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A list of eco-friendly and sustainable kitchen gifts that are functional, non-toxic, high quality, and made to last. Quality > quantity.
Have you had your eye on some sustainable kitchen gifts for a friend, a family member, or yourself? These gift ideas are highly functional, made to last, and many are beautiful enough to double as decor.
When buying anything for the kitchen, it’s important to focus on function over trend. Is it something you (or they) will get great use out of or will it just add more clutter to the kitchen drawers?
Sustainable Kitchen Gift Ideas
Bamboo Drying Rack
Whether you have a dishwasher or not, there are certain kitchen items that you should only wash by hand.
This bamboo drying rack is sturdy, eco-friendly, and adds a natural element to your kitchen if you choose to keep it on the counter.
High powered blender
A high powered blender is one of the best kitchen tools you can have. Its capabilities are vast. There’s not much you can’t do with a high powered blender.
The food processor is such a versatile tool that you will use for years to come.
Ceramic Oil Dispenser
The majority of cooking oil bottles on the counter top are an eye sore.
This beautiful gift is handmade and functional. Plus, its ceramic walls help to keep the light and heat out (which is important for maintaining the oil’s good properties).
Every household should have at least one serving platter. It’s a great way to display the food you’ve just put so much love and work into.
This serving platter comes as a set with a ceramic bowl great, which is great for entertaining. Chips and dip is never a bad idea.
It’s handmade, eco-friendly, and made from durable stoneware clay.
Spoon or ladle rests are a great and simple but helpful gift. If you take good care of it by gently washing it by hand, it’ll last for years.
Every kitchen needs one or two super durable cutting boards. This means both safer cutting and less space needed.
This cutting board is kind of a 2 in 1 because of its reversible design, which makes it a great multi-purpose kitchen item. One side has juice grooves and the other side has a well, making it perfect for entertaining.
This board is made of acacia wood, which is eco-friendly and it’s certified by the Forest Stewardship Council from 100% sustainable plantations.
For the longest-lasting cutting boards, make sure to hand wash them with non-toxic soap and water, and then towel dry them immediately. Treating them with oil (I use avocado oil) once per month will also help them go the distance.
Three Tool Set
A kitchen utensil set is a great gift because it’s very versatile and proves that you don’t need a lot of tools to be successful in the kitchen.
This set includes a stainless steel wire whisk, a wooden spoon with an angled head, and a pair of stainless steel tongs.
An electric kettle is great for tea and other warm drinks, but it’s also a great way to quickly heat up a large pot of water and will save you so much time in the kitchen.
It’s a truly wonderful kitchen tool and it makes a great gift!
Every home cook really only needs three knives: a chef knife, a serrated knife, and a pairing knife. This set of knives includes all three of those making it the ideal gift.
These Japanese knives are of high quality, sharp, and lightweight. In true Japanese fashion, they’re also beautiful, but that’s just an extra perk. What you get for the price is a really great deal.
When properly cared for, they’ll last a very long time.
Reusable Produce Bags
Using reusable produce bags are a great way to reduce plastic bags and be a more eco-conscious grocery shopper.
Instead of using the plastic produce bags that are all over the grocery stores, you can just put your produce directly in your cart since you’re going to go home and wash it anyway. So, why would you need a reusable produce bag then?
These bags are especially great if you’re buying multiple oranges or potatoes for example and it’s easier to keep them all together. The fine mesh bags are great for fine seeds, spices, and flours in the bulk session.
The Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker with many functions such as a yogurt maker, rice cooker, slow cooker, and much more.
This highly functional kitchen tool cooks food really quickly but tastes like it’s been slow cooking for days. It’ll save you loads of time (you can make bone broth in 2 hours instead of 14 on the stove, and its taste is just as amazing).
It’s also essentially a one pot meal so it’ll make clean up much easier as well.
Glass Storage Jars
These beautiful glass jars are great for putting pantry essentials on display, whether it’s dried pasta, lentils, or snacks.
The acacia wood lids have a silicone seal to keep whatever contents are inside, fresh.
When you give this sustainable kitchen gift, you can make something homemade to put inside for an extra sweet touch.
Reusable Grocery Totes
Just like reusable produce bags, reusable grocery bags are a great way to cut out plastic waste.
Make shopping with reusable grocery bags a non-negotiable. Do this by keeping a couple stashed in your car for those last minute trips to the grocery store. Or when you unload your groceries, store the bags near the door or with your coat so it’s a no-brainer.
Glass Mixing Bowls
Glass mixing bowls come in handy for so many things. Whether you’re cooking or baking, it’s helpful to have a few bowls to put all your prepped ingredients in.
Having these glass mixing bowls will help you feel more relaxed in the kitchen because they help you stay organized.
If you feel overwhelmed by all the pans out there and you don’t know which one to get, The Always Pan is it.
Not only is it very aesthetically pleasing (there are 5 colors to choose from), but this one-pan replaces 8 traditional pieces of cookware.
It’s a frying pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. Plus, it’s non-toxic, compatible with all cooktops, and it’s lightweight.
If you’re looking to be more eco-friendly and to reduce your food waste, a compost bin is a great place to start (even if you don’t have a garden).
If you live in a city, you can either look up local places to drop it off or sign up for a bin as you would with recycling and pay the small yearly fee.
An apron is a great kitchen gift.
Oil splatter here, a dusting of flour there. These are things that aren’t the easiest to get out of clothes. Wearing an apron keeps our everyday clothing in better condition and free from those hard stains.
This apron is OEKO-TEX certified meaning it doesn’t contain harmful chemicals.
Reusable Unpaper Towels
When we have a roll of paper towels on the countertop, it’s easy to use more than you need, without even really thinking about it.
Unpaper towels are made from organic, unbleached cotton. They’re super absorbent, soft, and are available in packs of 10 or 20. You can replace both paper towels and napkins with this more eco-friendly option.
Linen Kitchen Towels
These linen kitchen towels are made from high quality eco-friendly linen, dyed using natural resources and come in 20 colors.
The towels are highly absorbent yet don’t hold onto odors, and are quick drying.
Their linen is OEKO-TEX certified.
Have a sustainable kitchen gift idea that you feel should be on the list? Drop it in the comment box below!