SUSTAIN's Holiday Gift-Guide

Conscious gifts for your best friend

By Sarah Archambeault

The holidays are right around the corner and so is showing love to your best friend, whether they are your lover, companion or even your mom. We gathered some sustainable brands to keep in mind when purchasing a gift this season that will not only put a smile on your bestie’s face, but also give back to the people that made them. Below are eight conscious gifts to shop this season!

Hand-Crafted Lao earrings ($15.00)

Made by disabled female artisans in Laos, by purchasing these earrings you and the person you are giving them to are empowering the women who made them. Each purchase assists in giving the artisans an improved quality of life and helps with providing fair wages and sustainable employment.

You can get them here.

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Rose Gold Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker ($12.00)

This gift is perfect for all of your happy hour drink fixes. The shaker is rust and leak-proof to ensure long lasting use. Your bestie will be mixing up the best drinks (so is this really a gift for them or yourself?) and it’s sure to be a hit at the next holiday party.

You can get it here

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Handcrafted Holiday Cards ($15.00)

These special holiday cards come in sets of four. They are made with recycled paper by Lao Disabled Women's Development Center and like the earrings, they help directly support the women who made them. Rather than purchase generic corporate cards, gift your loved ones something unique and handmade where the money you spend goes right back into the hands that crafted them.

You can get them here.

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SheaMoisture Skincare Multi-Masking Holiday Kit ($10.00)

Give your bestie the gift of glowing skin this holiday season! The kit contains one African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask packet, one African Black Soap, and Bamboo Charcoal Detoxifying Sleeping Mask, one Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Mud Mask packet, one Coconut & Hibiscus Radiance Mud Mask packet, and one Kukui Nut and Grapeseed Oil Youth-Infusing Mud Mask and is made in the USA.

Find it here.

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SheaMoisture Illuminating Body Wash and Body Lotion ($9.99)

The face isn’t the only thing that needs some extra TLC during the winter. Because the winter season is extremely tough on the skin, give your bestie the coconut and hibiscus illuminating body wash and lotion made with certified organic Shea Butter and other natural ingredients for radiant skin all over.

Purchase it here.

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The Gigi Towel ($45.00)

This towel is perfect for your bestie to tie around their waist or wear in their hair. It gets better with each wash and is made out of naturally dyed linen. The towel is packaged and shipped in recycled materials and even comes with the option to gift wrap it with a complimentary handwritten note for a more sentimental feel.

You can find it here.

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ECOrenaissance: A Lifestyle Guide ($50 contribution or more)

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This is a lifestyle guide for co-creating a stylish, sexy and sustainable world. By gifting your bestie this guide, you both are supporting female entrepreneurs trying to grow their businesses. The guide educates on ethical practices and sustainable qualities, how to take care of your clothes to make them last longer and provides insight into the country and people that make your clothes.

You can support Nineh’s crowdsourcing campaign, iFundWomen, here.

A Tote Bag Made by Saheli Women ($100 contribution or more)

Nineh’s artisan partners in the rural village of Bikankhor, Rajasthan, India curate these one of a kind bags. They are made of 100% black cotton canvas and traditional Rajasthani print on the binding. Your best-friend will love this extraordinary bag as each one is unique and made from the scraps of available prints at the local market.

You can support Nineh’s crowdsourcing campaign, I fund Women, here.

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Disclaimer: Although we believe that making memories is the best way to give gifts, showing an extra amount of love is great too! So that’s why we came up with this curated gift-guide, to make your loved ones feel extra special while giving back to the people that produced them.