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November Top 13: Our Favorite Upcycled & Vintage Holiday Gifts

You can never start your holiday shopping early enough. So we decided to use this month’s Top 13 to share some of our favorite eco-minded gifts.

For your stylish uncle that drinks like a fish, these graphic wine totes from Give Back Goods are made from reused fish & animal feed bags in Cambodia and help support local artisans in disadvantaged communities.

Established in 2011, Children of the Discordance has been creating runway-slaying upcycled pieces way before most fashion brands were even talking about it. A perfect choice for that fashionable special someone.

Everyone loves a great pair of jeans. Madewell’s Blue Jeans Go Green program lets you donate your old denim, which is then reused as housing insulation for communities in need. In return, you’ll get a discount on a new pair!

From coasters, to clocks, to chairs, Skate or Design ensures that all of those busted skateboard decks end up in a home and not a landfill.

Know someone who collects vinyl and wears jewelry? Well, it will be hard to beat Dana’s collection of recycled record earrings and cufflinks.

You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of converse, and with their 100% recycled polyester from used plastic bottles, these make for a great fashionable and eco-friendly gift.

For those special people in your life with a nicely furnished patio, pick up this amazing 1188 eco-friendly durable outdoor rug made with 100% recycled PET plastic.

With the colder weather approaching, everyone’s closet could use a new jacket. Check out Frankie’s upcycled denim jackets, hand-crafted from vintage tapestries.

If you have a lover of haute-couture in your life, make sure to check out Calla. Paris-based textile designer Calla Haynes uses recycled textiles turning them into rugs, slippers, and throw pillows.

Empress Vintage is a sweet little shop right on the border of Berkeley and Oakland that features hand-curated vintage gold. Shop their instagram stories or make an appointment to get the shop all to yourself. If you’re in the city they also have a showroom at 16th and Harrison!

Hook up the zero-waste nerd or kitchen witch in your life with a gift card to the Re-Up Refill Shop in Oakland. Bring your own containers, pickup curbside or bike delivery in the East Bay.

It’s no fun just buying gifts for other people. Why not invest in a new-to-you bike? Biketopia Community Workshop rescues and rebuilds bikes of all shapes and sizes, so the parts don’t end up as scrap metal, and you get to enjoy a sweet new ride!

Looking to escape the cold weather? Do some shopping at The Fine Art of Design in Palm Springs! It’s one of the best curated collections of vintage clothing that we’ve found, open on weekends or by private appointment.

 

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