As a double Taurus (Moon & Sun), I look for quality and luxury in useful, sustainable items when giving and receiving gifts. I am not a throw away kind of gal and I detest clutter, so for me to buy something it has to be really special. My grandmom Dolores, a Scorpio, was an excellent gift giver. Every year she bought useful, beautiful high-quality gifts that I cherished. Selecting gifts for people is an art, and when you take time to choose the right gift it’s wonderful to see their faces light up with delight. This year, I am sharing five of my favorite gifts from conscious companies to help you buy for all of the special people in your lives. Ranging from modest to decadent, all items are high-quality, sustainable and eco-friendly.
Chocolatier Jeff Shepherd, voted one of America’s Top 10 Chocolatiers in 2009, makes exquisite chocolates from the finest ingredients available, bean to bar. With options like Ramblin’ Rose Toasted Pecan Caramel Brownies and Lavender Sea Salt Caramels, Lillie Belle Farms’ gift boxes, custom assortments and singles ($8-48) make perfect gifts for everyone on your list.
Bee Lux beeswax candles, from Portland, Oregon, are handcrafted using 100 percent pure beeswax, locally-sourced from Pacific Northwest apiaries. Their goal is “to honor the worker bee and live up to standard by creating the best beeswax candles available,” says owner and crafter Jamie Gilmore. These beautiful candles ($5-$32) make great gifts and unique decorations during the holidays while naturally cleansing the air. Double win!
Jazz up your holiday table & gift baskets with Wild Wines' ethically-harvested, handmade wine ($20). Wild Wines offers an array of unusual flavors sought by wine lovers all over the world. I love the ginger, elderflower and aronia berry. Try them for your reds and whites this year. You can’t go wrong with the gift of wine.
Who wants chocolate mousse on their face and cranberry pomegranate sugar on their body? I do! This dynamic duo is the perfect gift for the skincare or spa junky on your list. Eminence Chocolate Mousse Masque ($52) feeds dry winter skin with highly concentrated nutrients from cocoa, macadamia, almond and jojoba oils. Their White Cranberry Pomegranate Sugar Scrub ($48) softens and smooths the skin from head to toe, creating a radiant, glowing effect after each use. These are great for mom, daughter, sister, friend or aunt.
Designer Hanna Broer uses sustainable and organic materials to create ultra comfortable pieces for women of all sizes. The Nia Bralette ($36) and Brief ($22) in Merlot is made of 70 percent bamboo rayon, 24 percent organic cotton, 5 percent spandex, and the rings and slides on the straps are plated with real gold. This super soft, high-quality set is a great gift for your wife, girlfriend, daughter or yourself. Every woman needs to have at least one set of Broer’s handmade, organic lingerie!
Have fun this year giving gifts to loved ones, send me an email and let me know which ones are your favorites. Happy Holidays and enjoy this season of giving and receiving in good health!
Shar Veda, Southern Oregon’s Premier Alternative Therapist, offers deep healing through loving touch and compassionate counseling. 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!
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