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100 Upcycled Gift Ideas

From Footwear Flowerpots to Water Bottle Bangles

— November 15, 2014 — Eco
From decorations to extravagant gatherings, the holidays can be an expensive time of year—but these upcycled gift ideas will help you to save some cash and get creative this year. One of the great things about these eco-friendly presents is that a lot of the time, they work with what you already have at home, plus you can make just about anything from jewelry to large furniture pieces depending on how ambitious you're feeling. When you're creating something by hand, this is a great way to infuse personal touches into your presents.

Even if you don't fancy yourself to be much of a crafter, there are plenty of retailers that sell pre-made upcycled gifts like skateboard sunglasses, bags and home decor that won't break the bank either.
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Upcycled Weapon Accessories
Upcycled Weapon Accessories
Upcyling Weapons of Conflict from Cambodia and History into Jewelry
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Upcycled Bottle Lamps
Upcycled Bottle Lamps
NutCreatives Turns Old Materials into Functional Illuminators
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Upcycled Play Boxes
Upcycled Play Boxes
The Toy Box Campaign Transforms Packaging into Playthings
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97
Leggy Football Apparel
Leggy Football Apparel
Sport Shorts are Customizable to the Female NHL or NFL Fan
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96
Upcycled Tree-Free Stationery
Upcycled Tree-Free Stationery
This Upcycled Stationery by Palm Republik Recycles Biomass Waste
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Upcycled Tire Gadget Cases
Upcycled Tire Gadget Cases
These Rubber Tire Goods Protect Gadgets and the Environment from Damage
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Upcycled Fleece Tablet Cases
Upcycled Fleece Tablet Cases
This New ReFleece Felting Method Turns Jackets into Tablet Cases
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Upcycled Denim Cash Carriers
Upcycled Denim Cash Carriers
Denimite Turns Old Levis into New Wallets and Rings
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92
Pinball Machine Desks
Pinball Machine Desks
Artist Tim Sway Upcycles a Classic Arcade Console into a Piece of Furniture
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Boozy Bottle Beacons
Boozy Bottle Beacons
These Upcycled Wine Bottle Torches Celebrate National Wine Day
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90
Animalistic Box Lids
Animalistic Box Lids
These DIY Party Boxes are Topped with Upcycled Plastic Toys
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Upcycled Skateboard Eyewear
Upcycled Skateboard Eyewear
Sk8Shades Produces Hand-Made Eyewear in a Garage in South Africa
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Upcycled Leather Storages
Upcycled Leather Storages
This DIY Activity Utilizes Leather to Create a Lavish Storage Bin
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Liquor Candle Packaging
Liquor Candle Packaging
These Detroitwick Soy Candles Come in Upcycled Vodka Bottle Holders
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Biodegradable Wooden Sunglasses
Biodegradable Wooden Sunglasses
These Bois² Recycled Sunglasses are Made from 0 Repurposed Wood
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Upcycled Chalkboard Pans
Upcycled Chalkboard Pans
This Chalkboard Skillet Wall Art is Perfect for Rusty Kitchenware Items
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Boozy Hockey Openers
Boozy Hockey Openers
This Beer Bottle Opener is Made from an Upcycled Puck
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Upcycled Alcohol Servers
Upcycled Alcohol Servers
Recycled Wine Bottle Platters Reuse Glass for Food
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Recycled Record Groomers
Recycled Record Groomers
This Beard Comb from Upstairs Store is Made Out of an Old Vinyl Record
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Upcycled Sailcloth Bags
Upcycled Sailcloth Bags
RAGGEDedge's Recycled Bag Design Uses Durable Carbon Fiber Material
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Stacked Pencil Vases
Stacked Pencil Vases
Studio Markunpoika Uses Hundreds of Pencils to Build Unique Wood Vases
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Whiskey Barrel Eyewear
Whiskey Barrel Eyewear
The Shwood Canby Bushmills Sunglasses is for the Fashionable Drinker
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Denim Pencil Cases
Denim Pencil Cases
This Back to School Pencil Bag is Made from Upcycled Jeans
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Upcycled Soap Bottle Vases
Upcycled Soap Bottle Vases
Rubbish Design Creates Cute Products Out of Unexpected Materials
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Bindi-Inspired Upcycled Furniture
Bindi-Inspired Upcycled Furniture
These Colorful Poufs by Studio Avni Are Dotted in Bindi Designs
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Recycled Skateboard Sunnies
Recycled Skateboard Sunnies
The Brak Eyewear Collection Features Chic Upcycled Accessories
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Upcycled Baseball Wallets
Upcycled Baseball Wallets
RECLAIMWorkshop Makes iPhone Wallets from Recycled Baseball Gloves
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Upcycled Wooden Bowties
Upcycled Wooden Bowties
The Wood Papillon Collection Reflects Artists and Their Personal Style
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Reclaimed Lumber Accessories
Reclaimed Lumber Accessories
Wood Thumb Manufactures Ties Made of Upcycled Timber
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Upcycled Writer Accessories
Upcycled Writer Accessories
These Vintage Typewriter Rings by TheApple are Chic
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Footwear Flowerpots
Footwear Flowerpots
A Flip Flop Story by Diederik Schneemann Transforms Used Sandals
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Winter Sport Wine Holders
Winter Sport Wine Holders
A Snow Ski Wine Rack by Michael Bellino is Made from Reclaimed Gear
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Upcycled Plastic Furniture
Upcycled Plastic Furniture
Cheap Ass Elites by Saran Yen Panya Marries the Rich with the Poor
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Upcycled Mint Tin Toys
Upcycled Mint Tin Toys
Etsy User WishWithMe Turns Altoid Tins into Toys with Felt
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Upcycled Home Trinkets
Upcycled Home Trinkets
The Samuel Bernier 'Project RE_' Provides Low Cost Personal Objects
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Upcycled Tarpaulin Totes
Upcycled Tarpaulin Totes
This Unique Travel Bag is Made From Recycled Truck Tarps
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Upcycled Kids Clothing
Upcycled Kids Clothing
KaLLio Turns Scrap Fabric into Adorable Garments for Children
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Chic Upcycled Satchels
Chic Upcycled Satchels
The Fold Over Tire Tube Bag is Creatively Made with Truck Tire Inner Tubes
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Mason Jar Sharpeners
Mason Jar Sharpeners
This Nifty Pencil Sharpener Design is Made Using an Upcycled Glass Jar
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Upcycled Fire Hose Belts
Upcycled Fire Hose Belts
Hosegear Uses Fire Hoses as a Primary Material
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Recycled Silk Ball Seating
Recycled Silk Ball Seating
Meb Rure's Silk Chairs Are Color-Enriched and Incredibly Comfortable
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School-Supportive Jewelry
School-Supportive Jewelry
SOMO Reinvests Profits Toward Education Fees in Uganda
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Upcycled Skateboard Seating
Upcycled Skateboard Seating
This Skate Study House Chair is Made from Old Skateboard Decks
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Candy Wrapper Clutches (UPDATE)
Candy Wrapper Clutches (UPDATE)
These Upcycled Purses are Made From Discarded Dessert Packaging
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Sanding Disc Clocks
Sanding Disc Clocks
The Hand of Time by Qoowl Looks Like a Relic
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Lush Leather Booties
Lush Leather Booties
These DIY Leather Baby Boots are Perfect for Fashion-Forward Parents
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Upcycled Fan Lamps
Upcycled Fan Lamps
Fantasized by Sep Verboom is Made Using Waste Found in the Philippines
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Literary Upcycled Planters
Literary Upcycled Planters
This Initiative Gives Succulents a New Chapter by Recycling Old Books
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Ornately Upcycled Barrel Seating
Ornately Upcycled Barrel Seating
Dentelles & Bidons Create Amazing Barrel Chairs from Metal Drums
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Upcycled Denim Gadget Covers
Upcycled Denim Gadget Covers
Ikku Converts Denim and Canvas into Electronic Sleeves
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Upcycled Insect Plates
Upcycled Insect Plates
This DIY Dishware Collection Features Printed Tea Cups and Saucers
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Upcycled Basketball Bracelets
Upcycled Basketball Bracelets
This Basketball Bracelet is the Ideal Accessory for the NBA Playoffs
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Recycled Children's Furniture
Recycled Children's Furniture
The SugiX Nakadai Project Teaches Kids to be Sustainable
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Upcycled Wine Bottle Decor
Upcycled Wine Bottle Decor
These Hurricane Lanterns from Etsy's BoMuLuTra Shop are Eco-Chic
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DIY Fantasy Dishware
DIY Fantasy Dishware
These Paper Plates are Cleverly Upcycled into Geeky Dishes
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Cassette Tape Ties
Cassette Tape Ties
Alyce Santoro Gives Old Cassettes a New Groove as Neck Ties
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Upcycled Racket Stools
Upcycled Racket Stools
The Banco Raquete Reuses Discarded Sporting Equipment to Form a Unique Seat
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Vibrant Upcycled Vinyls
Vibrant Upcycled Vinyls
Diaspora by Paul Villinski Turns Reused Records Into a Flock of Birds
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Upcycled Light Bulb Jewelry
Upcycled Light Bulb Jewelry
This Necklace Makes Use a Burnt Out Bulb as a Statement Piece
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DIY Upcycled Sequin Cushions
DIY Upcycled Sequin Cushions
This DIY Pillow Brings Old Sequin Dresses Back to Life
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Pulp Paper Bins
Pulp Paper Bins
Sustainable Trash Can Made from Recycled Paper
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Upcycled Billiard Tea Lights
Upcycled Billiard Tea Lights
The Pool Ball Candle Holder Puts a Manly Spin on a Romantic Night
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Luggage Feline Loungers
Luggage Feline Loungers
The Samsonite Suitcase Pet Bed Lets Kitty Rest After Her Day's Travels
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Upcycled Coconut Planters
Upcycled Coconut Planters
Add Some Tropical Charm to Your Decor with These DIY Coconut Planters
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Reusable Fabric Gift Boxes
Reusable Fabric Gift Boxes
'Gift It Green' Makes Funky Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping
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Clothes Peg Lamps
Clothes Peg Lamps
These Upcycled Lights by Crea-re Studio are Made from Wooden Clothespins
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Foldable Pet Food Dishes
Foldable Pet Food Dishes
These Pocketable 'Slurpabowls' Can be Brought on Walks
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Upcycled Woven Rugs
Upcycled Woven Rugs
SerpentSea Mats are Made From Reused Marine Rope
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Curvy Skateboard Lighting
Curvy Skateboard Lighting
The Skatelamp by MapleXO is an Urban Upcycled Design
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Artistically Upcycled Wooden Illustrations
Artistically Upcycled Wooden Illustrations
These Recycled Wood Paintings are Gorgeously Handmade
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Radical Recycled Radiators
Radical Recycled Radiators
The Eco-Rad Radiator Uses 3 Eco 'R's
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Upcycled Sweater Warmers
Upcycled Sweater Warmers
Turn Ordinary Jumpers into Cozy Leg Warmers with This DIY Guide
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Dangling Jar Lighting
Dangling Jar Lighting
This DIY Mason Jar Lights Add a Rustic Touch to Your Decor
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Upcycled Skateboard Jewelry
Upcycled Skateboard Jewelry
Recycled Skateboards Get a Second Chance with RSI
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Upcycled Skateboard Guitars
Upcycled Skateboard Guitars
These Skate Guitar Creations Refuse to See Old Skateboards Tossed Away
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Water Bottle Bangles
Water Bottle Bangles
Turn a Bottle into a Quirky Bracelet Using Only Recyclables
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Upcycled Bottle Lamps
Upcycled Bottle Lamps
This Chic Ceiling Lamp is Made Using Recycled Plastic Bottles
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Upcycled Animal Shelters
Upcycled Animal Shelters
This Initiative Turned Recycled Shipping Containers into Solar Shelters
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Upcycled Explorer Lights
Upcycled Explorer Lights
The Egg of Columbus Turns Paper Pulp into Contemporary Lighting Fixtures
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Cardboard Recliners
Cardboard Recliners
The RE-PLY Chair Uses Strong Fiberboard to Support Your Weight
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Upcycled Bike Tire Belts
Upcycled Bike Tire Belts
This DIY Recycled Tire Belt is a Chic Way to Reuse Worn Out Tires
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Upcycled Denim School Supplies
Upcycled Denim School Supplies
Turn Old Jeans into Practical Pencil Cases with This DIY Activity
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Upcycled Glass Planters
Upcycled Glass Planters
These Rustic Glass Jar Planters are Made Using Upcycled Mason Jars
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Upcycled Paper Wallets
Upcycled Paper Wallets
This DIY Recycled Paper Wallet Can Be Made Out of a Brown Paper Bag
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Recycled Bicycle Wheel Lamps
Recycled Bicycle Wheel Lamps
This Upcycled Lighting Makes Use of Your Old Bicycle Wheels
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Repurposed Pet Beds
Repurposed Pet Beds
These Reclaimed Dog Beds are Made of Reused Lumber and Metal
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Bubbly Upcycled Saree Seating
Bubbly Upcycled Saree Seating
The Pompom Pouf by Studio Avni Recycles Traditional Indian Garments
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Upcycled Vintage Bags
Upcycled Vintage Bags
Peg And Awl Reuses Old Leathers And Reclaimed Wood To Make Their Products
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Upcycled Ornament Planters
Upcycled Ornament Planters
These Terrariums are Made From Old Unused Christmas Tree Decorations
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Chicly Upcycled Furntiture
Chicly Upcycled Furntiture
The Work of Leo Capote Revolves Around Discarded Hardware and More
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Upcycled Bamboo Trapeze Lamps
Upcycled Bamboo Trapeze Lamps
This Eco-Friendly Lamp Clears Polluted Beaches
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Upcycled Branch Mats
Upcycled Branch Mats
These Repurposed Wood Placemats are an Eco-Friendly Dining Option
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Cardboard High-Chairs
Cardboard High-Chairs
Paper Tiger Recycled Products by Anthony Dan
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Rustic Upcycled Dog Houses
Rustic Upcycled Dog Houses
The 'Reclaimed Wood Dog House' Keeps Your Dog Eco-Friendly
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Upcycled Key Racks
Upcycled Key Racks
These Rustic Hip Key Racks are Made of Wood from Old Shipping Pallets
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Recycled Denim Shoes
Recycled Denim Shoes
Levi's Creates ‘Reused Jean Shoes' From Vintage Clothing
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Rustic Upcycled Wood Stools
Rustic Upcycled Wood Stools
The Recrate Stool Up-Cycle by K3 Urban Design Is Smoothly Rugged
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PET Bottle Lighting
PET Bottle Lighting
The Bubble Chandelier by Souda is a Sparkling Eco-Friendly Orb
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Upcycled Wooden Mobile Chairs
Upcycled Wooden Mobile Chairs
These Upcycled Chairs are Made from Vintage Wooden Casks
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Upcycled Concrete Planters
Upcycled Concrete Planters
This DIY Activity Turns Big Blocks into Chic Outdoor Decor
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