If you waited until the last minute for stocking stuffers (again), bypass those dollar-store trinkets, and give a gift you believe in.
We're big fans of the B Corp movement, having received our B Corporation status earlier this year, and shopping from B Corps is a great way to know you're getting an ethically made product.
With more than 1,000 companies already in the B Corp community, you're sure to find something for everyone on your list. Here are 10 of our top picks to get you started.
1. Vacuum Insulated Beverage Bottle
Help your friends and loved ones ditch disposable beverage packaging for good. Whether it's a skinny chai latte or a tall drink of water, this insulated beverage bottle from Kleen Kanteen
will keep it at optimal temperature for hours (six hours for hot coffee and 24 hours for cold drinks, to be exact).
2. Organic Fair Trade Gift Set
This gift set from Badger Balm
fits perfectly in a stocking and lets your lucky recipient test out a range of the organic, Fair Trade goodies the brand offers. Each set contains one cocoa butter moisturizer and four lip balm varieties for a luxe holiday treat.
3. Naturalist Candle
Help a loved one bring the outdoors in with one of these nature-inspired candles from United by Blue
. Choose from three scents -- woods, sea and moss -- all of which are made from 100 percent all-natural fragrances.
Hand-poured in small batches in Philadelphia, these candles feature soy wax and cotton wicks for a truly natural touch. Even better: For every product sold, UBB removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways through company organized and hosted cleanups.
4. Sea Salt Truffles
Who doesn't love a little something sweet in their stocking? To make things even sweeter, these truffles are organic, Fair Trade certified and contain only eight ingredients. No mystery chemicals here! And you can even track each ingredient right to the source using Alter Eco
's online tool.
5. Bixbee Animal Pack
The little ones on your list are likely dreading the end of holiday break, but these fun backpacks from Bixbee
may just change their minds. Each bag is PVC free, phthalate free, lead free and BPA free to please moms. And with a range of adorable animals to choose from, kids are sure to love them too.
6. All Good Essentials Gift Set
For that friend who loves trying new products, this stocking-ready gift set from All Good
is just what the doctor ordered. Featuring four of the brand's best-selling herbal products, it's a great way to show her you care and possibly introduce her to a new favorite.
7. BlueAvocado Lunch Bag Kit
The folks at Preserve
teamed up with BlueAvocado
, a fellow B Corp, to create this grab-and-go lunch kit that's perfect for your busiest buds. Each kit includes two Preserve sandwich containers, made from recycled #5 plastics, and a BlueAvocado lunch bag made from BPA-free, Repreve certified
, recycled polyester fabric. You can also choose from one of six colors and prints to suit your loved one's style.
8. Lightweight Merino Crew Socks
Ordinarily, socks aren't exactly the most exciting gift. But these merino wool socks from Patagonia
, arguably the most well-known B Corp, are the exception. They're specially designed to be comfortable in all conditions, with shaped cushioning in the footbed for extra comfort over long mileage. So, whether your loved ones are camping, biking or going for a long run, these socks are sure to keep up with them.
9. Organic, Fair Trade Texting Gloves
Help your favorite smartphone addict keep her hands warm and her fingers free with these organic, Fair Trade texting gloves from Indigenous
. Ethically made in Peru, these gloves feature free-range baby alpaca yarn for a soft touch that's guilt-free.
10. Recycled Sketchbook
For the art-lover on your list, pick up one of these urban woodsman inspired sketchbooks from Ecojot
. Made from 100 percent post-consumer waste and printed with soy-based inks, it's the perfect way to sketch away without the environmental impact.
Featured image by personalcreations via Flickr
Based in Philadelphia, Mary Mazzoni is a senior editor at TriplePundit. She is also a freelance journalist who frequently writes about sustainability, corporate social responsibility and clean tech. Her work has appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News, the Huffington Post, Sustainable Brands, Earth911 and the Daily Meal. You can follow her on Twitter @mary_mazzoni.