This post is two-fold…I want to give you some unique gift ideas, while also supporting small businesses and/or businesses that sell eco-friendly products. So, I’ve compiled an assortment of a few of my favorites, that I think you’ll love too.
A quick disclaimer: There are a couple of these links that are affiliate links – meaning that I get paid a small amount if you choose to purchase something through this link, at no extra cost to you – if you do so, thank you, I appreciate that greatly!
But most of them are businesses that I’ve interacted with, bought stuff from, and found to be wonderful people and/or wonderful products.
If you have any questions about any of them, feel free to reach out to the businesses/individuals directly, or you can email me and I’ll do my best to find an answer – firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope that you have some fun looking through these shops, that you find some wonderful gifts, and that maybe you even get the chance to treat yourself a little in the process. =)
1) Little Peace of Sunshine, or @littlepeace37 on Etsy and Instagram.
Rachael handmakes beautiful jewelry that gives anyone who gets it their own “little peace of sunshine”. She uses different types of metals, crystals, and stones to make her creations. And, if you’re looking to send a gift to someone, she wraps her items and includes handwritten notes that make the package even more special. (Not to mention, she’s a wonderfully kind person to work with.)
2) Jeremy Janus Photography, @jeremyjanusphotography on Instagram.
Jeremy takes some of the most beautiful nature photos I’ve ever seen. On top of that, he’s a wonderful individual. (If you’re interested in learning more about him, check out the interview I did with him, here.) The ones that he’s taken of storms, and his astrophotography, are some of my favorites.
You can also follow him on Instagram and read about some of the stories behind the photos, which is my favorite part. I love hearing why people take photos, how they lined it up, and all of the crazy things that happen in the process. You’ll enjoy his stories.
3) GLOW Skin and Soul – Crunchi Skincare & Makeup
https://bit.ly/GLOWSkinandSoul to join the Facebook Group, and/or to order products.
Crunchi products are vegan, cruelty free, toxin-free, and have organic ingredients. As a company they are not just plastic neutral, they are plastic positive. AND their products work really well!
Leela does a lot of education about the different products through her Facebook group, and also keeps people up to date on sales.
4) Laughing Fish Gallery, @laughingfishgallery on Instagram
This adorable shop in Michigan, has some of the most unique items. They are handcrafted by a Mother/Daughter duo, who also own and run the business. Everything from nature paintings, to magnets, to (Yes) laughing fish. =) They even have “paint your own” projects, so you can create your own laughing fish (while supplies last).
5) Art by Charli Winston, @artbycw85 on Instagram and Etsy
Charli is one of the most positive, kind people that I’ve ever come into contact with. She’s an art teacher who truly loves what she does. She creates vision boards, and supplies for them, and also hand painted greeting cards that are adorable. She’ll even work with you to create a personalized vision board for yourself, or as a gift for someone else.
6) The Book of the Month Club
If you use this specific link to sign up for the club:
then it will also help @littlefreelibraryxo to get free books for their Little Free Library. Jennifer Bourquin is the owner of this LFL, and does such a great job at keeping it stocked, sharing books with other LFLs, and gives her visitors other fun little gifts too. She also has a geocache located at the library, and does special events from time to time to encourage people to visit. If you’d like to see some of the fun things that she’s doing, follow her on Instagram.
7) Kasey Beaudoin, @perceptual.integration on Instagram
Kasey has some of the most unusual, thought provoking, original art I’ve ever seen. It’s full of bright colors, and a lot of it is black light reactive. She also does digital art with some of the photos she takes. These are four of my favorites.
If you’re interested in learning more about, or purchasing any of her pieces, send her a private DM on Instagram to find out more.
8) Goat Milk Stuff
The goat’s milk products made by the Jonas Family are some of the best I’ve ever used. They are made on their farm, in Scottsburg, Indiana, using goat’s milk from their families’ alpine goats.
I use their Purity soap daily. It works great, doesn’t dry my skin out (even in the winter months), and is gentle enough to use on your face as well. They have other scents available, but I prefer light to no scent most of the time, so this one is perfect.
9) Qua Organic Hair Care
Have you ever tried shampoo and conditioner in a bar form? There are many different kinds out there, but Qua is the best one I’ve ever found. I’ll admit, it takes a little more work to use a bar shampoo with longer hair, but for me, it’s worth it. I like not having any plastic waste left behind when I’m finished using it, but also, the Qua shampoo and conditioner makes my hair and scalp feel better than any other shampoo I’ve ever used. I also use her face scrub soap, and love it as well.
This may not be for everyone, but if you’re looking to try shampoo and conditioner in a bar, then definitely try Qua. The one that I use is the Grapefruit Ginger, but there are several different kinds, for different hair types. She also has trial sizes so you can try the different scents before you buy a big bar.
10) Seeds of Happiness
I can’t say enough about how much I love Mark Borella and the Seeds of Happiness. Their whole goal is to spread happiness one seed at a time. Not only can you get bags of smile seeds to give out, you can also get fun gifts as well. Dog lovers? Cat lovers? Christmas lovers? Anyone who would enjoy painting their own items? Yes. And all so adorable.
(And if you’ve never heard of Mark Borella, or the Seeds of Happiness, click here to read my interview with him.)
11) Adopt a Sea Turtle through the Georgia Sea Turtle Center in Jekyll Island, GA
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a hospital for sick and injured sea turtles. Their vet, Dr. Terry Norton, has dedicated his life to caring for these beautiful creatures, and nursing them back to health by any means possible. One of the things I like so much about this particular Center, is that they work hard to keep their patients from becoming too attached to humans. That way, when they release them back into the ocean, they have the skills they need to survive.
There are different levels to choose from depending on how much you want to spend, but with all of them, you get updates on your chosen adoptee, pictures, and notifications about when and where they release them. It’s fun to watch their journey back to health, and back to their homes.
They also have other turtley awesome sea turtle themed items in their gift shop as well. All of which support the GSTC’s daily operations.
Now these last few…you may think a little weird to add to a gift list.
But my thought process was this…if you know someone who has everything, but loves eco-friendly products, OR someone who is moving into a new home, in college, etc., then they would be the perfect additions to a gift basket for them.
12) Tru-Earth Products
Specifically, I love their fragrance-free laundry strips. But they also have Beeswax Wraps, wool dryer balls, reusable straws and bamboo utensils, reusable bamboo makeup remover rounds, and other eco-friendly products as well.
You could make an entire gift basket using TruEarth products alone.
13) Cloud Bamboo Toilet Paper
https://bit.ly/CloudToiletPaper (Use the code CLOUD10 and get 10% off of your first order)
Yep…everyone’s gotta have it. If you’re looking for TP that is more earth friendly, you can’t beat the quality and the price. Instead of coming wrapped in plastic, it arrives at your door in a cardboard box. Each individual roll is wrapped in paper that can be recycled.
14) Bite Toothpaste
Ditch the tube for good. Bite toothpaste works really well, and your first order comes in a glass jar with a metal lid. After that, it arrives in recyclable, sealed paper packaging. My personal favorite is the charcoal Bites, the mouthwash Bites, and their dental floss (that also all come in recyclable, sustainable packaging).
Here are a few other “non-traditional” gift ideas: Plants, or a gift card to their favorite plant shop. I recently found a new favorite locally. Make a donation in someone’s honor to a place like “The Love Card”, where they are constantly giving out love, or a local homeless shelter, or other charity that the person would appreciate. Get a gift card to a local or online painting class (like those that @paintingwithmegan_ does), pottery class, or other crafty type class.
I hope that you have a wonderful holiday season!!!