My stocking stuffer shopping is already well underway—they are, without a doubt, my favorite Christmas gifts to give and receive, and they’re always the first gifts I buy.
But if you’re a conscious consumer trying to bypass the dollar aisle and the holiday candy, you know that finding ethically-made stocking stuffers can be a little bit of a challenge. That’s why we’re here! To help you give meaningful gifts that empower others and do some good for the planet.
What gifts can do that for under $15? You might be surprised.
Most of us like a little bit of candy in our stockings, and if you want to avoid the dubiously-sourced multipacks of fun-sized chocolate, you’ve got other options! And you don’t even have to spring for a full chocolate bar! Drop in a couple of these Equal Exchange chocolate minis from Global Gifts for a sweet treat in those stockings!
Candy Cane Soap! Doesn’t it just sound delightful? If you have people (like me!) on your shopping list who can’t get enough of Christmas, this Candy Cane Soap from Ten Thousand Villages will make them feel so seen. This delightful soap for holiday lovers also empowers artisans in India and is made with high environmental standards.
No lie, I gave an MPOWERD lantern as a gift to three separate people this year. They make terrific gifts for anyone on your list. MPOWERD offers solar-powered, inflatable, waterproof lanterns that can be used for outdoor adventuring or nice lighting inside the home. This Luci Candle is a mini lantern that provides soft, peaceful light for any occasion. Your purchase of MPOWERD products gives back to children around the world who don’t have sufficient lighting in their homes.
PuraVida bracelets are an attempt to capture a little bit of the laid-back lifestyle of the Costa Rican community where they are made. So if you want to gift some fun jewelry, as well as a reminder to take it easy, think about dropping one of these cute bracelets in someone’s stocking. Each bracelet is handmade by artisans in Costa Rica receiving a fair wage.
Do you have a tea lover in your life? If you do, you’ll know. Tea lovers are just a little more chill than the rest of us, so keep that attitude going by providing your tea lover with some fair trade and organic tea from Grounds for Change! If you’ve got a coffee lover, Grounds for Change has you covered there too!
Yes, you read that right. Uncommon Goods sells wine pairing bath soaks, meant to complement and bring out the flavors and scents of your favorite wines. So give your loved one a glass of chardonnay and fill the tub with rosemary/lavender/lemon bath salts and you’ve got a great gift for your wine/bath enthusiast.
Every year that I’ve been alive, my mom has dropped a toothbrush in my stocking. Even now that I’m definitely an adult who’s capable of buying my own toothbrush. Anyone else’s mom? Just mine? Anyway, if you like to slip a few practical things into your stockings, you’ll want to check out these toothbrushes with a travel case from Preserve. They’re made out of recycled plastics!
Winter is the perfect time to give chapstick, right? And Mountain Mel’s makes chapstick (and lots of other goodies!) with organic herbs and oils. The coconut lime flavor makes customers say they feel like they’re sitting on the beach drinking a pina colada; doesn’t that sound nice in December?
Yes, I know socks are kind of the quintessential boring stocking stuffer. But do they have to be? I think not. Everyone needs socks, so this year, go for some comfy, durable, and fun socks from Maggie’s Organics. And with Maggie’s, you know that they’ll be made with the highest amount of transparency and labor and environmental ethics.
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