The Ultimate Conscious Holiday Gift Guide

By Yarina Valverde

If you have been racking your brain trying to figure out how to pick gifts that have meaning and don’t conflict with your consumer habits, this is the shopping guide for you. Everything on this list can be appreciated by anyone, they don’t have to be vegan or treehuggers to like your gift, since these products are beautiful and of superb quality, aside from being made with conscious principles in mind. Every product here is great regardless of their ethical qualities, which are just the extra special touch.

1. FISHER COAT Reformation

Made with deadstock materials in LA. This 31.5” black wool blend coat is a keep forever piece, the classic cut and materials will never go out of style.

FISHER COAT | Reformation

 

2. SUNDAY TOTE IN BEIGE Angela & Roi at ethica

Angela & Roi makes vegan handbags and donate $5 to a medical charity for each bag sold. According to ethica: “with roots in South Korea, the co-founders work with ILO-compliant manufacturers in the country, where local laws and its U.S. trade agreement offer strong labor protections”. The label also includes ribbons on their products and packaging to help raise awareness about the causes they support. May I say: “I want one”?

Sunday tote in beige Angel Roi

 

3. CITRUS ORANGE ORGANIC LIQUID SOAP Dr. Bronners

A biodegradable vegetable-based soap that can be used not only in the shower, but for dishes, laundry, mopping, as toothpaste and even as ant spray!  We like this because most of the ingredients are of natural origin, which makes it highly biodegradable. Some people believe this means they can use it in natural water sources when traveling or backpacking, but even biodegradable soaps can pollute, so we do not recommend this use. We also love the citrus scent for body care products and the best part: it’s non artificial scent!

Ingredients: Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Orange Oil, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Lemon Oil, Organic Lime Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol. * CERTIFIED FAIR TRADE INGREDIENT. ** None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin

CITRUS ORANGE ORGANIC LIQUID SOAP | Dr. Bronners

 

4. ABSOLUTE ROSE CANDLE  Malin+Goetz

We love Malin+Goetz not only because of the incredible aromas, but because this family owned NYC business was born to create an alternative for people with sensitive skin, creating a line of natural ingredients products that are universally loved. This candle has Moroccan rose oil. Read more about the company’s philosophy here.

Malin+Goetz Absolute rose candle

 

5. BLACK GLAM CLUTCH Palestyle

Palestyle makes luxury handbags with Arabic calligraphy messages. The company is based in Dubai and its social mission is to empower refugee women with job opportunities in Lebanon and Palestine. This clutch is made with real leather, gold plated accents and can be made to order with any of the following messages: Secret of Your Beauty, Magic of Your Eyes, So Adorable, Like An Angel and Charming as the Moon.

pALESTYLE GLAM BLACK CLUTCH

 

6. UNITY BRACELET Emi & Eve

Emi & Eve is made with ammunition remains in Cambodia by local artisans. Through the exquisite designs of Cassandra Postema, symbols of destruction are turned into beautiful pieces that remind us we can find treasures in the most unexpected places. Read our interview with the designer here.

Emi & Eve Unity Bracelet

 

7. PINK ARTISAN® DESIGN MIXER Kitchen Aid

This mixer is part of a partnership with Susan G. Koman® to create a pink appliance line, an initiative to raise awareness about breast cancer and a symbol of support in addition to the monetary contribution the company makes to the foundation. Check out the charity’s assessment here.

KitchenAid Artisan Pink Mixer

 

8. PIPER SUNGLASSES Warby Parker

Warby Parker partners with nonprofits to provide glasses to people in need while offering a high quality product at reasonable prices. Read our full review of the Warby Home Try On program.

PIPER SUNGLASSES | Warby Parker

 

9. LIPBALM HOLIDAY GIFT SET eos

We like companies that disclose their full list of ingredients, eos lip balm is made almost completely with natural origin ingredients, many of which are organic. We believe that limiting the quantities of synthetic components in our beauty products can help us look and feel better. It’s nice to know that the flavors you are tasting are not artificial, but actually produced with real fruit and herb extracts. This set of 3 comes with Vanilla Bean (limited edition), Pomegranate Raspberry and Sweet Mint flavors. Here is the list of ingredients for the Sweet Mint flavored eos lip balm:

Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Beeswax (Cire D’abeille)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract*, Tocopherol, Limonene**, Linalool**. *Organic. **Component of Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*. Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

Eos lip balm holiday gift set limited edition

10. ESSENTIAL STARTER KIT Malin+Goetz

This is a great way to get you started with Malin+Goetz and sample their best products, excellent for the gym and traveling. The set includes each of the following 1 oz. bottles: Grapefruit Face Cleanser, Vitamin E Face Moisturizer, Bergamot Body Cleanser, Vitamin B5 Body Moisturizer, Peppermint Shampoo and Cilantro Conditioner.

Malin+Goetz essential kit Gift

 

11. NORA IN GOLD CLUTCH Emi & Eve

A small clutch with a statement golden touch.

Nora in Gold clutch Emi & Eve

 

12. LEERON SKIRT Amour Vert at Revolve

We like the classic cut of this skirt, a definite wardrobe basic. This relaxed fit skirt is made in the USA amd the fabric is a blend of organic cotton and spandex.

12.	LEERON SKIRT | Amour Vert

 

13. DIRTY GIRL LUCKY TROLL DOLL VEGAN BAR SOAP Helpsy

Vegan soap handmade in New York City for the eternal Troll collector (the hair color is a surprise).

Ingredients: rainbow blossom fragrance, jojoba oil, glitter exfoliant, coconut Oil, palm Oil, safflower oil, glycerin (kosher, of vegetable origin), purified water, sugar moisturizer, and oat/ soybean conditioner.

DIRTY GRL LUCKY TROLL DOLL VEGAN BAR SOAP | Helpsy

 

14. WOMEN’S BELLE BLACK HAT Pachacuti

A wool felt at made in Ecuador. Pachacuti was the first Fair Trade certified (WFTO) company and it offers a good variety of hats for men and women. This one reminds us of old Hollywood glamour but we’d wear it to the store any day.

WOMEN'S BELLE BLACK HAT | Pachachuti

 

15. LEMONGRASS MINT BODY OIL Mullen and Sparrow

We love Mullen and Sparrow because they manufacture in Brooklyn with all natural ingredients, their products don’t contain any preservatives, artificial color or fragrance and they use recyclable packaging. Citrus scents and mint are also one of our little secret pleasures.

Ingredients: Helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil*, tocopherol (vitamin e), essential oils of: Mentha spicata (spearmint)*, Cymbopogon citratus (lemongrass)* * Organic

Mullen and sparrow Lemonmint body oil (209x400)

 

16. FLORA DORADA COMB  Nomadista

Each one of these combs is one of a kind, since they are handmade. Valentina Rosenthal jewelry is made in Chile by local artisans with gold-silver-plated brass and stone beads.

FLORA DORADA COMB | Nomadista

 

17. ARGAN OIL MASCARA Josie Maran

Josie Maran specializes in argan oil products, replacing the use of traditional make up synthetic additives with natural ones, while keeping the product’s required performance. This product is made of 91% natural ingredients and has proven to perform very well in consumer studies.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water)**, Cera Alba (Beeswax)**, Sucrose Stearate**, Propanediol**, Cetearyl Alcohol**, Oryza Sativa Bran Cera (Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax)**, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride**, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate Copolymer, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethylcellulose**, Myrica Pubescens Fruit Cera (Myrica Pubescens Fruit Wax)**, Silica**, Panthenol, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-21, Glycerin**, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract (Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract)**, Potassium Sorbate**. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77499)**. *ORGANIC. **NATURAL

ARGAN OIL MASCARA | Josie Maran

 

18. HELPSY PINK SKULL PIGGY BANK Helpsy

If, like us, you never got over the obsession with skulls that started in 8th grade, this is the perfect addition to your skull collection. Any like-minded friend would love this as much as they love your skull tattoo. Additionally, $5 from each product sold is donated to Planned Parenthood

HELPSY PINK SKULL PIGGY BANK | Helpsy

 

19. LIGHTWEIGHT MERINO RUN ANKLET SOCKS  Patagonia

Made in USA with Chlorine-free 53% merino wool, 45% nylon and 2% spandex performance socks great for men and women.

Patagonia running socks

20. WHITE ORGANIC COTTON MEN’S T-SHIRT The White T-Shirt Co

For the man who has everything, except for a luxury plain white t-shirt. This is definitely a special touch to a basic wardrobe. Made with GOTS certified organic cotton and shipped in eco-friendly packaging, this is the best white t-shirt you could ever give to your loved one.

WHITE ORGANIC COTTON MEN'S T-SHIRT | The White T-Shirt Co

 

21. KODAL KNITWEAR SEED STITCHED HAT Kaight

Handmade in Brooklyn, NY, this piece is made of 50% wool and 50% alpaca, we like the color and the fit and the fact that it’s reversible. A winter street style must.

KORDAL KNITWEAR Seed Stitch Hat

 

22. KATE TOP Reformation

A basic viscose black top with a naked back made in Los Angeles. Versatile, timeless and chic, we can’t get enough of Reformation.

KATE TOP | Reformation

 

23. THE FINGERLESS GLOVE Everlane

Touchscreen friendly, made with Merino wool in Hong Kong by Mr. Chu’s factory.

THE FINGERLESS GLOVE | Everlane

 

24. DAMASK STRIPE WHITE DOWN KING PILLOW Royal Luxe

Made in USA, 100% downproof cotton and hypoallergenic fill.

DAMASK STRIPE WHITE DOWN KING PILLOW | Royal Luxe

 

25. DARK SLATE CORK OPEN HEEL  The Acey

The black ankle strap sandal has become a classic piece that fits every situation, giving you a touch of timeless elegance. These in particular are special because they're made with soft cork, rubber sole and a wooden heel. It is hand-made in Los Angeles and it takes approximately 20 hours to craft. Completely vegan and made in the USA for superior manufacturing accountability. The Acey has a very sophisticated line that you need to check out right now.

25.	DARK SLATE CORK OPEN HEEL | The Acey

 

26. SEWING BUNDLES Offset Warehouse

These bundles are made with the intention of realizing the value of clothes: time, skill and practice are key to garment making, and what better way to help yourself and your crafty friends appreciate the value of clothes than their own cute sewing gift set? Hurry to get it on time!!

26.	SEWING BUNDLES | Offset Warehouse

 

27. DAVID AND GOLIATH by Malcom Gladwell Amazon

David and Goliath is a book about finding your greatest strengths in what could superficially be seen as a weakness. Several stories, including the biblical tale, help us understand the meaning of hidden advantages and help us re-evaluate our self-imposed disadvantages.

DAVID AND GOLIATH by Malcom Gladwell | Amazon

 

28. THE CHARISMA MYTH by Olivia Fox Amazon

Personal favorite – Yarina: I loved this audiobook as it tackles many areas that are crucial in the world of business but that I have never seen treated this openly before. Under the premise that charisma is not only an innate virtue but that, as many other skills, it can improve over time, the author takes you through many of her experiences coaching high level executives and gives detailed and specific advice about on how you can improve your personal magnetism, which can help you dramatically in your personal life and career. An excellent guide to keep being a nerd, just one that people will like more.

I prefer audiobooks, since they are an excellent way to learn while you work out, cook or drive. This book was my hiking partner for about a month and definitely made it better. If you are still a paper lover, here is the paperback version.

The Charisma Myth

 

 

Yarina ValverdeAbout The Author

Yarina Valverde is an Economist born and raised in Costa Rica. An eternal fashionista, cook apprentice, eclectic writer and tech junkie, she has a passion for innovation and sustainability. Her most recent project, Fashionhedge, is an effort to create consciousness about ethical fashion and how to be a more humanitarian consumer. ​Now living in California with her husband and her border collie, she spends her days blogging, hiking and working on launching her own ethical fashion store​.

 

 

 

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