12 Sustainable Gift Ideas for Christmas, Birthdays and More
We all know the feeling—the excited butterflies in your stomach when you give a gift to someone you care about, and wait with excitement for their reaction. Often, giving a gift brings more joy than receiving one…and it feels even better when your surprise is something unique and has special thought behind it. That’s why sustainable gifts are perfect! When you give a sustainable gift, you’re not just doing something good for the person who receives your gift—but also for the environment (and your conscience!) To help you out, we’ve put together 12 gift ideas that work great for every gift-giving occasion.
Sustainable gifts for Women
Flats made of recycled plastic
A large amount of plastic waste pollutes our planet’s oceans. That’s why we’ve developed a product to help fight this pollution—our Eco Flats, made of recycled plastic. To make our Ballet Flats, plastic PET bottles are fished out of the South China Sea; then they’re cleaned, prepared and spun into a fine yarn. This yarn is what our comfortable, trendy Flats are made out of. They come in two different styles: Pointy and Round.
Another positive: the sole is made out of synthetic rubber and vegetable oil—which means it’s organically biodegradable.
Capes and Ponchos
You can never go wrong with a cozy cape or poncho. Capes and ponchos are staples in any woman’s wardrobe; they’re versatile and go well with every outfit, and they also flatter all body types. Our capes and ponchos are made of natural, mulesing-free Merino wool…and they’re sure to keep you warm all winter long.
Modern knitted beanies
What about gifting your loved one a “winter survival kit?” Collect some local or regional products that will make your loved one feel cozy and warm, like: a nice herbal tee, scented soaps, a mini schnapps (sure to bring some warm joy in the winter!;) or a soft wool beanie…and delight your loved one with an impressive gift basket.
But don’t worry, you don’t need to knit that cozy winter beanie yourself—we’ve got a wide selection of Merino beanies for women and men, which have been designed and knitted right here in Brixlegg, Austrian Tyrol.
Sneakers made of mulesing-free Merino wool
What’s something that men and women both just can’t get enough of? That’s right: shoes. Our sneakers made of high-quality Merino wool are perfect for casual wear, office outfits and sport. The sustainable, natural fiber makes sure that your feet stay at a comfortable temperature, and it regulates moisture and is antibacterial. Thanks to these properties, our Merino shoes can be comfortably worn barefoot—without any unpleasant odors.
When sourcing our Merino wool, we first and foremost pay attention to choosing high-quality wool, and choose exclusively mulesing-free wool from Uruguay. Furthermore, the animal care conditions of these sheep are continually checked by our deliverers—animal protection is near and dear to our hearts.
Accessories to make home even more cozy
A great gift for all occasions: home decor like blankets, pillowcases or hot water bottles. These accessories are made of soft, virgin wool and give any room an extra cozy factor. Plus, everyone loves to snuggle up under a thick blanket during the winter. When giving a home accessory gift, the best option is to choose a neutral color like beige, grey, white or black—then, it’s sure to go well in any home.
Boiled wool handbags
No matter if it’s Mother’s day, a birthday or the holidays—a nice, timeless handbag is something that every woman needs. Our Lydia shopping bag doesn’t just look unique thanks to its boiled wool material…it’s also very durable. Plus, it’s got plenty of space for long shopping outings.
Sustainable Gifts for Men
Shoes made of sustainable Eucalyptus fibers
Our Wood Sneakers are the proof that sustainable shoes can look especially cool. The upper material of our unisex sneakers is made of organically biodegradable Eucalyptus fibers. This naturally regenerating fiber is made of out of the cellulose of the Eucalyptus tree from FSC-certified, sustainable forests. With our 3D-Knit Technology, we turn these fibers into a flexible material that adapts to fit each foot perfectly. Plus, Eucalyptus fibers are extremely soft, breathable and provide an optimal climate for the foot.
Merino Sport Collection
Looking for a gift for a sport-lover? With our Merino Sport Collection, you’re sure to bring a smile to their face! Our comfortable jackets, pullovers and vests are ideal for all outdoor activities. Plus, through the natural properties of Merino wool, our Merino Sport Collection is breathable, temperature-regulating and odor-neutral. Plus, this natural fiber can hold up to a third of its own weight in moisture without feeling wet…and, still protect effectively from the cold.
Wool Cross X sports shoe
The cherry on top of any sport outfit is our Wool Cross X. The world’s first Merino sports shoe is water-repellent, super-light and wearable without socks. Comfort, health and sustainability unite in the Wool Cross X. Merino wool draws moisture away from the foot and wicks it away, which provides a cooling effect in the summer and warms in the winter. This allows for a comfortable foot climate, and keeps every athlete injury-free and blister-free while training. The Wool Cross X is complemented by a flexible, Micro-Grip Sole which makes it an excellent sports shoe for all terrain and types of weather.
Give the gift of coziness with our slippers made of virgin wool or cotton. These high-quality men’s slippers protect feet from cold, dust and dirt—and best of all, they keep feet cozy and comfortable. Thanks to our 3D Knit Technology, pure sheep wool is turned into a soft, comfortable pair of slippers. Plus, our patented Anti-Slip Sole made of flexible, natural rubber offers secure grip.
Throughout the production process of our slippers, we follow a “Zero Waste Policy.” That means that all our fabric scraps are recycled and turned into new products. This allows us to have a closed production cycle in which we waste no valuable wool.
Sustainable gifts for children
Kids Merino Runners
No matter if your child loves to climb trees, jump in mud puddles or is simply too impatient to put on socks—our Kids Merino Runners can take on everything. Their flexible materials stretches in all directions, and is especially comfortable. Through their breathable Merino wool, the foot’s temperature is optimally regulated and keeps your child’s feet from sweating during playtime. If your child’s Merino Runners get dirty, no worries: you can wash them quickly and easily in the washing machine at 30°C (90°F) and they’re ready for the next adventure.
Cute slippers for babies and toddlers
Little ones often get plenty of toys as gifts—what about instead giving the gift of some cute children’s slippers instead? Our slippers are made of soft virgin wool or cotton, and feature happy designs. Their slip-free sole made of natural rubber is available in two different types: solid and stable, or super-soft.
Need help choosing the right children’s slippers? In this blog post, we’ve put together our top tips for you.
Our sustainable production
Sustainability and the responsible use of resources is a core value of our company. That’s why we’ve created and follow our own Green Strategy, in which we’ve set forth measures to protect the environment and nature:
100 % Mulesing-free Merino wool for our entire product range.
0 % crude oil—instead, we use renewable resources.
0 % scrap waste – all our wool scraps are recycled and reused.
90 % recycled water – in 1997, we created Austria’s first water recycling plant.