The Verticale makes shopping for ethical gifts so easy

Laura Galvan
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This holiday season, it’s important to think about your impact when it comes to gift-giving. From spreading your dollars around by supporting small businesses or by shopping sustainably, taking time to look into the products you’re buying can make all the difference. But, where to start? Thankfully, The Verticale has you covered.

The media site turned marketplace, founded by Jaclyn Grauman and Michelle Silverstein, is the go-to destination for discovering value-driven lifestyle brands all in one place. Featuring over 50 digitally native brands that meet the Vericale Value System, this is the place to discover your new favorite brands like Nisolo, which employs local Peruvian artisans, and Everybody & Everyone, a women-owned, eco-innovative and size-inclusive fashion label.

The Vericale Value System is a set of standards that provides benchmarking around retail ethics. Whether sustainability, diversity, inclusion or transparency, The Verticale exclusively teams up with brands that stand for something beyond product sales.

Ahead, check out innovative and socially-conscious products perfect for gifting that you’ll also feel good about giving!

Shop: Act+Acre Mini Essentials, $46

Credit: The Verticale
Credit: The Verticale

Created with clean ingredients and sustainable packaging, this hair care kit from female-founded brand Act+Acre includes everything you need to nourish and strengthen your hair. 

Shop: Nisolo Owen Belt Black, $170

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Credit: The Verticale

This fashion brand is committed to ethical production by employing local artisans in their Peru-based factory. Owning the factory allows Nisolo to ensure a living and fair wage, healthcare and a healthy work environment for all their employees.

Shop: GLDN Lou Heart Studs, $29

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Credit: The Verticale

Not only do these earrings make the perfect stocking stuffer, but the earrings are crafted from sustainable materials. 10 percent of the brand’s profits go to local charities committed to empowering individuals.

Shop: HeTime Anti-Aging & Hydrating Face Mask, $8

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Credit: The Verticale

We can’t forget that men love skincare, too! HeTime’s mission is to transform the way men think about skincare. This mask from the brand is made from all natural, cruelty-free ingredients and it’s a great starter gift for guys just getting into skincare.

Shop: Open Spaces Nesting Trays, $42

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Credit: The Verticale

Perfect for your phone, keys and jewelry, these nesting trays are perfect for keeping daily clutter in one place. The impact this brand is making? They’ve removed all single-use plastics from their products and packaging.

Shop: Know Calm Headphones, $249

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Credit: The Verticale

If you’re looking to splurge on that special someone, these headphones elevate your listening experience with wireless charging, touch controls and long battery life. A portion of all proceeds from Know Headphones goes to DonorsChoose.org, the largest non-profit supporting American public schools.

Shop: Cadence Candle Co. ‘Better Days’ Candle, $32

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This women-owned line of candles uses 50 percent recycled materials and packs their products in only 100 percent recyclable materials.

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