Welcome to my first Gift Guide of 2020! To start, I thought I’d feature items Under $100, though a lot are actually under $50. The “Under $” guides are always my favorite to do, which is why this one is first! There is such a misconception that sustainable or thoughtful products have to be expensive, and that is not the case at all. There are a lot of beautiful products out there that support a sustainable mission at reasonable price points, and I’ve done my best to round up some favorites items of mine as well as new products that I think anyone would be thrilled to receive.
I also try to keep my gift guides small for each category, because I want to show you the items that I think are really worthwhile to gift.
Right now I’m planning to do a few more guides, listed below, but let me know if there are any other topics you’d like me to cover! I should also make note that there will definitely be items Under $100 on these guides too, but for this guide that was my key criteria. There is sometimes a little overlap.
- Gifts for Staying Home
- Gifts for the Environmentalist
- Gifts for the Fashionista
So, without further ado, here are my Under $100 picks for 2020!
Rooted Print (from $15): My friend Reni is a talented painter and illustrator. We have a few pieces of her work around our house, including this one, so I had to include it in this year’s gift guide. It’s the perfect intentional addition to any living space or home office. Plus, you’ll be supporting a small business and wonderful person! Looking for a different style? Many Etsy sellers have unframed prints for sale, or prints you can download and print locally. There are so many choices that you’re certain to find something that suits a loved one’s style.
Circle Pouch ($50): This pouch is deceivingly small in my gift guide image, but it is 5″ in diameter so it works well as a clutch or as a way to keep smaller items organized in a tote bag. The best part? It’s vegan, and 10% of proceeds are donated to Mercy for Animals. Not into clutches? You can shop more of Hozen’s line here.
Protective Key Chain ($18): This isn’t really a sustainable product, but it is so useful in these times and I feel like it is the sort of thing a lot of people haven’t bought for themselves. At least, I want one, but I haven’t bought one for myself…and every time I have to touch a pin pad at the grocery store I regret this choice. Truth be told, we should still probably use these post-pandemic.
Belong Necklace ($58): This is one of my favorite necklaces I own. It is 14k gold plated and crafted in North Carolina by refugee women, offering them sustainable and dignified employment.
Ceramic Moon Tumbler ($35): I admittedly ordered this for myself while writing this gift guide. It’s so sweet, cozy and I love anything with a moon motif. I think that pottery is the sort of thing a lot of people love, but don’t really buy for themselves. I have admired many handmade mugs without ever making a purchase. That’s why I think it makes a lovely gift – something useful and beautiful, but that a lot of people may not consider purchasing for themselves and wouldn’t otherwise own.
Beanie Knitting Kit ($50): I don’t normally recommend hobby items since they’re such a personal choice and time commitment, but with all the time we’re spending at home these days, why not? This kit has everything your recipient will need to make one beanie. I just finished my first knitting project, and it was so satisfying! It also made me appreciate how much work goes into handmade items.
Rambler Mug ($24.99): Every year I say I’m not going to include YETI, and then I always do. YETIs are a great gift for people who are difficult to buy for, because it is such a practical item with good brand recognition. Every time I gift one, it’s a hit! I love my Rambler Mug, because it works well for coffee as well as soups or pastas. I’d recommend adding the slider lid to keep everything secure (the standard lid it comes with doesn’t have the slider).
Koba Hoops ($36): I love these Koba hoops from Faire Collection – I’m actually wearing them in my current profile photo. Made of Mother-of-Pearl with stainless steel posts, these minimalist hoops are the perfect addition to any outfit.
Peppermint Bar Soap ($12): Designed for sensitive skin and scented with 100% essential peppermint oil (festive!), this soap is handmade in the United States and includes vitamin E, mango butter, and coconut oil. Each purchase empowers formerly homeless women at MADE by DWC in Los Angeles. I’d probably gift this as a set, with other seasonal scents like Vanilla and Orange.
Cactus Ornament ($28): Anyone doing an ornament swap this year? This colorful, fair trade cactus ornament is handwoven in Rwanda of raffia and sweet grass. Perfect for any plant lover!
Socks that Fight for Her ($44.95): Poverty disproportionately affects women around the world. Each box plants 10 trees through Trees for the Future, promotes early detection of breast cancer through Keep A Breast, and empowers women with access to safe water through Water.org. Conscious Step’s socks are made of organic cotton and are fair trade, and are also extra cushioned for comfort. For 20% off your Conscious Step order, use code wholehearted.
Colorblock Throw Pillow ($91): I LOVE this throw pillow! It’s neutral enough to go with most décor, but so visually interesting. Anchal’s contemporary geometric designs are defined by sophisticated patchwork and aggregated stitch patterns. Their approach revolutionizes the traditional Kantha quilting techniques from north India to create modern heirlooms. All Anchal products are handmade in India and using eco-friendly dyes, natural fibers, and organic cotton.
Spiral Bracelet ($52): This adjustable brass bracelet features classic spiral detailing and is handcrafted by artisans in Kenya, Africa earning a living wage. The perfect stacking bangle! For 20% off your Abby Alley purchase, use code wholehearted.
Graphic Tee ($44): I love this edgy tee, and the black and white color scheme goes with everything! The modern tiger illustration represents India, the country of production, while the Iris in its mouth is in honor of Tennessee, where you find ABLE headquarters.
Thanks for checking out the first installment of my Gift Guide series! Let me know what you think!