2022 Sustainable Holiday Gifts: 30 Ethical Gifts for Everyone
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The ultimate guide to sustainable holiday gifts for everyone on your list. Whether you're looking for eco-friendly Christmas gifts, unique handmade holiday gifts, or conscious stocking stuffers, here are the best ethically-made present ideas at different price points.
I made sure to recommend handmade products and small businesses whenever possible, from the US, Canada, UK, and elsewhere. Of course, I also curated items from some of my favorite sustainable brands.
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Sustainable Gifts for Her
Mejuri Gemstone Charm Pendant
A stunning piece of jewelry from Mejuri made with recycled gold and the gemstone of your choice. Note that the chain is sold separately, and they have several chain options. Read my blog post for a general review of Mejuri jewelry (TL;DR version: invest in their 14k solid gold jewelry, but avoid their gold vermeil pieces).
Tamga Kimono Robe
From sustainable Canadian clothing line TAMGA Designs, the Galena Kimono is versatile enough to be worn as a robe, daytime wear, and beach coverup. Made ethically in Bali, their signature robe also comes in other colors.
Cuyana Recycled Travel Bag
Made from recycled plastic taken from the landfill, Cuyana's large travel bag is spacious and washable. It features protective metal feet, sturdy handles, and crossbody straps for versatile carrying options.
RMS beauty x Kora Organics Love Life Set
Try popular skincare and makeup products in this value gift set from a collaboration between clean beauty brands RMS beauty and Kora Organics. Available for a limited time only.
Maylyn & Co. Vegan Silk Pillowcase
Made with Maylyn & Co.'s exclusive vegan silk fabric, this beautiful Wild Rose pillowcase will make your nights extra restful. It's breathable, anti-frizz for your hair, and made to last. Comes with a rPET Laundry Bag.
Sustainable Gifts for Him
Naadam Recycled Cashmere Sweater
You can't go wrong with cashmere as Christmas presents, especially from sustainable cashmere brand Naadam, based in the US. This classic cashmere crewneck sweater is made from a closed-loop recycled cashmere blend. It can be dressed up or down. Matching cashmere jogger pants are also available.
Monogram Leather Passport Holder
This personalized leather passport wallet/holder is made from full-grain leather, which should get better with age. It has space for a passport, boarding pass, credit cards, and cash. Made by a small business in Canada.
Wooden Chess Set
A gorgeous handmade chess set with natural wood edges, carved by skilled artisans from natural olive wood in Tunisia. They use wood from very old trees that have stopped fruiting and have been replaced with younger productive trees. In collaboration with "Trees for the Future," they now plant a tree with each order. Each chess set can be personalized. This particular chess board has hidden drawers beneath for chess pieces.
Paravel Luggage Set
Sustainable luggage brand Paravel uses recycled materials for 100% of their items. This Weekender Set includes a travel bag made from durable, spill-proof Ecocraft Canvas (recycled post-consumer plastic bottles) and features smart straps that slip over the handle of the carbon-neutral Aviator Carry-On.
Beer Making Kit
For anyone wanting to try making beer as a hobby, this kit contains all the equipment to make great-tasting craft beer at home, especially for those short on space. Just follow the simple instructions included in the kit. Each box comes with your choice of one all-grain recipe kit and contains enough fresh ingredients to make 6 x 500ml bottles of fresh beer.
Sustainable Unisex Gifts
Salad Gift Set
Customize a salad gift set from nonprofit shop The Little Market. by shopping with them, you are also supporting artisans and producers in underserved communities globally. Each order will include inserts about The Little Market and the artisans who make each piece. It is packaged together with a beautiful ribbon on top.
Kobo eReader & Digital Notebook
The Kobo Sage eReader works with the Kobo Stylus pen to be used as a digital notebook. You can also highlight and make comments on your ebooks and documents. Right now, Kobos are the only eReaders in Canada that allows borrowing digital library books, which is why I chose it over Kindle. For those who prefer Kindles, Kindle Scribe is a similar eReader/digital notebook.
Lomi helps turn your food waste into healthy soil for your plants. It's designed for home use, especially for those living in small city apartments with limited space. It can sit on your kitchen countertop and is small enough to be stored in your cabinet.
Industrial Pour-Over Coffee Maker
A unique industrial-style coffee dripper with copper and wood. that would look great on any kitchen counter. They are handmade in a small studio in the US with love and care. Each item may vary slightly due to the handmade process. Custom orders can be requested.
The Henrie Adjustable Pillow
An eco-luxury pillow with an organic cotton outer cover and filled with a custom blend of memory foam and all-natural kapok. The fill can be removed to let you find the best support for your neck and sleeping position. Each cover comes with a dust bag to store any excess pillow filling. Henrie is a Canadian company that also ships to the US.
Sustainable Gifts for Babies & Kids
Safari Animals Gift Set
Choose your own set of delightful safari animals from nonprofit shop The Little Market. Each purchase empowers artisans at Naguska in Peru. The dolls are made with cotton and polyester fill, and the set is handmade and wrapped with purpose.
Personalized ABC Book
A made-to-order book personalized with your child's name and likeness. This alphabet book has 26 possible professions to inspire the little ones as they imagine themselves being anything they wish. Made in Minnesota.
Dim Sum Pretend Play Felt Food
These adorable and realistic-looking dumplings, baos, spring rolls, and egg tarts are made with felt by a Canadian Etsy seller. Perfect for imaginative dim sum or tea time pretend play
Unicorn DIY Paper Kit
Perfect for both children and adults, these DIY paper puzzles make for relaxing moments alone or with friends. The pre-cut and pre-scored paper products are entirely designed, tested, and produced in Montreal, employing local talent for every step of the process, from design to shipping.
Customized Family Dolls
Get handmade dolls made to represent each member of the family, pets included. Crafted by an Etsy seller in Spain, each doll is made with high-quality felt and fabrics. If you can't find the family bundle you want, request one and she will make a custom listing for you.
Sustainable Corporate Gifts
Solios Solar-Powered Watch
Solios is a solar-powered watch company with styles for both men and women. A B-Corporation based in Canada, their watches have changeable straps and you never have to worry about changing watch batteries again. I wrote a review of their women's watch. For corporate gifting, they have options for custom packaging and watch engraving.
Leather Wrapped Espresso Cups
Now everyone at the office will have their own espresso cups, personalized with their own name or initials. Custom company logos can also be requested to be printed on the leather. These espresso cups are all handmade in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania studio using USA-tanned Horween Leather hides, the longest-running tannery in the US.
This small business in Newmarket, Canada offers beautifully wrapped gift boxes for special occasions. It can include a special card with your sentiments printed on the inside. They handwrite the recipient's name on the outside of the envelope for a personal touch.
Yeti's durable and dishwasher-safe tumblers will fit into most cupholders. They're made with kitchen-grade stainless steel, so they're puncture and rust-resistant. Learn about how to customize Yeti tumblers with your company's logo.
Build a custom self-care kit from this Canadian small business. Each sustainable holiday gift set comes with a soap bar, a lotion bar in a metal tin, and a lip balm in an eco-friendly tube. They are all handmade and palm-free.
Check out my curated shop section for more sustainable holiday gift ideas.
Sustainable Stocking Stuffers
Couples Perfect Match Date Night Ideas
This handmade box of "matches" is full of fun date night ideas for couples. Made in-studio by an Etsy seller in Surrey, UK, these boxes are printed on 100% recycled card and contain 20 wooden matches, each printed with unique date ideas.
Amethyst Gua Sha Face Tool
An Allure Best of Beauty 2022 Award Winner, this smooth-edged amethyst crystal facial tool works to relieve tension to help depuff and support a firmer-looking complexion.
A deck of high-quality playing cards that features cocktail recipes. This is the ultimate cocktail reference guide that outlines how to make 52 cocktails in a clear and simple way.
Personalized Leather Airpod Case
Handmade in-studio in the UK from sustainably sourced, premium quality British leather, these leather cases are a fun way to store your Airpods. The clasp makes them easy to find and the case can be personalized with initials.
JVN Nourishing Hair Oil
A silicone-free, weightless, multitasking hair oil that reduces frizz, hydrates, protects against damage, and quickly leaves a high-shine finish. This clean beauty hair oil is fast-absorbing and doesn't leave an oily or sticky residue.
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