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10 Awesome Gifts For The Conscious Shopper

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What do you buy for a discerning shopper? You’ve come to the right place! Indie styles and cutting-edge materials are opening up a world of unique finds that you’ll love to curate for your besties. Here are ten awesome gifts to buy for the conscious shopper.

1. Peace Bronze Earrings

Peace Bronze Earrings

Style, ethics and sustainability meet in this up-and-coming kind of jewelry. Peace bronze© is a metal made from copper reclaimed from the cabling that connected nuclear missile silos. Now, it’s being used to create something beautiful. 

These unique earrings of handcrafted jewelry are made with an alloy of 95% copper, 4% silicone and 1% manganese. They are twisted into a wide range of artful forms covering everything from peace symbols from the 60s to chic, nature-inspired motifs.

2. Ethical Birthstone Ring

Birthstone ring

Birthstones have been around since the Roman Empire and have held their charm and popular appeal. Today, you can have a custom birthstone ring made with ethical gemstones and the giftee’s name engraved inside.

Thanks to computer-assisted design (CAD) technology, custom jewelry is now more affordable than fully handmade pieces or curated collections in jewelry stores. You can also save money on a custom ring by choosing small semi-precious gems rather than large stones.

3. Edgy Romper

Marginella Jumpsuit

Rompers have become a fashion staple and one that a modern woman can’t be without. Delight your friends with a well-made, silky-soft, printed romper they can wear at home or out on the town.

For anyone who’s new to rompers, help them out with a few suggestions for styling this highly versatile piece. A romper with overalls is perfect for home, or simply add a necklace and a pair of sandals for everything from the mall to the beach.

4. Chic Printed Sweater

Cream and white thermal shirt

It’s impossible to have too many sweaters, especially when it starts getting cool outside. And with new blended and plant-derived textiles, your friends will be able to stay cozy and warm without the scratchy texture of wool.

When picking out a sweater as a gift, go for a style that will age well with time — yes, I’m talking about a chic print and a well-made piece that’s guaranteed not to stretch. Not sure what size your friend is? One-size-fits-all designs to the rescue!

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5. Lookalike Wraparounds

Kazuko Scarf with orange half circles and white dots

Pashminas, scarves and shawls go to the next level in versatility with dozens of possible styles from which to choose. Originally made famous in Kashmir, Nepal, pashminas are now a fashion staple and can be purchased in imitation varieties that are far more affordable than their handwoven counterparts.

For a faux (not an original) pashmina, you can select from a wide range of luxurious textures and fabrics, including silk, cotton, viscose, acrylic, and resin. Many of these fabrics are still quite fragile, so be sure to ask about the care instructions and pass these on to the recipient with the gift.

6. Hand Printed Napkins

Hand printed napkins

Everyone hosts dinner parties from time to time, and a unique or interesting table setting can make for the perfect conversation starter. If your friend or loved one is big on hospitality, consider a set of hand printed napkins to grace their table and elevate the meal.

In addition to cotton and polyester blends, several brands offer napkins from raffia and jute. These napkins are gentle on the environment and offer superior durability as well. If you can, source the napkins from a fair-trade brand to enhance their appeal even more.

7. Bamboo…Anything!

Bamboo cheese serving board

Bamboo is trending in the new millennium. Call it the age of the pandas, but really, this stuff is great! Thanks to recent strides in technology, bamboo is being used to make all kinds of materials, from wood lookalike serving boards to hypoallergenic socks to toothbrushes. 

When searching for the ideal gift, consider something made from bamboo. It’s chic, it’s durable, it’s versatile and looks great. And the fact that it requires little water and virtually no pesticides to grow can be considered an added bonus.

8. CBD-Infused Bedtime Tea

Empress CBD Tea

There’s nothing like a new blend of bedtime tea to warm a friend’s heart, especially when it features a blend of relaxing herbs like chamomile and lavender and a flavorful twist of honey or lemon.

Today, new bedtime teas are also available with a dash of cannabidiol (from hemp). If your friend or relative is open to trying novel extracts for enhanced relaxation, a CBD-infused tea could be just the thing.  

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9. Aromatherapy Bath Bombs

Aromatherapy Bath Bombs

After (or while) enjoying some nighttime tea, sweeten your loved ones’ evening routine with an essential-oil aromatherapy bath bomb, fizzy, or bath crystals. Many of these products are handmade locally and thoughtfully wrapped for aesthetic appeal.

When used instead of synthetic fragrance, essential oils provide the benefits of terpenes and other natural compounds to the skin along with the advantages provided by gentle inhalation. Do some research on aromatherapy before purchase to tailor your purchase to the giftee’s needs.

10. Something that Can’t be Wrapped in a Box

Woman throwing some pottery on a wheel

Sometimes, the best gift for a conscious shopper is one that isn’t with paper, but rather one with the potential to change their life. If your giftee already has everything under the sun, give them an experience rather than a physical object.

Today, you can buy coupons for workshops, skydiving, tours and travel. You can even give social gifts like a goat for a family in a third-world country. If you’ve recently discovered a restaurant you love, a voucher for dinner could also be just the thing to make the recipient’s day!

Choosing the Perfect Gift

Selecting a present for someone in your life can be a challenge. However, when you get it right, the look on the giftee’s face is priceless! The secret is to really know the friend or relative who will receive the gift. For some people, a packet of organic cacao is seriously the gift that would make their day. For others, it’s a handmade mug with their pooch’s pawprint or a ticket to see their favorite band. Hopefully, this list has given you some inspiration for surprising those discerning, conscious shoppers in your life with a gift they will love for many years. 

You might also be interested in: 11 Steps To Make You The Best Gift Giver [For Any Occasion]

Sustainable Gifts: 

  1. Peace Bronze Earrings 
  2. Ethical Birthstone Ring
  3. Edgy Romper
  4. Chic Printed Sweater
  5. Lookalike Wraparounds
  6. Hand Printed Napkins
  7. Bamboo…Anything!
  8. CBD-Infused Bedtime Tea
  9. Aromatherapy Bath Bombs
  10. Something that Can’t be Wrapped in a Box

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