Holiday Gift Guide - Thoughtfully Sourced
I have never been a huge gift-giver and as through pursuing a more minimal lifestyle, it's hard for me to see the value in more stuff. I know I have more than I need, who am I to make a list of random things I want? I have also rarely felt the meaning behind gifts, I guess because it's always been an expected norm I had to follow, not something I chose to do out of love.
This season I want to take a different approach to gifts and giving. I want to intentionally choose items for people I love, that are a reflection of our relationship and the care I have for them. I want to spend money on things that align with my values; thats environmental sustainability, job creation, female empowerment, or mindful living and then share those values with the people in my life! I am also realizing that as crazy as our consumer culture is, the holiday season is a such great time to support small artisans who create beautiful pieces that we wouldn't typically buy for ourselves. What a joy it is to support businesses and artisans who are doing important work in the world and then to share that wth the people I love most!
Krochet Kids Beanie - they have a ton of different styles (men + women's), all ethically produced by women in Uganda!
Cord Traveler Pouch - Lazarus Artisan Goods provides employment/vocational training to men and women in Honduras and Haiti
Camera Strap - We all have at least one friend who is a photographer... gift them one of these colorful straps designed and produced by women in Guatemala
Byta - reusable, to-go mug that is perfect for cold and hot drinks
Reusable straws - fun, colorful and a great way to promote more conscious living!
Generous Coffee - Fair trade, organic coffee and 100% of the money is invested into nonprofits working in the local communities!
Pela Phone Case - fully compostable!
Diffusor/Essential Oils - check out Eden's Garden, a faith-based, women-run company that is NOT use an MLM (multi-level marketing) platform - so WAY cheaper, but just as great as the brands we all know :)
Monk Manual - just learned about this recently, a new start-up that sells journals inspired my monasticism that promote more than just productivity (peace, wellness, faith, balance)
Cozy Sweaters - Everlane. Always.
Jewelry!! There are SO many ethically sourced, women funded, artisan produced jewelry companies! Here are a few of my faves:
House of Marly Headphones - Responsibly made from recycled materials.
Throw pillow/blankets from The Citizenry