It’s official — the gifting season is upon us, ready to fill our minds with consumerist propaganda. In order to combat the nonsense, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite sustainable gifts for all of the wonderful people in your life this holiday season. We hope that this conscious gift guide will start you on a journey towards sharing responsible manufacturing practices with the ones you love most.
All of the items on this 2019 gift guide come from Remake-approved brands, which means you can purchase guilt-free, knowing that the companies you’re supporting are working their way towards a more sustainable future. Whether you’re looking to gift your coworkers, your family members, or the friends you couldn’t live without, we’ve got your covered with 20 must-have gifts that even the pickiest shoppers will love.
Conscious Gifts for Your Coworkers
This B Corp Certified, Fair Trade Federation Member has been committed to responsible practices for 10 years. Through their website they sell ethically made goods from artisan partners around the world. Bel Air candles are hand-poured in Los Angeles by women who are transitioning out of homelessness through the Downtown Women’s Center.
The gift giving season presents a wonderful opportunity to introduce conscious practices into your peers’ lives. People Tree founder Safia Minney has been at the forefront of fighting for fair fashion and explains its importance in her first book Slave to Fashion.
Through time-honored designs and ethical manufacturing, Bunosilo has created a rich marketplace for the future of fashion and consumer goods. Handcrafted in India, this concrete tray makes a perfect accessory to any modern workspace.
Crafted from Ehtiopian leather, these cord tacos are wonderful gifts for any coworker looking to organize their desk in the new year. Park Clay prides itself on providing quality craftsmanship within each of their products, while also providing opportunities for women and girls in the capital Addis Ababa.
5. S’well’s Water Bottle – Teakwood | $35
Never underestimate the power of a good water bottle, especially on a conscious gift guide. With high grade stainless steel, BPA free lining, and durable teakwood, you can’t lose! S’well openly commits to working towards abolishing plastic waste, water-borne disease, and water pollution through partnerships with charitable organizations.
Conscious Gifts for Your Friends
Based in Australia, HARA the Label produces intimates, loungewear, and accessories through transparent supply chains. By combining style and sustainability the brand creates pieces everyone can get behind. The Malala scrunchie comes in a multitude of colors to choose from, depending on your friend’s personal style.
7. Soko’s Maua Statement Earrings | $78
At the intersection of tech, fashion, and ethics lies Soko. Without compromising on style, quality, and responsible production, the brand is able to provide beautiful jewelry at accessible prices. These gold statement earrings will keep your friend turning heads far into the new year.
An ethical market place and an admirable brand come together to present this adorable tote. The Tote Project was founded with the mission to end modern slavery around the world. With the purchase of each bag a portion of the profits is donated to Two Wings, an organization working to help survivors of human trafficking in the United States.
For years Eileen Fisher has been diligently manufacturing sustainable womenswear instead of succumbing to the pressures of the fashion industry. These sparkling socks are wonderful tokens of love to gift to the friend who’s already preparing her New Year’s Eve ensemble.
10. 100% PURE®’s Lavender Sea Therapy Bath | $30
At the end of a long holiday season, all anybody really wants is to relax. Provide the perfect antidote to the chaos with this lavender bath salt. 100% Pure sells only cruelty free, natural products that are good for the planet, as well as your body — which why they made our conscious gift guide.
Conscious Gifts for Your Family
11. The Little Market’s Triangles Frame | $32
A picture is worth a thousand words and when you put that picture in a frame, it’s priceless! (Or thirty-two dollars.) The Little Market, a nonprofit, hosts a wide array of artisan-made goods which provide fair wages, jobs training, and other benefits to makers. Find one of your favorite photographic memories and fill this bone frame with it to present to family this holiday.
12. Moesel Clothing’s Knit Hat | $26
While highlighting artisans in Guatemala, Peru, and Mexico, Moesel produces high quality goods for kids. These beanies were made in Peru, are one-size-fits-all, and come in multiple colors. You’ll be sure to find the right cozy knit for the little one in your family.
13. Pact Apparel’s Holiday Sock Box 3-Pack | $10
Quality, durability, and style converge at Pact Apparel. This holiday sock set contains three styles for the men in your life to stay cozy for days after the season is over. Simple and on sale, you can’t lose.
14. GUPPYFRIEND™ Washing Bag from Patagonia | $29.75
Another way to involve your loved ones in the fight for cleaner fashion is to gift them a GUPPYFRIEND™. This washing bag catches microplastics from synthetic clothing and prevents them from leaching into waterways. A seemingly small purchase with a big impact!
15. Siizu’s Eir Wool Scarf | $90
Through only organic materials and ethical manufacturing, Siizu delivers luxury apparel at an affordable price. Made from 100% wool, this scarf makes a lovely gift for the women you admire most in your life. The comfy piece also comes in five different reversible color variations.
Conscious Gifts for Your Significant Other
Made with 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, this robe is sure to keep your significant other feeling cared for. Coyuchi specializes in “luxurious comfort without compromise,” meaning your loved one can relax knowing that this piece was made ethically.
17. Elvis & Krauss’ Notebook | $90.28
For the traveler, reflector, or to-do-list-maker in your life, this leather bound notebook is a great find. Elvis & Kresse focus on producing quality goods made from raw materials which would otherwise be wasted. The best part? An option to add a personalized engraving to the notebook comes free of charge.
18. Thunderpants’ Boxer Brief Holiday Lights | $32
If you’re looking for something cheeky to present to your significant other this holiday season, Thunderpants have you covered. This pair of USA-made briefs consists of 90% organically grown cotton and 10% spandex to keep them comfortable. Every pair undergoes a process up to SKAL standards (International Standards for Sustainable Textile Production) and is Fairtrade certified.
From a fantastic organization working to provide job training to vulnerable individuals, this keychain is more than meets the eye. Each item The Giving Keys sells comes handstamped, assembled, and packaged by those transitioning out of homelessness. Show your significant other love in more ways than one with a beautiful reminder they can carry with them everywhere.
20. Outerknown’s Shelter Crew in Cabernet | $52
As the highest scoring brand on Remake’s approved list, Outerknown is an obvious choice for our conscious gift guide. Through incredible transparency, the California-based women’s and men’s apparel company hits it out of the park. This sweater’s rich red hue, cozy knit, and discounted price are just icing on the cake.