Get your wishlist ready! We have put together a Holiday Gift Guide from a few of our favorite mission-based brands. The brands included on this list are sustainable, ethical, faith-based, or give back to their communities.
"The combination of carefully selected fabrics, hand-sewn pieces, and cultural musings inspire women everywhere to wear a bold print, take command of a room, laugh a little too loud, and pursue their greatest aspirations."
In 2014, Fanm Djanm began as a collection of eight head wraps designed by founder and creative direction Paola Mathè in Austin, TX. Today, Fanm Djanm is a black woman-owned, sustainable, and handmade headwrap collection and lifestyle brand that focuses on community. Each unique piece uses fabrics and dyes from various African countries, supporting local entrepreneurs and international wholesalers. The brand also abides by a zero-waste policy: all materials are recycled. Pictured above is the Fiore headwrap: it's lightweight, luxurious, and versatile (a.k.a. the perfect gift for anyone looking to add a timeless accessory to their wardrobe).
"We care about the past, present, and future. Through Redoux, we want to keep you in touch with what's important, so we craft our products for and around experiences that we all share in common -- excitement, stillness, love, growth."
Redoux was founded by two friends, Asia and Alejandro, with a shared passion for euphoric scents and vegan skincare. Their cruelty-free products are crafted around shared experiences and embodied by unique scents. "Scent is a powerful catalyst. It can be infused to add a new dimension to make an unforgettable experience," they write on their website. "It can be composed to create unique moments. And it can perpetually be harnessed to evoke emotions." Our personal favorite: the 529 Trio that includes the Turmeric Botanical Bar, Borage Ginseng Active Serum, and the Moringa Mallow Energy Balm.
"Our jewelry is both presented in both bold accent and modern simplicity and expresses one's individual characters through our designs. In addition, the beauty of upcycled jewelry is shown with a meaningful message that discarded materials can be a treasure to redefine modern luxury."
CLED (standing for Conscious Lifestyle Earth Friendly & Ethical Design) is an upcycled jewelry line founded in 2018 by designer Seulye Jo. According to their website, CLED was "inspired by using discarded resources and repurposing them into new treasured objects to reduce our environmental impact without ever sacrificing quality or design." Our top pick for a CLED holiday gift is the Avens Earrings made of hand-from Eco Gem (a material formed from discarded glass bottles).
"Every step, big or small, is still a step towards a better future for us, mother nature, and our community.
Founder En Tsao began Even Keel after moving from Singapore to New York in 2013 to study design. Keel's products are entirely ethical and sustainable, with studio practices that include no animal products, artificial coloring, artificial fragrances, or filler ingredients. In addition, 5% of the company’s annual profits go to The Rainforest Foundation to help protect the environmental rights of indigenous and traditional peoples living in our world's rainforests. Even Keel also donates to the Brooklyn Bail Fund, Spooner House, Umbrella, Chips, and the Prudence Crandell Center. For your favorite traveler that loves their botanicals; check out the Expedition Soap Set: a collection of six of their most popular soap cubes.
"From supporting ethical employment in a rural community in Malawi, to offsetting our carbon emissions through low-impact production and sustainable packaging, we aim to empower both people and planet through thoughtfully made jewelry."
Founded in 2018 by duo Maddy and Kyle, Yewo (pronounced 'yay-whoa' meaning 'thank you'), is a sustainable jewelry brand and social enterprise based in the mountains of Northern Malawi. Their breathtaking pieces are manufactured exclusively at their solar-powered workshop in Manchewe village. Yewo's team is trained on-site; with health care, nutritious meals, and savings, and so much more provided to them allowing for consistent employment and reliable resources. With their renewable manufacturing processes, plastic-free packaging, "consciously" sourced materials, and reforestation efforts, Yewo has also made a name for themselves as a well-known sustainable brand. We’ve chosen the Sina Earrings, meaning ‘to pinch’ in Tumboka, as our favorites for this holiday season. They are made from the most gorgeous recycled brass!
"We are an independent, self-funded, woman-owned and operated company. We believe that sustainability not only means addressing the long-term impact on our ecosystem but that we must also make products that meet the demands of everyday life."
Founder Lesley Thornton created KLUR with a vision to "cultivate a brand that reflected the values of clean, ethical, and inclusive beauty." KLUR is an independent, woman-owned, and operated, company that is also eco-inclusive and sustainable. All products are also vegan: containing no animal by-product in their formulas. In addition, they do not use any parabens, sulfates, fillers, synthetic fragrances, or artificial dyes. We have picked the Gentle Matter Daily Moisture Cleanser as our favorite KLUR product! It’s a non-foaming, refreshing gel that is gentle on the skin.
"After witnessing the dramatic impact of UnoEth's partnership and investment with artisans and small businesses in Ethiopia, the duo made it their mission to keep duplicating their business model across the globe, one artisan at a time."
UnoEth is a father-daughter brand that draws upon the unique talents of artisans from Addis Ababa to create their craft handmade leather bags and accessories. The founders, Dagne and Xiomara, were inspired by their international travels and have partnered with leather artisans and cotton weavers in Ethiopia and jewelry makers in Tanzania. The name, UnoEth, is a portmanteau of the Spanish word for one ‘uno’ and their Ethiopian identity (a nod to Xiomara’s Puerto Rican and Ethiopian heritage). Our favorite find is the Hanna Leather Tote in Walnut: it's both fashion-forward and perfect for tucking away all your daily essentials.
"Our approach to wellness goes beyond the mug—its roots are in our sourcing, where ethical, transparent supply chains are our foundation. Its branches are in food justice, ensuring part of our revenue goes to supporting more equitable food systems."
Based in California, Clevr Blends is a women-led, mission-driven brand headed by Hanna Mendoza. All Clevr Blends products are made from farm-grown, non-GMO ingredients and packaged in plastic-free and recyclable shipping materials. Additionally, 1% of the brand’s monthly revenue is donated to food justice in partnership with El Centro Santa Barbara: an organization working towards establishing a more equitable food system. Clevr Blends is also involved with The Somos Semillas Garden Project, which, according to Clevr Blends’ website, is dedicated to “shifting our relationship to food and the environment, and to promote a healthier, more resilient community.” Our top pick? The Matcha Supperlatte with reishi, ashwagandha, lion’s mane, and probiotics.
"Each Gracemade piece is designed and manufactured in Los Angeles, using ethical standards with the utmost respect for people, our local community, and our environment. In addition to producing locally, we aim to impact lives through our commitment to give back: with every Gracemade purchase, we donate a portion of the proceeds to charity."
And then there's us! Here are a few of the most beloved pieces that we believe will make the most special gifts for your loved ones. Our Dwell Modal Jumpsuit is sustainable, soft, versatile, and comfortable without compromising your holiday style. Likewise, the Organic Cotton Sweatshirts are the perfect cozy must-have for your winter wardrobe.
There you have it - the perfect Gift Guide for the Holiday Season. We hope that this post is helpful and that it provided inspiration to explore new mission-based brands that make a difference.