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.
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.
Sustainable, ethically sourced jewelry for your loved ones.
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.
Astor + Orion ❤️ 🌿 💪
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.
Cozy Nights In
Sustainably sourced items for a cozy night (or day) in.
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.
A Harvest of Thorns by Corban Addison
Kyrgies ❤️ 🌿 💪
Felted Wool Slippers, $69+
SHOP ALL KYRGIES
Ethical and timeless accessories made with sustainable and ethical processes.
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.
Gifts for reducing waste and going green.
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.
Food Storage Wraps 🌿 💪
Public Goods, $14
Get 15% off your first purchase with code, STYLEWISEPGA
Shower Sponge 🌿 💪
Public Goods, $5.50
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.
High quality, sustainable gifts for men and those who like menswear.
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.)
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.
Ten Thousand Villages ❤️ 💪
Mancala Game, $39.99
Shop With a Mission ❤️ 🌿
Do It Yourself Cards, $8.00
Sustainable, high quality shoes for the shoe-lover in your life.
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.
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.
Krochet Kids ❤️
Teddy Hat, $24
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.
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.
Equal Exchange ❤️ 🌿
Love Buzz Coffee, $9.14
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.
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.
The Arise Box ❤️
Anti-Trafficking Social Enterprise
The Arise Box, $49-55
Globein ❤️ 💪
Fair Trade Goods
Artisan Box, $33-40