12 sustainable gift ideas for 2021

These sustainably produced fashion and beauty gifts make a great holiday gift idea.

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Holiday shopping often produces a lot of waste. From production to packaging and shipping, the piles of trash that come with gifts can seem endless.

If sustainability is top of mind this gifting season and you’re taking your time researching brands, look no further.

This year, why not give a gift that not only your loved one will love, but the planet too. We’ve rounded up 12 enduring brands to support this holiday season, plus unique gifts at every price point to love.

Norden Anderson Oxford Parka.  Image via Norden.

Norden Anderson Oxford Parka. Image via Norden.

Bundle up for winter with this stylish parka. All Norden clothing is made from recycled materials and reused waste. The packaging is also biodegradable, with a reusable bag and shipped with recycled materials.

TO BUY : Simons, $347 (originally $495)

Product shot of Solios Black Solar Watch with black strap and silver hardware

Solios Black Solar Watch. Image via Alltrueist.

Solios offers watches that are stylish, made from durable vegan leather and feature solar-powered movement to ensure your watch lasts a lifetime. In addition to promoting renewable energy and reducing production waste by eliminating single-use plastic, for every watch sold, Solios pledges to restore one acre of rainforest.

TO BUY : Alltrueist, $335

Pixie Mood Ali Tote bag and matching pouch burgundy

Ali Tote. Image via Pixie Mood.

A stylish tote and shoulder bag set that you can use in a variety of ways. Pixie Mood crafts its pieces to protect animals, people and the planet using 100% recycled vegan leather and sustainable materials. Plus, the bag liners are made from recycled plastic bottles with 100% plant-based packaging.

TO BUY : Pixie vibe, $80

Black & White Limitless Slip-On Sneakers

Unlimited black and white sneakers. Image via Avre.

Each pair of Avre shoes prevents 8-10 plastic bottles from ending up in the oceans. Avre also uses 3D Knit-To-Shape technology to create precise sizes and eliminate scrap during production.

TO BUY : Avre, $95

A young man wears a LEVI'SX FELIX THE CAT graphic sweatshirt

LEVI’S X FELIX THE CAT graphic crew neck sweatshirt. Image via Levi’s.

Opt for a vintage spirit with this striped rugby jersey. Levi’s uses sustainable materials and innovations such as Cottonized Hemp, Levi’s® WellThread, Water technology

TO BUY : Levi’s, $80 (originally $98)

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The model is wearing faded black Emily slim jeans

Emily faded black slim jeans. Image via Simons.

Yoga Jeans sources its denim close to its factory to reduce fuel and carbon emissions while on the move. All pieces are made from surplus fabric, excess stock, and pre- or post-consumer waste. They also use laser technology on the jeans to reduce water consumption, use fewer chemicals and reduce energy throughout the production process.

TO BUY : Simons, $128

The model wears a purple button down silk shirt

The Simona. Image via Numi.

A polished, stain-resistant shirt to withstand daily wear and tear. Numi uses TENCEL fabric which recycles and reuses water in the process. Clothing is also made locally in Toronto, minimizing carbon emissions and transportation impact.

TO BUY : Digital, $220

The model wears the Pitti belt bag in green

The Pitti belt bag. Picture via wearshop.

Wearshop works with several Canadian suppliers and local artisans to extend the life of end-of-production leather rolls that would otherwise be discarded. The brand also produces in small series to reduce waste, as with this belt bag crafted in Italian calfskin.

TO BUY : Clothing store, $270

U BEAUTY The Preface Gift Set

U BEAUTY The preface set. Picture via SSENSE.

Proving that luxury beauty can still do good for the planet, U Beauty packaging with FSC-certified paper, recycled and recyclable plastic is used to create the bottles. The brand also ditches single-use plastics and does not contain solid microplastics or microbeads for their components.


Kiehl's Hydration Starter Kit with mini cleanser and moisturizer

Hydration starter kit. Image via Sephora.

This mini holiday set is sure to be a hit. It features minimal waste packaging and Kiehl’s proudly uses post-consumer recycled materials in 80% of packaging. Kiehl’s also has a Recycle & Be Rewarded program where customers can return used product packaging for points and a rebate.

TO BUY : Sephora, $25

Box of Kerastase Dry Hair Essentials: Day and Night Treatment Set.

Essentials for dry hair: day and night care set. Image via Kerastase.

Kérastase is committed to using sustainable materials, reducing water waste and reducing its carbon footprint. From the choice of ingredients with high biodegradability to manufacturing, Kérastase aims to pursue responsible luxury.

TO BUY : Sephora, $81

Bottle of Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream.

Antipodes Eye cream with kiwi seed oil. Picture via Amazon.

Keep your eyes looking bright and refreshed with this rich eye cream from New Zealand brand Antipodes. Antipodes has a strict policy of environmental sustainability from production, from harvesting to recyclable packaging, and only works with suppliers who have sustainable and organic farming practices.

TO BUY : Amazon, $30

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