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!)
Ethically handcrafted with all-natural wool, these genderless slippers are a winter essential your loved ones will love to wear around the house when the temps take a dip.
Made with built-in arch support and ample cushioning, these slippers will provide relief for their feet on the days when they’re readying the house for holiday festivities.
Why we love it: natural wool, handcrafted, fair trade wages
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
Give the gift of goodwill this holiday season with a set of Cause Connection Bracelets by WorldFinds. Each and every one of these colorfully dainty three-stranded bracelets is handmade by female artisans in India and is uniquely titled for every cause they support.
Whether it’s fighting cancer, rescuing animals, cleaning up oceans, or assisting refugees, find a cause you or the receiver is passionate about because the brand pledges 15% of sales of each sale towards all of these causes. So far, WorldFinds has been able to donate $69,968 to 18 different organizations through their bracelets.
Why we love it: philanthropic, handcrafted, fairly made
Price: $22 each
Credit cards, cash, driver’s license, an odd receipt or two, and even a reward card to your favorite coffee joint. Wallets are those all-important accessories responsible for keeping all our valuable possessions in one handy place. There’s no reason why these practical carryalls shouldn’t be stylish too.
Complete with 12 handy card slots and an internal zip pocket with two main slots, this ultra-functional vegan wallet is made from bio-based apple leather material and comes in five different neutral shades and textures, which also means that it will go with everything.
Why we love it: bio-based material, vegan leather, organic pigments, fair trade
Let the special woman in your life get the spotlight she deserves with this dainty yet stunning pair of diamond stud earrings. Sure to become a mainstay in her treasure trove of jewels, what makes these earrings unique is the fact that they’re made using carbon directly from the atmosphere.
Encased in 18k Fairmined yellow gold, the lab-grown diamonds in these earrings are made from 100% atmospheric carbon. Turns out, diamonds aren’t just a girl’s best friend, but can be the planet’s too!
Why we love it: diamonds made from carbon capture technology, Fairmined gold
Fill their lives with a bed of roses — well, at least temporarily — through this indulgent roses ritual set. Roses have a long history of being a beloved beauty essence for centuries.
Legend has it, Cleopatra did not only use rose water as a part of her daily beauty rituals but also filled her boudoir with rose petals to entice Marc Antony, believing that he’d later think of her anytime he caught the whiff of a rose.
Filled with rose essence beauty essentials like face cream, organic deodorant, facial toner, and natural bath salts with bits of dried rose petals, this gift set is sure to make the receiver feel thoroughly pampered — just like the Egyptian Queen.
Why we love it: vegan, plant-based, free from parabens and phthalates
For your loved ones who prefer a steaming cup of Oolong over an espresso, this chic little whistling tea kettle will have them proudly brewing a cup, or even an entire pot for a party.
An absolute delight for tea drinkers who enjoy a pot that possesses a cheerful disposition, this non-toxic ceramic coated kettle by Caraway comes in retro-inspired hues that’ll brighten up their stovetop — or warm neutrals to add some hygge to their kitchen.
P.S. It comes with a nifty little pot holder for safe handling.
Why we love it: non-toxic coating, stovetop agnostic
P.S. you can get 20% off during their Cyber Season sale happening now
When it comes to home decor, we are of the opinion that even the slightest refinement can totally perk up a space. Kind of like these handcrafted pillow covers by Passion Lilie.
Available in hand block prints and ikat woven prints, these cotton pillow covers make for great fair trade gifts. They will instantly bring a grounded, yet worldly aesthetic to any room and are bound to match with almost everything.
We highly recommend mixing and matching the prints to bring on a rustic charm.
Why we love it: handwoven, zero waste, hand dyed, fair trade
Price: $26 each
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
For the ones who’ve never been able to warm up to the underwire, bralettes are those one-and-done pieces of lingerie that still look great — and these lovely pieces by Juliemay are no exception.
Made from organic cotton and silk inner lining, these bralettes are the perfect intimates for women with sensitive skin who have had reactions to conventional synthetic iterations in the market. Not sure what size or color? Juliemay also has gift cards!
Why we love it: “Allergy Friendly” accredited from Allergy UK, natural fabrics, responsibly made
11. Andrea Shirt
Cut in a loose fit, this flattering asymmetrical wrap top is a must-have for the woman who loves experimenting with her silhouettes.
Packed with endless styling possibilities, this top can just as easily be layered over a snug-fit sweater for fall and seamlessly transition into a standalone top for the summer.
Available in a range of seven neutral hues in three sizes (XS/S, M/L, XL/XXL), and made from breathable linen in a flattering cut for maximum movement, this wrap-over shirt is an ethical present she will surely appreciate.
Why we love it: linen material, slow fashion, ethically made
Price: $176 USD / $240 CAD
Use code NOMITOP23 for 15% off the Andrea shirt
12. Chai Kit
This chai kit by Diaspora Co. will help them bid adieu to their neighborhood chai tea latte order and happily resort to brewing a rich cup right from the comfort of their own home.
Made from a rich blend of cardamom, ginger, fennel, and cinnamon, with a touch of pepper and cloves, this chai masala is a powerhouse of antioxidants that comes along with a pretty little pink kulhad cup, black tea, jaggery, and even a strainer.
Why we love it: ethically sourced spices, fair trade
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
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
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
Timepieces made with a conscience, 2ºEAST’s range of watches are meticulously crafted using post-consumer RePET straps, vegetable-tanned leather, or stainless steel and a zero waste ion plating process that does away with carbon emissions, wastewater, and toxic wastes associated with traditional plating techniques.
Created in uncompromising minimalist styles in a signature round dial, we love the fact that they offer a range of fashion-forward straps to choose from.
If you’re feeling like splurging on your loved one, we suggest opting for an additional strap or two so they can switch it up to suit their everyday styles.
Why we love it: zero waste processes, recycled materials, transparent production, ethically made
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
P.S. you can get 20% off during Caraway’s Cyber Season sale happening now
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
19. The Weekend Boot
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
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
Breaking bread this holiday season never looked so good. For the beloved bakers in your life, this bread warmer set will be a gift they’ll be happy to bring out and show off during their holiday feast and festivities.
Handcrafted with ample rustic charm, this natural seagrass, and jute wool basket comes with a terracotta plate warmer that can be placed in a preheated oven to help retain the bread’s warmth when served.
Why we love it: handcrafted, fair trade
22. Vanna Bag
A bag that is not only adorable but highly practical too — unlike a top handle tote or a clutch — this bag has an adjustable cross-body strap that’ll allow its user to enjoy unencumbered hands.
Consider it the perfect ethical gift for her, we love that it comes with a fold-over flap and rattan design that lends itself to a minimalist must-have.
Worn as a crossbody, over the shoulder, or around the waist as a fanny pack, you can rest assured knowing full well she will be using it as her daily carryall.
Why we love it: handcrafted, vegetable-tanned leather, rattan
For the minimalist aesthete who’ll appreciate a good bathroom makeover, this four-piece accessory set will have them pleasantly confusing their sink with one at a five-star hotel.
Made from ceramic, recycled glass, and bamboo, this set includes a soap dispenser, toothbrush holder, bathroom canister, and soap dish in a minimal white design that evokes a spa-like feel.
Our tip: Pair it with an easy-to-care low-light tolerant plant from The Sill for added tranquility.
Why we love it: recycled materials, ceramic, bamboo, ethically made
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
For the home chefs who love cooking up a storm, this spice kit will be a welcome addition to their arsenal. Filled with six of the bestselling spices from Diaspora Co. like turmeric, ginger, black mustard, black peppers, coriander, and red chilli powder, this kit will be an invaluable gift to the cooks who enjoy dabbling with Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine.
Don’t forget to add a spice spoon made from upcycled stainless steel scraps to your kit for an adorable yet functional touch.
Why we love it: ethically sourced spices, fair 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
Responsible for setting the foundation of your table setting, a chic fabric runner can make a divine difference to a dinner table. The perfect gift for the hostess with the mostest, this naturally dyed organic cotton table runner comes in two sizes to choose from.
Handmade by female artisans in Colombia, this table runner has a dainty yet rustic touch to it, making it the ideal ethical gift idea for the perpetual party host.
Why we love it: organic cotton, naturally dyed, female-owned, handcrafted, ethically made
Finely constructed of Ethiopian cotton, this earthy-toned throw blanket is impossible not to covet. A warm colored pick to accessorize one’s home for the cooler weather seasons, this throw is a celebration of Ethiopia’s rich textile traditions, perfect for adding a rustic and cozy touch to any room.
Delicate to touch yet warm, this throw is handcrafted using fine, locally sourced cotton and handwoven using age-old techniques.
Why we love it: handcrafted, naturally dyed, ethically made
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
Nothing shows how much you care better than a piece of jewelry. But, make it a personalized piece of jewelry and you’ve struck gifting gold. Kind of like this gold tag bracelet by ABLE.
With the option of engraving with up to eight characters, feel free to add an endearing “my love” or affirmations like “powerful” or “grateful” to remind them to stay happy and channel a positive frame of mind every time they stare down at it.
Why we love it: recycled material, free of toxic chemicals
For busybodies who can’t be bothered with meditation, journaling is a great way to channel thoughts or keep track of your everyday to-do lists. Help your loved ones stay on top of their tasks and resolutions in the new year with a little help from this minimal cork journal.
Available in a range of sizes and colors, we love the fact that these journals can be monogrammed with the receiver’s initials and come with a handy wrap closure to keep their innermost thoughts private and discreet.
Why we love it: cork material, vegan, acid-free paper
Made from pure, edible superfoods, this indulgent papaya face mask is packed with ingredients rich in antioxidants, including vitamins A, C, and E, which help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, prevent acne, and can help even out the skin tone.
The perfect stocking stuffer for the beauty-obsessed, this face mask is by Black female artisans who use ethically-sourced edible ingredients.
Why we love it: vegan, plant-based, Black-owned, crafted by Black female artisans, free of harmful chemicals
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
Washing some green leafy vegetables will never look the same again courtesy of this bamboo bowl and colander set. Also suitable for draining hot spaghetti, this boldly colored set will be sure to add some cheer to a sea of stainless steel kitchenware. (The set is also available in cream, if your gift recipient likes to keep it minimal in their kitchen.)
Made from exceptionally durable, eco-friendly bamboo that’s dyed with food-grade colors, this toxin-free set is a welcome addition to any household with children.
Why we love it: recycled bamboo fiber, food-grade dyes, BPA and Phthalates free
A statement-making vase that’ll make even the most minimal blooms brighten up any room, the gift receiver will find it tricky to resist storing it away in the absence of a bouquet.
We love the fact that it’s got a small curved opening that makes flower arranging a bit easier, the kinds where you can just wedge a handful of flowers in and walk away.
Handcrafted by Chinese artisans using high-quality porcelain, its bold design will have your loved ones bundling up blooms in no time.
Why we love it: handcrafted, porcelain, BIPOC woman-owned
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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