The holiday shopping pressure is officially on and even if you are trying to be all minimalist about it you still have a list of deserving loved ones expecting a little something under the tree or alongside the menorah. Committing to giving ethical or eco-friendly actually simplifies it all, as there are fewer options to choose from, and buying with your conscience adds a big dose of happy vibes to the holiday craziness as you support businesses that are doing good. Below are a few ideas for the ladies in your life, and all of the websites linked to feature many other ethical options she’s likely to love.
This eye-catching but elegant necklace and bracelet pair are made of paper beads and recycled brass, by displaced Ugandan women for 31 Bits ($64 for the set).
Triangular walnut wood and rose gold studs by Maiyet are an anything-but-basic everyday ear look ($150).
A faceted white topaz teardrop on a hoop and chain made of recycled 14k gold is a pretty little something that goes with everything. Choose the recycled silver chain for a cool look and a smaller price tag (Melissa Joy Manning, $440 for gold, $125 for silver). And to learn more about why it’s so important to choose recycled precious metals, read this alarming Smithsonian article on the environmental horrors of gold mining.
Clean + Green Beauty
If you love a lipstick-loving lady, this sampler of three non-toxic Ilia lipsticks will delight, and convert her to clean beauty if she isn’t already a believer. Ilia has packaged three of their best-selling hues in a cute leather case by Baggu ($48, Credo Beauty).
In the luxury stocking stuffer category: The Living Luminizer from RMS Beauty. One of the few non-toxic products to achieve somewhat cult status, it’s said to be like a clean equivalent of the beloved YSL Touche Eclat highlighter ($38, Credo Beauty).
On the topic of conventional beauty best-sellers, Lily Lolo has created a clean and green take on that classic nude eye shadow palette, with all the essential hues you need to create your eye looks, from subtle to sultry smoky ($34, Credo Beauty).
Help her score a Vermont farm girl glow (organic farm, obvs) with Tata Harper’s Honey Blossom Mask, a limited edition version of the brand’s classic Resurfacing Mask, but infused with Vermont honey ($65, Tata Harper).
Even the most minimalist of ladies can use another scarf, and pale hues around the face flatter any complexion. A few lovelies, clockwise from top left: GOTS-certified organic cotton from India is hand-dyed with plant-based dyes in California by Dear Indigo, resulting in scarves in a range of naturally stunning hues ($58, Dear Indigo); The Aish cotton-muslin scarf with pom-pom trim, handmade by artisans in Bengal ($70 at Ethica); Cuyana’s Baby Alpaca Infinity Scarf, which despite its name is harvested from adult alpacas ($75, Cuyana); Indigo Handloom’s cotton scarves are made by hand by women in rural India ($58, Amour Vert). Beyond these you’ll find stunning eco-friendly linen options at Fog Linen Work and all sorts of Fair Trade and eco-friendly scarves at Good Cloth.
For your animal-loving amigas: This vegan take on a simply elegant cross-body bag by Angela Roi is sweatshop-free and cruelty-free, and available in light grey, bordeaux and black ($135, Amour Vert).
Help her avoid the eco-shame of having to ask for a disposable shopping bag, by gifting her a stylish Baggu to stash in her purse ($12, Baggu).