From gorgeous home decor and indulgent eco beauty to artisanal quality accessories and thoughtfully-crafted gift sets, you’re sure to have a successful (and stress-free) gift-giving experience for everyone on your list through our curation of conscious yet covetable ethical gifts.
We know that finding that perfect present for every individual in your life can be an overwhelming task, especially if you’re a conscious-minded shopper. To put you out of your holiday-gifting-induced anxiety, we’ve put together a comprehensive, sure-fire assortment of sustainable gift ideas for you.
So, go ahead and secure your favorite spot on the couch to get ready to check off your gift giving list, because this ethical gift guide will not disappoint. With something for every special someone on your list — even the hard-to-shop-for folks in your life — we’re making it possible to get much of your seasonal shopping accomplished in one place.
Rest assured, you’ll find something delightful for yourself too — maybe a set of gram-worthy pastel cookware? Think of it as an incentive to get you through the holiday hustle.
Now, don’t let us keep you…get ready to have your gift-wrapped ducks in a row with our 35 sustainable gift ideas ahead. The perfect gifts for socially conscious and environmentally aware loved ones in your life! (Note that this guide includes partners and affiliates. As always, brands meet strict criteria for sustainability and are brands we love — and that we think you’ll love too!)
1. Botanical Collection Bracelets @ WorldFinds
Bracelets with a cause, these dainty little baubles are crafted from recycled glass that is themed by months of the year and celebrates its birth flower. Make it a cute little stocking stuffer by gifting it to your loved ones as per their birth month.
Perfect for gifting, each bracelet comes with an accompanying card featuring three affirmative words that immediately incite positive feelings.
All of these bracelets have been handcrafted by female artisans in India and feature a 24k gold-plated flower charm. Every bracelet sold supports an urban community garden project.
Why we love it: handcrafted, gives back, fair trade
Price: $22 each
2. Organic Kapok Pillow @ Savvy Rest
Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. Especially, when it’s on a soft and fluffy pillow that won’t make you toss and turn all night long, kind of like this organic kapok pillow by Savvy Rest.
Their customizable organic pillows come intentionally overstuffed. You can remove some of the fill to adjust the pillow to suit your personal comfort. Plus, the plant-based organic kapok filling provides a down-like feel.
Some reviewers also point out that the filling provides the right support for the neck. Sweet dreams are definitely made of this.
Why we love it: organic cotton pillowcase, down-free plant-based pillow filling, supportive and customizable
3. The Ultimate Tote Bag @ Marree
This organic cotton and hemp tote bag might just be the perfect gift for anyone on your list on the go whether they frequent farmers markets, enjoy picnics, or could use a handy tote for vacations!
This practical yet chic tote features three sturdy outer pockets that can hold a reusable water bottle, your sunglasses, and perhaps a wine bottle.
We love a gift that’s cute and functional, especially when it’s responsibly made from earth-minded materials too!
Why we love it: vegan, GOTS-certified organic cotton and hemp material, low waste production practices, BIPOC woman owned
4. Cranberry Organic Wrap Dress @ Passion Lilie
Nothing beats receiving a throw-on and get-out-the-door outfit that will help them get ready in a jiffy and look good no matter what. Wrap dresses are one of the most versatile yet flattering dress styles every woman could use in her sartorial repertoire and this number by Passion Lilie sure does the trick.
Handcrafted in India from the most sumptuous organic jersey cotton, this dress has been adorned with an artisanal hand block print using organic dyes.
Why we love it: woman-owned, fair trade, ethically made, pays living wages
Price: $118 *Use coupon code CLS23 for 15% off
The right bra for the young girls in your life can boost their confidence to help them better navigate a transformative time in their adolescence. That being said, there’s no reason why training bras shouldn’t look good or compromise on comfort. Enter Bleuet, a female-founded brand creating chic beginner Aster Bras made from buttery-soft organic cotton spandex jersey containing TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers.
Offering two uses in one, the Aster bras are reversible with minimal seams and free of tags for optimum comfort. Active girls can reach for the Aster Tank Bra and Aster Racerback Bra with a wider band for added support.
Why we love it: woman-owned, pays fair wages, supports young girl entrepreneurs, offers extended sizing
6. Flower Child Organic Cotton Twirl Dress @ Mightly
This adorable floral printed twirl dress is the perfect present for the special little girl on your gift list. Offering the perfect amount of coverage and a touch of elegance with its three-quarter length sleeves, this organic cotton dress by Mightly was made at a Fair Trade Certified factory in India.
The dress was printed using non-toxic inks on 100% GOTS Certified organic cotton that helps support farming families in India to make farming a sustainable and profitable occupation.
Why we love it: woman-owned, GOTS Certified organic cotton, Fair Trade Certified production
As the holiday season closes in, social calendars are bound to get filled up with back-to-back soirées leaving one feeling too tired to diligently follow an elaborate skincare routine just before they hit the sack. This is why a great cleansing balm makes for a great gift.
Crafted from natural grapeseed oil and exfoliating enzymes from fruit and sugar extracts, this cleansing balm by Activist Skincare melts away makeup, leaving skin soft, dewy, and clean, without feeling stripped of moisture. Talk about a skin-saving multi-tasker!
Why we love it: woman-owned, cruelty-free, non-toxic, ethically sourced ingredients, zero waste, refillable packaging, gives back
8. Cactus Long Wallet @ Allegorie
For the busy woman on the go who prefers lugging around all her essentials in an organized place, this wallet is the perfect gift. Roomy enough to hold eight cards with four note slots and a central zipped pocket in tow, this is one handy wallet to have.
Crafted from the most supple cactus leather made in Mexico, this impressive biomaterial is one of the most conscious alternatives to synthetic and animal-based leather. For $15, you can also choose to beautify this gift with a hand-painted letter to add a personal yet thoughtful touch.
Why we love it: cactus biomaterial, ethically made, pays living wages
9. Table Mirror Slide @ GOODEE
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the best Secret Santa of them all? It’s you, of course! For the woman who loves putting effort into dressing up, nothing beats receiving a handy little mirror with a chic little accessory tray to match. The perfect piece for those missing a mirror on their dresser, this gift could prove to be a very useful addition to their boudoir.
The wooden part holding the mirror lends the product its minimal name as it can be slid along the concrete tray to hide or display stored items.
Why we love it: Black-owned business, BIPOC-woman-designed product
10. Organic Cotton Blankets @ Savvy Rest
Give the gift of a cozy little snuggle with these organic cotton chenille blankets by Savvy Rest. Made in a distinctive herringbone weave, these blankets come in varying sizes to suit your gifting needs.
What’s more? They are made without relying on pesticides, bleach, toxic dyes, or synthetic materials. So you can rest easy knowing your gift will suit those with sensitive skin.
Why we love it: undyed organic cotton, non-toxic
Price: $89-$189 (depending on blanket size)
11. Bula Shirt @ Osei Duro
This striking Bula Shirt in Cool Cool Cool is quite literally the epitome of its name. Divided by four colorful quadrants that come together in harmony, this cotton shirt was made using four different hand-dyed prints that feature batik techniques.
Created in Ghana by female-founded Osei-Duro, a slow fashion brand where over 72% of the staff are women, and everyone makes at least 50% more than the monthly living wage.
This shirt runs large and makes for the perfect beach cover-up and can easily be worn by both him and her.
Why we love it: hand-dyed, artisanal, woman-owned
12. 2024 Planner + Pencils @ Wisdom Supply Co
For the organized individual who enjoys the analog art of putting pen to paper, we’ve found the perfect desk-side staple. Available in an alluring “Toco Rainbow” and “Inca Gray” cover, this 2024 planner comes with weekly spreads that have been split into three handy columns to help them further divide their tasks by category.
This planner comes equipped with a set of unpainted incense cedar pencils that help reduce microplastic waste from conventionally painted pencils.
Why we love it: woman-owned, plastic-free, curbside recyclable
13. Cozy Mockneck @ Kotn
There are few luxuries enjoyed more than wrapping yourself up in a comfy sweatshirt when temperatures dip. Make sure they have something worth snuggling up in with a little help from this cozy mock neck sweatshirt by Kotn.
Crafted from the most sumptuous Egyptian cotton, the Canadian brand uses its profits to help fund the education of children in rural Egypt, where some of its cotton is grown.
Available in three delectable hues for fall, we personally love the way this white sweatshirt instantly gives off a snow bunny appeal.
Why we love it: traceable supply chain, ethically made, gives back
Price: CA $88
14. Figaro Chain Necklace and Letter Necklace @ ABLE
Accessorizing can be like frosting a cake. Without that hint of sparkle, everything seems quite plain. This minimal Figaro Chain necklace by ABLE is the ideal gift for the restrained dresser who enjoys accessorizing.
This 14k gold-filled chain can look great when worn by itself or can serve as a great foundational piece for layering other minimal necklaces from their collection.
Looking to elevate a jewelry gift with a personalized touch? Add on ABLE’s lettered charm necklace, which lets you choose anywhere from six characters to even a simple and single charm that can be customized to include their name or even an affirming word of your choice.
Why we love it: pays living wages, handcrafted ethically in Nashville
15. Non-Toxic Cookware Set @ Caraway
Heavy duty and chic, this elegant yet functional cookware set is sure to help your loved ones get some Ina Garten-worthy meals out of them. The range includes a frying pan, saucepan, sauté pan, and a Dutch oven with pot and lid holders to ensure they are stored away carefully without a scratch.
Available in a range of bright shades and retro-inspired pastels, this set is bound to look pretty fancy in the kitchen and inspire some more home-cooked meals than usual.
What’s more? The entire set is nonstick and non-toxic, free of harmful chemicals like PFAS.
Why we love it: durable materials, non-toxic coating, stovetop agnostic
16.Audiobook Gift Membership @ Libro.fm
Consider this the perfect gift for the bookworm in your life who enjoys a great read but has lately been having a tough time getting through their ever-increasing to-be-read pile.
Audiobooks are a great alternative to paperbacks as they don’t just sit on your shelf staring at you but can easily be played during a long drive, at the gym, or even in the shower. As opposed to being overwhelmed by getting through hundreds of pages, audiobooks can make it easy to target an hour of listening a day to get through a book in a week.
We love the fact that Libro.fm offers a range of credit bundles to choose from so that your gift recipient can have their pick of the lot while supporting local bookstores through your purchase.
Why we love it: supports local and independent bookstores
17. The Weekend Boot @ Thesus
These boots were made for walking and that’s just what they’ll do. Yes, we are being serious. Made for a hike, walk, or even running errands, come rain, shine or snow, these weather-resistant boots are designed to offer the utmost comfort for all-day wear and tear.
Crafted from 98% recycled materials and natural rubber, these boots feature removable gel insoles to absorb traction and contour your feet. Consider these the comfortably stylish gift for the trailblazing active person in your life.
A reviewer even claims to have worn them hiking in the Canadian Rockies, where the boots managed to hold up well in terms of comfort and durability.
Why we love it: handcrafted, BIPOC woman-owned, recycled materials
18. Easy-Care Indoor Plants @ The Sill
For the conscious-minded people in your life who adore “plantfluencers” but just don’t know where to begin. These easy-to-care-for plants can be the gateway succulents that might just turn them into full-fledged plant moms or dads.
Filtered by categories like best for beginners, pet-friendly, and even low-light tolerant, every option is made enticing with a colorful and unique planter style of your choosing.
Go on and inspire their green thumb. Better yet, get a plant for yourself while you’re at it.
Why we love it: low maintenance, inspires green habits
19. Siren Muse Large Hoop Earrings @ Monica Vinader
Some things never go out of style, and that fact is largely true for hoop earrings. Timeless in their elegance and versatile in their appeal, one simply can’t go wrong with hoops, especially these pair of Monica Vinader 18k rose gold vermeil beauties.
These earrings are created using 100% recycled metals made by layering rose gold (a mixture of pure gold and copper) over 925 sterling silver. This pair comes with a unique “product passport” that allows its receiver to trace the origin of their jewelry, right from design, and materials sourcing, to the craftsman, and all the way to arrival at their doorstep.
You can choose to add a dangling pendant of your choice to make these hoops a little more special.
Why we love it: recycled metals, traceable supply chain, recycling program, gives back
20. Spice Trio @ Diaspora Co.
Know a passionate home chef who loves cooking up a storm? This trio of spices will be a highly welcome addition to their pantry.
Featuring traditional Indian spices like Aranya black pepper, Sirārakhong Hāthei chilies, and Jodhana cumin, these ingredients are sure to add an exotic aroma and delicious flavor to whatever they use it with.
Feel free to add a spice spoon for just a dollar to make this gift that much more thoughtful.
Why we love it: BIPOC woman-owned, ethically sourced spices, fair trade
21. Candle Lover Gift Set @ Prosperity Candle
Made with premium soy and coconut wax for a longer, more consistent burn, this candle comes in a chic little pot that not only exudes a sense of hygge but can also be reused long after the wax has completely burned. Talk about a keepsake!
Paired with a handy little wick trimmer and quote matchbox, this ethically made candle set also comes with wildflower seed paper to encourage using the pot as a planter long after it’s all used up.
Why we love it: ethically made, reusable packaging
22. Recycled Glass Champagne Flutes @ Made Trade
Let them break out the champagne and pop, fizz, and clink, in style with these recycled glass flutes. An absolute must-have for the perpetual hostess, each glass is handcrafted to delight, which means that no two glasses are the same.
In addition to being a sustainable addition to their barware collection, there is no doubt that these beautiful flutes will be used over and over again. Available in a set of four flutes in varying sizes, these glasses are ethically crafted by artisans in Colombia.
Why we love it: recycled glass, ethically made, handcrafted
23. Zero Waste Patch Kit @ Marree
For the DIY wizards in your life who enjoy a good knitting or quilting project, this patch kit will be a thoughtful addition to their sewing kits. Complete with a needle, thread, and five pretty little patch squares that are a product of Modern Shibori’s off-cuts, these naturally dyed pieces are a great way to perk up a worn-out piece of clothing.
Available in three colorways to choose from, this patch kit makes for a lovely ethical gift idea for the ones who enjoy making their clothes last longer.
Why we love it: zero waste, naturally dyed, promotes mending and repair
24. At Home Mani Bundle @ BLK & GRN
This nifty little mani bundle comes with everything you can think of for an at-home manicure that lasts. It contains a biodegradable nail brush, cuticle cream, a nude nail polish in a can’t-go-wrong taupe shade, and a reusable makeup pouch to store it all in.
Curated by BLK + GRN, we love the fact that this Black-owned company champions Black women artisans who are creating sustainable items that not only do good but give back to their communities.
Why we love it: Black-owned, crafted by Black female artisans, non-toxic, biodegradable
25. Love Language Care Package @ Untold
Most people relate to one or more of the famous five love languages as a way of expressing and receiving affection. But what if we told you that you could offer all five of the linguistics of love in one pretty package?
Yes, you read that right. The love language care package by untold is the ultimate way to show someone you really care. Filled with an assortment of five beauty and wellness goodies, this care package is one of the best sustainable gifts on our list.
Why we love it: female-founded, BIPOC-owned, artisanal quality, ethically-made, sustainable packaging
26. Diamond Naidi Placemat @ Made Trade
For the hostess with the mostest, any visually appealing addition to her home will be a gift worthy of getting you a gushing thank you note. If earning her praise is what you seek then these placemats are just what you’re looking for.
Available in a set of four and six, these placemats are handcrafted in Columbia by a group of talented female artisans who hand spin, dye, weave, and sew each item.
Crafted from organic cotton using natural dyes, you can choose to pair them with a matching table runner to really get into the hostess’s good books.
Why we love it: BIPOC woman-owned, ethically sourced spices, fair trade
For the avid reader in your life, nothing shows them you care quite like a digital gift card. Choose a value from $10-$1,000, Bookshop.org will be their destination to find titles they just can’t put down.
From a wide range of genres spanning fiction, non-fiction, young adult, business, travel, thrillers, and more, Bookshop gives its readers the convenience of shopping online while supporting independent bookstores simultaneously.
Why we love it: supports local and independent bookstores
28. Ethically Made Pajama Top & Joggers @ Made Trade
A pajama set that’s anything but snoozy, these ultra-soft nightwear separates are what sweet dreams are made of. Crafted from breathable eucalyptus Tencel lyocell, this pairing is perfectly suited for a breakfast-in-bed, lazy Sunday kind of morning.
We love the fact their joggers feature front pockets — big enough to fit the phone — perfect for taking a Christmas morning selfie by the fireplace.
Why we love it: Tencel fabric, ethically made
Price: $110 for the set
29. Cozy & Eco Winter Accessories @ tentree
Help them weather the season ahead in style with a little help from the minimal yet functional hats and scarves from tentree. Offered in a range of neutral colorways and special edition hues, the genderless accessories can easily be incorporated into everyday ensembles for a cozy finishing touch.
Crafted from organic cotton or RWS (responsible wool standard) certified wool, wearers can also feel good knowing that their cold-weather accessories are made from mindful materials.
Why we love it: natural and organic fibers, B-Corp and Carbon Neutral Certified company
30. Cirrus X Handheld Steamer @ The Steamery
The perfect practical gift for the ones who are always living out of their suitcase, this handheld Scandinavian garment steamer will help them get rid of pesky luggage-induced wrinkles in no time.
Available in lilac, white, and black, don’t let its size sell you short of its power. This is one powerful steamer with a high steam output, that weighs less and is equipped with a hanging loop and a translucent water tank.
This steamer comes with a little steaming pad that can be used to press the fabric against the steamer. A handy tool that’s great for steaming details like collars, cuffs, pockets, and hems.
Why we love it: handheld, portable, light
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About The Author:
Jharna Pariani is a fashion writer and creative strategist whose work is rooted in honesty and deep observation of the world around her. When she isn’t busy penning down her thoughts, she moonlights as a video editor creating fashion and food reels on Instagram for several brands and influencers