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
- Home Decor
- 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