Holidays are such a lovely portion of the year. A time when friends and family are held close and the food really sticks to your ribs! This season, I’ve made it a priority to shop small and only purchase a few specialty products. When it comes to gift giving, I’m normally lost, until now. I’ve developed my three essentials for gift giving. Starting with skincare, because it’s something everyone can use. Tasty supplements are usually next in line since these make great gifts for anyone who wants to get a jumpstart on new years resolutions and lastly, accessories for all the special loves of my life! This year has seriously changed the way I shop. When my house caught fire, I lost so many of my belongings. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise, and I realized that I valued my possessions to an unhealthy degree. At this point in my life, I was consumed with excess and this caused me to sacrifice quality for quantity. A lot of what I lost in the fire I get on without almost seamlessly. It certainly puts things into perspective. Since then, I’ve decided to really focus on spending my money on specialty products created by brands that care about ethical and sustainable production. Since weaving these values into my consumer decision making, I have a lot less stuff floating around and it’s honestly liberating. The loss of my cluttering possessions has created the space necessary for more genuine connections with my people and the planet. I’ve found so many small, quality brands that really resonate with my values and when you find products that you love and respect, it’s hard not to want to share them with everyone you meet. Since I became more aware of conscious living, I was introduced to so many brands that are now staples in my routine! So take a peek and see if any resonate with you as well!
FRENCH GIRL ORGANICS
If you enjoy natural skincare that truly performs, then look no further! French Girl is for the avant-garde individual who gives a damn about their skin. These products make excellent gifts! Ranging from bath soaks to lip scrubs, this brand has got you covered. Plus, the darling packaging looks lovely on any armoire. I’ve been using the body oil religiously and loved each scent so much I had to get all THREE! This oil will make an excellent gift for the holiday season, especially since cold weather can be ultra drying! The facial polish, another favorite of mine, is best when mixed with a facial toner and used as a mask. Treat your friends with some French Girl this season, they won’t be disappointed.
AMBER E LEA
Accessories make some of the most meaningful presents and each of Amber E Lea’s designs are minimal and uniquely designed. This brand consciously constructs every piece and is based in the U.S.A. Plus, this brand was made possible by a talented artist/ lady boss! My marbled studs are a swirl of colored porcelain with 22k gold edging, all on sterling silver posts. I got my ears pierced only a year ago, so they are still very sensitive, which makes this sterling silver such a lifesaver since anything synthetic drives my earlobes into a frenzy. Alongside this, they are incredibly lightweight and easy to pair with any outfit. I personally love these studs because I can wear them in and out of the yoga studio! Whether you are shopping for your friend, lover, or mother, there are designs that suit every individual. If jewelry is too personal for the gift you are going for then I highly suggest you peek at her ceramics! Amber E Lea herself has created the most darling splattered vases! This is the brand to love if a conscious design with a contemporary approach speaks to you.
Moondeli is a stunning up and coming company that values organic, wild-sourced, vegan botanical tonics meant to increase the beneficial nature of whatever you are consuming. All their tonics are ethically sourced, so this is a gift that your stomach and mother earth can feel good about. This company founded their products to help you master your mindfulness and upgrade your wellness routine! I am all for wellness rituals! If you are a busy individual with a workload that takes more than it gives. then taking time out of the day to feed your mind and body is essential. I take the bliss booster to help enhance my mood, support my energy levels, and balance my PH. The cacao used is high in iron, magnesium, calcium, and anti-oxidants. In addition, the cayenne pepper is amazing for supporting metabolism function and therefore provides more energy to the body. Lastly, the pink Himalayan salt helps balance electrolytes and PH to help with optimal nutrient absorption. This is an amazing gift for anyone trying to avoid the holiday madness. So slow down and savor the moment by enjoying your seasonal favorite cup of hot cacao, but with the extra benefits!