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18 Ethical & Sustainable Christmas Gifts for Men Under $100

November 8, 2022main

 It’s no secret that we’ve shopped for many hard-to-gift folks in our lives thus far. From our picky brother and the long-time office buddy to the “don’t need any presents” father-in-law. However, finding sustainable Christmas gifts for men under $100 is a whole new festive struggle. Even more so if he is well-known for his mile-high standards. Your hard-to-please fellow is well versed in the realm of ethical fashion, has an eye for spotting greenwashing tactics from a mile away, and his wardrobe arsenal is already chock full of vetter and verified sustainable basics that will surely stand the test of time.

Don’t fret! We know exactly what the cool guy in your life needs. And we’re not just talking t-shirts and neckties. With ethical Christmas gifts for men under $100 ranging from upcycled canvas sneakers to cashmere sweaters, everything on this sustainable gift list should pass muster with your ethical fashion devotee guy.  

Ethical & Sustainable Christmas Gifts for Men Under $100

1. Sunski Bernina Sunglasses

Price:

$98

Sustainable Materials:

Stainless steel

If you are looking for the best under $100 gift ideas for him who can’t leave the house without a stellar pair of sunnies –no matter the season– Sunski is the brand you should put on your radar. Featuring a small-sized metal frame and polarized lenses that block 100% UVA/UVB/UV400, these “Bernina” sunglasses are not only durable but also inherently stylish. The best part? Sunski’s are covered by our warranty for as long as you own them. Plus, the climate-neutral is also a proud member of 1% for the planet – what more can we ask for?

2. Patara Eco Navy Nomad

Price:

$98

Sustainable Materials:

Recycled PET, cork, Recycled PU Foam, hemp, natural rubber

Minimalists rejoice! Patara shoes are not only one of the most amazing options for ethical Christmas gifts for men under $100 but also “ the only shoes you’ll need to go from beach to bar.” This coastal redesign of a classic derby silhouette is equipped with premium cork and recycled foam insole minimizes odor and wicks away moisture. As for the upper part, it’s made of recycled canvas. The midsole? Braided hemp detail! eco-friendly, sustainable, and incredibly versatile, this pair has the ultimate minimal aesthetic perfect for any occasion.

3. Tact & Stone The Upcycled Hoodie

Price:

$95

Sustainable Materials:

10oz french terry fleece. 52% Upcycled Cotton/48% Recycled Polyester (rPET)

Our “sustainable Christmas gifts for men under $100” wouldn’t be complete without at least one reference to Tack and Stone. The brand lauded for its amazing collection of modern sustainable fashion for the everyday man is the ideal place to shop for his next favorite eco hoodie. Breathability, durability, and enviable style –the ultimate combination for comfort-seeking men. Crafted from 100% recycled fiber, using zero chemicals and zero dyes, this hoodie diverts waste from our landfills and saves 1,197 gallons of water compared to a traditional cotton hoodie.

On top of that, it’s skillfully made in Northern Portugal and is absolutely recyclable as well. In fact, they are partnered with many supply chains that use state-of-the-art cutting and sewing technologies that leave behind little to no carbon footprint!

4. Henry Rose FOG Natural Cologne

Price:

From $35

Sustainable Ingredients:

Water, Denatured Ethyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum) and more

Natural & organic cologne for men are downright essentials! Fog features a rephrasing blend of woodsy scents perfectly combined with subtle hints of soft musk to create a balanced, fresh aroma –without parabens, phthalates, and formaldehyde. Henry Rose managed to create the first fine fragrance collection that’s both EWG Verified™ and Cradle to Cradle Certified. This means that every ingredient has been rigorously vetted against the strictest standards for health and safety. Cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, and incredibly giftable, this glass bottle will delight the senses of every man in your life. 

5. Parasole Men’s Kytin

Price:

$59

Sustainable Materials:

3D knitted 2-layer construction 90% Nylon, 8% Spandex, 2% Elastane

Sustainable socks? For Chrismas? Shocking! Parasole’s Kytin are not your basic socks! On the contrary, they feature a minimally designed vented sole for maximum sensory feedback and 360º breathability. Plus, the pair is enhanced with a performance dual-layer compression knit to help improve circulation. Combined with the brand’s patented Parasole footbed that offers dynamic arch support and micro cushioning, these wear-me-everywhere socks are one of the best sustainable Christmas gifts for men under $100!

In fact, it’s the world’s first 3D Recovery Sock combining the benefits of arch support and compression. Did you know that the raved-about 3D knitting process reduces cut-and-sew waste by over 90%? That’s right!

6.  Warp + Weft ORD Ethical Jeans

Price:

$78

Sustainable Materials:

Recycled and regenerative fibers, certified cotton, and clean dyes 

Let’s cut to the chase! While, normally, a pair of denim trousers requires about 1,500 gallons of water to produce, Warp + Weft uses 10 gallons ONLY! But that’s not the only reason why ORD is on our ethical Christmas gifts for men under $100 checklist. It’s a mid-weight, strong-hold denim that combines innovative, recycled, and regenerated fibers and certified cotton to create an ultimate low-impact jean that looks vintage but feels modern.

The brand has its own manufacturing facility here, in the US, in which they use Energy Saving Technology and state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to achieve the world’s most sustainable denim. 

7. Coal The FLT Recycled Polylana Knit Beanie

Price:

$24

Sustainable Materials:

 Polylana 

Who wouldn’t love to add yet another Ethical Beanie to their wardrobe rotation? The Recycled Polylana Knit Beanie by Coal will keep him ridiculously warm and cozy through the cold-weather season. Available in 12 colors that match pretty much every taste, this Low profile beanie is ethically made of Polylana. This means that it requires 76% less energy, 85% less water, 76% less waste, and 19% less CO2 than standard acrylic manufacturing. On top of that, all of their manufacturing partners are held to strict standards of equity, safety, and human-centered policies!

8. Taylor Stitch The Heavy Bag Waffle Henley

Price:

$78

Sustainable Materials:

100% upcycled or recycled yarns,

Are you on the hunt for the best sustainable Christmas gifts for men under $100 that are Made ethically in California? The every-occasion-appropriate Henley is crafted with traditional thermal “seed stitch” using 100% upcycled or recycled yarns to reduce the amount of water that goes into production.

Aside from the flattering Tailored fit, it features a super comfy Ribbed neckline and Raglan sleeves. Also, Taylor Stitch heavily invests in circularity with their new Restitch initiative while thriving on being transparent with their sourcing, manufacturing, and distribution process. Can you think of a better addition to his winter clothing arsenal?  

9. TruBrain Capsules

Price:

From $69 

Sustainable Materials:

Magnesium, CDP-Choline, Piracetam, Tyrosine, Oxiracetam, Carnitine, Theanine, Acetyl L-Carnitine & DHA & more

Unconventional? Maybe! But every man in your life deserves the Best Natural Nootropics! Designed by UCLA-trained neuroscientists to help adults who struggle with focus and memory, these capsules will tackle brain fog and fuel the brain to power past stress with the help of potent, natural amino acids. Plus, unlike caffeine, this 90-capsule bottle won’t leave him with the oh-to-familiar feeling of restlessness and shakiness nor do they cause headaches and dizziness. The result? Increased blood flow to the brain, which in return, delivers more oxygen and glucose to neurons. 

10. Toad & Co Mission Ridge Pant

Price:

$85

Sustainable Materials:

77% Organic Cotton, 21% Polyester, 2% Spandex

Toad and Co ethically crafts clothing with the sole purpose to inspire you to live your fullest life. These ain’t your old math teacher’s chinos. On the contrary, they are stylish and easy to wear without forgoing all day confront and versatility. The overall silhouette has a regular fit that is somewhere between slim and relaxed – but never clingy or baggy. Just opt for the color that will certainly delight the man in your life and let this pair do all the sartorial work. He will never think that you scored this piece from a list of sustainable Christmas gifts for men under $100.

11. Bn3th Fern Gully Green Underwear

Price:

$32

Sustainable Materials:

95% Tencel™ Modal + 5% Spandex

 Organic underwear for men will always be a safe yet exciting gift that’s extremely practical. These bn3th boxer briefs are certainly no different. The revolutionary mypakage pouch technology™ offers 3-dimensional lift & support. the strategic selection of fabrics ensures that the waistbands won’t roll on him no matter where your day takes you. You can thank the ultra-soft, breathable, lightweight TENCEL™ Modal fabric that is sustainably sourced for that.

Also, it s equipped with a Pucker Panel gusset that allows the undies to contour around the body without forgoing comfort. And the print is fantastic, if we may add.

12. SAOLA Saola Cannon Knit II

Price:

 $99.95

Sustainable Materials:

 Recycled water bottles top, 100% natural cork and natural algae insoles, organic cotton laces

We are absolutely obsessed with SAOLA’s development philosophy to utilize recycled and natural materials which help make their entire design manufacturing process emit lower CO2, enhance their shoes’ lifetime and make sure they can get recycled & reused everywhere. 4 recycled plastic bottles were used to knit 90% of the top of the sustainable canvas sneakers.

As for the flexible insole that takes the shape of your foot, it’s crafted with 100% natural cork and natural algae. Even the laces are 100% organic cotton. Plus, by adding this pair to your ethical Christmas gifts for men under $100 checklist, you will also support Wildlife Trust, a Kenya-based organization that seeks solutions to distribute water to human communities and wildlife.

 

13. Freefly Men’s Bamboo Flex Hoody

Price:

$78

Sustainable Materials:

64% Viscose from Bamboo/28% Polyester/8% Spandex

Our affinity for bamboo clothing is well known. Even more so, if they come from an ethical fashion brand on a mission to help us look stylish from sun up to sun down. Bamboo needs no pesticides, no irrigation, and is renewable. This transitional hoodie will help him keep you moving when the temps start to drop.

It can also double as loungewear for those winter Sunday mornings when you just don’t feel like living the house. Additionally, Freefly’s products are cut and sewn in Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) certified facilities around the world. Did we mention the 100% organic cotton, reusable gift bag?

14. Nxtstop AIRWAY 2 travel pant

Price:

$95

Sustainable Materials:

90% Recycled Nylon, 10% Spandex

You rarely see a pair of high-quality, ethical pants in sustainable a Christmas gifts for men under $100 list, but Nxtstop made it possible. This best-selling pair recently got an upgrade and now features 7 pockets, better fit and extended sizing! Odor and Wrinkle-resistant, and impressively quick-drying, these pants are treated with a Swiss HeiQ hyprotecht anti-microbial finish. Of course, it’s EU REACH and US FIFRA compliant, OEKOTEX® certified, ZDHC, and bluesign® homologized. You can rest assured that this innovative pair of trousers is Made ethically in Cambodia and with every purchase, three trees are planted!

15. NAADAM The Essential $75 Cashmere Sweater Mens

Price:

$75

Sustainable Materials:

100% Mongolian cashmere

You might remember this hidden gem from our top sustainable sweaters for men in 2022. Well, it definitely deserves a spot on our sustainable Christmas gifts for men under $100 round-up as well. By working directly with Mongolian herders, Naadam is able to pay them substantially more while we pay less for the world’s best cashmere sweaters! The Essential $75 Cashmere Sweater, in particular, has already gathered over 50k reviews raving about its comfort, premium quality, and softness. Plus, it’s available in 15+ different colors–rest assured that your friend will absolutely love at least one of them.

16. GULU Made Creator Hip Pack

Price:

$49

Looking for sustainable Christmas gifts for men under $100 to give to him who has everything? The lightweight, super-functional Creator Hip Pack is the answer. It features three pockets, including an accordion pocket for clear visibility, and comes with a Water, abrasion, and dirt-resistant exterior. Also, each style is skillfully and lovingly hand made in GULU’s workshop in Gulu, Uganda by women (and a few dudes) who have survived decades of civil war. How amazing is that?

17. Bamboo Ave Deja Vu 5″ shorts

Price:

$64

Sustainable Materials:

4+ plastic bottles & 2+ upcycled coconuts

What do all comfort devotees have in common? They are on a never-ending quest to find the one pair of shorts that rules them all – aka the Deja Vu 5″. This pair is built for all types of activities, whether it’s lounging, working out, swimming, or everyday wear. Made from 4+ plastic bottles & 2+ upcycled coconuts, it’s Naturally odor resistant, breathable, and oh-so-lightweight. The best part? The F.I.R.E. (forget-it-really-exists) liner will gently hug the thighs and offer unreal junk support. Did we mention that it’s available in 16 colors? 

18. United By Blue The Responsible Flannel

Price:

$98

Sustainable Materials:

OCS-certified organic cotton and REPREVE® polyester 

Time to add a universally-loved flannel shirt to your sustainable Christmas gifts for men under $100 checklist.  United By Blue is an outdoor lifestyle brand with a focus on waterway conservation. So it’s no wonder why this shirt is made of a soft, heavyweight blend of OCS-certified organic cotton and REPREVE® polyester and biodegradable corozo buttons. Aside from the fantastic color scheme “Egret”  that will match his pre-existing rotation with ease, the B-certified corporation offers 4 additional options from Smoky Ochre to Lagoon.

About Author

Konstantina Antoniadou

Freelance fashion and sustainability writer with an ongoing curiosity to explore new innovative technologies, and report on trends in “green” industries.