It's that time of year when people keep saying "it's that time of year"...so you know what that means... holiday shopping. As an eco-conscious person, I try not to buy stuff for myself or others that isn't needed, but sometimes it's nice to #treatyoself or a friend to a special present.
Ashlee Piper mentions in her book "Give a Sh*t: Do Good. Live Better. Save the Planet" that Americans, on average, spend 55 minutes a day looking for things**...um, what!? That translates to about 2 weeks a year of looking for stuff. I don't know about you, but I'd rather enjoy doing things (or relax), than look for them! **stats cited in book
So...if you are shopping for prezzies this holiday season, I encourage you to shop small, thoughtfully, and woman-owned. Check out some of my favorites below that offer vegan options for the animal lover in your life.
This sustainable slow fashion brand makes THE comfiest clothing. No lie, sometimes I turn their clothing inside out and wear it again when I really don't want to do the laundry...aka every week. It's called being sustainable.
Two of my most worn pieces are their Brami and their Zero Waste Headband. These headbands are made from leftover and scrap fabric. I recommend grabbing yourself two... one to wear out for days your hair doesn't cooperate, and another to keep your hair out of the way when applying a face mask.
Wabi Sabi Botanicals
Speaking of facemasks... I can't get enough of Wabi Sabi's Valley of Light 2-in-1 Mask. I'm usually that person who switches skincare products like it's nobody's business, but this is one mask I keep coming back to over and over again. Not only does it work great, it smells like cocoa, is PETA Certified, and for every jar sold, one tree is planted! Pottery idea: make your own bowl to mix your mask in with our ceramic clay kit.
Covet + Lou
Okay, you've been warned... when you shop for a gift at this online women's boutique expertly curated by Tina Burgos, it's impossible to not buy something for yourself. My favorites are their playful, organic cotton checkboard towels from Baina, smokeless incense from Bodha, and teas featured in the pantry section.
P.S. if you live near Newton MA, stop by their gorgeous new store to browse in person and meet their adorable shop pup.
Pottery with a Purpose
Whether you snag some tea and incense from Covet + Lou or indulge in some you already have, our pottery kits make the perfect complement. You can handcraft your very own ceramic mug using our Beginner Ceramic Clay Kit or Hot Cocoa + Clay Kit which comes with a vegan hot cocoa bomb, or skip the trip to the kiln and mold an incense holder with our Beginner Air Dry Clay Kit.
Soko's jewelry is not only beautiful, it's also ethically made by artisans in Kenya who earn more than 5x an average artisan worker. I rarely take off my day-to-day jewelry, but when I do it's to put on my Tulla Outline Threader Earrings and stacking rings.
These ain't your grandmas dried flowers ya'll. Steph's floral designs are funky, colorful, and are sure to bring a smile to your face. I love that each one is unique - and that I don't need to change any water.
The Sleeping Candle
This local-to-me candle brand is run by a sister team. Their handmade candles are all vegan and made with soy wax. It is really hard to find taper candles that are made from soy wax. Because soy wax is soft, most candlemakers use a mix with a large amount paraffin. On their website, they offer a range of shapes from classic options like their bubble candle to fun options like their Statue of David candle.
Try your hand at making your own personalized home décor and candle holders with our Candle and Clay Pottery Kit (nationwide shipping available), which comes with a custom taper from this brand. Or if you are local to Boston, swing by their booth at SOWA Winter Market, and grab one in person!
Fun Fact: The Sleeping Candle is located near two of my close friends, so instead of having the candles shipped to Pottery with a Purpose, I pick them up when I visit my friends! Getting new candles, less shipping, seeing friends. Win- Win-Win.
The Knotty Ones
If I wasn't already obsessed enough with this knitwear brand, for their holiday sale the customer gets 20% off and an extra 20% of the profit goes to the knitter of the garment. The Delčia sweater has been top of my wishlist for a while now. It's a classic style with a twist that is made with 100% Fair Trade Cotton.
UpCircle is a sustainable skincare brand that focuses on "by-product beauty".
May 11 Hair Oil
I was introduced to this hair product by a cousin years ago, and have been a faithful user ever since. May 11 is organic and vegan.