Eco-friendly gifts: 17 gift ideas for your eco-conscious loved ones


November 18, 2023


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Are you looking to spoil a special someone who cares about the environment, or wondering how to shop for gifts without having to set your ecological principles aside? Check out our eco-friendly gift ideas for inspiration! You will discover durable and functional items, some practical for everyday use and others ready for adventure, all created in harmony with nature.

In this article, you will discover eco-friendly gift ideas for the nature lovers in your life:

  1. Sustainable and durable clothing
  2. A handy and eco-friendly bag
  3. Reusable hydration gear
  4. Footwear with a low ecological footprint
  5. Camping equipment that's kind to nature
  6. A second-hand gift with reSAIL

Sustainable and durable clothing

A versatile top

A piece of men’s or women’s clothing always makes a great gift – especially if you opt for something durable and multi-purpose. Whether on the trails, on a fishing trip or by a campfire, Hooké’s insulated plaid shirt is pretty much perfect, at once practical, comfortable and stylish. Insulated with 100% recycled polyester, this versatile flannel shirt for men or women is robust and made to last. It features multiple handy pockets and a hidden loop for tool attachment. In short, it’s the kind of piece you always want to have on your back!

Hooké Canadian Original Men’s Insulated Plaid Shirt

A transitional jacket

Be it for enjoying the great outdoors or for day-to-day protection against the elements, a transitional jacket always comes in handy. RAB’s Cirrus Flex 2.0 and Mythic Alpine Light jackets are sustainable options, made with recycled materials and non-toxic products. As a carbon-neutral company, RAB puts sustainability at the forefront without sacrificing comfort, performance and functionality.

RAB Cirrus Flex 2.0 Men's Transition Jacket

Multifunctional pants

A durable, functional pair of pants is a gift that’s sure to be appreciated (and used). Look for sustainable materials and versatile models providing maximum comfort and mobility. Vuori, an eco-responsible and carbon-neutral brand, fulfills all these criteria with its organic cotton women’s pants made from bluesign®-certified two-way stretch ripstop fabric. Fjallraven’s Vidda Pro men’s pants are another great option. Made from organic and recycled materials, this waterproof and windproof style is designed to last and be repaired.

Vuori Women's Pants

A handy and eco-friendly bag

A travel bag

You can’t go wrong with a travel bag fit for short trips and long journeys alike. Among the best eco-friendly gift options, let’s mention the Allpa 42 L travel pack from Cotopaxi, a sustainable, B-Corp-certified brand. Made from recycled materials, this colourful, highly functional bag features several compartments and divisions for efficient organization of clothing and everyday items. Thanks to its sturdy, adjustable straps, it can be worn comfortably on the back or over the shoulder.

Cotopaxi Allpa 42 L Travel Pack

A hiking bag

A good hiking backpack is a much-appreciated companion on the trails. Made from recycled materials and guaranteed PFC-free, the Jade 43 L expedition backpack from Gregory is an eco-friendly gift idea that will delight any hiking enthusiast in your life. With its many adjustment options, breathable padded straps and supportive yet flexible frame, it is built to deliver maximum comfort during long outdoor expeditions.

Gregory Jade 43 L Expedition Backpack - Women

Reusable hydration gear

An insulated bottle

In addition to eliminating the need for single-use containers, an insulated bottle always keeps liquids at the optimal temperature. Stanley’s Legendary Classic bottle, for instance, can keep them warm or cold for over 30 hours. Add a few ice cubes, and liquids will even stay cold for up to 6 days! This durable insulated bottle, which is made primarily from recycled materials, is perfect for staying hydrated in the great outdoors or on daily outings.

Stanley Legendary Classic Insulated Water Bottle - 1.2 L

A hydration pack

Ideal for active pursuits and multi-hour outings on the trails, a hydration pack lets you carry a supply of water and have easy access to it at all times. Some models, like the Camelbak Hydrobak Light, even come with pockets and storage accessories for carrying a few essentials on outdoor excursions. Made from recycled materials, the Hydrobak Light hydration pack is lightweight and breathable, and it adjusts perfectly for the ultimate comfortable fit.

Camelback Hydrobak Light Hydration Pack - 1.5 L

Footwear with a low ecological footprint

Hiking boots or shoes

This is a great eco-friendly gift for someone who’s just started hiking or is due for a new pair of shoes. Several footwear brands simultaneously meet the criteria of comfort, functionality and sustainability. Opt for reliable, high-performance models like the Oboz Sawtooth waterproof hiking shoes, which are also crafted from recycled materials. Cushioned, breathable, grippy and durable, these low-profile shoes will enable your loved one to hit the trails with confidence.

OboxSawtooth X Low Men’s Waterproof Hiking Shoes

Women’s shoes

For a practical, eco-friendly gift, you can also go for a pair of comfortable, hard-wearing and versatile shoes that can be worn in various situations. With their low-key elegance and all-purpose practicality, the Ecco Soft 7 shoes are the kind of pair your loved one will always want to wear – especially since they’re manufactured in a way that reduces water consumption and environmental impacts.

Ecco Soft 7 Womens Shoes

Rain boots

Being outside is always fun when you’re wearing a good pair of rain boots. The fully waterproof Holly boots from Bogs keep feet dry and comfortable thanks to their generously padded interior. In addition to encouraging countless outdoor adventures, this pair of boots helps protect our precious natural environment: responsibly sourced leather and rubber, algae-based footbed, recycled materials… everything it takes to have the greenest footprint possible!

Bogs Holly Womens Short Rain Boots


Give your nature-loving friend or relative a chance to cozy up and relax between outdoor outings with a pair of women’s or men’s slippers that are as gentle on the feet as they are on the environment. TEVA’s ReEmber slippers are made entirely from recycled materials and effectively wrap feet up in warmth and comfort. With their rubber outsole, they’re also a great accessory to slip on during cool camping nights.

Teva ReEmber Mens Slippers

Camping equipment that’s kind to nature

A sleeping bag

Gifting a sleeping bag is offering the joy of countless restful nights under the tent. Prioritize comfort, consider weight and temperature rating, and choose the perfect model for the camper you’re shopping for. The Trail Lite sleeping bag from The North Face features 100% recycled fabric and a durable water-repellent treatment that protects against humidity. It stays warm and cozy down to -18 °C thanks to its lofty recycled down insulation with a high fill power.

The North Face Trail Lite Down Sleeping Bag (-18 °C) - Long - Adult

A camping mat

Here’s another eco-friendly gift idea that will help the camping enthusiast on your list recuperate once the sun sets: a comfortable and sustainably-made mattress. Nemo is a leader in that field, both for the quality of its camping mats and for its commitment to the environment. The bluesign®-certified brand makes sure to include sustainable materials that have a minimal ecological impact, and all its products are guaranteed for life. One of the most popular models is the Flyer self-inflating mattress. Ultra-compact when folded, this recycled fabric camping mat inflates into a perfectly thick and plush sleeping surface.

Nemo Flyer Self-inflating Insulated Mattress - Regular

A camping tent

A tent is the starting point for overnight adventures in the wilderness, so you know it’s a gift that promises endless outdoor fun. The Aurora two-person tent from Nemo is a compact model that offers spacious volume under the roof and lots of storage for gear and personal items. In alignment with Nemo’s values, its manufacturing process involves no toxic chemicals and meets the rigorous social and environmental responsibility standards of bluesign®.

Nemo Aurora Tent - 2-Person

A second-hand gift with reSAIL

By giving a second-hand gift to your eco-conscious loved ones, you’ll make them twice as happy! Take a look at the wide variety of clothing and equipment available on reSAIL to find the perfect product or to get inspired in your search for gift ideas for the hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts in your life.

Men’s clothing

Winter jacket, outdoor pants or fleece jacket… the selection of men’s clothing available on reSAIL is constantly renewed, and there’s no doubt you’ll find a piece to suit the needs (and desires) of the person you’re shopping for. Explore the platform to find the perfect eco-friendly gift for the outdoors lover in your life!

Borealis Jefferson

Women’s clothing

Whatever item you need to please your eco-friendly friend or relative, there’s a good chance you’ll find it on reSAIL. Get inspired by the wide variety of women’s clothing available on the platform and find items from renowned brands that still have plenty of outdoor adventures ahead of them. Your loved one will be delighted to give a second life to a quality item that was missing from her wardrobe.

Cotopaxi Teca

Outdoor gear

Whether it’s a tent, a camping mat or a new backpack, the gift you’ve been dreaming of giving your favourite outdoor enthusiast could very well be waiting for you on reSAIL! Look for it among the vast selection of second-hand outdoor equipment available on the site, or browse the items listed for sale to dig up the perfect eco-friendly gift.

Vaude Wizard


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