12 Ethical/ Sustainable Gift ideas for the Holidays

The Holidays are coming up quickly! So quickly. Have you started your holiday shopping yet? This year, I’d like to encourage you to practice being a conscious consumer. In buying something special for a loved one, what else are you also supporting? This could be a tough question, but it’s one that I think is worth asking ourselves.

On that note, I’ve put together a list of 12 gift ideas that are not just ethical and sustainable, but also incredibly affordable! Every one of my suggestions in this list is under $150, and many of them are under $100. I’ve included a wide range of product ideas, including candles, coffee cups, and vintage scarfs. Devi Arts Collective is also an ethical and sustainable company, so I’ve thrown a couple of my own products into the mix as well.

Happy browsing! And I hope you meet your next favourite company in the process.

12 Ethical/ Sustainable Gift ideas for the Holidays:

1. Facial Care Set – from Wild Jasmine

Price: $75

Buy it

This facial care set includes:                                      

1 Jar of Botanical Facial Steam:

Facial steams are a natural & relaxing way to open pores, release toxins & hydrate and stimulate a healthy nourished glow. 

Formulated with a blend of our own farm grown organic, as well as carefully sourced, botanicals & herbs known for their skin nourishing properties. 

1 Jar of Face Polish (facial cleansing Grains):

Face Polishes are a gentle alternative to soap and a wonderful 100% natural way to cleanse and exfoliate your skin without the use of harsh chemicals and environmentally harmful microbeads.

Can also be used as a facial mask.

Choose between Chamomile & Calendula, Lavender & Green Tea, Adzuki Beans & Rose.

One Bottle of Facial Oil:

A curated blend of eleven natural plant oils & essential oils reputed for their skin rejuvenating properties.

About Wild Jasmine:

Wild Jasmine Natural Apothecary was created to provide you with quality & affordable non-toxic alternatives to commercial B&B products. Jasmine uses ingredients sourced from her family’s market farm in Lister, BC. Many of their jars are also refillable! 

I use the facial oil myself and highly recommend. 

Learn more about them: https://www.wildjasmine.ca/


2. Cleopatra Necklace – from Devi Arts Collective

Price: $62
Buy it

"I will not be triumphed over" –Cleopatra 

I have to throw in a few of my own products on this list!

This sterling silver pendant is approximately 3/4" in diameter and 18" long with a one-inch chain extender. The stone options are moonstone, iolite, labradorite, emerald and ruby. 

Check out this blog post about the story behind the Cleopatra Necklace.
And learn more about the gem cutters I work with.                                            

About Devi Arts Collective:

Connecting artisans around the world, the Devi Arts Collective is an ethical fashion
brand featuring handmade nature-inspired jewelry, accessories, and home décor by
designer Bayoush Mengesha

Learn more about us: https://www.deviartscollective.com/


3. Chai Apple Spread – from Luv the Grub

Their spreads can’t be purchased online, but you can find them at several different retailers around BC, including

Roasted apples with all your favourite spices from a chai tea. A dollop in your oatmeal and spread on top of peanut butter toast; your mornings will never be the same! We also love spreading this jam on melted brie and camembert.

Also comes in: Dijon Apple Chutney, Spiced Pear Walnut Chutney, and Carrot Almond Spread.

About Luv the Grub:

Each jar of jam and chutney is made with produce seconds and provides employment to disadvantaged job seekers. What’s a second you say? We’re glad you ask! They’re perfectly delicious fruits and vegetables that didn’t quite make it to the produce section of your grocery store because they are either bumped, bruised or misshapen. We rescue these beauties and provide them and people a second chance by turning them into glorious chutneys and jams all the while delivering on an employment training program for people who need it the most.

So with each spread, dip, lick and dollop of our products, you’re doing more than just supporting local, you’re spreading love to people and the planet so go ahead...love the way change tastes

Learn more about them: https://www.luvthegrub.com/


4. Fig + Vanilla Candle  – from Sydney Hale Company

Price: $39

They don’t ship to Canada, but you can find their stuff in the following stores in BC:

A mellow and earthy black fig accord, touch of anise and bourbon vanilla are rounded out by sandalwood and musk. Premium soy wax blend / double cotton wick
- 14 oz (397g) 
- approx. 50 hour burn time.

Also available in clementine & clove, elderberry rose, and more.

About Sydney Hale Co:

Sydney Hale Co. was established in Northern Virginia in 2008 and is now formulating and hand producing all of our products in the Manchester neighborhood of Richmond, VA. Our objective has always been to formulate beautiful products of the highest quality here in the USA, to reduce the stress on landfills through our choice of packaging materials, and to support animal rescue by donating 10% of our profits to organizations working for the cause. We love working with our hands and creating things for people to enjoy in their daily lives. And we believe if you are going to do something, you should make it matter. 

Learn more about them: https://sydneyhaleco.com/


5. Chamomile Citrus Shampoo Bar – from Wild Jazmine

Price: $7.50

Buy it.

This one would make an excellent stocking stuffer. This is an all- natural conditioning shampoo in a bar form, formulated with natural plant oils, butters, botanicals and pure essentials oils that nourish your hair and scalp. 

Their shampoo bars also come in Rosemary Mint and Teatree, but both of those have sold out and they won’t be restocking until July 25th. So one option, but it’s a good option!!

About Wild Jasmine:

Wild Jasmine Natural Apothecary was created to provide you with quality & affordable non-toxic alternatives to commercial B&B products. Jasmine uses ingredients sourced from her family’s market farm in Lister, BC

Learn more about them: https://www.wildjasmine.ca/


6. Long Play Bloom – KeepCup                                        

Price: $36
Buy it

People purchase KeepCups because they love the way they look and feel, and continue to use them because they form a positive habit.

KeepCup LongPlay is a clear plastic booster added to blown tempered glass. It increases durability, maintains temperature and protects touch. If you don’t like this one, there are a lot of other styles to choose from, and you could even design your own.

About KeepCup:

The first KeepCups were sold to coffee-loving Melbournians nearly ten years ago at a small, underground design market. The reuse movement grew from there, with the support of the café and roaster community endorsing change. Your KeepCup is made to last. We carefully consider purpose, materials and end of life when creating our products. 

Learn more about them: https://ca.keepcup.com/

7. Columbia Coffee -- Level Ground Trading

Price: $16.99
Buy it                                                 

Another good stocking stuffer. This is a classic, rich, full-bodied cup grown on steep mountain slopes by some of the most gregarious people in the world.

“Level Ground was founded on this iconic coffee and for many years it was our one and only product!  We work with Cooperativa delosAndes and they have been stellar in helping us buy coffee from specific farmers in specific regions so that we can stay directly connected to the communities where we feel our coffee buying makes the biggest impact.”      

About Level Ground Trading:

In 1997, four families came together with the idea of improving the lives of disadvantaged producers through trade. We were inspired by the work of Ten Thousand Villages and were keen to see the principles of Fair Trade applied to foods we consume every day.

Level Ground’s first Fair Trade initiative was buying coffee from a cooperative in Colombia. From there, trade relationships were formed in Bolivia, Peru, Ethiopia, Tanzania & D.R. Congo.

Their coffee packaging is 100% compostable and they stick to a ‘zero landfill’ mandate for their office and roasting facility in Victoria, BC. They also pay thir staff to bike, carpool or bus to work!

Learn more about them: https://levelground.com/


8. Tri-Tartan Tassel Scarf with Vintage Button – by Adhesif Clothing

Price: $78
Buy it.

A cozy and stylish uni-sex scarf made from vintage and reclaimed materials including remnants from vintage wool blankets and vintage tweeds.

The scarf just wraps around and buttons in the front with diagonal cuts on the bottom edge for an asymmetrical look. The tassels on the end are super fun and came from the edging of vintage wool blankets. You can also flip the ending piece with the buttonhole on it to show the other side (which is black) of the scarf so it makes the scarf reversible too!

About Adhesif Clothing:

Melissa Ferreira is the Vancouver designer behind Adhesif Clothing Co. Working as a vintage clothing buyer for many years, inspired Melissa to create garments with older textiles because of the amazing quality and special characteristics a lot of these textiles own. There is a double advantage in using discarded textiles; not only do they reduce waste, but they add distinctive personality to all of her eye-catching creations.

Every handmade piece is handmade with up to 95% sustainable materials

Locally produced in Vancouver, BC at their creative studio by appointment location.

Learn more about them: http://www.adhesifclothing.com/


9. Waterproof Rain Camping Hoodie – Nettle’s Tale

Price: $136
Buy it

Don’t let the name of this hoodie deceive you; the waterproof camping hoodie is perfect for both the outdoors and the city. A staple in the Muttonhead roster since day one, the Waterproof Camping Hoodie is a best seller for both men and women.

Muttonhead recognizes the importance of ethically made clothing—that's why the waterproof camping hoodie is manufactured in a sweatshop-free factory located in Toronto, Canada. In addition to these factors, all of Muttonhead Apparel is designed unisex, to allow for less limitations in the accessibility of ethically made clothing.

About Nettle’s Tale:

Nettle’s Tale was one woman’s idea...until it went viral. Women around the world loved the concept enough to jump behind a crowdfunding campaign, smashing the campaign goal seven times over, all to launch the little Canadian swimwear company that could. Why? Check out this video.

Learn more about them: https://nettlestale.com/


10. Cepuk Wrislet – by Devi Arts Collective

Price: $48
Buy it.

Another one by me, this wrist purse is made with hand woven and hand dyed fabric from a small weaving community in Bali. This handbag is made with 100% silk. The wristlet is lined. The removable handle is 100% leather. 

Learn more about the fabric weavers we work with.

About Devi Arts Collective:

Connecting artisans around the world, the Devi Arts Collective is an ethical fashion
brand featuring handmade nature-inspired jewelry, accessories, and home décor by
designer Bayoush Mengesha

Learn more about us: https://www.deviartscollective.com/


11. Autumn Explorer Bee’s Wax Wrap -- Goldilocks

Price: $30
Buy it.

The Autumn Explorer Bee’s Wax Wrap features warm autumn colours, and depicts a trip to the cabin through the woods with all the gear you'll need and woodland creatures you'll meet along the way.  Yet another fantastic stocking stuffer! 

Goldilocks wraps are an all natural, reusable & eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap in the kitchen. Along with being good for the environment, they will also keep your food fresh for longer! 

Made using 100% Cotton, Canadian Beeswax, Tree Rosins and Jojoba Oil.

About Goldilocks:

Founder Amy Hall is an art historian and ocean lover who was able to combine both her passions in Goldilocks Wraps. After volunteering with a shark conservation program in the South Pacific she was devastated by the ocean plastics problem globally. This compelled Amy to start her journey towards zero waste which, in turn, inspired her to start her ever growing business.

Each one of their wraps is handmade with love in Victoria, BC using locally sourced beeswax. Their goal is to combat single use plastics by replacing them with something that is not only practical, but beautiful as well!

Learn more about them: https://goldilockswraps.com/


12. Wild Mountain Founders Three-Pack – Wild Mountain Chocolates

Price: $22.99
Buy it

Enjoy all three of our Founders original chocolate bars with the Wild Mountain Founders Three-Pack. Proudly roasted in the Rocky Mountains, this three-pack Includes one Ecuador, one Peru and one Madagascar Chocolate Bar. A special sample of the best Cocoa producing countries in the world.

This one could be delicious enough to be a special gift all on its own.

About Wild Mountain Chocolates:

We like to keep it simple, using just cocoa bean and sugar. We know where, how and when our cocoa beans were picked, and by who. We’ve been on the ground, we’ve shaken the hands of the farmers and we’ve seen their operations first-hand. The origin can be traced, all of which are from organic, sustainable farms from some of the world’s greatest cacao-producing countries. “We are making real chocolate,” says owner Glen Davies. “We keep it simple and do it right,” he says of their bean to bar operation. Quality raw beans are imported, and everything from roasting to pouring moulds happens by hand, right here in Invermere, British Columbia under the direction of chocolate maker Glen Davies.

Learn more about them: https://wildmountainchocolate.com/


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