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All of us in the world of conscious fashion know the importance of essentialism. We try not to purchase things we don’t need or won’t actually get good use out of. The severe consumerism of the holiday season can be overwhelming and stressful. After all, this season is supposed to be about getting together with friends and family – some of whom we may never see but once a year – and enjoying the things in life we’re grateful for, right?
But… let’s not throw the generous baby out with the materialistic bath water. Truly thoughtful gift-giving can be a really fun experience. It’s an excuse to give someone a token of your love. It’s an opportunity to be creative and put a smile on someone’s face. And finally, to think deeply about who they are and what they would enjoy.
I do love this article from Quartzy which outlines the five gift-giving philosophies that can help you pick out the perfect gift for whomever you’re shopping for. You always have the option of donating to a cause your loved one is passionate about in his or her name, giving the gift of an experience, or creating something with your own two hands.
Of course, some people just love opening up the wrapping around an object. My mom’s love language is gifts; I’m not going to take that away from her! So of course, I’ve got you covered with lots of excellent gift ideas. Consider it an opportunity to demonstrate that sustainable and ethical holiday gifts can be just as beautiful and practical as the mass-market alternative. For Your Mom or Aunt:
This block-printed Office Handbag from October Jaipur is perfect for Mom’s laptop, essentials, aaaannd everything else that goes in a mom’s bag. Mom, do you have any sunscreen?
This gorgeous ceramic tea set from American Nomad was handmade in Nepal in collaboration with a non-profit that provides women’s empowerment.
The Autumn Floral Le Maroc Wrap from Victoria Road. Mom can throw it on, dress it up, dress it down, and still look stunning.
MCMC Fragrances from Kaight: free from all the bad stuff and smells uber-luxurious.
Whether she’s a newbie or has been gardening her whole life, Rodale’s Encyclopedia has everything she needs to know to grow a vibrant, organic garden.
Not only is this VOZ scarf gorgeous, but it’s also hand woven from sustainable Alpaca wool in Peru, and 20% of the proceeds are donated to the UN’s initiative to End Violence Against Women.
This artisanal Miinzu pendant is made in Kenya and is as elegant as she is!
This city sweater from IMBY is perfect for a day at the park, running errands, or sitting in meetings. It is made in LA out of modal and cotton. For Your Dad or Uncle:
Handmade Copper Bar Set from Huckberry. Even if he never uses it, he’ll enjoy feeling like the kind of guy who does make himself excellent cocktails, while it dresses up the bar.
This durable, waterproof, lightweight wading jacket from Patagonia is perfect for those fishing dads.
A handcrafted, genuine leather wallet from October Jaipur for your dapper dad.
I tried a Sea to Table pack recently and loved it. They work directly with traditional American fishermen and ship it right to you in eco-friendly packaging.
This beautiful Horn & Brass Bottle Opener from Accompany was handcrafted by an artisan in artisan in Uganda out of locally-sourced materials. So he can stop using the side of the counter now…
Tell Dad to stop using the after-shave of his youth and start treating his face right! Herbivore Botanicals Post Shave Elixir is made in small batches, out of only the good stuff.
If your Dad is a golfer, get him this Seasonal Carrollton Quarter Zip from Tasc Performance. It’s made out of organic cotton and bamboo and is moisture wicking and sun protecting.
Give Dad’s hard-working back a break with this man-cave appropriate Leather Safari Lumbar Pillow from Accompany, made my artisans in Kenya. For Your Sister:
This Vienna Crystal Necklace was handmade by an artist in San Francisco. Keep the good vibes going with the healing, cleansing energy of crystal quartz.
Now that you’ve gotten her hooked on yoga, it’s time to get her a new, eco-friendly mat from PrAna.
Because I know she loves alpacas (who doesn’t?). The wool for this undyed Alpaca Cozy Wrap from Coyuchi was sourced from small, sustainable farms in Peru.
This stunning Double Chevron Wall Hanging from Young and Able was designed and handmade in Los Angeles by artist, Attalie Dexter.
This Pom Pom Beanie from Thought is made out of organic cotton and wool. As if your sis could GET any cuter!
This ethically made, zero-waste, Vina Turtle Neck Sweater from SiiZU is made out of 100% Italian Merino Wool. For Your Brother:
We all know Impeachment is what we REALLY want for Christmas this year… But until then, this Impeach Christmas Sweater from ActBlue will do. The money goes toward getting us out of this mess we’ve been in for a year.
For the brother who needs to stay up to date on all things active and outdoors, get him a 12-month subscription to Outside Magazine from Huckberry.
These Hi-Tech Microfiber Crossfit Grip Gloves from Accompany are the real. deal. Not only do they meet all the Crossfit qualifications, like having the necessary wrist support and being sweat activated, but they’re also made out of eco-friendly, vegan materials and handcrafted in NYC.
For the hiking, camping, mountaineering brother, this Sierra Club Paracord Survival Bracelet includes a whistle, compass, fire starter, and scraper.
The simple, Cashmere V-Neck from Everlane. Because every man needs one of those classic sweaters that makes him feel fine, wherever he is.
The BRUMI Pour Over Brew Bottle from Full Circle allows you to brew coffee right in the bottle, at home or on the go.
Herbivore Botanicals Beard Tonic. Handcrafted, vegan, and totally manly.
The Stanley Flask from The Good Liver is made to last, and there is no funnel needed. For Babies & Kids:
This really awesome new version of the classic Jenga game is made out of 100% recycled fishing nets, and includes education about ocean pollution through its special-edition rules.
The children are the future, and the future is female! This ADORABLE onesie from Reformation is made by Oeuf by artisans out of 100% baby alpaca.
I mean… come on…We all love Patagonia, so lets get our kids started early.
This Avo rattle from Of A Kind was handmade in Peru out of 100% organic cotton. Plus, it’s machine washable!
Get matching ‘Girl Gang’ necklaces for you and your niece from Covet + Lou, and watch her idolize you even more.
For Play-Doh or cookies, they’ll love being creative with this mini rolling pin, made in Pennsylvania.
This gender-neutral instrument set from Buy Me Once is made out of reforested German timber with non-toxic, water-based paint.
These wool felt ‘I’m All Ears’ stuffed animals from Lucy & Jo are handmade by women in Kenya, and the proceeds go to support the Matumaini Children’s Home. For Your BFF:
This Smoky Quartz Palomita Fringe Bag from Manos Zapotecas might just be perfect for your trendy, boho bff. It’s made out of wool, hand dyed, and handwoven.
Yep. Let this sweatshop-free shirt from My Sister serve as a reminder for your bff and everyone she comes into contact with.
This stunning Bette Dress from Mara Hoffman is made with the eco-friendly fabric Tencel.
This gorgeous Emerald Feather Fusion Earring & Ear Cuff combo from Victoria Road is handmade in Pakistan.
Yum, soooo soft! There are only 50 of these fair trade Suri Alpaca Slippers. Designed in NYC and handmade in Peru.
These nail polish trios from Credo Beauty are totally clean.
For your writer bff, these metallic leather journals from Raven + Lily are made in India out of recycled paper and locally-sourced leather.
This ‘Oneness with the Universe’ gift set from RUMI X promotes self-care for body and mind. And the fabric made out of recycled plastic bottles. For Secret Santa & Stocking Suffers (all $20 or under):
This beautiful lunch bag from American Nomad is printed by hand using non-toxic water based ink and 100% cotton and vintage textiles. Plus, when you buy one, a tree is planted in partnership with the National Forest Foundation.
Playing in the dirt is therapeutic! Give some seed packets from Sierra Club.
The Florance Floral Eye Mask from Azura Bay was made in India out of Lyocell. Sweet dreams!
Get a pack of three Made in the USA notebooks from Of A Kind that will come in handy for just about anyone.
A perfect go-to gift for secret santa. This hand-milled Plume Soap Set from Raven + Lily is filled with yummy oils and herbs and made by artisans in India.
With so many uses, Organic Argan oil from Ethica is a great choice for just about anyone. This stuff is made by hand out of only organic, fair trade ingredients.
This glass water bottle from Full Circle lets you easily add some natural flavor to your water. So when life gives you lemons…
Because it’s not Christmas without some socks… Get these organic ones from PACT! For Your Significant Other (Male):
This amazing Copenhagen Down Trench Coat is a staple for any man living in a cold-weather climate. It’s filled with recycled down, organic cotton, recycled polyester, and totally it’s waterproof. Plus, it looks fly.
He can dress it up or dress it down. The Luciano Boot from Nisolo is guaranteed to be a favorite piece in his wardrobe. These babies are handcrafted in Mexico.
The Indigo Wool Blazer from Apolis is classic, yet versatile. The wool is milled in Italy and the jacket is crafted in California.
Be careful… This sleek briefcase from Brave GentleMan might make your man want to be super productive! It’s vegan and fairly made in Brooklyn, NY.
Shinola watches like the Runwell are built to last. They’re handmade in the USA out of the highest quality ingredients.
Take it from me: Juniper Ridge’s Cabin Spray is the best air freshener for the bathroom – it will remind you both of those gorgeous California hikes.
This smoky all natural MCMC cologne is phthalate-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, and vegan.
This Bourbon and brown sugar hand-poured soy candle from Huckberry will allow him to pamper himself in the most manly way possible.
Soft and breathable handloomed pants from MATTER. My husband has a pair of these and wears them once a week i the summer.
Deadwood’s kickass leather jackets are made completely from recycled and reworked vintage leather. There’s no way he can wear one of these and NOT feel cool. For Your S.O. (Female):
The timeless Birdy watch from Shinola was handcrafted in Michigan out of only high-quality materials.
Because she’s a #boss. The Alma Suit Jacket from Fonnesbech is made out of organic wool.
The Love Your Mother leather jacket was made in collaboration with Reformation and VEDA. Chrome free and vegetable tanned.
This ‘Down With It’ Parka from Patagonia is going to change. her. life. Made out of recycled polyester and traceable down. Slim fit and water repellant.
Classic and timeless. This disc pendant from Ella Stein is made out of ethically-sourced, zero waste diamonds, and every piece is made to order.
The Market Tote from Everlane can follow her around all day – from the office to the grocery to drinks. Ethically made in Italy.
Whether she’s going to work or to a party, she will look stunning in the Belina Alter Nappa Dress from Stella McCartney, who prioritizes sustainability and responsible sourcing.
She will feel gorgeous in this sensual Wrap Gown from Between the Sheets. It’s hand dyed, cut, and sewn in NYC out of 100% silk.
She deserves some pampering time! The Rose Renewal Kit from Credo Beauty comes rose collagen serum that’s filled with antioxidants, a Moroccan candle topped with rose petals, a rose quartz crystal, and a ritual how-to guide.
For the woman who likes to mix and match. This super cute Bing Bang stud trio from Kaight is made in NYC. For Your S.O. (Gender Neutral):
The Bedford Backpack was made in Los Angeles out of Merino wool felt and leather.
This uber-practical and crafted in the USA tech portfolio case from Shinola will hold all the necessary things and keep them organized.
If you’re trying to dress them up, then you can’t do better than this gift card bundle with 5 brands (Nisolo, Faherty, Alala, Jack Mason, andHackwith Design House) 5 gift cards, and $50 to spend at each…for only $35. What??. Plus, they’ll donate $10 from every bundle purchase to help build a school in Kenya.
Cool and timeless. 10% of net proceeds of Westward Leaning sunglasses are donated to wildlife conservation.
For the music-obsessed. The high-quality U-Turn Orbit Plus Turntable is assembled by hand in the US out of mostly American components.
This undyed, organic, Fair Trade cotton robe from Under the Canopy will help your partner relax and unwind. Massage not included. 😉
Take the most incredible vacation of your life, while also making a positive impact on the people and places you visit! Lokal is offering up big discounts on unique Bucketlist Trips and Gift Cards toward travel in 18 countries around the world.