eco friendly gift giving

Green Gift Guide 2017

View the new gift guide here.

It’s getting into the holiday season, and if you’re shopping for gifts this year, why not buy from conscious brands? This list contains both North American and EU based companies, but most ship internationally.

$ = 20 $/€ or under            $$ = 21-50 $/€           $$$ = 51-100 $/€

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For the one who needs more Hygge in their life

December is the time to get cozy – dim the lights and snuggle into soft fabrics.

Is there anything more hygge than a candle? On you can find this vegan soy candle with a cozy, crackling wooden wick. It’s scented with essential oils and the cinnamon and orange would be perfect for the holidays. $
Also, carries a ton of products from different makers and small designers, all ethically made!

Hygge gifts - soy candle, sock pack, alpaca scarves

Getting socks may have been boring when I was a kid, but now I think it’s a great gift! Especially cute patterned socks like in Thought’s bamboo sock gift boxes. $$

Give a snuggly warm gift with Fair Indigo’s baby alpaca scarf. Alpaca is a luxuriously soft fibre and the scarves come in a variety of colours including un-dyed neutrals. They’re fairly made in Peru from traditionally and sustainably-farmed alpaca wool. $$ (US only)

For the one who deserves pampering

I think gifts that help foster relaxation and self-care are especially lovely during the holidays.

Give a classic and cozy robe like this striped organic cotton one from People Tree. It’s fairly made in India, from the cotton-farming to sewing. $$$

Pampering gifts - natural bath salts, organic robe, body oil

A great gift for someone who loves to relax in the bath- The Choosy Chick’s dreamy mineral soak from MOA contains purifying Himalayan pink salt and relaxing essential oils. $$
You can use code MYGREENCLOSET for 10% off The Choosy Chick website.

I love Akamuti’s oils and balms; their products are natural and consciously-sourced, and full of beneficial ingredients. My current favorite for the colder months is their spicy frankincense and myrrh body oil. $

For the Adventurer

Perfect for packing light, Encircled’s Chrysalis Cardi can be worn in different dress styles, as a poncho, cardigan, or scarf. $$$+

Travel gifts - versatile dress/cardi and natural, vegan travel toiletries

Meow Meow Tweet’s Migrator Kit has travel sizes of 5 of their natural and cruelty-free cleansing/care products, including their baking soda-free deodorant. $$

Give a unique travel experience from Canopy & Stars. They have tree house, cabin, yurt, and other glamping getaways around the UK and Europe, plus if you spend £150 on gift cards you can get £50 for your own trip!
– For something similar outside of Europe (mostly in North America) check out Glamping Hub. $$$+

For the Food Lover

My go-to place for plant-based recipes is Minimalist Baker, she has so many easy and delicious recipes and a cookbook available in hardcover or for the Kindle! $

For a beautiful serving piece and useful cutting board, Accompany has this lovely marble and acacia wood board made by artisans from ecologically forested trees. $$

Foodie gifts - Minimalist Baker cookbook, artisan cutting board, organic beer box, and re-useable food wraps

Give the beer enthusiast Planet Organic’s organic beer and snack box. $$ (UK + EU) This is also a great idea which you could put together yourself with the person’s favourites!

Bee’s Wrap’s reusable food wraps are wonderful to have in the kitchen. They cut down on plastic waste and are completely natural. The assorted pack comes with 3 different sizes. $

For the Sustainably Stylish One

This geometric arm cuff from Chic Made Consciously is an amazing statement piece. Their accessories are all made from recycled tire inner tubes, fairly made in Bali by artisans who hand-cut the tattoo-like designs. $$ (US only)

fashion gifts - recycled cuff, cork clutch, and upcycled lingerie

Corkor’s minimal clutch purse includes a removable cross-body chain – it’s a versatile style for running errands or a night out. Made from sustainable cork material, it comes in natural or 4 other colours. $$$
You can use code MGC10 for 10% off their cork bags.

Or why not something lovely to go underneath? Anekdot has sweet and sexy lingerie sets, made in Germany from reclaimed and recycled materials. $$$+

For the Mover

Everyone needs a water bottle, especially those who are always active. Soul Bottle’s glass water bottles feature unique prints from artists and designers. They’re a stylish and sustainable way to stay hydrated. $$

Athletic Gifts - glass water bottle, organic hoodie, natural muscle rub

For working out or lounging, PACT’s organic cotton and recycled poly hoodie helps you stay warm.  $$$

Know someone who always has sore muscles? Get them Badger’s muscle rub from The Choosy Chick. It contains cayenne and ginger to warm and soothe muscles. They also have one for sore joints. $
Use code MYGREENCLOSET for 10% off The Choosy Chick website.

For the Maker

Get a new winter project for a knitter or crocheter. Wool and the Gang offers some sustainable yarns and kits like baskets and plant hangers from their jersey fabric scrap yarn, or sweaters and tops from their recycled denim yarn. $$ – $$$

Microcosm Publishing is a really cool publishing house and distributor. Their superpack “The Life-Changing Magic of Fixing Shit Up” contains zines about mending clothes, soap making, herbs and herbal first aid, bike maintenance, and more. $
You can also find books there on a ton of different topics, mostly focusing on social and self-empowerment topics. Use code DIYLIFE for 15% off their books and zines.

Microcosm Publishing DIY superpack

For the Shaker

I can’t stand fast-fashion t-shirts with slogans about empowering women, likely made by women paid and treated unfairly (WTF right?). With slogan tees from My Sister you can wear your message on an ethically-made product that supports survivors of sex-trafficking. $$

Slogan tees from My Sister and A Beautiful Refuge

Another great option is A Beautiful Refuge‘s tees, I especially like their “Do what is right, not what is easy” one. $$

Or a great idea is to give a donation to their favourite organization or charity in their name. Supporting causes they care about is a wonderful way to have a greater impact. $ – $$$+

For the Green Beauty

Lily Lolo’s Iconic Eye Collection includes their highly recommended mascara (update: I unfortunately had a bad reaction to this mascara, but it does seem to work well for a lot of people), a neutral eye shadow palette with 8 matte and shimmer shades, and a black eyeliner pencil. $$

For those who love trying out different beauty products, Love Goodly has a subscription box with 4-5 full-size, cruelty and toxin free products. $$

Natural Beauty Gifts - Lily Lolo, Love Goodly, 100% Pure and Ecco Verde

A cute stocking stuffer is 100% Pure’s avocado, shea, and cocoa lip butter. Coloured with fruit pigments in 4 different shades. $

Perfect for the holidays is Uoga Uoga’s sparkly silver gift set from Ecco Verde with 3 eyeshadows and a lipgloss. $$

For the Minimalist

Experiences make the best gifts. Take them out for coffee, dinner, to a movie, or any activity they enjoy and spend some quality time together.

Minimalist gifts: experiences- go for coffee, or a capsule wardrobe course

Know someone who’s interested in trying out a capsule wardrobe? Get them Project 333 creator Courtney Carver’s Dress with Less microcourse. This digital course guides you through decluttering and building your capsule wardrobe, but what I really love about it is that it also focuses on your “why” and how the benefits of a capsule go far beyond a simplified closet! $

Get them… nothing! If someone has expressed they don’t want any gifts then that’s what they want. If you still want to “give” something I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t appreciate a kind message that you love and care about them. 🙂

For the Festivities

One tradition my family has had since I was little is that my brother and I get an ornament every year, usually representing something that we were into that year.

Fair Indigo has beautiful fair trade ornaments made by artisans in Thailand. They have a huge variety of designs, so there’s something for everyone. $ – $$ (US only)

fair trade ornaments from Fair Indigo

Send your holiday party invites and cards digitally with Greenvelope. They have beautiful designs and it’s a great way to save paper, plastic, and energy, plus they donate to protect forests and parks. $ – $$

I already mentioned Thought’s socks, but they have holiday themed ones as well! $$

Xmas gifts - digital cards and e-vites, from Greenvelope, & eco Christmas socks

For the Little Ones

Ouistitine makes gorgeous toys from natural and eco friendly materials, like recycled sweaters! $$
For a review of Ouistitine and other kids toys check out this post!

kids gifts - hand puppet, kids gift basket, Frida doll

Our Green House’s make-your-own-basket lets you create a lovely basket with natural baby clothes, toys, and products. $$

This adorable Frida doll from Accompany is handmade and handpainted by artisans in Mexico. $$

View the new 2018 gift guide here.

I hope you find this guide helpful for your conscious gift shopping! xx

Photos are from the brands, Anekdot photo by Colette Pomerleau
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8 Responses

  1. Victoria
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    Hy Verena

    I live in the EU like you. I love all your youtube video and your blog. I undestand you are canadian, but as you are in the EU why not bring a bit more from the EU. Its soo hard for me sometimes to find good stuff. And so often it cost so much to get it from the US ore Canada 😕

    It would be so nice! I know there are good and nice changes going on in the EU too.

    Thanks! Bye for now from Firenze

    • Verena Erin
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      Hi Victoria,
      With things like this I always try to aim for about half and half EU and North American companies. I feel that’s the most fair since if I do mostly EU that then excludes readers for North America.

      I also try to keep my brand directory balanced as well. I have a version that’s filtered by country which is easier if you’re only looking for EU brands

  2. Dana
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    Loved this guide! Thanks for including our cookbook! xoxo

    • Verena Erin
      | Reply

      Thanks Dana!! So happy to share it, you are my favourite for recipes and meal ideas! 💚

  3. Laura
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    So many great ideas here! Also, I just discovered your site, and I’m loving it! 🙂

    • Verena Erin
      | Reply

      Thanks Laura! Welcome 🙂

  4. Lianna
    | Reply

    This guide is fantastic! Thank you!

    • Verena Erin
      | Reply

      Thanks Lianna! 😀

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