The Sustainable Stylish Life Gift Guide

I’ve put together this gift guide for The Sustainable Stylish Life to showcase products that are sustainable, organic, support Black, Indigenious and People of Color (BIPOC) or minority owned businesses, and/or give back through purchases.

In years past, I have skewed away from gift giving, not wanting to participate in the endless consumer cycle of buying new things for one another simply for the sake of the holidays. I would have rather spent time with my family, since I live in California and they’re in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania and not so near. Time is a wonderful gift and a precious commodity for families that are distanced from each other. This year though, with the pandemic it all feels VERY different. Since I am not able to travel across the country and bop around as freely about the tri-state area to accommodate mine and my family’s desires, I am more inclined towards the physical gift-giving practice this season. 

These are items I will be giving to some people on my list as well as items I would be happy to receive. Hint hint! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Happy shopping!


Lifestyle Editor, Sustainable Stylish Life

Lele Sadoughi 

Bandana Scarf Mask is made from a 22" by 22" square featuring hidden elastic ear straps. It can double as a mask or as a scarf tied around the neck. I love a leopard print and I find wearing a bandana to be more breathable than a mask. I like that this combines the best of both. $65 here


Brother Vellies Lauryn Boots

A black boot never really goes out of style and I like the architectural design of these from Brother Vellies. Brother Vellies is an accessories and shoe brand handmade in South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Morocco. It was founded by Aurora James who recently founded 15% Pledge, a non profit organization committed to getting more representation of black owned businesses into prominent fashion retailers. $477 (on sale!) here

Vrai Inner Fire Medallion Necklace

I am attracted to the art deco vibes of this necklace and although it is new, it looks like it could be vintage. Vrai Jewelry uses sustainably manmade diamonds by Diamond Foundry, grown in America and polished internationally in their workshops. Bonus is they're also less expensive than traditionally mined diamonds. $380 here

RMS Beauty Oil

RMS (so named for its found Rose Mary Swift) was one of the first clean beauty brands out there, known for her awesome eye shadows and un-cover ups. I am a long time fan. I recently discovered their beauty oil; it smells slightly vanilla-y and goes on super smoothly. I use it in the morning after rinsing my face in cool water. This stuff is so good for you, you could probably eat it too! $78 here

Aesop Hand Wash Soap

Aesop was recently granted B-Corp status, along with other big names like Patagonia, AllBirds, and Eileen Fisher. B-Corp’s balance profit and purpose. Aesop is known for their intoxicating scents. You really can’t go wrong with ANY of them but my favorite is Geranium. $39 here

RE/DONE Jeans Comfort Stretch High Rise Stove Pipe

Whenever I wear these, I get a compliment. RE/DONE denim are made from vintage Levi’s jeans and remade into newer fits. I like a jean with stretch so these are my favorite fit. I know jeans are tough and trying on is very necessary (!) but if you’re in the market for a new pair that is upcycled, check these out. $250 here

The Perfect Tee

I find myself in a bit of a uniform these days - either it’s a sweat set with a classic t-shirt underneath or it’s jeans, a classic t-shirt, and slides. To get that perfect V-Neck fit, consider Ninety Percent’s tee here. It’s made from organic cotton and in factories that are committed to fair wages, working hours, and healthcare for their workers. Let’s support that! $47 here

Made by DWC Trailblazer Set

The Trailblazer set pairs the DWC (Downtown Women's Center) in Los Angeles candles Earth & Musk with ethically-sourced palo santo and sage. These candles are great and we already have a few around the SameSide offices. Plus they’re made by the downtown women’s shelter's occupants and help put homeless women back to work. $52 here

Treasures by This is Era Archives 

I love this book! If you like vintage or know someone who does, this is THE GIFT! It’s actually much smaller than it looks and is portable. This book is a compilation of cities across the world that offer some of the best vintage shopping around. It’s a guide and an adventure all in one. $35 here

Coyuchi 300 Thread Count Organic Percale Sheets Set

I love cotton sheets; they’re my favorite to sleep in year round. Coyuchi is making some amazing organic ones that are also Fair Trade, are shipped without the use of plastic packaging, and can be given back to Coyuchi when you’re done with them for 15% discount off a new set. They last forever so I don’t foresee that happening very soon BUT I love that they offer it! A Queen Set is $238 here

Patagonia Men’s Retro-X Fleece Jacket

Patagonia is a pioneer in terms of well made outdoor gear AND is the second certified B-Corp on our gifting list. This one is technically for the men in your life but I love this camo and I certainly could see myself in it too! $199 here

Eco Cashmere Camel Crewneck Sweater

One more for the guys! A classic camel sweater in cashmere never goes out of style! I like this one from Artknit Studios, whom I found on for their sustainable cashmere fabric that is made in Italy from industrial cashmere excess. $200 here

O My Bag Bucket Bag

Bucket bags are one of my most treasured shapes for handbags and you can find a few in my closet. I like this one as it’s eco friendly leather, fair trade certified, and O My Bag has a giveback program for your used or gently used bags to trade in. It’s well priced too. The company is from Amsterdam but ships internationally. $188 here

Manduka Yoga Mat

I was fortunate to find my yoga practice early on in my 20’s through my mom’s encouragement, and being in NYC, I had access to the best studios. I have gone through many mats over the years and I am a fan of these eco-friendly Manduka ones. They last FOREVER and I love the blue colors on this one, reminds me of the ocean. $78 here

3MM Kassia Wetsuit

As an avid surfer my gift guide wouldn’t be complete without a wetsuit! I realize this is a VERY specific gift but Kassia Meador’s Kassia Surf line deserves honorable mention for being made of recycled neoprene and she minimizes her impact on the planet through eco friendly packaging and practices as well. It’s well made and keeps you nice and toasty for cooler water temperatures of 55 F-57 F. $400 here

Bumpsuit Pamper Set

This is meant to be for a mama-to-be to take with her to the hospital or for postpartum time at home BUT it looks so cozy and nice for anyone, I had to include it! Comes packaged in a silk dust bag, so lux. Included in the Gift Set: 1 silky soft padded sleep mask, 1 oversized silk scrunchie, 1 plush soft pair of comfy socks, 1 luxurious silk pillowcase. $95 here

ERTH Jewelry Diamond Peace and Love Necklace

100% of the proceeds from this necklace go to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement FOREVER! Now that’s a nice thing! Each necklace is handmade for you and comes in yellow, rose, or white gold. The rose is my favorite, personally. ERTH is a sustainable fine jewelry brand founded by model & entrepreneur Nicole Trunfio. $660 here

Chevron Packable Puffer Jacket in Colorblock

Puffers are warm AND packable for travel, one of my favorite features. I like how vintage this one from Madewell looks and it's made with recycled fabric. It's also filled with PrimaLoft® insulation, a warm-as-down alternative made of 100% recycled content. Now that's pretty cool! $148 here


I'd love to hear from you about how you like my picks AND if there are other items you have found that fit our criteria! I am always on the hunt for a good gift, even if it's not the holiday season per se. Feel free to reach out to me at ariel@onsameside directly. 

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