Ethical Stocking Stuffers For The Over-50 Elf

Ethical stocking stuffers for the over-50 elf in all of us. When I was a child, all our family members had a stocking hanging on (yes) the mantle. I remember my name written in cursive, in sparkles. There was a stocking for Mittens the cat too. We went all-out back then, looking for small gifts that would celebrate the family.

It’s still joyful to gift a family member or friend with something small and meaningful. In fact, those have been some of my favorite presents throughout the years.

Sandy gives me tiny (2″) cats. Love.

We’re more enlightened now about the importance of being earth-conscious. We’re wrapping our gifts in fabric and recycled paper, and considering the source/sustainability of our purchases. All for the common good.

Here are a few ideas for you, gifts that don’t cost a lot but do bring smiles :

  1. Proud outfit repeater pin. I. love. this. I plan to get one for myself, as a conversation starter. I might not need it, actually, because the few people who see me, see the same outfits repeatedly! 😊
I would wear this a LOT.
  1. Tony’s Chocolonely. Chocolate was a gift in my stocking 60 years ago, and it hasn’t worn out its welcome. Tony’s mission is to make chocolate yummy AND child-labor free.
Yeah, drop a couple of these in my stocking.
  1. An organic cotton scarf by Moth and Moon, made responsibly in India. Love the colors and delicate print. Perfect for a neckerchief or headband.
  1. Ethically-sourced jewelry from Fair Anita. These hammered (recycled) copper earrings are so pretty, and affordable.
  1. A cheery dish cloth from EcoRoots that’s zero waste and 100% compostable. I adore the patterns on these lighthearted cloths.
There are other sunny prints too.
  1. Anything on this list from Oxfam, from a goat to emergency bars of soap. You’ll feel lifted and in a holiday spirit by donating to the many who have no resources for holidays. And I’ve never bought a goat before, cool.
“With your help, this dynamic duo can support a family in tough times by producing milk and offspring.”

“The gift was not large as money goes, and my need was not great, but the spirit of the gift is beyond price and leaves me blessed and in debt.”

-Robert Fulghum

Do you have some ideas for small, meaningful stocking stuffers? Please share in the comments. 😊

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  1. You won’t lose things when you automatically put them where they belong. Having a backpack, desk, or locker that’s full of loose papers just gets confusing and frustrating.

  2. Once a week, clean out your locker or backpack and organize your desk. It only takes a couple of minutes.

    • Ah, those long-ago stockings were part of the Christmas magic. Same wishes to you and hope for a happy new year! xx.

  3. Thank you for sharing your ethical brands tips .I looked into your suggestions and they are really good .Your articles are always so enjoyable, beneficial and uplifting to read. I like to shop for little gifts jewelry, scarves, stationary, books etc. at museums that use the funds to support the Arts for all to enjoy.

    • Good morning Joan! Thanks for your gracious remarks, and for coming over. You’re so right about museum shops – they’re a great source for gifts and small treasures. Stay well and safe, xx.

  4. Love all these suggestions. My Christmas gift shopping is over but there are early spring birthdays just ahead and one of those scarves might be perfect. Thanks!

    • Hi Barbara and thanks for coming over! I am loving that scarf too, and it does have more of a spring feel. Stay well and safe, xx.

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