Can you believe the Holidays are near?! I’m honestly baffled at how, in the blink of an eye this insane year is coming to a close. What seemed like a distant future in March, we seemed to have glided through this year between a Pandemic, closures and lockdowns, stay home orders, travel restrictions, civil unrest and a historic U.S. Election. It’s been eventful, to say the least and we all yearn to have some sense of normalcy within these events that have thrown humanity for a loop. So, even though the Holidays may not look the same and most of us intend to stay safe and protect our loved ones, we still intend to maintain and create new Holiday traditions to lift our spirits. Today, I want to share a holiday gift guide that is affordable (under $100), thoughtful, supportive of small and POC businesses, and most importantly to me and for the mission of this blog, sustainable, eco-friendly and ethical brands.
AR Famn has become my one stop shop for ethical home decor, jewelry, self-care products, and accessories. It’s hard to pick just one or two things from this online shop, so I’ll do you one even better. I’ll link you to their own Gift Guide so you can see for yourself here. Here are my personal top picks, though. Use my special code THEFASHIONLOTUS at checkout to recieve 10% off your entire order!
Organically Bath & Beauty
Organically Bath & Beauty is a San Antonio based company that offers organic vegan beauty products. They ensure that every item is freshly made and preserved with all-natural additives to ensure the vitality of ingredients. They carry handmade soaps, bath bombs, body mousses, CBD infused skincare, items to relieve skin conditions, facial care, candles and more for your self-care routines. They prepare gift sets as well so this is a perfect way to gift a loved one or yourself this year! Use my special code LOTUS20 for a 20% discount off your next order!
Temple of Offering
Temple of Offering is a San Antonio based boutique that supplies apparel and home goods curated with intentionality. They partner with makers and brands that maintain transparent business practices and environmental sustainability. They have the storefront located on 125 Lamar St. Ste 107 in San Antonio, TX. They also have an online shop for you to order and send your gifts to yourself and/or loved ones, Secret Santa, etc.
Based out of Buda, TX, Thatcher Buda curates homes decor, kitchen & dining, kids & baby items, self-care products and even stationary. I personally own the Eats Weekly Meal Planner and it has been a huge game changer in my household.
Red Cat & Co.
Red Cat & Co. is one of the coolest boutiques I’ve ever shopped! They operate out of a refurbished school bus permanently parked at the Broadway News truck park in San Antonio, TX. They carry clothing, vintage and sustainably source, accessories, beauty and home products. They are available during their business hours by appointment only but you can always shop online!
Grey Moon Vintage
Grey Moon Vintage is also a cool vintage boutique in the Broadway News Lot, and they operate out of an airstream. Clothing, jewelry and accessories are carefully curated to be the absolute coolest. They are currently accepting appointments for in-person shopping or online via Instagram DM with the option to ship to your home or curbside pickup.
I discovered this vegan and sustainable fashion brand over a year ago when a friend of mine introduced me to them, and I have fallen in love with them! From their gorgeous clothing for women and for men, to their vegan leather handbags and shoes, I would absolutely recommend anything from this Los Angeles based shop as a gift. I recently gifted my sister with a cozy lounge set made from eco-cotton and she basically won’t take it off. My work here is done, lol.
Gypsy Freedom is a luxury ethical boutique located in Syracuse, NY. The Black-owned boutique carries ethical and sustainable well-known fashion brands like Able, Known Supply, and ASTARS among so many more. Aside from apparel and accessories, the shop recently debuted a line of eco-friendly body care which can make for fabulous gifts! They also just announced their curated Gift Boxes starting at $65, featuring an assortment of hand picked pieces including clothing, accessories, jewelry, bath/beauty and/or home goods. They even offer gift wrapping with eco-friendly wrapping!
Jenni Earle Bandanas and accessories are ethically sourced and hand-made in South Carolina with powerful messages of Bravery attached to them.
Huipil Market was one of the first San Antonio based Fair Trade boutiques I learned about when I started my ethical fashion search. They curate unique, sustainable, one of a kind apparel, accessories, shoes and more from around the globe. I have a hand woven handbag of theirs and bracelets, as well. The beautiful shop is located in the picturesque La Villita Shops in Downtown San Antonio. They also have an online shop with Free Shipping on orders over $60, which makes it easier for all of us!
Mejuri is an affordable luxury jewelry brand that ethically sourced and produced beautiful dainty jewelry from silver, to gold and vermeil necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. I absolutely love my Lotus Necklace! I mean it’s called Lotus, how could I not?!
The Austin-based Fair Trade jewelry and accessories brand carries unique pieces from around the world. Aside from being sustainable and ethically sourced, they also give back to the communities in over 15 countries.
Pela Case is the world’s first 100% compostable, eco-friendly phone case. With Military Grade Drop Protection and very cool designs, Pela Case makes for a great stocking stuffer.
Stojo Collapsible Cup is a must have for your gift wishlist, especially for that special someone who is eliminating single use plastic water bottles from their lives. For water, coffee, tea and any beverage really, the collapsible, reusable, and leak proof cup is so cute and fun, you’ll want to keep one for yourself!
For the wine connoisseur in you life, Vegan Wines is a subscription-based club and online wine shop that ships to over 41 states. They distribute 100% vegan wines sourced from around the world. If you thought all wines were vegan (I mean, it’s just grapes, right?), well think again! Most wines use animal products during the wine-making process, particularly during the fertilization and fining processes. Believe me, I was shocked, too! Well, for your Vegan or Plant-based or even curious wine-lovers, their Sampler Trio makes an excellent gift! Add some luxury vegan cheese and it’s a party!