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Great Green Gifts – 9 Fresh Eco-Friendly Corporate Gift Ideas for Holiday 2021

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published: August 30, 2021

With over 80% of consumers looking to patronize businesses that make the environment a cornerstone of company values, sustainability is clearly more than a trend. That's why more and more businesses are responding to these demands by going green. As your company or school continues to adopt eco-friendly practices in the workplace, you'll be looking for innovative ideas to ensure your brand is a leader in the movement for a greener planet.

One way to incorporate sustainability into the workplace is with environmentally friendly corporate gifts for customers, clients, and employees. Eco-friendly corporate gifts are a great way to say thank you during the holidays or any time of year while giving back to a planet in need.

But what gifts work best for your audience, and what makes a gift eco-friendly? Get inspired with our nine freshest and greenest ideas to help you choose.

1. Send Out Easy to Mail Eco-Friendly

If your staff is fully or partially remote, or you have clients and customers dispersed across the country, make gifting easier with items that are easy to mail. You can also reduce your company's impact on the environment by burning fewer fossil fuels with green promotional gifts that are small and lightweight. A bonus is that these gifts tend to be less expensive, so they're an excellent strategy for stretching your holiday budget.

Gift cards are a staple of any holiday giveaway, but you can take it to the next level by tucking one inside a unique ornament like a Holiday Stocking Ornament or a Scented Holiday Ornaments – two cute and thoughtful ways to send holiday greetings in the mail.

Amp up the impact by choosing recycled corporate gifts that are also flat and mail friendly like the Eco-KOOZIE® Can Cooler or an Eco-Friendly Pen & Journal Set.

Employees and clients will be thinking of you when they receive a Bamboo Media Stand or a Bamboo and White Marble Coaster Set in the mail for their home office. Created from renewable bamboo, these green holiday gift ideas will shine on a desk or table.

Don't stress about packaging. Sustainable Christmas gifts – both small and large – can be mailed out in Cornstarch Mailer Bags personalized with your holiday message

Send Out Easy to Mail Eco-Friendly Gifts
Send Out Easy to Mail Eco-Friendly Gifts

2. Reduce Waste with Food Gifts

Looking for eco-friendly gifts that won't be wasted during the holidays? Branded snacks and treats sit at the top of the list! Once these sweet and salty treats are gobbled up, they're completely gone and won't be left behind to pile up at local landfills.

One way to get more mileage out of your food gifts is to send them out in a reusable bag. The RuMe® Choco-Love does just that since the savory items come in a reusable pouch that is great for items like tech accessories and cosmetics when the food is gone.

Reward employees with tasty gifts that will make them smile like the Happy Holidays Treat Box and the Batch & Bodega Twist & Salt, or encourage them to stay in for a movie night with the Movie Night Gourmet Popcorn Gift Set.

3. Choose Recycled Corporate Gift Items

Businesses that promote environmental responsibility and schools that teach about sustainability can benefit from green promotional gifts that increase the life cycle of a product while reducing waste. After all, one person's trash is another one's treasure.

Ensure old products don't go to waste with eco-friendly gifts for employees that will keep them warm during the holidays like District® Re-Fleece™ Full-Zip Hoodies made from 60% recycled cotton and 40% post-consumer recycled polyester. Or, keep them cozy when they get home from the office with the Slowtide® Fleece Blanket designed completely from recycled post-consumer waste.

Eco friendly gifts for students – like the Recycled Bonded Leather Hardcover Notebook – are a great way to recognize hard work and dedication after a difficult semester. Pair these notebooks with an Osprey® Arcane Roll Top Pack to get them excited about coming back in the spring.

4. Give Gifts that Encourage a Green Earth

A green Earth is the backbone of sustainability, and green corporate gifts – like the Tree Seed Matchbook and the Modern Sprout® Tiny Terracotta Grow Kit – will pump even more life into your brand.

Plant a seed with customers and clients with the Ceramic Planter Set or the Wooden Planter Block – excellent eco-friendly personalized gifts that will help grow your company’s good will when customized with your logo.

5. Customize Gifts Made from Renewable

Preserve the planet by reducing your footprint on the environment with sustainable gifts for employees and clients that are made from renewable resources.

A big part of sustainability is maintaining the great outdoors. Encourage employees and clients to get outside for a picnic with a Wheat Lunch Box and a Harvest Utensil Set and gift them in a Buffalo Plaid Print Jute Tote for the holidays.

Work from home is here to stay for many, and you can make remote work easier with useful home office gifts. Any home office can use a 5” x 7” Wheat Straw Notebook with Pen – a notebook constructed from wheat straw to reduce plastic use – and a set of Woodlands Coasters made of natural Poplar wood.

Bamboo is a renewable resource that grows quickly, which is why it's a popular feature of many sustainable promotional gifts. Get eco-friendly executive gifts designed with bamboo to really impress like the Power Mantle™ Wireless Charger, the Bamboo Soy Candle and the Bamboo Cutting Board with Handle.

Give Gifts that Encourage a Green Earth
Erase the Need for Disposable Products

6. Erase the Need for Disposable Products
    with Reusable Items

Choose eco-friendly holiday gift ideas to replace disposable products that would end up in the garbage with items like the 21 oz Tipton Stainless Steel Bottle or the 20 oz Two-Tone Himalayan Tumbler. These custom water bottles and tumblers are easy to carry on the go, reducing the need for single use plastic bottles and Styrofoam cups.

Paper sacks and plastic bags will be a thing of the past with the Benchmark Lunch Cooler Bag and the Recycled Cotton Market Bag – two eco-friendly bags for lunch and groceries. Add in a Bento Box with Cutting Board Lid and a Reusable Straw with Case to encourage a healthy lunch routine that's more than just a meal.

 Give Useful and Attractive Items with Staying Power

7. Give Useful and Attractive Items with
    Staying Power

Don't let your eco-friendly Christmas gifts go to waste. Choose beautiful and handy items that will be used and enjoyed time and time again. Great eco-friendly gifts for teachers, students, customers, members, and future business partners, these sustainable branded gifts are a unique and attractive way to associate your brand with long lasting quality.

Americans across the country including your staff and customers are finally getting back into a more normal routine. Make their commutes easier with personalized eco-friendly gifts like the Igloo® Seadrift™ Snap Down Cooler, the 48” Recycled PET Auto Open Plaid Inversion Umbrella and the Solo® Re:store Laptop Tote.

Studying can be draining. Restore and refresh students with the 20 oz CamelBak Chute® Mag Copper Bottle or the 18 oz Thermos™ Guardian Stainless Steel Tumbler. Mix in Illuminating Earbuds or a Woodgrain Wireless Charging Pad and Speaker that will play their favorite tunes and a RocketBook Letter Flip Notebook for jotting down notes, and a night of studying will quickly turn into a creative adventure. The Rocketbook is not only a sought after piece of tech, it is also a digital notebook that can be used indefinitely, eliminating the need to turn trees into paper.

8. Give Back to the Environment with
    Meaningful Gifts for Employees

Giving sustainable promotional gifts isn’t just about what those gifts are made of. It’s also about what the people who make those gifts are made of. Many companies that offer impressive corporate gifts also give portions of the proceeds to environmental causes. You can shape your marketing campaigns or employee appreciation programs in a meaningful and socially responsible way with corporate gifts that give back.

Meaningful gifts for employees like the Temblor™ Speaker + Wireless Charger and the Modern Sprout® One For One Tree Kits are a great way to reward hard work and build morale while helping the environment since trees are planted with every purchase.

Support the planet with the Field & Co. 100% Recycled PET Sherpa Blanket – a blanket that features an eco-friendly take on a classic look and style. On top of that, one percent of the revenue is donated to an organization that protects the Earth through a partnership with 1% For the Planet.

Encourage eco-friendliness while giving back with the 10 oz Miir® Vacuum Insulated Wine Tumbler. With these Miir tumblers, 3% of the revenue is given to trackable projects that allow you and your recipients to follow the story behind each purchase.

9. Decorate Eco-Friendly Gifts with Green
    Sayings & Slogans

Messaging goes a long way when it comes to sustainability, so liven up your gifts with inspiration phrases. Make sure the items you print on practice what they preach with eco-friendly selections.

“Say no to Single Use”

Straws don't have to go to waste with reusable options like this Bottle Opener with Straw Kit.

“May the Forest be With You”

An appealing journal with organic paper made from ground apple peels, the Apple Peel Journal is the perfect giveaway for businesses striving for sustainability.

Check out other green sayings and slogans for more eco-friendly inspiration.

Geiger is committed to environmental corporate responsibility, and offering eco-friendly promotional products is only a small part of it. It sure is a fun part though, so from our business to yours, happy green gifting!

 Decorate Eco-Friendly Gifts with Green