How To Pick An Ethical Bridal Shower Gift

Article by Bailey

Shopping for bridal showers can be stressful, especially if you’re unsure what the bride would use or like. If you’re part of the wedding party, it can be even more hectic. With all of the parties, gatherings, and celebrations before the actual wedding day, thinking of a great bridal shower gift can be the last thing on your mind.

We put together an ethical bridal shower gift guide to come to your rescue, highlighting some of our favorite brands and items for every bride you need to shop for. These brands all have ethical values, positive initiatives, and a great selection of items to explore for the perfect bridal shower gift!

For the Bling Queen: MiaDonna

With so many gorgeous accessories and jewelry to accompany the bride on her special day, MiaDonna is full of sustainable choices for bridal shower gifts. When MiaDonna founder, Anna-Mieke, learned the origin behind her own earth-mined diamond, she became passionate about finding a conflict-free option. Knowing there had to be others who shared this passion, she set out to create the world’s most innovative, beautiful and socially responsible bridal jewelry line.

Affordable, high-quality lab-grown diamonds and gemstones also means you can feel confident in knowing the ethics and background behind the jewelry you’re purchasing. The best part of purchasing from MiaDonna? Each and every time you purchase, a minimum of 5% is donated to the Greener Diamond Foundation to fund initiatives and programs that help to restore the land and lives impacted most by the illegal trade of conflict diamonds.

Anna-Mieke Anderson, CEO and Founder, MiaDonna and the Greener Diamond Foundation

Photo above: Anna-Mieke Anderson, CEO and Founder, MiaDonna and the Greener Diamond Foundation

For the Fashionista: Eileen Fisher

With collections of cozy sweaters, tops and jackets, Eileen Fisher is a classic brand through any decade, and you’ll be sure to find a stylish wardrobe staple for any fashion-forward bride. Behind the scenes, this clothing brand works to create social consciousness around fashion and changing women’s lives in the clothing industry.

CEO and Founder, Eileen Fisher, said herself on the brand, “When I give talks, I often say that business can, indeed, change the world. EILEEN FISHER has done a lot by committing to organic and sustainable fibers, manufacturing clothing in the USA and recycling our clothes with EILEEN FISHER Renew. There's much more to do. And I believe we can do it. I believe we can make a difference. Business can be a movement.”

For the Beauty Addict: Love Goodly

Vegan, non-toxic, eco-friendly, and organic are a few words to describe this beauty and skincare company, Love Goodly. Co-founders, Justine Lassoff and Katie Bogue Miller, strived to create a beauty company that features safe and affordable makeup and beauty products. With each purchase, they give back to incredible organizations such as, Farm Sanctuary, Cure Cervical Cancer, Beagle Freedom Project, and Paw Works.

Their products range from anti-aging lipsticks to eyeshadow palettes, nail polish to moisturizer. You’ll feel fabulous by purchasing from Love Goodly, and supporting many other organizations and nonprofits along the way. There is sure to be some beauty essentials to prep the bride for the big day!

Justine Lassoff and Katie Bogue Miller, Founders of Love Goodly

Photo above: Justine Lassoff and Katie Bogue Miller, Founders of Love Goodly

For the Oenophile: Humanitas Wines

Humanitas Wines is one winery we should all learn from! President and CEO, Judd Wallenbrock, wanted to focus on the wine itself, not the place it’s made in. Judd put his money into the best grapes he could find and was able to direct that money from the sales of Humanitas to primary need charities. As a result, he built a shed for $600 in his backyard in the town of Napa, ideal for making and barreling fine wines with little temperature changes. Viola, the “Shed-Teau” was born. The “Shed-Teau” in Judd’s backyard is symbolic of all that Humanitas stands for: focus on the wines and the cause, not the place.

Through Judd’s flavorful concoctions, Humanitas Wine has donated to organizations such as Souls4Souls, Napa Chamber of Commerce Foundation, The Edith Sanford Breast Foundation, SightLife, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and many regional food banks and community foundations. Wine is a classic gift, and with so many different variations and blends, you will definitely discover which impeccable bottle to select for the bride!

For the Mama: The Little Market

This artisanal non-profit founded by two lovely women, Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla, The Little Market focuses heavily on working with female artisans and entrepreneurs to create an online platform to showcase their beautiful designs and products. They strive to provide fair wages to support families for these artisans around the world, and provide one-of-a-kind pieces on their website for customers to love forever. By creating sustainable jobs and preserving cultural traditions, the artisans involved are able to take care of themselves, their families, and have flexible lifestyles.

The Little Market truly has it all - reusable totes, spa accessories and products, cooking and baking supplies, home decor. Whatever you’re searching for to give the bride who’s a mother, you will find that and more. They have plenty of relaxation items to really help unwind and relax! They also have a wedding registry page, so your bride can pick gifts she’d love for the bridal shower or wedding, and they will all be ethically-created and sustainable - What’s better than that?

Hannah Skvarla and Lauren Conrad, CEOs and Founders of The Little Market

Photo above: Hannah Skvarla and Lauren Conrad, CEOs and Founders of The Little Market

For the Homebody: Raven + Lily

Gifts such as soft blankets or throws, candles, or other home goods are always put to good use, and it’s really difficult to go wrong, as long as you know the style of the person you’re buying for. For the bride that loves staying in, Raven + Lily is a wonderful lifestyle brand that focuses on empowering women and contributing to an ethical fashion atmosphere.

Originally founded as a non-profit, their focus was partnering with local designers that also shared passions around giving back to women worldwide. With 100% of their designs involving women and their creative employment, Raven + Lily are able to empower the 1500+ women employed by their work, to break the cycle of poverty through equitable trade and open communication. They also help the environment by offsetting their carbon footprint; they ship all orders by purchasing carbon credits in partnership with Wildlife Works. Browse their beautiful, eco-friendly and fair trade home goods, clothing and accessories to find the best items for the bride in your life to curl up and unwind with after the big day.  

For the Fitness Buff: Sundried

Striving to make a change within the fitness community, is Sundried. A fitness gear and wear brand that puts ethics ahead of business. Many brides are wanting to get more fit before the big day, and Sundried is the place to get the gear for her! Sundried has been audited by the Low Carbon Innovation Fund to ensure everything they do has the very smallest carbon footprint.

They are also involved in giving back, especially to the organization, Water for Kids. Sundried gives a unique code to Water for Kids with every purchase. This unique code leads the buyer to their pledge page where the journey of their donation is revealed, from bricks to build dams to rainwater harvesting for schools. Water for Kids protects the good health of children and communities in the developing world by assisting in the provision of safe drinking water.

Sundried and their Charity Partner, Water for Kids

Photo above: Sundried and their Charity Partner, Water for Kids

For the Bookworm: Better World Books

Books are a great gift for ultimately any event or occasion, whether you’re giving or receiving! When you shop on Better World Books, your purchase will help donate books to those in need. Literacy is so important, and not enough people around the world have access to books. For a gift for the bride, there are thousands of books to search through about marriage, happiness, romance- Everything you can think of!

The books that Better World Books donate go to hundreds of non-profit organizations around the world, such as, Books for Africa and Feed the Children who partner with them to take large numbers of donated books and get them to people who need them. As of June 2018, they have been able to donate over 26 million books!

With so many of these wonderful companies to choose from, you’ll be stuck for choice on what to get the bride-to-be! Worry not, though, because no matter where you decide to shop, you’ll be playing a positive role in changing the world for the better, and communities that are supported by it. Researching where your goods come from is important, and can make a truly beneficial change in our local communities and environment.