Buying gifts for teenagers can be hard enough but add in an eco-friendly criteria and you might not know where to start. Let me help!
1. Make a List
The best place to start when buying a present for a climate activist teenager is usually by asking them what they want. Ask them to make a list of gift ideas or brands they love. You could even ask them why they like the brand so you know what to look out for in the future for birthdays or special occasion presents.
2. Suggest an experience
Time spent with loved ones is so important so this could be the perfect opportunity to suggest a shared experience. Keep your ear to the ground for upcoming workshops in the area of meditation, mindfulness, yoga, nature and craft making. Some of these workshops can seem expensive up front but the skills learned and time spent together will be worth it.
I booked my mom and myself in for a Winter wreath making workshop. We enjoyed hot chocolate, learnt a new skill, spent time together and enjoyed friendly debate over who’s wreath was nicer. They now hang on our respective front doors and it was great to share the time together.
Below you’ll find eco-friendly gifts that will work to surprise and delight any teenage climate activists.
These gifts are:
- Cruelty Free
- Sustainably sourced
- Plastic Free
- Made in small batches
- Contain Natural Ingredients
3. Shampoo Bar
Guaranteed they’ll love this gift. It’s useful, eco friendly and made in Ireland. The perfect gift for a teenager who says they “don’t want anything for Christmas”! They surely can’t give out for buying sustainable shampoo.
This Citrus scented shampoo bar is great for all hair types.
For those with sensitive scalps opt for Apollo shampoo bar which is gentle and fragrance free. €11
4. The natural deodorants at Green Outlook are made with non harmful ingredients.
Organicules Pink Clay natural deodorant is aluminium, paraben and single use plastic free. Made in Ireland with safe and effective, organic and vegan ingredients
Teenagers always need deodorant so it’s a win for everyone.
Pink Clay Natural Deodorant €12.80
5. Face Masks
Being a teenager can be hard enough without fighting with breakouts or oily skin.
It’s the perfect time to introduce a skincare routine or even a simple face mask. We have two face masks which will go down well with any teenager.
A gently-detoxifying face mask to fight blackheads, minimise pores and prevent breakouts. Skin is left feeling cleansed, refreshed and balanced. Suitable for use several times a week.
Seaweed Mask from the wild Atlantic waters of Connemara for beautifully smooth skin. Removes skin impurities and toxins, hydrates and cleanses skin.
6. Looking to introduce a more comprehensive skincare routine without the complication.
The Hawthorn Skincare discovery set will allow your teenager to try 4 100% natural skincare products.
- Cleansing Oil
- Balancing Facial Mist
- Face Balm
- Facial Oil
- Plus 2 reusable pads
Buy the Skin Discovery Kit for €37.50
7. Want to get your teenagers flossing? And not the dancing kind.
This vegan dental floss is made with plants and packed in a cardboard dispenser so there is no plastic waste.
You’ll also find sustainable electric toothbrush heads which would make a good practical gift. €9.50 for a set of two.
8. Choosing a gift voucher from Green Outlook supports multiple Irish businesses and makes the perfect sustainable gift for family or friends when you’re not sure what to buy.
Choose your own amount or select preset amounts from €25 to €400.
Sent directly to your mail or the recipient at a date of your choice.
9. Help your son grow a healthy beard with an all natural beard oil
This highly nourishing blend of botanical oils hydrate & condition the hair while nourishing the skin beneath.
10. These bath bombs are a real treat
Everything Dublin Herbalists put in their products is 100% natural, and never, ever tested on animals. That means no parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate or other nasty hidden ingredients.
Bath Bomb Set €21.00
11. For the makeup lover!
Solid Make Up Brush Cleaner that will:
- Kill germs
- Cleanse brushes thoroughly while being gentle on them
- Make them last longer (Most brush cleaners on the market have alcohol which will dry out your brushes)
About Green Outlook
Fiona Smiddy is the Founder of Green Outlook www.greenoutlook.ie. At Green Outlook Fiona promotes sustainable living and sells a growing range of plastic free and natural products for the body, home and on the go.
“It was while travelling in 2018 that I became increasingly conscious of how our daily lifestyle choices impact the environment. When I returned home, I switched up my diet, cut out fast fashion and tried to be more conscious in my consumer habits. I established Green Outlook in 2019 to provide inspiration for others to reduce their environmental impact”
Whether you’re trying to live more sustainable or are no stranger to conscious consumerism, Green Outlook has something that will suit you. Fiona selects suppliers and products based on their ethos, production process, packaging and ingredients.
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