Eco-Friendly Holiday Shopping Guide
If you’re looking for sustainably-sourced, eco-friendly gifts to give this holiday season, here are some local vendors that offer unique options for men, women, kids, babies, and everyone in between.
488 Amsterdam Ave
Upper West Side, Manhattan
Offering gifts that are locally made and constructed from recycled materials (or handcrafted by fair trade cooperatives), Magpie is the place to go for stylish, sustainable gifts for everyone on your list, with a selection including jewelry, stylish men’s accessories, and goods for babies and children.
163 West 10th Street
West Village, Manhattan
Give the tea enthusiast in your life the gift of premium, sustainably-sourced, additive-free tea from this local shop. Their oolong teas are hand-picked in Thailand and blended with ingredients from sustainable farms in New York.
32 North Moore Street
This Tribeca shop sells natural toys made by artisans all over the world, with some New York artisans represented as well. From 3D puzzles to musical instruments, this store has beautifully crafted toys that are safe for any children on your list. There are even a few solar powered toys to choose from.
The Garden of Curiosity
Bank of America Winter Village, Kiosk K4
Bryant Park, Manhattan
(through March 6)
NYC-based artisans Amanda Maer and Marc Dimov have brought their online store to the Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park for the holiday season. Their unique potted succulents, glass-accented hanging planters, and terrariums are all great options for providing a loved one with some green space in their NYC apartment.
323 Atlantic Ave
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
Established in 2004, this Brooklyn toy shop carries handcrafted toys that are made using eco-friendly practices and made by artists who receive a living wage. Acorn is the perfect place to find books, toys, and clothing for babies and toddlers.
242 Wythe Ave
This environmentally-conscious bag design company is based partially in NYC, offering simple, high-quality bags made from environmentally friendly materials that leave the lowest possible carbon footprint during production. Their minimalist designs are meant to be incredibly durable – their reusable shopping bags can hold up to 50 pounds.
13 Prince Street
What started as a line of organic teas and candles has now become a go-to for 100% organic beauty supplies, bath products, and fragrances. All products are made in the USA, biodegradable, vegan, cruelty-free, and free of synthetics, parabens, and dyes. Their candles and diffusers make nice gifts, as do their at-home spa treatments.
22 8th Avenue (at West 12th Street)
Husband-and-wife team Allison Teich McGowan and JJ McGowan founded this shop in 2011, which offers locally designed, domestically manufactured, sustainable gifts for men and women. Teaming up with burgeoning brands to provide a seasonal selection of hand-crafted jewelry and accessories, Teich aims to promote small-batch producers and local talent. (Their toy store, Teich Toys & Books, is just two blocks away.)
Waterfront Wines & Spirits
360 Furman Street
Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
Waterfront Wines & Spirits offers organic, biodynamic, and natural wines made according to sustainable practices. Their selection includes a wide range of wines, ciders, and spirits displayed on shelves made from salvaged wood and presented by knowledgeable, friendly staff.
Please let me know if any of your favorite sustainable gifts are not included on this list; I’d be happy to add them.