So my mom calls me up yesterday, and asks me, “What size are you wearing?”
“Let’s see, XS on the top, S on the bottom, size four … wait, wait. Just put a pause on that for, like, one day. I promise, I’ll have my wish list out tomorrow. Can you wait a bit?”
“OK, honey. I’ll wait.”
Man, I knew I needed to get this out early. My mom is an efficient shopper–she likes to get all that stuff done before Thanksgiving. In her mind, Black Friday is for people who don’t have it together. So while I agree with you that Christmas season shouldn’t start until after the turkey has been put in tupperware containers, I either put out my first gift guide now and direct my family toward more sustainable gift-giving, or roll the dice and see what comes up. And as I discussed yesterday, this whole gift giving issue gives me a significant amount of guilt and angst.
Plus, gift guides strike me as weird. I actually have no idea what your dad, brother, or best friend are like. Therefore, how can I tell you what they might want for Christmas? Dads are not some monolithic group of people who all want Shinola watches. Bffs don’t all love glitter nail polish, either. No, the only person I can truly speak for is myself.
So, as promised, here are 44 ethical and sustainable items that I would be super thrilled to receive under the Christmas tree. May you be inspired for your own Christmas shopping. Or, if you like this stuff, pass this post along to your own family and pin it to your Pinterest board. (Stay tuned for a guide on where to look for ethical and sustainable gifts for everyone on your list later.)
Happy (early) Holidays!