f_lilamae If home is where the heart is, where does your heart reside? Is it where you were raised? Where you're traveling to for the holidays? Is it where you live right now? Where we consider home is an important part of how we define ourselves. That's why a gift that pays homage to a place is so thoughtful. I'm definitely not talking about a flag or a t-shirt. I'm talking about something special that was handmade in your home state. That's why I'm so excited to be a tastemaker for the Lila Mae, a site that curates an enticing collection of fashion, beauty and home items that organic and/or sustainably made. What makes it really fun, though, is that you can search by state to find something that truly speaks to the heart. That helped a lot when putting together my collection of favorites, because there is a lot to choose from. (You want me to choose only 12 items? Come on.) So I narrowed it down by giving love to what I consider my home: the tri-state area. Plus, Lila Mae is giving EcoCult readers 15% off any purchase with the code ECOCULT.  You can check out all the gifts at Lila Mae, or right below. Every item is quite honestly something I either really want for myself, or want to give to someone I love. (Or you can check out something from your home state, or one of the helpful gift guides. With the weather being the way it has been, I'm particularly into the Snuggler section.) Now you can spread love the Brooklyn (Manhattan, CT) way:
The possibilities are endless for this set--sake and sushi, cookies and milk, rings and necklaces! dbO Home in Connecticut is committed to using sustainable materials, recycling their own materials as often as they can, and working with local and Fair Trade artisans. The company uses an energy efficient kiln to make all ceramics. Wind and small hydro energy generation through Sterling Planet and CTCleanEnergyOption offset 100% of the electricity usage.

The possibilities are endless for this set--sake and sushi, cookies and milk, rings and necklaces! dbO Home in Connecticut is committed to using sustainable materials, recycling their own materials as often as they can, and working with local and Fair Trade artisans. The company uses an energy efficient kiln to make all ceramics. Wind and small hydro energy generation through Sterling Planet and CTCleanEnergyOption offset 100% of the electricity usage.

Made in Brooklyn, this bath and body oil is made with Hawaiian kukui nut, passionfruit, jojoba, and shea nut oils, and is high in Vitamins A, B1, B2, D & E, as well as lineolic and alpha linolenic essential fatty acids.

This bath and body oil is made in Brooklyn /with Hawaiian kukui nut, passionfruit, jojoba, and shea nut oils, and is high in Vitamins A, B1, B2, D & E, as well as lineolic and alpha linolenic essential fatty acids.

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The Midnight Original Flea is made in Brooklyn and features pebbled black textured leather, organic cotton/hemp black canvas and an off-white silk screen. Hand-written edition number on each bag.

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Manhattan ceramic potter Ellen Evans uses textiles to create these exquisite patterned trays, bowls and plates. Ellen combines natural stoneware with vibrantly colored and patterned porcelain surfaces to create a casual yet sophisticated look.

Featuring an authentic 32 oz. glass mason jar and a 3 piece stainless steel strainer lid. Using this Brooklyn-made shaker, you can whip up 2-4 cocktails on the spot.

Featuring an authentic 32 oz. glass mason jar and a 3 piece stainless steel strainer lid. Using this Brooklyn-made shaker, you can whip up 2-4 cocktails at once.

Each board is cut in Kingston, NY from a single piece of wood, so there are no glue seams.

Each unique serving board is cut in Kingston, NY from a single piece of wood, so there are no glue seams.

I personally own this perfume and love it! A Perfume Organic's environmentally kind and sustainable Mejica perfume comes in a roll-on bottle and a box embedded with flower seeds. A blend of three vanillas, rare resins and spices.Š—  All ingredients are certified USDA organic.

I personally own this perfume and love it! A Perfume Organic's environmentally kind and sustainable Mejica perfume comes in a roll-on bottle and a box embedded with flower seeds. A blend of three vanillas, rare resins and spices, all ingredients are certified USDA organic.

Brooklyn-made pillow has recycled polyester fill insert, and felt made from 100% post consumer recycled water bottles.

This Brooklyn-made pillow has a recycled polyester fill insert and felt made from 100% post consumer recycled water bottles.

This subway poster, made in Brooklyn, is a modern and chic way to say, "I love New York!" (But there are other cities available too.)

This subway poster, made in Brooklyn, is a modern and chic way to say, "I love New York!" (And there are other cities available too.)

100% biodegradable; free of dyes, parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, and synthetic preservatives; environmentally kind; and never tested on animals. Includes salt crystals, harvested in the islands on the South Atlantic coastline,  sea algae, aloe vera, and organic botanical essential oils.

This revitalizing sea salt scrub is 100% biodegradable; free of dyes, parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, and synthetic preservatives; environmentally kind; and never tested on animals. Includes salt crystals harvested in the islands on the South Atlantic coastline, sea algae, aloe vera, and organic botanical essential oils.

I brought this Philly-made scarf in because it's just too cute! Printed on 100% organic cotton knit using eco-friendly, water based pigment inks.

I brought this Philly-made scarf in because it's just too cute! Printed on 100% organic cotton knit using eco-friendly, water based pigment inks. (Check out the other colors and patterns, too.)

Fashioned with repurposed vintage fabric, this tie is available in very limited quantities in NYC and Vermont. You’ll receive your tie accompanied by an exclusively numbered card designating its exact place in the collection.

Fashioned with repurposed vintage fabric, this tie is made in very limited quantities in NYC and Vermont. You’ll receive your tie accompanied by an exclusively numbered card designating its exact place in the collection.

Don't forget to use the code ECOCULT to get 15% off your purchase!