This is in a first of series of conscious gift guides to help you through this season. Of course, I fully support you giving to charity in someone’s name. But if you like seeing someone unwrap a finely made, useful, and beautiful object, then turn to EcoCult for the next week. I’ll be covering pretty much everyone you need to shop for.

First up: Mom. This gift guide is also a useful place to look if you’re shopping for your aunt, grandmother, godmother, or any other woman with classic, elegant taste.

Baby Alpaca scarf by Coyuchi. Made from baby alpaca, the finest, silkiest grade of alpaca fiber, and sourced from sustainable, small ranches in the mountains of Peru, free-range animals are sheared only once a year during the warm season.

Baby Alpaca scarf by Coyuchi. Made from baby alpaca, the finest, silkiest grade of alpaca fiber, and sourced from sustainable, small ranches in the mountains of Peru, free-range animals are sheared only once a year during the warm season.

What woman doesn’t love a soft, silky scarf? She’ll go nuts over this, and then you can explain why alpaca is even better than cashmere.

Gifts for mom

Left: Bamboo and Shell Serving Spoons by Be Home. Handcrafted by a workshop in Vietnam from bamboo and Clamp Pinctada Maxima shells, which are not on any endangered list. Right: Ceramic French Press by Yield Design. This beautiful French Press is easy to use and comes with a convenient instruction booklet. Made ethically in Vietnam.

Two simple styles of kitchen tools mean they’ll go in anyone’s kitchen. Your mom will be proud to serve the salad at the dinner table using these spoons. And now that you’re out of the house, she has a little more time to appreciate making herself some French-press coffee in this beautiful ceramic press.

 

Indelust Tea Therapy gift set. Includes Urban Tweeter Mugs by Rayden, Cherry Blossom Napkin Set by Safomasi, and Immunity Defense Wild Rosehip & Mint Tea by Purearth

Indelust Tea Therapy gift set. Includes Urban Tweeter Mugs by Rayden, Cherry Blossom Napkin Set by Safomasi, and Immunity Defense Wild Rosehip & Mint Tea by Purearth.

Show her that you think she deserves to make up for all those years raising you with lots of “me” time. These Indian-made items come together to create a ritual of self care.

Solid brass mister for watering orchids and other humidity-loving houseplants, by Haws. Made in England since 1885.

Solid brass mister for watering orchids and other humidity-loving houseplants, by Haws. Made in England since 1885.

She’ll love using this plant mister for her plants and orchids around the home, but she’ll love displaying it even more!

Threads 4 Thought Belinda Open Cardigan. 60% GOTS certified organic cotton and 40% recycled polyester. Ethically and sustainably made in China.

Threads 4 Thought Belinda Open Cardigan. 60% GOTS certified organic cotton and 40% recycled polyester.
Ethically and sustainably made in China.

This versatile cardigan will no doubt be a staple in her wardrobe, no matter what her style.

Endearment 100% Napkin Rings. Buy them individually in any combination you wish – options include Son, Daughter, Father, Mother, Darling, and Friend.

Endearment 100% Napkin Rings. Buy them individually in any combination you wish – options include Son, Daughter, Father, Mother, Darling, and Friend.

I used to make place cards for Thanksgiving, but these solid brass napkin rings will do the trick, and make Mom smile.