Travel Light: 10 Eco-Conscious Gift Ideas for the Jetsetter in Your Life

11/29/2016 01:26 pm ET | Updated Dec 06, 2016

The best gifts are the ones that show that extra bit of thought. These 10 lightweight and practical—yet anything-but-typical—presents are conscious of your Secret Santa’s wanderlust and their carbon footprint, too.

Patagonia

Down Sweater Hooded Jacket, from $139, patagonia.com or rei.com

Made sustainably from traceable down and recycled polyester ripstop, this toasty warm insulating jacket packs into its chest pocket for easy stowing on your next adventure.

Votch

Votch, $150, votchwatch.co.uk

No matter what timezone you’re in, this classic statement piece from newly launched vegan brand Votch—which donates to charities like the Farm Animal Rescue Sanctuary—is an elegant uplifting reminder of the worthy #crueltyfree cause it stands for.

Giggle

GB Pockit Stroller, $249.95, amazon.com and giggle.com

Never before has a stroller actually made a parent excited to take a flight, but that’s just what the 10-pound Pockit does with its incredibly compact fit—you can pop it under your plane seat!—and one-thrust-and-you’re-ready-to-go setup. (In case you haven’t heard, if you pack lighter, you help reduce fuel consumption and lessen the environmental impact.)

Chasing Windmills

Thermal Long Johns, $69, chasingwindmillskids.com

You don’t think it’s possible for your child to get any cuter until you see them in this adorable pajama set. Made in the USA out of mid-weight, temperature-regulating merino wool, these thermal long johns were designed for a snug night’s sleep, outdoor adventures and impromptu holiday card photo shoots.

Oakley

Oakley EVZero Range, $129.99, oakley.com

Runners and cyclists will appreciate Oakley’s lightest sports sunglasses yet. A rimless frame ensures the widest field of vision through Oakley’s latest premium lens technology.

Transit30 Duffel, $49.99, matadorup.com

Go wild at the local craft market on your next overseas trip. Compressing down to the size of your fist, this ultralight duffel bag will give you an extra 30L of storage space to bring home all the souvenirs.

J.Crew

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust T-Shirt, $29.50, jcrew.com

Every time you look down at these miraculous creatures, you’ll smile knowing that 50% of the sales from this limited-edition T-shirt will go towards continuing the important work of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which rescues orphan elephants from poaching in East Africa.

Rewilder

Cornerstone Bag, $212, rewilder.com

Your new favorite one-of-a-kind handcrafted bag is machine washable, lightweight yet adventure-worthy and made from climbing ropes and upcycled filter cloth from breweries. Rewilder’s “Let’s Talk Trash” collection makes repurposing salvaged materials a true thing of beauty.

Veja

Holiday Low Top Blend Seja, $116, veja.com

Eco-friendly French-Brazilian footwear brand Veja makes it easy to be a fashionable environmental activist and walk the walk by diverting plastic bottles from the landfill to your feet with these super comfy shoes—that also happen to have a sole made of wild rubber from the Amazonian forest.

Nau

Altiplano Alpaca Pullover, $225, nau.com

This luxuriously soft and easy-to-pack sweater is so cozy you’ll be tempted to get one in all three natural shades of sustainably sourced Alpaca wool so no one at the office notices it’s become the daily staple of your winter wardrobe.

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