The holiday season is notoriously wasteful, but it doesn’t have to be. Thanks to ever-increasing consumer demand for more ethical products, there are more options than ever for eco-friendly gifts, from consciously made clothing to toxin-free toys. Here are 12 sustainably made gifts that have a small carbon footprint and are guaranteed to win big smiles.
Recycled wool sweater
Eco-friendly clothing brand Reformation has partnered with Nativa, the world leader in luxury worsted wool, to create a collection of regenerative wool sweaters, cardigans and accessories that look as good as they feel. I especially like the “Emotional Support Sweater” because frankly, we could all use a little pampering after the last two years.
Emotional Support regenerative wool sweater, $ 298. thereformation.com
These ceramic pots are made to order by New York-based artist Josephine Noel and generally take up to two months to ship, but now Nordstrom Canada stocks them in limited quantities, so get one while you can.
Recreation Center Planter, $ 125, nordstrom.ca
This temperature-regulated weighted blanket is made from renewable plant-based Tencel and, unlike some of its less attractive competitors, it comes in a variety of trendy colors that will fit in nicely with any aesthetic.
Tree Napper, $ 329 (15 pounds), bearaby.ca
Eiffel Tower puzzle
This 3-D puzzle is made from FSC certified wood and water-based paint, with no toxic plastics in sight. It is suitable for children aged four and over, but I don’t blame you for buying it as a decoration for the living room …
Janod Build-It-Yourself Wooden Eiffel Tower, $ 40, charlotteetcharlie.ca
These limited edition sneakers are made from scraps of wool left over from the manufacture of Allbirds sneakers and FSC certified rubber soles. They come in four colors, but I’m a fan of this festive red.
Wool Dwellers, $ 90, allbirds.ca
This robust buyer is made by refugees in Italy using ethically sourced and sustainably sourced materials from Burkina Faso. Unlike the ubiquitous branded cotton bags, this one is strong enough to hold a laptop and attractive enough to use anywhere.
Low market totalizer, $ 253, goodeeworld.com
For the loved one whose baking pandemic has become a lifelong hobby, this banner comes with a reusable fabric liner and cover, no need for plastic bags or plastic wrap.
Round banneton, $ 24.50, leevalley.com
Soy wax candle
Slowly produced in Ottawa, these charming scented candles pay homage to the Canadian capital with 100% essential oil scents inspired by its various neighborhoods.
Barrhaven candle, $ 28, valleycandleco.ca
Parade makes soft and supportive bralettes with a unique fabric created from recycled yarns. Developed by a team of former lululemon design experts, this sustainable underwear has become an internet sensation and is finally available to Canadian buyers.
Low cut bralette, $ 38, yourparade.com
Two blankets in a gift guide? Listen to me: this is arguably a work of art. The brushed twill blanket is made in Canada with super soft baby alpaca yarn, tempting to cuddle, but would look fantastic hanging on the wall.
Black saw peyote shot, $ 495, ssense.com
Hand and body care set
If your skin doesn’t turn to sandpaper every winter, are you Canadian? Give it some much-needed TLC with this vegan hand and body care set from Aesop. Its granulated hand soap gently exfoliates while a duo of balms restores much-needed flexibility, all with those unique and delicious Aesop scents, and packaged in a reusable recycled container.
The Advocate Kit, $ 140, aesop.com
Top this handmade Egyptian clay dessert plate with homemade cookies for a host gift that will truly be used year after year.
Malaika red bloom dessert plate, $ 45, goodeeworld.com