Wrap It Up, Rudolph! 23 Ethical Gifts For A Kinder Christmas Dash
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 23 ethical presents for anyone and everyone and all occasions, too.
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The Full List Of Ethical Gift Ideas
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- Winter Accessories | Visit Store
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- Toys for Kids & Babies | Visit Store
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Price Range: $7–$130
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’ can’t help but leave the lucky stocking smelling fabulous.
Vanilla Woods is a favorite for its warm and spicy scent with cruelty-free base notes of vanilla, amber, and caramel.
Don’t let the name fool you; For Strange Women has sustainable and ethical beauty gifts to suit any taste. Ethically sourced ingredients without any harmful chemicals make up alluring scents like Astral Projection, Vixen, and Persephone—all available in the Perfume Oil Sample gift set.
Price Range: $20–$140
When we think of the holiday season, toasty gingerbread cookies, warm hot chocolate, and matching sustainable pajama sets come to mind.
Sustainable fashion brand Pact provides high-quality pajamas that make a fantastic ethical present. Matching sets, like the Dream Bigger Pajamas, are made from fair trade and GOTS-certified organic cotton, making for the perfect ethical gift for someone who wants comfort without excess carbon emissions.
Hernest Project makes the snooze button even more appealing with its massive range of sustainable gift ideas made from recycled materials.
We have to call out the Ada RESET lounge top (which we’ve tested and adore) for its flowy, boxy fit that’s vegan, bluesign® approved, OEKO-TEX certified, and incredibly soft.
3. Travel Products
Price Range: $56–$395
The best ethical gift ideas bring the world a little closer—or in the case of this one, the world a little closer to you.
And Poppy Barley’s curated collection of travel products will help do just that to whomever is lucky enough to open a present containing any one of these items.
Like the Family Passport Holder. Available in 2, 4, or 6 passport sizes, it allows anyone to keep all their important documents and money items safe—without sacrificing style to do so.
That’s because the elegant pebble leather is as stylish as it is durable, and because the whole thing doubles as a clutch, it can be used for all kinds of purposes.
For something a little less jet-set and more everyday style set, the versatile Complement Belt, featuring the same high-quality pebble leather, can pair with just about any wardrobe, travel or otherwise.
Both products are made in an ethically audited factory in Mexico so your giftee’s worldly experiences don’t need to come at the cost of people in the countries they might be going to visit.
*Sponsored inclusion. Learn more here.
Price Range: $79–$436
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.
The timeless design of MagicLinen’s natural fabrics will have you feeling relaxed all winter long. The Linen Sheet Set provides a breathable, soft ethical vegan Christmas gift that’s ethically crafted in-house.
We adore not only the soft colors MagicLinen’s sheets are available in, but the overall earthy texture the linen fabric itself provides. We’ve had many a dreamy nights cozying up in their luxury bedding.
You can also build your own bedding bundle by choosing from different colors (including mixing and matching!) and sizes of each piece.
*Sponsored inclusion. Learn more here.
Price Range: $29–$180
We all have someone in our life who doesn’t really know how to make a house a home. It’s up to us to set them on the right path with sustainable home decor.
LIKHÂ has unique ethical gifts like planters, baskets, coasters, home decor, and ornaments—all made by disadvantaged artisans across the Philippines receiving 25% above living wages.
Best of all, Village Thrive bolsters these local artisans, providing them with fair income and treatment.
Price Range: $169–$372
Sustainable items often serve a practical purpose, but zero waste toilet paper might not be everyone’s idea of the perfect stocking stuffer.
So, what’s more practical and gift-ready than an eco-friendly watch?
Nordgreen is right on time with a wide range of conflict-free timepieces all sans phthalate plasticizers or heavy metal stabilizers.
The Unika in gold with a polished metal chain strap is one of our favorite feminine looks, but there are eight different straps to suit your tastes.
If you think your giftee would appreciate something a little more understated that the lovely silver of the Unika, the Philosopher Watch, with a black stainless steel mesh chain and black face creates a versatile and minimalist look to go with any outfit.
Those are two of our favorite styles that we own (and wear on just about every occasion), but with many more in endlessly customizable band and color options, they offer ethical gifts for Christmas for just about everyone.
Use code SJ10NG for an additional 10% off.
Price Range: $49–$140
Most of us have heard of Christmas stockings, but what about sustainable Christmas slippers?
They might be a bit big as a stocking stuffer, but Baabuk makes ethical gifting an ultra-cozy cakewalk.
Having worn these for several months now, we can personally say the classic Mel Slippers are a personal favorite of ours (and many others!) for their construction of 100% soft New Zealand wool and natural rubber soles. They’re odor-resistant, moisture-wicking, and handcrafted in Nepal, making each pair a special treat.
But for something that can be worn indoors AND outdoors, women-owned Dooeys crafts comfortable shoes in small batches that are perfect for a silent night.
The House Loafers are the “ultimate house slipper,” (another winning slipper we’re fortunate to have worn in and around the house!) with a lightweight design made from plant-based ingredients like apple leather, sugarcane soles, and cork insoles.
Price Range: $14–$15,500
For that special someone, sustainable jewelry brands are a go-to giving partner.
Catbird is the go-to for ethical Christmas gifts in the USA. The NYC-based brand has a lovely selection of all things bling, including rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and anklets.
Almost everything is made with recycled gold and recycled or lab-grown diamonds, like the stunningly simple Petite Classic Hoop.
Or, if you’re looking for something more bespoke this holiday season, look no further than the recycled metals (silver and gold) and conflict-free diamonds from Praxis Jewelry.
Give the gift of twinkling holiday lights with the vibrant Blue Chalcedony Ring, handmade by owner Allison in her San Diego Studio.
Make yours a fully unique ethical gift by adding custom engraving meant just for your special someone.
Price Range: $5–$85
Already brainstorming sustainable Mother’s Day gifts? Or are you just thinking of something for someone who needs a little self-care?
The zero waste beauty brand developed this formula to be a supple face mask or makeup remover enhanced with the nourishing power of oils and skin superfoods like grapeseed oil, cucumber extract, and bright blue spirulina. If you want the deep dive, watch our video review review on how effective this product is.
We love the fact that they shipped to us in eco-friendly materials. And did we mention the lightweight and colorful serum helps moisturize through a handful of organic ingredients like aloe leaf, orange blossom water, and tea tree oil?
It’s perfect for prepping the skin before moisturizing or when your skin needs a break from heavier products.
Plus, we can tell you from experience that one bottle of this concentrated formula lasts an impressively long time, even with daily use.
10. Winter Accessories
Price Range: $16–$159
Gifting sustainable accessories can warm your recipient’s heart—without warming our planet.
Fashion brands like tentree have loads of sustainable and ethical Christmas gifts, all made under Certified B Corp-approved ethical and environmental practices.
Help your loved one nestle up for the winter (and plant ten trees!) with a tender Ribbed Scarf made from certified organic cotton.
The complete ear protection, adjustable strap, hidden pocket, throw-back design, and construction from recycled materials make it an on-point gift for cold weather.
Price Range: $89–$169
How about unwrapping just to wrap up in a sustainable sweater?
Nothing screams ethical Christmas gifts in Canada like Maple Leaf Country native Frank And Oak.
They have a wide selection of turtlenecks, crewnecks, deep v-necks, cardigans, and more—all made from recycled material, like cotton, nylon, cruelty-free wool, hemp, and viscose.
The material is equally comfortable, vegan, and has a loose fit with a classic ribbed design. Fives stars from us for its uber comfy appeal.
Price Range: $19–$370
Some of the best ethical gift guides in 2023 are sure to include sustainable electronics.
So, we thought we’d include our own.
Complement the annually anticipated Spotify Unwrapped by ensuring your music-lover unwraps something from House of Marley.
The Redemption ANC2 wireless earbuds will help them hear the wintertime magic with their sweat-proof, water-resistant, and natural wood and solid bamboo construction.
If you need the perfect picture for your holiday postcards, say hello to Paper Shoot.
The 18-megapixel Paper Camera emulates classic film without all the waste. It’s encased in swappable stone paper skins, providing a sturdy design that’s biodegradable and sustainable—not to mention customizable if they want to change up their camera’s vibe.
Their products are ethically made in Taiwan, where the founder is from, in exchange for fair wages.
It also takes great snaps by the way!
13. Toys for Kids & Babies
Price Range: $3–$380
No gift list is complete without considering the most critical giftees of any Christmas.
Certified B Corp Lovevery on the other hand is one of the best wooden toy brands around. Their ethical gifting is as simple as ABC with toys made from FSC-certified, sustainably harvested wood, medical-grade silicone, and other sustainable materials.
The Play Gym is ideal for 0–12 months, helping them grow via developmental stage-based activities that engage them and foster exploration. Or consider their storyteller play kit, which was a hit with an SJ family – see for yourself!
14. Underwear & Lingerie
Price Range: $18–$119
Sustainable fashion is often more about function than actual fashion, and as you get older, you start to appreciate high-quality basics, like sustainable underwear—so save this one for the adults.
The award-winning lingerie brand Understatement cushions everything with their collection of undergarments made of materials like recycled nylon, recycled lace, and some organic cotton.
Their latest Floral Collection provides the perfect romantic touch of spring in the dead of winter.
They even have a sexy take on an Advent Calendar, so you can count down to Christmas via ten beautiful little surprise bundles.
It makes a fantastic sustainable basic, with a traditional mid-waist height, a 4” inseam, and a timeless slim design. The best part is the airy fabric and comfortable waistband that doesn’t dig into the skin.
Price Range: $22–$1,840
’Tis the season for shared meals, courtesy of eco-friendly cookware.
And Caraway’s ceramic cookware collection guarantees family gatherings are free of toxins.
The ceramic-coated aluminum Cookware Set is a must for the kitchen maestro or budding home cook in your life.
Besides being free of PTFE, heavy metals, PFAs, and PFOA, it has everything they need—a frying pan, saucepan, saute pan, dutch oven, and storage to keep everything tucked away.
It’s non-stick (and non-toxic), we’ve had zero burnt meals since we’ve used ours, which is quite the achievement for us.
If you know your giftee’s kitchen cabinets are low on space, let Our Place keep things simple and minimalist.
Their Always Pan® 2.0 serves ten different functions, all in one compact frying pan.
It’s made with 100% post-consumer recycled aluminum and has a ceramic non-stick coating that doesn’t contain any harmful additives, like nanoparticles, cadmium, lead, PTFE, PFOAs, and PFAs.
16. Pet Products
Price Range: $4–$70
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.
The Montana-based brand has a wide array of chew toys, frisbees, and games made from recycled materials without any toxic chemicals.
Or if you have a furry feline at home, set them up in style with a bed from The Kind Pet.
Handmade from anti-microbial, odor-resistant wool rich in lanolin, the Handmade Wool Cat Bed is a must-have. It’s 100% compostable, and the added handles make it easy to transport or move around the house.
Price Range: $145–$495
Sustainable blankets are the perfect gift so you and your partner can snuggle up like a lump on a Yule Log.
The waffle texture provides that familiar toasty feeling without getting too hot (but you may be left with a cheesy grin like Amber’s – see picture above). With 100% long-staple cotton that’s OEKO-TEX-certified, you can rest assured it will withstand the washing machine and be free of any toxic chemicals.
Or cuddle up with something a bit more heavy-duty from Let’s Cuddle.
The Cuddler is a machine washable and breathable weighted blanket, making it the first of its kind. Available in 10, 15, and 20 lbs, the blanket helps you hit the hay with an outer shell of 100% OEKO-TEX-certified cotton and inner tubing of regenerated polyester.
Price Range: £3–£59
For affordable, ethical gifts that fit snugly 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, vegan, gluten-free, organic, and plastic-free treats.
The Rainbow Collection makes a fantastic ethical Christmas gift in the UK with nine different bars ranging from Pure Dark to Goji & Coconut—all made with Peruvian cacao from farmers who are paid a higher-than-market price.
Or bring joy to their world with the vegan, organic, raw, refined sugar-free, gluten-free, palm oil-free, and plastic-free treats from Raw Chocolate Company.
The Everything Pouch Hamper has a taste from all seven of the Raw Sharing Bags, with sustainably sourced ingredients like hazelnuts, goji berries, and nuts.
Price Range: $97–$260
Who wouldn’t love kicking off Christmas with a pair of shoes?
Vivaia will have your giftee jumping for joy with its catalog of heels, boots, sandals, mules, and sneakers, all made from recycled plastic bottles.
The Regina Pro is a show-stopper with its mid-ankle height, square toe, and architectural block heel for a sophisticated look.
But what really sets these boots apart is the water-repellent, super soft stretch knit uppers and herbal insoles for natural pressure relief.
If you’re buying for a loved one who isn’t vegan, Nisolo’s consciously sourced byproduct leather goods made for durable ethical Christmas presents to last for many Christmases to come.
The Heeled Chelsea Boot has a classic design sporting a 3” heel, breathable and water-resistant uppers, and memory foam cushioned insoles.
This fair trade good is made from durable Nubuck leather, which is strictly sustainable sourced as byproducts from the food industry.
Price Range: $30–$68
If there’s one gift that won’t disappoint, it would surely be organic cotton t-shirts.
Okay, maybe socks also make for a sure-to-be-loved ethical gift for Christmas.
They’re made ethically in Portugal, and a portion of each sale supports an all-purpose activity center in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Certified B Corp tentree also has a number of basics, graphic tees, long sleeves, and tanks for him and her.
The Relaxed T-shirt will amplify his casual wardrobe with a slightly boxy fit made from 100% organic cotton. Or purchase her the TreeBlend Longsleeve T-Shirt made from a blend of recycled polyester, TENCEL lyocell, and organic cotton.
Either way, they’re sure to appreciate the quality construction and the ten trees planted for every item purchased.
Price Range: $24–$450
To make sure your giftee remembers precisely what you got them, how about a keepsake in the form of a luxury eco-friendly handbag?
Pixie Mood may have precisely what you’re looking for.
The Jane 2-in-1 Crossbody is made out of recycled vegan leather with linings from recycled plastic bottles. It’s a fabulous bag that doubles as a wallet, with adjustable straps and high-quality magnetic closures.
If your giftee is more the “everything but the kitchen sink” type when it comes to packing a purse, look no further than the bags made from cruelty-free faux leather and plant-based materials from La Bante.
The Sophie Tote is the quintessential handbag for work or shopping around town. It’s big enough to carry a 14” laptop and doesn’t contain any animal byproducts or harmful chemicals.
Price Range: $20–$3,900
Leave an interior design-inclined loved one floored when you give them an eco-friendly rug.
It’s made in a Care & Fair and GoodWeave-certified factory in India, too.
Price Range: Various
Is ethical gifting limited to odds and ends made from sustainably and ethically sourced materials?
Of course not!
Non-profit organizations like Charity Water allow you to donate on someone’s behalf, helping provide clean drinking water to communities across the globe.
You can donate whatever amount works for you, but rest assured, their 100% Model ensures all of your donation goes directly to funding clean water projects.
Or, if you want to help fight the environmental battle, make a donation through Earthjustice.
Earthjustice goes to where the fight is—the courtrooms. With over 50 years of experience, the team of lawyers has protected countless species on the brink of extinction, cleaned up pollution, and funded clean energy efforts.
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What Are Ethical Gifts?
When a reason to celebrate rolls around, we typically have one person in mind: the gift recipient.
But what is ethical gifting?
Ethical presents 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.
That might mean a fair trade certificiton, but not necessarily. What’s important is 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 Gift Ideas
That’s a (gift) wrap!
But some of the best presents are ethical handmade Christmas gifts. Whether it’s a piece of art or a handwritten letter, these gifts have the most sentimental value and are typically the most sustainable.
You can always purchase something secondhand from your local thrift shop, too.
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. Oh and these sustainable Christmas ideas too.
Or sneak it into your loved one’s inbox if there’s a specific ethical gift YOU have on your wishlist.