Ethical Shopping Guide: Ways to Shop Consciously This Holiday Season

Ethical Shopping Guide: Ways to Shop Ethically This Holiday Season

With holiday gatherings and gifting on your mind, it's a busy time of year... full of joy and connection, but also trying to figure what friends, family and co-workers would like to receive. And then there is always that question of where best to spend your dollars that will also feel good.

Gifts that are ethically made give back in incredible ways. If you enjoy the fun of guessing what someone might appreciate, it doesn't take much additional effort to choose a gift that's meaningful, too. Artisan-made gifts make a difference in the world and share your values unlike any other.

Here is a simple guide to holiday gifts that give back. We created it to help make ethical shopping a little easier, and to help amplify your positive impact in the world. Enjoy!

What Is Ethical Shopping?

What is Ethical Shopping? Ways to Shop Ethically for Holiday Gifts - Prosperity Candle blog

We all have causes we care about and would love to create change for. Those small, individual actions we make time for in our daily lives - perhaps to recycle, volunteer, empower girls, or help refugees - create ripples that spread throughout our communities, influence our friends and family, and truly add up.  

A simple truth is that every time we shop, people and the environment are impacted. When we decide which shirt or shoes to buy, we are playing a role in a global economy that determines whether a garment worker can feed her family and send her children to school. The same is true when we choose our coffee, chocolate, candles, and gifts. More often than not, the artisans and farmers who made these products live far away in another country, yet are deeply impacted by the choices we make. 

In a world of fast fashion, endless deals and clever marketing, there is more reason than ever to shop thoughtfully. A simple purchase can mean the difference between someone living in poverty or working toward a brighter future. Ethical shopping is about voting for the world we want (and not voting for the world we don't want) one purchase at a time. The reality is that we as consumers hold incredible power. We can tell companies what we care about by choosing where to spend our money.

Too Cheap to Believe?

Ways to Shop Ethically and Support Artisan Made Gifts - Prosperity Candle blog

The next time you get that gut feeling that a product is priced too cheaply, it's worth giving a listen. Sadly, many businesses exploit workers with poverty wages and unsafe working conditions that show no regard for their quality of life. Hidden behind many labels, sweatshops and child labor persist. 

Fortunately, this is where conscious consumers and ethical brands are taking a stand.  A gift that is meant to bring joy to someone you care about shouldn't come at the cost of an artisan and her family's livelihood. By uniting to support brands with these values, we can shape the change we want to see.

Ethical Shopping Guide: Ethical Candle Gifts that Give Back

We love socially and environmentally conscious gifts, especially those that include a handmade touch. Every handcrafted product represents a celebration of an artisan's creativity. The moment you touch it, you are instantly connected to that artisan in a tangible way. Their years of skilled technique are in every detail. It's what makes ethically handmade gifts especially beautiful and meaningful.

Look for Certifications

Ethical Shopping Guide: Fair Trade Gifts and B Corporation brands.

Ethically made products are designed for good from start to finish, which means your gift will be appreciated for years. And Fair Trade and B-Corp brands often go above and beyond to ensure living wages, good working conditions, and low environmental impact. 

Fair Trade certification means you can be sure of a brand's practices - there are 10 principles and strict guidelines companies must follow. You'll be happy to know your gift  is supporting  dignified employment .

B-Corp is similar - a rigorous assessment of social and environmental sustainability. Every 3 years, Prosperity Candle goes through the certification process, and we're proud to be recognized for our mission to support  women artisans who are building a brighter future in the U.S. after living for years as refugees.

Gift Guides

Ethical Shopping Guide: Ethical Candles and Gifts that Give Back

There are incredible resources out there for finding ethical gifts and brands that give back. Some of our favorites are Sustainably Chic, Melanin and Sustainable Style, and The Good Trade.

If you're planning to shop online, these resources offer ethical options at your fingertips (and at your leisure, with no lines!). Just remember to order a couple weeks ahead so they arrive in plenty of time.

Ethical Shopping Guide: Empowering Gifts that Give Back to Artisans

Finding thoughtful gifts that are ethically made spreads so much joy. With each purchase you can positively impact many lives simply by how you shop this holiday and throughout the year. 

As a social enterprise that supports women refugees, we've seen how lives are transformed. A child receives an education, a family can afford to put healthy food on the table, healthcare is more accessible. Every gift is an opportunity for us all to make a difference.

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Fragrance Guide

Unique soy blend fair trade candles handcrafted by women artisans candles at Prosperity Candle

Amber & Bergamot

Warm and inviting, amber and bergamot combined with subtle notes of geranium, black cardamom, sandalwood and eucalyptus.

Balsam & Juniper Berry

Wonderfully fresh and seasonally-inspired, this woodland blend of balsam fir, cedarwood and juniper berry radiates the feeling of joy that comes with the holidays. 

Chai Tea

Green tea mixed with a cozy blend of cinnamon, clove, cardamom and peppermint reminds you of your favorite tea spot. A perennial fall favorite! 

Clementine & Lavender

A bright, fresh citrus scent of clementine, tangerine, bergamot and lemon… nicely balanced with French lavender. If you love citrus with a subtle twist, this is for you.

Coastal Seagrass

Clean and aromatic, gentle notes of salty seagrass and ocean water mingle with a hint of sweet coastal air… a blend that will transport you to a faraway shore with calming lapping waves.

Fig & Cedar

An aromatic blend of fresh fig, cedar and oakmoss brightened with grapefruit, lemon zest and a hint of orange. Wonderfully nuanced and just slightly sweet, it’s our new favorite fig scent.

French Lavender & Vanilla

Sweet and refreshing, French lavender and classic vanilla bean are paired to create this deeply comforting and indulgent scent. The perfect balance of two soothing favorites.

Pear & Freesia

Fresh pear mingles with floral notes of freesia and just a touch of patchouli. A joyful fragrance to evoke the freshness of your favorite garden and remind you of the beauty of nature.

Tobacco & Spice 

Dried tobacco leaves blended with teak, cedar and amber with a touch of spice and pimento berry essential oils... a nuanced scent to bring warmth inside.

Tonka & Oud

Wonderfully rich and earthy, tonka beans are paired with oud wood and topped with hints of balsam, rum, amaretto and musk. A restful scent with a captivating twist.

White Tea & Citrus 

An uplifting blend of white tea, bergamot, fig and fresh jasmine combined with a subtle hint of soft sandalwood. This is delightfully light and elegant.


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