12 of the Best Sustainable Gifts for 2018

12 Unique and Sustainable Gifts

With the holidays around the corner and birthdays popping up left and right,  finding sustainable gifts that truly make the ones we love happy can be a difficult task.  Alas we, at The Mindful Merchants, have come up with a list of 12 of the most Unique and  Best Sustainable Gifts for 2018. After all, aren't we all just big kids at heart? Follow us as we show you unique and sustainable gifts ranging from electronic sustainable gifts, to reusable energy devices, to comfy portable chairs. For those of you looking for unique and sustainable gifts for young kids, check out our  11 Sustainable Gift Ideas for Kids blog.

What are Sustainable Gifts?

What are sustainable gifts you ask? To quote thwink.org "Environmental sustainability is the rate of renewable resource harvest, pollution creation, and non-renewable resource depletion that can be continued indefinitely. If they cannot be continued indefinitely then they are not sustainable." The sustainable gifts in our 12 Unique Sustainable Gifts list all fall under at least one of these categories: Organic, Recycled, Non- Toxic, Eco Friendly, Up-Cycled, Bio-Degratable, Solar Powered, Natural. We are very careful about our featured choices, so please browse our  sustainable gifts list, knowing each item is  good for you and the environment. Happy Reading!

#1 On Our Unique Sustainable Gifts List:

  • Key Features

    • Suitable for all experience levels
    • Bluetooth connection so you can listen to music while you ride
    • Tested under the industries highest standards
    • Comes full assembled

Jetson Blue V5 Hover Board

The Jetson Hover Board is first on our Unique Sustainable Gifts list. The built in balance technology makes this board simple to control. Want to listen to music while you ride? Well they Jetson has you covered. With the bluetooth connection, you can unlock more than just access to your iTunes, you can adjust the settings to control your max speed and the sensitivity  of the turning radios. But they didn't stop there! You can sync the LED lights up with your music so they change with the beat. Now who's the cool kid rolling down the side walk? The Jetson V5 Hover Board comes fully assembled out of the box. Al you have to do is charge the battery and you are ready to ride.

  • Key Features

    • Set of 8 bags, 4 black and 4 yellow
    • Double stitched, heavy duty 10 oz cotton material
    • Filled with eco-friendly plastic beads
    • Regulation size 6”x6” bags• Each bag weighs 0.55 pounds
Price on Amazon.com

$26.95 & FREE Shipping

8 Weather Resistant Cornhole Bean Bags

Next on our Unique Sustainable Gifts list are the Heavy Duty Cotton Duck Cloth Filled Synthetic Waterproof Black and Yellow Color Game regulation 6" x 6" Corn hole Bags from VALI. Phew that was a mouth full! These are great for the corn hole player in your life. This gift will pair nice with a homemade Corn Hole board or just a substitute for some old Corn Hole Bags. These sustainable gifts are filled with eco-friendly plastic pellets allowing it to withstand rainy and wet weather. This set includes 8 bags, 4 yellow and 4 black. The VALI Corn Hole Bags are made of 10oz heavy duty double stitched cotton duck cloth canvas fabric.

  • Key Features

    • More challenging than the square puzzle
    • Fosters a sense of space and activate your imagination and creativity.
    • Improves  cognitive and problem-solving abilities.
    • Enjoy Easy Turning - Improved Anti-pop Technology 
    • Recyclable Material and Solid Stickers.
    • Non-Toxic
Price on Amazon.com

Dreampark Pyraminx Pyramid Speed Cube

Number 3 on the Unique Sustainable Gifts List is the Dreampark Pyraminx Pyramid Speed Cube. The Pyraminx is a spin on the very popular Rubik's Cube. Anti-pop technology allows for fast and smooth cornering and durable design. The Pyraminx is made from recyclable materials; including solid PVC stickers and ABS material, which are all non-toxic. This crafty little puzzle is perfect for the development of fine motor skills and dexterity. This fun little game is great for any puzzle lover. The pieces spin easily and fast, making it nice and quick to mix up. Solving the puzzle, on the other hand, is a completely different story...this is quite challenging! The Pyraminx is a comprehensive puzzle that improves on the problem solving and cognitive abilities of its users. It makes for hours of fun for people from ages 7 to 100!

  • Key Features

    • Runs on clean energy
    • Generates power from water
    • Combining remote control fun with educational and environmental themes
    • Includes remote control micro car, charging station, renewable power plant, remote control unit, assembly guide, and how it works poster
Price on Amazon.com

Eco-Racers Solar Powered Remote Control Micro Cars

Eco-Racers Solar Powered Remote Control Micro Cars are a very cool addition to our Unique and sustainable Gifts list. You can choose from three different kinds of racers; The Solar Powered Racer, the Wind Powered Racer, or the Water Powered Racer. Fast and fun, the Eco-Racers run on clean energy! These sustainable gifts include remote control micro car, renewable power plant, charging station, assembly guide, remote control unit, and a how it works poster. Fun for adults and kids and helps the environment. Batteries not included because you don't need them!

  • Key Features

    • You Can Feel the Sound with V Rocker Interactive Audio
    • Two Forward Facing Speakers with Powerful Subwoofer
    • Wireless Audio Transmission and Headphone Jack
    • Side Control Panel with volume, bass control, and input/output jacks
    • Ergonomic Design with Full Back Support
Price on Amazon.com

Ace Bayou Mesh Video Gaming Bean Bag with Lycra Sweet Spot, Made of More Than 50% Recycled Content, Color: Green/Black

 

Number 5 on our Unique Sustainable Gifts List is the Ace Bayou Mesh Video Gaming Bean Bag with Lycra Sweet Spot.  For the gamer in your life, this comfy chair is made of more than 50% recycled content. The ergonomic "L" shape design creates a rediculously comfortable chair you will never want to leave. The double stitched seams and stretchy Lycra sweet spot make it durable for gamers of all shapes and sizes.

What the Heck is Lycra?

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Lycra, it is a strong stretchy material which molds to the body to cut down on sweat. Think of spandex, maybe that will be on next year's sustainable gifts list 😉 . Ace Bayou also comes with double lock zippers, and a side storage pocket. The inside of the bean bag is filled with 6 cu ft newly expanded low density polystyrene eco-friendly beads, made of more than 50% recycled content. The bag is easy to move from room to room with the help of its top carry handle. A great buy for anyone who is going to be doing some intense gaming!

  • Key Features

    • BEAUTIFUL FEMININE DESIGN
    • CLOTH STRAP
    • SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT
    • MOVEMENT
    • PERFECT GIFT & WARRANTY
Price on Amazon.com

Lovely Eco Friendly Handmade Ladies bracelet Watch With 100% Natural Sandalwood

As we move down the list we arrive at the very elegant and #6 on the Unique Sustainable Gifts List,  the Lovely Eco Friendly Handmade Ladies bracelet Watch With 100% Natural Sandalwood; a beautiful watch that is completely made by hand with 100% natural sandalwood. This item is a light weight watch, made of non toxic materials. It is hypo-allergenic and very comfortable. The natural wood gives the watch a very delicate scent. The imported Japanese quartz movement guarantees a durable and accurate time. This beautiful watch was made specifically for people that have sensitive skin or allergies. A must buy for anyone looking for classy sustainable gifts! This comes in both men's and women's styles. Sustainable gifts for everyone!

  • Key Features

    • COFFEE GRINDER: BISTRO 
    • ADJUSTABLE SETTINGS: The burr grinder has over 14 settings from coarse to fine, allowing you to go from Espresso to French Press with ease; proven as the best way to grind coffee
    • COFFEE CATCHER
    • PRE-SET TIMER
    • DURABLE DESIGN
Price on Amazon.com

Bodum 10903-73US-1 Electric Burr Coffee Grinder, Copper

If you love coffee as much as we do, then# 7 on our Unique Sustainable Gifts List is the gift for you. The Bodum 10903-73US-1 Electric Burr Coffee Grinder is an excellent addition to any coffee lovers home. Bodum is an outstanding company. We own the French Press and absolutely love it!  The Bistro Electric Burr Grinder crushes the beans between conical burrs. Unlike other grinders,  this machine the Bistro Electric Burr Grinder crushes coffee beans instead of chopping them, which allows them to keep their freshness and aroma. You can adjust the variable grinder settings from a coarse French Press all the way down to a very fine grind for espresso.

Some Other Features

The Bistro comes with a static free borosilicate glass press container that sits within the base of the unit, collecting coffee grounds. It also features a non slip silicone band for secure handling. The Bistro is made of 100% aluminum and is a beautiful copper color. Both the French Press and the Coffee Grinder are awesome sustainable gifts and great for the coffee lover in your life. 

 

  • Key Features

    • 19-inch wide LCD Display, White LED backlight
    • Aspect ratio: 16:10, Brightness: 250 cd/m2
    • Contrast ratio: 1000:1, 170/160 degree view angles
    • 5ms respond time, Lift, Tilt and Swivel Stand
    • VGA, DVI-D Display Ports, internal power adapter
Price on Amazon.com

Lenovo ThinkVision L1900p 19inch LCD Monitor Black 5:4 5 Ms 250 Nit DVI-VGA Energy Star

Coming in at number 9 on our list of Unique Sustainable Gifts is the Lenovo ThinkVision L1900p 19inch LCD Monitor. Now you might be thinking to yourself, "how is a monitor sustainable?" Well I will tell you!

The EPEAT

This product is certified by the EPEAT also known as Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool.  Computers with an EPEAT bronze, silver, or gold certificate contain minimal levels of toxic components; such as mercury, brominated flame retardants, lead, PVC and cadmium. Their parts are made from post consumer recycled plastic or renewable bio-based materials.  The EPEAT states that consumers who purchased EPEAT computers in 2009 helped to prevent the disposal of 72,000 metric tons of hazardous waste and save over 10 billion kWh of electricity which is enough to power 900,000 homes in the U.S. for a year. 

The Specs

The Lenovo ThinkVision is a 19 inch monitor with a 5:4 aspect ratio. It has a dual input to attach two systems co-currently. This product has the EPEAT Gold rating and is an excellent buy!

 

  • Key Features

      • Includes everything you need to start brewing: Glass jug, tubing/clamp, rubber stopper, air lock, thermometer, funnel, racking cane, Guide to Craft Brewing and Intergalactice Pale Ale Recipe kit
      • Comes with Craft a Brew's Guide to Craft Brewing to teach you the art of brewing
      • Intergalactic Pale Ale Recipe kit included
      • Kit makes one gallon of beer
      • Does not include: Pot & empty beer bottles
Price on Amazon.com

Craft a Brew Intergalactic Pale Ale (Seventh Sun Brewing) Beer Brewing Kit

#9 on our Unique Sustainable Gifts List is the Craft a Brew Intergalactic Pale Ale (Seventh Sun Brewing) Beer Brewing Kit. This beer kit is great for any first time brewer looking to make their own home brew. Try either the wheat beer or Gluten Free Brew Kit. Everything you need to start brewing is included;  a glass jug, tubing/clamp, air lock, thermometer, rubber stopper, racking cane, funnel, your very own guide to craft brewing, and Intergalactic Pale Ale Recipe kit. This will produce 1 gallon of beer and does not include pots or empty beer bottles. My number one recommendation when using this kit is to take your time. Don't rush, follow the instructions. Once you start to get the hang of it, go ahead and experiment! Who knows, you may just stumble upon the next best beer!

  • Key Features

    • Handmade oak wood mug accomplished in a beige (light brown) color.
    • The stainless steel cup inside the wooden casing of the mug will keep the temperature of the beer colder
    • Capacity: 20 ounces (0.6 liters).
    • Safe: Our artisan uses non-toxic, hazard free paint
    • Quality: made of oak wood & polished, metal (stainless steel) flask inside. 
    • All enthusiasts of beer along with fans of football or soccer; medieval fantasy novels and roleplaying games.
Price on Amazon.com

Handmade Beer Mug Oak Wood 0.6L 20oz Stainless Steel Cup Gift Natural Eco-Friendly Retro Beige

Now, with the interest of beer in mind we take you to the Handmade Beer Mug Oak Wood 0.6L 20oz Stainless Steel Cup. Handmade of natural oak wood, the mug is comfortable and light weight, making it the perfect mug for any beer drinker.  It's stainless steel insert keeps the beer colder longer. The mug can hold 20.28oz. #10 on our Unique Sustainable Gifts List.

 

  • Key Features

    • The Built-in Qi Wireless 
    • Multi-function - Integrate digital alarm clock, speaker, LED time display and thermometer all in one. 
    • Stereo Environmental Speaker
    • Double USB charging interface
Price on Amazon.com

 Wooden Eco-Friendly Multi-function Qi Wireless Charger + Alarm Clock

Number 11 on the Unique Sustainable Gifts List is another really interesting device. The  Wooden Eco-Friendly Multi-function Qi Wireless Charger + Alarm Clock is a bluetooth clock/speaker with alarm and thermometer functions. It uses an integrate Qi wireless charger to keep the battery lasting. One of the coolest features of this alarm clock is it's ability to allow its users to charge their phone and play music through the bluetooth.  The alarm clock is appropriate for QI compliant devices and for wireless charging such as the iPhone 4S-5S, HTC, Blackberry, and Samsung Galaxy S4 and beyond. These wireless capabilities will keep your space neat without all the messy cables. We sure do love sustainable gifts that make our lives easier!

#12 On Our Unique Sustainable Gifts List:

  • Key Features

    • GETS INFLATED 50% BETTER THAN OTHERS 
    • HOLDS AIR 50% BETTER THAN OTHERS 
    • PREMIUM QUALITY AT GREAT VALUE
    • FLOATS ON WATER 
    • QUALITY GUARANTEE
Price on Amazon.com

Air Chair Original™ - Outdoor Inflatable Lounger 

Last but certainly not least on our Unique and Sustainable Gifts List is the Air Chair Original- Outdoor Inflatable Lounger.  As far as sustainable gifts go this one is my favorite! It folds up nice and easy for on the go use and is easily inflated. You literally have to hold the bag open and spin... so it's kind of fun too. This outdoor chair allows you to rest on the beach, grass, or water in comfort. It loses very little air over long periods of time and is crazy comfortable! We tried these at an outdoor festival, and did not want to get up. So comfy!

Why We LOVE This Company!!

This product is made by an fantastic company called Two Tree Hammock Co. When we contacted them to ask to share with us their eco-friendly features, they responded immediately and with excitement! They were proud to state that with every product sold, they plant two trees. Talk about sustainable gifts! With already over 20,000 trees planted, Two Tree Hammer Co. is actively doing their part to save the planet. The packaging for their products are raw and recyclable. To reduce the carbon footprint, they ship bulk shipments by sea to Amazon. Their goal is to plant over 100,000 trees in 2017. Let's help them out! Thanks Two Tree Hammock Co. for your amazing contribution to our unique and sustainable gifts list!

Let Us Know About Your Shopping Experience!

So there you have it, our 12 Unique and Sustainable Gifts For the big kids. If any of these sustainable gifts tickle your fancy, please let us know by leaving a comment.  If you  have any suggestions for more sustainable gifts, please tell us. We would love to hear what you have to say! Thanks again for stopping by and checking out our sustainable gifts list!

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