Giving all-ethical gifts is an absolute
dream. Sharing intentional, sustainable products that are made well and have
meaning behind them is my goal for the holidays. Of course, it gets pricey to
do it. So I’ll be sharing two gift guides with you this year! One gift guide
profiling the best ethical gifts for everyone in your life, and the other
dedicated to affordable ways to curate gifts for the holidays.
Part 1 is the ethical, sustainable gift
guide! I’ve gathered together my favourite gifts to give to anyone for the
holidays – from your sister, friend, mom, dad, partner or brother. There’s
pretty much something for everyone. Well, except scarves and hats because mine
arrived late, but stay tuned to see my recos for the best winter accessories!
Without further ado, let’s get into it! All the best ethical gifts of 2019.
Some links below are sponsored or contain affiliate links, but as always, all products were hand-picked by me for their giftability and how much I love them!
For your dearest friend (or you)
I’m the kind of person that shops for myself (and others) during the holidays. There are always promotions which make shopping more accessible, so I approach the holiday season with a meaningful list of brands I love and pieces I’ve had my eye on. These three items are super giftable and really lovely as gifts for your girlfriends or sister as well.
For the ones who live for winter hibernation
These two gifts are something of a little miracle. This collection from ABLE celebrates strong women and helps fuel their objectives of fair wages for every women in their supply chain. They’re a reminder of the importance of self-care, and the value of the role models in your life, and are the coziest gifts on this list. They smell like a delicate and lovely cocoon.
For the spa lover & self-care advocate
We all have one of those in our lives.
Admittedly, sometimes it’s us! These gifts are for the one who needs nothing
more than some cozy things to surround themselves in during the cold months.
Candles, pyjamas, organic fabrics and blankets.
For the ones with refined taste
You’ll notice there are no genders
mentioned in this gift guide – because I don’t believe in separating gifts by
gender. But what I did have a lot of fun creating was a set of gifts that have
an elevated, darker look to them. Gifts centred around taste, scent, texture
and quality. These gifts are for the person in your life who wants things that
last. Who cares deeply about keeping the items in their lives for a long time.
For the entertainer
For the host who enjoys a good dinner
party, these gifts elevate the table thoughtfully. There’s nothing like local
honey to add some flavour and warmth in the winter, and spoons that have the
most gorgeous grain. If you know anyone who finds their fuel through cooking or
baking, these gifts are for them.
For the zero waste curious
They could be seasoned or beginners – or
just starting their career and looking for a refined on-the-go kit! These
pieces are so perfect for anyone looking to have beautiful items to pull out
For the one who says, “It’s okay, I don’t need anything.”
My general philosophy with those who say they don’t want anything is to…drum roll… listen to them! If someone truly doesn’t want anything, why not take them out for lunch, or treat them to a day out?
But what about that person who SAYS they don’t want anything, when really they kinda-sorta do still want to be part of the fun? That’s my mom. So for people like her, my rule is to gift something that can be used – and can make an everyday task so much more beautiful.
The best in jewellery
Some of these pieces, I’ve had for years.
Jewellery can be difficult to buy for people if you don’t know their style, but
these pieces are perfectly minimal and can layer with any other items they own.
The best in winter accessories
I’ve always found it hard to find versatile, high-quality winter accessories that looked good but actually keep me warm. This winter, I’ve finally hit the gold mine. The three makers I profile below have beautifully crafted pieces that are simple but practical and make absolutely beautiful gifts. Best bit? Honestly, you can gift them to anyone. Your nephew, your sister, your parents or whatever – if you live in a cold climate, who wouldn’t want easy, warm, high-quality pieces that could go with anything in their wardrobe?
The best in candles
I call this the foolproof winter gift. Who
doesn’t want a bit of cozy in their home during the snowy season? A warm little
twinkle, candles are the best of the best. I know people who love scents, and
people who despise them. So I’ve rounded up options that are woodsy, floral,
musky and absolutely scent-free so you can gift whatever they’ll love best.
So those are my favourite gifts of 2019! I hope it helps you find something meaningful for the ones you love. I find so much joy in gifting. Lately I’ve been leaning towards getting people one or two special items instead of a whole assortment—and that’s helped me stay on-budget while curating something special. Telling a story in the card, or sharing with them why you’ve gifted the items you have, can really drive the impact of your choices home and make them feel that the gift is something more than just a quick grab from the store.
Hope you all have a happy holidays! Feel free to ask me any gifting questions in the comments section below.
Oh! And stay tuned for Black Friday updates in the week of November 25th, because I’ll be sharing all the best ethical brands to shop from during that time 😉
Hey! I’m Sara: Canada-based conscious shopper & new homeowner on a journey to intentional living. On here you’ll find my experiences in seeking balance and joy in the form of minimalist home decor, low-waste living, ethical fashion and the story of makers around the world.