SQ’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

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It’s time for the SQ Holiday Gift Guide, where we help you pick the best sustainable gifts for everyone on your list!

The Fashionista in your life will be thrilled to receive this Warm Caramel Cardigan from Nearly Wild. The chic knit is made from virgin wool and a touch of cashmere. Its oversize fit makes the cardigan stylish yet cozy, and the neutral color will pair well with dark winter wardrobes. Special details like a rounded hem and hand-finished seams give a luxe edge this a basic staple. Nearly Wild is a slow fashion label from Germany that does not follow the standard fashion cycle of seasonal collections. Instead they release a small selection of garments that are cut, sewn and embroidered by hand in limited runs, and shipped plastic-free.

Your Husband will find many occasions to carry this buttery soft Acacia Leather Nautico Bag from Veja. The bag is part of the brand’s debut accessories collection, and features vegetable-tanned leather and an organic cotton lining. The bag has two short top handles as well as an adjustable shoulder strap. This versatile bag is big enough to carry a 15″ laptop, and can easily work for the office, the weekend, or the gym. There is a zip closure for security, two large outside zip pockets, as well as an inside pouch pocket and zip pocket to safely carry all of your valuables. The bag is handmade in Brazil and comes in a variety of colors.

If you are buying for a Student this year, the Snug Stripe Sweater from Chinti & Parker will be a campus favorite. This soft and warm sweater is made using 100% fine Italian cashmere that has been meticulously graded to eradicate imperfections and retain garment shape. The sweater has a slim and skinny fit so it can be tucked-in or worn with comfy boyfriend-style jeans during exams or long lectures. And the eye-catching striped design and contrasting pocket will win fashion points amongst classmates. Chinti & Parker is a carbon-neutral company that combines high quality natural materials, great design and fair production.

Dad will love this sleek, handmade Bifold Wallet from Maxx & Unicorn. The wallet is made from a single piece of leather engineered with a simple fold and tab construction so it is completely stitchless. The wallet is crafted by hand in the brand’s Brooklyn workshop, and comes with a cash sleeve and two card pockets. The bridle leather is vegetable-dyed and will naturally darken over time to give it a beautiful burnished appearance. The smooth and durable leather is treated with a combination of oil and wax impregnated into the skin to ensure it lasts a lifetime. In addition to mahogany, the wallet comes in Black, Oak and Oxblood.

Jewelry is always a safe bet for Mom, so we recommend these gorgeous Bibbi Garnet Hook Earrings from Olive & Reg. Olive & Reg is a jewelry boutique that brings you exceptional ethical jewelry from today’s most talented designers. These lovely earrings are from London-based Oria Jewelry, and were made using Fair Trade Gold sourced from artisanal miners in Bolivia and Argentina who employ methods that do not involve the use of cyanide or mercury for extraction. All of the diamonds and gemstones in Oria’s designs, including the striking faceted garnet beads in the Bibbi earrings, are fully traceable and ethically sourced.

The Trend-Setter on your list will love the Athena Wool Felt Cap from sustainable milliner Pachacuti. The hat comes in a fashion-foward shape with a decorative silver chain and black ribbon detail. The camel color will flatter every skin-tone and help to wake-up dark winter wardrobe palettes. This modern, equestrian-inspired cap is made from 100% wool felt and handcrafted by artisans in Ecuador. Pachacuti was the world’s first company to be certified by the World Fair Trade Organization’s Sustainable Fair Trade System. The brand’s entire supply chain follows Fair Trade and sustainable environmental practices.

We are sure the World Traveler on your list will appreciate this Artisan Quilt from Far & Wide Collective. Made from 100% cotton, the quilt measures 200cm x 130cm making it easy to transport and a welcomed source of warmth in chilly airports and airplane cabins. The quilt is handmade using Pakistani cotton which has been hand-dyed via a complicated cloth preparation and dyeing process. The textile is then quilted and embellished with artful stitching by women in south Pakistan. This quilt helps to preserve the traditional arts of textile dyeing and block-printing in Pakistan. The quilt also comes in a lively floral pattern.

If you have a Homebody on your shopping list, have a look at the Stars Pyjama Short Sleeve Tee and matching Trousers from British eco-brand People Tree. The navy pyjamas come in a trendy star pattern, and they are made with super soft and breathable 100% certified organic cotton. The pyjama’s were made by Assisi Garments, which is a social enterprise in India that employs skilled artisans to handmake Fair Trade and organic cotton garments. The trousers come with a with contrasting drawstring and the tee has short sleeves and a scoop neck. Both items are also available in a light coral shade with an identical star pattern.

Everyone will likely have a Beauty Guru to shop for, and you cannot go wrong with the Skincare Essentials Collection from natural haircare and skincare brand John Masters Organics. The deluxe set comes with full-size bottles of the Jojoba & Ginseng Exfoliating Face Cleanser, the Rose & Aloe Hydrating Toning Mist, the Pomegranate Facial Nourishing Oil, the Rose & Apricot Antioxidant Day Creme, and the SPF 30 Natural Mineral Sunscreen. The kit is a complete regimen of skincare essentials and award-winning products to cleanse, moisturize, nourish and protect the skin with all-natural ingredients and super effective formulas.

If you have a demanding Femme Fatale to buy for, take our advice and buy her the elegant Lena Silk Robe from the Olivia Von Halle Moscow Collection. Made from silk and fully lined in silk, this creamy white full-length robe features contrasting jet black trim at the lapel, pockets and sash. Olivia Von Halle is a high end British brand that has turned nightwear into fashionable luxury. The exquisite garments are handcrafted in Britain from the highest quality silks. Each season the label releases a new collection that reflects the latest in colors and trends, to help you wake-up your bedtime routine and make you feel glamorous and sexy.