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Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas: Bamboo Gifts

Eco Friendly and Sustainable Gift Ideas - Bamboo Gifts

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:

Bamboo Watch by WoodieSpecsBamboo Watch

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.

Bamboo Sunglasses

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.

Bamboo Polarized Sunglasses by Raw Wood Shades

Bamboo Furniture

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.

Hollenbeck 22 Cruiser Bamboo SkateboardsBamboo Skateboard

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.

Bamboo Tablet Case for iPad Mini with Engraved Owls  by axMenBamboo Tablet Case

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.

Bamboo Hand Brushes by donebetter

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.

Bamboo Mustache Comb

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.

Breaking Bad Cutting Board by A Family Forest

Wisconsin Shaped Cutting Board by A HeirloomFor 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.

Which bamboo gifts have caught your eye here?

About Yona Williams

In addition to being a freelance writer, foodie, art lover and book hoarder, Yona also enjoys researching and sharing the many different ways one can surprise or amaze loved ones with unique and unexpected gift ideas.

44 comments on “Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas: Bamboo Gifts

  1. I love bamboo products. Those are some interesting sunglasses. I would probably totally wear them. I think I’d also love the Breaking Bad chopping board. One of my favorite shows ever!

  2. I’ve been buying more and more bamboo products and I’ve been happy with each of my purchases. I’d love to buy the sunglasses because they just rock. Some of the other items need to be on my gift list as well.

  3. I had no idea that you could get a bamboo watch or sunglasses! I love to use bamboo in our kitchen it holds up great! These sound like fun gifts to give made out of Bamboo!

  4. I love the idea of giving econ friendly gifts! The chopping board jumped out at me and I would LOVE to have one for me! I like things that are just that little bit different and unique! Imagine having a bamboo watch How cool!

  5. Great thinking. I’m one to love natural products but would have never thought about this. I love the chopping board as you can customize it with your own burner. I love all these options and saved a few for birthdays and xmass.

  6. My son would be so thrilled to see a bamboo skateboard and my mom would love a state bamboo cutting board. These are wonderful gift ideas and thank you so much for the suggestions. I personally love the bamboo hairbrush.

  7. I am obsessed with Bamboo products. I purchased a Bamboo Sheet Set and love the quality. They’re eco friendly products, inexpensive and sustainable. I need to buy a Salad Bamboo Bowl, found one but too pricey and too big

  8. I have been wanting to buy myself a bamboo watch because it looks so trendy and unique. The material is also quite sturdy and it can be a great attention grabber and conversation starter. I just have to ask, is it also durable when in touch with water? Is it waterproof?

  9. Beautiful products. I think I want the cutting board, the hair stuff and the tablet…then again the skateboard looks nice I might can use that as decor in my sons room he loves skateboards but only wants them for decor for some reason.

  10. These products are simply awesome, not only they have a unique touch and style, but they are crafted very well. I tried a pair of glasses for this summer and have no regrets!

  11. I love these ideas!! I’m looking for a bamboo or teak bench for my shower, but can’t seem to find any that aren’t super expensive. I’ll have to see if any of these companies have one! :)

  12. I like that watch. It’s nice and solid looking and pretty to look at too.

  13. Oh that watch!!! I love it! I should add that to my Christmas list, lol!

  14. These are great ideas! Those sunglasses are so cool! I would definitely like the cutting board the best. Thanks for sharing!

  15. I am pretty sure I am buying the hubby one of these watches for Christmas! He would love it!

  16. I love the look and feel of bamboo. If I could I would grow it in my garden. However, I have heard it’s very invasive. Not so bad considering we can make all kinds of neat things from it. I love my bamboo cutting boards!

  17. These are some great gift ideas which anyone would love as they are Eco-friendly. That Bamboo Watch looks absolutely gorgeous & I love that beautiful Sunglasses as well.

  18. A bamboo watch sounds and looks just awesome. These are some really great gift ideas. Eco friendly is super important to me!

  19. I love Bamboo, anything, from bamboo furniture down to little things. Those bamboo sunglasses look stunning and very unique. I love it!

  20. i love the wrist watch it is perfect gifts for my sister for her 18th birthday thank you for sharing

  21. All those wood designs look elegant, I just wonder how long will they last in our weather. I know humidity is the worst enemy of wood.

  22. I love all these, but I especially like the hairbrush. I will check this out.

  23. I just love the look of bamboo. I would love to get the skateboard for my kids.

  24. I like bamboo products. My daughter knits socks out of bamboo yarn and gives them as gifts!

  25. Wow, brilliant post. Didn’t realise there’s such a variety! I want those shades and tablet cover.

  26. I have bamboo cooking utensils and I just love it. I would like to have a watch like that, so beautiful and unique.

  27. The hairbrush and the sunglasses are so beautiful. I know I would enjoy using them for a long time because bamboo is that sturdy!

  28. I really like the bamboo home state cutting board and the hairbrush. All of these items would make great gifts.

  29. These are all gorgeous. That watch is so stylish. I want all these for myself. Lol.

  30. I totally love those Sun glasses i have to buy myself some now! Thank you for the share.

  31. Bamboo is so gorgeous and I would love to have more of it in my home!! I love that it is environmentally friendly too :)

  32. These are all so cool! I’d love to have some bamboo gear for the summer.

  33. I love Bamboo! I would definitely love one of those cutting boards. The sunglasses are really cool, too!

  34. What beautiful products! And isn’t that AMAZING how fast it grows!! Neat!

  35. I love the look of bamboo. Also it’s great because it’s so durable. I agree with Carly, those sunnies are awesome. I’d love to have a bamboo bicycle one day.

  36. I love bamboo. Not only is it 100% renewable, it’s beautiful!

  37. I have to have the owl tablet cover. That is so cute. I never really thought about having actual products made from bamboo. I have always thought about the plant it self but all your information does make sense and I like the looks of it on the watch and other things.

  38. Those are all really cool ideas. I really like that wood watch. What a unique idea!

  39. My son has a bamboo skate board. The cutting board would be a great gift.

  40. Okay, I am LOVING that Breaking Bad cutting board. I don’t even cook that much, but I WANT IT SO BAD!

  41. I LOVE the Hairbrush! I also like the state shaped cutting boards. Very nice post!

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