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The Do-Gooder’s Ultimate Guide to Shopping Ethical Christmas Gifts

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Written by Jennifer Nini

I swore when I started Eco Warrior Princess all those years ago that I wouldn’t stoop to the level of writing about Christmas gift guides and other ethical shopping guides. As a serious writer, nothing is less interesting to me than a guide which, upon closer inspection, is really just a glorified product catalogue.

Nevertheless, I am open-minded and willing to change my position if there is a convincing reason to. When we ran a Facebook poll last year to gain reader insight as to whether they would like us to create a Christmas guide, I was shocked to learn that readers wanted us to create one. An overwhelming majority telling us that these ethical gift resources helps them reduce research time and makes ethical shopping much easier.

I can admit when I’m wrong and I am happy to deliver ethically-minded shoppers and readers  what they’re seeking.

So it is in this spirit that this ethical Christmas gift list has been created. We hope you’ll be able to find something for each individual on your Chrissy list.

Ethical Xmas gifts for the die-hard green girl

Here are some green Christmas gifts ideas for the sustainably-chic lady in your life.

1. Vegan bag from Matt & Nat

I have yet to meet a fashion lover who doesn’t love Matt & Nat, one of the most popular eco fashion accessories brand going ’round. The brand doesn’t condone the use of animal leather  or any other animal-based materials in their designs. It’s a vegan fashion company that is 100% committed to using animal leather alternatives. And since 2007, Matt & Nat has used linings made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles only. Brilliant hey? To shop Matt & Nat vegan accessories, click here!

Prices start from US$75.00. International shipping available.

‘Motive’ vegan wallet by Matt & Nat

2. Eco-hot black jumpsuit from COSSAC

We adore East London brand COSSAC for their minimalist monochromatic sustainable threads. From casual organic cotton printed tees through to funky jumpsuits and gorgeous off-shoulder dresses, you’ll be sure to find something for the eco-style obsessed woman. Available online and at selected stockists worldwide. Browse COSSAC’s AW 16/17 collection here.

Eco-friendly black jump priced at £105.00. Free shipping across the UK. International shipping also available. 

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Eco-friendly black one-piece jumpsuit by COSSAC.

3. Handwoven Jute tote bag from Pure Pod

This Dharma Door eco-friendly jute tote bag from Pure Pod is classically stylish and versatile. Handwoven by artisans in Bangladesh within a fair trade community, purchasing this highly functional bag means you’ll be helping to provide sustainable employment and empower these women. Want to purchase the bag? Get yours now.

Price is AUD$60. Australian shipping only. Free standard shipping on orders over $200 within Australia. Flat rate of $10 for orders under $150 within Australia.

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Jute tote bag from Pure Pod.

4. Sustainable Jewellery from EcoBling

Eco jewellery made from upcycled and recycled materials once destined for Australian landfill, EcoBling pieces are all handcrafted and each tells its own unique story. To date, they have diverted 3 tonnes of waste from landfill! And for every product sold, Eco Bling plants a tree and donates to worthy social causes. Founder and CEO Katie Johnston has also offered EWP readers a generous 20% off all eco jewellery including earrings, necklaces and bracelets. To get 20% off all pieces, just use our code: ecowarriorprincess

To take advantage of this discount, shop the EcoBling eco jewellery collection here.

Prices start from AUD$29.95. International shipping available.

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Sustainable jewellery from social enterprise, Eco Bling.

5. Hoarder Minimalist Book + Workbook Bundle

Know any eco-conscious girls who don’t actually want to be given any physical Christmas pressies because they’re re-evaluating their relationship to shopping and the accumulation of stuff? I recommend the Hoarder Minimalist Book, Workbook and Planner Bundle. This step-by-step practical guide to decluttering provides helpful tips on how to evaluate which stuff to keep and to let go of, how to deal with other people’s stuff in a shared household and learning to get rid of items without sending it to landfill. There’s even a whole section devoted to greening your wardrobe. This makes a thoughtful Christmas gift for international recipients. Click here to purchase the hoarder minimalist book bundle.

Price for ebook, workbook + planner AUD$26.95. Once you’ve purchased you can automatically download.

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Hoarder Minimalist Book + Workbook by Lindsay Miles.

6. Natural beauty products from MIOD Skincare

Cruelty-free, 100% natural, made using certified organic ingredients, palm-oil and GMO free, recyclable packaging and handmade in Australia, this range of skincare was created for those who love eco luxe beauty products without the luxury price tag. You’ll find women’s beauty products, men’s products and even baby products. Some of these products such as face scrubs, cleansing gels and body wash, make great stocking fillers too! Shop their eco beauty range here.

Price starts from AUD$8 for lip balm. Flat shipping rate of $10 for all orders within Australia. International shipping available but you will need to contact them for exact prices.

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Eco beauty products from Australian brand, MIOD Skincare.

7. Sandals from Sseko Designs

A footwear and accessories company based in Uganda, Sseko Designs partners with artisan groups in East Africa to produce stylish handcrafted leather sandals and other fashion accessories. Profits generated from the sale of its products goes towards providing employment, educational and scholarship opportunities for women in Uganda, so that they may overcome poverty, pursue their dreams and empower their entire community. To shop gorgeous NEW sandals from Sseko Designs, click here.

Price for crossover sandal (as shown in pic) is US$69.99. International shipping available. Free shipping on returns and exchanges within the United States.

Spring 2016 New Arrivals

8. Curated artisan boxes by GlobeIn

If the above ideas don’t tickle your fancy, there’s always this Style Threads Artisan Box from GlobeIn that features an array of gorgeous ethical goodies sourced from fair trade communities such as Mexico, India and Kenya. GlobeIn has also kindly offered EWP readers $10 off all 3- and 6-month Artisan Box subscriptions. Just use our unique checkout code ECOWARRIORPRINCESS to take advantage of this discount. To learn more about GlobeIn, click here.
Curated artisan boxes start from US$50.00. Worldwide shipping available.

 

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Style Threads box from GlobeIn

Ethical Christmas gifts for the conscious man

We know from experience that it’s much easier to shop ethical gifts for women, but shopping for the ethical man isn’t impossible. Here are some ethical Christmas gift ideas we’ve found that the men in your life will love…

9. Classic organic cotton tee by Brown Boy

The vegan tees and other clothing from US-based fair trade mens’s brand Brown Boy are absolutely rocking, suitable for men with varying fashion tastes and preferences. From classic tees, boxers through to long sleeved sweatshirts, this is affordable ethical menswear at its best. Shop their men’s collection here and don’t forget to use their special discount code ILOVEORGANIC and get 15% off!

Price for organic cotton tee pictured below is USD$24.43. Shipping is free for all U.S. orders above $75.00. For orders below $75.00, flat rate postage of $5. International shipping is available but contact the brand first to confirm costs.

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Brown Boy classic organic cotton tee.

10. Men’s ethical pyjamas from Moonbird

Australian ethical brand Moonbird offers a great selection of organic cotton sleepwear for men. From board shorts, pyjama bottoms through to pyjama sets, browse Moonbird’s range of sleepwear for men here.

Prices for men’s sleepwear starts at AUD$65.00. FREE Australian shipping for orders over $70.00 Flat rate international shipping $20.00

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Men’s ‘Goa’ pyjama set from Moonbird.

11. Eco-friendly sunglasses from Proof Eyewear

Founded by three brothers, Brooks, Tanner, and Taylor Dame, Proof Eyewear is fast becoming one of the world’s most coveted eco sunglasses brands for hipsters, environmentalists and the fashion forward. Manufactured using sustainable wood and the most eco-friendly materials on the market, Proof Eyewear have also created the industry’s first recycling program and have also donated a portion of profits to reforestation efforts in Haiti, tsunami relief in Japan, and eye clinics in India.

To visit the US-based website, click here. For the Australian version of the website, visit this page.

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Wooden sunglasses by Proof Eyewear

Prices start from AUD$149.00 Free standard shipping on all Australian orders over $100.

12. Men’s skincare from Hunter Lab

Hunter Lab’s luxurious natural skin care range for men is beautifully packaged and makes the perfect gift for the modern man who isn’t shy about looking after his physical appearance. From cleansing facial scrubs through to anti-ageing elixirs, ‘eco’ men the world over are forging their own idea of masculinity, and Hunter Lab natural skincare for men should be a part of his conscious evolution. Browse the men’s skincare collection here.

Prices start from $24 for the Exfoliating Hand & Body Bar. Free express shipping on Australian orders over $80.00. Worldwide shipping also available.

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Men’s natural skincare range from Hunter Lab.

Ethical Xmas gifts for babies & children

Let’s not forget the kiddies. Here are some conscious Christmas gift ideas for the special little people in your life…

13. Eco-friendly rainbow sound wooden blocks from Eco Toys

Made in Thailand using plantation rubberwood, water based paints and formaldehyde-free glue, this is a multi-sensory toy that will certainly capture the imagination of the little ones. The toys are made by a company called Wonderworld who plant a tree for each tree used used in their toys. In addition, 70% of the packaging is made from recycled paper. To purchase this toy or browse many other sustainable toy options, visit the Eco Toys website.

Suitable for kids aged 18 months and over. Ships to Australia and New Zealand only. Flat rate postage is $12.95 Australia wide and $28.95 for New Zealand. Free Australian shipping for orders over $160.00.

 

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Eco-friendly wooden blocks from Eco Toys.

14. Organic cotton growsuit from Pure Baby

Pure Baby is Australia’s leading organic cotton clothing brand for babies, boys and girls. With a wide selection of sustainable clothing for children including growsuits, sleepsuits, sleepwear, eco toys, blankets and natural baby products, Pure Baby makes life easy for all ethical gift givers. Browse the website now for the perfect ethical Christmas gift.

This organic cotton sleeping bag is priced from AUD$79.95. Free Australian shipping on all orders over $100.00 . Flat rate of $19.95 for all international orders.

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Organic cotton sleeping suit from Pure Baby.

15. Stylish vegan organic kids clothing from Infantium Victoria

By far one of the most stylish eco friendly kids clothing lines we’ve ever come across, Infantium Victoria’s collections are perfect for your gorgeous little muse. From Gothic-inspired collections through to fresh contemporary kids threads like the one pictured below, this is a kids sustainable fashion brand like no other. For outfits that are befitting of the prince and princesses in your life, visit the Infantium Victoria website.

Caters to babies, girls and boys. Prices start from €30. Delivery within Germany costs €4,  orders over €80 will be shipped for free. International shipping outside the EU is also available. For more details about international delivery costs, click here.

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Stylish vegan organic children’s clothing from Infantium Victoria.

Ethical gifts for Christmas hampers and stocking fillers

Need some responsibly-made products to fill stockings or to bundle together for a family Christmas hamper? You can’t go wrong with these gifts…

16. Non-toxic nail polish from Sienna Byron Bay

From humble beginnings, this Australian eco-friendly nail polish brand is now making sustainable waves even on international shores. Choose from a huge range of colours, from neutral bases through to shimmers, Sienna Byron Bay has sustainably-made nail polish to suit all women, all outfits and all occasions. We also recommend their non-toxic nail polish remover made from soy and 100% renewable sources. Shop their range now.

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Non toxic nail polish by Sienna Byron Bay.

17. Eco-friendly contemporary cushions from Urban Granola

Urban Granola is a sustainable homewares label based in Melbourne, Australia. Made locally using high quality eco-friendly fabrics, the brand certainly takes supply chain transparency seriously, but doesn’t allow the ‘eco’ message to impact the fun side of its brand, where whimsical design, vibrant colours and fun photography is the main focus.

Amanda and Nicole, the lovely founders of Urban Granola have generously offered EWP readers 20% off all orders when you use our discount code XMAS2016. At the reduced price, you may as well buy some eco cushions for yourself! To browse their homeware collections, visit the Urban Granola website.

Prices start from AUD$44.00. Shipping is free for all Australian orders over $150. International shipping is also available to 26 countries. For more information on delivery costs, click here.

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Eco-friendly cushion covers + inserts from Urban Granola. Photographer: Nicole Lawrie.

18. Reusable coffee cup from KeepCup

Offering you a dizzying array of reusable coffee cups in a range of sizes and colours, you’ll be sure to find one for every member of your family and social network! You also have the choice of non-toxic polypropylene, BPA and BPS-free plastic coffee cups or reusable glass coffee cups. They make the ideal gift for the coffee drinker, environmentalist or hipster. To purchase a KeepCup, visit their official website.

Prices start from AUD$11. International shipping available.

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KeepCup reusable coffee cups.

We hope this guide helps you shop ethically this Christmas. If it does, make sure to let us know by leaving a comment below!

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About the author

Jennifer Nini

Jennifer Nini is a writer, activist and the founding editor of Eco Warrior Princess. In 2010, after studying Fashion Business, she began this blog to explore her interests in fashion, politics, social justice and sustainability. Jennifer is also the founder of The Social Copywriter, a digital agency harnessing the power of copywriting and content marketing to help mindful businesses reach more people. When she's not perfecting a sentence or coaching business clients, you will find her at her certified organic farm reconnecting with nature.

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