Giving ethical gifts for is not only a thoughtful gesture but can be a wonderful opportunity to share the beauty of fair trade, artisan-made, and earth-friendly brands with loved ones.
And these well-made, beautifully designed conscious and sustainable gift ideas will certainly be conversation-starters — whether you’re telling the story of how the gifts were made from upcycled materials and kept would-be waste out of the landfill or how the pieces you’re gifting helped to support the revitalization of traditional artisan crafts.
Did I get you excited about discovering consciously-made gifts this holiday season yet? Browse below for some of my favorite ethical Christmas gifts, Hanukkah gifts, or Kwanzaa gifts and be sure to also bookmark my guide to 50+ Cyber Week sales and donations to save money and/or support a good cause while shopping from these eco-minded and socially responsible brands.
Note that this guide includes affiliates and partners. As always, I only include brands I truly believe in that meet high standards for ethics and aesthetics (and which I would share otherwise). Cover image credit: Made Trade.
For the host/hostess — or the one who appreciates an aesthetically-pleasing tabletop — Slash Objects’ eco-minded coasters from Made Trade are the perfect gift. Slash Objects creates all of their unique goods in Brooklyn, NY from 100% recycled rubber sourced from local American manufacturers and pays all makers living wages.
Made from earth-friendly fibers and crafted with uncompromising attention to quality, Delilah Home’s hemp bed sheets are a luxurious (and useful!) gift for your loved ones this holiday season.
Delilah Home’s 100% hemp sheets are woven with a 400-thread count, making them soft and comfortable sheets they’ll sleep soundly in for years to come.
These artisan-made slippers are the ultimate ethical gift for staying cozy at home. Each pair of Chilote’s popular slippers is handcrafted from locally sourced sheep’s wool and upcycled salmon leather by women in Patagonia.
With unisex sizes and timeless appeal, Chilote’s slippers are gifts for the whole fam — even for the little ones!
WorldFinds is a design-driven brand of jewelry and accessories that empowers women through fair trade. Their sustainable styles transcend all seasons, and collections range from minimalist to statement pieces. Many of their designs are handmade from repurposed textiles, using upcycled Kantha and Sari fabric and wood scraps, so they’re incredibly kind to the earth. They create dignified work for their artisan partners in India, and also support girls’ education initiatives for additional impact in artisan communities.
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Simple yet striking, The Bright Angle’s handcrafted porcelain vases are true stand-outs the decor-lover or at-home florist will adore. Gift one of these silk-white vases to the minimalist or gift an entire set — the vase is also available in black, rosemary green, and smoke gray — to complete the look.
No need to choose between style or sustainability for the fashionista on your list this holiday season. JORD’s eco-chic bags are made from vegan, earth-friendly cork and designed with functionality and fashion in mind. The brand also has cork wallets if you’re looking to complete the set!
EarthHero’s Sustainable Expert Kit is the ultimate zero waste gift idea! The curated set of essentials includes a variety of useful and functional items: beeswax wrap, stainless steel food storage box, bamboo utensil set, reusable shopping totes, produce bags, and a stainless steel straw & straw cleaner.
Whether you’re shopping for the avid cyclist or pizza-lover, Ten Thousand Village’s bicycle pizza cutter is a unique gift they’ll use for many meals to come! Each pizza cutter is fairly handmade by the retailer’s artisan partners in India using traditional metalworking crafts.
Give the gift of happy lips with a set of Zambeezi’s ethically-made lip balm. Each lemongrass flavored lip balm is crafted from organically grown, fairly traded ingredients, like hydrating coconut oil, nourishing beeswax, and moisturizing jojoba oil. They’ll want to keep this lip balm on hand at all times this winter!
To create a full gift set, Zambeezi also has soap bars with their popular refreshing lemongrass scent. Each bar is handcrafted from responsibly-sourced ingredients, like sustainably-sourced, wild-harvested palm kernel oil and organic beeswax.
OM Matters’ practice cards are a thoughtful gift for the expert yogi or the at-home yoga newbie.
The 30-card set (which is made from recycled paper) provides actionable ways to practice the 8 Limbs of Yoga, from meditation to philosophical practices.
12. Yoga Cards eDeck
For the yogis who might prefer a digital way to recenter, find peace, and strengthen their practice, OM Matters also has an eDeck version of their yoga practice cards through their app!
The eDeck has the same 30 cards as the yoga practice cards, offering guidance and real-life practices for the 8 Limbs of Yoga.
Absorbent without causing frizz or breakage, Sunrise Bliss has mastered the hair towel. And the brand’s super soft organic cotton t-shirt hair towels come in fun prints too, like flamingos and polka dots!
I have a hair towel from Sunrise Bliss and absolutely love it — it dries my hair just as well as a typical towel but without drying my hair out. Plus, this towel is far comfier and lighter!
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Crafted out of supersoft MicroModal — a fabric made from the pulp of sustainably-harvested beechwood trees — these eco-friendly sweatpants from Encircled might just be the comfiest they’ll ever own. I have a pair and they’re definitely my go-to pants whether I’m lounging at home or trying to look put together without putting on jeans!
These sweatpants are responsibly knit, dyed, and sewn locally in Toronto.
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Made from Fairtrade and GOTS-certified organic cotton, these printed socks from Conscious Step are an eco-friendly gift for the environmentalists and outdoor adventurers on your list. Each pair of socks from Conscious Step is inspired by a cause and $1 from each pair sold is donated to that cause! This box features socks that protect oceans, preserves rainforests, and plants trees.
If your gift recipient is more of a dog-lover, check out Conscious Step’s set of organic cotton ‘Socks That Save Dogs’. Any dog owner would be delighted to open up this set of paw-printed socks that also give back to the Best Friends Animal Society!
A perfect gift for conscious wardrobes and outfit repeaters, this super comfy organic cotton bralette is reversible! It features a thick and supportive band and can easily go from lounging around the house to a crop top layered in an outfit. The bralette is ethically made in California and comes in a collection of gorgeous colors, which are achieved using vegetable dyes.
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Sḵwálwen Botanicals is an Indigenous-owned skincare brand with natural bath and body products made with plant-based ingredients. Their holiday gift bundle, designed for “deep relaxation, rejuvenation and healing”, features Kalkáy wild rose yarrow bath salts and healing salve, plus a Shkweń rainforest bath & body oil.
Perfectly sized for bringing to the market, the beach, or even to work, this tote is named the “Essential Companion” for a reason!
And these tote bags are ethically handmade by women artisans in Bangladesh using time-honored weaving techniques and locally-sourced palm leaf fiber.
Forget “Native-inspired” — Eighth Generation is an Indigenous-owned online marketplace with goods authentically made by “Inspired Natives”. This blanket from B.YELLOWTAIL was inspired by the name given to designer Bethany Yellowtail by her respected Crow elder when she was young, Ammaakeealaachelibaachiilakaacheesh, which translates to “Overcomes through Faith”.
21. Hemp Sweatshirt
Made from 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton, the sweatshirts from Aliya Wanek are as earth-minded as they are comfy. These pullovers come in a wide variety of colors, from fuchsia to faded black, and are all handmade in the Bay Area and dyed locally. Aliya Wanek is a Black woman-owned fashion brand.
22. Organic Pajamas
Valani is a WOC-owned plant-based fashion brand fulfilling every vegan fashionista’s dream with their gorgeous designs, animal-free fabrics, and earth-minded practices.
This feminine one-shoulder piece was actually crafted with banana fabric, which is made from discarded banana tree stems!
Black-owned marketplace GOODEE is a mecca for artisan-made fair trade gifts with their curation of home goods and other accessories.
This bicycle basket was handwoven by artisans in Ghana from locally-sourced straws and makes for a useful gift to take on picnics and trips to the market.
Coyuchi’s regenerative wool scarf is a beyond sustainable gift — the cozy winter accessory is made with Climate Beneficial wool sourced from a ranch using practices that sequester carbon. So, not only is this scarf low impact, but it’s actually earth-positive!
26. Spice Trio
Diaspora is a WOC-owned business decolonizing and redefining the outdated spice trade. Instead of the spices going through a complicated supply chain of middlemen, exporters, and importers, the spices are purchased directly from farmers by Diaspora and Diaspora then directly sells them to you and I! Sourcing these single-origin spices directly means more money in the hands of farmers and more flavor on your plate.
Handcrafted by Indigenous women, Cheyanne Symone’s earrings are one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Each pair of pearl stud earrings is meticulously made using Japanese glass beads, freshwater pearls and recycled sterling silver backs. And, every purchase from this Indigenous-owned brand comes with the assurance that you can send the jewelry back for repair at any time.
Josemarie Nyagah is a visual artist from Kenya using art as a medium to shift perceptions and push for transformation.
Josemarie’s stunning nature photography is available in prints, coasters, mugs, coffee tables, and more.
You’d be hardpressed to find a more exceptionally-made ethical gift for the baker or chef than Minna’s kitchen textiles.
Minna’s fair trade aprons, potholders, and oven mitts can even function as decor pieces.
If you can’t take them to the spa, bring the spa to them! Coyuchi’s cloud loom robe is loomed from long-staple organic cotton into single loops to create a soft, ultra-plush fabric. This robe an eco-luxe treat that will turn an everyday shower into an at-home spa experience.
Allbirds’ ultra-comfy eco-friendly sneakers made from responsibly-sourced eucalyptus tree fiber will definitely be your gift recipient’s new favorite pair of shoes. Almost my entire family has a pair of Allbirds, and we’re all major fans. (Allbirds also has super soft flats for the non-sneaker crowd!)
Middle Kingdom’s handcrafted porcelain beauties belong in an art museum! We’re in luck because these ethically-made artisan goods are actually available for us to gift to loved ones — or ourselves…
Stylish, size-inclusive, and sustainably-made, there’s a lot to love about Girlfriend’s popular activewear. And the brand’s newest addition to their collection is a luxe upgrade of their signature recycled leggings. With a heavyweight fabric, matte sheen, and minimal seams, these high-waisted leggings can be worn all-day everyday to the gym or running errands in the city.
For the world traveler with a serious case of wanderlust, GlobeIn is the ultimate destination for ethical gifts.
Their pantry box has an eclectic collection of artisanal food, plus includes a palm leaf bottle basket!
Soft, cozy, and beyond sustainable: Eileen Fisher’s regenerative wool long vest is a Climate Beneficial wardrobe essential that will add a layer of warmth to any outfit.
And not only is this piece better for the climate, but it’s better for the sheep, too, as this wool supports ranchers meeting the highest standards for animal welfare and land management.
Slash Objects’ super sleek desk accessories — from mousepads to desk mats — the ultimate at-home office upgrade. And, every piece is made from 100% recycled rubber in Brooklyn, New York.
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