Gift Guide: 5 Chic Eco Ideas

Gift Guide: 5 Chic Eco Ideas
December is only a few days away so why not plan ahead and get your gift lists lined up now? This year, I am planning to incorporate environmentally friendly items into the mix. Green gifts can be anything from recycling something old into something new (DIY anyone?) or something that is made in an eco-conscious manner. Below are 5 of my favorite eco-approved gift ideas for the holidays:
Gift Guide: 5 Chic Eco Ideas
Reusable Bag. The Hip Pod from my XO(eco) line with BlueAvocado is made from 50% post-consumer recycled bottle fabric. I carry mine everywhere these days… You could also use this bag to wrap your gift too! Fill it with tissue and tie on a festive bow and voilà—your gift is wrapped!
Gift Guide: 5 Chic Eco Ideas
Infused Sugar. I saw this idea on Sugar & Charm and think it is a great idea. It’s thoughtful, reusable, and sweet. Literally.
Gift Guide: 5 Chic Eco Ideas
Brush Box. If you have a beauty-lover in your life or someone that travels a lot, the Brush Boxe from my XO(eco) collection with BlueAvocado is the perfect gift. I use mine religiously—whether I’m traveling or not. Plus it’s completely eco-friendly!
Gift Guide: 5 Chic Eco Ideas
Teacup Candle. Make a candle (instructions here) and create a unique scent specific to the recipient. I love how this idea recycles an ordinary object into something entirely new.
Gift Guide: 5 Chic Eco Ideas
Hot Cocoa in a Jar. I know I blogged about this last year, but I still think it’s a cute and simple idea. One of the girls on Team LC made chai tea in a jar last year and passed them out to everyone in the office. It was so thoughtful and more importantly, eco-minded. Click here for another great Classic Cocoa in a jar recipe.
Are you going green this holiday season?

Also, while we’re on the subject of “going green” I thought I’d share this tip: One of my favorite ways to add an eco-friendly touch to my holiday gifts is by wrapping them in newspaper and then tying them off with brightly colored ribbon. Do you have any more ideas to share? Sound off below.

XO Lauren

P.S. Have you checked out our Holiday Wish List yet?

Photos: Sugar and Charm, Centsational Girl, MyRecipes.Com, Beauty & The Green

Categories: Gift Ideas, Holiday Gift Ideas, Lauren Conrad
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  • Melissa Panici

    These are EXCELLENT ideas!! I am going to do gift cards this year but I might make it a litte sweeter by doing the hot cocoa in a jar idea! That is perfect! Thanks Lauren!

  • Megan R.

    That brush bag is adorable!! I personally love the DIY gifts like the hot cocoa in a jar as they are easy to make and you can customize them to your gift recipients. Can you share more great DIY christmas gift ideas or great gift exchange ideas? Thanks!!


  • Amy Breckenridge

    i love the infused sugar and DIY teacup candle ideas!! so cute and thoughtful!

  • Amy Breckenridge

    @megan r, i have a very easy DIY gift idea for you: glitter wine glasses! i have made them for friends before and everyone loves them.
    check out my tutorial here:

  • Lacey Dreyer

    Love it! So many cute ideals.

  • prey pray

    Great post we love soy candles and organic cotton. Our tees are organic and use eco friendly inks and dyes. Most of our jewelry is repurposed materials. We need to care more about where our products come from.

  • Kelby Peachey

    One of my favorite ideas is to find Christmas fonts, make my own paper, and print it off. FUN, FUN!

    I just pinned some new fonts here:


  • Laura White

    All fabulous ideas! I am going to use the eco-chis makeup bag and tea cup candles! I bought some super affordable tea cups from a resale shop in town and have been dying to make these! Great idea! Thanks for the post!

  • Martin M

    I love the idea of fused sugar and gonna try it out for my girlfriend :)

  • Lauren Rubin

    Hey guys!! Please check out…

    They have cool, cute, affordable reusable gift wrap and it’s perfect for the upcoming Christmas season!!
    It comes in so many different patterns and colors! Please check it out I know you won’t be disappointed!

    At least check it out and spread the word to your family and friends!!

    I’d really appreciate it! Thanks!

    Have a great holiday season!!!


  • Franci Gire

    I never thought of infusing sugar! I can’t wait to try it out and use it in my cookie recipe. Thanks Lauren!

  • Deanne Castro

    Great ideas!

    Please check out my fashion blog at:

    Today’s post: Favourite Celebrity Outfit Of The Week: Selena Gomez


  • Paulina Mo

    These ideas are so adorable!! I love the tea cup candle, it’s so chic and thoughtful!

    See my latest outfits on my blog:
    Insta-fashion: @lilbitsofpau

  • Dina Karivalis

    I love these ideas, especially the infused sugar!
    xo Dina

  • My Style Diary

    I love these ideas! The teacup candle and hot cocoa in a jar are my favourites. :)

  • Cesie Alvarez

    I love the cocoa in a jar. It’s so easy to make and super affordable.

    Stay warm at work

  • Leanne

    I love the candle tea cup! Beautiful!

  • Lovelikewhy

    I love the candle, I am going to try that for gifts this year, it’s so cute!

  • Winterkate

    When will the “”Giveaway: Win a Gift Basket Filled With All My Favorite Beauty Products!”” be announced? It’s been so long…. :(

  • saffy bt

    I love the tea candle.i have lots of tea cups here and im goin to try it.thanks lauren.
    For me i made a card with drawing and some glitters and perfume on it.then put on a envelop(via ai mail) with a touch of glitters and stickers-cool to make it presentable and lovely. h

  • Petra Zeller

    Amazing ideas. The teacup candle is so cute and the hot cocoa looks delicious.
    the 1. Advent comes closer so take a look on my new post “”Advent wreath”” on my blog
    xo, Petra

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    The teacup candle is so cute!

  • Amanda Nicklas
  • Marie Fournier

    I love all the ideas! Thanks for the idea!

  • hooleywithaz

    see, like my last comment said, teacup candles. it’s too perfect!

  • Nathalie Maxey

    The infused sugar and cocoa mix are awesome! :)

    XO Nat

  • Kylie Miller

    I <3 the eco friendly bags! They're so cute! Check out my blog:

  • ModernHepburn

    Ideas like these will really help me when it comes to gifts for the office :)

  • Giselle Escamilla

    love the coco in a jar!!!

  • Rosie Waldherr

    Great ideas!! I really liked the infused sugar one!! =D


  • Beauty to Sparkle

    My favorite is the infused sugar and teacup candle idea! These ideas are simple yet thoughtful. Another idea is getting a old frame, pant it, and put all kinds of quotes inside like a collage. Very cute yet creative!

    Check out my beauty and motivational blog to find out my thoughts on a cream eyeliner and what I did for Thanksgiving!
    Here is the link:
    Thanks, Dina
    P.S. If you like what you see, please don’t forget to follow :)

  • Carol S

    Thats so awesome! I want to try this!

  • Kasia Rymar

    These are such great ideas!

  • Linh Ly

    i love the teacup candle! it’s such a cute idea. can’t wait to try it!

  • Rachelle

    cute gift ideas.

  • i10

    I like Eco friendship! Stay super…

  • Alyssa Perez

    I love knitting people gifts! Scarves are my favorite because they are fast, easy, and fashionable! It’s always the best feeling when you see a loved one’s face light up to receive a handmade scarf. And I always feel so proud whenever I see them sporting it.

    xoxo Alyssa

  • Stacey Heawood

    LC thank you so much for all of these fabulous ideas… I made the hot cocoa, gingerbread in a jar and the infused sugar as gifts this year for Christmas and everyone just loved them. They are such great idea’s and everyone loved the fat that I had made them myself. You are fabulous xx

  • Alefiya

    Really glad that you’re conscious of going green Lauren but these are the babiest of steps! A lil more effort to educate yourself would be super!



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