Ethical Gifts for Your Loved Ones


Look for a perfect gift for a friend, family or a special someone, but don’t know where to begin?
A gift or present should be something that comes from your heart and an ethical gift is a perfect option. It shows that you put thoughts and want the best for the receiver and the environment you live in together. Well, this is the perfect article for you, here you can find some great gift options for whoever you want to give to. In this article, you can find a curated list of ethical gifts that will show the receiver how much thought you put into the gift.

Ethical Gifts for Your Loved Ones

Whether it is a birthday, anniversary, or any kind of holiday, it is important to celebrate and show appreciation to those that we care for, thus, ethical gifts are a perfect choice. In the sense that you want to give something more special and meaningful to your friends and family. And ethical gifts are definitely something special and meaningful and a great way to show your appreciation and love to the recipient.

What are ethical gifts?

Ethical gifts are simply gifts that consist of ethical products and are suitable to be present for people. However, you must be wondering what is considered an ethical gift. Well, ethical products or ethical gifts are products that are produced with workers being paid properly and appropriately, the material it is made from is also ethically and responsibly sourced. That the product not only is beneficial for the consumer but also for the makers, the people, and the environment. Therefore, ethical gifts provide users what they need, while supporting environmental issues and making a difference for the earth. You are giving them more than just another object, but something that is making a difference for their future and the earth we live in, so ethical gifts have so much more meaning to them.

Recommended Ethical Gifts

Ethical Gift, organic and natural skincare products
Here are some ethical gifts that we think are great presents for your mother, colleagues, or someone really special to you. The following ethical gifts focus on organic cosmetics.

Organic Products

This is a great option for those of you looking for a gift for your skincare loving friends, partner, or parents. Organic cosmetics are simply just products that have organic ingredients and are made with minimal harsh chemicals. Most organic products would have the organic certification mark, thus, making it easy to differentiate. The organic certification mark is to ensure the consumer that the products are certified organic by a governmental facility or third-party. That the ingredients used are raised organically, thus creating less burden to the soil from harsh chemicals and making a difference for the overall environment. However, the organic certification varies depending on the country since each country has its own regulations, so it is definitely a good idea to look up your local organic certification and learn a little more about it. In addition, there are many ethical products that are organic however don’t necessarily have the organic certification. There are many reasons for this, so don’t be quick to dismiss the product!

Here are two organic options that are great ethical gifts.


Weleda's Skin Food
Weleda is a skincare brand that has a wide range of products such as toner, serum, facial oil and body cream that focus on organic and clean ingredients (paraben, phthalates, synthetic preservative and fragrance-free), cruelty free and ethically sourced ingredients. Weleda focuses on the idea that humans and nature are in harmony, where natural ingredients can truly help one become balanced and beautiful. In addition, all products are certified by the International Natural and Organic Cosmetic Association, the NATRUE certification which is meant to promote natural and organic beauty products that are beneficial to the earth and the user. Which makes Weleda’s products the perfect choice for ethical gifts. Besides, they offer a wide range of products and ethical gift sets that have a combination of their best selling products if you are not sure what is the best for the recipient.

If you are interested in Weleda, please feel free to check out their website and see what is available for your country.

Dr. Bronner’s Soap

Dr. Bronner's seasonal Green Tea Soap
Dr. Bronner is another great choice for ethical gifts. Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap is known for its ability to be used all over the body, hair, and face, it is an all-in-one soap. With their soap, a little bit goes a long way and it leaves your skin feeling clean and moisturized. The ingredients of the soap is organic and ethically sourced fairtrade, with no synthetic preservatives, no detergents or foaming agents, which makes it suitable for sensitive skin too. The best part of Dr. Bronner’s soap is that you can also use it to wash other things such as dishes, laundry, and so on. What a versatile ethical gift!

So what makes Dr. Bronner’s product a great option for an ethical gift? Well, not only is the ingredient of the soap organic, fairtrade, cruelty free, non-gmo, and vegan for some products, the brand itself have developed recyclable packaging, the factories have solar panels, uses recycled materials, clean energy, and participate in many charitable activities and projects, such as fair pay and wage equality. With such an inspiring and amazing background, this is another great reason to give others such ethical gifts. Not only is the gift going to make a difference, but you are also supporting a company that is making a bigger difference. Win-win situation!

Dr. Bronner provides many kinds of soap, liquid, bar, organic sugar soap and other ethical products such as organic lotion, shaving soap, shampoo and so on. There are different sizes and many different scents, you can easily find the best ethical gift. For more detail about this amazing ethical gift option, please check out Dr. Bronner’s website!

Ethical Gifts for Colleagues and Acquaintance

Ethical gift, a box of fairtrade chocolate
When it comes to distant friends, colleagues or so, picking a gift can be extremely difficult. This is where ethical gifts become a great option! They are so simple, at the same time it can show the recipient that you put a lot of thought into the gift. For colleagues or similar types of friends, we recommend the following ethical gifts.

People Tree’s Fair Trade Food (Japan Exclusive)

People Tree is a well known international ethical brand that provides all kinds of fair trade products and focuses on the idea that humans, and trees are all part of the earth and should all be treated fairly and are equally important. Since People Tree itself is an ethical brand, of course, a lot of their products can be great ethical gifts. However, when giving a present to someone who you are not so familiar with, liking food is often a go-to option. Fair trade food makes the present much more thoughtful and interesting. For those of you not sure what fair trade means, here is a quick and simple definition. Fair trade means the product or material are made or producer responsibility and the workers are paid appropriately. Oftentimes, third world countries would be taken advantage of by their cheap labor, where there are companies that would abuse such power. Fair trade is to combat such action, provide the workers and farmers with the appropriate amount of money for the hard work they put in, and overall help out the local community. Let us take a look at some of the ethical gifts People Tree offers.

Fair Trade Coffee and Tea
There is a range of different types of coffee, from regular to caffeine-less, powder to coffee bag. You can even select based on the origin of coffee, Peru, or Tanzania, or Laos.
If you prefer tea, they also have different kinds of organic herb tea, Darjeeling, earl grey, green tea, and hibiscus tea.

Fair Trade Chocolates and Snack
Of course, there are fair trade chocolates, however, please keep in mind that due to the fact that chocolate is temperature-sensitive, during the summer, they don’t sell it. So if you are interested in it, you might have to wait until October and cooler weather to get that fair trade chocolate. However, don’t worry, they offer other snacks such as fair trade dried fruits. Which is even better because they are healthy and delicious. They have dried mango, pineapple, lychee, goldenberry, banana, rambutan, and black mulberry.

Feel free to check out the Japanese People Tree to find out more about these delicious ethical gifts.

Please keep in mind, these are just some recommendations for ethical gifts. There are many other brands out there that provide similar ethical gifts available for you!

Ethical Gifts for Someone Special

Ethical leather goods
Gifts for your best friend, your partner, or just someone special in your life right now are very important. Every little detail can make a difference. Obviously, if there is something they want and you know it, you should get them that, and if you can change that product into an ethical gift by buying it from an ethical brand, that would be even better. But if you don’t know what to get them, well, we still got a few ethical gift ideas for you!
First off, something that is useful to the recipients and that they keep for a long time is a great choice. A great ethical gift option would be a wallet or bag that is long-lasting and usable. Of course, if it is an ethical gift, the way the product is made will definitely be ethical and environmentally friendly.


Motherhouse leather backpack as an ethical gift
Motherhouse is a Japanese fashion brand with a wide array of leather goods, bags, and accessories that are made with the idea of helping developing countries thrive and develop their local resources and improve people’s lives. The brand’s philosophy is to “demonstrate the unlimited, yet undiscovered, portal of developing countries through “mono-zukuri,” or manufacturing.” All of the products are locally made and ethically sourced and produced in small to mid-scale production. They believe in preserving the local techniques and help the local community grow and thrive. In addition, within 6 months of purchase, if there are malfunctions or defects, they offer free repair service, after 6 months they offer other maintenance services and this is because they want the products to be long-lasting. Overall, Motherhouse supports many kinds of ethical ideas that will benefit society and the earth. Of course, their products are high quality and great options for ethical gifts.
Motherhouse offers leather backpacks, bags, wallets, cardholders, business bags, totes, and jewelry, and other accessories. Depending on your recipient, there will definitely be an ethical gift that fits their taste. Each product page will thoroughly tell you how the product is made, the material, how it was dyed, and so on.

Motherhouse currently does not have an English version of their online shop. However, they did set up a way for foreigners to make purchases on their Japanese website. For further details, please visit the link below.

What Ethical Gifts are you going to get?

So what do you think, are you ready to get that ethical gift for your friends, family, or even colleagues? Just remember, giving a gift is always something that you have to put a little bit of thought into, and with ethical gifts, you are showing the recipients that you are putting an extra 10~20% in finding the product and matching their needs and preferences. There are many more ethical gifts out there, you just need to spend a few minutes googling and you can get great ethical gifts. Or you can keep on reading our articles and find out more about other ethical brands and ethical products. Such as some zero waste gifts or learn more about ethical consumerism! Hope you enjoyed this article and ready to do some online window shopping for the best ethical gifts!

Author: Monica Chang
On my own ethical journey since 2010. Always happy to learn more!