Gender-Neutral Gifts For Loved Ones

All too often, gift guides are written explicitly “for women” or “for men,” but there are plenty of gifts that span gender—as well as age, geography, and interests. This holiday season, as you search for the perfect gifts for those in your life, consider these top ethical and sustainable picks that any loved one would appreciate. These are especially helpful if you’re participating in a gift swap—they’re universally loved by all. Happy gifting!

Are you looking for more affordable gift options? Try these 25 gifts under $50.

1. Book(s) Of Your Choice | Better World Books

Give the gift of reading this holiday season with a new (used) book from one of our favorite online, secondhand bookstores, Better World Books (a certified B Corp). Of course, if you’re not sure what’s on your loved one’s reading list, a gift card encourages reading all year long. You can also support one of the hardest-hit industries this year—independent bookstores—by shopping at Bookshop. where you can invest in local and indie-owned bookstores.

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2. Santa Monica Beach Puzzle | Sarah Kusz Design

Even if we can’t travel, we can still escape with one of Sarah Kuszelewicz’s 1000-piece puzzles. Using her own photography, these stunning images of beloved sites—like California beaches, the NYC skyline, and the night sky—are printed onto professional quality paper and partially recycled cardboard. Proceeds from each puzzle are donated to social justice organizations, and the remaining profits benefit a queer- and woman-owned business. It’s the ideal gift for encouraging quality time together.

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3. Botany Box Duo | Botany Box

For budding plant parents (or for those who aspire to be), we love Botany Box’s Duo with two hand-selected succulents. Shipped directly to your recipient’s door (currently US only), these pre-potted succulents arrive ready to grow with a suggested care guide and your attached message. Fun fact: Even the Botany Box business card is plantable—it grows basil! Bring the outdoors in when we all could use it most.

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4. The Trio | Diaspora Co.

If your loved ones are spending more time in the kitchen this holiday season, consider upgrading their spice cabinet with this best-selling trio. Diaspora Co. sources fresh single-origin spices like aromatic turmeric, hand-pounded chilli powder, and powerful peppercorns to rebuild a more equitable and sustainable spice trade for you and the farmers they work with. These incredibly flavorful spices will be the ultimate gift that keeps on giving.

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5. Intention Wellness Candle | Yoke

Light up a friend or family member’s space—and with purpose—with one of Yoke’s gorgeous candles. Using natural essential oils and phthalate-free fragrances, coconut and soy wax, and a lead-free wick, each blend is poured into hand-forged brass-plated vessels. With a range of wellness candles and incense, you can also choose gifts associated with abundance, presence, and dreaming. Whatever your recipient desires, you can help them manifest it.

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6. Agender Oil | NOTO

A holiday gift that anyone will appreciate? This Agender Oil for hair care—everywhere. Whether it grows on their head, underarms, legs (or anywhere!), they can use this rich vegan oil to soften and protect their hair simultaneously. Formulated with sustainably sourced hemp seed oil, anti-inflammatory vetiver, and lavender, this can be used as a fragrance or massage oil, too. With every purchase, NOTO gives to organizations like Black Lives Matter and the LGBT Youth Center, so it’s the gift that gives twice.

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7. Stripe Point Turtleneck Sweater | Sir Dogwood x Dentists Appointment 

We could never forget our furry friends; they deserve gifts too, after all. And given the colder months, we’re eyeing these adorable sweaters for dogs up to 130 pounds. It’s a cozy fit for those chilly days—and one that will turn heads everywhere you go. Based in Chicago, Sir Dogwood works with designers worldwide (including Dentists Appointment—the brand that makes this sweater) to keep our pets looking as stylish as ever.

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8. Reclaimed Wood Quote Box | Artifact Uprising

If evoking joy and reflection is your goal, you can’t go wrong with the Reclaimed Wood Quote Box that holds photo albums, printed pictures, or any sort of sentimental gift. With four quote options and three sizes, each box is handcrafted using locally sourced beetle pine wood. Make this gift even more thoughtful by ordering a minimalist memory book, printed on sustainable paper, to enclose in the box.

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 9. Recycled Wool Knee Blanket | The Tartan Blanket Co.

For the friend who loves to snuggle up on the couch, consider gifting a luxuriously soft and warm wool blanket from UK-based Tartan Blanket Co. Launched as a family-run team out of Edinburgh, the wool is recycled from garments in India and then blended with newer, longer mixed fibers. For an added touch, you can also look into embroidery options. The Tartan Blanket Co. team donates to environmental initiatives through 1% for the Planet.

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10. Give Back or Volunteer Your Time in Your Loved One’s Name

For the loved ones who truly have it all, consider making a donation in their name to a cause they care about—especially as many nonprofits have struggled through this pandemic. While you can certainly contribute to a larger organization, we suggest investing your dollars with a more local or grassroots-level organization, where your gift will make a bigger difference. Three causes we highly recommend include the Downtown Women’s Center of LA for women experiencing homelessness, She’s the First focused on girls’ rights and education, and sustainability-focused Earthjustice.

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