The 2018 Ethical Holiday Gift Guide

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If only I had 50 hours to dedicate to this guide..because there are just so many beautiful ethical gift options out there, it was hard to narrow it down but in order to keep things easily digestible, I chose my top picks for the holiday gifting season..

Because I love gifting items that are made with a bigger purpose in mind, and if you’re reading this, I’m sure you do too.

For men:

Apolis + SIGG Travel Water Bottle: Made in Sweden, this collaborative 1 liter bottle has a rustic gunmetal finish and is BPA free! Great for the outdoorsman, the crunchy dad and the gym enthusiast.

Birch Bark Candle from Ranger Station: The most woodsy scent at Ranger Station, this crisp birch and cedar scented candle turns into a collectable whiskey glass once the wax has burned down. The impact element? It’s hand poured in Nashville by women survivors of trafficking.

The Drifter Beanie by Krochet Kids: Okay, so technically this is a unisex beanie but it’s so simply handsome. With waffled texture and hand signed by the woman who made it (inside on top), it’s easily a practical, useful and affordable gift that will last your brother/uncle/cousin/boyfriend many winters to come.

Navy Twill Sunset Joggers by Rustic Dime: Ethically made pants for men are hard to come by. add in the style of this pair with the comfort of 98% cotton, 2% spandex and I can bet you won’t find anything better. (my husband owns a pair and insists, they are the most comfortable pair of pants he owns)

For women:

Tonle Natural Linen Napkins: Made of rescued deadstock linen, these 20x20 inch napkins come in a set of four and are artfully sewn to expose raw edges. They’ll last for years to come!

Favorite Hoodie Candle by KarmaLit: Not all candles are created equal! KarmaLit prides itself on creating toxin-free scents that the whole family can enjoy. Made with American grown soy + essential oils, Favorite Hoodie combines the scents of tobacco, musk, leather and a hint of vanilla. Even better? KarmaLit donates a portion of proceeds to DonorsChoose, assisting teachers in buying supplies for their classrooms.

Over the Rainbow Charm Necklace by 31 Bits: A dainty charm necklace handmade by artisans in Bali on 14K Gold-Plated chain. Looks good and does good. Perfect for the minimalist and/or the altruist on your list!

Vie Healing Cupping Set: We all like to be pampered, and we know jade rollers are in BUT, what about the ancient detoxifying practice of cupping? These made-in-the-USA silicone cups are a great addition to any woman’s skincare routine. Guaranteed Mom didn’t see this gift coming!

Badala Bath Box: Covered in beautiful botanical illustrations, this limited-edition holiday box contains over $100 worth of natural, handcrafted products like body balm, a bath bomb and lip scrub made by survivors of trafficking here in the U.S., as well as a beautiful coaster set from independent artisans in Kenya. What’s not to love?

Causebox Subscription: A quarterly box filled with ethically made and give-back products, over $200 value per box (subscription gets you $49.95 per quarter when you buy the whole year at once)! I know this box is on my Christmas list!

Babies and Kids:

Plan Toys: This sustainably-minded brand has engaging and thoughtfully designed toys for ages 0-5. Made mostly of reclaimed rubber woods and always using non-toxic paints and glues, you’re sure to find appropriate toys for all the little ones on your list!

Hang a Hammock: These macrame hammocks will no doubt be a unique and long-lasting gift for the receiving child. Whether you find a swing, chair or baby cradle, they are sturdy and knotted to last. Made fairly in Nicaragua!

Imani Collective: With a collection of adorable animal pillows, an interactive house pillow, wall hangings and rugs (okay, so it’s not ALL is just for babies and kids here!), the Imani collection features all kinds of wonderful kids products. My recent favorite: the Farmer’s Market Tote- plush veggies included!

Little Lentil Clothing: Everything from Little Lentil is darling- really. And made of 100% organic cotton, what kid wouldn’t love to receive a sweet blanket, hat or outfit? My daughter is pictured above wearing the short sleeve pocket dress and lentil print leggings.

Looking for something specific but not sure if an ethical version exists? Feel free to email me at I’ll do my best to help you find what you’re looking for!

Happy holiday shopping,



Hi! I’m Ashley, the founder of Sister House Collective. I’m a mindful mama, an independent creative director for developing brands and ethical merchandising strategist. On the blog, you’ll find writings about do-good brands, conscious living, motherhood and sustainability. Thanks for stopping by!


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