20 Eco-Friendly Christmas Gifts for Employees and Clients

Jeshua Cardenas
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Christmas gifts for employees and clients

Christmas gifting is a great way to show your appreciation to employees and clients. It’s also an effective marketing strategy for prospecting with new clients. We know that both employees and clients want companies to be socially responsible, so you should definitely use eco-friendly gifts for employees and clients. But as companies have increasingly smaller budgets, how can you save on your Christmas gifts and help save the planet at the same time? Take a look at our suggestions for employee gifts, gifts for your clients and tree gifts.

1. ForestNation Tree Kits

Our Tree Kits offer you the most innovative and caring gifts for employees and clients. They give the feeling of actually being involved in making a positive impact on our environment and society. We also plant matching trees in a developing country, and you can choose where from our list of tree planting projects.

damia group christmas tree gifts

“This year, we plan to send the ForestNation Tree Kits as Christmas gifts to our customers, suppliers and partners. Rather than the typical presents usually sent, we have decided to give something back – raising awareness and encouraging the recipients to register their tree, enabling our Damia Group Forest to grow, develop and flourish in Tanzania.” ~ Damia Group

2. Waka Waka Power


Waka Waka Power is a great employee gift and helps save energy consumption and also provides a convenient way to power up if you run out of battery. It’s a lightweight and durable solar-powered charger for mobile phones that also includes a handy torch with up to 40 hours of light. This state-of-the-art device doesn’t just keep you constantly connected to the digitised world around you, but it also contributes to developing countries without access to electricity. The company runs its business on the same sustainable principles as we do at ForestNation. Their “Buy one, Give one” campaign raised more than $700 000 and provided 12 000 LED lamps to Haitian families without electricity at the same time.

3. LSTN Wooden Headphones

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LSTN Sound Co makes classy headphones with great purpose. For each product you gift, they donate to the Starkey Hearing Foundation providing hearing aids to people who can’t afford it. 30,000 people are able to hear again thanks to LSTN.

4. Seven Year Pen

7 year pen

What can be more sustainable in an office than a pen that runs for 7 years without having its ink cartridge changed? It’s estimated that over 100 million pens are discarded each day which represents a serious environmental concern. Hidden within The 7-Year Pen is a large reservoir that allows it to hold substantially more ink than a traditional ballpoint pen. This great Swiss invention can write an average of 5.5 feet per day for 2,555 days (that’s over 2.6 miles!) before running out of ink.

5. Openly Human Natural Deodrants

Openly Human makes 100% plant based deodrants that make it a refreshing gift for anyone. What’s more special is that they plant a tree with ForestNation for every bottle you buy.

6. Local Food Gift Baskets

local food basket gift

Instead of buying bottles of wine or champagne as gifts for employees and clients, try to be more socially responsible this year by gifting locally grown and produced food. You can find a local store or website that makes fun gift baskets with organic, local food. Apart from the beneficial contribution towards a healthy and sustainable environment, locally produced foods are richer in nutrients. You can mix and match various Christmas-attractive products such as handmade organic chocolate, apple juice, banana leaf trays, all annexed to a personalized handwritten greeting card. But be warned as locally produced food is so deliciously addictive 🙂

7. Reusable shopping bags

Gifting your employees reusable shopping bags is a thoughtful way to encourage eco-friendly practices and reduce plastic waste. Attractive, stylish, and durable, these bags are perfect for everyday use, grocery shopping, or even as a weekend tote. Not only are they a practical and functional gift, but they also help promote environmental awareness, making it a wonderful Christmas gift for employees.

BAGGU bags are made from a variety of materials, including canvas, nylon, and recycled materials. They are available in a wide range of colors and styles, and they are all designed to be durable and easy to use. BAGGU bags are popular for a number of reasons. They are stylish, they are environmentally friendly, and they are affordable. The company also has a strong commitment to sustainability, and they are committed to manufacturing their products in an ethical way.

8. Stainless steel water bottles

Stainless steel water bottles are a fantastic Christmas gift for employees as they promote sustainability and healthy hydration habits. They keep beverages cold or hot for hours and come in various sizes, colors, and designs. These bottles are perfect for employees to carry to the office, gym, or on outdoor adventures, helping them to stay refreshed while reducing single-use plastic waste.

Hydro Flask is a brand of insulated stainless steel water bottles and other drinkware. Hydro Flask bottles are known for their ability to keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 6 hours. They are also durable and BPA-free. The company’s products are popular among outdoors enthusiasts, hikers, and campers, as well as people who are looking for a sustainable alternative to disposable plastic water bottles.

9. Eco-friendly phone cases

Phone cases made from sustainable materials are not just stylish but also show your employees that you care about the environment. These cases protect smartphones from damage while simultaneously reducing plastic waste and pollution. By gifting eco-friendly phone cases to your employees, you’re not only helping them safeguard their devices but also setting an example of corporate responsibility towards the environment.

Pela is one of the most well-known brands of eco-friendly phone cases. They are made from Flaxstic, a compostable bioplastic elastomer made from leftover flax straw. Pela cases are 100% compostable and are delivered in plastic-free packaging. They offer a wide range of cases for most popular phone models, and they also do some pretty amazing collaborations for the design of their cases.

10. Bamboo reusable coffee cups

A bamboo reusable coffee cup is an excellent Christmas gift for employees who are always on the go or who enjoy their daily caffeine fix. As bamboo is a sustainable and fast-growing material, it makes these cups a more environment-friendly alternative to single-use plastic or paper cups. By gifting bamboo coffee cups, you’re contributing to the reduction of waste generated by disposable cups and encouraging your employees to adopt eco-conscious practices.

Stojo is a popular brand of reusable coffee cups made from bamboo fiber and silicone. They are lightweight, durable, and easy to clean. Stojo cups come in a variety of sizes and colors, and they are also dishwasher safe.

11. Solar-powered chargers

These chargers are an innovative and eco-friendly way to keep electronic devices charged while on the go. By harnessing the power of the sun, they offer a sustainable source of energy without relying on fossil fuels or electricity from the grid. A solar-powered charger is a perfect Christmas gift for employees, particularly those who love outdoor activities or are environmentally conscious. It also serves as a reminder of the importance of alternative energy sources.

Anker is a well-known manufacturer of portable chargers, power banks, and other electronic accessories. Their solar-powered chargers are some of the most popular on the market, and they offer a variety of models to choose from, including chargers that can charge smartphones, tablets, laptops, and even cameras. Anker’s solar-powered chargers are known for their high quality, durability, and efficiency. They are also relatively affordable, making them a great option for people who are looking for a reliable and convenient way to stay charged on the go.

12. Recycled paper notebooks

Give the gift of sustainability with recycled paper notebooks, an ideal Christmas present for employees. These notebooks are made from post-consumer waste, reducing the environmental impact of paper production. A great addition to any office or workspace, recycled paper notebooks offer a stylish and environmentally conscious place for employees to jot down ideas, take meeting notes, or draft project plans.

Ecojot notebooks are made with 100% recycled paper and soy-based inks. They have a variety of cover designs, and they are available in a variety of sizes and styles.

13. Fair trade organic chocolate bar

A sweet and ethical treat, fair trade organic chocolate bars make a delightful Christmas gift for employees. With an emphasis on sustainability and fair labor practices, gifting such chocolates shows that your company supports ethical business practices, making a positive impact on both society and the environment. Furthermore, the rich, decadent taste of organic chocolate is sure to be a hit with your employees.

Divine Chocolate is a Fairtrade certified brand that was founded by Ghanaian cocoa farmers in 1998. Their chocolate is made from 100% Fairtrade cocoa, and they are committed to supporting sustainable farming practices in Ghana.

14. Organic cotton socks

Soft, comfortable, and made from natural materials, organic cotton socks are a cozy and thoughtful Christmas gift for employees. By choosing organic cotton over conventional, you’re supporting environmentally friendly farming practices and pesticide reduction, contributing to a cleaner, healthier planet. Gifting organic cotton socks also shows your employees that you care about their well-being and comfort, both inside and outside of the workplace.

Pact is a popular brand that offers a wide variety of organic cotton socks at an affordable price. They are also Fair Trade certified, which means that their socks are made in factories that meet high social and environmental standards.

15. Bamboo toothbrushes

Swapping out traditional plastic toothbrushes for bamboo alternatives is an easy way to reduce plastic waste and promote eco-friendliness. Gifting bamboo toothbrushes to your employees as a Christmas gift not only shows your company’s commitment to sustainable living but also emphasizes the importance of personal care and hygiene. This small, yet practical gift will help your employees make a positive impact on the environment.

Brush with Bamboo, an American brand is known for its high-quality bamboo toothbrushes and its commitment to sustainability. They offer a variety of bamboo toothbrushes, as well as bamboo floss and bamboo tongue scrapers.

16. Reusable silicone straws

Gifting reusable silicone straws to your employees is a fun and practical way to encourage sustainability and reduce single-use plastic waste. These straws are a great alternative to disposable plastic straws, helping to protect marine life and reduce pollution. A perfect addition to any office or kitchen, a reusable silicone straw is a versatile and eco-friendly Christmas gift that employees will appreciate.

GoSili, this brand is known for its high-quality silicone straws that are durable, BPA-free, and dishwasher-safe. They come in a variety of colors and sizes, and they also offer a variety of bundles and sets.

17. Soy-based candles

A lovely and natural alternative to paraffin wax candles, soy-based candles make a perfect Christmas gift for employees. Made from soybean oil, these candles burn cleaner and emit fewer pollutants than traditional candles. Not only do soy-based candles provide a cozy and fragrant ambience, but they also support the environment and help create a healthier indoor atmosphere, making them an ideal choice for eco-conscious gifting.

Brooklyn Candle Studio create handcrafted candles, diffusers, and room mists using 100% soy wax and phthalate-free fragrance oils infused with essential oils. Their candles are vegan, cruelty-free, and petroleum-free.

18. Stainless steel food containers

Encourage waste reduction and sustainable living by gifting stainless steel food containers to your employees this Christmas. These containers are durable, easy to clean, and serve as a perfect alternative to single-use plastic containers or bags. This practical and environmentally responsible gift can be used for packing lunches, storing leftovers, or even organizing small items in the office or at home.

Lock&Lock is a Korean brand that is known for its high-quality stainless steel containers. They offer a wide variety of containers, including canisters, boxes, and jars. Lock&Lock containers are also known for their airtight seals, which help to keep food fresh.Natural wool blankets wool blankets make an ideal Christmas gift for employees, showcasing your care for their comfort and well-being during the festive season. These cozy and eco-friendly blankets provide exceptional warmth and insulation, while also being a stylish addition to any home. This practical and long-lasting gift epitomizes the blend of sustainability, comfort, and luxury, demonstrating your appreciation for your employees and their contributions to the company.

19. Natural wool blankets

Natural wool blankets make an ideal Christmas gift for employees, showcasing your care for their comfort and well-being during the festive season. These cozy and eco-friendly blankets provide exceptional warmth and insulation, while also being a stylish addition to any home. This practical and long-lasting gift epitomizes the blend of sustainability, comfort, and luxury, demonstrating your appreciation for your employees and their contributions to the company.

Atlantic Blankets is a Canadian brand specializes in natural fiber blankets. Their wool blankets are made from 100% merino wool and are perfect for people with allergies.

20. Gift a Forest

Create a personalized eGift for your employees with ForestNation’s Gift a Forest program. Receive recognition for planting trees in someone else’s Forest Profile, while fostering a sustainable connection between recipients and the environment.

Jeshua Cardenas

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