A Wholehearted Holiday: Gifts for the Ethical Fashionista

Ah, the holidays. A time to prove to everyone how much you love them by buying them stuff.


Okay, but in all seriousness, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to share gift guides here for that very reason. If the intent of my blog is to promote responsible consumption, shouldn’t I shirk the over-consumption of the holidays in favor of slower celebrations?

Maybe. But honestly, I really like giving and receiving gifts. I think it is fun, and thoughtful, and perhaps, even, a great way to introduce family and friends to shopping ethically and sustainably.

I’ll be posting a series of small, curated gift guides here over the next few days (no more than ten items on each one – because who wants to scroll through that much stuff, anyway), comprised of some of my favorite items for the holiday season. I’ll be sharing gift guides for The Ethical Fashionista (right now!), The Minimalist, The Environmentalist, and Gifts Under $50 that fall under any of those categories. I thought about doing a vegan gift guide as well, since I’m so interested in vegan fashion, but I don’t think vegan fashion is just for people who are vegan. So you’ll find those items mixed into the guides.

I hope they bring you a little holiday inspiration. As a reminder, some of the links in these posts are affiliate links, and if you shop through them, I may earn a small commission on your purchase (thank you so much if you do).

1. Tradlands Modern Fisher Sweater

This new release from Tradlands is sure to be a modern classic. Available in shell and sienna, this sweater is a new take on the fisherman style with updated details. Ethically-made of soft, comfortable washed cotton. Use code KELLIE10 for 10% off your Tradlands purchase. 

2. Kosås Cosmetics Lipstick

Smooth lipsticks with rich, buildable color that are perfect for even the hardest-to-shop-for fashionista. I personally love ‘Darkroom’ and ‘Royal’! Cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny Certified.

3. Soko Kamba Hoop Earrings

With winding, twisting loops, these brass earrings will make a statement. Ethically made in Kenya.

4. Everlane Clean Silk Cami

There’s nothing like a black silk cami for those New Year’s Eve parties. Ethically-made in China of eco-conscious silk – the factory is LEED-certified and the dyehouse is Bluesign-certified.

5. Filbert Lyon Vegan Suede Crossbody

For when you just need the essentials. Ethically-made in Portland, Oregon and PETA-approved.

6. Tradlands North Coast Solstice Flannel

Ethically-made in Shanghai with brushed cotton, this flannel is festive and fun. Large buttons and a slightly oversized fit make it perfect for wearing over leggings, tucking into high-waisted jeans (my favorite!), or layering over a favorite t-shirt. Use code KELLIE10 for 10% off your Tradlands purchase. 

7. ABLE Danielle Throw Blanket

This chic blanket will look at home on any fashionista’s couch. The best part? It is made of 12 plastic bottles and saves 2,250 gallons of water.

8. Gigi Pip Dahlia Felt Hat

This wide-brim hat comes in a few colors, but this warm, chestnut brown is perfect for the holiday season. Ethically-made in Salt Lake City, Utah.

9. Bhava Studio Vegan Winter Platform Boot

Premium vegan footwear made in Alicante, Spain. These funky platform boots come with two pairs of removable insoles: a cork lined insole and an organic cotton shearling winter insole.

10. Ozma of California 1930s Bandana

I love my 1930s bandana (last shown here) and always receive a lot of compliments on it. It is oversized, so it works well tied around your hair, neck, or handbag. The washed silk is soft and feminine. Hand-printed and dyed in Los Angeles.

Hope I did a good job here! Would any of these items make your wish list, fashionistas?

Don’t forget, you can also find all of my active promo codes here and discover my favorite items here for any of your ethical shopping endeavors.



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