Ethical Gifts are the best gifts I like to give. They’re unique, they last longer and they are cruelty free. I also love gifts with a purpose. Gifts that give back to others are a personal favourite of mine because they usually help women and children. So with that said, here are my some of my favourite ethical gift finds for the holidays and beyond. Oh and if you’ve completely all your holiday shopping, get a jump start on next year. Secret Tip: Post Holiday sales have already started. Start buying gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. And you’ll be ahead of the game.
Ethical Gift Ideas for Her
♥ 31 Bits
Jewellery is one of the best gifts to give a woman. You can never have enough bling. There’s always an occasion where you’ll need some jewellery so why not give a gift with purpose. 31 Bits is an accessories company started by three wonderful women who give Ugandan artisans dignified opportunities to share their craft with the world. This online treasure trove has it all. Necklaces, Earrings and Rings are all ethically made either upcycled materials or natural materials. Handmade bracelets are so beautiful, you’ll want to wear it every day. Made with recycled brass or paper, each bead is rolled and painted by hand. How cool is that? I’m showing the festive gold and white bracelet but it comes in other colours and its $14. Check out their under $50 section to find more treasures. Buy one of yourself and stock pile a gift for Mother’s Day 2018. 31 Bits started as a jewellery site but they have since extended their collection to include bags, tableware and textiles.
♥ Guava Shoes
The sickest shoes vegan shoe company I have ever seen has to be Guava Shoes. Now if you know a shoe-a-holic this is the gift to get. You don’t have to be vegan, but if you’re favourite shoe-a-holic is she’s going to go mad for these shoes. I had my eye on this company since it started and their shoes are on point. My favourite shoe shown above is the festive Ruby Velvet Peep Toe Bootie. The Soft Lavender High Heel sandal is also on my wish list. I love a gladiator sandal. This company offers true service to their clients. Shipping is free worldwide according to their website. (Still reach out to confirm). Brides can request a customized shoe of any shoe on they see. They’ll also ship you the sample anywhere in the world. You’ll be treated like the princess you are. And you’ll get the shoe that you want. These shoes are known for their architectural heels. Can you guess what the designer did before turning her passion to shoes?
This vegan cruelty free company started as a bag company. They huge animal advocates. Everything you see is made with manmade materials. The beauty about these bags is you’d be proud to carry one on your arm. Featured in Glamour magazine and on the television show Girlfriends Guide to Divorce. The Gunas bags are making their rounds because they’re just so gorgeous. You can never have enough bags right? Wait that’s me. Do you feel the same way? This ethical gift is one I wouldn’t mind receiving. Check out the clearance section for serious deals. Materials used are 100% vegan eco polyurethane and recycled plastic bottles for the lining. They’ve also branched in to shoes with a small collection of flats from loafers to cute ballet flats.
Ethical Gift Ideas for Him
For the special man in your life the handcrafted Ethiopian leather laptop sleeve is the way to go. It’s simple, it’s masculine and it’s on sale! It comes in two sizes, 13-15 inches. It also has enough room to slide in your agenda, that’s if you still carry one. Ethiopian leather ages well and develops a beautiful patina over time. This laptop case with just get better the older it gets. Live Fashionable just changed their name to ABLE. It identifies with their philosophy to ending poverty and I for one want to shop with purpose on this site. Not only are you empowering women. You’re also growing a community who want to create their own income and support their families. You can find other ethical gift ideas on this site such as denim, bags and also shoes. Check out the gifts under $50 section. I have my eye on the TESFA Wallet, priced under $30! Shopping Tip: Father’s Day 2018.
Are there Yoga enthusiasts on your list? For the athletes or yogis who are conscious about what they wear on their bodies, Prana the clothing company for them. Sourcing materials like hemp, recycled polyester and organic cotton is just the tip of the iceberg. They are part of the fair labor association which means, the staff that make these garments are paid a fair wage. Garments with bright colours are not dyed with harsh chemicals. Less pollution in the air and water is a good thing right? This also means the wearer is absorbing toxic harmful chemicals also. They make clothes for both men and women so this could be a one stop shop. I like the Hardesty sleeveless workout shirt for men. It is fair trade certified. It is stretch performance and lightweight to show off those great yoga arms. Downward facing dog devotees can take off an extra 25% full price for the month of December.
I don’t know about you, but I love to live in a robe when I’m at home. Highway Robbery makes robes for both men and women. Started by an adorable couple who loved wearing robes on holiday, they decided travelling the world to find fabric was their calling. Made from organic cotton in small batches, this company only makes small batches of robes. Once a batch is sold, you may not get that pattern again. So choose wisely and often. I know I’m getting a robe to wear with jeans. I mentioned my love of robes right? These robes are handcrafted in Los Angeles where staff are paid and treated fairly. So you can feel good about your purchase. For couples you can easily where the same one. Men will love these robes because of the comfort factor. You’ll love them for the fantastic patterns.
Ethical Gift Ideas for Both
♥ Art for Life
I was first introduced to this artist this summer. And I love her work! Samantha Kaplan is an artist that paints dreamy abstracts to die for. They can go into any room or office. You feel as though you are drawn into the painting and transported to a magical land. Clearly, I am a fan J. This is a gift that the entire family can enjoy. All her paintings have a sense of calm and serenity. Her mission is to bring love, light and life to all. We can all use more of that don’t you agree? Samantha Kaplan creates from a place of love and happiness. Hence the magical quality in her work. Celebrate planet Earth by giving the gift of art to your loved ones. Do you have a loft with empty walls? Or know a newly married couple moving into a new home? It’s a unique and magnificent gift that can be enjoyed for years to come.
Wishing everyone a wonderful magical holiday season and prosperous New Year from Jacqueline Carlisle, Editor-in-Chief, THINKmag