I feel like just yesterday we were packing up the tree and setting goals and resolutions for the new year. Yet… here we are: Ready to unbox the tree again and start preparing for the holiday season! As you begin shopping for your loved ones, no matter their interests, I wanted to share some eco-conscious gift ideas for you to wrap up (with reusable/recyclable gift wrap) and place under the tree!
1. FOR THE BEAUTY LOVER
There are more and more beauty brands out there looking to green their products, HOORAY! Companies like RMS beauty, Tarte, and Glossier are all doing better to source their ingredients and improve on testing methods. Grab an eco conscious mascara for your BFF, because who needs to use harsh chemicals for that bold lash look. Gift your mom a lightweight, non animal tested foundation, and don’t forget to add a beeswax based lip balm!
2. FOR THE FITNESS FAN
More often than not, I spy early risers at the gym with their non-reusable, plastic, hard to recycle water bottles. Snag a really cool and eco-friendly water bottle for the fitness lover in your life, and help them take their gym-cre to the next level, while being the real hero this holiday and saving the planet! (ok, I WISH it was this easy, but eliminating plastic waste in landfills would be a great start!)
3. FOR THE MINIMALIST
Sometimes, the last thing someone needs at the end of the holiday season is more STUFF!! Consider gifting your family or friends the ultimate green gift, and offer to plant a tree in their name with organizations like the Arbor Day Foundation! If you feel bad about showing up empty handed (since a tree may be a bit too big for their living room), bring a small potted plant as a placeholder! Tiny trees and succulents also make great hostess gifts! For the apartment dweller, check out these cool plant stands and pots! Fill them with some greens that will help improve indoor air quality and liven up their patio or cozy corner!
4. FOR THE ARM-PARTY ANIMAL
Watch brand Daniel Wellington is making investing in stylish timepieces easy this holiday season! If you have a bestie or boyfriend, family member or husband that loves a good watch, these are perfect! ALL DW watches have interchangeable watch-bands, so buy this gift once, and every year they can update the style with a variety of options (no need to buy all new arm candy each year).
*Use the code MODERN15 for 15% off your holiday purchase, on top of the already amazing deals!
5. FOR THE FOODIE
Some of you reading this are the real MVP’s when it comes to meal prepping, or you at least know someone that is! Upgrade their weekly prep session with some glass storage containers and dish ware. They can finally recycle their “reusable” thai-to-go containers, and forever breakup with plastic tupperware. bye bye nineten-eighty-five!
6. FOR THE ACTIVIST
Some of the women on your list deserve an extra hug and a lot of love this holiday. Especially those hard working women who love with really big hearts all year round! Thats where Rena.Iman comes in! Rena has been designing stunning luxury handbags for the working woman on your list, but it gets better! THESE BAGS GIVE BACK! Portions of proceeds benefit womens shelters here in Virginia, and they are made with so much love! Snag the Audrey tote or the Laura clutch for any bad-ass babe on your list this holiday!
7. FOR THE FASHION CONSCIOUS
We just had a little chat about my new favorite eco-fashion brand last week, but in case you missed it, theres only one word you need to know: EVERLANE! This brand brings transparency to the dinner table, and shares every last detail about the manufacturing process. From real cost, to retail cost, and even overhead, this company searches far and wide for the best resources for their fibers, and designs looks to last! I don’t think there’s a single Item on the site that I DONT want to own… MOM: if you are reading this, I will take one of each please. **kisses
8. FOR THE JET SETTER
If you have any friends that pull a “four christmases” and try to ditch the holiday madness in favor for a tropical getaway, check out LIVELY SWIM! This incredible leisurè brand not only knocks their fits and sizing out of the park, they have been able to fund the donation of over 30,000 bras to women in need while doing it! Every November and June they donate towards this effort and every purchase counts! Their swimsuits are the perfect extension of their intimates line and feature bold colors and fun tropical patterns! Use the code SQUADGIRL_JORDAN for $10 off your purchase!
9. FOR THE CAFFIENE ADDICT
Some people can’t operate until their first cup of coffee… some days (read:most) thats me. For the coffee lover in your life, check out your list of local coffee roasters, and stop by your favorite shop to grab them a fresh bag of beans! Blend them up and toss the grains in the french press, and enjoy a soothing start to the day! I have been loving Blanchards, a local RVA coffee company. They have such an incredible outlook on the importance of people when it comes to sourcing their blends, I love the heart behind their brand!
10. FOR THE RECYCLIST
One of my favorite things about Madewell is their Denim Repurposing program! Bring in an old pair of denim, get $20 towards your next pair, and one of their Bien Fait reusable totes! Give the denim, give the recyclable bag, use the bag as the gift wrap, help insulate buildings with recycled denim… the reasons why this program rocks are ENDLESS. I have donated over 5 pairs of my old jeans to this program, and love everything about how it works. Everyone wins!
EVEN IF YOU AREN’T SHOPPING FOR THE CONSCIOUS CONSUMER, TAKE YOUR GIFT GIVING TO THE NEXT LEVEL AND CONSIDER SHOPPING FROM THIS LIST THIS CHRISTMAS. IT MAY NOT SEEM LIKE MUCH, BUYING A WATER BOTTLE, PLANTING A TREE, DONATING YOUR DENIM, BUT IT ALL ADDS UP. WE HAVE TO SAVE THE PLANET, AND WE HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!