Who’s done with their Christmas shopping? No one <gasp!>?! Well, in the spirit of giving, I thought I’d share some gift ideas with you. Check these out:
Everyone knows I’m obsessed with bath and body products (you should see my B&BW collection – I could start my own spa), but when it comes to hair, there’s only one brand that I use: Aveda. Why? Well, Aveda manufactures botanically-based hair care, skin care and makeup products; this means that all of their products are plant-based. One of the things that I really like about this company, is that they are extremely Eco-friendly – from using 100% certified wind power to manufacture their products to responsible packaging. Check out their mission statement here. In addition to this, their holiday gift packaging is typically handmade by artisans in places like the Himalayas or Nepal so that means that these communities earn a small income thanks to Aveda. Go shop now! (They’ve got products for men too!).
With every dollar you spend, you are helping to save a child’s life. I like to buy my Christmas cards at Unicef because I know I’m supporting a good cause. But did you know that they also have some awesome gifts? Last year, I bought my close friends friendship bracelets, made with Peruvian ceramic beads. Everyone loved the bracelets and my purchases supported a wonderful cause. Check out their gift ideas here. You can purchase online, but also note that most shopping malls in Canada (not sure about the US?) set up kiosks during the holiday season. They usually stock everything that you see online.
Ten Thousand Villages:
I love this place! Their mission is to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries by bringing their products to our markets via long-term fair trading relationships. They work with 35 countries and 130 artisan groups, offering them fair value for their work. Did you also know that store clerks in your local shops typically don’t get paid for their services? You can find some unique gift ideas ranging from jewelry, sculptures, wall hangings etc. Stop in at your local shop or buy online here.
Personally, I hate their regular coffee and usually opt for a cold beverage, but Starbucks is a great place to shop for your favorite coffee-lover. They are focused on community partnerships, the environment and ethical sourcing. Starbucks supports Product (RED) – so when you buy a Starbucks (RED) product or pay with your Starbucks (RED) coffee card, a contribution is made to the Global Fund, helping African men and women who are living with HIV/AIDs. Check out this year’s signature (RED) tumbler and coffee card, designed by Jonathan Adler – I love it!
What are your favorite gift-giving ideas, and how do YOU make a difference?
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