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25 Gifts that Support Companies Doing Good (2023 Holiday Gift Guide)

Photo of a GrowOya Watering Pot in a garden

The holiday season is a time for connecting with loved ones and making memories that last for years to come. At DUG, one of our pillars is ‘Community’ which we thought was a perfect theme for this year’s Holiday Gift Guide. What better way to nourish our community than by supporting it?

Here is our specially curated list of 25 gifts from brands we love (including us!) that make a difference and reflect the values we hold dear. Each one of them is made at a company that cares about the impact they have through their products and we hope you love them as much as we do.

Happy holidays!

Gifts for the Avid Gardener

1. Canvas Tote from Denver Urban Gardens ($20)

We love this tote because it’s made with 100% organic cotton and is perfect for holding all of your gardening tools. Your gift recipient is sure to love all the pockets and the beautiful design!

2. Watering Pot from GrowOya ($34.95 – $54.95)

This watering pot saves garden watering up to 70% and is made from a porous clay formula. Imagine placing this in your garden amongst your gorgeous flowers this spring!

3. Calming Skin Creme from Juniperseed Mercantile ($17 – $30)

This moisturizing skin cream is packaged in a reusable and recyclable container and features skin-loving avocado and apricot oil. It’s the perfect way to nourish skin after a long day in the sun (and in the dirt!).

4. Plastic Plus Plan from Ridwell (starts at $18)

If you’re in the Denver Metro Area, this is the perfect solution to responsibly disposing of hard-to-recycle plastics. Not only are you keeping plastic from the landfill, but you’re practicing earth-loving values that transfer to the garden too!

Gifts for Ultimate Comfort

5. Beanie from Denver Urban Gardens ($30)

Our locally sourced signature beanie comes in various colors and features post-consumer plastic and vegan leather. Stay warm all winter long and support the good work we do year-round!

6. Botanical Art Notecard Set from Botanical Interest ($13.99)

This beautiful notecard set is printed on FSC-certified paper and is wrapped in compostable packaging. This is the ideal gift for the romantic who can spend hours sitting on the porch writing letters to loved ones – how sweet!

7. Body Care Bundle by EarthLinks ($55)

This beautifully curated bundle is handcrafted from locally harvested beeswax and includes a rich oil content recipe for optimal moisturizing. Care for your skin the best way you can and support an organization working to transform lives!

8. Organic Hot Teas from Teatulia Organic Teas ($19.95 – $21.95)

Not only are these teas delicious and soothing, but they’re also packaged plastic-free in paper tea bags. Plus, Teatulia is B Corp, Rain Forest Alliance, and Fair Trade™ Certified so you know you can trust them to do what’s right!

Did you know DUG’s Executive Director, Linda, is the co-founder of Teatulia? 

The Perfect Stocking Stuffers

9. Sticker from Denver Urban Gardens ($4)

Our stickers are high-quality and die-cut with beautiful imagery. They’re the perfect add-on to your water bottle, favorite notebook, or wheelbarrow!

10. Herb Variety Pack from MASA Seed Foundation ($4)

Their seed packets are rigorously selected heirloom and traditional food plant varieties that are adaptive to climate shifts and Denver’s sturdy Front Range soils. This bundle comes with various herbs, including santo cilantro and lemon bergamot. You won’t go wrong picking one (or two) packets for stocking stuffer additions!

11. Steeped Coffee 5 Pack from Unravel Coffee ($16)

This two-stitch blend features Colorado roasted and nitro-sealed coffee packs perfect for having your coffee on the go. Plus, the packaging is compostable!

12. Plantable Pencils – Herb Edition from Sprout Pencils ($11.99)

These biodegradable and high-quality graphite pencils bundle all your favorites: Basil, Rucola, Parsley, Sage, and Thyme seeds. These are the perfect stocking stuffer for kids!

Gifts over $100

13. Birdies 6-in-1 Raised Garden Bed from Denver Urban Gardens ($150)

These incredible garden beds are made with cold-roiled galvanized steel and feature a high-quality and durable Aluzinc coating. Plus, DUG sells them at a reduced price so you get a great gift and save some money too!

14. Smart Standard Growframe from modern sprout ($219)

These incredible frames feature full-spectrum LED light so your plants can thrive in your home. They’re also proudly made in the USA and include a smart app to make growing even easier!

15. Olivewood Root Salad Bowl from Verve Culture ($198)

This gorgeous salad bowl is artisan made from sustainably sourced Italian olivewood which gives each piece its unique finish. This gift is perfect for the friend who’s always hosting or makes an incredible fresh salad in the summertime!

16. Women’s Re-Tool Hybrid Pullover Fleece from Patagonia ($269)

This fleece pullover is made from recycled polyester, making it light on your footprint but incredibly warm on frosty days. It’s also made in a Fair Trade Certified™ factory!

17. Pinecones & Butterflies Luxe Faux Fur Blanket from Parks Project ($150)

This stylish blanket comes with its own carrying case (pictured above) and is made from 100% recycled polyester polar fleece. It’s perfect for rainy day reading, delicious outdoor picnics, and more!

Gifts for the Traveling Enthusiast

18. Tote Bag from Alvéole ($16)

This lightweight tote is made from 100% cotton, making it travel-friendly! Plus, supporting Avéole means supporting bee conservation in urban spaces.

19. Organic Lip Balm from Spinster Sisters ($7.99)

This lip balm comes packaged in an FSC-certified paperboard tube. The formula is also Certified USDA Organic and comes in various scents (or none at all!).

20. AllTrails+ Subscription from AllTrails ($35.99)

AllTrails’ newest subscription offering can be emailed or customized and comes with additional perks beyond the free membership like real-time maps and wrong-turn alerts. This gift is perfect for a friend who loves hiking and spending time outdoors!

21. National US Parks Pass ($80)

This pass is the ideal way to support conservation efforts for our incredible U.S. national parks. It also gives you access to paid federal parks, paying for itself after a few visits!

Gifts for the Animal Lover

22. Save the Bees Protection Sleeves from Farmer’s Defense ($27.48)

Every purchase made at Farmer’s Defense restores 10ft2 of pollinator habitat. Plus, these sleeves offer UPF 50+ protection and are made from 85% REPREVE™ Polyester.

23. Honeybee Phone Case from Pela ($59.95)

These durable phone cases are made from flax, giving them a flexible and easy-to-clean quality. Pela also donates a percentage of their profits to Ocean Cleanup and Preservation Initiatives.

24. Socks that Protect Animals from Conscious Step ($44.95)

These animal-loving socks are made from GOTS Certified Organic Cotton. Plus, this 3-pack sock bundle donates to Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors. They’re the perfect gift for the friend that likes to be stylish, cozy, and make a difference!

25. Cabbage Patch Notebook from Decomposition ($11)

These durable notebooks are made from 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper and are printed with soy ink. They can be used for school, work, personal organization, doodling, and more! Who wouldn’t love a notebook covered in cabbage and rabbits?

We hope you were able to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list this year!

Cheers to the end of a wonderful year and the start of an even better one – we couldn’t have done it without you.