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 Unique and Sustainable Gifts for the "big kids" in our lives. 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:

jetson
  • Key Features

    • Lithium Ion Battery is Removable
    • It has Front and Rear Shock Absorbers

    • Disc Brakes

    • LCD Display with Multi-Function One-Touch Controls

    • It Has Rearview Mirrors

    • Height Above Ground: 5 in

    • Seat Height: 28 in

    • High Beam Switch

    • Horn

    • Blinker Switch

    • Odometer

    • Timer

    • Speedometer

    • Battery Indicator

    • Light Switch

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Jetson Lithium Ion Powered Eco-Friendly Electric Bike

The Jetson Lithium Ion Powered Electric Bike is first on our Unique Sustainable Gifts list. The Jetson bike is a 100% fully electric vehicle with no need for gas or emission.  This is the first affordable super sleek electric bike.  To operate this vehicle you do not need a traditional license or registration. The Jetson includes lithium ion batteries and can go up to 20 miles an hour with a 40 mile range per charge. It typically needs about 4 hours of charging on a standard 110v outlet. Simply remove the battery  to charge.  Below is a video review that can further explain the sweetness of this gift.

  • 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
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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

    • Hours of fun - 4x4  more challenging than the square puzzle
    • Great Puzzle Game - fosters a sense of space and activate your imagination and creativity. Improves  cognitive and problem-solving abilities.
    • Enjoy Easy Turning - Improved Anti-pop Technology and Structure for Extremely Fast and Smooth Cornering, Durable Design.
    • Recyclable Material and Solid Stickers - Crafted with original solid PVC sticker and eco-friendly ABS material, non-toxic.
    • Ultimate Gift Idea - No one falls out of love with the Pyramid cube. They are always awesome for both kids and adults, you can take them anywhere. Great as a Christmas / Birthday gift for friends, family members, beginners and pros. 
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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

    • Introducing a brand new line of fast and fun RC mirco-cars that run on clean energy
    • Wind Power experiment: Generate power from wind!
    • 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
    • Join the race to save the planet!
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Eco-Racers Water Powered Remote Control Micro Cars

Eco-Racers Water 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
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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: Small case design with matching flower cloth strap and black with walnut sandal wood, the flower cloth watch band makes for a beautiful decoration watch and can be used to tell time wrist up. And each watch is special because no piece of wood are alike.
    • CLOTH STRAP: Flower cloth strap, very comfortable, fashionable and charming everywhere you go. Provides maximum comfort even during extended use. With a other color cloth strap, can be chosen as your own needs, adjustable to fit most any wrist.
    • SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT: Lightweight(Only 0.04lb) and comfortable on the wrist. Makes you feel like there is nothing on your wrist. It is not encumbering at all.
    • MOVEMENT: Imported Japanese quartz movement, which offers long-lasting usage for up to 12 - 24 months. The quartz crystal oscillates at a consistent rate and requires no winding whatsoever, which guarantee's accurate readings every time.
    • PERFECT GIFT & WARRANTY: Our wooden watch is carefully prepared, packaged and delivered to you in our gift box, the casual wood wrist watch is a quite special gift idea for someone special
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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 Burr coffee grinders crush whole coffee beans between stainless steel conical burrs to preserve bean's flavor and aroma while maintaining a consistent grind
    • 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: Borosilicate glass container reduces the static cling of coffee grounds, while the lid keeps beans fresh
    • PRE-SET TIMER: Timed grinding feature and quick grind button let you set the exact amount of time you need to grind the proper amount of coffee, keeping beans fresh and preventing waste
    • DURABLE DESIGN: Colorful, compact design equipped with a friction clutch to prevent slipping; pairs perfectly with e-Bodum's BISTRO collection of kettles and coffee makers
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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
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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
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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

    • Improved mugs with boxes for all true beer lovers !!! 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, for a longer period of time during the summer & the temperature of hot coffee or tea in cold winter.
    • Capacity: 20 ounces (0.6 liters).
    • Safe: Our artisan uses non-toxic, hazard free paint, intended for the long-term protection of wood. After that, the wood is ​covered with a water-based varnish, which is also absolutely safe for health.
    • 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; or just lovers of renaissance stylish and carefully handcrafted oak wooden mugs will definitely adore such gifts! 
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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 Charger Can Charging Directly for Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Edge, S7, S7 Edge, S6 Edge, S6, Note 5, Nokia Lumia 930, 920, Google Nexus 7 6, HTC Droid DNA. But For All IOS Devices and Old Android Devices such as iPhone 5 6 7 7 Plus 6s Plus 5S 5C 4S / Samsung Note 4 3 2 S5 S4 S3 / Nokia Lumia 820 / Blackberry Z30 can not be charged directly. ( Need an Additional Wireless Charging Receiver )
    • Multi-function - Integrate digital alarm clock, speaker, LED time display and thermometer all in one. Built-in microphone, help you have a clear call through Bluetooth Hands-free function.
    • Stereo Environmental Speaker - Built-in wireless Bluetooth speakers, bright treble, deep bass.
    • Double USB charging interface, two devices can be used at the same time. (Note: the USB port only can charge, it cannot play music through connecting bluetooth speaker)Plays all Audio devices through 3.5 mm stereo audio input audio interface Aux in Jack.
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 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!
  • Key Features

    • GETS INFLATED 50% BETTER THAN OTHERS - 2017 Upgrade Version air lounger gets inflated 50% better than our competitors as single inlet. air chair can be even inflated indoors, which isn’t possible with others double-inlet. Even children and elders can set it up without any problems!
    • HOLDS AIR 50% BETTER THAN OTHERS - 2017 Upgrade Version air lock mechanism keeps air 50% better than our competitors, inflatable chair holds air for 5-10 hours and more. So that you won’t happen to lie on the rigid floor in a few minutes.
    • PREMIUM QUALITY AT GREAT VALUE - inflatable couch is made of durable 100% rip-stop, waterproof nylon giving you the longest product life possible. Compare to Chillbo and others, we are an upgraded model at a fraction of the price, we'll humbly say better.
    • FLOATS ON WATER - air chair is better than a foam pool float, so you can leisure up in aquatic fun. Kids love floating in the pool using inflatable chair.
    • QUALITY GUARANTEE
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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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