Our 2020 Ethical Christmas Gift Guide – 48 Places to Shop For Mindful Holiday Giving
Our annual ethical Christmas and holiday gift guide is back for 2020!
Our mindful gift guide is a curation of ethical and sustainable brands and stores so you can find that perfect gift for the special humans in your life.
This year’s guide focuses on small business and local brands who are good things for people and the planet. There are also special discounts and offers exclusive to The Green Hub readers.
I’ve broken the brands down into categories like fashion, kids, travel, beauty etc to make it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for. Happy gift hunting!
This guide contains paid advertising
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Beautiful Handmade Jewelry
Luna & Rose
Handmade in Bali, Luna & Rose create sustainable jewelry and accessories for sun-seekers across the globe, using a closed-loop production with 99% recycled sterling silver and electronic parts to create our collections. These are my pick for the perfect Christmas gift this year. Use the code THEGREENHUB for 10% off – Shop here
This fine jewelry brand is handmade Melbourne studio both ethical and sensitive skin-friendly. The beautiful, well-priced items are gold filled and sterling silver to ensure they last to reduce waste (with no nickel).
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.
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 jewelry in the original jewelry box for store credit.
One Happy Leaf is for nature lovers, aspiring minimalists, and wearers of messy buns. Their beautiful unique handcrafted wooden pieces are the perfect gift when you want something special. Use the code THEGREENHUB for 10%
Inspired by Australian flora, fauna, and culture Concrete Jellyfish craft the most magical, bright and fun pieces of wearable art, your gift recipient will love you for.
The Wholesome Gift Box
Carefully curated gift boxes filled with ethical, sustainable and handmade goodies from Australian brands, that are good for you and the planet. Gift boxes are the perfect to gift to give when you’re not quite sure what to gift. And it’s especially great during those times where you can’t be there in person that we do the next best thing – send a gift box to show our loved ones that we care, we’re here, and we’re thinking of them. Use the code GREENHUB10 for 10% off – Shop here
Plastic-free and zero waste
Insta-worthy storage jars, stainless steel lunch boxes, plastic-free started kits and now a plastic-free bathroom and beauty range – Seed & Sprout is a must-visit for gift ideas. They even do zero waste gift wrapping! Use the code THEGREENHUB for 10% off
Deodorants, body bars, face oils & natural bug repellents which come in the cutest cardboard packaging which is 100% home compostable.
They have a great range of plastic-free products from reusable starter kits to package free beauty products
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.
Fashion They’ll love and wear forever
Frank & Dollys
Embedded in a love of colour, texture and travel, Frank & Dollys offers timeless collections of hand-dyed and printed fabrics, iconic designs and beautifully crafted styles. Whether it’s in their studio in Byron Bay or on their travels around the globe, husband and wife duo Joel & Rachel are passionate about creating pieces with soul, and communicating the universal language of handmade whether they go. Shop here
Spell & The Gypsy Collective, the Byron Bay-based label that has garnered a global cult following of bohemian dreamers and high-fashion style mavens alike. Any lover of Spell will be thrilled to find one of their dreamy pieces under the tree this year.
A fashion label with a difference and a wonderful way to give back with your gift. They’re an independently-accredited, ethical trading social enterprise providing employment and training in the fashion industry to people from refugee and new migrant communities. The results are beautifully designed clothes and over 300 people participating in their sewing school, digital print projects, creative programs, and fashion events.
Ngali is is a celebration of Country, culture and creativity. This fashion and homewares brand partners with Indigenous Australian artists to create beautiful and unique prints, connecting the wearer to places they may never see. Ngali translates to ‘we’ or ‘us’ in a number of Aboriginal languages, “through our brand, we’re creating the ‘us’ we’d like to see: a harmonious, sustainable, and equitable union of people with the plant.
Designed in Byron Bay and crafted in a fair trade studio in India, using high-quality handloom organic cotton, Alcana was born from a desire to support traditional textile artisans and empower the maker. Alcana is about celebrating the true artistry of handcrafted, plant-based clothing and textiles, slow fashion, and slow living. Use the code GREENHUB10 for 10% off – shop here
Shoes & Handbags
Gorgeous leather shoes and bags handmade in Byron Bay. Their Bunto slides have reached cult status, they’re that comfy. They also do clothing, swimwear, and jewelry. – Right
Loved by celebrities like Julianne Hough, Able make the world’s most perfect tote called the Mamuye. 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.
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.
SANS BEAST: Sans = without. Beast = animal. A collection of ethically made, style-forward vegan handbags that use no animal products. Perfect for the vegan eco-conscious fashionista, made with love and designed to last.
For the Beach Lovers
Isla in Bloom
New on the sustainable swimwear scene is Isla in Bloom, who’s pieces are designed to be some of the comfiest and most flattering bikinis you’ll ever wear. Each piece is handmade from regenerated Econyl®, a 100% regenerative nylon made from fishing nets, plastic waste, and unwanted fabric scraps, and printed with earth-friendly inks. Use the code THEGREENHUB for 15% off – Shop here.
With a love for the outdoors and life on the road, Will & Bear have unisex styles inspired by the outdoors with a brand new collection of straw hats just in time for summer. They also with trees.org to plant 10 trees for every hat sold.
The Beach People – towels and beach accessories
Creators of the original round towel The Beach People have a whole range of beautifully designed products for the beach and home, including beach carts and a gorgeous insulated picnic basket.
Kayu works with artisan workshops in the Philippines and Malaysia to create its bags using traditional loom and handweaving techniques to create the most gorgeous straw bags. With totes large enough to for everything you need for a day at the beach.
Beauty, skincare, and wellness
Natural and effective skincare that’s good for you, your wallet, and the environment too. You can’t go past Sukin for thier gorgeous holiday gift sets and boxes. They have a great range of products that are carbon neutral, grey water safe, vegan, and cruelty-free plus a dedicated range for guys as well. Use the code GREENHUB for 20% off – Shop here
Kjaer Weis offers refillable makeup products powder compacts to lipsticks and mascaras, everything from this zero waste beauty brand is designed to be refilled. The luxe metal compacts are reminiscent of something our great-grandmothers would have pulled out to touch up their makeup. Any beauty lover would be thrilled to find this under the tree.
Sodashi has developed a holistic approach to skincare; involving the mind, body, and spirit. Their artisanal line is handcrafted skincare with the finest natural and organic ingredients and botanical extracts. The perfect natural skincare brand to add a little Christmas luxe to your favourite person’s life.
MV Skin Therapy
This celebrity loved heritage Australian brand is more than skincare. Bringing the power of ritual and mindfulness into the every day – experience the healing power of their truly luxurious, plant powered, vegan, and award-winning formulations. This year they’ve bundled up their most loved products with free gifts and extra savings. Shop here
The Beauty Chef was founded on the philosophy that ‘beauty begins in the belly’. They believe that health and beauty are inextricably linked and that, when we are healthy on the inside, the skin radiates a natural glow that no amount of cosmetics can replicate. They have a gorgeous selection holiday gift packs this year and bundled collections to save you money.
This beautiful Australian brand has created beauty for the outside with their natural skincare range and beauty for the inside with their delicious herbal teas. Their effective skincare formulas are packed full of antioxidants many of which are uniquely Australian. This luxe but affordable brand is the perfect gift for you wellness loving friend.
For the guys
Underwear he’ll actually want to receive! Extremely comfortable, made in Melbourne from Eucalyptus trees. Bushy is biodegradable from garment to packaging, and Ethical Clothing Australia accredited. BUSHY bealives positive change starts with what you wear, and the first thing you put on every morning is underwear. Use the code GREENBUSH10 for 10% off – shop here
For the mindful man who needs shorts he can wear from beach to bar. Bondi Joe Boardies are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, designed to be practical and comfortable. (My hubby owns a pair and loves them).
Everlane has the most incredible curated gift guide for men this year. I’m loving the backpacks and the cotton crew tees.
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.
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.
PJ’s, Lounge and Underwear
Boody has your entire wardrobe of basics covered, from women’s and men’s essentials to active, baby and loungewear. With cute sets and gudt packages this Australian sustainable clothing and underwear brand is the perfect practical and thoughtful Christmas gift this year. Use the code GREENHUB15 for 15% off – shop here
Bhumi means “Mother Earth” and every Bhumi purchase has a positive environmental & social impact. With a gorgeous collection of Organic cotton bedding, bath, and loungewear, they want to help you make a positive impact on our planet and the people with your purchases.
I Love Linen keep traditional artisan woven textiles alive in your home. They believe ancient weaving techniques should not be lost, and allow you to be a part of enjoying and treasuring these exceptional fabrics daily. Picture french linen in olives and rusts and sustainable bamboo quilt covers to go perfectly with a good book and a cup of coffee.
Modern basics you’ll never want to take off. Encircled’s loungewear will transform your wardrobe, literally. Their multi-way designs change form and effortlessly convert into various silhouettes, giving your closet more possibilities, with less. This ones for the capsule wardrobe lover, or anyone who just loves being comfy and cosy. Shop here
Active, Outdoors and Travel
Made using recycled fabrics, Timbuktu believe that our bodies were made for movement and that there should never be a compromise between style and sustainability. Making them the go-to gift for your hard to buy for your outdoor-loving friend. Functionality is a core value of Timbuktu and their leggings and rain jackets are designed to stand up under the rigours of working out and life. Use the code GREENHUB for 10% off – Shop here
Your go-to for ethical luxe sportswear. Girlfriends range is made from recycled water bottles and fishing nets and designed to withstand even the most vigorous sweat sess. These will definitely pass the squat test!
Outdoor and adventure lover heaven, 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.
Z. The Label
This Gold Coast made ethical fashion label is all about timeless, functional, and easy to wear styles. All Z. pieces are made from natural fibres sourced from around Australia giving remnant fabrics new life. And new mums rejoice because every single piece in the collection is breastfeeding friendly! Use the code GREENHUB15 for 15% off Shop here
For the little ones
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.
These guys have a great range of clothes, homewares as well as the more practical stuff such as dummies and things for mealtimes.
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.
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.