In need of some awesome last minute zero waste gifts? I hear you: Christmas is right around the corner and you need something fast. But fast doesn’t mean your gift can’t be ethical and sustainable! Most of the gifts you’ll find on this list can be homemade, making them even more special (in my humble opinion). You might already have the ingredients or materials needed to make them lying around your home. Other gifts may have to be purchased somewhere. I recommend checking your local farmers market, artisan soap makers, flee markets, vintage shops and thrift stores for last minute gifts, when in doubt. You never know what you’ll find there: One of my farmers markets sells amazing goat milk soaps and hand crafted beeswax candles carved into beautiful shapes. Who wouldn’t want that as a gift? Just remember: Gifting is about sharing kindness with one another. The price tag doesn’t matter so much (what matters is it came from the heart). So don’t stress over how much you spend!
50 Last Minute Zero Waste Gifts
If you’re struggling to figure out what to get your loved ones this year, worry no more. Here are 50 last minute zero waste gifts to choose from. I’m sure they’ll offer you some inspiration!
1. Zero waste lip balm.
2. DIY sugar or coffee body scrub.
3. Hot cocoa mix in a jar.
4. Customized zero waste starter kit.
5. Old jewelry in good condition you no longer use.
6. Zero waste makeup remover.
7. DIY beeswax candles.
8. Assortment of beeswax wraps.
9. Homemade dream pillow.
10. Handmade painting or drawing.
11. A vintage antique.
12. Assortment of produce bags.
13. Bottle of their favorite liquor.
14. Customized shave kit (safety razor, shave soap, after shave) in a jar.
15. Homemade baked goods.
16. Vegan chocolate bites.
17. Ceramic mug.
18. DIY zero waste body lotion.
19. Bulk treats in cute glass jars.
20. Customized manicure kit (eco-friendly nail polish, manicure tools, reusable cotton rounds) in a jar or cloth pouch.
21. Dutch oven.
22. Artisan, all-natural, package free soap.
23. Cookie mix in a glass jar.
24. A plant (succulents, cacti, herbs, pothos, etc.)
25. Loose leaf tea from the bulk store (or home grown) put into jars.
26. Customized tea lover kit (metal tea strainer, loose leaf tea in jars or tins, cloth napkin) in a cloth produce bag.
27. Cast iron pans.
28. Handmade (or homemade) pottery.
29. Travel mug.
30. A book you no longer need/have already read.
31. Growler of locally brewed beer.
32. Candied orange peels.
33. DIY toiltries (toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream).
34. Bamboo toothbrush.
35. DIY natural crayons or chalk.
36. Treat them out for coffee, tea or lunch.
37. Homemade elderberry syrup or health tonics.
38. Home cooked meal.
39. DIY rose water toner.
40. Homemade shampoo and conditioner.
41. DIY plant dyed Playdough in glass jars or tins.
42. Customized anti-anxiety kit (lavender essential oil, amethyst crystal, candle) in a cloth produce bag.
43. Zero waste orange peel vinegar cleaner.
44. Homemade or package free bath bombs.
45. Little plastic free knick knacks.
46. Stainless steel water bottle.
47. Homemade jams, jellies or syrups from fresh produce.
48. Reusable straw.
49. Money in a handmade card.
50. Quality time spent together.
What do you think of these last minute zero waste gifts? Which is your favorite?
As always, be sure to check your local stores before purchasing things online. For example, you may be able to find a dutch oven or cast iron pans at your local thrift store. Get out there and explore.
Last minute zero waste gifts: How to wrap them
After you’ve gotten your last minute zero waste gifts, there’s one thing you still need to do: Wrap them waste free!
I’m not sure about you, but I used to arbor gift wrapping before going zero waste. Now I love it! It’s such a creative challenge that really makes the gift you’re giving extra special.
- Old newspaper
- Packaging paper
- Old calendars
- Fabric (scarves, silk, burlap, lace etc.)
- Clay pots
- Old clothing
- Reusable gift bags
- Produce bags
- Silicone bags
- Twine made from jute, cotton or hemp
- Paper tape
- Reusing old ribbons from last year
- Scrap paper
- Cut up a piece of toilet paper roll
- Seed paper
- Pine sprigs
- Dried fruit (lemons, oranges and apples work well)
- Cinnamon sticks
- Foraged brush
- Fallen leaves
Last year, I wrapped most of my gifts using packaging paper and twine, or vintage lace. I decorated using pine sprigs. Very rustic and chic!