34 Gifts for the Conscious Shopper to Give (and Receive)

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You’ve purchased a reusable coffee cup, you haven’t touched a plastic bag in years, and you can’t remember the last time you shopped at a fast-fashion chain. Maybe you even compost! If you’ve been making a serious effort to live more sustainably, the holidays are here just in time to throw a wrench in your plans. The sheer variety of people on your gifting list—in-laws, hard-to-please mothers, picky friends—can make purposeful shopping a difficult task, and that’s before you factor in an item’s environmental or social impact. But after the whirlwind of 2020, it’s more important than ever to gift with intention, ideally with sustainable, thoughtfully-made pieces your loved ones will cherish for years to come.

Fortunately, it’s only getting easier to find those items online. Below, we’ve narrowed down the very best sustainable gifts for everyone on your list, from upcycled and organic fashion finds—like Paradis Perdus’s recycled cashmere sweater and Collina Strada’s patchwork silk dress—to highly innovative ones, like Tom Ford’s ocean plastic watch or House of Fluff’s plant-based “fur” coat. For the climate-conscious home chef, a non-toxic pan or countertop herb garden would surely be put to good use (and will secure you an invite to future dinners). And when it comes to those hard-to-buy-for friends, consider a gift that’s clever, yet functional, like Kate McLeod’s package-free moisturizer, Baggu’s mood-lifting face masks, or a three-pack of The Big Favorite’s circular underwear (when you’ve worn them out, you can send them back to be recycled). Shop 34 gifts to feel good about giving—or add them to your own wish list—below.

For her:

Collina Strada ritual sleeveless dress

$727

BROWNS FASHION

Polite pearl necklace

$700

POLITE WORLD

Paradis Perdus recycled wool sweater

$450

PARADIS PERDUS

Marques’Almeida upcycled ruffled cotton midi skirt

$351

MATCHESFASHION.COM

House of Fluff BioFur peacoat

$425

HOUSE OF FLUFF

Bliss & Mischief Conjure flower embroidered denim

$488

BLISS & MISCHEIF

Tom Ford 002 Ocean Plastic watch

$995

TOM FORD

Maria Stanley alpaca beanie

$119

MARIA STANLEY

Rave Review upcycled bedsheet cotton blazer

$472

MATCHESFASHION.COM

By Far x Vestiaire upcycled mini bag

$490

VESTIAIRE COLLECTIVE

For him:

Bethany Williams graphic upcycled hooded jacket

$2,500

BROWNS FASHION

Levi’s Secondhand men’s vintage jeans

$118

SECOND HAND

Rick Owens x Veja sock runners

$265

SSENSE

Nike Space Hippie sneakers

$130

NIKE

Story MFG Grateful tee

$129

STORY MFG

Entireworld organic cotton socks

$15

ENTIRE WORLD

Allbirds men’s wool cardigan

$145

ALLBIRDS

The Big Favorite circular boxers, 3 pack

$49

THE BIG FAVORITE

For home:

Helmstedt blanket

$1,505

HELMSTEDT

Kotn Egyptian cotton sheet set

$90

KOTN

Atmos Magazine Volume 04: Cascade

$25

ATOMOS EARTH

Heretic 100% soy wax candle in Smudge

$85

SHEN BEAUTY

Caraway non-toxic dutch oven

$125

CARAWAY HOME

Vitamix food cycler

$299

AMAZON

Veritable smart indoor garden

$189

MOMA STORE

Hay glass jug

$50

MOMA STORE

Stocking stuffers:

Kate McLeod Grounding solid moisturizer stone

$45

KATE MCLEOD

Saie Really Great Gloss in Chill

$18

SAIE HELLO

Sheertex unbreakable semi-opaque tights

$69

SHEETEX

Swedish Stockings recycled tights

$24

MADEWELL

W&P Porter utensil set

$18

W AND P DESIGN

Reusable Swedish dishcloth

$7

PACKAGE FREE SHOP

Baggu organic cotton mask set

$32

BAGGU

Patagonia lunch tote

$19

PATAGONIA