Green Queen Christmas Gift Guide 2019: The 10 Best Low-Waste, Conscious & Ethical Presents

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We love the holidays here at Green Queen but it’s hard not to be a little overwhelmed by all the overconsumption, excess packaging and plastic waste that defines the season. Still, gifting is an important part of life and there’s no reason not to spoil your loved ones this Christmas. We’ve put together the ultimate gift guide for you, full of low-waste, conscious, plastic-free and generally eco-forward gift ideas so you can pamper your friends and fam without hurting the planet. With offerings for everyone from Social Butterflies to Busy Parents, the Green Queen 2019 Eco Gift Guide has the perfect low carbon pressie for your entire list.

Edgar Personalised Zero Waste Bathroom Kit

For The Zero-Waster

The ideal plastic-free gift set to encourage zero waste habits for your friends & fam, Edgar’s Zero Waste Bathroom Kit offers a Lamazuna organic shampoo bar, a Coconut Matter deodorant stick, an eco toothbrush with a replaceable head and a month’s supply of Denttabs toothpaste tabs. What’s more: you can choose flavours and colours for each product, ideal for personalising depending on who you’re gifting to. This is the most eco starter kit out there to kick off greener bathroom habits for 2020. Eco Bonus: Edgar will wrap the kit in reused gift wrap for free or choose a furoshiki cloth wrap for HK$ 55 (instead of HK$ $85).

Special Offer For Green Queen: HK$310 instead of HK$ 345

Edgar Zero-Waste Bathroom Kit, HK$ 345, available online and in-store

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The Entertainer Hong Kong 2020 Lifestyle Offers App

For The Social Butterfly

Gift bargains for bargain lovers! 2-for-1 restaurants, spas, drinks and getaways? Yes, please. The Entertainer 2020 is THE app to have with unlimited monthly offers, free hotel nights, buy-one, get-one free drinks and so much more. Plus they have just launched their new Gourmet offering featuring partners like Michelin-starred Qi House of Sichuan, Zeng, Popinjays. We can’t think of a better gift for the social butterflies in your life. After all, who doesn’t love a good deal?

Special Offer For Green Queen: You get the Classic + Cheers + Gourmet + Express all-in-one for HK$ 288 until December 31st (50% discount off original price), PLUS use promo code GQHK2020 at checkout for an EXTRA 10% discount, which means you get it for HK$ 259 and you will be entered to win a HK$ 1,200 gift card from Kapok.

The Entertainer Hong Kong 2020 App, HK$ 288, pre-order & download here.

OliveTreeHK Build-Your-Own Golden Greek Goddess Organic Hamper

For The Eco Foodie

Personalise a basket of Mediterranean products from OliveTree’s selection of artisanal, organic products including the best Greek olives, wild tea, wine and natural soaps. We love that it’s entirely bespoke: you can choose from the website’s selection and they will do the rest. The Eco Foodies in your life will absolutely love the high-quality traditional foods and goodies produced by small, family-run businesses. Eco Bonus: the hamper is completely plastic-free! Also- the friendly owner will accommodate.

Green Queen Tip: On the Olive Leaf website, select the hamper and then select all the products you want. The friendly owner will then choose the perfect basket and packaging for your picks.

Special Offer For Green Queen: Use promo code FREEDELIVERY at checkout to get free delivery in Hong Kong.

Olive Tree Golden Greek Goddess Hamper, from HK$ 335 including hamper, available to order here.

Soapnut Republic Natural Cleaning Products

Soapnut Republic Essential Oil Cleaning Products Bundle

For The Eco Homebody

Soapnut Republic Hong Kong’s bundle of cleaning & laundry products, made up of 6 natural, non-toxic home cleaning essentials infused with natural essential oils, is perfect for family and friends who want to keep their home safe and toxin-free. Conventional cleaning products are really terrible for our health so really, with this bundle you’re offering the gift of wellbeing- the perfect present to show your loved ones how much you care. Also ideal for moms and dads who have little ones with sensitive lungs in the house. Eco Bonus: All the products in the bundle also come in 5L bulk containers available for refill at Live Zero and Edgar stores to minimise packaging once they need to be replenished.

Special Offer For Green Queen: HK$ 438 instead of HK$ 488 including gift box packaging.

Soapnut Republic Essential Cleaning Products – The Essential Oils Bundle, HK$ 438, available here

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Edgar Zero Waste Out & About Kit

For The Busy Parent

The ideal plastic-free kit that’s both light-weight and easy to carry so you can live that reusable life on the go no matter where you are. The bundle, a perfect pick for busy parents – includes a 100% recyclable R-Cup made from used coffee cups, a GrabnGo reusable food bag and a bamboo cutlery set (fork, knife, spoon, chopsticks & straw). Eco Bonus: Edgar will wrap the kit in reused gift wrap for free or choose a furoshiki cloth wrap for HK$ 55 (instead of HK$ $85).

Special Offer For Green Queen: HK$355 instead of HK$ 405

Edgar Zero-Waste Out & About Kit, HK$ 355, available online and in store

Paths Crossing Sustainable Travel Card Game

For The Eco Traveler

Move over Cards Against Humanity! Paths Crossing is a card game made for travellers by travellers who know that connecting with strangers is one of the greatest thrills of the journey. The cards do everything from test your travel trivia knowledge, to ask you about the worst bathroom you’ve visited around the world (the ultimate ice breaker 😅) to offer useful eco-tips for your next journey. Eco Bonus: all the cards are printed on recycled paper.

Special Offer For Green Queen: Use code PCFREESHIPPINGHK at checkout to enjoy free shipping to Hong Kong.

Paths Crossing Travel Card Game, HK$ 195.28, available on Etsy

Eat For The Planet Vegan Cookbook

For The Vegan Foodie

Know a vegan foodie with an eco heart and a passion for homemade noms? We’ve got the most flavourful gift for these animal and planet loving cooks. The Eat For The Planet Cookbook, published by One Green Planet founder Nil Zakarias, has 75 recipes crafted by plant-based chefs, influencers and brands from all over the world including Derek Sarno, Beyond Meat & Ripple Foods. Creating plant-based meals has never been easier.

Eat For The Planet Cookbook, US$ 24.99, available for pre-order on Amazon

The Bali Box Eco Bundle Zero Waste Subscription Box

For The Green Beauty Addict

Subscription boxes can be eco too! Help your cosmetics and skincare addicted pal to lessen their carbon footprint with an eco subscription to the Bali Box Eco Bundle, a quarterly delivery of low-waste, plastic-free cosmetics, bath, kitchen and home decor essentials made from small independent Bali-based companies who want to make a big impact, socially and environmentally. Eco Bonus: The Bali Box offsets the carbon emissions of every single shipment.

Green Queen Tip: Note that this is quarterly subscription box so you do need to order in advance- make sure to place your order by November 30th for the mid-December delivery. Just in time for the holidays!

The Bali Box Eco Bundle, HK$ 700, available for order here

Lonely Planet The Vegan Travel Handbook

The Vegan Travel Handbook

For The Plant-Based Traveler

Know someone in your life with a serious case of wanderlust that loves animals and plant-based living? The world’s number one travel guidebook publisher Lonely Planet has announced an upcoming edition for travellers looking for vegan voyager adventures. Spoiler Alert: you can travel vegan basically anywhere. The book is packed with advice on restaurants, accommodation, tours, festivals and food trucks from some of the world’s most wonderful destinations- the ultimate stocking filler!

Vegan Travel Handbook by Lonely Planet Food, from US$ 17,09, available for pre-order on Amazon

Togetherband Douzen Kroes

#Togetherband Upcycled Plastic SDG Friendship Bracelet Pack

For The Sustainability Activist

This fair trade friendship bracelet pack is made from upcycled plastic ocean waste and reclaimed firearms that are crushed down and remoulded into these funky wrist bands. #Togetherband, a charity initiative by UK sustainable fashion brand Bottletop, is committed to getting a billion people talking about the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each pack contains two bracelets, one to wear and one to gift, thereby ensuring the message spreads further. There are 17 colour options, one for each of the #GlobalGoals. Eco Bonus: All profits go towards Bottletop’s Foundation, which supports charitable projects all over the world.

#Togetherband Pack by Bottletop, from US$ 26, available online and in-store at their Hong Kong K11 Musea location

Kinds of Grace Piñatex Argen Vegan Handbag

For The Eco Fashionista

Vegan and made from pineapple leather? The future of handbags has arrived. The fashionista in your life may love a good bag, but thanks to Kinds of Grace, a new brand of 100% vegan and cruelty-free handbags, purses and wallets, they can add to their collection without harming animals. The silver Argen Vegan Handbag in silver is made from Piñatex, a leather-like fabric from the pineapple cellulose fibre of the leaves of the plant. The version on the website is an upcoming style, with more to be added soon so you can pre-order now.

Kinds Of Grace Piñatex Argen Vegan Handbag, from US$399, available online

All images courtesy of featured brands.

This is a Green Queen Partner Post, some of the entries were sponsored.


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