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2021 Sustainable Gift Guide: 10 Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Tis the season to be...sustainable! 

At LIVDEN, we keep our planet in mind all year round and the holiday season is no exception. Beyond utilizing eco-friendly elements to decorate your home, like our modern patterned tiles made from recycled materials, we wanted to show you some of the ways you can give the gift of sustainability this season. 

We've rounded up our favorite artisan-made, ethically-produced, and made-in-the-USA gifts that are designed to delight and carry a lesser environmental impact on the planet. 

So get to scrolling and discover 10 unique sustainable gift ideas that you'll immediately want to "Add to Cart", below! 

1. DIY Beaded Bag Kit by Snippet Studios

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A multi-disciplinary collective based in Seattle, Washington, Snippet Studios is focused on one thing: inspiring joy. To do so, Co-Founders Megan Lee and Megan Wu share their adorable, animal-centric webcomics and create a slew of handmade goods that are just as cute as the animated stories! 

What started as a dream between two coworkers has now blossomed into a pastel-colored world that delights visitors and gives them the chance to discover the difference of artisan-crafted goods and web-based comics. 

2. Mamas Knit Throw Blanket by Calhoun & Co. 

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Calhoun & Co.'s recipe for a perfect product? A dash of humor, a healthy dose of cozy weekend vibes, and a whole lot of intention to spread more kindness into the world.

This Brooklyn-based small business draws inspiration from their community and its friendly faces, interesting places, and the small moments that make life special, like when you're curled up on a crisp winter day with a steaming cup o' Joe. All designs and illustrations featured (like the blanket you see above!) are made by Kerry Stokes. 

3. Handmade Ceramic Mug by Anne Gates Studio

sustainable gift ceramic mug

At Anne Gates Studio, sustainability takes center stage. Founder and designer, Anne Gates, structures her studio so that it uses recycled clay and cotton and is continually conscious of its water consumption. 

This setup is intentional. Anne Gates Studio is concerned with longevity (a key cornerstone of sustainable products) and quality. Thoughtfully crafted in San Francisco, these pieces are made to make you feel good and warm your household for years to come. 

4. Hypoallergenic Hand-Made Earrings by Studio Fondant

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Studio Fondant is on a mission to bring beauty into the world, ethically. Their modern and conscious approach to making jewelry centers on 100% made in the USA pieces that provide the optimal fit and feel.

Women-owned and operated, this Chicago-based small business is prioritizing quality over quantity. All pieces are handmade and slow made, meaning their business is more concerned with craftspeople, collaboration with local networks, and low production runs where the output promotes excellence over expediency. 

5. Kong and Kkot Pillar Candles by BTWEEN SPACES

sustainable gift idea beeswax candles

Bees, please! BTWEEN SPACES is a small business located in Brooklyn, New York that uses only 100% natural, 100% paraffin-free bees wax to create handmade, sculptural candles designed to shine in your home.

Founded by Eunjoo Lee and DK Park, a Brooklyn-based interior designer and architect couple, BTWEEN SPACES uses the finest raw materials and a strategic balance of warmth and scent to create candles that make moments in your home every day (lit or not!). 

6. Plant-Based Terrazzo Soap by Bell Mountain Naturals

sustainable gift idea terrazzo soap

Okay, we couldn't resist including this next gift idea: we have an entire collection of tile designs made on recycled 12x12 Polar Ice Terrazzo

While we use recycled stone to create our Terrazzo tiles, Bell Mountain Naturals employs plant-based oils and butters that are ethically and sustainably harvested to create their unique soaps. 

Providing luxury, naturally, Bell Mountain Naturals uses high-quality raw materials and compostable packaging to diminish their impact on the planet. They are Leaping Bunny Certified because their products are never tested on animals! 

7. 100% Soy + Coconut Blend Candle by Predominantly Black

sustainable gift idea predominantly black candle

Owner, creator, and Mother Maker, Mya Sinquefield brings her extensive knowledge of herbal formulation, perfumery, emulsifiers, preservatives and skincare to create the goods available from Predominantly Black

Located in Los Angeles, California, Predominantly Black is a female-owned handmade home and body fragrance house. Predominantly Black infuses their fragrances with the best soothing, healing, and guilt-free elements all while keeping longevity and shelf-life expectancy in mind. 

8. California Print on Recycled Paper by Orange & Park

sustainable gift idea print on recycled paper

If there's one thing we love at LIVDEN, it's supporting our local makers here in San Diego.

Orange & Park is one such creator, that makes prints and stationary sets on 100% recycled stock with eco-friendly, water-based inks. What's even better is they network with one of the smallest paper mills in America: the French Paper Company in Michigan. Family-owned for five generations, the French Paper Company utilizes recycled papers and virgin pulp only from approved sources like Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

9. Ethically-Sourced Coffee by Dark Horse Coffee Roasters

sustainable gift ethically sourced coffee

Not only is this coffee ethically sourced, it's also pretty darn delicious. Our Marketing Manager is a regular at the Dark Horse Coffee Roasters outpost in North Park, San Diego! 

Founded in 2013, Dark Horse Coffee Roasters set out with a mission to source direct-trade coffees and develop lasting relationships with smallholder farmers across the globe. Today, Dark Horse offers signature espresso drinks from their 6 locations throughout Southern California and Hawaii. Through it all they remain steadfastly committed to their network of relationships and coffee community that supports and celebrates their ethical roastery. 

10. Micro-Batch Healing Serum Set by Root, Rise

sustainable gift idea micro bath skin care

Micro-batch skin care? Sign us up! 

Root, Rise is a farm and apothecary in Northern California that specializes in micro-bath skincare products made from seasonally-harvested herbs. 

The face behind the brand, Jess, is the owner and maker of all Root, Rise products. Her commitment to communing with the land and dedication to only using the freshest plants is what makes her products so incredible and effective. 

Happy (Sustainable) Holiday Shopping! 

We hope this list ignited a spark of inspiration for your holiday shopping! Let us know your favorite gift idea in the comments below. 

Looking for other ways to be sustainable this season? Head on over to our action-oriented guide on How to be More Sustainable at Home today! 



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