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The Conscious by Chloé 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

The Conscious by Chloé 2018 Holiday Gift Guide 2018

This year, you will not find a typical gift guide on the blog.

The end of the year can be a stressful period, especially for those of us who are on a budget.

Black Friday is a great opportunity to buy long-coveted and usually pricey items at a bargain, but not everyone has the time or courage to shop during this time of madness, IRL or online.

Also, the FOMO is real. My guts are wrenching as I'm typing this. The race to the best bargain, shopping under pressure, are very triggering for me.

I tried my best to avoid temptations as much as possible last week. I reminded myself not to check certain websites, unfollowed as many brands and influencers on social media as proactive measures but still felt a little tinge when an ad or promotion would still seep through my filters.

I'm a recovering shopaholic on a budget. The struggle is real.

But I have to admit that I feel very lucky. Being far away from my home country, the pressure to give gifts is very low. The only people whom I usually give gifts to are my parents and my sweetheart.

And the formula is most of the time pretty simple. Octave and I decide on a budget and get a gift (or gifts) of that amount to each other. This year, I'm toying with the idea of gifting each other experiences rather than material presents, and we might just decide to treat ourselves to a common experience, like a couples massage or a 2-night getaway.

As for my parents, since they live so far away from me, I usually wait until my next visit, or opt for gifts that keep on giving. Last year, I knew they would be in the process of selling and buying a house, so I subscribed them to interior design magazines for inspiration.

I've been very inspired by this Ethical Hierarchy of Gift Purchasing.

There are so many ways to give ethical and sustainable gifts no matter what your budget is this holiday season and I'm very happy to share some of them.

Sewing DIY by Conscious by Chloé

1. Give Your Time

Spending quality time with loved ones is priceless.

I love this idea because no matter what your budget is, you have the possibility to give someone a very meaningful gift.

You can craft a cute voucher for one of the following time-sharing gifts and put it under the tree:

  • Teach a skill

I wish I had had more time to learn certain skills from my grandma. She taught me the basics of knitting and how to make mayonnaise. I cherish those moments spent with her and hope to pass the knowledge to those around me (though I have to admit I'm a little rusted).

Teach a loved one something useful, like, how to mend a sock, something fun like how to dye with shibori or something edible like how to make chia pudding.

  • Cook

Offer to show up at someone's house and cook for them. No strings attached, just a random act of kindness, redeemable any time before the next holiday.

  • Babysit

Your exhausted parent friends will love you for gifting them the time to go on a date, or just take a long bath... alone!

Highway 1 Road Trip by Conscious by Chloé

2. Give Memories

Memories last a lifetime and a great way to show your loved ones how much thought you've put into finding a gift they'll love and appreciate.

Here are a couple experience-based gift ideas:

  • Concert tickets

  • Massage voucher
    Very high on my wishlist

  • Class
    More on that coming up next week on the blog

  • Weekend getaway
    Skipping the hassle of planning the thing is already a very big gift you can give someone!

  • Movie tickets
    And an extra voucher for pop-corn

  • Museum subscription
    Because it's a gift that keeps on giving. I love subscriptions! And may or may not have gifted myself one last year.

Bath Ritual Kit DIY by Conscious by Chloé

3. Make

Make a bunch of bath ritual kits, junk mail notebooks, scented candles, cookies.

Thrift Shopping by Conscious by Chloé

4. Buy Second Hand

A gift isn't less valuable if it's been purchased second hand, though you might want to put a little more effort on packaging as some tend to stigmatize preloved gifts.

Check out my favorite Portland Vintage Stores for inspiration (they sell online too), keep an eye on Criaglist, Facebook Marketplace, Poshmark, etc for the perfect gift.

Lauren Winter Linen Wraparound Jumpsuit in Camel by Conscious by Chloé

5. Buy

If you feel like buying something new is the right choice for you, by all means, do it!

Ethical means different things to different people. Whether it's shopping local, supporting a mission-driven brand or buying something that will last a lifetime, make sure that the purchase will make you and the receiver happy.

Check out my Favorite Conscious Brands for Women for a little inspiration or my ethical gift guide.

The Conscious by Chloé Shop - Ethical & Zero Waste

You can also alway visit my Shop.


Let me know in the comments below whether you make "unconventional" gifts.

The Conscious by Chloé 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Ethical and Sustainable Holiday Gift Guide 2017 by Conscious by Chloé

'Tis the season!

Shopping consciously, ethically, and sustainably for our loved ones at the end of each year (for those of us who celebrate the holidays) can be a dreadful task.

If you're like me, you keep a list of gift ideas all year long. But sometimes, things do not work out the way they should.

Like last week, when I ruined my plan by leaving Octave's eye prescription on my desk (I want to get him solar prescription glasses).

So now I'm on the hunt for the perfect gift/s for him, and he's a tough one to please!

For this year's Gift Guide, I decided to make things easy, so all the items in the following lists can be ordered on Amazon. This might be a controversial move, but you know my motto: simpler, greener, happier.

For those of you who live in Portland (or don't mind ordering online from various places), read until the end of this article for my recommendations for small business Saturday.

The Conscious by Chloé 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Let me introduce the Conscious by Chloé 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, a complete eco-friendly & sustainable gift guide for her, for him, for the adventurer, for the cook, for the nerd, and for the little one:

Gift Guide for Her

1 | Clogs | Sandgrens | made in Sweden | Because low heels are empowering.
2 | Socks | Pendleton | made in USA | Because socks should be colorful.
3 | Book | We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Because we should.
4 | Pin | Because sometimes, all she needs is a cup a coffe and some space (metaphorically or not).
5 | Bag | Baggu | made in USA | Because she doesn't need a bigger one (a backpack would be nice as well).
6 | Face Mask | SW Basics | made in USA | Because she deserves it.
7 | Hat | Krochet Kids | made ethically in Peru | Because she loves to support the work of other women.
8 | Earrings | PARIKHS | made in USA | Because you can never go wrong with a piece of jewelry.

Gift Guide for Him

1 | Sweater | Pendleton | made in USA | Because he collects them.
2 | Book | I love Dick by Chris Kraus | Because you can't wait to see his face when he opens it.
3 | Scalp Massager | Because he deserves it.
4 | Socks | Pendleton | made in USA | Because socks should be colorful.
5 | Dopp Kit | Baggu | made in USA | Because he loves stripes as much as you do.
6 | Beard Oil | The Regular Guy | made in USA | Because he's not a regular guy.
7 | Boots | Danner | made in USA | Because, Portland!
8 | Patch | Because he cares for the environment as much as you do.

Gift Guide for the Cook

1 | Tea Towels | Because they're vintage.
2 | Dutch Oven | Le Creuset | made in France | Because it's French.
3 | Wooden Utensils | Because they get even more beautiful over time.
4 | Butter Warmer | Because you never knew you needed one before you had one.
5 | Book | Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists by Julia Sherman | Because cooking is a form of art.
6 | Cheese Grater | Because it's always better to grate cheese at the very last minute.
7 | Reusable Sandwich Bags | Bee's Wrap | made in USA | Because we should all ditch plastic wrap.
8 | Sprout Jar | Modern Sprout | made in USA | Because cooks love to grow their own food.

Gift Guide for the Adventurer

1 | Compass | So they'll always find their way.
2 | Bandana | Pendleton | made in USA | Because it's a pretty versatile piece of fabric.
3 | Hobo Knife | Case | made in USA | Because they love multi-use tools.
4 | Travel Pillow | Because sleep is so important.
5 | Camp Chair | Tillak | 25% of profits to the environment | Because it's very light.
6 | Gloves | made in USA | Because they lose them all the time.
7 | Kindle | Because it's easier to pack than 10 paperbacks.
8 | Book | A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit | Because reading about exploring is also part of the journey.

Gift Guide for the Nerd

1 | Bamboo Speaker | Because, bamboo.
2 | Solar Battery Pack | Because, solar.
3 | Compostable Phone Case | Pela | made in Canada | Because, compostable.
4 | Cardboard Standing Desk | Because, cardboard.
5 | Smart Outlet | So he keeps his devices safe.
6 | Book | ELIOOO: How to go to IKEA and Build a Device to Grow Food in Your Apartment by Antonio Scarponi | Because it reads like an instruction manual.
7 | Cable Tacos | Hatton Henry | made in USA | Because cables are always entangled.
8 | Key or Phone Finder | Because losing your keys or your phone is not eco-friendly.

Gift Guide for the Little One

1 | Wooden Teether | Grimm's Spiel und Holz Design | made in Germany | Because plastic sucks.
2 | Beanie | Krochet Kids | made ethically in Uganda | Because you're never too to support the work of women.
3 | Feminist Patch | Ectogasm | made in USA | Because you're never too young to learn about Shakespeare, and feminism.
4 | Native Seed Bombs | Seed Balls | made in USA | Because learning about invasive plants is important.
5 | Recycled Recycle Truck | Green Toys | made in USA | Because it's so meta.
6 | Organic Onesie | Because they'll criticize your sense of humor soon enough.
7 | Book | Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk | Because we should read more stories from native cultures.
8 | Wooden Bowl & Spoon | Camden Rose | made in USA | Because plastic sucks.

Shop small in Portland

Here are my favorite places to shop in PDX:

And I can't wait to visit Portland's latest small shop: Wild Poppy Goods this Saturday!

I selected these gifts for their aesthetics, their usefulness, their makers and their country of origin. For more ethical & sustianble shopping inspiration, check out my kits.

I hope you'll find what you're looking for here but also highly recommend you to visit your local small shops to find the perfect hand- and locally made gifts for your loved ones.


Picture by Alexandre Guimont for Conscious by Chloé. This post is not sponsored but when you shop via some of the links above I may make a small commission from a sale. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Conscious by Chloé!

2016 Holiday Gift Guide - For the Adventurer

2016 Holiday Gift Guide For Her by Conscious by Chloé

For the wanderluster in your life.


First, consider:

A homemade gift.

A gift of experience.

A gift of charity.


Then, feel free to pick one of the following:

Donni Charm Bundle Scarf in Stripe for Conscious by Chloé

A warm scarf, $298, made in the USA.

Hobo Knife for Conscious by Chloé

A compact hobo knife, $88.85, made in the USA.

Appointed Notebook in Charcoal Gray for Conscious by Chloé for Conscious by Chloé

A trusted note book, $24, made in the USA.

Filson Dry Day Backpack in Green for Conscious by Chloé

A waterproof bag, $125, made in the USA.

Snow Peak Titanium Flask for Conscious by Chloé

A durable flask, $149.95.

Apolis Transit Issue Luggage Tag for Conscious by Chloé

A not-so-useless luggage tag, $22, made in the USA.

Taschen 36 Hours: USA & Canada- West for Conscious by Chloé

An inspirational book, $25, made in the USA.

Ursa Major Fortifying Face Balm for Conscious by Chloé

A soothing face balm, $36, made in the USA.

Fire Starter for Conscious by Chloé

A life-saving fire starter, $9.95.

M&U Co. Bifold Wallet in Mahogany for Conscious by Chloé

A discreet wallet, $88, made in the USA.

Filson Medium Duffle Bag in Black for Conscious by Chloé

A travelling duffle bag, $395, made in the USA.

Prize Pins Switch - OFF for Conscious by Chloé

A says-it-all pin, $15, made in the USA.

Public Supply 12 Pack Classic Hex Pencils for Conscious by Chloé

A bunch of sharp pencils, $12, made in the USA.


And here's the complete 2016 Holiday Gift Guide & the Conscious by Chloe Shop.

2016 Holiday Gift Guide - For the Host

2016 Holiday Gift Guide For The Host by Conscious by Chloé

For the person who will open the door to his/her house to you during this celebration season.


First, consider:

A homemade gift.

A gift of experience.

A gift of charity.


Then, feel free to pick one of the following:

Woolrich Atlas Throw in Navy for Conscious by Chloé

A cozy throw, $55, made in the USA.

Chen Chen & Kai Williams Savoy Cabbage Fruit Planter for Conscious by Chloé

An organic planter, $44, made in the USA.

Areaware Bottle Opener for Conscious by Chloé

A minimalistic bottle opener, $14, made in the USA.

Cold Picnic Hawaii Plant Hanger for Conscious by Chloé

A colorful plant hanger, $65, made in the USA.

Le Labo Laurier 62 Vintage Candle for Conscious by Chloé

A relaxing candle, $65, made in the USA.

Doug Johnston Little Barrel in White/Olive for Conscious by Chloé

A coiled basket, $45, made in the USA.

Helen Levi Beach Tea Pot for Conscious by Chloé

A necessary tea pot, $155, made in the USA.

Conway Electric Exto2 USB 6ft in Black/White for Conscious by Chloé

A useful extension cord, $55, made in the USA.

The Granite Epoca Vase in Coal for Conscious by Chloé

A stylish vase, $62, made in the USA.

Appointed 2017 Wall Calendar for Conscious by Chloé

A B&W calendar, $28, made in the USA.

The Hands-On Home: A Seasonal Guide to Cooking, Preserving & Natural Homekeeping by Erica Strauss for Conscious by Chloé

A homekeeping book, $23.79.

And here's the complete 2016 Holiday Gift Guide & the Conscious by Chloe Shop.

2016 Holiday Gift Guide - For Him

2016 Holiday Gift Guide For Him by Conscious by Chloé

A curated selection of gifts for your dad, your brother, your friend, your significant other or your role model.


First, consider:

A homemade gift.

A gift of experience.

A gift of charity.


Then, feel free to pick one of the following:

Small Swallow Ring by LHN Jewelry for Conscious by Chloé

A poetic ring, $80, made in the USA.

Cedrus Perfume by FIELE FRAGRANCES for Conscious by Chloé

Some woodsy perfume, $98, made in the USA.

Cashmere Hoodie by Everlane for Conscious by Chloé

A soft cashmere hoodie, $140, made responsibly in China.

Card Sleeve by M&U Co for Conscious by Chloé

A sleek card sleeve,$55, made in the USA.

Denim Wash by The Laundress for Conscious by Chloé

A natural denim wash, $19, made in the USA.

One Way Pin by Prize Pins for Conscious by Chloé

A badass pin

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer for Conscious by Chloé

An enlightening book, $11.

Oxford Shirt by Gitman Brothers Vintage for Conscious by Chloé

A classic shirt, $165, made in the USA.

Copper Bar Cuff by Cause And Effect for Conscious by Chloé

A rugged cuff, $40, made in the USA.

Notepad by Appointed for Conscious by Chloé

An inspirational note pad, $14, made in the USA.

Twill Weekender Bag by Everlane for Conscious by Chloé

A stylish weekender bag, $98, made responsibly in China.

Dark Rum Candle by Malin+Goetz for Conscious by Chloé

A boozy candle, $52, made in the USA.


And here's the complete 2016 Holiday Gift Guide & the Conscious by Chloe Shop.