An Ethical Shopping Gift Guide

2020 ethical gift guide

After talking with the founder and CEO of Simple Switch, I wanted to share some of the amazing ethical/small business gifts that I’ve found this year with you all! I am making an effort to be more environmentally-conscious in my life, and buying gifts from companies with lower environmental impact is one way I’m making this change.

For anything on Simple Switch linked below, the code “ImWithAlkaymal” will get you 15% off your order! It’s the perfect place for ethical gifts that promote social and environmental sustainability, and where I got ~90% of my gifts this year.

For The Fashionista

Full disclosure, this section is basically just things I bought myself and love. Oops.

Octavia Pants on Simple Switch

al wearing the octavia pants from simple switch

These pants are AMAZING! The wide leg means they’re comfy for WFH but the fabric and print are easily dressed up for a date night (when those become a thing again). The mask is from another company sold on Simple Switch, Kobo. I bought these amazing sandals (now on sale!) and two masks came with them.

Handmade Resin Earrings from GoldnPeace

I LOVE my rose gold earrings from GoldnPeace, and can’t wait to get more! Half of all proceeds go to organizations supporting accessible mental health and social services for communities of color in Minneapolis.

For Someone Who Likes (or Needs) to Relax

Soapbox Bundle on Simple Switch

I LOVE anything with Argan Oil for my hair, and in Colorado’s climate, I literally cannot get enough moisturizing products. This bundle is a great deal!

Candle from Lit Soul

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I can’t get enough of my Lit Soul candle- it smells SO good. Even better-  they’re made in “upcycled” soup cans. The contents from these cans are used to make homemade meals for individuals experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles.

For the Quarantine Chef

I have been cooking up a storm during quarantine and I can’t imagine I’m the only one!

Anything from Women’s Bean Project on Simple Switch (But especially cookies)

Women’s Bean Project is a Denver organization that employs chronically unemployed women and gives them the resources they need to gain skills for their job and beyond. They also make the BEST version of gummy fish I’ve ever had.

Rosy Rings Ceramic Plates

Have your quarantine chef serve up their creations on a handmade plate from Rosy Rings, a Denver small business.

For the Kiddo

Shopping for kids is so fun, but it can be challenging to find ethical products for younger people. Simple Switch has a great variety of kids clothes and cuddly items.

T-Rex and Triceratops Matching Socks

Getting socks is not all that exciting for the average kid, but getting socks that matches their cool cousin/aunt/grandma? Amazing. These socks are super fun and give you a chance to walk around in style with the cool kids.

Rad Women Worldwide (Book)

I bought this book for my cousin and I am SO excited to have her read it. I am always a fan of getting books for people- something feels so personal about giving someone a story. Click here to shop my own bookstore of things I’ve read and enjoyed this year.

For the thinker

Know someone who is always writing? (@ me) Get them something to help them scribble/jot/perseverate in style.

Simple Switch Leather Laptop Case

Laptop cases are so essential, so why not get one that is gorgeous and made with eco-friendly leather? I LOVE this, especially the slim design and caramel color.

American Hardwood Mountain Journal

This is so very Colorado of me, but I am a sucker for anything with mountains on it. This journal can be personalized with a name/date/quote etc. The smaller size is perfect to throw in a purse or backpack.

For the One on the Go

Cariuma High-Top Sneakers

I wear sneakers almost everyday. A nice, versatile pair that can be dressed up or down is an essential! These ones from Cariuma plant trees in the Amazon for each pair purchased.

AW Burnt Orange Backpack


This gorgeous backpack from CauseGear, a Simple Switch partner who provides marginalized people with freedom from slavery and poverty through self-sustaining jobs, is amazing for travel, work, and everyday.

For the Tough One

I’ve definitely been there before- what to get the pickiest person you know? Gift cards often seem impersonal and generally go towards big box stores. If you want someone to have options galore- a gift card from ThreadUp is a good choice. Even the pickiest of individuals can find something they love!

For what it’s worth, some of my favorite pieces are from ThredUp, and now they’re even selling clothes that have been taken out of rotation on Rent the Runway!

That concludes my 2020 ethical shopping gift guide, but let’s be real, I probably could have added about 40 more items…

Do you have any favorite sites for ethical shopping or own an ethical brand? Send me a message or comment below. I am always trying to learn more about the ethical shopping options out there, and of course, I still have gifts to buy!

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