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 meeting high standards for sustainability that I love — and that I think you’ll love too!) Cover image credit: Made Trade.
Comfy, cozy and consciously crafted, these Kyrgies slippers from Made Trade are a crowd favorite. Each pair is fairly handcrafted by women artisans in Kyrgyzstan using wet felted wool — and you can feel the quality of these ethical slippers. I wear my Kyrgies every single day, no matter the season!
Check out gifts @ Made Trade ($59-$89)
With cleansing face balm, hydrating toner, and soothing moisturizer, this organic, cruelty-free skincare set is the complete package to keep their skin glowing all winter long. Beyond using non-toxic formulations, Upcircle also uses repurposed ingredients, like residual water from mandarin juice and powder from discarded apricot stones and argan shells.
Check it out @ Green Eco Dream ($74.70)
Handmade from 100% toquilla straw, these eye-catching natural fiber coasters are earthy yet elegant, making them a beautiful addition to a variety of spaces, from a desk to the dinner table. The fringed coasters are responsibly handcrafted by women artisans in Ecuador who are paid living wages for their skills and craft.
Check them out @ Fox Holt ($55 for 6)
These unique earrings are an elegant and ethical gift your recipient is sure to remember for years to come. Each pair of these striking drop earrings is thoughtfully handmade in a small studio in Thailand by local artisans and expert craftspeople using locally sourced bamboo strips and responsibly-harvested wood.
Check them out @ Rare & Fair ($126)
Available in 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month packages, Libro.fm’s short-term memberships are a great ethical gift idea for any audio book lover. They also offer a judgement-free way of encouraging others to check out the sustainable alternative to Amazon’s Audible!
Check it out @ Libro.fm ($45+)
Savvy Rest’s most popular pillow is well-loved for a reason: it’s super soft, luxuriously fluffy, and sustainably made from all-vegan materials. The pillowcase is made from organic cotton and the pillow is stuffed with organic kapok, a cotton-like material that resembles the feeling of down, but is totally plant-based!
Check it out @ Savvy Rest ($119+)
Treat your loved ones with a sustainable self-care set to help them relax and rejuvenate. The recycled stone paper journal, soy candle, and stainless steel tumbler will be just what they need for a reflective evening while the mineral bath soak, natural body lotion, balm, and sponge will create a dreamy, calming evening.
Check it out EarthHero ($129)
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Turn their everyday shower routine into an exceptional spa-like experience with Delilah Home’s super soft, plush towels made from 100% GOTS-certified organic Turkish cotton. Lofty, absorbent, and luxurious (they’re up to 50% thicker than most other towels), this sustainable gift will certainly become their new favorite bath towel.
Check it out @ Delilah Home ($19.99+)
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WorldFind’s attributed bracelets are not only special with their personal messages (you can choose from dream, peace, energy, hope, courage, and more) but also because they are each sustainably and fairly handcrafted from repurposed textiles by artisans in India. These one-of-a-kind bracelets are the perfect accessory for layering or for wearing alone.
10. All-Dai Shoe
With four types of footwear in one shoe, this is the adaptable shoe that the minimalists — and well-seasoned travelers — in your life have been dreaming of. The All-Dai can be easily and quickly converted into a sneaker, slide, mule, or sandal. Equally impressive, the versatile shoe is made from plant-based materials like sugarcane, Bloom algae, hemp, and cotton.
Check it out @ Munjoi ($98)
11. Hemp Sweater
This heavenly soft hemp sweater is designed to keep you cozy and chic this season (and many season to come), and the accented v-neck and cuffs add a unique touch to this versatile basic. Anne Mulaire is an Indigenous-owned fashion brand that produces all of their pieces ethically in Canada in their own factory and even sources their non-toxic and eco-minded fabrics locally in Ontario, Canada!
Check it out @ Anne Mulaire ($139 USD / $175 CAD)
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We haven’t forgotten about ethical gifts for the little ones on your list! These 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton pajamas are ethically made in a Fair Trade Certified factory and are free of chemical flame retardants. The unisex PJs are available in sizes 2T-14 and come in seven colors, so you’re bound to find the right set for any of the kids in the family.
Check them out @ Mightly ($29.95)
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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Check them out @ Sunrise Bliss ($20-$38)
Another functional and eco-friendly gift for kids, these colorful EKOBO bowls are perfectly sized for snack time or serving up their favorite breakfast cereal. EKOBO’s tableware is made from upcycled bamboo composite and colored with non-toxic food-grade dyes, so you can rest assured that this sustainable gift is healthy for them and the planet.
15. Pela Case
The original compostable phone case, Pela Case now has a vast selection of prints and sizes for their eco-friendly tech accessories. And yes, they are seriously durable — I have been using Pela Cases for many years and my phone has survived more drops and falls than I’d like to admit.
Check out Pela Case ($39-$49)
For the plant lover who doesn’t have the greenest thumb (or is just always on the go), The Sill’s Easy-Care collection has plenty of options. Featuring options like ZZ plants and heart-shaped succulents, “easy” doesn’t mean settling for boring options at this WOC-owned online plant shop either.
Before you ask how cleaning products ended up on a gift list, hear me out! Blueland makes some of the safest, most sustainable household cleaners on the market and they are aesthetically *on point*. As with any reusable though, there is an upfront investment, so giving it as a gift (or putting it on your own wishlist!) is a great way to get started with a non-toxic cleaning routine.
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.
This might just be the sweetest — and most cleverly designed — tea cup. The white clay cup features two small notches on the rim to hold the mixing spoon and was designed and handcrafted by Brooklyn-based Brazilian-Japanese artist, Danielle Yukari.
These hand-blown pastel-colored wine glasses are the most charming gifts for the hostess or soon-to-be sommelier. Don’t have a wine lover in mind? Estelle Colored Glass also has coupes for cocktails and tumblers for serving up their favorite drink on the rocks.
Check it out @ Nordstrom ($160 for 6)
21. Stasher Bag Set
These reusable silicone bags are among my most-used, and most-loved, zero waste swaps. You can store leftovers, pack your lunch, or freeze food in them. Or, you could use them to keep other essentials organized for the office, travel, or school. The options are endless, and these durable baggies are built to withstand hundreds and hundreds of uses.
Check it out @ Green Eco Dream ($49.50)
A stunning gift for the cook or party host on your list, these measuring cups are hand-carved from musave wood and finished with beeswax polish by artisans in Rwanda. As a Fair Trade Federation member, Azizi Life supports 40 artisan cooperatives across Rwanda paying living wages and ensures ethical trading practices.
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!
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.
Check it out @ Diaspora ($60+)
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.
Give the gift of better sleep with Bearaby’s buttery soft organic cotton weighted blanket (also available in TENCEL). Weighted blankets are designed to support deeper sleep through deep pressure stimulation, which has a number of benefits. Bearaby’s organic cotton blanket is MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® and Fairtrade International certified, ensuring it’s a sustainable gift choice too.
29. Eucalyptus Top & Jogger Pants
Sleep soundly with these silky soft pajamas from WOC-owned brand Sijo made from Eucalyptus Tencel Lyocell. I received this set as a birthday gift last year and they are hands-down my favorite pajamas I’ve ever owned! I might be gifting myself this PJ set in another color this year.
Check them out @ Made Trade ($45-$65)
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.
Made from 450 would-be-wasted chopsticks, this bamboo charcuterie board is sure to be a conversation starter. This upcycled piece makes for a beautiful food presentation experience, and will be put to good use by any of the party hosts on your gift list this season.
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!
35. Kophinos Basket
This versatile basket is one of the most-used decor items in our apartment — it works great as a small hamper, planter, or just for storing miscellaneous knick-knacks. Handwoven from seagrass by women artisans in Vietnam who earn fair living wages, this purchase also has a positive impact on maker communities too.
Check it out @ Made Trade ($44-53)
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