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6 eco-friendly gifts that help you bite back the whole year long

Get ahead on your holiday shopping with our 2023 curated gift guide.

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It's that time of year again! We’ve selected eco-friendly gifts that keep your loved ones safe from mosquitoes all year.

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6 Sustainable Gifts Everyone Needs This Holiday Season:

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Long and loose sleeved shirts and pants are great gift items! They’re perfect in linen for Summer months, good travel essentials for layering, and most importantly, they keep mosquitoes and other vectors (like ticks) off your skin.

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Example of Cousin Eddie’s long sleeve holiday style

Perfect for:

  • Gardeners and landscapers
  • Active people
  • Nature lovers
  • Young children 
  • People who are always cold 
Where to buy long sleeve clothing 

It's the best time to stock up on long sleeves! You can buy them at any superstore or department store.

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We all know that one person who gets bit up everywhere they go … So gift them some repellent. Look for ONE of the following active ingredients on the label that is safe and effective against biting insects:

  • Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus
  • Picaridin
  • DEET
  • IR3535
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Perfect for:

  • You
  • The people in your life who always get bit 
Where to buy repellent 

You can buy repellent online, in any superstore or outdoors store. Usually, repellent is found in the outdoors or gardening aisles. 

Choosing which repellent to use is a personal choice, as long as you choose 1 of the 4 CDC-recommended active ingredients:

Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (also known as PMD)




The active ingredients will be printed on the front of any repellent bottle, along with a percentage, which is a range of how long protection will last -- like sunscreen. 

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Know anyone with a green thumb? Gift them beautiful and biodiverse California Native Plants that help reduce mosquito micro-habitats in our backyards.

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This is how it will feel to receive Califonia Native Plants

Perfect for:

  • Nature lovers
  • Plant parents
  • Coworkers
  • Gardeners and landscapers 
  • Neighbors 
  • Teachers and faculty 
  • In-laws


Where to buy California Native Plants 

There are many privately owned nursuries and plant businesses, as well as outdoor stores and superstores that sell California Native Plants. You can look up a place that is closest to you or within your budget.

We recommend checking out California Botanic Garden in Claremont and Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley for wonderful plants and garden tours. They also have useful resources to help get gardens started. 

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Students deserve the best, so gift them a FREE and NGSS-aligned program. We do all of the work and educate about mosquito-borne disease prevention and how to create healthy communities.

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Look at the joy you can bring to the students in your life

Perfect for:

  • Pre-K through 12th grade students
  • Teachers and educators
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Get your family or community involved with your fight against mosquitoes. Advocate to others about the Bite Back Program and book a presentation for those who love spending quality time together.

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We are in it together when it comes to biting mosquitoes back!

Perfect for:

  • Residents
  • Neighbors 
  • Educators
  • City Council meetings
  • Community meetings
  • Local activists
  • Environmentalists
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Show that you care through gifting an act of service and help a loved one maintain their home. For example, you can help someone fix torn screens to block mosquitoes from making themselves cozy in your home this holiday season.

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Prevent mosquitoes from barging into your home like this

Perfect for: 

  • Procrastinators
  • People who like spending quality time with you
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🖋 Written by Ally Gaspar, Outreach Assistant