Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Gift Ideas for the Whole Family

Autumn has officially arrived here in Athens, Georgia, and after all that this year has brought, we couldn't be happier to soak up the new sights and scents of the season. Bright yellow and orange trees line picturesque streets and poke out of backyards. Crunchy leaves create their own melody as we keep our social distance on sidewalks. And instead of summer's perfume, notes of smoky nutmeg, crisp apple, and spicy cinnamon waft out of homes and stores.

It's enough to make us each want to slow down... and enjoy.

Of course, with a beautiful fall comes the holidays. I'm feeling more hopeful for a normal holiday this year. Whether we're near or far, selecting a meaningful and personal gift for someone is a special way to show just how much we care. 

Last year, I shared this blog post on Tips for Conscientious Holiday Gift Giving, and those tips are still applicable today. But this year, I want to share a few of my Steel+Plank favorites for each of the special people in your life: the Foodie, the Art Lover, the Pursuer of Slow Living, the Nature Lover, and the Stylish One.

For the Foodie

Teak Double Cellar with Gold Spoon

What better way to display salt and pepper at the dinner table that this double cellar? Perfect for dried herbs or seasonings, the beauty of natural teak and a minimal design elevate the look of any table... and is sure to please the Foodie in your life. 


Black Mango Wood Serving Board

This sleek black serving board made from solid mango wood is as beautiful as it is functional. Your giftee can use it as a platter for a delicious table spread, charcuterie, or enjoy it as an eye-catching wall or countertop art when not in use. 

Handcarved Wood Bowls

Inspire your recipient to connect with friends and family over these stunning handcrafted wooden bowls from Athens local Southfork Timber. Minimal and multifunctional, these bowls showcase the natural beauty of their wood.

Bloom Coasters

 With all the graphic refinement of a contour line sketch, these standout coasters are sure to boost the look of any Holiday table setting.  Gift these to the perfect host in your life to help give that special pop to their next gathering or an extra shine to their night in.

Find more gift ideas for Foodies here.

For the Art Lover


Ink + Indigo Encaustics

Artist Emily Mann, also known as Ink + Indigo, is an artist, mama, and maker. Her pieces are abstract, inspiring, and open to interpretation. Perfect for the art lover to absorb.

Jason Thrasher's Athens Potluck

 A must have for the music or photography lover in your life! Athens Potluck is a celebration of community and creativity. Jason photographed Athens' musicians at home or in the studio, along with their questions, which have been written variously on vinyl records, album covers, on books, and in works of art, for the next artist.


Meredith Mejerle Ornament

These original hand painted ornaments from Athens artist Meredith Mejerle Rush are the perfect miniature gift for the art lover and holiday decorator. Backed by holiday lights, it is sure to sparkle...and remind your giftee of you!

You can find more gift ideas for Art Lovers here.

For the Pursuit of Slow Living

Woven Grey Baskets

These baskets are handcrafted in California from a heavy 100% natural, sustainable cotton cord and sewn in a coiling method that results in a flexible textile that is stiff enough to hold its shape. It is the perfect gift for adding a cozy touch to a home.

Insulated Traveler Mug with Infuser

Help your gift recipient enjoy slow moments wherever they go with a perfectly brewed tea, coffee, or refreshingly infused water. This traveler mug is fitted with a removable infuser (to brew tea or infuse flavor) and a sleek loop cap for mindfulness on the move. 


Gratitude Journal

Inspire your loved ones to create a mindfulness practice (one of our favorites) by starting or ending their day with a gratitude journal. This beautiful softcover notebook has 192 lined pages and lays flat for easy writing, musing, and reflecting.

You can find more gift ideas for Slow Living here.


For the Nature Lover


Mary's Vase

With Mary's vase, your giftee can create a new mindfulness habit, bring the outdoors in, and get their guests talking! The clever design by Kokili was inspired by the makers' friend Mary, who has a ritual of picking a flower or small punch from a garden each day and placing them in a small bottle vase, documenting each with a photo and short note. A simple design with endless possibilities.

Black Ombre Rope Leash

The perfect gift for your friend who can always be found out on a hike with their furry companion. Found My Animal's leashes are hand-spliced to withstand hundreds of pounds of pull and are all-weather ready.

Gilded Vases

Bring a touch of uniqueness and interest into your loved one's space with these handmade vases by Atlanta artist Honeycomb Studio. Each vase features handprinted gilded detailing for a subtle yet stunning shine.

Hand Cast Stone Planters

Made from a mixture of Portland cement, sand, and organic materials, these planters are frost-proof, weigh less than concrete, and happily collect a beautiful mossy coat when left outside. The Green Thumb in your life will love looking at this unique pot no matter the season.

You can find more gift ideas for Nature Lovers here. 

For the Stylish One

Dunes Scarf

Help friends and family stay seriously warm with the super soft Minna Dunes Scarf. Handwoven by a women-led weaving co-op in Uruguay, this cozy piece will become a winter favorite.

Delfi Hoops

The perfect gift to inspire creativity and playfulness. Focused on versatility and patterning, these handmade Japanese glass bead hoops are totally unique and easily dressed up or down.


Jute Gingham Tote

Pamper your loved ones and the planet with this adorable gingham tote. Perfect on its own as an everyday bag or used to sustainably wrap any other goodies you plan on gifting.

You can find more Wearable Art gift ideas here.

Wishing you and yours health, happiness, and connection this holiday season,


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