06.12.17

The Ultimate Ethical & Sustainable Christmas Gift Guide

ethical gifts for mindful people

Kira Simpson

Christmas is back for another year, and if I’m honest, I love it.

Maybe not the consumerist, knock people down for the last gift in the store, part but definitely the time with friends and family, sparkly decorations, cheesy carols and eating way too much food part.

At this time of year, there is an emphasis on buying lots of “stuff,” which I don’t support.

BUT we’re all mindful people here so I trust you’ll make good choices and buy your people things they will love, all the while supporting businesses doing good things for other people and the planet.

Instead of creating a list of products you might not find useful, I’ve put together a HUGE list of ethical and sustainable brands and stores so you can hunt for the perfect ethical Christmas gift for the special humans in your life.

Now updated with new stores and brands for 2018.

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For the ethical fashionista

Well Made Clothes

Australia’s largest ethical fashion marketplace featuring some incredible brands from around the world. The perfect place to find a unique gift for the women who loves fashion.

eco|mono

Your one-stop shop for an incredible range of Australian and New Zealand fashion brands in monochrome and neutral styles. Melbourne locals, they’re hosting a Christmas popup so you drop in and see them in person. Details here.

GlamCorner

Australia’s largest online dress rental store. This store is a mecca for affordable designer dresses. No more investing in a special occasion outfit you wear once. They do gift cards so you can share the sustainable fashion love with your bff for Christmas.

Spell & The Gypsy Collective

Spell & The Gypsy Collective are a Byron Bay-based label which has garnered a global cult following of bohemian dreamers and high-fashion style mavens alike.

Orange Organges

Filled to the brim with cruelty-free fashion, this is the perfect place to shop for the vegan in your life.

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For The Natural Beauty Lover

Biome Eco Store

Biome only sell palm oil free products, making it the perfect place to find a cruelty free natural beauty gift. They also have a fantastic zero waste and DIY beauty section in store (Balmoral, Brisbane) and online.

conscious.kin

A mecca for Australian and New Zealand natural and organic beauty brands. They have a huge range of products including some lovely gift packs. Receive 10% off your order using the code GREENHUB.

Nourished Life

So much natural beauty and wellness goodness. They’ve even curated an awesome Christmas gift list including some beautiful gift packs making the shopping experience even easier for you.

I am Natural Store

Much like the above but more luxury natural beauty brands and they sell many intentional brands which are hard to find here in Aus. Think Kjaer Weiss and Tata Harper.

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Going plastic free and zero waste

Nourished Life 

They have a great range of plastic free products from reusable starter kits to package free beauty products

Frank Green

My pick for reusable coffee cups. They have a range of stainless steel, recycled plastic, and glass bottle plus you can customise the colours of the base, lid, and button. They also have a new range of Next Generation cups with PayWave in the base.

Biome Zero Waste Beauty

This new clean beauty collection from Biome comes housed in cute reusable and recyclable glass jars. Each product is made up of minimal and single ingredients. Multi-purpose products designed to be mixed and matched to suit your skincare needs and, save you money.

Good & Clean

Gorgeous natural deodorants sans plastic. Good & Clean come packaged in stainless steel jars with four scents to choose from and they’re refillable. They also have a gift set with all four scents and a wooden scoop. They’re offering free gift wrapping over Christmas.

For the mindful man

Thread Harvest

These guys are an ethical marketplace with clothes and shoes plus lots of stocking fillers like watches and sunglasses. They even have socks for dad.

Everlane

Everlane has the most incredible curated gift guide for men this year. I’m loving the backpacks and the cotton crew tees.

Nimble 

Nimble portable, and wireless charging devices made with organic hemp, recycled plastic, and plant-based plastic materials. The products are designed to have a minimal environmental impact, and ultimately a lower cost passed onto consumers as the sleek design means no excessive parts or packaging. I own one and love it.

Allbirds

Made from merino wool and dubbed the world’s most comfortable sneakers, Allbirds shoes and are a B Corp certified company. They look as stylish as they are comfortable and they come in a wide range of colours.

Patagonia

If he’s an outdoor and adventure lover, Patagonia is the best place to find a practical and sustainable gift. They also have a new range of Fairtrade Certified boardshorts made from recycled spandex.

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Ladies who love a little bling

YCL Jewels

What I would choose if you were buying for me! YCL make timeless pieces made to be loved and worn over a lifetime. Each collection is made in limited, and small batch runs, and all collections are available until they sell out.

31 Bits

Artisan made 31 Bits have a mix of gold, silver and beaded jewelry with a little something for everyone. They also offer a range of homewares.

Holly Ryan

Stunning gold plated jewelry made in Brisbane. Their pieces are a little edgy but very wearable for every day. They also have a closed loop system, where you can return your pre-owned Holly Ryan jewellery in the original jewellery box for store credit.

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For the little ones

Ecotoys

Beautiful wooden toys, nontoxic paints and educational projects for kids aged 0-12 years. Ecotoys has a HUGE range of products making it your one stop shop for finding the perfect eco-friendly kids present.

Eco Child

These guys have a great range of clothes, homewares as well as the more practical stuff such as dummies and things for mealtimes.

Modimade

Modimade wants to change the way you shop by offering children’s toys and clothing, all handmade by Cambodian artisans who founder Anna works closely with.

Yoli and Otis

This Byron Bay brand make the sweetest children’s clothes in natural dyed linen and cotton. While you’re there, check out the women’s fashion, it’s gorgeous. They also have a Facebook group where you can buy and sell preloved kids Yoli and Otis clothes.

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Handbags to last a lifetime

CUYANA

Totes, cross bodies, saddle bags, and even backpacks. Cuyana have a huge collection of beautifully made bags to suit everybody

NISOLO

Side bags, pouches, weekender bags, and totes, made ethically from the highest quality leathers and canvas. Like their shoes. Nisolo’s bags are made to last.

ABLE

Loved by celebrities like Julianne Hough, Able make the world’s most perfect tote called the Mamuye picture above. I’ve owned a tan one for five years and it’s still going strong. They also have a range of clutches and crossbody bags.

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For the conscious yogi and exercise enthusiast

Cork Leaf 

Eco-friendly yoga mats and blocks made from recycled cork. I have it on good authority these mats are super sticky and loved by serious yogis.

Lhotse

This New Zealand brands makes gorgeous yoga and active wear using Australian grown organic cotton, printed with eco-friendly dyes.

Dharma Bums

This Ethical Clothing Australia accredited brand make the best workout tights in the cutest prints. They also offer 20% off for new subscribers.

Jade Yoga

Jade have been around for some time and recognised as one of the best best yoga mats in the industry, for thier eco-friendly nature (they’re made from rubber) and for their durability and longevity.

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For the eco-traveler and wanderluster

Wandering Heart

They have a beautiful collection of handmade pieces from Mexico and Guatemala, including clothing, bags and, homewares, perfect for your wanderlusting loved one. You can also receive 15% off your order using the code GREENHUB15.

Tasi Travels

This ethical fashion brand makes clothes designed to be appropriate for both conservative cultures and hot climates. Plus they’re stylish!

Matter Prints

The most comfortable travel pants you will ever find, in the most amazing range of prints. Every traveler would love to have a pair in their suitcase.

Give an Experience

There are some incredible animal experiences here in Australia and around the world that don’t involve interacting with wild animals in captivity, made to perform. We’ve put together a list here.  Kate also shares some tips for giving without gifts.

For the shoe lover

St Agni

Gorgeous leather shoes handmade in Byron Bay. Their Bunto slides have reached cult status, they’re that comfy. They also do clothing, swimwear, and jewelry.

Nisolo

Cute, comfy and style to suit everyone. My pick are the Ecuador Huarache Sandals. They only ship within the US but Aussies can use Australia Post’s US postal service to ship home.

Ancient Greek Sandals

Vegetable tanned leather and handmade in Greece. Perfect for that summer vacay. Ancient Greek sandals are also known for their well-made styles and longevity.

You Can also find more mindful Christmas Gift Ideas In Our first Issue of The Green Hub Magazine

 

Kira Simpson

Founder + Editor of The Green Hub, Kira believes we all have the power to vote, invest, make lifestyle choices, become activists and demand change to create the future we want.