The Conscious Consumer's Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for something different this holiday season? How about gifts from cool companies making a real difference in the world? Every gift on our list is designed to do good: by providing fair employment, by upcycling materials into forever treasures, by donating to great causes like

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Shop for her | Shop for him | Shop for the home | Shop for everyone

For Her

Pollock Ring by Greenola, $16.50

Colorful and unconventional, these rings add a great pop of color and fun to your holiday gift giving. Made by woman artisans in Bolivia, each ring is as unique as the women on your gift list. The colorful center is aguayo cloth, a a traditional, hand-woven fabric made by Bolivian women artisans who use it to carry anything from their groceries to their children. Each pattern is unique to the woman who wove it!

Basketweave Earrings (in gold, black, or red) by Mela Artisans, $25

A trendy chevron design makes these earrings an instant favorite. Each pair is handcrafted from gold tone brass.

Neang Upcycled Jersey Tee by Raven + Lily, $52

A super luxe basic that we'd pair with everything from classic workwear to fun accessories (like Raven + Lily's mixed-metal Elsabet Double Tube necklace), this soft jersey tee is made from cotton remnants by at-risk women.

Sleazy Jane by O My Bag, 249

Don't let the name fool you -- there's nothing sleazy about this elegant, eco-leather bag.


For Him

Classic Book Tees by Out of Print, $28

Everyone else will get him books. Get the literature lover in your life something completely unexpected: trendy, graphic print tees featuring his favorite classics. Out of Print donates a book to a community in need for every item sold, promoting literacy around the world.

Mountain Scrub Soap by Bush Smart, $15

Serious soap for serious clean. Bush Smart's Mountain Scrub Soap is made from western sage essential oil and and gently exfoliating rock powder. And every purchase made through United by Blue, UBB will remove 1 pound of trash from our oceans and waterways. Take a shower, clean the earth. Simple. And for even more scrubbing power, check out the Man Soap set, which comes with all three varieties in a handsome leather tray.

Date Watch by WeWood, $120

This amazing watch does more than just tell time (and look good doing it). Made from 100% natural wood and available in a wide array of colors, a tree is planted every time a WeWood watch is purchased. Since their launch in 2011, WeWood has planted over 250,000 trees -- talk about sustainable fashion.

Bike Tire Belt by Vaya Bags, $20

Got a vegan friend? Or a friend who loves biking? Or a vegan friend who loves biking? Boom: Vaya Bags' upcycled bike tire belt has them covered. It's entirely made from discarded bicycle tires, and looks sharp with its simple military-style buckle.

For the Home

Wine Carafe Set by Usful Glassworks, $42

This Given Goods find, made by the folks at Usful Glassworks, is far and away the coolest way to serve wine -- in wine bottles! This carafe and glass set is made from actual wine bottles. May we suggest adding a bit of ambiance with a centerpiece made from a real wine barrel slat?

Nahuala Rectangle Trays by Noonday Collection, $36

We can think of a hundred uses for this handsome set of pine wood trays, hand carved by a family operated carpentry shop in Guatemala. From displaying appetizers to holding jewelry to serving as catch-alls for keys and letters to be mailed, these would look gorgeous in any corner of the home.

Brushstrokes Rice Bowl by Prosperity Candle, $28

We couldn't resist sharing one of our favorites from our own holiday collection . . . the Brushstrokes bowl candle is big, bold, and available in scented or unscented varieties. Each candle is handpoured by a woman refugee, and comes beautifully gift boxed with her story. And after the candle inside is done, it transitions back to a beautiful rice bowl (its original purpose).

Parinda Watering Can by Far & Wide Collective, $49

Even if it's grey and snow-covered now, every gardener needs a beautiful watering can for the spring ahead! We love this whimsical watering can, painted in tribal truck art style in Pakistan. Pair it with the Guldaan metal cup (perfect for displaying freshly picked flowers) and she'll have the prettiest porch on the block come summer.

For Everyone

Favela Painting Sketchbook by Public-Supply, $18

The perfect gift for any artister, doodler, dreamer or writer, Public-Supply's Favela Painting Sketchbook is a limited edition collaboration with the nonprofit Favela Painting -- 100% of proceeds will go to support their latest project, Back to Rio, and and support small-scale painting and career workshops for local youth living in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Why not pair it with a variety pack of Public-Supply's classic pencils?

Phone Cases by Red Dirt, $37

Showcase their unique style and enable water access for someone for a full year. Each Red Dirt case is designed in collaboration with a talented artist looking to make change in the world. Red Dirt partners with to help make a big dent in the world's water crisis.

The Garfield by STATE Bags, $55

For cool kids . . . or adults who love color (and if you're looking for something a little less bold, we're loving their Ashton bag, a very stylized version of the classic book bag). These colorful canvas bags are excellent go-everywhere accessories. Even better, for every bag sold, STATE delivers an identical bag to a child in need. A back pack that gives back is the very best kind.

Sunglasses by Proof Eyewear, $95

Who doesn't need a new pair of sunglasses? Proof's catalog of sunglasses make it almost impossible to know what to pick -- they're all awesome, modern designs, artfully made. And Proof's mission goes way beyond making the wearer look cool: every pair of glasses sold helps fund eyesight-saving surgery in places like India. 

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