Holiday Gift Picks

December 21, 2016

Ho ho holy moly it’s almost Christmas! I’ve had so much fun shopping this holiday season, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite finds just in case you are looking for any last minute (ethical and/or organic) gifts!

(My family exchanged gifts last weekend and my kids can’t read so I think my secret’s safe here!)

Apotheke Hand Lotion: Picked this up for my cousin who hosted us for a family dinner last weekend. She loved it. A rich lotion, very lightly scented with gardenia that makes hands feel alive again. Made with botanicals, uber rich shea butter and essential oils. Perfect for dry hands without the greasy residue. $22

Follain’s Refillable Hand and Body Soap: Straight from the taps at Follain, this refillable hand and body soap comes in several scents like lavender, lemongrass, blood orange – this season they have pine and I totally went there as a hostess gift for my sister-in-law who had us over for dinner last weekend. This nontoxic soap comes in 2, 8 or 16 oz. Ditch the toxic chemicals as well as the plastic waste with this find! Starts at $7

Farmhouse Pottery Butter Dish: Hold the phone because whether you realize it or not, you need one of these! This piece allows you to maintain the freshness and spreadable consistency of your butter OUTSIDE the refrigerator! Meaning, you never have to put your butter in the fridge. The base holds a layer of water while the lid is packed with fresh (100% grass-fed!) butter. When you place the lid inside the water it creates an airtight seal to prevent spoilage. Genius. Handmade. Vermont. Small business. Wheel thrown, Hand dipped. Lead free glaze. Heirloom. Gorgeous. $95

Beauty Heroes Subscription: My mom AND sister-in-law both scored this year! I was so excited to give them each a three month subscription to Beauty Heroes. We all want to use nontoxic beauty products but who has the time, knowledge and motivation to seek out the good stuff then drop a ton of money on products you may or may not like – I say NOONE!  Well, Beauty Heroes does the work for you. Delivering one beauty hero and one sidekick each month, you will discover the best of the best the world of green beauty has to offer. Oh and the January box is KILLER! Enjoy you guys! $115 for 3 months.

Simple Hexagon Earrings: Grabbed these for my best girlfriends! Every year we give each other all the same jewelry and then when we go out we wear it all. We have been friends for 10 years. Just picture what this looks like – hahahah! We are dorks but I love it. So this year I am going ethical with these chic hexagon earrings from Storyweaver Mercantile. These are made by Béljoy – a program that engages Haitian people by teaching them the trade of quality jewelry making bringing opportunity to themselves and their families. They are committed to sourcing local and fair trade. $15

Quartz + Stone Necklace: This is for one of my other besties. 18K gold-plated quartz + natural stone is made through the Starfish Project. This program transforms lives and restores hope to exploited women in Asia. They provide women with housing, counseling, educational opportunities, vocational training and health care. This one is also from Storyweaver Mercantile – I am like white on rice with this ethical online bazaar this season!

Brass Chevron Earrings: Again from Storyweaver! The shape and the two-toned metal got me instantly but  I mean how can you not when all materials are raw, up-cycled and locally sourced in Kenya. Every purchase provides Meyelo artisans with a source of fair trade income, support for their community and a global platform for their work. PLUS 10% of each purchase goes directly to A Voice Is Heard to support girls education and holistic support in Kenya. I was so excited to give these to one of my soul sisters. $35

Organic Cotton Comforters: These 100% cotton GOTS certified organic + fair trade comforters are by Coyuchi. They come in a thin or a thick fill and are box stitched to keep the fill in place. I got one for each of my boys and I have an organic dinosaur duvet cover from Pottery Barn Kids to dress it up – they are going to love it (I hope)! Starting at $198

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If I don’t see you again before the end of the year I wish you a magical holiday and abundant opportunity in 2017.

Smooches!

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