Sustainable Holiday Gift Guide 2020

Sustainable Holiday Gift Guide 2020

Posted by Malaika Haaning on

Quokka Pineapple Handbags 

PETA-approved & vegan, Quokka was developed with the planet in mind! These high-quality, ethically-sourced bags are made lovingly with pineapple infused materials, making them naturally organic and 100% cruelty-free! The interior fabric is PET (post-consumer recycled plastic), and the strap is bamboo. Quokka is the perfect gift for anyone who loves to feel good about what they are wearing.  Available in 3 models and multiple colors and can be worn as a cross-body or shoulder bag, or as a fanny-pack. Designed in USA. No plastic packaging. We love their bags!


Sustainable hand bags made from pineapple leather 

Alpaca Soap

A family run soap business, sharing their love for cleanliness and beauty. Making fun, effective, eco-friendly, healthy products accessible to all, is their passion!  Their fresh, small-batch soaps, lotions, shampoo, conditioner bars work beautifully and are a small switch that can make a big difference in your health and the health of our beautiful home planet. Our favorite product of theirs are their shampoo it works even better than a regular shampoo but without the plastic packaging!


sustainable shampoo bar that works


Papillon Organic Beauty Brand

Papillon Organic is a plant based, cruelty free and vegan beauty brand. They focus on sustainability and eco packaging. All of their products come in glass bottles ( except for mascara) and can be recycled or repurposed.

All their products are multi-use products to create sustainability and low consumption of beauty product, as not to create burden on the planet. 

All of their ingredients are sourced ethically and sustainably from family farms around the world, and are safe for us and the planet.  Our ingredients are USDA certified organic and are non-GMO. Made in USA.




Armpocket is the perfect gift for the fitness lover.  Whether they run, walk, hike, bike, or weight train, their phone, ID, keys, credit cards, energy gels, and other necessities will be protected all in one place, leaving them hands-free to take their workout to the next level. The only thing stronger than the Armpocket itself is their commitment to the environment. The armbands are made from recycled plastic bottles and sustainable bamboo.  Since our start in 2006, Armpocket has repurposed more than 3 million plastic bottles by using PET (post-consumer recycled plastic) fabric. Their mission is to motivate individuals to live an active lifestyle all while helping support the planet, ocean, and all animals.  Available in multiple sizes and colors. 

Designed in USA.


sustainable arm pocket for your iPhone and android 

JK Naturals beauty membership

An holistic self-care membership experience for women over 40 that includes a monthly box of surprise and delight high-end handcrafted products, guided meditations, yoga, a private supportive community of like-minded women, monthly girls’ night in Zoom parties, and talks with special guests on relatable topics.

Example of their sustainable October box below: 

The ingredients are only ever high-quality organic ingredients, 100% clean.  No use of synthetics of any kind. JK Naturals sent is made from 100% pure essential oils (never fragrance oils).

Their masks are made from leftover vintage raw silk made by a local seamstress.

The body brush is made from Japanese palm plant bristles and is 100% natural.

The packaging is recyclable (glass jars/bottles, metal spray bottle).


a monthly sustainable subscription box for women over 40


Muslin Throws made from organic cotton. They are woven from high quality materials made to last for years to come.  Manufactured in their own factory in China.

 organic cotton throws


Pep Soap

Pep Soap Co. makes minimalist natural soap. “Minimalist” is not a look, it’s a philosophy and belief that less is better. That means carefully chosen natural ingredients, minimal packaging, and doing everything they can to create beautiful products that bring joy and self-care with minimal impact to the environment


organic bar minimal bar soap 


Linens that are made to order, so nothing gets made unless is has a home first. They use linen, which is naturally farmed and uses less water and land resources to grow than cotton plus they save all fabrics and reuse their scraps in one of a kind items like pillows and limited production sachets. Made in USA.

 sustainable linen pillows



Based in suburban Philadelphia, 100% woman owned small business hand makes safe, green products that work hard to restore, heal and protect problem skin. Sanjeevita in Sanskrit means rejuvenated. Rejuvenate skin and senses with holistic India-inspired natural body care by Sanjeevita. They merge ancient Indian plant-based wisdom with a rigorous scientific approach championed by Dr Vaishali Ketkar, their Founder. Vaishali is a Pharmaceutical Scientist who spent her career saving lives through essential medical research. With a passion for a holistic approach to wellbeing, Vaishali applies her scientific approach to develop highly effective (and patent-pending) natural bodycare products suited to busy, modern life.

Their products are:


sustainable and vegan foot balm that works


A customer favorite is their cruelty-free and vegan Neem Patchouli Lemongrass twist up Foot Repair Treatment Balm for Dry, Cracked or Unhappy Skin


Uremboasili Luxury Skincare

African-inspired Plant-based Luxury Skincare. The products are sourced fair trade and direct from female co-ops. All of their packaging is in glass and all of their shipping materials are eco-friendly including the tape they use.


luxury sustainable skincare


Spotlight Gift Boxes

Spotlight was born at the end of June 2020 when our country was awakening to supporting our community and looking for ways to learn more about Black history.  Each month, there is a “spotlight” on products from 1-2 female Black businesses along with information on a Black history event / icon or topic.  All made in USA.

The company has two holiday season boxes and we shared our favorite one below.


sustianable holiday gift basket 

Candy Cane Gift set

 This gift set comes in a wonderfully boxed set, perfect for gift-giving or enjoying yourself & includes exclusive products from 2 Black-owned businesses!

  1. Two Little Baskets
  2. Boku Joy

Included in this gift set:

  • 5.5 inch diameter hand-woven cotton basket.
  • 2 hand-milled Candy Cane (peppermint) infused organic soaps.
  • 1 Aromatherapy Candy Cane (peppermint) infused room spray.
  • 1 Aromatherapy Candy Cane (peppermint & tea tree oil) infused foot soak.


Malaika New York

Zero Waste Clothing for Women. Our mission is to give women the opportunity to feel comfortable yet modern wearing sustainable fashion. Sustainable fashion should be cool and fun not bland. We want to help you find your style and be confident. Our products are sustainable made in New York from organic cottons, tencel, linens, PET (up-cycled plastic bottles) and up-cycled bike tubes. All packing materials are compostable or recyclable.


organic cotton dresses made in USA

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