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Conscious Gifting… 2015 Guide

Shopping for the holidays seems a petty privilege in light of recent world events. I’m sure I’m not alone in wondering if there’s any good out there anymore or if our world has just become horribly and irreparably demented. Of course, I know the answer. There IS still good in the world and it’s something we can actively choose to promote and support. Most of the time I feel rather inconsequential when it comes to making changes to greater world problems. I’m just one woman… one undeservingly privileged woman who has been blessed with very few serious hardships in her life. So, I think a lot about how I can positively impact those less fortunate with the way I live my life.  After some thought, I’ve concluded that holiday shopping is a powerful opportunity to make a difference!

We’re all going to buy presents for one another, so why not purchase our gifts from companies that pay a fair wage to their workers and consider their environmental impact, from small businesses that empower recovering victims and support the growth of those less privileged, from independent artists who are building livelihoods for themselves and their families and, in so doing, sustain a tradition of hand-craftsmanship and small-batch trade. We can make a powerful and positive impact just by how and where we choose to buy! 

So, today I’ve put together a gift guide showcasing some of my favorite companies doing just these things. Hopefully it will help you find some thoughtful gifts for your friends and family as well as equally thoughtful purchases to help our fellow man.

 

1 – FRESH BIB, Wood Teething Ring Rattle / About their Team

2 – EVERLANE, The Modern Loafer / About their Philosophy

3 – ACCOMPANY, Uka Green Stripe Cup / About their Mission

4 – BRANDED COLLECTIVE, Tiny Brass Branded Cuff / About their Story

5 – MINTED, Grecian Floral Print / About the Artist

6 – VEE CARAVAN, Beet Root + Hibiscus Lip Stain / About the Shop Owners

7 – BRIKA, Yellow Say Cheese Camera Toy / About the Marketplace

8 – TRIBE ALIVE, Leather Envelope Clutch / About the Company

9 – NOONDAY COLLECTION, Cubed Studs in Gold / About their Impact

10 – GAIA EMPOWERED WOMEN, X Marks the Spot “Roundie” Bag / About their Mission

 

Stay tuned for my Easy shop guide later this week. And if you’re curious about how I’ll be decorating our home for Christmas, listen to the latest Style Matters podcast episode!

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply Christina December 7, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Have you heard of the company called Humble HIlo http://humblehilo.com/?

    They seem to be right along the lines of your gift guide – plus they sell some adorable items!

    • Reply Hilary December 7, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      No, I haven’t but I’m going to check hem out now!

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