The term “fashionista” used to evoke images of cliquish behavior, snobby women, and elite models. Nowadays, it simply means someone who loves fashion. As the fashion industry evolved into being more eco-conscious and sustainable, so have the people who follow the trends. Why not combine the best of both worlds if you’re looking for presents for the earth-warrior fashion fan in your life?
Here are a few ideas.
- Cruelty-free Makeup and Organic Handmade Soaps and Lotion
A true fashionista would not be caught dead without her favorite lipstick and eye shadow in her bag. If she’s into saving Mother Earth, a present from a cruelty-free and organic makeup line would instantly put you on her good side. Bonus points if you purchase these from homegrown makeup producers that are slowly becoming serious contenders in the skincare industry. These small operations are typically quicker to innovate (CBD-infused makeup, anyone?) and are just as passionate about the environment.
Another thing a true fashionista believes in is the importance of cleanliness and grooming. Essential oils and aromatherapy are gaining popularity nowadays and these can be seen even in soaps and lotion. A small set of hand-poured soap and handmade whipped body butter would make a perfect Christmas gift (even to friends who are not into fashion).
- Ethical Fast Fashion Basics and Accessories
By its definition, fast fashion refers to the quick turnaround that consumers expect from clothes manufacturers, leading to labor abuse and pollution. Leading the way in sustainable fashion trends are usually small businesses whose owners have made it their mission to change the way the world sees fast fashion. Most of the clothes are handmade so you know you’re getting high-quality products.
Meanwhile, accessories that could range from gemstone rings to fancy rubber bracelets, are commonly made with sustainable products and are sourced from conflict-free zones. This means that by supporting these local businesses, not only will your recipient be saving the environment, they’re also helping fight human rights injustices.
- Sustainable Totes and Water Bottles
We’re sure that the ethical fashionistas in your life don’t go to the Sunday markets without looking their best. Help them do their food shopping in style by presenting them with fashionable grocery tote bags. Cotton muslin and linen are two of the most common materials used in food-grade bags and with these in hand, they don’t have to use plastic bags for items like dry pasta, fruits and vegetables, and bread.
If they get thirsty while out shopping, replace their plastic bottles with a fashionable reusable water bottle. Sure, they might already own utilitarian and sporty ones for when they’re working out, but a shopping trip requires something more elegant. You can’t go wrong with rose gold or millennial pink reusable water bottles in that case.
Sustainability might just seem like a buzzword to you, but to someone who is passionate about the environment, climate change, and our impact on it, it means the world. Even if this isn’t your vibe, giving them a gift acknowledging their dedication would go a long way to strengthening the connection you have with them.