Stuck on what gift to buy an eco-conscious loved one for her birthday or Christmas? You’ve come to the right place. This post has been curated to provide you with plenty of sustainable gifts inspiration for she/her to help you cut your shopping time in half. And in the interests of saving time, we’re going to get right into it:
1. Ethical jewelry
Purpose Jewelry offers unique necklaces, rings, earrings and other pieces that your recipient can wear with pride. Not only is the jewelry a fashion lovers dream, but there’s a story behind each piece, a story of women escaping human trafficking and finding dignity, worth and economic empowerment through creating purpose-filled jewelry.
With your gift purchase from Purpose Jewelry, you’ll be positively contributing to a better world as 100% of proceeds go to International Sanctuary so that these women can transition to a life filled with hope and earn a fair wage and gain employable skills. Jewelry is made from materials such as gold, brass and silver.
Prices start at US$21 for necklaces and $26 for ethical rings. Browse their jewelry collection here.
“The art of craftsmanship paired with holistic care ensures that every woman gains hope, dignity and freedom for the future.” – Purpose Jewelry
2. Sustainable sun visor
There’s plenty of sun visors you can buy from fast fashion stores, but for eco-fashionable friends and family, opt for a gift that’s sustainable and fairly-made like this Nipomo Visera Viso sun visor. It also costs roughly the same as a cheap, unethical one, so it’s a shopping no-brainer!
Made with natural straw, it features adjustable velcro closure and is handwoven by skilled artisans in Central Mexico. It’s sophisticated, classic design will look good on any recipient with impeccable fashion tastes!
Priced at US$35. Purchase here.
3. Organic basics
Ethical basics doesn’t get much better than Organic Basics. Fairly made, high-quality comfortable undergarments for the ladies –think soft bras, tees, undies, activewear and socks– that’s oh-so-soft and luxurious, made from organic cotton or Tencel (there are different ranges to choose from) and beautifully packaged.
Founded in 2014, this Scandinavian sustainable basics brand is popping up in stores, online and physical, and on the bods of popular eco fashion advocates – including our very own editor Jennifer Nini.
Prices start US$15. Shop here.
4. Flat water bottle
The memobottle is the must-have eco item for style-conscious gift recipients, having won multiple design awards for pioneering the flat, water bottle.
Crafted from the highest quality BPA, BPS-free plastic and backed by a two-year warranty, memobottle’s timeless yet striking design makes it a great sustainability conversation starter. The brand is also a B-Corp certified business achieving high social and environmental standards in its operations.
Different sizes available. Priced from A$29.95. Browse the range here.
5. Weekday shirt
Ethical fashion label KOTN‘s weekday shirt makes a great gift for the career-driven but fashion-conscious woman, or those with a minimalist or classic aesthetic. Designed with a tailored and fitted silhouette, the shirt is perfect to be worn under suit jackets, or tucked in to skirts and trousers.
Responsibly manufactured in Egypt from 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton, this is a work wardrobe staple.
Priced at CAD$65. Comes in three colours: tan striped, white and lilac. Purchase from the KOTN website here.
6. The Global Vegan cookbook
Social influencer, Australian qualified dietitian and nutritionist and author of the bestselling Elsa’s Wholesome Life, Ellie Bullen has followed up on her plant-based success with The Global Vegan, a cookbook filled with plant-based dishes infused with flavor and recipes from the around the world. The food is guaranteed to be tasty, full of colour and texture – and super Instagrammable too!
Makes an ideal present for foodies, cooks and vegans and vegetarians alike.
Priced at $22.95. Purchase the Global Vegan cookbook here.
7. Classic sandals
If your gift recipient lives where the climate is warm, spends lots of time at the beach or loves travelling to tropical paradises, then a gift of classic, strappy sandals will always be appreciated. Brave Soles, a social enterprise whose skilled fairly-paid artisans handcraft sandals made of leather and recycled tire soles, has plenty of comfy footwear options, from slip ons through to gladiator styles – and they’re affordable too!
Starting price US$65. Visit bravesoles.life to browse their beautiful sandal collection.
8. Natural perfume
Aromantik is an Australian natural perfume brand that handblends their eco-friendly perfumes with natural oils and fragrances extracted from flowers, wood, leaves, herbs and trees. All their perfumes and beauty products are vegan and cruelty-free, and are free from nasties and toxic synthetics. Whether you’re after a light summer scent through to a floral one, Aromantik will have what you’re after.
Prices start from A$49 for a sample pack. Browse their natural perfumes here.
9. Eco sunglasses
If your recipient is an avid skater, surfer, hipster or fashionista, she’ll love the eco-friendly sunglasses range at Proof Eyewear. Responsibly manufactured, the brand offers a wide selection of trendy eyewear including wooden sunglasses, cotton based acetate glasses and recycled eyewear. This brand also gives back, donating $10 from each frame to the ‘Do Good Program’ which covers a range of positive initiatives such as tree planting, donating eyewear to those in need, health and vision screenings and more. Learn more about the social causes they support here.
Prices start $65. Shop the collection here.
10. Straw tote bag
The ideal bag to take to beaches, picnics and even farmers’ markets, this Nipomo Mercado Collection Canasta Bag is as functional as it is stylish, making it the ideal gift for your practical loved one.
Designed in San Francisco and handwoven in Mexico by fairly-paid skilled artisans. It features vegetable-tanned leather straps and is made from biodegradable palm leaves.
Priced at US$66. Purchase here.
11. Organic cotton robe
Give the gift of eco-luxury with this three-quarter sleeve sustainable robe from PACT Apparel. Made with 100% organic cotton that is fair trade certified, this is a comfy robe that women of all ages will love – and get plenty of use out of!
Price US$45. Comes in four classic colours including charcoal grey and black. Purchase here.
12. Classic travel pouch
A gift for the avid traveler, this minimalist and sustainably-produced classic pouch from Bellroy will help keep bags and desks super organised, and is designed to last you a lifetime.
Made from soft-woven water-resistant polyester (for durability) and environmentally certified leather, it features handy pockets and inner storage compartments to hold anything from cosmetics, toiletries right through to electronic gadgets. All products come with a three-year warranty.
Comes in many classic colours. Priced from A$65. Purchase here.
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Disclosure: All prices are correct at time of publishing. This curated list does not fully take into account all the ethical considerations that are unique to each individual. Before making a purchase, we encourage you to do your own research paying special attention to the supply chain and your own particular set of ethics. This list also includes affiliate links. Click here to read more about our policies.
Feature image of Nipomo Mercado Collection Canasta Bag via Made Trade.