The Holiday Gift Guide for Eco-Conscious Cooks and Home Entertainers

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The COVID-19 lockdowns have resulted in more people spending time in their kitchens cooking, baking and growing their own herbs and on their benchtops. If you’re giving gifts this holiday season and have a few home chefs and entertainers on your Christmas list, this gift guide is for you. Packed with practical ethical and eco-friendly gift ideas for the sustainable kitchen and home cook, you’re bound to find something for your home too.

(Note: Christmas is just around the corner so if you’re shopping online, you you’ll need to get it done asap as there’s a big chance your gift won’t arrive in time.)

Gifts $20 and under

  • Middle Kingdom Unique Porcelain Cups Set of 2. Have a gift recipient who just adores beautiful handmade ceramics? This is the ideal ethical gift. Handcrafted by fairly-compensated artisans in Jingdezhen, China using traditional techniques, these porcelain cups are made of clay porcelain, have a glazed finish and are dishwasher safe. Available in latte (pictured below) and steel grey. Prices start at US$19 for a set of two small cups, available at Made Trade.
  • Fair Trade Copper Cookie Cutters Set of 3. For the bakers and cookie makers on your gift list, these cookie cutters are handcrafted by the team at Noah’s Ark, a fairtrade enterprise in India. The cookie cutters are made from stainless steel and features a classic copper–colored plating and comes wrapped in recycled sari twine. The designs include a dove, an elephant, and a six-pointed star. Price US$12.99, available at Ten Thousand Villages.

Gifts $35 and under

  • Agra Handwoven Table Runner. Handwoven with love by physically challenged artisans in Northern India, this elegant textile is hand loomed using fair-trade practices. Dyed in a gorgeous shade of blue using low impact dyes. Price US$34, available at Dear Keaton.
  • Oh She Glows for Dinner: Nourishing Plant-Based Meals to Keep You Glowing by Angela Liddon. This popular plant-based cook and influencer is also a New York Times bestselling author. This cookbook is rated highly by sites such as Book Depository and Amazon and recommended by plant-based foodies. A plant-based cookbook filled with nourishing meat-free dinners, this makes a great holiday gift for the amateur vegan or home chef aiming to develop their plant-based cooking skills. Price $24.95, buy here.
  • Azizi Life Hand Woven Napkin Rings. Host an elegant dinner party with these beautiful napkin rings which are made from natural sisal fibres and are handcrafted by fairly-paid artisans in Rwanda. The set includes four 1.2″ rings and comes in several different classic colours. Price US$23, available at Made Trade.
  • Slash Objects Capsule Trivet Duo. Protect your benchtops and table cloth from heat damage with this practical and contemporary kitchen accessory. Made from post-consumer recycled rubber and made in the USA, these heat-resistant trivets will look stylish under fresh off the stove pots and pans. Price $35, shop here.
  • Sonoma GOTS-certified Organic Cotton Napkins. Set the Christmas table with these beautiful organic cotton napkins featuring a crinkled texture and modern colour. These Sonoma napkins are made in a fair-trade factory that also recycles 98% of its wastewater. Available in four colours: black, shadow grey, sof white and rust. Price for a set of four $38, available at Coyuchi.

Gifts $70 and under

  • Jo Victoria Ceramics Porcelain Dimple Bowl. This distinctive porcelain serving bowl is handmade in the New South Wales coast by Australian ceramicist Jo Victoria. Featuring a textured, dimpled surface, the handmade nature of his beautiful bowl means no two are alike making this a gift that is truly unique and one of a kind. Price A$59, available at Gingerfinch.
  • Be Home White Marble & Wood Mosaic Round Board. Handcrafted in India, this stylish gift is perfect for cheese lovers and food-focused Instagrammers. This homewares business partners with family-run businesses, cooperatives, and artisans in India and other developing countries, priding themselves on helping to provide sustainable livelihoods for artisans, crafters and makers worldwide. Price $40, available at Be Home.
  • Fair Trade Hammered Metal Tray. Handcrafted by the fairly-paid team at Noah’s Ark in India this silver-coloured aluminium metal tray is ideal for use as a fruit bowl, for serving delicious meals or as a decorative piece for a modern kitchen. Price $59.99, available at Ten Thousand Villages.

Gifts $95 and under

  • Caraway Non-Toxic Ceramic Fry Pan. This stylish ceramic non-stick fry pan is designed in New York and made in Chinese and Indian factories that adhere to strict labor laws and ethical and fair manufacturing standards. With an average rating of 4.8 of 5 from over 6,100 customer reviews, this is a sustainable kitchen gift that your recipient will enjoy cooking with. Comes in five modern colours including perracotta (pictured below). Price US$95, available at Caraway.
  • SodaStream Fizzi Starter Pack. For a limited time only, you get 20% off SodaStream products; this must-have home carbonated system that allows you to create your own soda drinks and sparkling water with reusable bottles – and helps you reduce your single-use plastic bottle consumption. Available in six modern colours; this pack comes with a carbonated cylinder, a one-litre bottle and a three-year warranty. Priced at US$71.99 currently on sale (original price $89.99), available at SodaStream.
  • Atelier Boemia Safi Black Plates Set. Handmade in Safi, Morocco, these four beautifully hand-painted appetizer ceramic plates are dishwasher and microwave safe and make a meal that much more beautiful to look at. Price starts at US$78 for a set of four appetizer plates, available at Dear Keaton.

Disclosure: Details are correct at time of publishing. This curated list does not fully take into account all the ethical considerations that are unique to each individual. Before making a purchase, we encourage you to do your own research paying particular attention to the supply chain and your own particular set of ethics. Click here to read more about our policies. Cover image via Gingerfinch.

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