Handmade and Eco-Friendly Home Gift Guide (updated for 2019)

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Looking for gifts that any woman would be happy to have in her kitchen?  Here’s a collection of beautiful, reusable, and practical eco friendly gifts for mom that didn’t come from a factory half the world away.

Here it is: Your eco-friendly gift guide, the kitchen edition

All these items have been designed or hand-crafted by small business crafters.  By shopping on-line with small businesses, you both get to financially support small businesses endeavors as well as make green shopping choices by avoiding the mass marketing and shipping effects of large manufacturers.

But, the best part is you won’t have to spend hours hunting in over-crowded craft markets.  This list makes it easy for you to find all the best gift ideas from Etsy right here!  All of the photos will link to the actual seller’s shop on Etsy.  So, click around!

Various reusable household gift ideas like lunch totes, bamboo cutlery, cotton coffee filters

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Reusable un-paper towel

Have you seen these before?  These are such a great idea! 

I’ll admit that the ones in my kitchen aren’t nearly as cute as these, but we use them all the time! They sit in a basket right on the counter and I grab them for small spills, messy faces, napkins, and more.

You’ll notice that some reusable cloths will come with snaps so you can hook them all together and store just like your standard paper towels.  Others can be folded up and tucked in a cute bin.  Either way, they’re trendy, beautiful, practical, and a great gift item for almost anyone who has a kitchen and a washing machine!

Fun and colorful unpaper towel roll by MarleysMonsters on Etsy
Reusable organic unpaper towels by NaturalLinens

Reusable Napkins and Wipes

Very similar to the reusable un-paper towels are reusable napkins and cloths.  You’ll love the variety of patterns and materials these can come in.  And really, you can use these for anything: wiping spills, at the table, cleaning dirty faces, tucking in your purse, even as reusable tissues.

I recently purchased a set from Ikea that we’ve been using as table napkins, and here’s a tip for you… consider getting patterned clothes or darker colors to help camouflage stains… or get yourself a good quality stain remover;)

Cotton Napkins Set Screen Printed African Dinner Napkins image 0
Cotton Animal napkins by HeapsHandworks on Etsy
Versatile and reusable cloth wipes by Marley’s Monsters on Etsy
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Kids Cloth Napkins by CheecksAhoyHandmade on Etsy

Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags

Instead of plastic bags and containers, how about some trendy and fun reusable snack bags?  You’ll find that some come with velcro or zippers, some have snaps, and some have an extra fabric fold over to keep the yummies inside. 

We’ve been using some reusable bags with Velcro and they’re still in great shape.

Who wouldn’t be happy to receive these as a gift!  They’re very practical, fun, and come in a huge variety of patterns. These make the perfect gift for anyone who takes a daily lunch to work or school.

Reusable cloth snack bags with a black glow-in-the-dark dinosaur pattern.
Glow-in-the-dark reusable cloth snack bags by Tarrah at Home on Etsy
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Zippered, reusable bags by PlayfulPeanut on Etys

Linen Bread Bags

Do you know a bread baker who would love a handmade linen bread bag to help keep their loaves fresh and tasty?  They can be used to store nuts, fruits, and vegetables too.  Or you could use them for purchasing produce from the grocery store or for a trendy lunch sack.

Handmade linen bread bag for storing and gifting foods by LovelyCraftsHome on Etsy

Cotton Coffee Filters

Save money and reduce waste with cotton coffee filters.  You’ll find them in a variety of sizes for different coffee models. You can even find ones with unbleached, organic cotton for the ultimate green choice.

Reusable organic cotton coffee filters by NaturalLinens on Etsy
Reusable unbleached cotton coffee filters by Remiusables on Etsy

Beeswax Food Wraps

These are so cool!  A small, lightweight, reusable, and colorful alternative to plastic wrap.  Beeswax wraps are gaining in popularity, but they’re still a new and trendy idea that are sure to wow the gift opener. 

Last year when I compiled this list I had not seen these in any stores. However, over the past year, I’ve started seeing them in many small kitchen supply shops, gift shops, and house ware boutiques.

If you’re wondering how to use and care for beeswax wraps, check out this article here.

These wraps below from Suzysbeeswraps come in a beautiful gift-worthy package too!

Beeswax food wrappers by Suzysbeeswraps on Etsy
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Beeswax food wraps by EastVanBees

Reusable Bowl Covers

If you’re hesitant to gift or use the beeswax wraps, these bowl covers might be the better option. These covers use a draw string to hold the fabric tight around the bowl and come in 3 sizes and fun fun fun patterns!

Fabric Bowl covers from Marley's Monsters on Etsy
Fun Fabric bowl covers from Marley’s Monsters on Etsy

Trendy Lunch Sack

If you’re looking for a gift with a little more style (and less of a mommy-chore type gift), try a handmade lunch bag or tote below.

Waxed canvas lunch tote by Zakken on Etsy

Recycled cotton screen printed lunch bag by OhLittleRabbit on Etsy

Washable Washing Sponges

Reusable sponges are another very practical and eco-friendly gift.  I’ll admit, I might be a little disappointed to find cleaning sponges in my stocking, but these are so beautifully packaged, they’d be a joy to receive!

Upcycled reusable kitchen sponges by UpcycledCreationsCAD on Etys
Fun and colorful reusable meshed sponges by Marley’s Monsters on Etsy

Reusable Shopping Bag

Don’t let your friends and family be caught without a bag again.  The colors, patterns, and styles are endless when it comes to handmade totes!  Making this green choice is super easy these days.

A quick look around and you’ll find one to suit every person on your list, I’m sure!

Custom photo canvas bag by CraftyPics on Etsy
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Canvas Shopping Tote by the PepperMill Shop on Etsy
Organic Linen Totes by EcoconLinen on Etys

The Reusable Pocket Straw

Saving the best for last!  With this timely push to decrease plastic waste, more and more restaurants and cafes are going straw-free. 

Gift the gift of never being staw-less again!  And, make sure they have a cute baggie to carry it in or when they actually pull it out of their purse it will be crusted with cheerios crumbs and tissue lint!

Or, go ahead and get them the entire reusable cutlery set!

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Set of 2 reusable straw with pouch and cleaning tools by ForTheLoveOfApronsCo on Etsy
A bamboo reusable cutlery set with leaf patterned zippered pouch
Bamboo cutlery set by SaidoniaEco on Etsy

Hopefully a few items on this list caught your attention. 

Personally, I love gift giving.  I love shopping for things, I love wrapping them, giving them, and watching the receiver’s reactions on opening their gift… But, on the other hand, I hate having lots of stuff and I hate feeling like my gifts might be contributing to their having ‘lots of stuff’…. 

This is why I think these practical, handmade, and reusable eco-friendly practical use gifts are fantastic ideas!  I hope you agree!

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  1. I’ve heard about people using old rags instead of paper towel, but that Reusable un-paper towel would be cost efficient and easy on the eyes! Definitely now on my wishlist.

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