27 Ethical Gifts For A Conscious Christmas
Every time you give an ethical gift it’s not only the recipient who benefits.
The best ethical gift ideas not only put a smile on someone’s face on Christmas morning but also support artisans with fair trade practices and safe, supportive working environments.
Think of these as presents with a positive impact.
Ethical gifting may also mean charitable contributions to social or environmental organizations every time that zero waste gift wrapping falls away.
No need to wait for Santa!
We now present (pun intended) you with 27 ethical gifts for anyone and everyone and all occasions, too.
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The Full List Of Ethical Gift Ideas
For affordable ethical gifts that fit snug as a bug in those stockings, nothing is as tasty as ethical chocolate.
Female-founded and Certified B Corp Conscious Chocolate appeases all dietary needs with their raw, mostly-organic four-bar Love Collection.
They’re made with Peruvian cacao from farmers who are paid a higher-than-market price (think: fair trade gifts without the fair trade certification).
Combining the best of both worlds, Vine to Bar’s chocolate incorporates the beneficial nutrients and flavor of Chardonnay grapes upcycled from the wine industry.
Our pick: the Vine to Bar Holiday Gift Bundle which includes a mouthwatering assortment of the company’s dark chocolate varieties.
Cheers to conscious wine!
For responsibly sustainable sipping this holiday season, the Organic Grapes Sampler from Tinto Amorio provides the perfect palette to enhance your Christmas cuisine whatever that might be.
It features three vegan, certified organic, and zero sugar wines: Glou Glou Red, Orange Wine, and Rosé.
Cono Sur is more than a clever name. The Certified B Corp has a Chilean Organic Pinot Noir that we just can’t get passed.
The holiday season is the perfect time to gift an eco friendly watch.
They’re both solar-powered, water-resistant, and made with recycled (and infinitely recyclable) stainless steel.
Selling the “Swisstainable” watch, Decideandact’s watches are made with 80% recycled stainless steel, use low energy, and come with PETA-approved vegan straps made of recycled PET fiber and cactus leather.
Now is the hour of the Dawn Peace Bomb—of which 10% of the purchase price goes to your choice of select charitable partners.
Complementing aromas of pine and mulled wine, non toxic perfume is one of the best ethical Christmas gifts that keep giving long after the snow melts.
With gender-neutral bouquets free of parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, synthetic colors, SLS, palm oil, and animal byproducts, The 7 Virtues’ Peace Perfume Discovery Set can’t help but leave the lucky stocking smelling fabulous.
Gifting something made with ethically-sourced ingredients that provide fair wages and livelihood opportunities in war-torn countries, just makes scents.
Heretic Parfum’s genderless and beyond clean Bergamusk Eau de Parfum is USA-handcrafted in small batches with 100% naturally-derived ingredients.
For that special someone, sustainable jewelry brands are a go-to giving partner.
Perfect for ethical Christmas gifts in the UK, Birmingham’s Atypicalthing uses recycled precious metals, sustainable/ethical stones, and upcycled materials.
To demonstrate your love for your giftee as well as the planet consider minimalist jewelry where less is so much more. The Aster Lab Diamond Tennis Bracelet from Certified Carbonfree® brand, Brilliant Earth* embodies this aesthetic.
Avoiding human rights abuses and environmental degradation, these 18K White Gold links are crafted from recycled precious metals sourced from Responsible Mining Initiative and London Bullion Market Association audited refiners.
Did we mention the pear cut lab diamond in a three prong setting at the centre? Or what about the FSC-certified wooden box your gift will come in?
*Sponsored inclusion. Learn more here.
6. Winter Accessories
Gifting sustainable accessories can warm your recipient’s heart —without warming our planet.
Especially those made by Anchal.
Their fair trade scarves are a thoughtful and affordable ethical gift .
Their 100% GOTS certified organic cotton Eclipse Colorblock Scarf is made by Fair Trade Verified artisans in Ajmer, India.
7. Skincare And Spa Products
Thinking of something for someone who needs a little self-care?
There’s really only one type of sustainable and ethical Christmas gift we’d recommend. And that comes in the form of self-love skincare.
Made by Fair Trade workers in small batches using organic and biodynamic ingredients, Wildling’s Empress Collection contains a complete facial gua sha system.
Common Heir is thinking about future generations with their zero waste, vegan, and biodegradable capsules of glow-boosting Retinol Serum.
Some of the best ethical gift lists in 2022 are sure to include ethical electronics.
So we thought we’d include our own.
Climate Neutral and Certified B Corp Nimble has an APOLLO Wireless Pad charger that works with nearly any device—and is made from recycled plastic and recycled silicone.
It comes with a biodegradable bag that can be filled with old tech to be responsibly recycled.
Complement the annually anticipated Spotify Unwrapped by ensuring your music-lover unwraps House of Marley’s Rebel True Wireless Earbuds.
They’re sweat-proof, water-resistant, made with natural wood and solid bamboo, and support reforestation and ocean preservation projects.
Sure, hearing reindeer on the roof is unusual. But hearing reindeer on the roof while you’re snuggling in sustainable bedding?
Now that’s the stuff of holiday dreams.
Hence our love of MagicLinen’s Beige Waffle Blanket made with safe-for-workers OEKO-TEX linen for the conscious cherry on top.
With some of the best ethical vegan Christmas gifts, Certified B Corp and Vegan Society-approved Ethical Bedding has an organic eucalyptus silk Bed Sheet Bundle.
It’s made in family-owned factories by people receiving higher than living wages.
Who wouldn’t love kicking off Christmas with a pair of shoes?
For dressier occasions, the Everyday Ankle Bootie and the All-Weather Andres Boot are Certified B Corp Nisolo’s way to ensure your giftee’s feet are protected from the elements while workers are protected with 100% living wages.
If there’s one gift that won’t disappoint it would surely be organic cotton t-shirts.
Ok, maybe socks also make for a sure-to-be-loved ethical gift for Christmas.
Get creative with the Unisex Organic Cotton Tee from Colorful Standard and you can choose from 55+ environmentally-friendly dyed colors.
They’re made ethically in Portugal and a portion of each sale supports an all-purpose activity center in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Both are Carbon Neutral and responsibly made with 100% organic cotton in factories backed by ethical certifications like WRAP, SEDEX, and BSCI.
How about unwrapping just to wrap up in a fair trade sweater?
Especially when it’s Naadam’s $75 cashmere Sweater, available for either women or men.
Affordable, sustainable, and ethical, this cozy cashmere garment means sustainable Mongolian goat herders are paid fairly and additionally supported through community projects.
The Blanket Shirt from Outerknown is anyone’s answer to conscious comfort—in a huge range of plaid color palettes.
These timeless flannels are made with 100% organic cotton and locally-harvested corozo buttons that safeguard South American rainforests from deforestation.
Another ubiquitous wearable that anyone would appreciate. Enter: the humble underwear.
For ethical boxers, LA-based MeUndies works with global factories that go above and beyond paying fair wages, and providing safe working conditions and benefits.
If you’re looking to lighten Santa’s load on Christmas eve, consider The Buffy Cloud from Buffy.
This organic comforter is made with TENCEL lyocell and BPA-free recycled PET fill—which upcycles approximately 50 plastic bottles.
‘Tis the season for shared meals courtesy of eco-friendly cookware.
Since the best ethical gifting also comes without toxins, Caraway’s ceramic-coated aluminum Cookware Set (which by the way would look beautiful in any home) is a winner, being free of PTFE, heavy metals, PFAs, and PFOA.
Equip your favorite chef with the 3-Piece Cast-Iron Cookware Set from Milo Cookware. It’s made with partially recycled cast iron in ethical, BSCI-certified factories.
It’s not only safer for the gift recipient and their dinner guests, but for the BSCI/SMETA factory workers, too.
The best ethical gift ideas bring the world a little closer, and the same can be said for a hearty meal together.
But you might want to make sure you have enough settings for the whole family by gifting eco friendly dinnerware.
Using recycled porcelain and glass and no artificial dyes, the handmade and painted Host With the Most set from Our Place just needs a bow to complete the picture.
For fun Friday nights and New Year’s Eve, toast with Itemerie’s Recycled Copper Shooter Cups—which are ethically made by skilled artisan partners in the US and Mexico.
To make sure your giftee remembers exactly what you got them, how about a keepsake in the form of a luxury eco friendly handbag?
The byproduct-only leather is tanned using organic, vegetable dyes and recycled water.
If your giftee is an essentials-only minimalist, Carry Courage’s cork GIVER Card Wristlet is ethically and fairly made in Portland, Oregon.
18. Gift Card To An Ethical Marketplace
We all have that one friend or family member who is impossible-to-buy-for.
Stop looking and let them choose for themselves with a gift card to an ethical alternative to Amazon.
Offering both physical and digital gift cards, Made Trade gives anyone access to a near-unlimited range of ethically and sustainably made products for the home, kitchen, closet, and more.
Encourage a loved one to maximize their holiday R&R with sustainable loungewear.
A bamboo rayon Oli Robe from MARY YOUNG is like sipping warm cocoa for your skin.
Made without harmful chemicals and by workers receiving fair wages in Montreal, Canada, it nullifies at least some of the guilt from your all-day Netflix binge.
If you’re looking for ethical Christmas gifts in Australia (or nearly anywhere else in the world), bamboo-loving Boody can also help.
Their Downtime Lounge Set for women is made with organic bamboo and supports Thread Together, a charity that provides clothing to Australians in need.
20. Home Decor
If you’re giving to new homeowners and recent renovators, there are sustainable home decor brands you’ll want to add to your shopping list.
One of the more unique ethical gifts we found is the hand-crafted natural clay Summer Vase (and matching bowls and bookends) by Parachute.
It’s sent via carbon-neutral shipping and supports the brand’s Home for Dreams initiative, which provides Black-owned businesses with advisory meetings, capital, and brand amplification.
The Citizenry keeps prices low and wages for makers high so gifting something like their Ugandan women collective-made Karibu Table Baskets was an easy inclusion for us.
Illuminate the holiday season with ethical presents in the form of sustainable lighting.
POC-founded GOODEE is a good marketplace to support—especially because they sell The Muse by Tala, a multi-purpose lantern made with easily recyclable components.
For every lantern you buy (or any product for that matter) supports causes like carbon reduction, community engagement, and nature and wildlife conservancy.
For ethical Christmas gifts in the USA, Oregon-based Recreated Lighting transforms antique glass insulators and other recycled materials into products like their Vintage Single Insulator Table Lamp.
22. Everyday Home Essentials
Don’t give a dust-collector.
Instead, turn to ethical online shopping platforms for useful home essentials.
The Everything Set from Public Goods and its consciously-packaged and non toxic body wash, toothpaste, moisturizer, lotion, candles, and more is a contender for the most thoughtful ethical gift.
For plastic-free presents (and a reminder of your love in every load of laundry), etee’s Laundry Starter Set might not be the flashiest but it’s guaranteed to be waste free.
23. Pet Products
Fur babies are part of the family and if they’re included in the Christmas list then we may as well make sure they’re getting an ethical gift too.
Play fetch or occupy your best friend for hours by stuffing the recycled Zogoflex body with their favorite treats.
To satisfy drooling that can only mean dinnertime, check out Petaluma’s dog food.
Their 100% plant-based Roasted Peanut Butter & Sweet Potato baked dog food supports dogs of all breeds—and our planet.
24. Zero Waste Kits
How about jumpstarting someone’s low-impact lifestyle with a zero waste kit?
Climate Neutral-certified ZeroWasteStore allows you to custom-build your own kit or make shopping simple with their own pre-made Zero Waste Starter Kit.
For an already eco-conscious loved one, the Sustainable Expert Kit from EarthHero can help optimize their green efforts even more.
Leave an interior design-inclined loved one floored when you give them an eco friendly rug.
Using New Zealand wool, Beauty Is A Dangerous Thing—available in multiple sizes and shapes—by Cold Picnic is more artwork than floor covering.
It’s made in a Care & Fair and GoodWeave certified factory in India, too.
26. Toys For Kids And Babies
No gift list is complete without considering the most important giftees of any Christmas.
With a range of eco friendly toys, PlanToys leaves all toxins out of playtime by using sustainable rubberwood finished with formaldehyde-free glue.
27. Handmade Gifts From Etsy
For ethical handmade Christmas gifts when you don’t have time to get crafty, turn to Etsy.
Like PARWANA Paper’s ethical gifts from Canada which are as thoughtful as they are useful. Their recycled paper and newspaper pencils are small-batch and handcrafted by local artisans.
As one of our favorite Black-owned Etsy shops, Mind the Cork deserves a place under the mistletoe–or at least may land you there.
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What Exactly Is An Ethical Gift?
When a reason to celebrate rolls around, we typically have one person in mind: the gift recipient.
But what is ethical gifting?
Ethical gifts ask us to think of more than one recipient—like those involved in their production or who might be impacted by what the gift is made from.
Ethical gifting means support for artisan communities through fair wages, access to services, education, and health care.
Similarly, an ethical gift might mean that a portion of the sale is donated to charity or funds philanthropic or environmental initiatives.
In other words, the best ethical gifts support people and the planet as much as they support those on Santa’s nice list.
Final Thoughts On The Best Ethical Gifts
That’s a (gift) wrap!
We hope we’ve inspired you with our selection of eco-minded ethical gifts (zero waste gifts, ideally) that give back to the people who made them.
As the days inch closer to December and all the gift-giving that comes with it, feel free to share this article with those beginning the daunting task of finding that perfect present.
Or sneak it into your loved one’s inbox if there’s a certain gift YOU have on your wishlist.