We are back with this year's gift guide featuring sustainable brands and businesses from our hometown of San Diego! Why do we create this gift guide every year? Because as a small business, we know the struggle of competing with big box brands and wholesalers like Amazon or Target. When searching for these local San Diego companies, we make sure that these businesses work with artisans around the world that also strive for ethical business practices. All of the products you see on this guide are either handmade or made in small batches. Give your loved one a unique, one of a kind gift this year!
Recycled Brew: ReBru Spirits
First up we have one of the coolest ideas we've seen in along time! Meet ReBru Spirits
, located in Barrio Logan. ReBru Spirits
was born out of the idea of doing more by wasting less and turning unsold beer into award-winning spirits ranging from vodka to gin
. If you have a family member or friend who loves adding unique spirits to their home bar, we definitely recommend heading to a local San Diego liquor store and grabbing a bottle of small batch craft Gin or Whiskey. Locals can also visit their brewery and restaurant which features a speakeasy
Ethical Jewelry with an Edge: Enji Studio
Global Goods for the Global Good: isiko Studio
If you're shopping for that person in your life who loves aesthetic home goods and accessories, look no further than isiko
. This woman-founded shop features one-of-a-kind ceramics and jewelry from small artisans around the globe
. Not only does isiko offer stunning small batch goods like mugs and vases
, they donate 5% of their proceeds to a different social good company every 6 months. If you aren't a San Diego local, no worries; everything can be shipped!
Where Muse, Maker + Masterpiece Meet: Hola Gwapa
Locally Sourced, Globally Inspired: MAKE Café
Got a foodie in the family who also loves supporting a good cause? Then we recommend giving them a gift card to MAKE Café in North Park
. MAKE café operates an urban farm and restaurant
that provides a paid, real world work experience for low-income refugees and immigrant women and youth. Their mission is to provide their trainees with job readiness skills while also serving the city of San Diego with locally sourced ingredients and globally-inspired meals.
Gentle on your Body, Gentle on the Planet: Salud Shoppe
Who doesn't look cleanly-made and non-toxic skin care
? Salud Shoppe
in Carlsbad offers holistic skin care with ingredients that are selected specifically for their rich soil climate and aromatic profiles. Not only will these serums and oils look stunning on your bathroom vanity, they are also safe for you! Head to ThreadSpun in Leucadia
to shop Salud products in person or order them online off their website.
High Quality Beans: Jaunt Coffee Roasters
Support your Local Artist: Jonathan Parker
Our senior printer here at LIVDEN, Jonathan Parker, is also a talented artist who creates abstract paintings by mixing together water colors, acrylics, and linen. His colorful and innovative paintings are available for sale through his website in a range of sizes. Jonathan recently started experimenting with creating his art on Paperstone, a recycled paper turned into solid surfacing. Instead of buying a mass produced print, give a truly one of a kind gift produced by a local small artist!
If you need more gift ideas for the 2022 holiday season, check out our previous sustainable gift guide
. This gift guide features eco-friendly gift options from artisans and small businesses across the country.