For those near and dear to you, here are some gift ideas from B Corps, mission-driven brands, and small businesses. These are just a few places that are trying to transform how we do and approach business — and thus, could provide a thoughtful gift to your loved ones.
United By Blue has been focused on using organic cotton, recycled materials, and eco-friendly packaging for several years now. For the man in your family, consider this lovely flannel jacket made of recycled materials and organic cotton. Or their bison socks are always a hit (and last for ages)! And then join them for a trash clean up during the holidays as well, if you have the time.
Toad & Co clothes have that relaxed California feel but are polished (and make you look put together even on your errand runs). This lovely pant is an upgrade from the sweatpants we’ve all been living in. Made with TENCEL and organic cotton, these fit into the company’s broader mission to make fashion a bit more eco-friendly on the planet.
LA-based Hass has the comfiest pajama bottoms (that also look nice when you do have to answer the door!). Made in Los Angeles, using certified Lenzing modal, they’re buttery soft and perfect for lounging all day. Hass apparel also includes organic cotton tees, and other essentials to elevate your everyday style. This B Corp gives back 1 percent of profits and and is climate neutral.
Everyone needs a nice pair of slippers to wear around the house in the winter months (especially if you have wooden or tile floors!). This is a lovely pair of slippers made from recycled and bio-based materials:a sugarcane EVA Foam, recycled wool, recycled polyester, TENCEL, and recycled PET. A nice cozy gift for anyone who always has cold feet.
This is the pillow for the friend who suffers from neck pain or poor sleep. It’s long-lasting, made of eco-friendly materials (such as GOLS certified organic latex and GOTS certified organic kapok), and supremely comfortable. For a bit of luxury at home that will actually help with getting a good night’s rest, this is a thoughtful gift for someone else or a great investment for your own well-being.
Tennessee-based Nisolo has been trying to change the fashion game for several years now, working directly with artisans in South American to make these beautiful boots, and in the process, uplifting the lives of many women who have for the first time held a job, or been able to work in an industry dominated by men. They’re as stylish as they are impactful in people’s lives. These Chelsea boots are a rugged take on an English classic and lust worthy.
Everyone has sat for too long at their desks these past two years. If you’re looking for a wellness gift (that will keep on giving well past the holidays), this cupping device can help with muscle soreness and tightness (after an 8 hour stretch in front of the computer). Inspired by the ancient and holistic practice of cupping, it’s designed to be used at home on your problem areas. If physical therapy or acupuncture sessions are quickly adding up, consider supplementing (or substituting) some of those with this little gizmo.
Twenty minutes on this after a day of sitting or standing can help the body relax. Founder of WTHN experienced a debilitating injury that led her to seek more holistic solutions to her chronic pain. It’s then that she discovered the techniques commonly used in acupuncture and acupressure. While these mats may not resolve the issue entirely, they’ll help ease the pain. They’re also great for just everyday fatigue, soreness and tight muscles.
Ilia’s holiday boxes are small, travel-friendly and feature the best of the brands everyday essentials. As the company makes strides to be more eco-friendly, it also now accepts your empties, which it can then recycle properly with TerraCycle’s help (most of what we throw in the recycle bin unfortunately doesn’t get recycled fully). Small wonders is a perfect affordable gift and a great entry to clean beauty for the newbie; Dawn and Dusk gift sets feature full-size products that feature Ilia’s multi-use products (allowing you to do a full face with these four products.)
VEJA has teamed up with Vibram to offer a design that marries their running and lifestyle strengths in one shoe. The Dekkan is a vegan travel shoe made for anything that keeps you on your feet for a long time. It’s made with ecological materials — as always with Veja — to tread lightly on the earth while exploring the city, taking a hike, or spending the day traveling. Veja’s rubber comes from the Amazon, working with rubber tappers to create an alternative economy that’s based on the fruits of the forest, and it’s all manufactured in Porto Alegre. The company’s focus on keeping manufacturing in one country (and using sea shipments for transport) has kept its footprint to a minimum.
A blanket brand known for their packable outdoor blankets made with recycled content, Rumpl, which grew from a Kickstarter campaign, is now foraying into the home space with these beautiful merino wool blankets. Certified climate neutral and a B Corp, they’re hoping to do business sustainably. Thus, they’ve put 50 percent responsibly-sourced Australian Merino Wool with 50 percent organic cotton to create a wool blend blanket that’ll make for a great winter companion.
Osea Malibu talks about the brand was doing clean skincare before that was a thing — dating back to the 90s when the company was started. So, if nipping out to the spa is too pricey, consider this luxurious gift instead for the women in your family for a little pampering at home. The bestseller’s Discovery Kit has just that: the brand’s most popular hydrating products for an affordable price.
This affordable gift idea may just be transforming. Made of plant fibers, this compostable glove helps sloth away dead skin and for those suffering from skin conditions like keratosis pilaris, a weekly scrub, can help maintain smooth, soft skin. Founded by a woman during the pandemic, this small business has received countless positive reviews on social media and found a community amongst those who struggle with various skin conditions.
Refillable mascara is a thing now. Yes. One doesn’t have to throw out the whole case when it’s finished. Rather a few brands, like Soshe, are offering refillable mascara (and they hope that’s just the beginning in the cosmetics aisle!). Started by USC students, including two men (who were fascinated by the inner workings of the cosmetics industry), this simple solution took years to perfect. But now, it’s out and would make a wonderful gift to a woman who looks after her lashes.
You’ve heard of organic cotton underwear, shirts, and bed linen. But what about backpacks? This LA-based company is hoping to make backpacks that basically biodegrade by using just organic cotton (plus a zipper or two). Made in certified fair trade factories in India, using organic cotton that is fully traceable, these backpacks are one of the most eco-friendly and ethical options on the market. Give it to the student in the family!
This is the most versatile lotion — perfect for a night cream, easy to apply to dry spots on the body, and it even helps reduce the itch of bug bites. Made with neem, a plant long respected for its medicinal and healing properties, it’s a great affordable buy that’s made with cleaner ingredients and supports the mission of Alaffia, a B Corp that works with women’s co-operatives in West Africa to source their ingredients directly going beyond fair trade. That includes their hero ingredient: shea butter (which is also wonderful on its own).
If you haven’t invested in a solid reusable water bottle, this family- and employee-owned B-Corporation has you covered. But if you’re going to be taking road trips over the holidays or in the coming year, these new food canisters by Klean Kanteen are beautifully-designed and very practical, claiming to keep food hot for over 10 hours and cold for more than 40 hours. Either way, they’re ideal to make food while camping, or if you’re road tripping and just want to pack some lunch.
At $82, this candle is not cheap. You may just want to get it for yourself as a massive treat for making it through 2021. But it also feels luxurious, burns clean, and has a scent that reminds you of holiday baking (without the cloyingly sweet smell of mall candles). What’s appreciated by Nette as a brand is their exhaustive “No List” on their website. In the world of candles, there’s growing awareness that not all ingredients are made equal; some are more harmful in their sourcing, while others may have harmful effects on those of us taking in the delightful scents. So they’ve done their homework and opted for cleaner ingredients. Plus, when you’re done burning it, you’ll be left with a beautiful ceramic container hand made in Philadelphia by a ceramicist.
This is a fragrance with a story — and one that takes you to the incredible landscape that is Iceland. Two iconic Icelandic brands designed this fragrance inspired by the scent of the country’s outdoors. How fitting. With notes of Arctic thyme, fresh cut grass, and the crispness of a winter’s day on the windy island, it’s made entirely in the country, using only Icelandic medicinal herbs and oils, and is free of an unwanted additives. If you’re not able to get on a plane and transport yourself this holiday season, this certainly will.
This Scandi brand has some strong sentiments on the modern fashion industry. That’s why it shut its doors on Black Friday online and offline. Working to transform fashion into a productive industry, ASKET founders work tirelessly to source the most eco-friendly options on the market. This cashmere scarf is versatile, classic, and never going to go out of style. It’s also made entirely of recycled wool (with a higher cashmere count at 45 percent to give you more softness).
Humanscale is known for its chairs. But they also do office accessories that are made of similar materials and with a close eye on sustainability — much like everything else at the company. With a long list of chemicals that they stay clear of, and an inspiring effort to get more of the industry to follow suit, Humanscale is a company worth supporting this holiday season if you’re looking to upgrade someone’s work life. This little contraption prevents you from sulking into the “laptop hunch” that we’ve all become too familiar with during the pandemic. What a thoughtful gift.
These artisan-made mugs in the US can be customized with cheeky messages, names, or a thoughtful word or two. So for the tea or coffee lover, this small business founded by Luke and Whitney Wright in Indiana could be an ideal match. The founders also try to give back by donating to water charity with each purchase.
Akola is a female-founded company that specializes in jewelry handcrafted by women in Uganda using locally-sourced sustainable materials. Akola directly employs at-risk women, previously lacking a dependable source of income with no support system. Its nonproft partner, Akola Academy, takes this impact even further: after a woman is employed through Akola, she is given access to the Academy’s holistic curriculum of programs including leadership and financial literacy training.
This DIY kit is a wonderful customizable option. It features hand-rolled Karatasi beads embellished with a gold foil applique, an assortment of hand-carved horn charms, a 10k gold tone Akola logo and baroque pearl charms, a jewelry pouch, along with all the components needed to create multiple bracelet and necklace styles.