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EDITORS’ PICKS: 10 SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

December, 14th 2020

It’s time to get festive and celebrate the holiday season with Staiy! To mark the occasion, the team behind Staiy Edit share their favourite pieces with you, straight from our platform. Let our editors’ selection inspire you to spread the love with our sustainable gifts!

Words By Marina Hoyer 

As the frosty air fills with the scents of firewood, gingerbread and candles, our hearts fill with anticipation: the holiday season is near! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or simply the cosy atmosphere, December provides us with many occasions for surprising family and friends with a thoughtful gift. To help you spark joy in the lives of your loved ones, ten of our Staiy Edit writers got together and selected their favourite pieces from Staiy. Whoever it is you want to make happy, read on for our holiday guide to sustainable gifts!

 

Our writer Alessandra di Perna from Rome embraces the colours of the festivities with the Firenze gold lace trimmed bralette by Christina Leonor. Worn under a comfortable off-shoulder knitted jumper or loose-fit cardigan, this delicate piece adds a touch of feminine elegance to a cosy look. For an elegant soirée, the bralette is the perfect match to a black tailored double-row blazer with golden buttons.

With the Studio Jux face travel kit, Gabrielle Hollenbeck from Pittsburgh, USA has chosen a piece from the newly launched Staiy Cosmetics section: “I am a skincare buff and the hardest part about travelling or even just getting away for the weekend is that I can’t fit all my products into my carry on! I need all my goodies with me and these travel sized products are the bomb. I can do my full routine and this Broccoli serum really is a one of a kind.” We don’t doubt that whoever receives this gift will be as enthusiastic as Gabrielle!

Editorial and Copy Writer Marine Lea Bochsler lives in the vibrant city of London and therefore loves the boho festival flair of this Wanner Label cashmere kimono top in earthy browns. “The flared sleeves and tassels are my favourite detail,” says Marine, “along with the fact that it’s actually a scarf that has been upcycled by the designer herself.” What a beautiful story behind this sustainable gift!

Our writer and Editorial Production Manager Natsumi Amano will gift her family in Osaka, Japan the oversized monogram scarf by Francis Stories. Crafted in Portugal with 100% superfine wool yarn from Italy, this timeless classic will wrap the giftee in premium quality for years to come. “There has been a lot going on in the world at large, and we could all use the warm and soft hug of a woolen scarf,” says Natsumi. “Francis Stories is a brand that respects and cherishes all the contributors at every step of the supply chain. This scarf would be the perfect accessory to keep your loved ones warm when running errands or for a holiday movie night to feel extra festive.”

Srishti Narang‘s eyes fell on the Riona Treacy golden asymmetric dress with its gorgeous hand-draped waistline. The writer who divides her time between the French capital of fashion, Paris, and the Scottish city of Glasgow, explains: “Asymmetrical clothing to me represents the beauty in the imperfect balance that surrounds us generally in life and how we can learn to embrace it beautifully. This dress is fabulous for someone who enjoys standing out from the crowd, looking sizzling, sophisticated and classy.” Any person in your social circle fit that description? Go find Srishti’s pick to put a smile on their face this holiday! 

For the 2020 festivities, Allison Markowski from New Jersey, USA is gifting the Rith crossbody bag by Amsterdam-based label Studio Jux. The black saddle flap bag comes with an adjustable strap, two compartments and magnetic fastening. Made with the finest vegan leather and a recycled nylon lining, this classic piece is perfect to match the style of any sustainability enthusiast in your life.

With this cropped sweatshirt by German label Phyne, Jen McDonald will be lighting someone’s smile in her Scottish hometown Glasgow. Our writer adores the garment fabricated from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton. “The allover kiss print adds an edgy, playful and funky touch to any outfit,” says Jen, who admires the urban streetwear brand. “I love the modernness of their pieces, and that they can be worn day or night.” With a sustainable gift as versatile as this one, you really can’t go wrong!

Daria Müller Velasquez from Berlin and Moscow picked the Emily cardigan by Portuguese brand Francis Stories. The premium knit features neutral tones and a timeless design to keep your dearest friends and family warm. “We now live in a time where we have a desire to be comfortable but stylish at the same time. This cardigan unites both qualities, and makes women feel feminine and sexy too,” says Daria about her Staiy favourite. We are sure the one you give this to will agree!

The Soho Vintage backpack by Studio Jux is Serena Luca’s choice, our writer from Toronto, Canada who currently lives in Berlin. This unisex gift is features an adjustable handle and straps, magnetic closure, and multiple compartments. Made from 100% sage-toned vegan leather in a clean, reduced design, it is the perfect sustainable gift for minimalists.

Lastly, I myself, Marina Hoyer from the German city Hannover and the Greek island Thassos, have chosen the Luna robe by Christina Leonor. If I were to invest in something luxurious, I would always choose a daily homewear item and for me, this robe crafted from 100% organic silk is the perfect piece to invest in. The made-to-order garment takes sustainable, slow fashion back to its roots of fine craftsmanship. Wearing uncomplicated yet elegant pieces like this around the house adds value and a beautiful touch to our everyday lives. I believe we should show ourselves the appreciation we deserve by dressing up even when nobody else can see it! Gifting this silk robe to somebody dear to your heart in a time where we spend many hours at home is a wonderful gesture. They can slip it on after a hot shower and are ready to enjoy their morning coffee in style every single day.