Save the Planet with 3 Earth-Friendly Holiday Gift Ideas!

A perfect gift: an insulated 18/8 stainless steel water bottle
A perfect gift: an insulated 18/8 stainless steel water bottle

This holiday season, why not spoil the loved ones on your gift list with sustainable, earth-friendly gifts that they can cherish now and for years to come.  You’ll feel great that you’re buying with a conscience, and they’ll be impressed that you were so thoughtful!

3 Sustainable Earth-Friendly Holiday Gifts

I looked no further than one of my favorite hiking gear retailers, REI Co-op, to start the search for the best earth-friendly holiday gifts. What is list worthy? Check out these 3 amazing products that will make our planet and your gift recipient smile 🙂

1. REI Co-op Hydro Flask Water Bottle

Hydro Flask + REI Co-op, a match made in earth-friendly heaven! REI has partnered with Hydro Flask, the innovative, insulated water bottle company, to make a nifty REI Co-op labeled Hydro Flask line. Opt out of one-time use plastic water bottles, and opt in to high quality, food grade 18/8 stainless steel bottles that will keep your drinks hot or cold for hours. Personally I love the sip straw version since it is convenient for sipping in the car while driving to the trailhead, and also ideal for drinking while hiking. I find that open top bottles tend to spill while I’m moving.

As to be expected from earth-friendly and people-friendly Hydro Flask products, these bottles are BPA and phthalate-free. If all of that wasn’t enough, Hydro Flask has a lifetime warranty! This exclusive REI Co-op line up is only available at

2. United by Blue Steel Creek Reusable Straw Case

As a mother of two little boys, straws are used regularly in our household, and we have straw dilemmas:  I prefer water bottles with straws (see above!); the kids prefer straws to drinking from a cup; the baby chews on the paper straws at restaurants and ends up eating part of a straw; and we all hate plastic straws!  (I do my best to avoid plastic in general…even the reusable stuff…more reason to love this stainless steel set).

Needless to say, our straw issues are now resolved, with this great kit that makes a perfect holiday gift.  Investing in a United by Blue Steel Creek straw set was a no-brainer for our family, and essential for all earth-friendly parents and straw lovers out there!  The manufacturer, United by Blue, removes a pound of trash from our world’s oceans and waterways every time they sell one of their products.  Amazing!!

United by Blue Straw Case: includes 2 stainless steel straws, 1 straw cleaner, and 1 silicone straw tip
Inside the case you can store several straws (5), plus the cleaning brush and straw cleaner
United by Blue straws and case
United by Blue removes a pound of trash from our world’s oceans and waterways for every product sold! I love them!

Want to love United by Blue even more?  The case is made of recycled polyester.  When you buy this set for a holiday gift, you’ll feel just as amazing as the gift receiver knowing how you personally helped the environment with this purchase. $15.00,


3. REI Co-op Stuff Travel Duffel

Now that the Hiking Lady family regularly uses our Thule Force XT L Roof Box on top of the Jeep, we have become duffel bag experts.  I love duffel bags that are lightweight, pack down into their own pocket, and are durable enough for hiking and camping gear.

Why did this duffel bag earn a prime spot on the earth-friendly holiday gift guide?  This travel bag is made of materials that meet the bluesign criteria!  I love this!  What does a bluesign materials certification mean anyway?  Simply put, the company who made this product (in this case, REI Co-op) took painstaking steps to ensure that the materials used in the product are environmentally friendly.  Awesome huh!?!  $34.95,

bluesign duffel bag
REI Co-op Travel Duffel – meets bluesign criteria for most of its materials!
REI Co-op Travel Duffel
REI Co-op Travel Duffel – stuff into itself! I love how pack-able it is.

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season.  Happy gift giving, and happy trails!



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