Christmas is right on
However, it is also that time of year when people feel the need to mindlessly buy a whole heap of ‘stuff’. Trees and decorations are in store (actually they’ve been in stores since late August) and many of you, including myself, are left wondering what to give people for Christmas. It’s about choosing products with meaning.
With that said, I have compiled some of the best products from various brands I have come across in the last year, which would be perfect gifts for special women in your life. I hope you find the guide helpful and keep it in mind when deciding on Christmas presents for your loved ones.
Lois Hazel | Connect Dress
If you have been reading Ethically Engaged for a while now, you would know how often I talk about Lois Hazel. They are a Melbourne based, womenswear brand that is committed to transparent and ethical practices.
The Connect Dress would be perfect for those who live in a hot climate or who are just entering Summer! It features a short V neck, with pockets and thin straps, and is made of a deadstock linen/cotton blend.
Shop here | $254 AUD
Everlane | Cashmere Waffle Square Crew
Everlane was born with the philosophy of transparent pricing and believing that their customers have the right to know what their pieces cost to make. For each and every product, they break down the costs involved, which is pretty impressive if you ask me.
The Cashmere Waffle Square Crew has an oversized, square fit, and side slits.
Shop here | $257.50 AUD
ReCreate | Annex Dress
ReCreate is an ethical, New Zealand based fashion brand that creates unique and timeless pieces. Through gorgeous collections, ReCreate provide fair and empowering employment to their seamstresses in Cambodia.
The Annex Dress features a scoop neck, concealed side pockets, and a beautifully gathered skirt. What’s not to love?!
Shop here | $161 AUD
Dorsu Cambodia | Relaxed Tank Dress
Dorsu Cambodia ethically produces high-quality clothing under fair conditions. Through running a healthy, happy and supportive production space, Dorsu offers workers an opportunity to grow in an environment that supports them as individuals and as skilled workers.
The Relaxed Tank Dress is perfect for a capsule wardrobe as it is versatile and can be layered easily.
Shop here | $60 AUD
Frank & Dollys | Nomad Skirt
Frank & Dollys is probably the most vibrant and ‘fun’ ethical clothing brand which I have come across. Every piece from Frank & Dollys is ethically made and has a story.
The Nomad Skirt has deep pockets, which are ever so handy, and a button up side to adjust the length.
Shop here | $139 AUD
Bamboo Monkey | Raglan Crew
Bamboo Monkey is an Australian label creating sustainably made bamboo basics for women and men alike. Their clothing not only looks and feels good, but is ethically made with the environment in mind.
The Raglan crew has a super relaxed fit and can be dressed up or down. It also has raw edge detailing, as well as thumb holes which are always handy.
Shop here | $99 AUD
Seer & Wilde | Laos Pant
Seer & Wilde are a New Zealand swim and resort wear label. All of their pieces are consciously and ethically made and they are constantly taking steps to improve their environmental impact.
The Laos Pant features an elasticated waist band, long legs, and side pockets, making them perfect for hot summer days!
Shop here | $190 AUD
Baiia Label | Tanami Reversible Wrapsuit
Baiia Label are an ethical swimwear brand based in Australia. They are well known for their reversible style pieces that can go from the beach to bodysuit.
The Tanami Reversible Wrapsuit can be styled four different ways and is made from recycled fishing nets and carpets! How cool!
Shop here | $179 AUD
Abby Rose Bikinis | Karli Crop
Abby Rose is an ethical Australian swimwear label that handmakes all of their pieces. The fabric used is made from 100% post consumer waste including fishing nets, carpets, and more!
The Karli Crop is a seamless bandeau style bikini top that is suitable for all body shapes and sizes with its adjustable, wide straps. You really can’t go wrong with this one!
Shop here | $79 AUD
Stowaway | Swell Towel Tan
Stowaway are a New Zealand eco minded towel and beach bag brand. Their towels are ethically made in Turkey using sustainable Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certified cotton.
The Swell Towel measures 100 x 180cm and features a striped pattern on a tan cotton. It also has tassles on either end and due to its flat weave, it naturally repels sand.
Shop here | $43 AUD
Jewellery & Accessories
GLDN | Florence Large Oval Necklace
GLDN are a conscious jewellery brand based in the US. Each piece is handcrafted and made to order in an ethical workplace. Furthermore,
GLDN donate 10% of profits to causes that matter to them!
The Florence Large Oval Necklace can be personalised with your favourite letter or symbol. You can even choose the letter style and necklace length as well as the material used which I think is pretty damn epic!
Shop here | $58 AUD
Duffle & Co | Josie Crossbody Bag
Duffle & Co is one of my all time favourite ethical brands. They believe that you should not only be able to buy products that look good, but do good at the same time. Their core values come down to transparency, caring for the environment, and ethical labour.
The Josie Crossbody bag features a zipped main compartment, a zipped inner pocket, and a magnetic outer pocket. It has 4 colour ways (including tan as seen in the image on the left). Perfect for any ethically minded woman in your life!
Shop here | $161 AUD
Will + Bear | Foster Green Field Cap
For every product bought from Will + Bear, 10 trees are planted. This is made possible through their collaboration with Trees.org; they are currently planting in Senegal, West Africa.
The Foster Green Field Cap is a vintage inspired hat for all four seasons.
Shop here | $85 AUD
Bohome + Roam | Sunglasses Chain
Bohome + Roam is an ethical accessories brand that has been built upon the founder’s, Amy and Dave’s personal values of respect, integrity, and transparency. Every person involved in the supply chain of their products is treated with the upmost respect. Additionally every piece Bohome + Roam have created is inspired by Amy and Dave’s travels! How cool!
The sunglasses chain from Bohome + Roam is ethically made from artisans in Jaipur, India. It is specially designed to stop your sunglasses from getting bent and battered.
Shop here | $100 AUD
Penh Lenh | Kate Tassel Earrings
Penh Lenh is an ethical jewellery and accessories brand that set out to empower women in Cambodia. 100% of their net profits go toward their mission of helping these artisans learn new skills, have sustaining employment, and a good education.
The Kate Tassel Earrings come in multiple colour ways (pictured is Pine). They could be the perfect addition to any outfit and are really versatile.
Shop here | $42 AUD
Beauty & Skincare
Nude By Nature | Enlighten Natural Radiance Collection
Nude By Nature is an Australian founded makeup company that is committed to using ingredients that are both natural and cruelty free. They are well known for their range of foundation and recently launched lip line.
The Enlighten Natural Radiance Collection features their award winning bronzer, a highlight stick, and an angled blush brush, all tucked into a roomy makeup bag.
Shop here | $57 AUD
Be Genki | Be Serene Face Mist
Be Genki is an all natural holistic skincare brand that was born out of the desire to help ease anxiety, naturally.
The Be Serene Face Mist is the perfect gift as it is suitable for all skin types. Not only does it hydrate your skin, it also calms your mind which is what the Be Serene range epitomises.
Shop here | $28 AUD
Good & Clean | Piperita Deodorant Creme
Good & Clean is an all natural Australian based deodorant brand. For every product sold, they donate 10% of profits to a cause of your choice.
Piperita Deodorant Creme is a fantastic natural deodorant option if you react to sodium bicarbonate, as this does not contain it. It goes from a creme to powder and absorbs odor causing bacteria.
Shop here | $22 AUD
| Hair Bar Sampler Set
Ethique is a natural solid bar brand born is New Zealand that is ion a mission to eradicate plastic bottles. While they are best known for their solid hair and conditioner bars, they also create moisturising, cleansing, and tanning bars.
The Hair Bar Sampler Set contains 5 samples of their best selling hair bars. This would be a perfect gift for somebody who hasn’t dipped their toes into natural hair bars yet and would like too.
Shop here | $24 AUD
Weleda | Skinfood
Weleda is a global company that create a wide range of natural and organic products.
Weleda Skinfood is an absolute gem. It can be used all over your body and is directed mainly at dry areas such as heels, elbows, and hands. A little goes a long way and it is packed full of nourishing ingredients.
Shop here | $22 AUD
Shoes & Footwear
Collective Canvas | Slip-On White
Collective Canvas are a New Zealand based footwear brand that create simple sneakers using sustainable materials. One of their main values is transparency. They break down the price of each of their shoes and show the costs involved in each area of the supply chain.
The Slip-On White is inspired by deck slip ons from the “60s. They are incredibly comfortable and go nicely with every outfit. Additionally they are built to last and come at a very affordable price point for ethically made shoes.
Shop here | $114 AUD
St.Agni | Bunto Woven Loafer
St.Agni is an ethical Australian footwear and clothing company that was founded in 2014. They work with a small leather factory in Java and take pride in their relationship with the artisans making their products.
The Bunto Woven Loafer is a very popular item in the wardrobes of conscious fashionistas. They are crafted with hand woven leather and can be carried through every season.
Shop here | $229 AUD
| Wool Runners
All Birds started when New Zealander questioned why wool, an incredibly sustainable material, wasn’t present in the footwear industry. They started out with wool runners and the mission to make the world’s most comfortable shoe with no
flashy logos. They did just that and have since gone on to produce shoes made form eucalyptus tree and now sugarcane.
The Wool Runners are extremely soft and cozy; you really do feel like you are walking on a cloud when wearing them. They also have moisture wicking properties and minimise odor. I love that they come in multiple colours and are machine washable too!
Shop here | $152 AUD
Seljak Brand | Original Blanket
Seljak Brand make recycled wool blankets using factory floor offcuts from Australias oldest mill. They also use Sendle, a carbon neutral courier delivery service to get the blankets from them to you. Another thing I love about Seljak is that they give one blanket to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre for every 10 sold.
The Original Blanket is odour and stain resistant, antibacterial, lightweight, and breathable. Aside from being on the couch or bed, your Seljak blanket can accompany you on picnics and outdoor adventures.
Shop here | $299 AUD
Needs More Cushions
| Koutiala Square Cushion Cover
Needs More Cushions
use artisan made fabrics from around the world and employ former refugees in Wellington to turn them into stylish cushions and covers.
The Koutiala Square Cushion Cover is made using hand dyed and hand woven mudcloth.
Shop here | $119 AUD
Woodfolk | Wood and Ceramic Oil Burner
Woodfolk are a jewellery, accessories, and homewares brand from Australia. They prioritise using natural materials and working in harmony with communities.
The Wood and Ceramic Oil Burner is handcrafted my artisans throughout Nepal. Every piece is unique from one another which I think is pretty epic.
Shop here | $220 AUD
Kappi | Reusable Cutlery Set
Kappi are an Australian brand selling everyday essentials for the modern day eco warrior.
The Reusable Cutlery Set is perfect for anyone who is always on the go. Inside the cotton mesh pouch comes chopsticks, a spoon, a fork, and a knife.
Shop here | $16.95 AUD
Yuhme | Nasmaste Bottle
Yuhme create carbon negative bottles from sugarcane. For each bottle sold, they donate 6 months of clean drinking water to someone in the Central African Republic through their partnership with Water For Good.
The Namaste Bottle can hold 750ml of water. It has a flip top lid and can easily fit into a standard sized cup holder too. How handy!
Shop here | $46 AUD
Sustomi | Beeswax Wraps 4pk
Sustomi is an online store selling zero waste products based in Australia. Despite specialising in Beeswax food wraps, they sell a range of other products too.
The 4pk of Beeswax Wraps come with a small, medium, large, and extra large wrap. They are washable, mold easily, and can last for years if properly cared for.
Shop here | $49 AUD
And that’s a wrap! We hope that you found this eco friendly gift guide helpful and can use it all year round for any important woman in your life.