Proving that stocking stuffers can still be thoughtful, we’ve curated 15 of our favorite petite-sized — but exceptionally made — gifts in this eco-friendly and fair trade stocking stuffer gift guide.
This guide features sustainable and responsibly made accessories, jewelry, and home goods to ensure you’ll find something for anyone on your list this Christmas and holiday season. We’ve sorted stocking stuffers by price so there’s an option for every budget. To explore more gift ideas, check out our Gifts Collection.
Fair Trade and Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffers: $55 & Under
1. Soapstone Candle — $55
When your loved ones see this candle from Rose & Fitzgerald, it is sure to be their new obsession. Each marbled soapstone candle holder is made by artisans working in a fair trade environment in Kenya. After the holders are crafted, makers in San Diego, California then hand-pour in USA-grown soy wax to create these stunning — and incredible smelling — candles. This is definitely one of our favorite stocking stuffers for 2020!
2. Middle Kingdom Mini Vase 8 — $21
Rich with heritage and designed with exceptional artistry, Middle Kingdom’s vases are sure to be standout gifts. The brand’s imperial-caliber porcelain pieces are handcrafted in the ancient Kiln city of Jingdezhen, which was designated as a major kiln site over 1,000 years ago.
A versatile piece that can be worn as a headband, a necktie, or wrapped around the strap of a bag, Jenni Earle’s handmade bandanas will be well-worn gifts. Each bandana uses 100% USA–grown cotton and is screen printed with natural dyes. All bandanas are made in the Carolinas by employees earning living wages for their work. Simple and stylish — what’s not to love?
4. Minna Gold Grid Oven Mitt — $40
Minna’s elegant grid oven mitt is an elevated take on a kitchen essential that can be hung as a decor item in the kitchen using its attached loop.
Handwoven by weavers in a family-run co-op in Chiapas, Mexico, this piece will be a treasured item by home chefs and interior design enthusiasts alike.
5. Nadi Earrings — $46
These stunning, handcrafted earrings are made with recycled brass by artisans in northern Malawi at the YEWO workshop. Nestled in the northern mountains of Malawi, the solar-powered, carbon-neutral, and off-the-grid jewelry workshop is where nearly a dozen YEWO employees hand construct each small batch of elegant, modern earrings, necklaces, and bracelets with both innovative and traditional techniques.
6. Kazi Animal Printed Fringed Coasters — $30
Give the host an eco-friendly stocking stuffer they’ll remember — and use — for years to come. Kazi’s animal print fringed coasters are made by artisans in Rwanda from all-natural fibers and organic dyes using timeless techniques. And these intricately detailed coasters are sure to be a timeless addition to your gift recipient’s dining space as well.
7. Donna Jean Wooden Serving Spoons — $28
A terrific gift that’s always a crowd-pleaser: this pair of hand-carved serving spoons from Azizi Life. Each serving spoon is hand-carved in Rwanda from musave tree wood and polished with beeswax. Not only are they elegant and modern, but these serving spoons are also easy to care for and they handwash effortlessly with mild soap and warm water.
An excellent gift for friends or family that like to host, these Slash Objects coasters are made from recycled rubber and brass sourced from local, USA–based manufacturers. Each of Slash Objects’ pieces is made with consideration and attention to detail in Brooklyn, New York, by makers earning living wages.
9. Alice Upcycled Hoop Earrings — $33 to $50
The striking earrings from Giulia Letzi + META Jewelry are handmade in Arlington, Virginia using upcycled plastic from discarded plastic bottles. These lightweight earrings are uniquely sculptural yet petite-sized, making them a lovely gift for the minimalist or maximalist.
Fair Trade and Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffers: $100 & Under
10. Bloom & Give Lina U Pouch — $60
Bloom & Give’s U pouch is the perfect size for carrying cards, cash, coins, and small essentials like mints and lip balm. The pouches are crafted from hand-loomed cotton by women from Nagaland, India using traditional backstrap looms. Each pouch features an inner slip pocket and zip closure.
This playful-yet-sophisticated pendant necklace from Hathorway is an eco-luxe stocking stuffer. Each piece is thoughtfully designed and assembled in the U.S. using upcycled buffalo horn by makers earning fair wages. Because of the nature of buffalo horns, and of handmade goods, the necklaces have slight variations, making every piece special.
12. Son of a Sailor Vegetable-Tanned Indigo + Aqua Leash and Matching Collar — $48 to $58
All the dog owners on your list are sure to adore the super sleek and stylish dog accessories from Son of a Sailor! Each piece is handmade in Texas with exceptional attention to quality, using responsibly sourced, vegetable-tanned leather. The brand’s collars and leashes come in multiple color variants, so you can find a matching set (or feel free to mix and match). Add in an ultra-chic leather waste bag for an added bonus to this doggy gift set!
13. L.Greenwalt Jewelry Unison Geometric Ring – $65 to $73
This striking architectural ring from L.Greenwalt is handmade in Portland using responsibly-sourced brass. This piece pairs beautifully with all of L.Greenwalt’s jewelry, but wearing this ring alone creates a minimalist touch with elegant shine.
14. Kyrgies Women’s Tengries Slippers and Men’s Tengries Slippers — $79
Kyrgies Tengries Slippers are the ultimate stocking stuffer for a hygge holiday! Each pair of slippers is handcrafted using heritage techniques by women artisans, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, who earn fair wages and work in a women-owned factory. These Tengries slippers are not only super cozy and warm, but they feature an orthopedic sole for extra comfort as well.
This mug and sleeve set works great for both cold and hot drinks and can be used at the home bar or taken on a picnic. The copper cup is handmade by artisans from 100% recycled copper, and the sleeves are crafted in Texas from vegetable-tanned leather.