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2018 Non-Toxic Holiday Gift Ideas List



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


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Holiday Gift Ideas Under $35


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Popsicle Molds –  We have these plastic-free molds and 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.


Lifefactory Water Bottle – a glass water bottle with protective silicone sleeve.


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


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.


Affordable 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.


*Theo Chocolate:  Over the years, I have tried a lot of different chocolates, and Theo is one of my two favorites.


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.  I believe they are the only company that does.  All other organic teas I have seen use either chlorine or polymer 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.


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*Meow Meow Tweet Bar Soap – packaged in paper with unique designs and made without palm oil.  They have a lot of different scents.  By the way, it is very important to use the right soap dish so your soap won’t get soggy.  We tried a few different soap dishes before we found this one that works the best.  Keep the water emptied from the bottom for best results.


*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.


Sample Mineral Makeup Kit – this is a good way to introduce somebody to Annmarie makeup.  The kit will contain 8 shades and includes a $10 coupon.  The sample will last a long time.  Please read my review here.


Thesis Beauty Bath Salts – a perfect gift for bath lovers to condition the skin!  To get 15% off, use the coupon IREADLABELS15.


Crunchi makeup –  this year I discovered Crunchi and fell in love.  This is the only makeup company that encompasses all three ideals I value – transparency, safety, and performance.  Please read my review of Crunchi here.  They do not run a lot of sales so the fact they are going to participate in Black Friday and Cyber Monday is very exciting.  Check them out.


Wear Pact – cute organic clothing that won’t break the bank.  You can certainly find nice pieces there under $35.  Please find my review here.


Other Holiday Gift Ideas


*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 toys made of natural and organic materials in the US.


Holiday Gift Ideas Over $35


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Organic Cotton Throws Coyuchi – I love Coyuchi products!  I have not tried this particular item but it looks good enough to gift it.


Cutting Board – this is the best cutting board.  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 own two of them and love them.  Please see my review here.


*Food Containers – we use these containers and we love them.  I love the fact that the amount of plastic is kept to a bare minimum.


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 Naturepedic mattresses!  They are super comfortable, non-toxic, and reasonably priced.  We own a crib mattress, a California King size mattress, and recently got a twin-size mattress for my son.  You can read my review of Naturepedic crib mattress here and see a mattress we bought for ourselves here.


Happsy – a budget-friendly mattress made by Naturepedic. It is GOTS-certified, made of GOLS-certified natural latex foam, organic wool, and organic cotton.  Its coils are wrapped in lightweight polypropylene fabric.  Considering that they are built from the same materials and by the same company, they should be comfortable as well. The firmness is medium but a little on the plush side. They have 120-day return policy and will pay for the return shipping.


Naturepedic Organic Pillow – I looked all over for a safe pillow for my 5-year old son, and I deemed this pillow the safest.  He loves it!  I do not use it for me because they get too flat and do not offer enough support.


OMI Organic Pillows – this is the most comprehensive collection of GOTS-certified organic pillows (free of flame retardants and toxic VOCs!) I have ever seen.  I personally like pillows that offer a good amount of support but are also soft and malleable.  You can shop and get help choosing an OMI pillow that is right for you at Pine Street Natural Interiors.  Call Rowena Finegan at 415.331.9323, even if you don’t live in the area (see immediately below).


Home Goods – Pine Street Natural Interiors, a retail store with lots of great products, including upholstered furniture, bedding, carpeting, rugs, tables, lighting, blinds, and more.  You can make purchases online/over the phone, and when you mention my name you receive 5% off on your first purchase.  Call Rowena Finegan at 415.331.9323.  Two years ago, my husband and I gave each other a present by purchasing a couch from Rowena.  Read more about it here.


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.


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.


Xtrema/Ceramcor Ceramic Cookware – They have frequent sales. Ceramics are always suspect for lead and cadmium contamination.  They are the only ones who share test reports.  They are made in China.  And they are a bit tricky to use, so not for everyone. To read more, click here.


Visions Ceramic Glass Cookware – made in France and the lids are made in China.  It was tested for lead and cadmium with XRF technology by a blogger and she found none.  To read more, click here.


Affordable Organic Sheet Sets – we own and love these GOTS-certified sheets.  They have different types and recently added towels to their offerings.  The price is unbeatable, and you will get an additional 20% with the code Read20.  Please read my review here.


Organic Meditation Cushions – For meditation practitioners, this is a perfect gift!  They are made in the US.


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 it here) and believe that Scoria yoga is the safest, performs best, and is a great value.  Please read my review of it here.


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Crunchi makeup –  this year I discovered Crunchi and fell in love.  This is the only makeup company that encompasses all three ideals I value – transparency, safety, and performance.  Please read my review of Crunchi here.  They do not run a lot of sales, so the fact they are going to participate in Black Friday and Cyber Monday is very exciting.  Check them out.


Crunchi Skincare – Crunchi recently launched daylight and a night creams.  I have been using them for the past 2-3 months now with great results.  They hydrate well, help reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and create the appearance of an even, glowing complexion.  It is hard to gift makeup but these skincare products are great gifts!


Annmarie Gianni skincare – My other favorite skincare line.


Blissoma Holistic Skincare – this is what I currently use and love it!  There are a variety of products for every skin type.  You can read my review of this brand here.


Thesis Beauty – Among other things, these skincare products might be a good gift for men.  To get 15% off, use the coupon IREADLABELS15.


Hana Organic Skincare – I recommend all their products.  My favorites are Renew Creme and Everyday Creme (with SPF).  You can read more about them here.


Coyuchi Robes:  Coyuchi has a nice collection of GOTS-certified organic robes.  I bought one of them and love it to pieces.  It is so cozy!  It is not bulky like a lot of warm robes are.  I have an inner old lady and love to be in my robe by 8 pm. 🙂


Wear Pact – cute organic clothing that won’t break the bank.  You can certainly find nice pieces there under $35.  Please find my review here.


Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids


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


Wood Play Kitchen with Hutch – A couple years ago, Santa brought it for my son and he has been loving it.  It is the only toy kitchen I was able to find that is NOT made in China, 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.


PlanetBox Lunch Box – our favorite lunch box that my son took to preschool.


Finn + Emma Organic Clothing – They offer a variety of cute organic outfits in sizes from newborn through 4T.  The products are made in India, not China.


Organimals by Ultimate Green – cute stuffed animals hand knitted with GOTS certified organic yarn and stuffed with Oeko Tex 1 certified synthetic fill  (can be stuffed with wool upon request).  With every purchase, they make a 10% donation to Farm Sanctuary that is helping rescue animals from California fires.


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


Other Holiday Gift Ideas


*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.


Wood Polarized Aviator Sunglasses – It can be a cool gift for those who want to avoid plastic.




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 are affiliate links meaning 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 “2018 Non-Toxic Holiday Gift Ideas List”

  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,

      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: 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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