It’s that time of year again! The time of year where we all start maxing out our grocery budgets, putting up festive decorations, and scratching our heads as we try to think of what in the world we should buy for our loved ones!
We’ve all been there. And that’s why this is my favorite episode to do all year! Welcome to your 2020 Ethical Holiday Gift Guide.
Christmas tends to be a time of major consumerism. Why not make that consumerism more meaningful by buying ethically from responsible brands? Gabi Goddard came back on the show to help me with this guide and we have so many good things in store for you! Gabi is an actor, a writer, a child care worker, and an expert on all things ethical and sustainable. She was originally on the podcast back in 2019 to discuss the problems in the fast fashion world. On that episode we talked for close to two hours because there’s just so much to learn, and here we are again doing the exact same thing!
This holiday gift guide is comprised of items for all ages, genders, and price ranges. Gabi and I both came up with several brands who we deem either ethical or sustainable.
We looked for things like small businesses and minority-owned shops, brands that are certified fair trade or certified B-corporations, brands that give back, and of course businesses that have transparent manufacturing in how they source their materials, how they treat and pay their laborers, and how their products are made. Extra points for brands that are low waste, use clean ingredients, and are cruelty free!
There were SO many awesome brands to choose from that it was difficult to come up with this list! Our hope is that you may find some fun items to buy for your friends and family this year, and also that this episode helps you to think more critically about what types of businesses and what types of products you want to be spending your money on.
Every time we make a purchase, we are voting with our dollar for the kind of world we want. Let’s put our dollars to use buy making ethical and sustainable purchases this holiday season and always!
2020 Ethical Holiday Gift Guide
1. Fay & Phable Pajamas:
Fay & Phable is a female-owned small business. Helen, the owner, was inspired by bedtime with her daughters to make these beautiful pajama sets that are designed to resemble Australian flora and fauna. The owner makes everything herself and uses Oeko-Tex certified fabric and natural plant dyes, so they’re completely safe to wear. When you purchase a pajama set you will also be gifted with your very own laundry wash bag as well as a bedtime story written by the owner to read to your children.
2. New Creation Designs:
This nonprofit shop features all kinds of goods – clothing, accessories, and home decor – that have all been designed and made by human trafficking survivors. New Creation partners with over 50 organizations all over the world to provide job training and income for survivors. Everything in their shop is certified fair trade.
3. Argent Silversmith Jewelry:
Featuring beautiful stackable pieces made from recycled metals, this small, female-owned shop can’t be missed! Their studios are solar-powered, too, so you know they care. Use code ETHICALMADEEASY for 10% off!
4. Leoni & Vonk Jewelry:
Beautiful handmade jewelry that we consider timeless. This small shop in Melbourne has all the colors you’ve been looking for.
5. Pecora Madrid Jewelry:
Ruth, the owner of this small business, is based in Spain. However, she collaborates with makers in Mexico to pay them fair wages for their lovely jewelry. This shop can also do special engravings for your occasion!
6. Cherry Tree Finery:
Based in Canada, this designer reclaims unwanted vintage pieces to make chunky and unique jewelry!
7. Clay By Cait:
Clay By Cait is a small, female owned business that specializes in polymer clay earrings. Her earrings are super lightweight and hypoallergenic. There are colors and styles for everyone, but Cait will also do customized pieces by request! 10% of all her proceeds go to helping kids in need.
8. NM Designs:
Another female-owned small jewelry shop, but this one features beautiful wire-wrapped pieces! All the metal used in her designs is recycled, and the beads and gems you’ll see have either been upcycled from vintage jewelry or sourced locally near the shops headquarters in the UK. Eco-friendly and compostable packaging is a plus!
9. Bonds Period Underwear:
Gabi’s favorite leak-proof period undies. Need we say more?
10. Modi Bodi Period Underwear:
Give the gift of comfortable periods this year!
11. Thinx Period Underwear:
Seriously – everyone who menstruates needs these. Goodbye plastic and paper waste from nasty pads and tampons!
12. Oil and Oak Creations:
This husband and wife team from Australia makes beautiful essential oil holders for the essential oil gurus in your life. They also sell a line of gorgeous diffusers and can work with you to design the custom piece your heart desires.
13. Simetrie Bags
These bags are made from sustainably-harvested and naturally-dyed kangaroo leather. While that might sound odd to some, kangaroo leather is actually more sustainable than your typical cowhide leather or even vegan leathers that are plastic-based. You can order a beautiful bag or even order an at-home workshop where you can build the bag yourself! Use code EME10 for 10% off!
14. Kinder Beauty Box:
For the skin and hair care junkies in your life. This subscription box comes from a female-founded team, and with a purchase you’ll receive monthly packages full of fun new products from brands that are all cruelty-free, vegan, and have clean ingredients. Kinder Beauty also works hard to reduce their waste wherever they can and gives away part of their proceeds to various animal rights and environmental causes.
15. Plant Apothecary:
These self care products are made naturally from plant-based materials and are good for the body and the soul. This is a Black-owned, small business carrying exclusively organic, cruelty-free, and clean products for all skin types.
16. Myrtle & Me Cuff Links:
Look no further for a unique and classy gift for your guy. These beautiful cuff links are made from FSC certified bamboo and recycled glass and feature the makers own photographs in the center.
17. Armed Angels:
Armed Angels has long-been a provider of responsibly made clothing, even including ethical face masks. This brand makes most of its products from organic cotton but exclusively uses regenerative and GOTS certified materials. The shop is also certified fair trade and PETA-approved vegan. Check out their loungewear for some comfy finds.
18. Blu Blox Glasses and Eye Masks:
Everyone needs a pair of blue light blocking glasses in their lives! This shops glasses and eye masks are designed to be super comfortable and last a lifetime, all well helping you get better sleep and reduce eye strain. Bonus – they donate a pair of reading glasses to those in need for every purchase!
19. Marley Headphones:
Perfect for the music-lover in your life – Marley’s headphones, speakers and turntables are designed for the eco-conscious, inspired by Bob Marley himself. The brand uses bamboo, cork, and other natural materials as well as recycled metals and plastics as much as possible in their production process.
20. One Seed Perfumes
Did you know that most fragrances are made from harmful synthetic ingredients? Not One Seed! These perfumes and colognes are modeled after some of your most popular fragrances but are 100% natural and at least 80% organic. Their beautiful glass packaging screams designer-made all the way. Use code EME15 for 15% off!
21. Papr Cosmetics Deodorant:
If you know someone who’s been hesitant about switching to a natural deoderant, this is the product for them. Papr Cosmetics uses simple ingredients in completely recyclable and compostable packaging. Their screw-top design makes for a mess-free experience, and the brand is certified carbon-neutral and will even plant a tree with every new subscription!
22. Organic Basics:
My undies are comfy AND ethical. Featuring sustainable, low-impact, and GOTS certified fabrics, you’ll find all the basic necessities here. Organic Basics is passionate about making sure their employees and factories have high standards for working conditions and wages, no matter where they are located.
23. Keep Cup:
The OG reusable coffee cup – Keep Cup has been around for a while and has perfected their design. With multiple materials and desings to choose from, you can reduce your waste one to-go coffee at a time. Their parts are replacable, too, in case one is ever lost.
24. Smart Lyfestyle Food Storage:
For the eco-conscious foodie. By eliminating wasteful,single use plastics like Ziploc bags and saran wrap, reusable food storage is the way to go! This small business started by a team of dads is selling silicone bags and beeswax wraps at a price you can’t beat.
The gift that keeps on giving! Starting at just $10 per month, you can gift your loved ones with small-batch candles made by artisans in the US. You can buy with confidence knowing that Vellabox will only send you clean-burning candles with each subscription.
26. Xtrema Cookware:
Say goodbye to teflon and metals that can leach toxins into your food! This 100% ceramic cookware line is the safest that money can buy. Started by a family in 2007, they have perfected their products to be safe to use on the stovetop, the oven, and the grill.
If you’ve been thinking about getting some reading material this holiday season, be it children’s books, novels, or even textbooks, check here first! Thriftbooks saves millions of books from being destroyed each year by reselling gently used items. They also help to increase literacy levels by donating books to places like Title I schools, prisons, and international organizations.
28. Salty Beasts Swimwear
No matter what hemisphere you’re celebrating the holidays in, get ready for a sunny beach day with Salty Beasts. Their swimwear is made from recycled fishing nets and recycled plastic bottles so it’s super soft and last a long time. If you do wear out our outgrow your suit, their take-back program provides a sustainable option for repurposing. Use code SBXEME10 for 10% off!
29. Atelier Cheval de Bois (Wooden Horse Workshop):
Based in Canada, these handmade and nontoxic wooden toys are perfect for kids of all ages. Plus, the aesthetic design and durability will have you glad to replace the obnoxious plastic pieces around your home.
30. Hurraw Lip Balm:
Organic, raw, and fair trade. The yummy flavors are made from totally natural ingredients so you don’t have to worry about kiddos mistaking this stuff for the food they resemble!
31. Boody Baby
Who doesn’t want some Boody pajamas in their life? The soft and felxible fabrics are made from regenerative bamboo, and they specifically design their baby wear to be easy to change. Boody is also part of 1% for the Planet and ensures that their workers are paid for wages. Use code ETHICAL15 for 15% off!
32. Cheeki Water Bottles:
Stainless teel, insulated, and lightweight – AKA perfect for kids! Cheeki’s water bottles are known for their durability, and if any parts are lost they will gladly replace them so you can extend the life of your bottle. There a lots of fun designs for kids to choose from, and each bottle has a silicone sleeve on the bottom to prvent slipping.
Other links from the show:
EME article about plant dyes:
Redeemed with Purpose Jewelry – Use code MACKENZIE15 for 15% off!
Flora & Fauna:
Better World Books:
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