Struggling to think of ideas for eco-friendly gifts for teens? Try my guide to sustainable gifts for heaps of planet-friendly suggestions.
Finding the right gift for the teen in your life is hard. Add in eco-friendly consideration and it gets even harder. Will they like it or will it be returned to the shop the next day? It’s a minefield out there!
To help you out, I’ve put together a big list of sustainable gifts for teenagers available from UK shops – whether you’re shopping for your niece, nephew, grandchildren or your best friend’s child.
The Best Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas for Teens
Teens may be notoriously hard to buy for, but I’ve found over 10 clever eco-friendly gift ideas for the teenager in your life. I’ve catered to every budget. Plus I’ve broken these down into categories – use the quick links below to skip to a specific section or keep scrolling for the full post:
- Ethical Clothes & Accessories
- Eco-Friendly Grooming & Beauty Gift Ideas
- Eco-Friendly Tech Gifts For Teens
- Other Eco Gift Ideas
Ethical Clothes & Accessories
Looking to gift some sustainable clothes or accessories? I’ve got lots of eco-friendly gift ideas, selected with teen girls and boys in mind, and starting from just £9.95:
These fun sustainable socks from Barekind (£9.95) are sure to be a hit with earth-conscious teens.
With over 40 animal designs to choose from, there’s a sock to match their favourite animal.
Barekind then donates 10% of the profits from every pair to save the animal on the socks. So your toes look good whilst doing good!
Get 10% off your first order when you sign up for the Barekind newsletter.
For a teen wardrobe staple, you can’t go wrong with a hoodie.
Sustainable brand Silverstick ethically makes its stylish hoodies using 100% organic cotton.
Plus it only uses low-impact dyes that are independently certified as non-toxic.
A huge range of colours and designs are available from Ethical Superstore, priced from £55.
Get 10% off when you spend over £70 with the code X10TUM.
Recycled Wool Hat
These recycled wool hats from Colorful Standard (£32) make for a great eco-friendly gift idea for teens.
Made ethically in Portugal from super soft recycled merino wool, they make a real sustainable style statement.
You’ll be sure to find their favourite colour – there are 36 different colours to choose from!
Recycled Plastic Belt
For a gift with a difference, consider a recycled belt from the eco-brand Swole Panda (£34.95).
These fun and funky belts are cleverly made from recycled plastic bottles recovered from the ocean. In fact, each belt contains the equivalent of 7 plastic bottles that had previously been discarded.
Swole Panda also donates 5% of profits from its belts to ocean conservation charities.
Eco-Friendly Beauty & Grooming Gifts
For teens who are into beauty and grooming products, I have a host of eco-friendly and sustainable gift ideas for every budget:
Zao – available at &Keep (from £3.95) – makes a wide range of plastic-free and certified cruelty-free makeup and beauty products in refillable bamboo boxes.
All of its makeup products are 100% natural, vegan, and certified organic by Ecocert. The perfect eco-friendly gift idea for beauty-obsessed teens.
Vegan-Friendly Nail Polish
Nail polish always makes for a failsafe gift for teenage girls. And whilst most nail polish isn’t exactly green, the Plant Polish range at Nails Inc (from £9) is made with the environment in mind.
The vegan and cruelty-free formulation is free from 21 of the most common toxic chemicals found in many nail polishes.
The plastic cap has even been switched to a sustainably sourced wooden cap to reduce plastic waste.
For beautiful-smelling sustainable perfume, head to Floral Street.
This earth-conscious brand uses sustainably sourced ingredients, to create enticing perfumes that are vegan and cruelty-free.
Buy directly from Floral Street, from £28.
Get 10% off your first order when you sign up for the Floral Street mailing list.
For sustainable skincare formulated especially for teen skin, head to Green People.
Its Oy! range is made from natural and certified organic ingredients to target teenage skin concerns – from acne and blemishes to oily skin and more.
Find moisturiser, face wash, and serums (from £15 each) or opt for a gift set for fuss-free gifting.
Eco Beauty Bag
Stylish ethical clothing brand Joanie has a fun range of sustainable cosmetics bags (from £29) perfect for corralling makeup and beauty products.
These are crafted from deadstock fabric leftover from creating Joanie dresses that would otherwise go to waste. So not only does your bag look good, but does good too.
Eco-Friendly Tech Gifts
If your teen is into tech, then I’ve got some clever sustainable ideas they’ll be sure to love:
Eco Phone Case
Got a gadget-obsessed teen? Protect their tech with these sustainable phone cases from Wave Case (£25) – compatible with iPhone, Samsung and Google handsets.
Made from wheat straw, it’s a great plastic-free alternative to standard plastic cases.
There’s zero compromise on performance. Shock-absorbing corners provide protection from accidental drops, while the lip around the case protects the screen and camera.
Get 10% off your first order when you sign up for the Wave Case mailing list.
For teens who love music and/or gaming, why not treat them to a pair of House of Marley headphones?
This sustainable audio brand was the first brand to manufacture headphones from sustainable materials. These include sustainably sourced wood, infinitely recyclable aluminium and fabric made from recycled plastic.
All in all, it’s a planet-friendly way to listen to their favourite tunes.
Other Eco Gift Ideas
Whilst I haven’t been able to classify these eco-gift ideas as neatly as the above suggestions, the teen in your life is sure to love these sustainable options:
When I’m in doubt about what to buy anyone – not just teens – I always opt for sweet treats.
Ethical chocolatier Chococo offers a range of fun gifting ideas from £4 – from delicious vegan-friendly and dairy-free chocolate to sustainably sourced single-origin chocolate. These are all packaged in 100% plastic-free packaging.
These are sure to be a hit with teens (and adults!) of all ages.
Hopefully, I’ve been able to provide some eco-friendly gift inspiration for the teens in your life. If not, then I will be updating this page frequently during the festive period (last updated 19th October 2023), as I come across more ideas. Do check back soon for more suggestions. In the meantime, do check out my post on eco-friendly gift ideas for all, right this way!