Sustainable host/hostess gift ideas for your next dinner party

We’re finally living the post-Covid life. We can go out, we can see our family and friends, we can enjoy a cold drink on a terrace and we can organize get-togethers at home. Oh, how we missed it!

But now that you’re getting invited to your friend’s places, you’re once again faced with the old-age question of “what should I bring?”. Well, fear not. This article is intended to help you find that beautiful, elegant and original gift sans the unnecessary usual packaging. Because yes, bringing a beautifully wrapped gift is nice, but bringing one that is sustainable is even nicer.

I personally tend to ask for less and less bags in my everyday life, and this applies to whenever I’m buying gifts as well (same thing with ornaments). Even though they look pretty, we all know what happens with them: once the present has been opened, they go straight to the bin. I always explain the reason why I choose not to bring any, and people are usually very understanding. As a matter of fact, they thank me, because that means they don’t have to take out the trash that night. 

Solid perfumes by Lush

Lush has a great selection of soaps that smell incredible, and are perfect for gifting. We’ve fallen in love with these solid perfumes. There’s a great range of scents and they all smell incredible. It’s the perfect little detail!

Refillable candles by Esteban Paris

These refillable candles are made of 100% vegetable wax and have no preservatives. Also, the wick is made from pure cotton. The refills can also be bought on their website.

Fair trade photo frame by Aspiration International

This wooden frame with recycled coloured pencil crayon stubs mounted around the edge is not only a unique gift, but it has also a very special value behind. “The crayons are factory rejects and our supplier collects them from a small town 200km from Delhi – a great example of creative recycling”. This frame has been handmade in India by Aspiration International. Aspiration works with a number of families and artisans all over India to help bring them up from poverty. They help improve economic and social welfare with fair wages. By buying this frame, you are helping to support sustainable industries and improve the livelihood of Aspiration workers.

Tealight holder recycled bike chain

This candle holder has been handcrafted by Noah’s Ark in India using recycled bike chains that have been disposed because they were either broken or had some pieces that weren’t of the right fit. A sustainable gift that’s also fair trade. Noah’s Ark is a Fair Trade organization in Moradabad, in the north of India. It started out in 1986 as a response to the exploitation of poor artisans in the area. It’s now built an infrastructure that counts on the presence of more than 500 artisans.

Cute Bamboo Tupperwares by EKOBO

This cute bamboo-fibre Bento Box is the perfect alternative to tradicional plastic containers, disposable or even fragile tableware. It’s 100% biodegradable, contrary to its plastic counterpart. EKOBO is a French eco-lifestyle brand specialized in tableware and home accessories design, that eco-friendly and high quality. They’re all made from FSC-certified bamboo fibre and other organic materials like organic cotton, cork, food-grade silicone and RePET (recycled polyester). “Our material is a unique formula that has been trademarked BIOBU®. Described as a biopolymer, our bamboo fibre is comprised of about half bamboo fiber, a highly renewable material, and half non-toxic food-grade A5 melamine binder, which helps to extend the life of the products (a sustainable practice!). Our bamboo is FSC-certified, meaning it is responsibly-sourced and managed. It is collected as sawdust waste from chopstick factories”. It’s also free of BPA, PVC and Phthalate and its packaging is made from corn bags.

Reusable bamboo sippy cup by EcoRascals

A great starter cup for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers learning to drink from a cup made of organic bamboo which is a natural material, recyclable, biodegradable, grown and harvested without the use of pesticides. Its detachable silicone sippy feeder is made from FDA approved 100% silicone, free of plastic, BPA, PVC, lead and phthalates. Perfect for babies and little kids who are just starting to learn how to drink from a cup.

Biodegradable balloons by Fair Zone

If you want to throw a party and you need some balloons, these are your best option. Made from 100% Fair Trade Rubber from well managed forests and FSC certified, the pack contains 24 balloons in mixed colours such as pink, orange, white, green, blue, purple and red. The Fair Rubber is from Kalutara, Sri Lanka and it’s bio-degradable, plastic-free and vegan. The rubber producers are small scale farmers, plantation workers and tappers who decide for themselves how they want to spend their Fair trade premium to help improve their living and working conditions. This may include access to clean drinking water, scholarships and grants for students and additional pension scheme.

Solid Body Lotion on Etsy

If you’re not familiar with the wonders of Etsy, let us introduce you to them: Etsy is a magical place where artisans come together to sell their beautiful pieces. Think of something you want and Etsy will probably have exactly that, but better. It’s a great way to support local businesses and independent sellers.

We personally love anything solid because it helps minimize our waste and lasts longer. Solid body lotions are usually made from natural ingredients and are a true gift to the skin. They also work great on your hands, feet and lips. Feel free to browse and find the perfect solid body lotion.

Artisanal Soap holder

And what better way to complete your gift than with a pretty handmade soap bar holder from Etsy?

Reusable Bottle by Closca

If you want to get your friend, family member, or even your loved one to start using more sustainable products, then this reusable bottle is the perfect start. Its dual opening and infuser allows you to add creativity into your drinks: ice, fruit, tea… you name it. Plus, it’s made from borosilicate glass, which is BPA free and also the toughest glass for a water bottle. Who doesn’t love a sturdy, good-looking bottle?

Reusable bamboo cups by EKOBO

These cups are perfect for anyone with a terrace or a garden. They don’t break and you can simply throw them the dishwasher once you’re done with them. It’s the perfect alternative to the usual plastic cups that are used at BBQs, parties, or camping trips.

Recycled glass gifts by Uncommon Goods

If you’re looking for original gifts made from recycled glass, then this selection is made for you. There’s everything from wine glass sets to cheese platters made from recycled wine glass bottles.

Wash bag Thermo by Ecoalf

The THERMO wash bag is made from 100% recycled polyester and is definitely the perfect traveling companion: light, flexible and easy to carry. Just the right size for those weekend getaways.

And if you’re interested in recycled polyester products are made, then this video is for you:

A pair of cute shoes by Momoc

If you want something more special and/or you’re buying a gift between more people, then you can always buy a pair of our vegan and sustainable shoes or one of our very useful and very cute vegan bags, a perfect everyday staple, available in burgundy and black. Plus, our packaging is 100% plastic-free, the bag is made from organic cotton and the wrapping paper is recycled.

Please let us know in the comments if you come up with any other idea. Let’s all share our sustainable and package-free gift ideas so that we never again have to panic whenever someone invites us over to their house and we don’t know what to bring.

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