There are gifts for every budget, listed in increasing order by price. The list will be updated as I find more unique, thoughtful gifts, so please check back.
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Help her replace those outdated, potentially toxic plastic tools with something more sustainable. These makeup brushes and tools are made of renewable, naturally antimicrobial bamboo. NOTE: Also available at Target, Walgreens and other retailers. (aff)
Every woman can use beautiful, quality frames for her favorite photos and artwork. These have a sleek, contemporary style made of sustainably-grown plantation rubberwood. At the end of their rubber-producing life, the trees are harvested for wood rather than being burned. The black finish is water-based black and the mat boards are made from recycled paper. Fill one with a meaningful photo to make the gift even more special.
Anyone who cares about going green will tell you that the things we put on our face and body are as important as the things we put in our body. Show her you get it by giving face and skin care goodies from Nourish Organic. All their products are USDA certified organic, and you can give individual items or a gift set. PLUS, you can get 25% off you order through Dec. 6 with coupon code CYBER25. (aff)
Some women love their makeup. Still, she’ll want her to be careful about what she puts on her face. Nvey Eco is among the leading eco-friendly makeup brands on the market. She’ll love the fact that she’s still getting to feel dressed up and put together, and you’ll love the fact that you’re helping her avoid toxic chemicals and animal testing.
Chances are the lady on your list spends a bit of time getting ready and uses a variety of tools to tame her hair. These options from Vidal Sassoon’s EcoStyle collection will help her do so using at least 35% less energy. There is also a printed reminder on the hair dryer to unplug when she’s not using it. Hair dryer, curling iron and flat iron available. (aff)
These are NOT your mother’s underwear. They are bold, graphic and anything but boring. The women’s undies are available in a variety of styles, including bikinis, boy shorts and thongs, and each pair is inspired by a social or environmental cause. They are made of organic cotton, shipped in a compostable envelope, and 10% of every sale goes to Pact’s non-profit partners. (aff)
Personally, I get a kick out of making things. I know tons of people for whom I can say the same. The challenge is that after a while, it can be tough to come up with ideas for crafts and DIY projects, and we have to gather all the supplies to get started. Darby Smart is the perfect gift for the DIYer on your list. You can gift a box filled with complete instructions and all the materials they’ll need to complete a project from start to finish: From block-printed fabrics to soy candles and more — and you can even give a yearlong subscription. Check out my own DarbySmart project and why love this gift idea so much!
If she loves yoga, she’ll think you’re the most thoughtful person in the world when you present her with a new mat. This one also happens to be free of PVC and phthalates so she can breathe easy when she practices. And to make it better, for every product Natural Fitness sells, they fund the planting of a tree in areas of the world that benefit most. (aff)
Feisty Elle jewelry is fitting of its company name. These pieces are beautifully designed and distinctive, and they are made of materials like pure marino wool and bamboo. Plus, all pieces are designed and assembled by hand in San Francisco. If she loves big earrings, she’ll be happy to hear that they are also very lightweight. If you really want to make her day, add a jewelry cleaner, which any woman can use.
The fashionista on your list (who’s not vegan) will love Timberland’s Earthkeepers collection. You’ll find stylish shoes, clothing, outerwear, handbags and more. Plus, they’re all made with materials like organic cotton; recycled rubber, plastic bottles and nylon; and leather from a silver-rated tannery. (aff) If she’s an outdoor person, then you might want to visit www.altitude-sports.com/collections/bogs for their collection of outdoor boots.
What woman wouldn’t appreciate a spa day? More than that, you’ll be giving her the gift of relaxation and time to herself. She’ll be able to use her Spa Finder certificate at any spa in their network. Plus, she can search for terms like “organic” and “eco” to find greener spas in her area, and even contact the spa and book her appointment.
Green living doesn’t have to come with dowdy clothes. Give them one of these tees and show them you can live green AND still look fly! The Eat Local and natural hair themed t-shirts are especially popular. Live Differently. Dress Differently. Disclosure: This is the t-shirt company I started with my husband. (aff)
In a word, Alex and Ani jewelry is fabulous. My husband gave me a couple of pieces for my birthday last year, and I love them. All their jewelry is made from recycled metals, so she can feel eco-chic. But if her style is more “chic” than “eco,” she’ll love knowing that celebrities can’t get enough of this line. Plus you can buy her several bracelets to stack together. (aff)
Thankfully, clothes that are both stylish and sustainable are much easier to come by these days. Indigenous does a great job of delivering both. They are committed to supporting Fair Trade wages, investing in natural and organic materials and environmentally-friendly dyes, and even better, in spreading the beauty of handmade, eco-chic fashion. Giving her one of these pieces is an investment she’ll never forget.
Perfume tends to be a “go to” gift when shopping for a woman. But who knows what’s in most perfumes these days? A Perfume Organic is blended from USDA-certified organic ingredients, hand-poured in small batches to maintain purity. Choose from four fragrances: Green, ROSÉ, Urban Organic and White Magik.
Does the woman on your list love where she lives or where she’s from? Give her a chance to show her state pride with this gorgeous necklace from Kris Nations. Each state pendant is cut from sheets of recycled metal, and they are available in sterling silver or 14k gold.
TOMS is one of those companies that you can’t help but love. For every pair of shoes this awesome company sells, they donate pair of shoes to a child in need — known as the One for One approach. These days, TOMS are available in a wide variety of styles and colors, including the original slip-ons, wedges, sneakers and even boots.
Any woman would appreciate this whimsical, graphic representation of her family. This will need to be given to someone you know reasonably well, since you’ll have to provide her name, plus the names of her parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. In the end, she will absolutely appreciate your effort!
If she’s a fashionista, she’ll love these sunglasses. Juicy Couture’s Choose Green shades are made from plant-derived plastics and bamboo and sold in an organic canvas pouch printed in soy ink with a recycled paper tag. Available in black, brown, pink and blue. Also available in the Fern and Peony styles. (aff)
If she loves photography and has a quality camera, chances are she needs a quality bag in which to carry it. These vegan beauties are part camera bags, all fabulous! She can carry her precious Nikon or Cannon in their padded compartments, along with charger, extra lens and more. The best part though? It also functions as an “everyday” bag in which she can also carry her wallet, keys and other necessities too!
These aren’t high-performance running shoes, but if she’s a runner, she’ll appreciate the slick, minimal styling of the New Balance 01 newSKY shoe. Plus, the upper is made of 95% recycled P.E.T. Every pair incorporates an average of 8 PET plastic bottles, so she can look good and do good for the planet at the same time. Available in three colors. (aff)
Amy Butler fabrics are legendary, and every techie woman (or ANY woman these days, really) need a good laptop bag. These roomy bags just also happen to be made of 100% organic cotton, and you can choose from a variety of patterns in great colors. Her laptop won’t be able thank you enough. (aff)
This is the kind of gift that lovely lady on your list will open with a “Wow!” This starfish cuff by Hovey Lee is a showstopper, and any fashionista will realize it’s the kind of piece you keep forever. It is hand casted locally with reclaimed brass. And as general business practice, Hovey Lee works with fair trade vendors and eco-friendly material producers, promoting human dignity and environmental sustainability before profits. (aff)