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Sustainable Holiday Gift Guide

12/13/2019

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It’s hard to beat the great feeling that comes with finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list. If you're looking for a sustainable gift for that one friend who has a passport full of stamps (or for yourself!), we've got you covered. Here are ten great eco-friendly items perfect for any traveler who likes to leave a smaller footprint when they roam. 

#1 Vegan Leather Travel Tote 
A vegan leather tote is an absolute must for any eco-friendly traveler. Tote bags are the ideal personal item to carry on the plane. They are roomy enough for storing all the basics like a passport, iPad, snacks, and a wallet. Choose one made of vegan leather and other eco-friendly materials like cork. The Honest Company has a really great tote that is functional and very chic too. It is perfect for all those #airportoutfit posts on Instagram.

#2 Reef-Safe Sunscreen
Gift a gift to your friend and the planet with reef-safe sunscreen. This particular type of sunscreen is a must for anyone who loves to snorkel or swim. Sunscreens that are made with titanium or zinc oxide are much better for the ocean, coral reefs—and our own health.

#3 Collapsible Water Bottle 
A reusable water bottle makes a great eco-friendly gift. Not only is it environmentally-friendly, but it saves money on water at the airport. The best reusable water bottles are the collapsible kind because they take up hardly any room in a carry-on.  One of the best collapsible bottles out there is called the que Bottle. It comes in lots of different and fun colors from Sunbeam Orange to Lilac Purple. It collapses to nearly half its size with one easy push. 

#4 Sustainable Compression Leggings 
There’s no better travel attire than a soft pair of leggings. Compression leggings do double duty on those long flights to Hawaii or The Maldives. They are good for circulation. Girlfriend Collective is a great sustainable brand that sells comfortable compression leggings sourced from materials made from post-consumer waste. Their leggings are also stylish and super comfortable. Plus, when you are done with them, you can return them to be recycled.  

#5 Eco-Friendly Sweatshirt 
Layers are always important when traveling. Clothing brand Marine Layer makes super-cute, re-spun vintage sweatshirts and hoodies made of recycled tees. The environmentally-conscious company uses a completely waterless, closed-loop production process to make its stylish ethically-made clothing. 

#6 Cruelty-Free Makeup Brushes 
Vegan make-up brushes are both eco-friendly and cruelty-free, which is perfect for anyone who loves to save both soft, fluffy animals — and the environment. Vegan brushes deliver just as great results as their non-vegan counterparts. They are also hypoallergenic. It’s a win-win for animals and the environment. Looking for the perfect kit for your carry on? This Rose Gold Travel Brush Kit by E.L.F. Cosmetics has everything that you need to contour your cheekbones, apply your foundation, and perfect your eye makeup.  

#7 Solar Phone Charger 
A solar phone charger is so handy when traveling. This eco-friendly gadget can be used to power up all kinds of devices. The best part is that an electrical socket is not necessary. Look for one that is ultra-portable, waterproof and has several USB ports for multiple devices. 

#8 Bamboo Detangling Brush 
A detangling brush is an absolute must for curly hair. A comb won’t even come close to cutting it. This kind of brush is perfect for anyone who likes to take long swims in the ocean. It distributes natural oils through the hair, making it nice and shiny. If you are looking for an eco-friendly detangling brush, choose bamboo. This sustainable material is stronger and lighter than wood and it helps preserve hardwood forests too. We like this detangling brush By Earth Therapeutics because it is also cruelty-free. 

#9 Sustainably-Made Sunglasses 
Sunglasses made from eco-friendly materials and packaging are the perfect gift for any travel enthusiast. GROWN® makes lots of vacation-worthy glasses from bamboo and other organic, renewable materials. Harvesting these materials is a lot friendlier to the environment than sourcing wood. For every pair of sunglasses sold, GROWN® will donate an eye surgery or eye exams to those in need. 

#10 Reusable Razor 
Reusable razors are a great gift for any savvy, environmentally-conscious traveler. After all, who couldn't use a razor for tackling on-the-go hair removal? Reusable razors are much better for the environment than the single-use plastic ones that most people take with them on vacation, and the Zero Waste Shave Kit is the perfect travel companion. It includes a stainless steel razor and comes in an eco-friendly drawstring bag. The best part is that all of the items in the kit can be recycled when you are done with them. 

There are also cool eco-conscious resorts around the world, too. Ours are committed to saving the Earth's resources through global conservation initiatives—from reducing water usage to diverting waste from landfills and rebuilding coral reefs. Each one of Outrigger's global resorts takes part (even their cocktails give back!). So whether you're gifting a traveler friend or yourself, the holidays can be beautifully conscious.

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Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort | Hawaii
  • Beachfront location
  • Home of Duke’s Waikiki
  • Hawaii’s best live music venue, Blue Note Hawaii
  • Voyager 47 Club Lounge
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort | Hawaii
  • Home of Hawaiian Music, Kani Ka Pila Grille
  • Renovated modern guest rooms
  • Immersive cultural activities
  • Voyager 47 Club Lounge
  • Some public spaces may not be available
  • Take advantage of special Preview Rates
Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Hawaii’s first and only craft hotel
  • Home of The Beachcomber Originals
  • Hawaiian Aroma Caffe, Waikiki’s most Instagrammed coffee shop
  • Island’s longest bar at Maui Brewing Co
Waikiki Malia by Outrigger |Hawaii
  • Intimate retreat for adventure seekers
  • Easy access to Waikiki Beach
  • Choice for value-minded families and groups
  • Spacious guest rooms and studios
  • Offering connecting rooms and kitchenettes
OHANA Waikiki East by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Spacious guest rooms with kitchenettes
  • Ideal for large groups or families
  • Steps to Waikiki Beach and International Market Place
  • Onsite restaurants – Appetito Craft Pizza & Wine Bar and Tanaka of Tokyo
Airport Honolulu Hotel | Hawaii
  • Only half a mile from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport
  • Pet friendly
  • Convenient for business travelJust minutes from Pearl Harbor
Waikiki Shore by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Only resort condo directly on Waikiki Beach
  • Sweeping panoramic ocean views
  • Family friendly
  • Perfect for extended stays
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Regency on Beachwalk Waikiki by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Intimate, boutique style condo resort
  • Situated in the Waikiki Beach Walk shopping and dining district
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Honua Kai Resort & Spa | Maui
  • 38 tropical beachfront acres
  • 3-acre aquatic playground
  • AAA Four Diamond Award accredited
  • Luxury, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites on Kaanapali Beach
The Kapalua Villas Maui | Hawaii
  • Located on 22,000-acre Kapalua Resort
  • Choose from 3 beaches and 11 restaurants
  • Ocean and golf room views
  • Offering two magnificent golf courses
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Palms at Wailea Maui by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Located within the world-famous Wailea Resort community
  • A short drive from the Shops at Wailea and beaches
  • Near Wailea’s most renowned restaurants
Aina Nalu Lahaina by Outrigger | Maui
  • Boutique-style condos in heart of Lahaina
  • Two blocks away from Front Street
  • Walking distance to shops and restaurants
Kaanapali Maui at the Eldorado by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Fronts the fairways of Kaanapali Beach Resort
  • Short walk from Whalers Village
  • Featuring three swimming pools
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Royal Kahana Maui by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Ocean view of Molokai and Lanai
  • Boasts oceanfront pool
  • Private lanai
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Napili Shores Maui by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Offering stunning views of Lanai and Molokai
  • Newly renovated condos
  • Oceanfront on property dining at the Gazebo Restaurant
Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa Kauai by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Heated river pool running through two-acre property
  • Features flumed water slides
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Lae Nani Resort Kauai | Hawaii
  • Oceanfront condos
  • Includes an ocean pool within a natural stone breakwater
  • Adjacent to the Coconut MarketPlace
Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Cottage-style beachfront condos
  • Complimentary access to Poipu Athletic Club
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Welcome to Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa
Watch the majestic manta rays that swim through Keauhou Bay. Or spend your day relaxing at the spa. It all starts here, on Hawaii Island.
Kanaloa at Kona by Outrigger | Hawaii Island
  • Set on 18 oceanfront acres
  • Boasts 3 swimming pools and 2 tennis courts
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Fairway Villa Waikoloa by Outrigger | Hawaii Island
  • Guests treated to infinity pool and lava rock whirlpool
  • Surrounded by Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed golf course
  • Selection of on property dining options
Kohala Coast Vacation Rentals by Outrigger | Hawaii Island
  • Five distinct properties to choose from
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
  • Close to upscale King’s Shops and Queen’s Market Place
  • Golf at Beach Course
Royal Sea Cliff Kona by Outrigger | Hawaii Island
  • Set on a lava rock bluff
  • Panoramic views of the Kona coast
  • 5-minute drive to restaurants and shops
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Castaway Island, Fiji Resort | Outrigger Hotels & Resorts
  • Beachfront bures
  • Complimentary beach services
  • Kava ceremony welcomes guests
  • Wood-carving guest activity
  • Enjoy Meke traditional song and dance
Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort | Outrigger Hotels & Resorts
  • Beachfront bures
  • Offering Meimei nanny service
  • Talai butler service available
  • Named #1 Family Resort
  • Amazing firewalking ceremony
  • Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort | Outrigger Hotels & Resorts
    • Luxury beachfront suites
    • Mauritian Rum tasting experience
    • Dance to Sega music
    • Relax on private beach
    • Complimentary kid’s club
    Evening at Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
    • Located beachfront on Lamai Beach
    • 2 swimming pools
    • Fitness center
    • Restaurants and in-room dining
    • 3 meeting rooms
    Garden Villa | Outrigger Khao Lak Beach Resort
    • Located beachfront on Bangsak Beach
    • Swimming pool
    • Fitness center
    • Restaurants and in-room dining
    • 3 meeting rooms
    Surin Terrace | Phuket Manathai by Outrigger
    • Located on Surin Beach
    • Boutique resort
    • 2 swimming pools
    • Restaurant and in-room dining
    Waikiki Beach | Hawaii
    • Famous for Waikiki Beach
    • Hike Diamond Head Crater
    • Take a historical journey at Pearl Harbor
    • Birthplace of legendary surfer Duke Kahanamoku
    • Home to Lolani Palace, US’s only royal place
    Experience a gorgeous Maui sunset
    • Voted “Best Island in the US”
    • Home to Haleakala volcano
    • Famed for whale watching during the winter months
    • Famous scenic stretch road to Hana
    • Mile long of sandy shore at Kaanapali Beach
    Beaches of Kauai | Hawaii
    • Nicknamed the Garden Island
    • Known for lush valleys, waterfalls and hiking trails
    • Has more beaches than any other Hawaiian Island
    • Most hiking trails than an other Hawaiian Island
    • Largest coffee plantation in the US
    Hawaii Island (Big Island)
    • Often referred to as the “Big Island”
    • Kilauea volcano is the most active and largest in the world
    • Known for black sand beaches
    • Grows most of the world’s macadamia nuts
    • Home to some of the world’s largest telescopes
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