Oh the holidays. We love them because everything smells like spices, people are unexpectedly kind all the time, and obviously because it's the only time of year that it is socially acceptable to watch Elf 3 times a day.
But there's a caveat.
We have a list of people we need to get gifts for. And as you get older, you accumulate more people onto that list until you have 40 people you need to get gifts for by December 25th, and each gift somehow needs to perfectly represent that person's personality, with a witty and thoughtful card to match. Seems simple enough, right?
Holiday shopping is stressful. You never know if your gifts will actually be things that your friends and family want, or if they are those "oh! how nice of you to think of me!" gifts that just get put aside. Fortunately, I have compiled quite the list after Holiday shopping for my friends and family these past few weeks, which will hopefully spark some sort of inspiration for the lovely people in all of your lives!
Everyone loves chocolate- and i'm not talking about cheap, preservative and sugar-laden chocolate, i'm talking quality, cruelty-free, fair-trade chocolate that melts in your mouth with every bite. There are so many small chocolate businesses out there that are definitely worth supporting, and I highly recommend Taza chocolate, Righteously Raw, Zenbunni, Anandamide Chocolate, Santosha, Sacred, Alter-eco, Pana Chocolate, and the delicious chocolate treats from Moon Juice!
2. QUALITY COFFEE
Oh man, I cannot stress this enough. Coffee coffee coffee. The perfect gift, because boy can coffee be expensive. My favorites are Groundwork Coffee, Alfred Coffee's Groundwork blend, Blue Bottle Coffee, Intelligentsia, Cafecito Organico, and Chameleon Cold brew coffee!
3. PRETTY STATIONERY
Ok, so knowing me, this is pretty much a given. Stationery is important. A beautiful calendar, like the one shown above from Tortoise General Store in Venice, or even some pretty notebooks and pens are great gifts. I like to shop at Jetpens, Tortoise, Urbanic, Notemaker, Rifle Paper, Muji, and etsy for all of my stationery gifts!
4. THEMED GIFT PACKS
Ok, these are a lot of fun to make. I will pack up a bunch of superfoods from Moon Juice into a cute box with tissue paper for a "health box", or some crafty supplies for a "craft starter kit" and just pick 5-10 items to fill them up with. Be warned, gift packs can get pretty pricey, so choose your items wisely!
I have been getting a lot of beauty products this season, since I have discovered so many wonderful brands! Frank body is one of my favorite body scrub brands, as all of their scrubs are all natural and cruelty-free, and they work so well. Every time I take a shower with one of their scrubs, my skin feels so soft and smooth you would think I took some sort of miracle potion! I also really love Herbivore Botanicals, Fig and Yarrow, Vice and Velvet handmade soaps, Aesop, and Lush!
6. HEALTH FOODS
If you know me, then you know I am into some pretty funky health foods. I love learning about superfoods and their benefits, and also the great flavor they add to smoothies and desserts. If you have any foodies in your life, then be sure to get some mystical superfoods to stuff in their stockings :) My favorite brands are Moon Juice, Navitas Naturals, Terrasoul, Living Intentions, and Skinny Coconut Oil. If you live in Los Angeles, it would also be fun to get gift cards to Moon Juice, Pressed Juicery, Juice Served Here, L.A. Juice, and Sunlife Organics! It's always nice to reset after the holidays with a good ol' juice cleanse.
These are all of the gifts I will be giving this year, and as you can tell, I love supporting small businesses because you know that each product is lovingly made with intention and lots of hard work. Try to shop local and small as much as you can this year- not only are you supporting your community, but you are also encouraging small businesses to flourish, and are in direct contact with each product you buy! Also, whatever you buy from a small business, you know it will be special!