With the holidays right around the corner, gift-buying season has officially commenced. But along with the excitement of the most wonderful time of the year comes the dreaded gift hunt for those family members that are pretty much impossible to shop for. What do get your dad who claims to already have “everything he needs?” And what do you get your aunt who could spend your entire gift budget on her lunch gratuity?
The answer? Get them a gift that gives-back in one way or another. Here are 3 ethical companies that you should consider supporting as you shop this holiday season.
So, you got your environmentally conscious cousin’s name for Secret Santa this year? And you just found out she already has the set of metal straws that you added to your Amazon shopping cart with her in mind? Don’t worry. Everlane is here to save the day. Everlane partners with the best ethical factories around the world to bring their customers products that are designed to last. What’s more, their new ReNew line focuses on minimizing waste in the production process. Now the only question is whether to buy your cousin a stylish puffy coat made from recycled polyester and 32 renewed plastic bottles or a fleece half-zip made from 36 renewed plastic bottles? Did we mention the coat comes in 3 colors and the half-zip in 5? Your hunt for the perfect secret Santa gift can end here.
Now onto that aunt who you haven’t shopped for yet. If your aunt is into jewelry, look no further than The Starfish Project. The Starfish Project exists to restore hope to exploited women in Asia. In fact, every purchase helps further this mission by providing women vocational training, healthcare, shelter, counseling, and educational grants. And regardless of whether your Aunt is more of a tassel-earring lady or a minimalist gold necklace junkie, The Starfish Project has something she will love. And why not pick up something for your mom and sister while you’re at it? Even if you’re not sure about their taste in jewelry, The Starfish Project has gift cards.
3. Matt & Natt
You may have the ladies in your life covered, but what about the men? Go check out Matt & Natt. Valuing social responsibility in nearly every sense of the word, Matt & Natt offers a variety of cruelty-free, vegan, and sustainable leather products. Interested? Go ahead and peruse the stylish men’s footwear section of their website. Consider picking up a trendy leather backpack for your 24-year-old brother or a new briefcase for your dad. Maybe even splurge on some new luggage for yourself while you’re at it. It’ll be our little secret.
Now is the time to whip out your pen and check those tricky few names off your holiday shopping list. After all, there’s really nothing better than knocking Christmas shopping out from the comfort of your own home and supporting ethical businesses while you’re at it.