Sustainable Holiday Gift Guide 2020: 50+ Fair Trade, Eco-Friendly, & Ethical Presents

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Sustainable & Ethical Holiday Gift Guide 2020

Welcome to my Sustainable Holiday Gift Guide 2020! This year, I am excited to feature a number of longtime favorite brands, as well as newly launched or discovered companies that make beautiful products with people and planet in mind.

My Criteria

Each item in this guide is vetted based on three questions, and their credentials are indicated by the following emojis:

  • Is it made with ethical and fair labor practices? ❤️
  • Is it made with environmentally sustainable, low waste practices? 🌿
  • Is it made to last? 💪

Each item featured must meet at least one credential, but most meet at least two. If an item is missing one of the criteria, it’s not necessarily an indicator of lower standards in that category – it’s simply less of a focus. I focused on brands I have familiarity with and products I already own in order to offer the most useful and honest recommendations. I make these lists with myself and my loved ones in mind, and try to include a range of price points so you can find what you need at a price you can afford.

Please note that this post is sponsored by included brands and contains affiliate links.

Jewelry

Sustainable, ethically sourced jewelry for your loved ones.

Featured: Sela Designs

Sela Designs ❤️ 💪 is a contemporary jewelry company with a range of statement earrings, layering necklaces, bracelets, and more, all at giftable price points.

Sela Designs is handmade by Ashleigh Becker and her team in the U.S., and all profits are donated to anti-trafficking organizations like International Justice Mission.

Featured Piece: Rory Earrings
Flatlay: Reese Earrings
SHOP ALL

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Unlocked ❤️ 🌿 💪

Joy Hugger Earrings, $50
SHOP ALL UNLOCKED

Astor + Orion ❤️ 🌿 💪

Good Luck Silver Necklace, $110
SHOP ALL ASTOR + ORION
15% off all w/code: Shop_for_good_15

Nisolo ❤️ 🌿 💪

Tiny Brass Bead Choker, $30
SHOP ALL NISOLO

Home Goods

Sustainable and fair trade goods for kitchen and home.

Featured: Passion Lilie

Passion Lilie ❤️ 🌿 💪 is a fair trade and sustainable brand specializing in clothing, home goods, and accessories. Their mission is to provide stable, living wage employment to artisans in India.

Passion Lilie’s artisans use traditional dyeing and weaving techniques to create beautiful, wearable fashion.

Featured Items: Pillow Cases
SHOP ALL

Freeleaf ❤️ 🌿 💪

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Dignity Plant Hanger, $24.99
SHOP ALL FREELEAF

Zuahaza ❤️ 🌿 💪

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Guacamaya Baskets, from $64
SHOP ALL ZUAHAZA

Ten Thousand Villages ❤️ 💪

Meow Mug & Strainer, $24.99
SHOP ALL TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES

Cozy Nights In

Sustainably sourced items for a cozy night (or day) in.

Featured: Encircled

With 100% of production based in Toronto, Canada, Encircled ❤️ 🌿 💪 is a brand that takes ethics, sustainability, and versatility seriously.

Encircled uses a range of sustainable and innovative fibers, including Tencel, Modal, Hemp, and Organic Cotton. The Fair Jogger Set is ethically made with a sustainable bamboo rayon, cotton, and spandex blend fabric for maximum comfort.

Use code READYSETLOUNGE to get $30 off the set.

Featured: Fair Jogger Set
SHOP ALL

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Zuahaza ❤️ 🌿 💪

Blue and Pink Throw, $196
SHOP ALL ZUAHAZA

Book Recommendation

A Harvest of Thorns by Corban Addison

Kyrgies ❤️ 🌿 💪

Felted Wool Slippers, $69+
SHOP ALL KYRGIES

Accessories

Ethical and timeless accessories made with sustainable and ethical processes.

Featured: JORD

JORD 🌿 💪 makes classic, luxe handbags, watches, glasses, and other accessories with a focus on innovative, sustainable textiles.

JORD’s sophisticated handbags are made with cork and other vegan components.

Featured: Handbags
SHOP ALL

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Nordgreen ❤️ 🌿 💪

Infinity Watch, $209
SHOP ALL NORDGREEN

Nisolo ❤️ 🌿 💪

Cleo Convertible Clutch, $130
SHOP ALL NISOLO

ABLE ❤️ 🌿 💪

Marisol Wristlet, $108
SHOP ALL ABLE

Low-Waste Living

Gifts for reducing waste and going green.

Featured: Breville

This may seem like a wild card product to feature, but just hear me out. Breville 💪 makes high-quality espresso machines that require very little maintenance and totally eliminate the urge to buy a coffee drink at a coffee shop.

What’s more, they don’t require filters and generate near restaurant-quality steamed milk. I own the model featured here.

Featured Item: Bambino Plus
SHOP ALL

Food Storage Wraps 🌿 💪

Public Goods, $14
Get 15% off your first purchase with code, STYLEWISEPGA

Wool Dryer Balls 🌿 💪

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Public Goods, $6.50
SHOP ALL PUBLIC GOODS
ZERO WASTE

Shower Sponge 🌿 💪

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Public Goods, $5.50

Heirloom Gifts

Highest quality, classic gifts that can be passed on.

Featured: Daria Day

Daria Day ❤️ 🌿 💪 stands out for its diverse collection of ethically mined and produced gemstone jewelry. Daria Day works closely with the Rupani Foundation to ensure that their gemstones are sourced without exploitation. The gems are then handcrafted into jewelry by rural artisans living in the foothills of the K2 Mountain in Pakistan.

Daria Day’s products transcend trends, and can be worn and passed on. Get 20% off sitewide with code, STYLEWISE20.

Featured Item: This Too Will Pass Pendant
SHOP ALL

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Tradlands ❤️ 🌿 💪

Shelter Cardigan, $227
SHOP ALL TRADLANDS

Rellery ❤️ 🌿 💪

Pinky Promise Ring, $115
SHOP ALL RELLERY

Made Trade ❤️ 🌿 💪

Handmade Tumblers, $36 each
SHOP ALL MADE TRADE

Menswear

High quality, sustainable gifts for men and those who like menswear.

Featured: Tentree

Tentree 🌿 💪 makes a collection of clothing made for living your life. With classic loungewear like hoodies and sweats and high quality outerwear, Tentree’s clothing is built to last using sustainable materials like organic cotton and speciality outerwear material.

Tentree also uses ethical labor and offers carbon offsets. (P.S. Their women’s section is great, too.)

Featured Item: Heavyweight Flannel Shirt
SHOP ALL

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Nisolo ❤️ 🌿 💪

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Nisolo Javier in Black, $230
SHOP ALL NISOLO

Artisan & Fox ❤️ 💪

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Lapis Lazuli Cufflinks, $165
SHOP ALL ARTISAN & FOX

Ten Thousand Vil. ❤️ 🌿 💪

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Eco-Leather Messenger Bag, $295
SHOP ALL TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES

Crafts & Games

Fair trade and sustainable kits, toys, and more.

Featured: The Good Tee

The Good Tee ❤️ 🌿 💪 sells a range of cotton tees for all with a focus on supply chain transparency. Items are fair trade certified and made with organic cotton and eco-friendly dyes.

The Good Tee also sells wholesale, in case you’re looking for ethical tees for events. Their natural tie-dye kits are available in all sizes.

Featured: Natural Tie-Dye Kit
SHOP ALL

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Ten Thousand Villages ❤️ 💪

Green Rhino Pencil Case, $18.74
SHOP ALL TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES

Ten Thousand Villages ❤️ 💪

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Mancala Game, $39.99

Shop With a Mission ❤️ 🌿

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Do It Yourself Cards, $8.00

Shoes

Sustainable, high quality shoes for the shoe-lover in your life.

Featured: Allbirds

This wouldn’t be my gift guide if I didn’t include shoes! Allbirds ❤️ 🌿 💪 makes ethically and sustainably sourced shoes (and now clothing) with traceable wool and innovative materials like tree pulp. They’re also carbon neutral.

Their new Wool Pipers strike the balance between function and fashion. If you wear a half-size, size up to the next whole size.

Featured Item: Wool Pipers
SHOP ALL

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Nisolo ❤️ 🌿 💪

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Mara Woven Slip Ons, $180
Flatlay: Mariella Mule, $170

Bhava (Vegan) ❤️ 🌿 💪

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Jackie Vegan Boot, $265
SHOP ALL BHAVA

The Root Collective ❤️ 💪

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Thea Flat, $148
SHOP ALL ROOT COLLECTIVE

Kids & Baby

Ethical, lovingly handcrafted gifts for little ones.

Featured: Krochet Kids

Krochet Kids ❤️ focuses on hand knit products, including toys, baby booties, hats, gloves, & more. They also carry clothing for women and men. Items are laid back and fashion-forward.

Krochet Kids’ items are produced by fairly paid artisans and made with care in South America, India, and Uganda.

Featured: Whale Stuffed Animal
SHOP ALL

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PACT Apparel ❤️ 🌿 💪

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Organic Footie Sleeper Pack, $50
SHOP ALL PACT

Krochet Kids ❤️

Teddy Hat, $24

EarthHero 🌿 💪

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SHOP ALL EARTHHERO

Tech & Accessories

Sustainable gifts for your phone, computer, and more.

Featured: Pela Case

Pela Case ❤️ 🌿 💪 makes iPhone and Android phone cases, smart watch bands, AirPod cases, and more with a specialized, plant-based bioplastic mixed with plant fibers for added texture and stability. Products are fully compostable, and their new clear-backed case is the first fully compostable transparent case.

Pela Case offers a variety of discounts each season.

Featured: Clear Case
SHOP ALL

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Nimble 🌿 💪

5-Day Portable Charger, $89.95
SHOP ALL NIMBLE

MZ ❤️ 💪

Laptop Sleeves, $139
SHOP ALL MZ

Pela Case ❤️ 🌿 💪

AirPods Case, $24.95

Care Package & Stocking Stuffers

A handful of fair trade goods to include in a care package or a stocking.

Featured: Ash & Rose

Ash & Rose ❤️ 🌿 💪 is a slow fashion boutique run by a mother-daughter team. This Holiday season they have curated a beautiful selection of giftable items from small, sustainable brands that are perfect components for a care packages or stockings.

Ash & Rose also carries a curated collection of ethical clothing and accessories, including cloth face masks.

Featured Items: Gifts
SHOP ALL

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Twinkle Apothecary ❤️ 🌿

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Cardigan Perfume, $20 (roll-on)
SHOP ALL TWINKLE APOTHECARY

Equal Exchange ❤️ 🌿

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Love Buzz Coffee, $9.14

Besame Cosmetics ❤️ 🌿

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Apricot Cream Rouge, $20
SHOP ALL BESAME COSMETICS

Sustainable Subscription Boxes

Let one of these companies do the work for you, or break up the box to make smaller gifts for friends and coworkers.

Featured: Causebox

Causebox ❤️ 💪 curates monthly subscription boxes filled with brands that do good. With a focus on sustainable (note: not on all items) and cruelty free production, expect to find natural makeup, small-batch candles, zero waste goods, and fair trade housewares and accessories.

You can purchase one box at a time, or get a discounted rate when you purchase several months at a time.

SHOP THE BOX

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The Arise Box ❤️

Anti-Trafficking Social Enterprise
The Arise Box, $49-55

Globein ❤️ 💪

Fair Trade Goods
Artisan Box, $33-40

Green Kid Crafts 🌿

Kids’ Activities & Crafts
Monthly Activity Box, $20-29.99
SHOP ALL GREEN KID CRAFTS

Looking for more? Check out last year’s gift guide for ideas.
Looking for women’s clothing? Check out my shopping guides.

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Looking for more? Shop 100+ sustainable and ethical brands with my Sustainable Brand Directory.
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