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Beautiful Handmade and Eco-Friendly Gifts for Mom


Looking for gifts that any woman would be happy to have in her kitchen?  I’m talking about gifts that are beautiful, reusable, and gifts 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 hand-crafted by small business owners.  The best part is you won’t have to spend hours hunting in over-crowded craft markets.  I’m helping you by rounding up my favorites gifts from Etsy right here!

Environmentally friendly and practical gifts for the kitchen | #reusable #giftguide #giftsforkitchen

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Reusable un-paper towel

I’ve seen these all over the internet and I think they’re a great idea!  Some will come with snaps so you can hook them all together just like your standard paper towels.  Others can be folded up and tucked in a cute basket.  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 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.

My own reusable flannel cloths are going on 10 years old and they still look and work great!

Beautiful reusable napkins by Less Is Always More on Etsy
Adorable Farm Animal reusable napkins by HeapsHandworks on Etsy
Versatile and reusable cloth wipes by Marley’s Monsters on Etsy

Fabric 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, some with snaps, and some with an extra fabric fold over.  I’ve been using velcro on my reusable bags and it’s still in great shape.

Who wouldn’t be happy to receive these as a gift!  They’re very practical, not too personal, fun, and come in a huge variety of patterns.

Reusable Snack Bags by BeeGoHandmade on Etsy


Reusable canvas and nylon sandwich bag by Grey Jay Wearables on Etsy

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 also be used to store nuts, fruits, and vegetables too.

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.

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.  I’m told these actually work quite well for around the kitchen, picnics, and packing lunches.

Beeswax food wrappers by Suzysbeeswraps on Etsy
Gift sets of bee’s wax wraps by UpCycledCreatonsCAD 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 reusable tote below.

Waxed Canvas Lunch Bag by PegandAwl 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 disappointing 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!  A quick look around and you’ll find one to suit every person on your list, I’m sure!

Memorable reusable shopping tote by Alphabet Bags on Etsy
Cute Reusable shopping tote from HarrisandHound on Etsy
Reusable linen grocery bag by thistleandwinestore 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 gifts for mom are fantastic ideas!  I hope you agree!


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  1. Thanks so much for featuring my snack bags! This was such a happy surprise to see! I’m so glad you’ve been loving yours so far!
    (Beego Handmade is my shop 🙂 )

  2. 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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