Stay tuned for more stocking stuffers and portable presents tomorrow!
'Tis the season where you try to please everyone in your life with a thoughtful gift. The key to #winning this season, is to get them gifts that are eco-friendly, but also so
cute, beautiful, useful and fun that they like them regardless of if they believe in climate change.
So without further ado, I present to you my favorite gifts that do a little good. It's up to you whether you want to tip your hand to reveal how much positive karma you gave them, too.
(Note that I did not subdivide the gifts into the cliché categories, because I have no idea if your sister loves or hates hearts and flowers. I mean, maybe she wants an axe. I wouldn't assume anything about anyone.)
For New York City People
Brooklyn Art CSA
Much like an agricultural CSA, this organization supports emerging artists with a monthly subscription. You go pick up the art, and while you're there, mingle with the other type of people who would pay $500 a month for random assortments of artwork. I'm sure that's a fascinating
bunch of people.
$250 for a half share, $500 for a full share per month at CSA+D
High Line Field Guide
Acclaimed artist Mark Dion has created an unofficial field guide and handbook for the High Line that blends fact and fiction, encouraging viewers to question popular ideologies that define today’s “official” history of the elevated park. Published by Printed Matter, the often-humorous text includes “thoughts, musings, and histories,” and sections on “Facts, Myths, & Rumors” and “Lost & Found.”
$13 at TheHighLine.org
Olive Oil Class
Wine tastings have been done. But did you know olive oil has as varied and interesting flavors to explore? Treat the foodie in your life to a tasting of artisinal oils, some infused with mushroom-sage or blood orange. There's even balsamic vinegars to sample. And you walk away with a bottle of your favorite of the bunch.
$20. Register at 718-384-0304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Beer Brewing Class
Show up to this DIY beer lab for three and a half hours of picking and grinding hops, mixing in yeast and syrups. Then return after three week to bottle your creation into six take-home cases. That's enough beer to last your dude, like, a week!
$350 at Bitter and Esters
For People Everywhere
Fancy Sugar Gift Set
Intended to elevate the mundane of tea and coffee, this pretty little sugar--well, they aren't cubes, objets d'art I guess--are made in NYC.
$44 at Brika
Himalayan Salt Shot Glasses
They have the finely veined, translucent appearance of rose quartz, but these shot glasses are actually carved from the highest quality, food grade, Himalayan pink salt. Perfect for tequila, the cup will give a salty twinge to your taste buds, but with a more nuanced flavor than ordinary table salt. Salt is naturally anti-bacterial, so these glasses require little maintenance, but don't worry--unlike table salt, the long-lasting mineral salt glasses won't simply dissolve away after one shot. Just store them in a dry place. Made in Pakistan.
$30 - $45 at Uncommon Goods
LSTN Troubadour Headphones
LSTN’s unique wooden chambers made from reclaimed wood give their headphones a warm, natural sound, much like pianos and guitars. For every pair sold, LSTN helps restore hearing to a person in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
$150 at Barnes & Noble
Persephenie Nanu Lei Bath Fizzy Powder
Nanu is the euphorically scented Hawaiian Gardenia. This unique bath salt contains Certified Organic cocoa butter (a natural antioxidant that smooths and revitalizes the skin), mineral rich sea salts, (known to detoxify and replenish), and nourishing coconut oil, an oil high in essential fatty acids that protect the skin from free radicals. It's made in the USA.
$46 At Persephenie
Vegan Cuts Holiday Care Package
New York City and Brooklyn are just full of artisan, vegan foodmakers. Drive the point home by getting that special vegan someone a gift basket full of local goodies, including dark chocolate rosemary peanut butter, a coconut milk chocolate bar, Raw Vanilla Crispies from One Lucky Duck, marzipan toasted almond cookies, and ramp vinaigrette. With all the temptation around them this season, they'll be thankful for reinforcements. It ships December 9th, so get it soon!
$39 at Vegan Cuts
This rustic-chic backpack is made from either waxed canvas or water resistant canvas, with leather detailing that has been upcycled from an upstate New York family-owned and operated shoe manufacturer. Plus, as always, Moop bags are designed and manufactured, start to finish, in their Pittsburgh studio by a small and talented team.
$197 at Moop
Stuffed Shelter Pup
For every one of these adorable felted puppies bought, money is donated to a local shelter. You can "adopt" one of these quirky mutts, or get one custom made--and they are all handmade in America. Props to the little girl who came up with this business idea!
$75 at The Shelter Pups
Williamsburg Classic Shaving Oil
With hints of cedar and ylang ylang, this shaving oil will bring the dude in your life right back to those camping days of his youth and make his face silky smooth. Please note, canned foam loyalists: You can see through this stuff. If you've never been able to actually see through the foam where you're shaving, you have no idea how simple and easy it can be. Nicks and burns guaranteed to decrease. Making out will increase.
$44 at Brika
End Grain Cutting Board
This end grain block utilizes a brickwork pattern inspired from the brick buildings and brownstones of Brooklyn. An advantage of offsetting the bricks is that it is inherently a stronger joint than your typical checkerboard pattern, is better for your knives, and is more sanitary.
From $150 at Design With Benefits
Let her true colors shine, with this soft, crewneck cheerleader sweater made in Los Angeles.
$345 at Babe New York
Caldrea Juniper Laurel Mint Home Fragrances
All these eco-friendly cleaning products and home scents will fill your hostesses home with the nostalgic scent of the season. (That doesn't hit you over the head like gingerbread Yankee candles do. Yuck.)
Kitchen and Basics Gift set
($20) and Ceramic Sink Set
($32) at Caldrea
Copper and Brass Tea Light Lantern
Elevate your next blackout experience with this candleholder made for carrying around the house. Made in Minnesota by a family-owned business.
$25 at Kaufmann Mercantile
"The socks you gave me were really nice, but I just haven't used them yet," said no guy ever. Show him that you love him by making those socks organic, with money going to a good cause. Bonus points if your recipient is an entrepreneur: this season proceeds help aspiring business owners. (Pssst ... they also carry underwear and tights for men and women!)
$25 at PACT (Plus I have a discount code for you!)
Between the Sheets Arabesque Top and Bottom
These utterly luxurious items will have her swooning. They are 100% silk, are hand dyed, hand cut, and finished with hand-appliqued lace in NYC.
Bralette ($175) and bottoms ($175) at Between the Sheets
One Love Organics Essentials to Go
Traveling can be stressful, but looking good while traveling doesn’t have to be thanks to the Essentials To Go pack. Perfectly petite samples of One Love Organics’ Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser, Brand New Day Microderma Scrub & Masque, Skin Savior, and My New Best Friend Skin Shammy.
$50 at Given Goods (Plus I have a discount code for you!)
For an oddly modern and yet organic update to the classic candlestick holder, group these geometric shapes together for an unexpected tablescape. Made in Brooklyn by an artist collective.
$25 - $35 at Joinery
Chiyome Nude Shine Bag
Handcrafted in Brooklyn with a notably un-handcrafted, futuristic look, the mix of leather and translucent vinyl in this lovely bag feels contemporary yet classic. Features a grey waxed canvas body with translucent vinyl exterior, nude square leather flap, brass hardware, and solid wood handle. Sling it over your shoulder or keep your hand firmly on the handle.
$345 at Anthom
Mrs. Meyers Holiday Cranberry Set
Voted most delicious-smelling non-toxic cleaning products by all of my friends, Mrs. Meyers has come out with a cranberry scent for the holidays, and it comes packaged in this little holiday kit for easy wrapping.
$13 at Mrs. Meyers
Gift of Nature
Gifts clearly do not need to involve a physical object. The altruistic person in your life will appreciate adopting an acre in Appalachia, or protecting rhinos for the holidays.
$20 and up at The Nature Conservancy