The holidays are merry, but all of the waste generated each season sure ain’t. Gobs of plastic packaging, wrapping paper, and presents you’ll never want/use/need make the end of the year pretty wasteful. Because of my personal commitment to reduce my overall waste, I’ve curated a truly luxurious and sustainable holiday gift guide for 2019 to share with all of you. Maybe you can’t control what gifts you receive, but you can feel good about giving these beautiful gifts that are easy on planet Earth.
From pigmented make-up palettes and natural fibers to candles that burn and grow into plants, this guide will help you cross out every name on your shopping list.
For The Beauty Lover
The richly hued eyeshadows of Aether Beauty will impress even the most seasoned beauty junky. This vegan, woman owned company is totally sustainable and cruelty free. No mirrors or magnets make these palettes one of the very few that are 100% recyclable. Plus, Aether Beauty is the gift that keeps on giving. Each product has its own charity partner with 1% of sales donated to its cause. Bonus: Their Black Friday 30% site wide sale starts today and ends on Sunday, Dec.1.
Summer Solstice Palette, $58
For the Green Thumb
Planting flowers and trees is not only a soothing hobby, but it’s crucial for our health. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, the main element causing climate change. Giving someone the gift of a tree from Forest Nation makes for a rewarding gift with purpose. The trees come as seeds in a tiny cup or pouch and for every one you purchase, Forest Nation plants a tree in a developing country. These trees repopulate deforested areas or provide a source of financial freedom for families in need. Buy one for a loved one this season or purchase a whole forest for your business or place of work.
Tree Kit Cup, $8.20
For The Yogi
Give the gift of a comfy yoga practice with a sustainable mindset. I personally love my 100% organic cotton Wear Pact leggings, though they sell great everyday basics as well. Wrap up a pair for your loved one knowing that the company is Fair Trade Certified and workers are provided with additional income to invest in their communities. Check out their Green Friday deal for up to 70% off.
Pocket Legging in Charcoal Heather, $20, $35 reg. price
Even tiny tots deserve sustainable presents (and perhaps cherish them the most!). I first spotted Green Toys at my local toy shop in Brooklyn. This company is great because they make all of their toys from locally sourced, 100% post consumer recycled plastic. Domestic manufacturing means a reduction in carbon emissions. From doctor kits and arts & crafts to baby, toddler and bath, Green Toys make perfect gift for the wee ones in your life.
Tea Set in pink, $29.99 and Airplane in blue, $14.99
For The Chef
….or the potter, or carpenter, or gardener, or mechanic! Just about anyone can use and fall in love with the natural linen aprons from The Portland Apron Company. This women owned company is committed to bringing 100% organic and sustainable aprons to the marketplace. Each beautiful linen is made of hemp and lyocell, a natural fiber created from wood pulp. As you wrap up a Portland Apron this holiday season, know that you’re giving a product that doesn’t harm but rather enriches people and communities.
Split Leg Potter’s Apron, $68
For The Cozy Connoisseur
Who doesn’t love receiving a yummy sweater or scarf during the holidays? Fair Indigo makes gifts that last with their ware made out of organic Pima cotton from small family farms in Peru. From earth friendly dyes to no hang tags to eliminate waste, Fair Indigo has thought of it all. Think of everyone on your shopping list and shop sweaters, dresses, socks, scarves, and belts from beautiful and sustainable Fair Indigo.
Variety of sweaters, $32.99- $139.90
For The Athlete
Kicks from Allbirds make a stand-out gift for the runner in your life. But when you find out they are made from sustainable wool, sugar, tree, and trino (tree and merino) they transform into a present you’ll feel great about. One recycled bottle equals one pair of Allbird shoelaces. As you might have guessed, their packaging is made from 90% recycled cardboard.
Natural Grey Runners with Cream Sole, $95
For The Fashionista
Levi’s never go out of style. Killer jeans or a cozy denim jacket always please and frankly, last forever. So much of Levi’s denim ware for sale is already repurposed, but since the Cotton’s Blue Jeans Go Green™ program was created in 2006, 1,200 tons of textile waste has been diverted from landfills and serves as insulation for homes and buildings. Levi’s also gives back to communities in numerous ways, making this heritage brand a ‘yes’ for Christmas. Bonus: Black Friday 40% off everything with code: INDIGO
Wedgie Fit Women’s Jeans, $98
For The Home Maker
Reduce, reuse, and upcycle with Hyggelight (The Growing Candle) this holiday season. Each candle comes with a paper seed label, so once the candle wax is gone, plant the seeds and watch wildflowers grow. 100% of materials are recycled and the paper label is compostable. Let Hyggelight candles (or plants) beautify your loved one’s home. Choose from fragrances like Rosemary, Sandalwood + Vanilla, Cedarwood, and Chai.
Assorted candles, $30-$32
Give your friends a laugh while giving back to planet Earth. If you have a silly White Elephant gift exchange to attend, I recommend bringing a kitschy roll of who gives a crap. Each roll is 3-ply and made from 100% recycled materials with zero dyes or scents. Over 50% of their profits go to build toilets for those in need. Smells great to me!
48 rolls, $48
I love a chunky lip balm. This one from Well Earth Goods is made of premium cocoa butter so it stays on the lips for up to 8 hours. Plant wax instead of bee’s wax makes this luxurious lip butter vegan. Slip it into a stocking knowing that the tube is biodegradable.
Lavender and Earl Grey Vegan Lip Butter, $15.50
These bars look good enough to eat! Because these Terra Tory soaps are 100% natural with ingredients like spirulina, aloe and oatmeal, you probably could (though I really don’t recommend it!). This women owned company makes stunningly beautiful bars that are cruelty, palm and coconut oil free and designed with eczema prone skin in mind. At checkout you can select ‘no waste’ and receive no packaging or ‘low waste’, and receive soap wrapped in Terra Tory biodegradable paper packaging.
Assorted Soaps, $10-12
100% plastic free and 100% rose gold chic! These straws from Well Earth Goods reduce single plastic use and are made from sustainable stainless steel. Their sleek size and unique rose gold color are perfect for popping into stockings.
Rose Gold Stainless Steel Straw, $4