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Sustainable and Ethical Gift Ideas

I have created this Sustainable and Ethical Gift Ideas and Shopping Guide for you using the principles that I include in my own personal buying decisions. If you are interested in learning more about the categories that I consider, please see my Shopping Guide Post here OR click on one of the circle icons to learn more about a specific category.

HER BRAIDS – Indigenous jewelry and clothing 

Her braids is committed to bringing awareness while helping to make clean drinking water in first nations communities a reality, one pendant at a time. 

Sunshine Quem Tenasco is the founder of Her Braids and is Anishinabe from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, Quebec. Kitigan Zibi has gone without clean drinking water for a total of 15 years.

CHILDREN’S STORY – NIBI’s WATER SONG

“Nibi is the Anishinaabemowin word for water. In Nibi’s Water Song, an Indigenous girl on the search for clean water to drink. Though she is faced with repeated obstacles, Nibi’s joyful and determined energy becomes a catalyst for change and action as her community, and then in widening circles the country and government, rally around her to make clean drinking water available for all. In a story perfectly levelled for young readers, there is a strong underlying message that even when a problem seems too large to face, every bit that everyone does helps. And inaction in the face of a wrong is not an option.

Sunshine Tenasco, an Anishinabeg activist for clean water, has an amazing optimistic spirit that shines through her writing. The hopeful tone and lyrical read-aloud quality of this gentle allegorical tale open the door to conversations and action aimed at young children, whether they are on a reserve that does not have clean water or they are living with access to clean water. Chief Lady Bird’s stunning, original artwork carries through the themes of strength, hope, and resilience in an incredible collaboration of talent. “ 

indigenous childrens book

The New New Age – herbal teas and powders

Our company was founded on our love for Mother Earth. We are emissaries of Gaia on a mission to spread Love, Health and Happiness through the magic of the plant and fungi kingdoms.  THE NEW NEW AGE is a medicinal herb farm and nature sanctuary located in the Otter River Valley of Southwestern Ontario, Canada, where we grow, forage and produce transcendent, healing herbal products. Inspired by the interconnectedness of human and environmental health we practice beyond-organic, ecological farming and ethical wildcrafting guided by permaculture, esoteric herbalism and Druid traditions. We are committed to providing the highest quality medicinal, culinary and tonic herbs on the planet for the benefit of both human and environmental health, wellbeing, and resilience. 

Use Coupon Code: TAWNYSTOWE to receive 10 % off your order

Senses of The Soul – herbal teas and soulful body products

Senses of the Soul is dedicated to supporting others on their soulful journey to embrace their highest illuminative potential. All parts of this visionary business, from its healing centre, clinical practice, botanical sanctuary and product line form a cohesive vision to uplift, inspire, and empower others to become conscious co-creators of their own life, and engage as self-responsible caretakers of our beloved planet.

Half Moon Yoga – ethical yoga equipment

Half Moon Yoga creates beautifully designed yoga and meditation goods that hold and comfort you on your mindfulness journey. The Halfmoon collection is crafted just outside of Vancouver, BC, and thoughtfully designed for a variety of practices. The wisdom of our experience and the energy of the West Coast are woven into everything we create. Even more importantly, our respect for traditional yogic values—namely truth, compassion, community, and kindness—guides us on our path.

Use Coupon Code: TAWNYSTOWE_15 to receive 15% off your order

NoMiNoU – eco friendly yoga clothing NoMiNoU embodies a love of ethnicity, learning and growth through embracing one’s origin and from the teachings from those around us; all nourishing to our spirit, minds and bodies thus keeping us grounded in the importance of living life with purpose and grace. We create a line of “wearable art”-that is collectable, functional and fashionable whilst honouring cultural  diversity and respecting our environment. We offer distinct designs characterized by unique patterns which are adapted from original artwork created by the late mother of company founder, Jullianna Charlton, or from commissioned collaborations with Indigenous, Canadian & international artists.

Healing From Within – Online Yoga and Meditation Membership

Whenever I teach, I invite you to explore the many layers to life and the Self. When I teach yoga, I help you go inward, slow down the “fight or flight” response, and to move through feelings from the seat of the observer, rather than the judge. ​​All of my teachings are Earth based. I reference the Earth, Gaia, Mother Nature often and incorporate her into all of my meditations, yoga and workshops. As a natural lover of astrology and a student of Reiki, I discuss Chakras and bring energy work into all that I do. I strive to foster the connection to the earth, empower the light within each individual, and teach each student that they know themselves better than any outside source ever will. As a yoga instructor, and spiritual coach, I act as a guide, taking you to places of hidden wisdom within yourself, to uncover your greatest potential and whole health.

Healing from Within is pleased to support RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs).

RAVEN TRUST  is the only non-profit charitable organization in Canada that uses the power of the crowd to fund access to justice for Indigenous Peoples. When successful, the legal actions of RAVEN’s Indigenous partners set precedents for future cases and advance legal rights and title. They also create significant environmental benefits. Supporting Indigenous-led initiatives is an effective way to curtail unsustainable industrial development and drive systemic change.

Manitobah Mukluk – Indigenous Business footwear As an Indigenous-owned company, our vision is to build a vibrant, global brand that makes a significant impact in Indigenous communities. We share our success with the communities and individuals we work with.  We’re keeping traditions alive while celebrating our shared values and history.  We’re actively building new visions of the future by reinvesting our time and capital to contribute to Indigenous successes.
Ay LeLum – Indigenous clothing and artwork  We are a second generation Coast Salish Design House from Nanaimo, B.C., Canada. We are Sisters who  design and produce clothing and fabric patterns featuring Traditional Coast Salish Art by our Father William Good and Brother W. Joel Good of the Snuneymuxw First Nation Hereditary Chief Family. Our garment design is mentored by our Mother, Sandra Moorhouse-Good, who had the very first Coast Salish clothing line with our Father called Ay Ay Mut in the 1990’s.
Raven Reads IB, SC To honour the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, Raven Reads aims to inspire and educate, while creating a safe space for dialogue to take place. Through the written word, carried from past into the present, we expand our understanding and gain perspectives of the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people around the world.
Summerhill Biodynamic Wine Organic winemaking practices have been an integral part of Summerhill since the Kelowna vineyard was purchased by the Cipes family in 1986. Producing wine organically has a very meaningful benefit to the environment, and some scientists suggest that eating organic foods greatly benefits our health as well. Aside from these benefits, we believe that organic practices allow for the grapes in our vineyards to honestly express their surroundings, providing deep, terroir-driven qualities that are a true articulation of Okanagan terroir. 

Decolonial Clothing Co.

We are a Nehiyaw-Anishinaabe family from Treaty 6 and Treaty 4 Territories, our business is based out Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Territory. 

We wanted to create a clothing line that empowers the current and next generations to proudly represent their indigeneity, for individuals on their decolonizing journey, and to encourage those to support and create Indigenous owned and operated businesses.

Melanin Rising
Melanin Rising is a 100% Black woman and artist-owned company creating apparel and personal care products for all ages and genders. Our social venture lies on the intersections of art, fashion and social justice, centering and amplifying the creativity of people of the African Diaspora.  

On The Move Organics

Our Mission is to Deliver Sustainable Food Rooted in Community:

Food is at the heart of community. For over a decade On The Move Organics has delivered high quality local and organic food to Londoners, and we’re excited to expand our delivery range to include Sarnia, St. Thomas, Woodstock, and many points in between – we are now also running a Saturday route up to Kitchener-Waterloo! It couldn’t be easier: you shop, we source and deliver, and together we build a stronger and more vibrant community.

We know life is busy, so we strive to work on your terms: we offer flexible ordering, free delivery and a satisfaction guarantee

Consider the gift of food.

3 Ridges Ecological Farm
Three Ridges Ecological Farm is a diversified farm in Elgin County, southwestern Ontario, Canada near the north shores of Lake Erie. The farm is 50 acres and includes permanent pastures, permaculture fruit and nut tree orchards, native prairie, Carolinian forest and several constructed wetlands.  Divided by 20 acres of woodlands that rise up along a bluff, three ridges form a “3” like a fingerprint.  All the food we produce is grown with organic methods, using manure and compost and without the use of pesticides or herbicides. Even more, we are committed to growing in a way that is beyond organic to achieve 3Rs: Regeneration, Resilience & Relationships Consider gift of food or sign up recipes on how to cook pasture raised meat.
Iroquois Candle CO
Wellness starts with us as individuals taking responsibility for our own health and well-being. The Iroquois Candle Co. recognizes the need for health and happiness in a world that is so busy that we forget to take care of ourselves. For that reason we make every candle with a healthy mind, pure intentions, love and, a prayer. We believe that a candle can encourage us to create a holistic state of wellbeing when we take time to appreciate and nurture our physical, mental, spiritual and emotional conditions. That is why Iroquois Candle Co. was conceived. A percentage of every candle purchased will be donated to an on reserve shelter, to aid in ENDING Family Violence.

Happy Rock Holistics

Kelly worked as a personal support worker with individuals facing different challenges for over 7 years. Craving more knowledge about health and wellness, she discovered Inner Insights Spa & School. While in training Kelly learned about various styles of massage and spa therapies, as well as, natural remedies and the use of aromatherapy. This training solidified Kelly’s beliefs in natural products. After becoming pregnant, Kelly became even more passionate about having all her household products made with all natural ingredients, as well as, educating, and promoting holistic living. Now Kelly works as a therapist and also creates holistic non-toxic products.

Spirit Earth Holistics – Indigenous business body care products and more
All of our bath, body and wellness products are 100% natural, therapeutic, and eco certified. Crafted on-site and in small batches from a place of heart. We carry a wide array of products from herbal teas, candles, oils, facial lines, bath and body to therapeutic remedy! No Parabens, No DEA, No Aluminum, No Synthetic Fragrances, No Chemicals, No Sulfates. WE use a natural preservative to extend the shelf life to 2 years. Not tested on animals, and cruelty free.

Revive as Wellness

Balance is different for everyone. There is no set formula that is a one size fits all. However, YOU do deserve to feel good. I know from experience that when we feel good physically and mentally we are inspired to face our fears and be courageous in following our dreams. Hi, I’m Amy of Revive as wellness, a Registered Reflexologist and Certified Aromatherapy Health Professional. My goal is to support women with solutions for a healthy, happy, and present life

Enjoy all natural, small batch products created with you in mind in every product. The products are inspired to aid you physically, mentally and emotionally. 

Use Coupon Code: TAWNY10 to receive 10% off of your order

Raven Trust
Healing from Within is pleased to support RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs). RAVEN is the only non-profit charitable organization in Canada that uses the power of the crowd to fund access to justice for Indigenous Peoples. When successful, the legal actions of RAVEN’s Indigenous partners set precedents for future cases and advance legal rights and title. They also create significant environmental benefits. Supporting Indigenous-led initiatives is an effective way to curtail unsustainable industrial development and drive systemic change.

You can support RAVEN when getting your spiritual fix in the Naturally Curious membership or you can make one-off or monthly donations here.
David Suzuki Foundation
We are interconnected with nature, and with each other. What we do to the planet and its living creatures, we do to ourselves.
This is the fundamental truth guiding our work at the David Suzuki Foundation.

Founded in 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation is a national, bilingual non-profit organization headquartered in Vancouver, with offices in Toronto and Montreal. Through evidence-based research, education and policy analysis, we work to conserve and protect the natural environment, and help create a sustainable Canada. We regularly collaborate with non-profit and community organizations, all levels of government, businesses and individuals.

Antler River  ~ Authentic. Aboriginal. Art.

I have been making Indigenous crafts since 2003 and doing the leather tooling since 2015. I First started learning from my Grandpa when I was 12 years old even younger. I remember helping cut leather lace, glue projects together, and weave dream catchers. For a long time I was just helping, I went to high school and college and then started making things again after college (I guess the bug to want to create never leaves you). For the most part I am self taught for many of the things I make now. Throughout my life my teachers who continue to inspire me all the time are definitely my Grandpa, my crafty aunties, my community of Deshkan Ziibiing “Antler River” (Chippewa of the Thames First Nation), and of course nature.

Mitch takes custom orders and is the crafter of Tawny’s drum bag featured in many of Tawny’s photographs.

Desiree Dawn Designs

Our vision is to inspire others to spread positivity and love throughout the world, one healing stone at a time, through our carefully handcrafted semi-precious gemstone jewellery, infused with light and loving intentions.

Aurora Heat Warmer
Like most Northerners, our family proudly wears fur. My parents, David and Jane Dragon raised six children, and dressed us with furs from their trapline. Mom made our hats, mittens, mukluks, and parkas. Setsuné (grandmother in Dënesųłiné), is a talented seamstress and has been sewing with furs and hides most of her life. My son, Joel Dragon Smith, an avid snowboarder, would be outside for hours in temperatures dropping below -30°C. He came home with near frost-bitten hands and I had the idea to stuff a piece of beaver fur into each of his gloves. Joel and his friends finally had warm hands, and these little pieces of fur were the first prototypes of Aurora Heat™ warmers!

Layers of My Soul

Welcome to the layers of my soul. Enjoy my journey discovering Mother Nature, geology, lapidary, jewelry making, metalsmithing, and what I can create with it all. If anything speaks to you feel free to send a dm on Instagram for more information to purchase.