With all the uncertainty and unveiling we’ve been subjected to as of late, there’s never been a more imperative time for us to exercise our right in being a conscious consumer. If you are choosing to buy gifts this holiday season, its important to be mindful of who made them, what they are made of and who they benefit. Because ethically made things are the better kind of things, here’s my holiday wrap up of consciously made luxe gifts you’ll feel good about giving:
Call of the Vialed
Call of the Vialed proves that you can lead a conscious lifestyle and smell fantastic doing it. Their artisan crafted perfumes are made in Oakland using classical techniques and the purest quality plant essences (in addition to CO2 extracts, absolutes, resins, and cold-pressed meadowfoam seed oil). No synthetic, unpronounceable, numeric ending ingredients here. The brand also procures only fairly traded and sustainably cultivated materials and ingredients – vegan and free from animal testing.
Each Call of the Vialed parfum comes with its own unique aroma psychology, sure to make whomever you are gifting feel appreciated. Not sure which scent will fit their fancy? Try Call of the Vialed’s Set of Specimens, a sampler of 5 -.25mL parfums.
In support of weavers in rural India, Indigo Handloom creates stunning textiles infused with ancient arts, handskills and weaving techniques like real ikat, jamdani, jacquard, and batik. The brand is passionate about using only the finest and most luxe cotton, linen, silk and wool – never petroleum ladin synthetics. Their products are also made without electrical energy, coal nor emissions. In fact, for every scarf made on handloom as opposed to machine loom, enough energy is saved to power a desktop computer for 10 hours.
With dozens of styles and colors to choose from, Indigo Handloom’s handwoven scarves make the perfect gift for the compassionate adventurer in your life.
Despite ongoing jokes about receiving socks during the holidays, these ones won’t disappoint. Treat their feet to the comfiest socks they could ever own by Vreseis. Founded by Northern California based farmer and scientist Sally Fox, this holiday season Vreseis has released an exclusive line of socks made with organic FoxFiber cotton. FoxFiber is a naturally colored, super soft heirloom cotton that grows in multiple colors like green, beige, brown, white and sienna. The socks are made entirely in the USA, spun and knit in North Carolina.
A 3 pack, of two brown pairs and one green pair, makes a thoughtful gift for the person in your life who has everything — ’cause they probably have sock monsters too.
Threads Worldwide is a socially impactful collection of accessories that benefit women in hardship- providing them the skills and employment they need to achieve their dreams. Amidst the champagne, a crystal gift set is a radiant way to ring in the ever awaited New Year! The set includes Dharla earrings with lavender crystals and gold, as well as an elegant Taal bracelet with adjustable clasp.
While your loved one benefits from the healing properties of the stones, they will also feel good knowing that their fashionable adornments support women rescued from sex trafficking in Asia.
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Since ‘baby, it’s cold outside’, surprise them with a sweater made regionally on the West Coast. Ethical fashion brand One by One believes in wardrobe staples that surpass trend. In partnership with a 125-year old sustainable ranch in Oregon, they released a humane wool collection of knits manufactured fairly in Los Angeles.
The mini capsule includes 2 super soft styles (one of them unisex) in 2 colors. Timeless and highly crafted, it will become your giftee’s trusty fav for years to come — and be able to biodegrade (as opposed to live in a landfill for hundreds of years) when they are done enjoying it.
Cover photo by Joanna Kosinska