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If you’re the Christmas gift giving type, gifting intentionally and thoughtfully is key. Even better is choosing ethical stocking fillers for your family and friends that are better for people and planet.
But if you’re worried about cost because you’re on a strict budget thanks to the pandemic lockdowns, we’ve got you covered with some affordable ethical fashion stocking fillers and Christmas gifts for under US$35.
Whether you’re buying a Chrissy gift/stocking stuffer for your fashionable bestie, a vegan sister, fitness fanatic housemate or minimalist mother, we’ve created this post with the aim of helping you discover ethical and sustainable fashion gifts for those on your gift list who love to express their sense of style.
(Note: It’s also best to plan ahead this year as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused some major delays in shipping and deliveries, so don’t delay and get your orders in before it’s too late!)
Ethical Fashion Stocking Fillers
1. Stacking Ring
This light, timeless 14k post-consumer recycled gold filled metal ring (sold individually) is handcrafted in St. Louis, MO and looks gorgeous when worn with other rings stacked together or just wear on its own. For the minimalist fashionista on your gift list.
Priced at US$32. Shop the ring.
2. Cami Top
With 369 five-star reviews on site, you know the responsibly-made organic bamboo Boody cami top is truly loved by customers. Versatile enough to wear to the gym or tucked into some jeans or a skirt for a simple, minimal look, this is a cami that is form-fitting and comfortable at the same time. Comes in sizes XS to XL and in four colours including black, white, nude and grey (pictured below).
Priced at A$19.95. Shop here.
3. Organic Cotton Tee
This essential fitted tee with short sleeves and a scoop neck is made from certified organic cotton under fair-trade conditions. This is an ethical wardrobe basic and will look good on just about anyone.
Priced at US$20. Shop the tee.
4. ‘Duck Bag’ Sailor Tote Bag
Responsibly made from a recycled cotton canvas, 65% of which is recycled, this classic everyday canvas shoulder tote bag with adjustable strap is perfect zero waste shopping and can also hold a 15-inch MacBook. It also features an interior zip pocket big enough to hold an iPhone.
Priced at US$34. Shop the tote bag.
5. Soft Bra Top
This super soft wireless bra top made from comfortable, breathable GOTS-certified organic cotton offers medium support and features adjustable straps, elastic panel under bust and gathered detail for feminine styling. Manufactured in a fair-trade factory in India.
Priced at US$29. Shop here.
6. Fringe Textile Clutch
This boho, organically-dyed handcrafted striped fringe wristlet clutch features a suede lining and interior zip pocket. Made by artisan women in South East Asia who are paid living wages and provided great working conditions.
Priced at US$34.95. Shop here.
7. Handmade Half Moon Earrings
Made by an emerging Australian jewellery designer, these light, fashionable Half Moon earrings are actually made from recycled aeroplane tyres and feature surgical steel posts.
Priced at A$27.93. Shop the earrings.
8. 3/4 Leggings
Flattering, fitted and responsibly made from organically-grown bamboo, these three-quarter leggings produced by Australian brand Boody are the ideal length for workouts or running errands. It features a wide waistband for ultra comfort and streamlined silhouette.
Priced at A$24.95. Shop here.
9. Organic Sateen Eye Mask
This eco-luxurious eye mask is made from 100% GOTS-certified organic and fairtrade certified cotton, and loomed to 300-thread count making it silky to the touch and the idle fabric to comfort tired eyes. Comes in three colours: moonlight blue (pictured below), grey and natural undyed. A great stocking stuffer for recipients who enjoy traveling.
Priced at US$18. Shop the eye mask.
10. Organic Cotton Toiletry Bag
Handmade with 100% certified organic and fairtrade cotton, this practical black unisex-designed toiletry bag also features lead-free zippers and fasteners.
Priced at US$15. Shop here.
11. Havana Pom Pom Beach Sandals
Handwoven in Thailand using water hyacinth, a plant growing abundantly and sustainably across the country, these straw beach sandals feature beautiful pom pom and tassel detailing making it the ideal Christmas stocking filler for beach lovers.
Priced at US$24.90. Shop the sandals here.
12. Vegan Style: Your Plant-Based Guide to Fashion, Beauty, Home + Travel
If you’ve got any vegan on your gift list, the Vegan Style book written by our very own Sascha Camilli is a wonderful resource for people who want to live kindly while looking fabulous. It explores vegan fashion brands, innovative cruelty-free materials, best vegan travel spots and how to decorate a vegan home.
Priced at US$15.95. Shop the Vegan Style book here.
13. Made-to-order Handmade Necklace
Slow fashion eat your heart out, these handcrafted dainty necklaces are made of gold, rose gold or silver (your choice) and is made to order to so there’s no waste. You can even buy 14k gold but the price increases. They are also personisable so they can be custom imprinted if you’re looking to make the Christmas gift extra special but that also comes with additional cost.
Priced at US$27. Shop here.
14. Organic Cotton String Market Bag
These organic cotton shopping bags have a solid fabric bottom to avoid ripping and tearing as many string bags are prone to do when items get too heavy. Features practical long handles and is so reasonably priced you’ll want to buy a few to gift others on your Christmas list or keep for yourself.
Priced at A$5.95. Shop here.
15. Bobble Knit Mittens
These luxurious ethically-made hand knitted mittens with bobble details are made from 100% wool and make the ideal gift for a fashion-conscious recipient living in a cooler climate.
Priced at US$22.50. Shop the mittens.
16. Boy Short Underwear
For the sports-loving woman, these boy short underwear are super functional as they provide full coverage, comfort and fit that is required of clothes when being physically active. They’re also ethically-made in China in a factory that upholds high labour standards and is made from a blend of organic hemp and organic cotton.
Priced at US$20. Shop here.
17. Fair Trade Scarf
Handwoven in Thailand using traditional techniques, this fair trade scarf made from cotton is light, textures and ideal for winter chills. Purchase this piece and you’ll be preserving cultural heritage and securing sustainable livelihoods for Thai artisans.
Priced at US$22. Shop here.
18. Cotton + Hemp Beanie
For a recipient expecting cold temperatures over the holiday season or just loves the great outdoors and needs to keep the head warm, this cotton and hemp waffle knit slouch beanie responsibly made in China makes the ideal gift. Unisex design, one size fits all.
Priced at US$28. Shop the beanie.
19. Organic cotton socks
Produced in India in a fair-trade factory and featuring GOTS-certified organic cotton, these consciously made socks feature fun prints and for each pair purchased, six therapeutic food packs are given to children in need.
Priced at US$19.95. Shop here.
20. Black & White Scrunchies
These scrunchies are handmade in Greece using traditional craft techniques and empowers workers through the country’s devastatic economic crisis of recent years.
Priced at US$10. Shop here.
Disclosure: Details 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 particular attention to the supply chain and your own particular set of ethics. You can also check out online tools and apps that provide product reviews and brand ratings here. Click here to read more about our policies. Cover image by Lauren Haden.