By Anna Griffin, Editor in Chief
After the year we've experienced, this holiday season is a perfect time to choose gifts that have meaning, which beyond bringing joy to our loved ones, will help to better our world. With these 12 gift ideas (one for each day of Christmas), we’re sure to please all of the amazing women in our lives because as well as being eco-conscious, they give back to vital causes. These include environmental protection, women’s safety, human rights, veteran care, women's rehabilitation, disease research, children's education, the arts, and animal welfare. This holiday season give what matters to the ones who matter, knowing that ultimately what matters most is the well-being of our world.
A little glamour goes a long way, and long, full lashes are a girl’s best friend when wanting to enhance her look. This handy set contains a PureLash® Lash Extender & Conditioner and Black Ice Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara, which enhance the appearance of lash thickness and length for perfect, luxurious, starry eyes! Beyond creating eco and cruelty-free cosmetics to make women look and feel their best, Jane Iredale is committed to giving back and has donated over $1,000,000 to charitable causes that benefit breast cancer survivors, children, victims of domestic and sexual abuse, animal welfare, agriculture organizations, and saving the Monarch butterfly.
PC: Jane Iredale
Two stars from Evolue’s effective, eco-luxe skincare line up make up this essential kit. The Royal Jelly Peel is a luxurious alternative to acid-based masks, and gently exfoliates dead skin without damaging new skin. Paired with Super Oil, a Coco Eco favorite, this plant-based squalane oil helps to supplement essential vitamins for healthy skin and is the lightest oil-based serum you'll ever try, while being a warrior for all skin issues including the dreaded mask-ne! The brand has a built-in, philanthropic drive that gives back year-round, supporting multiple causes including veterans, and sufferers of MS and leukemia, amongst other ongoing initiatives.
Moisturizing with silky, smooth vitamin E, this fruit pigmented lip gloss trio gives lips a plump, juicy pop of color. A philanthropic brand at heart, 100% Pure has partnered with non-profits across California to donate a bottle of hand sanitizer to those in need, with every purchase from their site. Beyond Covid, they donate nutritious vegan meals to shelter dogs in China, who are often abandoned, abused, and facing death for the dog meat trade, also saving 60sq feet of rainforest, 90lb of grain, 2,000 gallons of water, the lives of at least two livestock animals, and one hungry dog each day.
PC: 100% Pure
Made with busy, stressed out Moms in mind, Kristen Bell’s Happy Dance is a new line of premium CBD skincare that is vegan and cruelty-free, and formulated without formaldehyde, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, sulfates, synthetic dyes or fragrances. This Feel-Good Bundle is a trio of tranquility for the skin and features a luxurious Whipped Body Butter that is packed with ultra hydrating and nourishing plant extracts; a multi-tasking Coconut Melt balm that handily hydrates from head to toe, and an energizing Bath Bomb . . . All the calm and feel-good that a worried soul needs. Fully committed to caring, Happy Dance is donating 1% profits from all products sold to A New Way of Life ReEntry Project, a Black owned, LA-based 501(c)(3) organization that provides housing, case management, pro bono legal services, advocacy, and leadership development for women rebuilding their lives after prison.
PC: Happy Dance
Pioneers in luxury, vegan footwear, Mink Shoes are a go-to when looking for chic, animal-friendly fashion. With each piece manufactured by a team of skilled artisans at their factory in Italy, attention is given to fabrics and finish that result in ethical, red carpet-ready footwear and accessories. The chic Owl Wallet in red patent has a gold, faux leather interior, 10 card slots, zipped coin holder and two bill pockets, for elevated organization with style. Passionate to make a difference and end the suffering of animals, the brand donates to multiple charities’ auctions and events each year, including Mercy For Animals, Farm Sanctuary and the Humane Society.
PC: Mink Shoes
Voted Interior Scent of the Year by the Fragrance Foundation, Apothia’s Chrismukkah candle has heartwarming notes of Fresh Green Fir, Clove, and Crisp Ocean Air, bringing the joy of the holidays into our homes. Their signature Illuminating Cream candles are made in LA and are a unique, soy wax blend, creating a creamy luxurious balm of solid fragrance that is non toxic, cruelty free, and formulated without sulfates and parabens. With philanthropy as central to the brand’s core as clean, safe and elegant products, Apothia is currently donating to the World Resources Institute, whose focus is on climate, energy, food, forests, cities and our oceans, and the Environmental Defense Fund.
PC: Apothia Los Angeles
Deborah Lindquist’s handmade, reincarnated cashmere collection is created from post-consumer, cashmere sweaters, rescued and redesigned into new sweaters, skirts, dresses, and accessories. This Peace Dove scarf and fingerless glove set features dove and olive branch appliques, accented with rhinestones, and is sure to keep both the cold weather chills and any bad vibes at bay. Always committed to the environment, Deborah is donating 10% of sales to support independent farmers through Farmer’s Footprint, whose mission is to expose the human and environmental impacts of chemical farming and offer a path forward through regenerative agricultural practices.
PC: Deborah Lindquist
When we want to throw on some subtle bling, a cuff is our first choice. Handcrafted in Southern California from lead and nickel free sterling silver, this Wave Cuff is an easy piece to add a chic touch to any outfit. Spanning the sides of skyscrapers, sports arenas, and structures throughout the world, “Wyland’s Walls” public murals have captured the imagination of millions and helped inspire a new generation to become better stewards for our environment for over forty years. With all proceeds directly supporting the Wyland Foundation’s efforts to bring people together for clean water and healthy oceans, this gift makes a unique contribution to children's education, the arts, and the future of our planet.
PC: Wyland Foundation
A dressing gown is one of those essentials we cherish, which can easily go from relaxing by a cozy fire in the winter, to sitting by a pool on a warm summer day. Designed and made in New York City, Pattern Village’s inspiration is a desire to add fresh, colorful, bold, patterns to today's sustainable fashion closet. Working with a different NYC designer to create each pattern, their dressing gowns are produced with fabric made from recycled water bottles and each gown diverts approximately 20 plastic bottles from the waste stream. From manufacturing to shipping, every effort is made to uphold their Earth-First motto, and with each purchase a tree is planted to offset their carbon footprint and help pump clean oxygen back into the atmosphere.
PC: Pattern Village
Awarded 2020 Tequila of the Year by the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, El Sativo Tequila hits all of our taste, eco and philanthropic bases. Certified USDA organic and non-gmo, their super refined distillation process helps preserve the natural benefits of agave, while their well water is filtered through 135 feet of volcanic rock for some of the cleanest water on the planet. Bottled in 100% recycled, smart, combustible glass with an organic, soluble, pesticide-free label, El Sativo (meaning "Sown in Seeds") is committed to protecting the environment, and has partnered with multiple organizations to save our future resources. For every bottle sold, donations are made to ocean conservancy and clean water relief initiatives.
PC: El Sativo
A baseball cap with the right fit and a cool logo should be in every girl’s closet, and always adds a little urban edge to any outfit. This 100% Human Baseball Cap is ethically produced with a big message of 100% Human For 100% Human Rights. Everlane launched their 100% Human collection in 2016 as a way to unite people amid civil divisions, and advocate for human rights for all. For every 100% Human product sold, the brand donates 10% to the ACLU who have been fighting to protect our fundamental freedoms for the past 100 years, and have already donated over $650K since first launching their 100% Human initiative.
Nothing feels cozier than sumptuous fleece, and nothing is more comfortable than our favorite sweatshirt. This hand-dyed, Sunday Sweatshirt Dress is an easy throw-on piece for relaxed days chilling at home, or paired with sneakers, a denim jacket and cute purse for brunch with the girls. Headquartered in Venice, CA, protecting the environment and our oceans is at the heart of Electric & Rose’s values. The brand supports the Surfrider Foundation throughout the year, whose focus is reducing plastic pollution, ocean protection, beach access, coastal preservation, and clean water initiatives for the sustainability of our planet’s most precious resource.
PC: Electric & Rose