The Art of Conscious Gift Giving
By Shar Veda
Conscious gift giving is an act of pure love. It’s not something you have to do but something you want to do! With so many responsible companies giving back to the community and Earth, there is no reason not to invest in gifts for loved ones if you can afford it. Here are five socially responsible companies worthy of investing in during the season of giving and real joy. Ranging from modest to decadent, all items are high quality, earth friendly, and made with love.
Photo courtesy Rust & Fray
For the beloved Traveler on your list,Rust & Fray bags are an earth friendly, sustainable total win. All Rust and Fray bags are upcycled and hand crafted. The Nomad, featured here, is made of recycled leather and canvas. The company’s goal is “to provide textile workers with the opportunity to earn fair wages and come together to stand up against the destructive fast-fashion industry.”
For the yogi or athlete, LVR Fashion creates lovely organic cotton active wear in Los Angeles, California. All styles are flattering and super comfy. From lounge pants to tanks, LVR has got you covered in ethical, sustainable style. LVR was founded in 2010 by Eric Clarke, an entrepreneur with a passion for animal rescue, who had the vision of creating high quality, affordable, earth-friendly products that would benefit the community – both locally and globally. LVR partners with ARCAS wildlife rescue center in Guatemala to donate a portion of their revenues to aid in wild animal rescue, rehabilitation and release.
Image courtesy Moondeli
For the wellness advocate, Mom and Dad, or a really cool couple, this fair trade raw chocolate super food tonic blend set from Moondeli is easy to use, delicious, and life enhancing. Mushroom Adaptogen, an anti-viral, anti-inflammatory mood enhancer is made with wild crafted chaga and cordyceps mushroom. Bliss Blend, an aphrodisiac, hormone balancer and mood enhancer is made with Maca. All Moondeli ingredients are vegan, organic or wild crafted, and ethically sourced.
Who doesn’t need lip care? For the Lover of Beauty and simple luxury, Henne Organics Lip Collection is sure to please. Inside of the classic white and black gift box are three of the best lip care items known to human kind: Luxury Lip Balm V2, Luxury Lip Balm, and Rose Diamonds Lip Exfoliator. The Henne philosophy is to “reintroduce a splash of luxury into the everyday without sacrificing design, ethics or one’s health. A modern and minimalistic approach replaces standard lip care product with something extraordinary.”
Image courtesy Theo Chocolates
For the Chocolate Lover: Handcrafted in Seattle Washington Theo’s Holiday Collection make an excellent addition to any holiday stocking or gift basket. “For Theo, being a bean to bar chocolate maker goes beyond words, it means deliberate and thorough stewardship at every stage in the agricultural and manufacturing process.” Small batch production is truly an art form you can see and taste.” Fair Trade Sugar Rush for the Holidays anyone?
Shar Veda, Southern Oregon’s Premier Alternative Therapist, offers deep healing through loving touch and compassionate counsel. She is an Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor & Health Educator, yoga therapist and herbalist. Shar has been blessed to study with leading teachers in Ayurveda, Yoga, and herbalism for 20 years. However, it was her adopted grandma, Doe (English-American and Blackfoot Native), who instilled within her profound appreciation for the supreme power of loving touch, healing arts, and world family. Visit her website for a video, full bio, and photos or find her on Facebook and Instagram!