Ethical Gifting | PenCities Chicago

Ethical Gifting


Want to give and give back this Christmas? Thankfully you don’t need to compromise on style with chic ethical gifts spanning environment-boosting plants to locally made jewellery and fair-trade men’s accessories. Shop to it from the following surefire hits…

For Her: Winifred Grace is your go-to for eye-catching, contemporary jewellery, custom-made and -stamped pieces, designed in Chicago by former graphic designer Winnie and crafted by artisans. Personalised buys include bar pendants sporting your name in silver, gold or rose gold, map coordinate or date bracelets, and birthstone rings. Winnie also stocks effortlessly chic clothing, clogs, vintage rugs and pattern-pretty notebooks.

For Him: Chicago’s premier non-profit store, Greenheart Shop sells products that are fair trade, eco-friendly or have a social mission. Guys will love the stripy alpaca blankets and throws handmade in Ecuador, the sustainable bamboo and cork wristwatch, and hand-knitted Peruvian Pike weekender duffle bag (hello vegan straps!). Dip-dyed Jig leather coasters, made in Austin, Texas, will suit budding bartenders, or bag a Men’s Drifter Hat beanie which benefits villagers in Uganda and Peru.

For the Home: Over in West Town, Sprout Home is a gorgeous, green-fingered store dedicated to hard-to-find but easy-to-grow plants for gardens and windowsills, plus curated containers, hanging baskets, tools and accessories. Help friends and family go green this Christmas with a verdant, long-lasting gift, or even book them into a terrarium-making class; they’ll  deliver pot plants, custom terrariums and flowers too. Across the road, Sprout Home Kitchen & Table’s wooden shelves are heaving with pleasing pots, cooking utensils, tableware and rugs.

Sprout Home / 745 N Damen Ave / Near West Side / +1 312 226 5950 / 10am-7pm daily /

Winifred Grace / 5642 N Clark St / Edgewater / +1 872 806 2455 / 10am-5pm Mon-Wed, 10am-6pm Thu-Sat, noon-4pm Sun /

Greenheart Shop / 1714 N Wells St / Near North Side / +1 312 264 1625 / 11am-7pm Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm Sat, 10am-5pm Sun /