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4 Favourite Sustainable & Socially-Conscious Holiday Gifts

November 1, 2021

Whether you’re giving more mindfully this year (as we all should be) or have loved ones on your list who adhere to ethical, earth-friendly standards, here are our top picks for sustainable-and-sensational gifts. —Vita Daily

pivot skincare. Founded on the values of family, health and sustainability, Pivot Skincare was created by Cindy Berg and her three daughters, Emily, Sophie and Emma, in Toronto. The brands beautiful oils are hand-produced in small batches right in the heart of that city, with all materials and ingredients ethically sourced from local vendors. The products—nourishing face and body oils—help keep skin hydrated and glowing (especially during the dry Canadian winter) thanks to a unique, plant-based formula that nourishes, smoothes and softens skin year round. Our top gift pick: the Ultimate Pivot Bundle ($115) with a face oil, body oil, gua sha tool and tote bag.

lucky iron fish. The perfect stocking stuffer for the socially conscious folks on your list (and those who are health nuts, too) is a little—make that very—fishy. Lucky Iron Fish ($50) is a simple and effective cooking tool designed to add natural iron to any liquid-based meals. It’s easy: simply drop Lucky Iron Fish into boiling water or liquid-based meals for 10 minutes to release a portion of your daily recommended iron—then eat! The best part? It’s a gift that gives back. With every purchase of Lucky Iron Fish, a portion of sales goes to The Impact Fund, which is used to donate Lucky Iron Fish to communities and organizations. Nothing fishy about that!

wildcraft skincare. Simple, natural, local and handmade: Wildcraft, an Indigenous skin-care brand, makes good on all those points. Operating with the philosophy that such products should be accessible to everyone, all of the company’s offerings, from its Balance toner to its Buff face and body scrub to its Regenerate serum, are $35 and under. There’s even a Wellness Rewards program that lets you earn discounts on products by making purchases or refering your friends. Plus, Wildcraft has minimalist packaging and is completely transparent about its use of organic and non-organic ingredients.

lohn candles. This female-founded Toronto-based candlemaker is all about invoking nostalgia via its organic coconut and soy wax range. Made with phthalate-free fragrances, a cotton wick and recyclable packaging, every Lohn candle is vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free and hand poured in Canada. This year, gift the limited-edition Winter Moments Mini Candle Trio ($66): designed in collaboration with artist Julia Mercanti, this collection recreates the nostalgic warmth of the holidays, with scents to make you feel cosy, crisp and cared for.

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