The Ultimate Ethical Holiday Gift Guide

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Christmas is right around the corner so tis the season of consumerism, plastic, and waste. Sounds jolly, ‘eh? 

Since I started co-hosting my podcast Misfit Minimalism I have really refreshed my knowledge about consumerism and just how unethical most of our shopping habits are. This year I am really determined to make Christmas look a whole lot different at my house by supporting artisans, buying fair trade gifts, and eliminating the plastic from under the tree. 

Here are some of my favorite ideas for everyone of your shopping list.

The Ultimate Ethical Holiday Gift Guide

Vintage Toys

One of my favorite gifts for the kids on my list are vintage toys. I grew up without a lot, so I am incredibly nostalgic about the toys I did have. I was so excited when I found vintage Popoids for my niece and nephew. Did you have these? They were SOOO much fun! Who am I kidding, they still are.


The Office Music Box

I’m a huge fan of The Office, so I couldn’t put together a handmade gift guide without including this music box. AND you can get a second one with Hunter’s song That One Night. Not only is this item handmade, it’s one of the finniest and most unique gifts I have seen!

Customized Baking Dishes

Whether you want to memorialize a loved one, or just want a unique way to pass on a family recipe, these customizable baking dishes are amazing! I can’t think of a better way to remember a cherished family member than making their signature dish in a personalized pan.

Wicked Witch Book Mark

I’m always looking for gifts in the $20 range for friends, and once upon a time, coworkers. This wicked witch bookmark tickles me so much, I can’t wait to give it to someone.

Vintage Tea Cups

There is little I love more than vintage teacups. What a sweet gift for a friend! Add a package of tea, and you have a lovely present. I love this one in particular.

Hand Turned Pen Made With Ft. Knox Barracks

The most difficult people to buy for on my list are dads and grandpas. I love finding unique gifts, but there are only so many DVD sets and sports jerseys you can give. I was SO excited to find this hand turned pen that is actually made from the wood of WWII era rafters in the Ft. Knox Barracks. It’s a good thing my grandpa doesn’t read my blog, because I am all over this one!

Alcohol Ink Coasters

Did someone on your list just buy a house? Or someone who just appreciates beauty in every day items? I am obsessed with these Alcohol Ink Resin Coasters!

Personalized Squirrel Feeder

If you have followed me for any amount of time you know how much I love squirrels. About 6 or 7 years ago we got a squirrel feeder as a housewarming gift and the rest is history. I think everyone should have a squirrel feeder, and this one is so stinking cute!

Looking for more ethical gift ideas? Check out this great list of gifts under $30!



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Melissa is a former hairstylist of 20 years who has a passion for living a simply creative life. She loves inspiring others to pick up a planner and get their lives organized, to clean out a closet and minimize their clutter, and to clean up their physical and mental space to lead their most fulfilled life. She is newly single, a mom, soon to be grandma and crazy dog lady who constantly rewatches The Office.



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