Sustainable Holiday Gift Guide: For a More Mindful (& Less Wasteful) Season
I love the holidays - the cheery music, the cozy vibes, the family time, the amplified feelings of joy and community (although, I would push for us to channel this ALL the time). With the holidays also comes some level anxiety about gift-giving, money, excessive waste, clutter, and quite frankly it can be overwhelming. As a transitioning minimalist and conscious consumer, I first want to remind you of a few things:
It’s the thought that counts. Truly.
You can give thoughtful gifts that don’t drain your bank account right before you head into 2019.
Gifts don’t even have to be a tangible item.
This season, I whipped together a sustainable holiday gift guide filled with both tangible and intangible gifts that support a more mindful holiday for you and your loved ones. My guide also supports forward-thinking businesses ranging from woman-owned brands to eco-friendly products that give back.
Plant Clipping + Ceramic Pot $ - One of my favorite clean and minimal planters! I bought this for my cousin’s wife and re-potted it with clippings from my own plant. It’s a lovely gift straight from your own garden.
Glass Reusable Travel Mug $ - Help your peers reduce waste and get their caffeine fix with one simple swap.
Ceramic Mug $$ - One of my favorite gifts to give is ceramic work from a local artist. Check out Settle Ceramics, which is locally made here in Austin, TX. Also, peep the selection from Apt. F in East Austin.
Ippodo Matcha Beginner’s Set $$ - This Matcha Beginner’s Set by Ippodo is the whole kit n’ kaboodle for anyone looking to start a matcha ritual. It comes with a handy how-to leaflet for both preparing matcha and using the utensils. For some additional inspo check out my matcha latte recipe.
Meditation Cushion $$ - This is the meditation cushion that I own. Each cushion contains buckwheat & millet hulls, as well as dried lavender to up the relaxation factor. Pure bliss.
Saje Essential Oils Pocket Farmacy Set $$ - This is for the friend that vibes with the power of essential oils. I’m very loyal to Saje. They’re my go-to for all things in this category, because they are organic, sustainable, and ridiculously high quality.
Big Berkey Water Purifier $$$ - You can check out my blog post 5 Reasons I Freakin’ Love My Berkey to read why this is one of my favorite sustainable purchases. The Berkey is SUCH a stellar gift for anyone who cares about health. You’ll know you’re having a positive impact on their wellbeing, the environment, and it’s something they can use for years and years to come. Win-win-win!
Cocokind Matcha Stick $ - The perfect stocking stuffer. It’s a natural, organic coconut oil-based moisturizing stick that can be used as everyday lip balm, under-eye balm, and facial highlighter.
BioClarity Stocking Stuffer $ - For the friend who wants clear, glowy skin. Use the code ‘OMCITY’ for 50% off. This healed my acne when I got off of the pill.
Biossance Rose Ritual Set $$ - I swear by Biossance’s Squalane Oil. This magic will improve skin elasticity, hydration, and overall complexion. Super luxe, sustainable, and high freakin’ quality.
100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Rose Gold Palette $$ - Made with vibrant fruits and veggies. This is one of the best clean beauty brands out there. I love all of their eye shadow palettes, mascara, and lipsticks. So much good stuff.
Skylar Non-Toxic Perfume $$$ - For perfume you actually want to breath in. It’s made without icky parabens and chemicals that are found in most fragrances and it smells so lovely. I personally love Arrow & Meadow.
Allbirds Wool Runners $$ - For a comfy, low carbon footprint. Both Andrew and I wear them.
Athleta Hyperfocused Print Bra $$ - Made from recycled poly. One of my favorite bras from Athleta for both its beauty and function.
Everlane ReNew Fleece Sweater $$ - Made from 35 recycled plastic bottles. Yes, this is the sweater I have in three different colors.
Fjall Raven Backpack $$ - Rad backpack that’s unisex. Best for hiking, day trips, and adventuring about. You can also fit a laptop in it!
Reformation ‘Love Your Mother’ Hoodie $$ - Super cute hoodie for any earth-lovin’ gal pal.
My Favorite Conscious Fashion Brands:
Experiences / Digital Products
Plant a tree in their name with My Tree Planet for a life long, no-clutter gift that also helps the planet.
Membership to a fitness studio (i.e. yoga, barre, spin, the gym, etc).
One-year membership to Thrive Market for wholesale prices on healthy food brands.
My Simplify & Thrive Guidebook (shameless plug) to wipe the slate clean for 2019. Learn surefire tools, tips, and tricks to declutter your life, reduce stress, amplify happiness, and boost productivity.
(Almost) Free Gifts
Homemade nut mylk in a glass jar. Peep my recipe here for cashew mylk. Not only do consumable presents cut back on waste but putting it in a sweet glass jar means the container can be either repurposed or recycled once they’ve enjoyed the goodies inside.
Plan a hike together for some good ole one-on-one time in nature.
Homemade raw vegan cheesecake for your sweet loved one! Check out my recipe here.
Make a Manifestation Board together for 2019 by recycling old magazines, catalogues, and flyers that have previously clogged yours (or your friend’s) mailbox. Then, be sure to unsubscribe if you no longer want these sent to you. I recommend using Catalog Choice to stop unwanted junk mail.
Create a personalized Spotify playlist for your music-lovin’ friend. Music is a universal language that everyone can vibe with.
Zero-Waste Gift Wrapping Ideas:
No need to purchase rolls of Santa-covered wrapping paper when you’ve most likely got everything you need at home. Get creative, make it special, and reduce your waste with the below zero-waste gift wrapping ideas!
Upcycled paper (newspaper, catalogs, paper bags)
Cloth napkins or scarves
LOVE this idea of garnishing your wrapped gift with dried oranges and a cinnamon stick tied up with biodegradable twine!
I hope this gift guide sparks a sustainable present idea for everyone on your shopping list. When it comes to gift-giving, remember to consider what that person will truly use and enjoy. The holidays certainly don’t have to be a stressful and wasteful time of year, and by being mindful you can show your loved ones how much you care without simply giving people more ‘stuff’. Use the holiday season as an opportunity to have a positive impact by shopping consciously and supporting the wonderful eco-friendly and sustainable brands out there that are making a difference.
There is so much to celebrate! Wishing you and your loved ones a holiday season filled with joy, presence, and gratitude.