Got a climate warrior in your midst? A fledgling zero-waster? A relative who needs a mildly passive aggressive nudge toward living a little bit more sustainably? Or perhaps you’re the one who wants to take some of the environmental sting out of gifting. Whoever you’re shopping for, we’ve got a roundup of the best sustainable holiday gifts that will please Mother Earth, too.
Tentree scarf, $98, tentree.ca SHOP HERE
For the comfort seeker: If there’s anything better than a soft, cozy, responsibly-sourced wool scarf, it’s knowing that that scarf caused 10 trees to be planted—which is exactly what happens when you buy anything from Tentree. Your giftee can scan the QR code on the tag to check exactly where those saplings are sprouting.
Kate McLeod Body Stones set, $120, katemcleod.com SHOP HERE
For the body lotion lover: They’re super eco-virtuous—both plastic free and waterless—but these body moisturizer bars are also pure luxury, smell like a dream and actually work on really, really dry skin. (Just ask all the five-star reviewers!) The sampler set for $40 is the perfect way for your giftee to try a few minis and find the perfect bar for themselves, or go for this limited-edition holiday set of three lotion stones in scents including “grace” (vanilla, cinnamon and clove) and pretty illustrated boxes.
Sumac candle gift set, $115, obakki.com SHOP HERE
For the candle collector: We can barely handle the elegance of this vegan candle set, which includes a cast-iron stand and two traditional Japanese-style taupe candles (see the candle in the image at top). It’s handmade in Ishikawa by a family-run business using wax made from the fruit of a local tree, and presented in a reusable wooden box. About as far from a petroleum-based sugar-cookie-scented candle as you can get.
Fairechild fanny pack, $68, thebay.com SHOP HERE
For the all-weather cyclist: Ideal for slinging across their body while riding their bike or running around doing errands, this waterproof fanny pack is made in Canada from recycled plastic bottles and comes in six pleasingly earthy colours. It’s part of an adorable line of outerwear and accessories for the whole family (consider the chic matching raincoats for you and your mini me), but this piece is truly great for anyone who appreciates being hands-free.
The Detox Market Best of Green Beauty Box, $199, thedetoxmarket.ca SHOP HERE
For the luxe hippie: If you have a luxury green beauty lover in your life, The Detox Market is probably their second home. The purveyor of RMS Beauty’s creamy, supermodel-beloved makeup, Necessaire’s ultra-sleek bathroom essentials, Three Ships affordable local skincare and Living Libations unctuous blends has put together the ultimate green beauty gift set filled with delights from the aforementioned brands and more. (On a smaller scale, we also love their new $15 reusable under-eye crescents that you soak with serum for a DIY pre-gaming eye mask.)
“Vegan at Times” by Jessica Seinfeld, $30, amazon.ca SHOP HERE
For the vegan-curious: If their approach is less “Eating honey is a mortal sin” and more “I’m trying to cut back on meat,” they’ll love this cookbook by lifestyle maven Jessica Seinfeld (yes, as in Jerry’s wife), who offers up a flexible “every day or every so often” approach to eating more sustainably.
Warren Steven Scott earrings, $95, warrenstevenscott.com SHOP HERE
For the jewellery lover: These vibrant, whimsical “Remnant” earrings by beloved local, Indigenous jewellery designer Warren Steven Scott are made with remnants and scraps from Scott’s studio, and are all the more beautiful for it. They come in a selection of juicy bright colours and unique charms and motifs.
Reformation sweater, $240, reformation.com SHOP HERE
For the cool girl who cares: This cozy collared sweater is part of Reformation’s recently launched 90/10 cashmere collection, which features 90 per cent recycled cashmere in hopes of eliminating the use of virgin cashmere—and its big carbon footprint. (If that’s not reason enough, Taylor Swift wore the hell out of this particular sweater in one of her Midnights album teaser videos.) It comes in five colours, including a rich forest green, camel and nautical navy and white stripes.
Norden puffer jacket, $240, sportchek.ca SHOP HERE
For the explorer: B-corp! PETA-certified! 100 percent recycled materials! If these ultra-sustainable syllables are getting you hot under the collar, you—or your giftee—will love putting on a super-warm, super-sustainable puffer jacket from Canadian brand Norden for the next chilly nature ramble.
Attitude Oceanly Phyto-Oil Night Oil Stick, $20, attitudeliving.com SHOP HERE
For the skincare minimalist: Canadian clean beauty brand Attitude’s Oceanly collection of solid skincare sticks offers sumptuous textures and glow-inducing ingredients, but it’s the packaging that’s extra impressive. The sleek plastic-free vessels are entirely made from biodegradable cardboard derived from sustainably managed forests and you can chuck them in the compost bin once the product is all used up—no need to wonder if it’s been recycled or not! Bundle an oil-to-milk cleanser, serum, night oil and/or eye cream stick to give the gift of a fully sustainable (and airport-friendly) skincare routine.
Audible gift subscription, $45 for 3 months, audible.ca SHOP HERE
For the avid reader: Consider a digital gift for the person who hates accumulating more stuff, like a subscription to Audible. It gives them one monthly credit for an audio book of their choice plus access to more than 12,000 titles in the Audible Plus catalogue. Hours of stories, and not a single tree gets felled.
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