Sustainable Gift Ideas for Her
November 11, 2022 • 2 min read
Change up the regular this year with a gift that not only celebrates the wonderful woman in your life, but one that does better by the earth and her inhabitants. We’re sharing sustainable gift ideas for her that have been curated and hand-selected for the highest quality and ethical & environmental manufacturing processes. Whether you choose to surprise her with a cozy set of linen pyjamas, or a getaway to a sustainable luxury hotel in Greece , support sustainable gifting during the most indulgent time of year.
1. Hendrik Lou, Washed Alpaca Scarf, $220
Hand-loomed baby alpaca, this super soft scarf is made from fair-trade Peruvian alpaca wool. This Vancouver-based brand’s products are all hand knit to order. Sourcing fabrics and materials that are natural, earth and animal conscious, your sustainable gift will keep her cozy all season long.
2. Ai Maestri, Matera, Italy, $180+
Treat her to a stay at the newly opened Ai Maestri in the third oldest city in the world. With a mission to make luxury both sustainable and accessible, this hotel is in a sassi – a traditional cave of Matera, Italy. Owned by an incredible woman, this hotel and café pay homage to the unique and deep-rooted cultural history of the Puglia region. Every design detail has been thought-through and created with intent and purpose. Magdalena, the owner, is a dynamic woman who is aiming to revive the lost arts of Matera, while seamlessly blending with the modern world. Out of all the sustainable gift ideas for her, this one will be the most treasured. With Matera set to be Europe’s Capital of Culture for 2019, your trip will be luxurious, relaxing and full of regional delight.
Made in California using natural elements, this brand uses the highest quality ingredients in their perfumes. Hand-mixed in LA using essential oils, absolutes, natural identicals and fragrance oils, these scents are sure to make you swoon. Packaged in 100% recyclable paper packaging made using wind power, sustainable paper and vegetable-based inks, this perfume comes from and returns straight to the earth.
4. Lorette Lingerie, Classic Collection, $275
Sustainable gift ideas for her can get tricky when choosing lingerie. This classic and sensual set makes the perfect gift for your lady. Ethically handmade in Toronto with luxury fabric from Italy and elastics from Japan, this bra and brief set are feminine, sexy and effortless. Lorette Lingerie believes in the empowerment of women, the freedom of choice, and the celebration of all bodies.
A jewelry line you can feel good about gifting, Vrai and Oro stands behind three key values: quality, simplicity and transparency. In an industry that is notorious for underhanded trade, this brand makes all pieces ethically and responsibly in LA, using solid gold and high-quality diamonds, many of which are lab grown. Their packaging is now also biodegradable, so the only things that will last forever are her new diamonds and your love.
6. Bookhou, Woven Blanket Flora, $95 USD
This beautiful, handmade floral blanket is 100% cotton, reversible and multi-use. Big enough to wrap around her body, it makes the perfect cuddle blanket, picnic or beach blanket, or wall art. Woven in the USA and machine-washable, this floral beauty will soon become her go-to
snuggle buddy (after you, of course).
7. Deiji Studios, The 03 Blush Set, $195 AUD
This set from Deiji Studios features an oversized linen shirt and shorts that are loose fitting, boxer style, and incredibly comfortable. Made from 100% stone washed French linen, Deiji Studios is not driven by trend or profit, but rather slow fashion and the pursuit of style that defies age and time. Their factories in China are small-scale, and they ensure fair wages and good working conditions.
8. OLEA All Suite Hotel, Zakynthos, Greece, $400 CAD +
For the woman who loves architecture, warm beaches, gastronomy and sustainability, treat her to a stay at the gorgeous OLEA All Suite Hotel in Zakynthos. Surrounded by olive and carob trees, this hotel has 93 suites facing either gardens, the sea or the mountains. The Mediterranean kitchen is one to spend time in, with the head chef making creations that mix elegance with regional fare, traditional foods with contemporary flavours.
9. Aurate, Sensu Ear Jackets, $150 USD
These elegant yet feisty earrings are the dazzling bit of bling your lady needs to feel extra special. Without breaking the bank, she can wear her new earrings to dinner or brunch –they’re fun for the day but dressy enough for a night out. Aurate was born in NYC and all their pieces are inspired by the iconic architecture of the city (historic buildings, doorknobs). Crafted by seventh-generation craftspeople, Aurate eliminates markups and middlemen for transparent and accessible pricing. In partnership with Mastery Charter, this brand supports developing literacy by donating a books to children in need across the US.
10. Haws, The Smethwick Spritzer, £14.99 UK
For the crazy plant lady in your life, these brass and copper misters are the perfect tool to help her indoor plant babies retain their moisture. Haws still manufactures all their products in Birmingham, unchanged since John Haws opened the factory in 1886. Their garden tools are all handcrafted, unique (no two are identical), and made with the finest quality, all backed with a 10-year guarantee. Move over boy, she has a snazzy new Mister in her life and it doesn’t look like it’s you!
11. Wool and the Gang, Knit Kit, $46 CAD+
A gift and activity in one, Wool and the Gang knit kits are the coziest sense of accomplishment there is! Sourcing materials transparently from sustainable sources and spreading the idea of craft, Wool and the Gang encourages us to adopt a more conscious approach to the production process by making it ourselves. Some of these materials include upcycled yarn made of pre-consumer denim waste or sustainably sourced Alpaca wool from Peru. We guarantee she wool love this!
12. After the Rain, $28.95 CAD
Written by the celebrated self-care storyteller, Alexandra Elle, After the Rain delivers 15 lessons on how to overcome obstacles, build confidence and cultivate abundance. Sharing stirring stories from her own remarkable journey from self-doubt to self-love, Elle’s candor and warmth come through in this luminous guide to self-discovery.
13. Jung Maven, Ojai Tee, $42 USD
For the lady who loves to lounge, Jung Maven tees (Ojai or Basic) are the perfect gift. Made from 30% hemp and 70% organic cotton, this antibacterial and moisture wicking tee is breathable, super soft and naturally mold and insect-resistant. The oversized options are not only made for maximum chillness, but with every purchase, a man somewhere gets his comfy tee back.
14. Well Kept, Brass Safety Razor, $68 CAD
Recapturing that antiquated experience of shaving, Well Kept is the epitome of slow living. Turning what is usually a hasty run over with a plastic razor into a slow, intentional and luxurious experience, these safety razors are self-care in their entirety. With over two billion plastic razors and cartridges being discarded annually in the US alone, Well Kept’s solid brass razors are designed to last a lifetime, just like your love.
15. Coqui Coqui, Yucatan Coba, $200 USD+
While travel looks a little different this year, if you’re able, a sojourn to Coqui Coqui, a spa and residence deep in the jungle of the Yucatan Peninsula will be the getaway of her dreams. An ode to Mayan architecture and heritage, this hotel offers fresh product from the garden, fish from the onsite cenote, and hand-crafted hammocks to relax in. With a spa that uses organic ingredients and ancient Mayan techniques of revitalization and homeopathy, she’ll be dying to Mexi-go.
16. Anupaya, Cabins, $375 CAD /night
Anupaya is a nature inspired cabin retreat and home decor company. Nestled between the Upper Ottawa River and the Eastern border of Algonquin Park, Anupaya cabins sit on the ancestral lands of the Anishinabewaki and Omamiwinniwag People. With a belief that for-profit companies have an immense capacity to help heal our planet, Anupaya promises to remove one pound of waste for every product sold from our shared wild spaces. So far, they’ve cleaned up over 70,000 lbs of waste! These charming beachfront cabins are the perfect wilderness escape, helping to relax, slow down and settle into nature’s pace.
17. Cuyana, Convertible Leather Laptop Sleeve, $115 USD
Made from Italian pebbled leather, this gorgeous piece easily transitions from laptop sleeve to desk pad. Whether she’s travelling and always on-the-go, or busy working from her home office and cafes, this sleek sleeve is made to last. Cuyana works with a woman-owned factory in Turkey, where artisans have produced quality leather goods since the 15th century. LWG Gold Certified, Cuyana’s leather is tanned responsibly and checked for transparency, resource consumption and effluent treatment.
18. Mejuri, Earrings, prices vary
One of the fastest growing sustainable jewellery brands, Mejuri gets it right when it comes to creating unique pieces and operating from a framework of sustainability. With recycled gold that’s actually traceable, ethical production, and suppliers who are certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council, Mejuri is committed to human rights and fair labour. Dazzle your love this holiday season with earrings that she can feel good about.
19. Tartan Blanket Co, Lambswool Knee Blanket, Camel, $110 USD
You can never go wrong with a cozy blanket as a gift, especially one that’s made with the highest quality sheep’s wool. This brand’s lamb’s wool comes from sheep who have been raised and loved on family farms in Inner Mongolia. Their fleece is sheared and gathered with care, with the brand founders having visited the farms many times to ensure ethical treatment was the norm. Hand-spun in Edinburgh and these beautiful blankets double as wraps and big scarves, perfect for keeping cozy in all winter long.
20. Oliver Cabell, Low 1 White, $235 USD
The perfect white sustainable sneaker doesn’t exi…. Meet Oliver Cabell’s Low 1 – actually the perfect white, sustainable sneaker, if you can believe it! These gorgeous everyday kicks are handcrafted in the Marche region of Italy, are buttery soft and oh so comfy. Oliver Cabell works with high-quality materials, ethically-sourced gold where applicable, and they believe in true craftsmanship for longer lasting footwear. Shoe’ll love them, we promise!
21. Dyeraid, Beanie, $35.50 USD – FORAGE20 for 20% off
Keep her warm this winter with these beautiful beanies from Dyeraid. These single-cuff, rib knit beanies are made from 100% recycled materials and are botanically hand-dyed. With most fabrics and clothing in stores these days being coloured using harmful toxins, these plant-dyed cuties are a sight for fast fashion sore eyes!
22. WTHN, Gold Ear Seed Kit, $45 USD
Ear seeds carry a deep legacy in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) as a wellness tool used to reduce stress, relieve pain, restore hormonal balance, support digestion, and much more. She’ll love this natural wellness tool kit, designed to look chic while delivering the goods. The tiny adhesive beads can be placed on specific acupressure (acupuncture) points to stimulate relief and promote overall well-being. She’ll feel so much better, that this is one gift you won’t ear the end of!
23. Nimmo Bay Resort, $5000 CAD +
Whisk her away to the stunning, family-owned wilderness resort – Nimmo Bay. Nestled in the heart of Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest, resting on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, this swoon-worthy, luxury escape offers customized wilderness, wildlife, culinary and wellness experiences. Forage for sea kelp with the resort’s chef, meditate in the floating sauna, catch humpbacks and orcas living their best life, and rejuvenate your senses with the scents of the forest, mountains and ocean. You just bay never leave!
24. Sonny, Pense Ring, $74 CAD +
Sonny makes stunning, handcrafted, ethical jewelry in the Canadian Prairies, with the intention of embracing the beauty found in organic imperfections. Each piece is slowly carved out of wax and then cast into metal. Aiming to inspire a life well lived, Sonny’s ethos is rooted in conscious consumption and the undiscovered path. It might not be the ring she expects, but it’ll be just as perfect!
25. Everlane, The Corduroy Long Shirt Jacket, $206 CAD
Corduroy is back! Equally cozy as it is comfy, this classic fabric has been updated into a v trendy shirt jacket. With a relaxed fit and utilitarian-inspired details, this shacket by Everlane can be worn layered, or on its own. Made from 99% cotton in an ethical facility, this is the perfect year-round jacket for her.
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