Make those warm-and-tingly-all-over feelings more intense by surprising your loved ones with ethical gifts—those that also make a difference to others! Image by Zestt Organics #ethicalgifts #sustainablejungle
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Make those warm-and-tingly-all-over feelings more intense by surprising your loved ones with ethical gifts—those that also make a difference to others! Image by Solios #ethicalgifts #sustainablejungle
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Make those warm-and-tingly-all-over feelings more intense by surprising your loved ones with ethical gifts—those that also make a difference to others! Image by Made Trade #ethicalgifts #sustainablejungle
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25 Ethical Gifts: Make A Difference With High Impact Giving


How good does it feel to give the perfect gift?

You can make those warm-fuzzy-feelings more intense by surprising your loved ones with ethical gifts—those that also make a difference to others!

When that zero waste gift wrapping falls away, not only can your loved one smile about what’s underneath, but you can smile knowing it supports an artisan, worker, or charitable initiative around the world.

It’s like taking eco friendly gifts to the next level by ensuring that our planet and the people on it are supported. 

There’s nothing quite as cheerful as that.  Here’s our epic list of ethical gift ideas! 

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Ethical Gifts for Her and Him

1. ETHICAL WATCH

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Image by Solios

It’s always the right time for an ethical gift in the form of an eco friendly watch.

Canadian company Solios will give you a (minute) hand when shopping for one.

Their durable, designed-to-last watches are made with recycled and recyclable materials, and run on solar power!

No, constant sun isn’t required to charge the watch. Just two hours provides about six months of power.

For those struggling to find something for the dad who wants nothing, these make for excellent ethical Father’s day gifts.


2. ETHICAL WINTER ACCESSORIES

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Image by tentree

Sustainable accessories make for excellent small ethical gifts (read as: affordable ethical gifts!).

Organic Basics has all three, made of luxuriously soft recycled ethical wool and cashmere.

Not only are the fair trade scarves by Zestt Organics made from GOTS-certified organic cotton; they’re also made in Indian factories using the highest environmental and social standards. 

Preparing for a chilly winter walk adorned in tentree’s scarves, ethical winter gloves, or fair trade hats means bundling up organic cotton or RWS-certified wool. Doing so also means 10 more trees will be in our environment come spring!


3. ETHICAL UNDERWEAR

Make those warm-and-tingly-all-over feelings more intense by surprising your loved ones with ethical gifts—those that also make a difference to others! Image by Boody #ethicalgifts #sustainablejungle
Image by Boody

If you want ethical gifts for him or her that are sure to be used, why not put a big bootylicious bow on some sustainable underwear?

Available for both men and women, Boody can cover any loved one’s bum in organic, sustainable, breathable bamboo fabric. 

We normally flock to Allbirds for their ethical sneakers but(t) we love how they use some of the same eco materials like ethical merino wool and TENCEL Lyocell in their mens and womens underwear.


4. ETHICAL JEWELRY

Make those warm-and-tingly-all-over feelings more intense by surprising your loved ones with ethical gifts—those that also make a difference to others! Image by Omi Woods #ethicalgifts #sustainablejungle
Image by Omi Woods

Ticking all the boxes for fair trade and artisan jewelry, Black-owned Omi Woods has gorgeous African-inspired cufflinks, necklaces, pendants, earrings, and rings.

The jewelry is made with either sterling silver, 18K gold vermeil, or solid gold, all sourced from conflict-free casting houses or small-scale artisanal African mines that pay fair wages. 

Omi Woods regularly donates to social organizations, too, making theirs some of the best ethical gifts for those who like their bling to benefit many.


5. ETHICAL BEDDING

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Image by Made Trade for Anchal

Eco friendly bedding might not be conventional, but there are no better ethical Christmas gifts than those that keep someone comfy through the long winter.

To assist in some much-needed winter hibernation, consider some blankets, bedding, or eco friendly pillows from nonprofit social enterprise Anchal. Made with organic and recycled cotton, they support former sex trade workers. 

Nothing says cozy like organic pillows or affordable linen sheets from Coyuchi, one of the few brands using materials produced via regenerative agriculture.

Sustainable snoozing is SOL Organics’ forte. Their range of sheets, organic comforters, and duvets mitigates damage to our planet—and your wallet.


6. ETHICAL PERFUME

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Image by Seven Virtues

For a decadent fragrance that lingers far after the mulled wine is gone, the non toxic perfume by The 7 Virtues may just earn you a few minutes under the mistletoe.

If you think these are only ethical gifts for her, think again. Each gender-neutral scent is free of formaldehyde, parabens, SLS, phthalates, synthetic colors, palm oil, and animal byproducts.  

They’re also not tested on animals.

These “Peace Perfumes” are produced in a way that supports farmers in post-war countries. The positive impact of this social enterprise is so profound there’s an award-winning documentary about it.


7. ETHICAL SNEAKERS

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Image by 8000Kicks

Sneak a pair of ethical sneakers under the tree. 

Who says the tree is the only thing that can be lit?

8000Kicks uses non-psychoactive hemp fabric in their sustainable shoes. They’re also ethically made in either Portugal or China, always in exchange for fair wages.

We’ve been impressed by Naadam’s use of ethical cashmere for a while, so we’re happy to see it incorporated into ethical shoes. They’re fairly made, breathable, odor-blocking, and totally natural.


8. ETHICAL GADGETS

Make those warm-and-tingly-all-over feelings more intense by surprising your loved ones with ethical gifts—those that also make a difference to others! Image by Nimble #ethicalgifts #sustainablejungle
Image by Nimble

We all know a tech-lover (or ten+, depending on your age). 

Carbon Neutral-certified Nimble has a range of ethical electronics and accessories.

The Certified B Corps’ chargers, cables, and phone cases are made with materials like recycled aluminum, organic hemp, bioplastics, and recycled water bottles. 

They also help dispose of electronics responsibly through their One-for-One Tech Recovery Project. Every pound of product sold means they recycle a pound of e-waste. 


Unique Ethical Gifts

9. ETHICAL HOME DECOR

Make those warm-and-tingly-all-over feelings more intense by surprising your loved ones with ethical gifts—those that also make a difference to others! Image by Darzah #ethicalgifts #sustainablejungle
Image by Darzah

When socks and gift cards simply won’t do, ethical Christmas gifts in the form of home decor are sure to bestow the home with some festive spirit year-round.

With brands that give back, like Fair Trade-certified Darzah, every pillow, apron, or kitchen piece that’s wrapped up sends 100% of profits back to Palestinian women in the West Bank. 

Parachute’s decorative pillows, non toxic rugs, and blankets are made with natural materials and support the company’s Home for Dreams Initiative, which provides grants and mentorship training to marginalized Black entrepreneurs.

With everything from eco friendly shower curtains to baskets and furniture, The Citizenry keeps prices low and wages for makers high. For transparency, unwrap the details of each of the maker groups.

When it comes to sustainable home decor, there’s practically no end to the options, from big to small and modern to vintage home decor.


10. ETHICAL COOKWARE

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Image by Kana Lifestyle

Stop the hunt for the best ethical gifts for foodies; Milo Cookware by Kana and Amoretti Brothers to the rescue! 

Milo Cookware by Kana includes skillets, dutch ovens, and sets. This nontoxic sustainable cookware is made with 40% recycled cast iron and a non-stick spray that’s free of PTFE and PFOA. 

Amoretti Brothers has everything you need for that lavish holiday meal: stockpots, sets, woks, and pans of all shapes and sizes. They’re made with 100% recycled copper and cast-bronze. 

Women make up half of their Mexican artisan team and everyone’s paid fairly. 


11. ETHICAL DINNERWARE AND CERAMICS

Make those warm-and-tingly-all-over feelings more intense by surprising your loved ones with ethical gifts—those that also make a difference to others! Image by From Our Place #ethicalgifts #sustainablejungle
Image by From Our Place

There’s no greater gift than spending time with friends and family over a home-cooked meal.

To celebrate the chefs (or wannabe-more-than-cereal cooks) in your life, consider an eco friendly dinnerware set.

Lightweight, sustainably-sourced virgin and recycled porcelain are what makes up Our Place’s plates and bowls. To toast the occasion, cheers to their colored glasses made with artificial dye-free recycled glass.

Gathering around the dinner table will feel extra special knowing that Our Place helps provide healthy food to their Los Angeles community and provides their workers with above living wages and extra benefits. 

Itemerie works with artisan partners around the globe. You can see where every glass, plate, tray, or bowl was made and under what ethical working conditions.


12. ETHICAL BLANKETS

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Image by Newly

If you’re not able to hug your loved ones over the holidays, wrap them up in a cozy fair trade blanket instead!

Newly uses 100% recycled materials in their throw blankets. Working with manufacturing partners in higher-standard countries in Europe and the U.S., each factory is required to provide living wage statements.

Ten Thousand Villages is one of the best ethical online stores, offering blankets made with cotton, upcycled materials, or natural alpaca wool. 

Their business model puts more money back in the hands of a global group of artisans. They positively impact the lives of 20,000 artisans and their communities across 30 different countries.


Gifts from Ethical Online Stores

13. ETHICAL GIFTS FROM MADE TRADE

Make those warm-and-tingly-all-over feelings more intense by surprising your loved ones with ethical gifts—those that also make a difference to others! Image by Made Trade #ethicalgifts #sustainablejungle
Image by Made Trade

Made Trade makes it easy to give ethical gifts.

In addition to both digital and physical gift cards, they have fair trade gifts in just about every category: home decor, bed + bath, kitchen + dining, furniture, clothing, shoes, accessories, and more.

Their gift guides are helpful. We think we’ll wrap up a recycled copper Moscow Mule gift set and the Fair Trade Sea Habitat Storyboard—for 21 year-olds and 21 month-olds, respectively!

For something the whole house can enjoy, color us impressed by the colorful Tierra Upcycled Blanket.


14. ETHICAL GIFTS FROM EARTHHERO

Make those warm-and-tingly-all-over feelings more intense by surprising your loved ones with ethical gifts—those that also make a difference to others! Image by Earth Hero #ethicalgifts #sustainablejungle
Image by Earth Hero

Between indoor compost bins and eco friendly pens, EarthHero has quite the heroic range of low-waste, sustainable goods. 

If you’re searching for alternatives to Amazon and need a gift STAT, go with a gift card.

Or, give something equally as practical like the Reusable Vegan Food Wraps from Khala or All Cream Face and Body Lotion from Fat and the Moon.


15. ETHICAL GIFTS FROM ACCOMPANY

Make those warm-and-tingly-all-over feelings more intense by surprising your loved ones with ethical gifts—those that also make a difference to others! Image by Accompany #ethicalgifts #sustainablejungle
Image by Accompany

Certified B Corp Accompany has a tremendous range of feel-good goods from fair trade cooperatives, Indigenous communities, and philanthropic NGOs. 

Choose between dinnerware, apparel, decor, jewelry, and more. 

How about a Beach Candle for someone who needs a mid-winter pick-me-up? 

Accompany that with this neat hand-woven seagrass and Cowrie Shell Coaster Set to keep your giftee dreaming of summer beach days.


16. ETHICAL GIFTS FROM OCELOT MARKET

Make those warm-and-tingly-all-over feelings more intense by surprising your loved ones with ethical gifts—those that also make a difference to others! Image by Ocelot Market #ethicalgifts #sustainablejungle
Image by Ocelot Market

Ocelot Market is another ethical marketplace with a large range of goods from independent artisans and small brands, all chosen because they offer fair pay and good condition at minimum—though most go beyond that!

Their range includes gift cards, shoes, home goods, jewelry, accessories, and apparel. 

To narrow down their impressive range, we might recommend this World Tablet and Book Stand along with your favorite sustainability book—a perfect ethical gift for avid readers!


17. ETHICAL HANDMADE GIFS FROM ETSY

Make those warm-and-tingly-all-over feelings more intense by surprising your loved ones with ethical gifts—those that also make a difference to others! Image by Karakorum Crafts #ethicalgifts #sustainablejungle
Image by Karakorum Crafts

For ethical handmade Christmas gifts when you don’t have time to get crafty, turn to Etsy—the online treasure trove we all know and love!

Embrace the Etsy addiction knowing that every purchase not only supports small, independent businesses, but is also sent using carbon offset shipping. 

Where to even begin?

Aside from gift cards and stunning Fair Trade Moroccan Style Glass Lanterns, their ethical gifts range is pretty darn amazing.

We’ll let our list of the best Etsy gifts help you out here.


Affordable Ethical Gifts

18. THRIVE MARKET GIFT CARD

Make those warm-and-tingly-all-over feelings more intense by surprising your loved ones with ethical gifts—those that also make a difference to others! Image by Thrive Market #ethicalgifts #sustainablejungle
Image by Thrive Market

Turn your foodie friend into a sustainable foodie with a gift card from Thrive Market.

Never heard of them?

With your gifted membership, your loved one will have access to more than 6,000 wholesome food, beauty, and home products. 

They can shop by diet and values, and feel good because, for every membership purchased, another one goes to a family in need! 


19. ZERO WASTE KITS

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Image by ZeroWasteStore

Why not combine an ethical gift with a zero waste gift

There’s nothing like jumpstarting someone’s low-impact lifestyle by giving them a zero waste kit!

There are a plethora of zero waste online stores that offer just that.

ZeroWasteStore does all the research for you to ensure their kits are sustainable and produced ethically. They have a themed kit for everything, like menstrual kits, kitchen kits, and shave kits. 

They also use their platform to bring awareness to issues like child labor, sex trafficking, LGBTQ+ rights, conservation, and more.  

Doing things a little differently, a seasonal subscription from greenUP will ensure that the best zero waste products are delivered to your loved one’s door four times a year.


20. ETHICAL T SHIRTS

Make those warm-and-tingly-all-over feelings more intense by surprising your loved ones with ethical gifts—those that also make a difference to others! Image by Colorful Standard #ethicalgifts #sustainablejungle
Image by Colorful Standard

We all wear them, so why not gift one (or a few)?

We’re talking organic cotton t shirts like those from Colorful Standard.

Using OEKO-TEX certified dyes, they come in nearly any color under the sun (okay, just 41, but still) so you can pick your loved one’s favorite.

This wardrobe essential is produced in Portugal in accordance with European Labor Laws. Workers get fair pay and perks like shared cars. 

5% of the company’s proceeds support a football club and kids recreation center in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


21. TOILET PAPER BOX

Make those warm-and-tingly-all-over feelings more intense by surprising your loved ones with ethical gifts—those that also make a difference to others! Image by Who Gives A Crap #ethicalgifts #sustainablejungle
Image by Who Gives A Crap

Toilet paper as a gift?!?!

Bear with us, because a loved one’s bum will appreciate a box of ethical, eco friendly toilet paper from Certified B Corp Who Gives a Crap.

Every recycled paper or bamboo fiber wipe becomes a whole lot more since 50% of their profits get donated to put clean water and toilets in communities that need them. 

That’s more than $10 million so far, which goes to show that small ethical gifts can have a huge impact. 

Plus, if you use this zero waste toilet paper yourself, save up the colorful wrapping to use as the wrapping paper.


Ethical Gifts from the UK

22. ETHICAL GIFTS FROM JUNGLE CULTURE

Make those warm-and-tingly-all-over feelings more intense by surprising your loved ones with ethical gifts—those that also make a difference to others! Image by Jungle Culture #ethicalgifts #sustainablejungle
Image by Jungle Culture

If you’ve been typing ‘ethical gifts UK’ into the search bar and coming up empty, Jungle Culture is what you’ve been looking for!

They have zero waste razors, cutlery, straws, soaps, and more. All eco friendly and ethical. 

Their Coconut Bowls and Coconut Candles, for example, are a byproduct of the Vietnamese coconut milk industry. 


23. ETHICAL BEAUTY PACKS

Make those warm-and-tingly-all-over feelings more intense by surprising your loved ones with ethical gifts—those that also make a difference to others! Image by Conscious Skincare #ethicalgifts #sustainablejungle
Image by Conscious Skincare

Even if you don’t know their shade or eyeliner preference, you can still give them something from the top ethical beauty brands

A zero waste skin care kit from Conscious Skincare is natural, organic, palm oil-free, vegan, cruelty-free. Even the gift bag is fair trade and made from organic cotton!

Naturismo and LoveLula’s gift sets both include products made from natural and organic ingredients, all of which are high-grade and ethically sourced. Use their store filters to find products that meet your values.


24. ETHICAL GIFTS FROM THE ETHICAL SUPERSTORE

Make those warm-and-tingly-all-over feelings more intense by surprising your loved ones with ethical gifts—those that also make a difference to others! Image by Ethical Super Store #ethicalgifts #sustainablejungle
Image by Ethical Super Store

If you’re ready to head down a gift-giving black hole, check out Ethical Superstore.

From grocery, to cleaning, to fashion, to plastic free food storage, to beauty, to toys, to baby, to home and garden, they’ve got it all—even motivational embroidery decor!

Consider starting with their gift guide. Everything on it is a “feel good choice,” but for really good feelings, we’d consider their fair trade gifts. 

If you still can’t decide, a gift voucher or the Handpainted Rainbow Money Box will let kids and adults alike save up what they want. It’s made by Thai artisans who are paid fairly in a factory that supports employment for the local transgender community.  


25. SUBSCRIPTION TO FASHION RENTAL SERVICE

Make those warm-and-tingly-all-over feelings more intense by surprising your loved ones with ethical gifts—those that also make a difference to others! Image by Onloan #ethicalgifts #sustainablejungle
Image by Onloan

Giving a designer dress is fabulous and all (if we could all be so lucky), but providing them with access to a huge range of designer gear in a way that supports our planet is even better.

With a gifted Onloan membership, your loved one can receive two or four designer items a month, worth up to £1000 for a fraction of that price!

The female-founded clothing and dress rental online service reduces fashion waste, supports independent designers, and dresses women affordably in consciously curated outfits. 

Learn more about Onloan in our interview with their co-founder here


WHAT EXACTLY IS AN ETHICAL GIFT?

When the holiday season, a birthday, or any other reason to celebrate rolls around, we typically have one person in mind: the gift recipient. 

When it comes to ethical gifts, however, we think of more than one recipient. 

The best ethical gifts either support the people involved in their production, either by creating employment opportunities where they’re needed, paying fair or above-living wages, or supporting artisan communities with access to services, education, health care, etc.

Similarly, an ethical gift might mean that a portion of the sale is donated to charity or funds a philanthropic initiative. 


FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE BEST ETHICAL GIFTS

Well, that’s a (gift) wrap! 

Hopefully, this list encourages you to spread A LOT of cheer, because an ethical gift has a low planetary impact but a high impact on the people who inhabit the planet. And there’s nothing that feels quite as good as that! 

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!


Make those warm-and-tingly-all-over feelings more intense by surprising your loved ones with ethical gifts—those that also make a difference to others! Image by Made Trade #ethicalgifts #sustainablejungle

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