The 2023 Soy Gift Guide

Lisa Humphreys

Lisa Humphreys

United Soybean Board

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but they’re not always the most Earth-friendly. Mounds of discarded wrapping paper and family meals with too many leftovers can even feel a bit wasteful sometimes.

But what if we told you we have sustainable, U.S. grown gift ideas for everyone on your list? That’s right. We compiled a list of gifts made with U.S. soybeans, grown by farmers committed to reducing soy’s carbon footprint, promoting responsible water use, and supporting regenerative farming practices.

From soy-based art supplies to home décor items to self-care products, you can buy presents that put the environment first. And, when you opt for soy gifts, you also support the U.S. soybean farmers leveraging sustainable farming practices to preserve the health of our planet.

Below, soy gift ideas for everyone on your list!

For the Little Ones

Few things are as wonderful as watching the holidays unfold through a child’s eyes. Whether the kids in your life are just starting to walk or just starting to tap into their creativity, a soy gift will spark joy this holiday season.

Baby Clothes Made from Soy Materials

Who says babies can’t participate in soy-based clothing trends? Babysoy Stay on Socks with Grips are super cute. Grips make it safer to waddle around as the socks’ soy protein and cotton blend fabric keeps their tiny toes warm and dry.

Soy-based Crayons

As covered in Beyond Food: Fueling Creativity with Soy-Based Products, companies like Prang and Azafran replace petroleum-based paraffin commonly found in traditional crayons with nontoxic soy ingredients that boast a creamy texture and vivid color.

For the Family Pet

From human babies to fur babies, soy offers something for everyone on your list! Sustainably minded pet parents will appreciate both of the following soy leash options.

Soy Leashes

Have a rambunctious dog? The durable New Earth Soy Dog Leash is crafted from a blend of all-natural soy fibers that withstand tugs, wear, and tear, so Spot can explore safely and sustainably.

Your cat can roam around in style wearing Earth Soy’s adjustable collars for cats made from 100% eco-friendly soy fibers.

For the Social Media Star

You may not be able to keep up with your Gen Z cousin’s latest TikTok-inspired dance moves, but you can help them look and feel their best as they snap selfies. A growing body of evidence supports soy-derived cosmetics’ ability to enhance and protect skin. Soy-based cosmetics can be a natural way to experiment with the latest makeup trends.

Soy-based Cosmetics

Help your social media savvy loved one achieve full, smooth lips without fillers by stuffing their stocking with Huda Beauty Silk Balm Hydrating and Nourishing Lip Balm, infused with soybean extract.

Don’t forget to highlight the eyes! Burt’s Bees’ Eyeshadow Trio palette features earthy, moody colors containing soybean oil.

For the Fashion Forward

We all have that friend who looks flawless whether food shopping or heading out for a night on the town. The following item is for that person on your list who is so very chic.

Soy Handbag

Tory Burch has partnered with American biotechnology company, Modern Meadow, to produce its Ella Bio tote bag from non-GMO soy grown in North America. Spacious and available in a rainbow of colors, the Ella Bio tote bag is a fashionable, sustainable, and practical holiday gift.

For the Beach Bum

Your retired aunt who can’t wait to trade snow for sand will appreciate the gift of soy-based beach gear.

Soy Sandals

 Okabashi is our go-to for durable flip flops and similarly warm weather shoes made from soybean oil.

Soy SPF

Soy helps protect against sun damage. Soy Doctor’s Ultra Light Moisture Screen contains soy isoflavones and offers SPF 30 protection. Aveeno’s Daily Face Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is another soy-based option.

For the Athlete

Our next item is for the sibling who initiates the backyard football game on Thanksgiving.

Soy Sneakers

The athlete of the family would love to receive Sketchers soy-based sneakers. The shoe brand recently collaborated with tire company, Goodyear, to create Sketchers Gorun collection. The sneakers’ rubber bottoms are infused with soybean oil for greater flexibility across temperatures and enhanced traction in rainy and snowy weather conditions.

For the Homebody

There are also soy-based gift options for the friend who leaves parties early to curl up on the couch with a good book.

Soy Candles

There’s a place for soy in all rooms of the home, not just the kitchen! Case in point: soy candles. Pure Integrity Soy Candles’ Christmas theme collection features fragrances with names like Victorian Christmas and Mistletoe.

Candle Line is another company offering clean burning, long-lasting soy wax candles that come in seasonal scents. Create ambiance without harsh chemicals!

Soy Pillows

The hustle and bustle of the holidays can be tiring. The Temu Soy Protein Embroidery Pillow provides head and neck support during naps. 

(Merry and) Bright Ideas for Everyone on Your Gift List

Spread cheer with the health of our planet in mind! Today’s wealth of soy-based gifts ensures you can give a little something sustainable to everyone on your list. See our “Beyond Food” series for additional gift ideas.