeks. Dr. Fitzgerald encourages you to discover a proven, accessible plan to prevent diseases and reduce your biological age.
Conclusion of the best non-toxic holiday gift ideas guide
I hope you have found items that have inspired you. Let me know if you have other suggestions. The hyperlinks here are affiliate links. This 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!
Collective List of Holiday Gift Ideas Under $35
Anchor Hocking Glass Containers
Beauty by Earth Anti-Aging® Vitamin C Toner (IREAD12 for 12% off)
Beauty by Earth Citrus Lavender Body Scrub (IREAD12 for 12% off)
Beauty by Earth Hyaluronic Acid Face Toner and Facial Mist (IREAD12 for 12% off)
Beauty by Earth Peppermint Tea Tree Body Scrub (IREAD12 for 12% off)
Beauty by Earth Toner with Rose Water (IREAD12 for 12% off)
Beauty by Earth USDA Organic Mint Lip Scrub (IREAD12 for 12% off)
Beauty by Earth Youth Restoration Bakuchiol Face Toner (IREAD12 for 12% off)
Branch Basics Wool Dryer Balls (use READ15 on all starter kits for 15% off)
Crunchi Everluxe™ Lip Crayons (get $10 off with the first purchase of $50+)
Crunchi Facial Gentle or Charcoal Bars (get $10 off with the first purchase of $50+)
Crunchi Highliner® Pencil Eyeliner (get $10 off with the first purchase of $50+)
Crunchi Hydrogloss® Lipglosses (get $10 off with the first purchase of $50+)
Crunchi Nutribrow™ Eyebrow Pencil (get $10 off with the first purchase of $50+)
Delilah Home Hand Towels and Wash Cloths
Fontana Candles (Read15 for 15% off)
GOTS-Certified Organic Cotton Reusable Grocery Shopping Bags
Henne Luxury Lip Balms (READLABELS for 15% off)
Henne Organics Luxury Lip Tints (READLABELS for 15% off)
I Read Labels for You Amazon Shop for Non-Toxic Goods
iHerb Irina’s Favorite Foods and Teas List
Irina’s Approved Products on iHerb
Klean Kanteen Reflect Plastic-Free Bottle
Klean Kanteen Vacuum Insulated Cup
Kosmatology Glass Foaming Soap Dispenser
Kosmatology Mint Your Feet Balm
Natural Sloth’s Candles (Read10 for 10% off)
Neal’s Yard Remedies Bath & Body for Men
Neal’s Yard Remedies Cooling Aftershave Balm
Neal’s Yard Remedies Hand Creams
Neal’s Yard Remedies Holiday Gift Sets
Plastic-Free Stainless-Steel Infuser
Primally Pure Mojito Beard Oil (READLABELS10 for 10% off)
Primally Pure Sea Soak (READLABELS10 for 10% off)
Pure Haven Cocoa Butter Bar Soap
Pure Haven Refresh Cleanser with Pre+Probiotics
Pure Haven Sweet Orange Bar Soap
Rishi Simple Brew Glass Tea Pot
Wear Pact GOTS-certified organic clothes (for 20% off your first purchase, click here; for repeat purchases, click here)
Wear Pact Organic Men’s Socks (for 20% off your first purchase, click here; for repeat purchases, click here)
Wear Pact Waffle Hand Towels (for 20% off your first purchase, click here; for repeat purchases, click here)
Collective List of Holiday Gift Ideas Over $35
360 Stainless-Steel Cookware (IREAD25 for 25% off)
All-Clad Stainless-Steel Cookware
Amazon Prime one-year subscription
Annmarie Probiotic Serum with Tremella – Bio Facial Elixir
Avocado Mattresses and Bed Frames
Beauty by Earth Hyaluronic Acid Trio Bundle (IREAD12 for 12% off)
Beauty by Earth Hyperactive Anti-Aging® Vitamin C Trio (IREAD12 for 12% off)
Beauty by Earth Skincare (IREAD12 for 12% off)
Beauty by Earth Youth Restoration Bakuchiol Trio Bundle (IREAD12 for 12% off)
Beautycounter (see the products I approve of here)
Branch Basics Concentrate (READ15 on all starter kits for 15% off)
Castleware Organic Baby and Kid Sleepwear
Crunchi Clarilight Facial Essence (get $10 off with the first purchase of $50+)
Crunchi Daylight Cream (get $10 off with the first purchase of $50+)
Crunchi Goldenlight Multi-Peptide Serum (get $10 off with the first purchase of $50+)
Crunchi I AM Polished Facial Exfoliator (get $10 off with the first purchase of $50+)
Crunchi Powerlight Eye Cream (get $10 off with the first purchase of $50+)
Crunchi skincare and makeup (get $10 off with the first purchase of $50+)
Delilah Home GOTS-Certified Organic Bath, Beach, Pool Towels
Delilah Home GOTS-Certified Organic Bedding
Delilah Home GOTS-Certified Organic Kitchen Towels
Happsy Mattresses (IRL225 to get $225)
Holy Lamb Organics Changing Table Pad
Holy Lamb Organics Nursing Pillow
Homeasy Electric Stainless-Steel Meat Grinder/Food Processor
HomiChef Stainless-Steel Cookware
Naturepedic mattresses (IREAD15 for 15% off)
Naturepedic Organic Adjustable Pillow (IREAD15 for 15% off)
Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Age-Defying Cream
Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Intense Lift Cream
Organic Weave Rugs and Carpeting (READLABELS5 for 5% off)
Primally Pure Personal Care Products (READLABELS10 for 10% off)
Primally Pure Spa Kit (READLABELS10 for 10% off)
Pure Haven Body Butter with Pre-Probiotics
Pure Haven Supergreens Conditioner
Pure Haven Sweet Orange Shampoo
Pure Upholstery Furniture (mention Irina Webb for 5% off)
Stainless-Steel Electric Kettle
Tap Score Water Testing Kit (email me to get 10% off)
Toys section of IRLFY Amazon store
Wear Pact GOTS-Certified Organic Towels and Clothes (for 20% off your first purchase, click here; for repeat purchases, click here)
Collective List of Book Ideas for a Holiday Present
Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause
Healthy Babies and Children: A Commonsense Guide to Herbal Remedies, Nutrition, and Health
Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans
The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution: A Proven 4-Week Program to Rescue Your Metabolism, Hormones, Mind & Mood
The Heal Your Gut Cookbook: Nutrient-Dense Recipes for Intestinal Health Using the GAPS Diet
Woman Code: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source
Younger You: Reduce Your Bio Age and Live Longer, Better
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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!
Great gift ideas! Thank you for doing all the research and your wonderful suggestions!!!
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
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
Thank you, Irina. I ended up purchasing the Camden Rose playstand that should be here this Thursday.
I am so glad. They are heirloom pieces. ~Irina
I just bought that hemp shower curtain! I will definitely let you know how we like it.
Great! Please do. Thank you, Laura.
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?
Not sure I understand your question. Sateen and percale are types of cotton weave. ~Irina
How about stylish organic clothing for women? Check out my neighbors – http://www.lady-farmer.com. I would love to hear of other companies that sell sustainable organic clothing!
Thank you, Miranda. I was able to find only organic t-shirts and yoga wear so far. I know we do need organic clothing! ~Irina
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!
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
I am looking at some clothing options and yoga mats. thanks!
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
great, thank you so much!
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.
I do remember them. I even signed up for their newsletter. Let me re-visit. Thank you for the reminder. ~Irina
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.
I know. 🙂 ~Irina
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.
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.
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!
Thank you, Mary! It was a typo and corrected it. Thank you so much for pointing it out. I really appreciate it. Happy Thanksgiving! ~Irina
Thanks for this great list! I was disappointed not to see Marie Veronique on the list of skin care. Has that company fallen out of favor with you? I’ve started using most of their anti-aging line based on your review of the Gentle Retinol Serum. Do you think the True Botanicals Repair Serum is better?
Hi, Jody: thank you for asking. I still like Marie Veronique products… However, I believe that True Botanicals serum is more effective. I am 45 and have to use only the best skin care products as I want to continue looking 10 years younger. Plus, I was able to interview True Botanicals COO and became very confident in their desire and ability to do the right thing. ~Irina
Thank you so much Irena. I value your diligence and knowledge! Now is a good time to try True Botanicals. I plan to do just that. One can’t stop time but good care can certainly forestall some of it’s effects.
Irina, I really appreciate you updating this list every year. I look forward to ordering many of these products for gifts and I’m so thankful for the discount codes.
Thank you for your feedback, Lorie! We are currently updating the Holiday Gift Idea guide again. So, be on the lookout for new codes and products!
Hi, Irina!! First I would like to say thank you for all your work!!!! Probably half of the brands I use are thanks to you, starting from organic pajamas to organic clothes, to pots, to organic mattresses and pillows , and ALL of my skin care!!! I am truly truly grateful to you and your guides and your ebooks ( and I purchased all of them). THANK YOU!!!!!
A question please: now I am in a search of wool comforter and I see you have 2 here : holy lamb and sols and last year you had a different brand recommended in your holiday gift. Please tell me your personal opinion on which one you most like.
Thank you again
I’m really glad that you decided to get a wool comforter. I think they are the best. One of the Savvy Consumer Circle members speaks very highly of Sol products including their wool comforter. But it looks like that at the moment they offer only twin sizes. Holy Lamb, on the other hand, offers a variety of options in prices, sizes, warmth, and they even have a dual-sized comforter. My son sleeps under a Holy Lamb comforter and he likes it. I spoke with the owner of Holy Lamb and even called the mill that processes their wool so I think their premium wool is safe enough if you can’t afford certified organic wool. Does it help? ~Irina
A wonderful list of gift ideas for those people who are special to us. Gift ideas for any occasion.
Even though Christmas is still some months away, we have to start thinking about it, about the food that should not be missing in the kitchen and its accessories, the decoration of the house and, of course, the gifts for the whole family, the latter being very important to take into account the contributions of this article.
What do you think of Coyuchi products as I don’t see them in your list of recommendations but they seem to be GOTS cerified?
Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for reaching out to IRLFY! Please follow this link to get an email product review: https://ireadlabelsforyou.com/pick-brain-product/
The Kleen Kanteen 8 oz tumbler looks perfect for my 19 month old but the lid is made of polypropylene (#5 plastic) and has a silicone gasket. Is this safe? They do not have other options. Any ideas for 8 oz mugs for kids that hold warm liquids?
Hi Gina! Thank you for reaching out to I Read Labels for You! Polypropylene is not ideal, but among available practical options, it is a better kind of plastic than others.