Last-Minute Gifts That Do Good

Posted on December 22, 2020

Haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet? Don’t worry! These last-minute gifts can be purchased online or locally without a long line. And, most importantly, they do good for the planet and its people!


Yardbird’s outdoor furniture, pictured here, is made from recycled plastic!

Yardbird’s outdoor furniture, pictured here, is made from recycled plastic!

A Gift Card to a Sustainable & Ethical Company

There are so many incredible companies out there doing right by the environment and its people! A couple of companies we’re loving right now:

  1. Uncommon Goods: Household goods and decor

  2. Yardbird: Outdoor furniture (pictured above)

  3. Patagonia: Clothing and adventure gear

  4. Coyuchi: Linens and textiles

  5. HydroFlask: Water bottles and coolers

  6. Girlfriend Collective: Athletic apparel

  7. Blueland: Cleaning products

  8. Rapanui: Men and women’s clothing

  9. Parks Project: Apparel and home goods

  10. Allbirds: Sustainable footwear


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A Donation

Wondering what to give the person who has everything? A donation to a nonprofit organization is one of our favorite gifts to give (especially for parents and grandparents!). Just a couple fantastic organizations doing work on behalf of the environment: Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Native Plant Societies, Wildfires to Wildflowers, Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, American Rivers, Trust for Public Land, and Sierra Club.


Image via Food52, which sells beautiful trees as well!

Image via Food52, which sells beautiful trees as well!

A Tree or Plant from Your Local Garden Store

There are many upsides to purchasing a tree or plant from your local garden store!

  1. A beautiful tree or plant is an incredible gift that the receiver will enjoy for many years to come. It’s a living legacy of your love and care!

  2. Trees and plants are crucial for healthy ecosystems!

  3. Support your local garden store during the “off-season.” Because it’s the slow season, there shouldn’t be any lines or crowds, making a trip to your local garden store a quick and easy trip!


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A National Park Pass

By purchasing an annual $80 American the Beautiful Pass, you’re supporting national parks and federal recreation lands. Passes include entrance fees and Plus, you’re gifting the gift of adventure and outdoor living—is there anything better?


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A Yardzen Gift Card

When you support Yardzen, you’re also supporting our initiatives, like the American Rewilding Project and GROW Community Garden Grants. Purchase a Yardzen gift card here!

American Rewilding Project

The American Rewilding Project is Yardzen’s effort to support biodiversity and healthy ecosystems by encouraging the use of climate-adapted and habitat-supporting plants in yards throughout the United States. In this country alone, there are more than130 million residential lots, and by planting ecosystem-sustaining species in every yard, we create dynamic habitats for beneficial insects and pollinating birds, bees, and butterflies. 

GROW Community Garden Grant

Yardzen’s quarterly initiative to support local food systems through grants to community gardens in underserved communities.

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