The natural color of bamboo has long been a favorite amongst furniture makers and floorers. Growing thick throughout Asia, there are plenty of uses for bamboo. And, contrary to popular belief, bamboo is not a tree; it’s actually a grass that shares some of the same characteristics. The material has been used for centuries to make impressively attractive furniture and art pieces, as well as plenty of other fabulous bamboo gift ideas that we touch upon below:
Why are Bamboo Gifts Eco-Friendly?
Bamboo is fast-growing and renewable (one of the fastest in the world), which means people aren’t destroying entire forests that take many years to recover full-grown trees when they cut down bamboo to use for manufactured products. How fast? Many species of bamboo can grow two feet or more in a day. It’s an endlessly renewable resource that is also good for the environment – as bamboo helps prevent erosion, produces oxygen, and provides habitat to plenty of animals and birds. Because of this, bamboo is a material used to create eco-friendly gifts.
Just some of the bamboo gifts you may consider include:
Wooden watches have seen increasing interest in the marketplace with eye-catching shades of brown, beige, red, and other hues of the rainbow. Bamboo watches produce the same visual effect, yet do not involve tearing down vital trees in the process. Sometimes, just the dial case is fashioned out of bamboo while the wrist strap made from another material. Other times, the entire bulk of the watch is made out of bamboo (with the exception of certain accents and mechanics).
Shown here is a lighter-colored bamboo watch, made by WoodieSpecs, which offers unique no-two-alike timepieces. Shipping worldwide from San Diego, California, this gift comes with an elegant wooden box.
Consider gifting a bamboo watch for a birthday, anniversary, or groomsman gift.
Fashionable and sustainable, bamboo sunglasses make an attractive gift for a stylish friend or relative. For a colorful personality, consider the selection of varying colored, mirrored polarized lenses used by Raw Wood Shades. Made from carbonized natural bamboo, these shades come with two-way hinged arms and also float in the water, if they should accidentally fall in. Your purchase will also include a custom rawwood bamboo case.
The strength of bamboo can withstand quite a bit of damage, as it is stronger than oak and is considered one of the most durable hardwoods on the planet. Bamboo also doesn’t shrink or ‘swell’ like hardwoods typically do, so that’s why it’s an ideal material for a solid chair or other piece of furniture, like coffee tables, dressers, decorative cabinets, and foot stools.
Offering a classic, vintage look, the style of this handcrafted Hollenbeck 22″ Cruiser Bamboo Skateboard from Habitat Imprint is undeniable. Your loved one can take this board out for a ride straight out of the box, and to add an extra special touch – personalization of the tail is free. Choose a name or personal inscription up to 10 characters.
The attractive appearance of a wooden tablet case delivers a classy, sophisticated look – an ideal gift for an eco-conscious student or someone who just landed a new job. You can achieve this same look by purchasing a tablet case made out of bamboo. Different variations in color, pattern and designs provide one-of-a-kind items, such as the iPad Mini case sold by axMen, which adds engraved owls and other accents to their cases.
Bamboo Sheets and Pillowcases
Offering an ideal gift for college students, newlyweds and new homeowners, the look and feel of bamboo linens are soft and durable. Other benefits include the high absorbency of bamboo fibers which wicks away moisture and dries fast.
Personalized Bamboo Hair Brush
Ideal for a bridesmaid gift or teenager, donebetter sells handmade bamboo hair brushes styled with text and/or designs of your choosing. Don’t forget to scan this Etsy site to find other styles of bamboo brushes, including oval and paddle shapes.
Monogrammed Bamboo Mustache Comb
Fashioned out of bamboo, miniFab sells a Personalized Handmade Folding Mustache Comb, which can be personalized (for free) with initials or monogram on the handle. Think of this gift when Father’s Day, anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas, and Movember rolls around.
Bamboo Monogrammed Cutting Board
Ideal for foodies, newlyweds, hostess gifts and new homeowners, personalized cutting boards not only look good, but also serve a purpose in the kitchen. Monograms and lines of commemoration can be used to mark special occasions, such as weddings, retirement and any other milestone. Some even have a sense of humor, as seen in the Breaking Bad Cutting Board by A Family Forest shown below, which features a fun take for Heisenberg fans. This particular board is also available without Heisenberg, and simply features the ‘Let’s Cook’ imagery.
For a homesick loved one, consider gifting a bamboo cutting board in the shape of their home state, like this Wisconsin State shaped gem from A Heirloom, where you can have special engraving and brass inlays of your choice added – like initials, dates, house, star and/or heart.