It's officially the first week of December which means...it's time to start Christmas shopping! *Cue the gift-giving-induced anxiety attacks.* You're probably thinking: "How am I supposed to find the perfect, thoughtful, unique and affordable gift for everyone?"
Don't panic, and take a deep breath. Don't let the holiday frenzy keep you from sourcing some amazing finds for your friends and family, because we totally have you covered. We've scoured the web for some of the coolest ethical brands, rounding up some awesome, one-of-a-kind gifts for all the special people in your life.
Let's start with the all-important BFF. She's unique, a tad picky, has a quirky sense of style, but gravitates towards special, meaningful pieces - and would be totally impossible to shop for if it wasn't for the fact that you're her best friend (obviously). Our pick for "The BFF"? This beautiful skinny gold cuff by Soko. It's simple, chic, and most importantly, you can personalize it with her initials! Psst...we suggest one for yourself too, a seriously chic adult-upgrade from those stringy friendship bracelets.
About the brand: Not only does Soko create beautiful handcrafted jewelry, they empower artisan entrepreneurs to build their businesses, improve production capacity, and sustainably increase income.
Next up is Mom. Let's be honest, Moms say they don't really need anything, but who says holiday shopping always has to be about necessity? Sometimes all we want to do is treat the leading ladies in our life with a little something extra special. Hand pick 4 organic soy mini gold travel candles from 11 fabulous scents from Brooklyn Candle Studio. Mom's dig this stuff.
About the brand: Tamara, the founder of Brooklyn Candle Studio, and her small team hand pour organic, aromatic soy candles in small batches. Made in Brooklyn, New York with 100% soy derived from American-grown soy beans for an eco-friendly, clean burn.
What about your sister? Or your other best friend? Can't get them the same thing you got your BFF!! How about an adorable dainty necklace by the Giving Keys?
About the brand: The Giving Keys is dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals in LA by empowering them through jewelry making. The Giving Keys encourages us to "pay it forward" by wearing your necklace, and passing it along to someone who you feel needs the message more than you. This one-of-a-kind piece comes in both silver and gold: choose from three words : "Dream", "Hope", or "Love".
So what if your sister or best friend isn't a big jewelry gal? That's ok! This S'well bottle is a guaranteed hit for any cool girl who's into hydration. Pick up a nice neutral like this dove grey with gold accents. You might wanna grab one for yourself too while you're at it these things are amazing and keep your water cold all day!
About the brand: S'well is not only super sleek and chic, they give back in a big way! S’well is a proud supporter of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, helping provide clean water to the world’s most vulnerable children.
What about your Grandma? Can't leave her out! What better gift for your sweet G-ma than these super-soft, super-luxe 100% grade-A Mongolian cashmere gloves from EVERLANE. She'll treasure you for them and they're super affordable for cashj! ;)
About the brand: EVERLANE is a brand committed to radical transparency in their production, and take extra care to build personal relationships with their factories and ensure that they are paid a fair wage.
So this one's for you. You deserve to treat yourself to the holiday staple: an extremely-chunky-super-cozy-infinity scarf! Honestly, we're giving you permission to buy this for yourself. When you think about it, this isn't a selfish gift at all! The Marble Gray is our personal fave...but they come in 7 perfect neutrals!
About the brand: Debrosse NYC partners with two orphanages in Haiti to donate 15% of each purchase towards things like sponsor a child through a year of school, ensure a newborn has access to nutritional formula, and provide a young reader a book in his native language.