As you start looking for the perfect gifts to get your family and friends, we want to inspire you to shop thoughtfully, shop sustainably, and shop small business! We’ve listed 5 brands that are going above and beyond for their brand, community, and the environment and all of these products make for some of the best gifts to shop for during the holiday season.
#5. This Midwest-based company was founded by Jessica Egan, who creates her gorgeous ceramic designs by hand. Every step of the process is thoughtfully created from the idea and prototype to the finished product that goes out to homes all over the country. Her last name had a big impact on the name of her company since Egan in Gaelic actually means “little fire”. Check out her made-to-order tabletop planters, glass cloche terrariums, and other various drinkware, tableware, and cases. Keep in mind you can also order custom-made ceramics to get something unique and personalized for you or someone you're gifting to.
#4. This woman-led and ethical jewelry company is unique in that it connects artisans working hard in Kenya to the global market so they can make a name for themselves and support their families. Soko is a certified B-Corp company that works to reduce poverty and limiting opportunities for many in Kenya so that the focus is on building a stronger community with opportunities for global growth. The jewelry is created with long-lasting gold-plated, recycled brass, handmade beads, and ceramic materials.
#3. We all love a good candle, especially if it’s made thoughtfully with clean ingredients and scents that make us feel comforted and warm. 228 Grant Street Candle Company does just that! They create their products with inspiration from nature and travel and offer lovely scents like Turkish Rose + Cedar, Oakmoss + Amber, and Tobacco + Patchouli. The name of the brand pays homage to the owner’s late grandparent’s home which was characterized by a sense of love, connection, and hospitality when he was growing up. This candle company brings together the embodiment of his childhood with fresh and modern scents that make the perfect gift for someone you care about.
#2. Natural skincare is in and Klei knows how to combine sustainable ingredients, incredible scents, and the perfect self-care products that bring you relaxation and stress relief. Cruelty-free, sustainable, and natural, every product is created by local suppliers that, with a water-free process and recyclable packaging that focuses on minimizing the use of plastic. Shop Klei’s aromatherapy shower steamers, bath bombs, bath and body care gifts, botanical facial oils, and so much more just in time for the holidays!
#1. The Paper Shoot Camera was a top gift last year that sold out across the website. It's an eco-friendly digital camera made from a ton of repurposed, recycled materials, including our stone paper cases! They take video, time-lapse, and have four filters! They’re the perfect camera for casual photography, travel, events, and the everyday! Shop cameras, cases, and accessories just in time for the season.