Gift Guide Roundup

Tara Dickinson
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This collection of gift guides will have you covered for every situation and event. Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, new parents, retirees, graduates, the whole month of December- we got it all. Curated here is a collection of different outlines, offering you easy access to unique, thoughtful, and mostly eco-friendly, sustainable, and conscious gifts for your loved ones. You’ll find gifts that suit different tastes, occasions, and budgets. From thoughtful items to handmade suggestions, and practical as well as fun things that can make everyday life more joyful.


Gift Guide Roundup Being Summarized (in alphabetical order)


Eco-Friendly Gift Guide

Find out about unique ‘green’ gift ideas and why preloved shopping is the future of gift giving. Everyone is stepping it up and becoming more ‘green’ and eco-conscious in their daily lives and practices. Another step you can take is to turn your gift shopping lists into eco-friendly ones. Why…

  • Small adjustments like this can reduce your carbon footprint.
  • According to the Stanford University Recycling Center, Americans create 25 percent more waste in the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas than any other time of year, totaling 25 million tons of additional garbage.
  • Support your loved ones and friends who are living a more green lifestyle.
  • Or introduce them to ways they can be more earth-conscious themselves.

The stigma around giving secondhand gifts has melted as people value nostalgia, antiques, and choosing to respect the finite resources of the environment.


  1. Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Gently Used Products
  2. Sustainable & Eco-Friendly New Products
  3. DIY Homemade Gifts
  4. Gifts of Adventure, Making Memories, & Service

Follow the link HERE to see examples in every category with such listings as:

  • Sports & memorabilia
  • Electronics
  • Jewelry
  • Music
  • Kids and more…

Eco-Friendly Wedding Gift Guide

If you are the engaged ones yourselves or a gifter and looking for eco-friendly ideas, we’ve got you covered. Sustainable, eco-friendly, ‘green’, and zero-waste wedding gifts are more than practical, they are also part of living a conscious lifestyle geared towards environmental awareness; a give and take relationship with the earth versus consumption and waste.

  • As a gift-giver, you can do your part to offer alternative presents rooted in sustainability.
  • Gifts that are thoughtful, useful, and long-lasting make a statement.
  • Couples can create an eco-registry here filled with eco-friendly and zero-waste wedding gifts.
  • Or a charity-driven registry is another option.

Best Wedding Gifts According to Newlyweds

Taking a survey of newly married couples was a great idea to get feedback on what are some of the most appreciated items that are actually used in the home. This is the roundup according to the Today Show. Follow the link HERE to see them all and how to gift them in an eco-friendly sustainable fashion.

Father's Day Gift Guide

Eco-Friendly, sustainably conscious, and unique present ideas for Father’s Day. To find a meaningful plus useful present may take a little creative planning, but this guide will offer some unique and affordable options. Finding a hidden treasure at a good quality second hand store might be the perfect solution for a parent of the boomer generation as they appreciate the value and long-lasting products. Buying used is a practical and effective way to share your eco-friendly values and makes secondhand gifts all the more meaningful. Some things just can't be bought in a retail store. Be on the lookout for handcrafted treasures and other rarities. You may uncover something truly special to give.

  • Collectibles -can be anything dad collects and enjoys. Coins, war memorabilia, model cars, map prints, clocks, you name it.
  • One-of-a-Kind Finds -secondhand shops are great for these kinds of gems, especially in the art and history categories.
  • Vintage -antiques are prized for their age. A few ideas include vintage men’s watches, cufflinks, old copies of classic books, vinyl records, and furniture.
  • Gym Equipment
  • Sports & Outdoor
  • Musical Related
  • Instruments
  • Electronics
  • Lazy-boy Chairs

In this Father’s Day Gift Guide you’ll also find eco-friendly companies to give dad some new gifts as well as a selection of DIY projects he’ll love to receive as well.

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's day presents for every budget with gifts from thoughtful to lavish are outlined in this gift guide. With a little creative thinking, you can plan a thoughtful and pampering day for mom this year to say thank you. Your mother may come in many forms, from aunts, grandmothers, or dear family friends who were all part of raising you and sharing their unconditional love. We’re sharing here some thoughtful and unique presents that hopefully suit all budgets and interests.

  • Ideas range from the personal homemade artistic craft types to monthly subscription ideas, to the world of beautiful items available in your favorite secondhand market.
  • Second-hand stores are full of affordable and one-of-a-kind gift selections.
  • Not only are these gifts cost-effective, but they’re also sustainable alternatives to buying new.

Parents Gift Guide

On the hunt for a gift for a friend, co-worker, or relative? There are many ideas for useful gifts in every budget range that are practical as well as playful. Presents for babies and gifts just for parents that they could really use at this time in their lives. Some of the ideas that are outlined in detail include:

  • Luxurious bedroom additions for mom and dad.
  • Practical and very helpful items to help care for babies.
  • Meal services.
  • Travel help.

It’s easy to get creative when you plug into the mindset of being a new parent. Think practical, think pampering, and have fun selecting the ideal gift with our guide for your new parents as they start this awesome chapter of their lives.

Preloved Gift Ideas

This is the best guide for last minute gifts. You love giving gifts but may have run out of time before the special day, whether that’s a holiday gift or any other occasion. With little time and a budget conscious gift list, heading to a second-hand store is a great way to take care of literally every person on your gift list. And it’s important to remember that secondhand does not mean second-best. There are a wealth of secondhand gift ideas for everyone that they would be delighted to receive. Some really amazing categories to search through that will fit anyone in your list include:

  • Art: here are a couple of thoughts about giving gifts of artworks.
  • Baking Kit: gather several items from the second-hand cooking section and put together a baking kit for the aspiring chef on your list.
  • Dress-Up Box: great for kids.
  • Jewelry: second-hand shops are notorious for having a wealth of preloved vintage jewelry pieces.
  • Sports & Music Equipment: sports and gym equipment in the second-hand arena are truly gems.
  • Toys
  • Vintage Vinyl

Gifting second-hand items is the new affordable and eco-conscious way to give meaningful presents nowadays.

Retired Gift Guide

This once in a lifetime momentous occasion deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated. There are several different ways to show your happiness for the retiree. From giving meaningful or sentimental gifts to throwing a party, to offering something useful and enjoyable for the next chapter of their lives. It will depend on the individual- will they be interested in pursuing a new hobby; furthering their education; love gags and practical jokes; rather create memories versus acquiring ‘things’; ready to explore and travel the world? Follow this retired gift guide to find some inspiring and thoughtful retirement gifts, for both men and women, that will encourage your giftee to kick back, relax, and enjoy some hard-earned freedom.

  • Hobby gifts.
  • Travel gifts.
  • Home improvement gifts.
  • Adventure gifts.

Summer Gift Guide

Summer gift ideas highlight favorite summer activities, such as gardening, grilling, and beach-going. There are birthdays, graduations, weddings, and national holidays to all celebrate during the summer months: Father’s Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. We gathered DIY, inexpensive, creative, eco-friendly, and all manner of summer specific gift ideas that will delight kids, teens, families, and everyone in between.

Themed Baskets

A personalized gift basket full of amazing goodies is always an enjoyable gift to receive (and fun to put together for your giftee!). Some basket themes for summer include:

  • Beach basket.
  • Movie night basket.
  • Game basket.
  • Graduation gift basket.

Unique Summer Gifts To Celebrate the Season

  • Outdoor speaker that looks like a lamp.
  • A projector for indoor and outdoor movies.
  • Waterproof cameras.
  • Floats, noodles, rafts, and other fun water toys.
  • BBQ related items.
  • Gardening gifts

Don’t hesitate to shop second-hand first. You're sure to find hidden gems as well as share your values in supporting eco-conscious practices.

Valentine’s Day Unique Gift Guide

To make your loved one's day even more special, show you care by not jumping on the commercial bandwagon and put extra thought into just the right treasure. These tips and ideas will spark your imagination.

Gift Ideas & Inspiration

  1. Cooking class together.
  2. Join a once-a-month club, such as a book club, wine club, detective search club.
  3. Masterclasses -from cooking with Gordon Ramsay to basketball techniques with Steph Curry, and scientific thinking with Neil deGrasse Tyson, there is a class to suit all hobbies and interests.
  4. Gently Pre-owned Items- giving a gift that is not factory made, that uses new processed resources, i.e. avoiding the commercial markets is a very considerate and eco-friendly way to approach gift giving. Take a look at The Local Flea and the wide range of gift options available for another fantastic idea to add to your list.



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