Our Sustainable Holiday Gift Guide is a collection designed to make your holiday gift giving easier and more rewarding since there’s a story behind each gift for you to share with the recipient.
Enjoy this early release! We will continue to update the guide as new items are made available.
For the Person Who Has Everything, or At Least They Thought So!
We recommend a beehive that comes with a complete set of services from beehive installation and management to honey harvesting. Best Bees’ team makes home beekeeping a simple and safe reality.
Awaken any garden, rooftop or outdoor space with the vitalizing touch of an Italian honey bee hive.
Enjoy the charm of a beehive, along with the pollination benefits of your colony, while our trained beekeepers maintain their health and success on our routinely scheduled visits.
With the client being the owner of the hive, you are able to enjoy the taste of pure, raw honey gathered by your honey bees, from your very own backyard. Visit The Best Bees Company’s listing on Sustainne to learn more about giving the gift of a backyard or rooftop beehive with full service installation, maintenance and harvesting included.
For the Food Lover
“How do I go zero waste with meat?” is a question we recently answered on a Zero Waste forum. “Buy from whole animal butcher Custom Meats” was our response. This full-service butcher sources whole animals from local farm that raise the animals on grass, the way nature intended. It also means they need to find a way to use every part of the animal, which requires a bit of creativity.
Custom Meats recently introduced their own line of soaps to make excellent use of their lard. What a great zero waste gift! Also available at the shop are their custom spice rubs and beef jerky, which are perfect for stocking stuffers or gift baskets.
Visit their retail store in Fairfield to buy the soap, spice rubs and beef jerky, but it’s recommended that you call a day ahead to order special cuts. Visit Custom Meat’s listing on Sustainne to learn more.
Looking for the perfect gift basket for mixed drink lovers, honey fans and party people this holiday? Park City Honey Co., a socially conscious honey and artisan confections business based in Bridgeport, has just what you need!The Holiday Gift Basket pictured is on sale for $65.95 from its regular price of $75.95. Learn more about the Park City Honey Company here and to buy online.
For an unforgettable shopping experience, make a beeline for Red Bee Honey‘s Holiday Barn Open House on December 9 where Sustainne readers enjoy a 15% discount. Use the code in the event post below at check out!
Shop for Red Bee honey, gift sets, skin care products, soap, beeswax candles, totes and founder and owner Marina Marchese’s’s books.
Unofficially voted the best popcorn in Fairfield County, Sport Hill Farm’s popcorn is available loose for bulk sale (BYO reusable container for a zero waste gift) or in windowed gift bags. Farmer Patti Popp provides you with a recipe to cook the popcorn the old fashioned way – on the stovetop. This would make a great gift for just about anyone, but a college student, teacher or someone who doesn’t know where popcorn comes from certainly have a lot of fun with it!
For a one-of-a-kind gift for the home cook, choose a bag of Sport Hill Farm’s farmer grown and ground cornmeal, also available in bags or BYO container. This cornmeal makes excellent cornbread especially when you make it with her farm-fresh eggs.
Having a gathering and want to give out a special memento? Order custom, laser-engraved Fair Trade chocolate medallions in zero waste packaging from Noteworthy Chocolate. An edible gift with your custom message sweetens up a gift basket, accents a bottle of wine and helps celebrate the season with colleagues. Business owners have a special way to show how much you appreciate employees or clients: send them a chocolate with their name on it! Give them to teachers, bus drivers, helpful neighbors, or the awesome person who makes your coffee every day.
Noteworthy Chocolate dusts each medallion with edible gold or copper to add a little sparkle to the season. Each chocolate is wrapped for individual giving and presented in an engraved Holiday Gift Box.
These non-gmo, allergen-free treats are custom designed to your specifications. Just pick your holiday design from their website and write a short, personalized message, then place your order early so it can arrive on time. Learn more about this innovative business and their one-of-a-kind edible products on their Sustainne listing.
Shearwater Organic Coffee Bar just introduced the perfect gift for the discerning coffee lover: a logo laser engraved Airscape container for storing coffee beans. Open the Airscape to portion out the day’s brew, then push to vacuum seal and preserve maximum freshness. Enjoy your coffee zero waste and package free by buying it at their Roastery in Trumbull in an Airscape rather than a bag! Learn more in their Sustainne listing.
Gilbertie’s Herbs and Garden Center is in full swing for the holidays, even the cats! You’ll find them curled up in baskets or roaming around offering free cat therapy. Their organic tomato sauce and estate honey are great picks for the food lover, along with a pet-friendly rosemary tree that can serve as a Christmas decoration or tree alternative when adorned with a simple string of lights and a burlap bag to cover the container.
Sunset Meadow Vineyards
Plan a special getaway to Litchfield County and put Sunset Meadow Vineyards at the top of your list. Take your partner, family or a friend or two to visit this sustainable, family-owned vineyard and winery in Goshen and enjoy a wine tasting. Their award-winning, estate grown red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert wines are also available at various local retailers carry their. Sunset Meadow is a popular destination to enjoy a wine tasting, a wine and chocolate pairing, wine dinner, and other special events. While you’re there, congratulate them on 10 successful years! Learn more about Sunset Meadow Vineyards on their Sustainne listing.
For the Organic Gardener
Wiggle Room transforms organic food waste into worm castings, also know as vermicompost. These castings are full of diverse nutrients and microorganisms, making them an excellent, USDA Certified Organic alternative to chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Worm castings act as a densely concentrated version of normal compost with a more diverse set of microbiology. Wiggle Room vermicompost can be used as a top dressing or soil amendment and will not lose its efficacy if purchased now and used in the spring by your favorite gardener.
For the Ethical Clothing & Accessories Lover
Jump to “Buy Second Hand” on The Ethical Hierarcy of Gift Giving” graphic below and add designer consignment shops. These shops only take the best quality merchandise in excellent condition to extend the life of “brand authenticated” designer goods and make them accessible to consumers who woudn’t normally buy them. Consign Envy in Ridgefield curates a women and children’s clothing and accessories collection that ranges from everyday practical use items like sweaters and jeans priced under $100 to fabulous designer handbags that run several hundred dollars. They even have a wide selection of used ice skates! Consign Envy is a great place to shop for the person who insists they don’t want anything new or anything that contributes to climate change. Please bring your own bag to shop or accept a used bag at checkout.
Beautiful woolen goods are made each year from the wool shorn from The Hickories’ heritage breed sheep. The raw wool is processed in Connecticut and spun into yard to knit gloves, hats, shawls and blankets to keep us warm in the winter. These one-of-a-kind local, sustainable gifts are available at the farm stand along with skeins of yarn and outdoor ornaments containing wool for wild birds to build their nests (pictured right of the yarn). Learn more about The Hickories farm in Ridgefield on their Sustainne listing.
For the Clean Beauty Lover
Beautycounter is the leader in the safer skin care and cleaner cosmetics category and their mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. More than 1,500 ingredients never make it into their products even though only 30 are banned in the US. Beautycounter screens every ingredient for safety as it relates to cancer, cell damage, reproductive toxicity and skin irritation and provides full ingredient transparency on their packaging and website. Beautycounter is a B Corporation certified by the nonprofit B lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.
The holiday collection is packed with cleaner, safer, joyfully luxe presents for everyone on the list. A great gift for the teens on your list includes our favorite essentials for achieving clearer-looking skin, plus makeup basics that give a daily beauty boost.
This holiday season, give the man in your life an exclusive preview of our all-new Counterman collection. This kit includes trial-size versions of four men’s skin care and shave essentials—all tucked into a sleek limited-edition Dopp kit.
And why not treat yourself to our Mini Color Intense Lipstick Vault which contains eight universally flattering long-wearing shades, including five limited-edition hues ranging from nudes and pinks to berries and reds—perfectly sized for evening bags OR our limited-edition eye palette (comes in an exclusive, gold-patterned compact with a removable mirror and double-ended brush) with 18 long-wearing shades designed to flatter all skin tones—the perfect gift for the beauty obsessed. Learn more about Beautycounter and how to schedule a private consultation here.
Give the gift of safe, nox-toxic beauty this holiday with Eufora’s salon-only travel kit available at Salon Aponte in Monroe. This kit includes hair spray, shampoo and conditioner, spray shine, gel and hand cream made from ingredients that are harvested ecologically, deliver positive benefits to the communities that grow them.
Gift all at once or break up to share with friends and family! Learn more about Salon Aponte on their Sustainne listing.
For the Artisan Jewelry Lover
Xpozur Gallery is hosting a Holiday Trunk Show on Saturday, December 8, from 1-4 pm. Shop artisan jewelry, handbags, shawls, unique and original artwork and photography. Enjoy refreshments and holiday cheer!
For the Pet Lover
Don’t forget your best furry friend at the holidays! Paul’s Custom Pet Food is crafted with only one goal in mind — to make real, ethically sourced, gently cooked, and wholesome food — not feed — for your companion animals. Order a Paul’s Custom Pet Food Holiday Gift Basket and your pup will receive:
- (1) 20-ounce box of Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies
- (1) 8-ounce bag of Total Yam! sweet potato chews
- (1) Fresh Food Sampler which includes 1 each of our 5 varieties of wet food
A $67 value for only $55! Holiday Gift Baskets are available to order through Tuesday, December 18th for pick up or delivery by Saturday, December 22nd. Limited to Fairfield and Litchfield Counties, Connecticut and eastern Westchester County, New York customers only. Visit their Sustainne listing to place an order.
For the Art Lover
A LorenFlower is a sustainable gift in the form of an abstract sculpture that carries its essence organically. The flowers are handmade from recycled materials by a nationally recognized artist whose vision is to share the true spirit of gift giving in a lasting way. All sculptures have their own name and thoughtful meaning printed on wildflower seed paper cradled in its single green leaf. Pull out its message, read it and plant it to see its essence literally grow.
Please meet Goldilocks below! Visit LorenFlower’s Sustainne listing to see more pieces, learn more about the art or place an online order to be shipped in a gift box as pictured below.
If you are shopping for outdoor sculptures to make a statement in a courtyard or entryway, LorenFlowers also come in 12′ and 15′ sizes. Most flowers move with the wind to ensure no passerby misses an opportunity to be present.
For the Young Builder and Designer
3Dux/Design manufactures responsibly engineered architectural modeling sets for the young designer that integrate math and engineering concepts with art, design, and open ended creative play. Light up 3Dux/Design’s Iconic Home Architecture Set with an LED lighting add-on feature in their new Power House kit. Follow their instruction sheet to help your young designers learn about electricity and circuits while they imagine, design, decorate and light up their home.
This kit includes all cardboard pieces, connectors, crayons and LED lighting components necessary to create the proposed architectural design along with extra components to let imaginations take over.Visit 3Dux/Design’s listing on Sustainne to learn more and order online.
The kit includes:
- 34 assorted colored connectors
- 42 cardboard pieces (white on one side)
- 4 crayons
- 4 LED light bulbs with built in resistors
- 2 alligator clips
- specialty conductive tape
- AAA battery holder (battery not included)