Eco-Friendly Secret Santa Presents (For $30 Or Less!)

Sabina-Leah Fernandez & Lesley Teoh

Who says recycled gifts are a bad thing? This season, give a gift that glows an earth-friendly shade of green. Save money, be a fabulous gift giver and be gentle on the planet.

Check out our list of eco-friendly ethical, and responsibly sourced presents – all for under $30! 

Kapuluan Raw Organic Coconut Oil

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100% Raw Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil (USD 18) from Kapuluan Coconut

This hardworking multi-purpose oil can be used for absolutely everything from dry hair to chapped lips, making it makes a great gift for skincare fanatics.  High in nourishing Vitamin E and antioxidants, it’s made of the freshest coconuts sourced from organic farms in the Philippines. Kapuluan Coconut plants a new coconut tree for every product sold, to help Filipino farmers rebound from Typhoon Haiyan and help combat climate change.

KeepCup from Papa Palheta

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KeepCup Plastic 12 oz (SGD 21) from Papa Palheta

A reusable tumbler saves the waste from single-use paper or Styrofoam cups. KeepCup’s travel mugs are spill-free and come in a range of kaleidoscopic colour combinations so you can choose your bestie’s favourites. Still not convinced? Here are five reasons to ditch that disposable cup.  

Human Nature Reef-Friendly Sunscreen

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100% All Natural & Reef-Friendly SafeProtect SPF30 Sunscreen (SGD 16.90) from Human Nature

Studies estimate that 4000-6000 metric tons of sunscreen wash off into oceans globally, threatening 10 percent of the world’s coral reefs. Enjoy a truly carefree frolic at the beach with Human Nature’s reef-safe sunblock that protects you from harmful UVA and UVB rays. It’s a great alternative to chemical sunscreens, which contain ingredients that cause coral bleaching.

Bali Rain Mist Blue Stone Botanicals[Image Source: Blue Stone Botanicals]


Ylang-Ylang & Spice Bali Rain Mist (SGD 12.70) from Blue Stone Botanicals

Relax your senses with this natural aromatherapy mist made from pure rainwater collected from the volcanic mountain slopes of Bali and sustainably produced essential oils. Each product you buy is helping to support the livelihoods of rural communities on the islands.


Microgreen Self-Watering Plant (SGD 18.90) from Nong

The opposite of mindless consumption is conscious creation. Why not join the farm-to-table movement by growing your own micro-greens?  This indoor plant gives you fresh herbs as well as salad greens – yum!

Muji recycled paper notebook

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Recycled Notebook (SGD 4.90) from Muji

Recycled notebooks assuage the guilt of those who love their handwritten notes, but hate wasting trees. Plus, all things Muji are fabulous too, obvs.

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Sprout Pencils (SGD3.50) from The First Green Store

Check out the very first plantable pencils in the world, which come with a special seed capsule instead on the top of each pencil. There are so many herbs and flowers to choose from like coriander, sunflower and mint. If pencils aren’t your style, check out these pens (SGD 5) made of recycled corn cobs.

Green and Blacks Organic Chocolate [Image Source: Green & Black's]


Green & Black’s Organic Fair-Trade Chocolate (SGD 4.88) from Expat Food Hall

This just in: Chocolate solves all woes. But when you buy organic and fair trade, your humble bar of chocolate solves others’ woes too. With fair trade you know that chocolate farmers are paid decent wages, and organic means no Earths were harmed in the making of your sweet treat. We’ve tried them all and Green & Black’s is our favourite. At that price, why not choose a few flavours for your lucky Santee. We’re big fans of the 70% dark, orange & mint flavours.

Braintree socks [Image Source: Braintree Clothing]


Bamboo Fabric Socks (GBP 4.90) from Braintree Clothing

Socks get a bad name as a somewhat blah stocking-stuffer, but not when they’re made of bamboo. Bamboo is not only naturally breathable and anti-bacterial, it's also a fast-growing grass that requires little pesticide, making it more environmentally friendly than traditional cotton socks. Braintree Clothing also stocks a range of sustainable socks made of hemp and recycled polyester

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