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Sustainable Gift Guide: San Diego Edition

San diego sustainable gift guide


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

Enji Studio in North County, San Diego creates timeless minimalist jewelry from recycled gold and silver that is ethically sourced from the States and Italy. The founder of Enji Studio, Niki, creates custom jewelry for her clients using responsibly sourced precious metals, diamonds, and gemstones. Enji Studio offers modern pieces perfect for gifts with earrings starting at $58.00.
Enji Studio sustainable jewelry studio in san diego


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!
Isiko studio in san diego

Where Muse, Maker + Masterpiece Meet: Hola Gwapa

Hola Gwapa was founded by artist and designer, Nisha Btesh, a San Diego native. Nisha has spent the last 10 years creating patterns and establishing relationships with warehouses and businesses in Los Angeles that practice ethical production. Hola Gwapa has just launched a variety of funky, small batch activewear sets. These colorful sets are perfect for the person in your life that loves working out while staying fashionable!
hola gwapa activewear


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.

make cafe


Gentle on your Body, Gentle on the Planet: Salud Shoppe

Who doesn't look cleanly-made and non-toxic skin careSalud 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.
salud shoppe


High Quality Beans: Jaunt Coffee Roasters

Who doesn't love a gift of high quality coffee?! We all have someone in our life who is a coffee connoisseur that loves trying new coffee shops. Give them the gift of ethically sourced beans by Jaunt Coffee Roasters in Mira Mesa (our neighbors!).  Jaunt Coffee Roasters was founded in 2018 with the belief that coffee should be a thoughtful experience, prepared with care.  Shop their exotic beans on their website! 
jaunt coffee roasters in san diego

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.
 If you're a San Diego local, and are looking for sustainably-focused business and restaurants, check out our guide to a sustainable San Diego.



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