Holiday Gift Guide: Give Them What They Want With (Ethical) Gift Cards
According to the New York Times, all research points to gift success is as easy as buying your recipient something quick and easy. As the buyer, we fret over the ‘perfect gift’, but the perfect gift is the one they want (need more reassurance, read the Stanford study). So we have some incredible ideas for gift cards that help them get exactly what they want, from ethical vendors (while doubling as life-savers for ‘last minute’ shoppers and those who are just hard-to-buy for).
For the Afrophile/Fashionista: Sapelle is an UK-based, African inspired shop that offers womens clothing, jewellery, accessories and home decor. Gift card options: Available in £10, £25, £50 and £75 units and are delivered by email or post. In North America? The Zuvaa Marketplace offers unique and one of kind African Inspired pieces. They work directly with emerging designers around the world and have women, mens, kids and more. Gift card options: Vouchers in $25, $50, $100 and $250 USD and the coupon code is emailed, on your behalf, to the recipient within 24 hours.
For the Vegan: MooShoes sells cruelty-free shoes and accessories from their store locations in New York and Los Angeles and online. Their line of mens and womens shoes will make any vegan happy. Gift Card options: $10 online and $25 instore.
For the Beauty Queen: The Detox Market sells green beauty brands to detoxify your life – organic skin care, natural makeup, 5- free nail polish, clean hair care, wellness teas, safe household products. If she (or he) loves green beauty, they will love this card. Gift Card options: $25 – can be redeemed instore or online.
For the Jewelry Lover: You have that friend who loves jewelry more than anything? Soko is redefining the aesthetics of ethical fashion; offering high quality, contemporary design paired with handmade techniques and sustainable materials. Inspired by helping millions of talented artisans that are trapped in micro economies, unable to earn enough to support their families and businesses. Gift Card options: $25, $50, $100 and $200 - are delivered by email and contain instructions to redeem them at checkout.
For Every Body: We recently wrote about the most sustainable undergarment brand, Saint Basics. Everything is produced according to the strictest GOTS-Standards, and they use innovative super-eco fabrics and all their products are OEKO-Tex certified. Gift Card options: Offerings from €25- €50 and users can combine several vouchers, which are valid for one year.
For the Artisan Lover: Ten Thousand Villages offers everything from jewelry to scarfs, and all things for the home, plus they create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to markets through long-term, fair trading relationships. Gift Card options: You can pick the denomination and whether you want an instore or online card.
For the Yogi: At Gaiam, they believe that all of the Earth’s living matter, air, oceans and land form an interconnected system that can be seen as a single entity. Founded in Boulder, Colorado in 1988, Gaiam sells everything from clothes to mats, to props and more. Gift Card options: $10, $20, $25, $50 and $100 – either emailed to you or mailed to your recipient with a gift card.
For the Maker: Are they a knitter or is this the year they want to be? Wool and The Gang is a global fashion brand that believes in exceptional design that’s Made Unique and their designs can either be bought made or as easy-to-follow Knit Kits, which help in the creation of customised Wool and the Gang designs at home. Gift Card options: start at $20 to $200, available in the currency of choice $, £ or €. Order an E-Gift Card and they email a code.