Sisters! Wives! Girlfriends! Daughters! Mothers! BFFS! YOU!
Whoever the lucky lady/ladies in your life are, one thing is for sure; there’s something for every single one of them in this eco-conscious, green gift guide. Each one of these gifts is certainly beautiful, but the best part is that you’ll be showing you care about her health and the environment by giving greener this holiday. Last minute shoppers, worry not! There’s still time to grab everything on this list if you hop to it!
*Note- I’m using smaller photos than I typically do, because I want to get as many awesome gifts in as possible. Click to enlarge!!*
1. Pour Le Monde Perfumes (100% Natural)
Perfume is a classic romantic gift, and with good reason- what girl doesn’t love to smell pretty? But this Christmas, why not steer clear of her old faithful fragrance and surprise her with the gift of smelling gorgeous minus those toxic chemicals found in mainstream perfumes? Pour Le Monde eau de parfum is certified 100% natural, but don’t let the absence of toxins fool you- the sleek glass bottles are full of safe fragrance that is both stunning and long lasting. Crafted with grain alcohol and pure, high quality essential oils, there are three intoxicating scents in this remarkable collection, spanning the floral, the fruity and the woodsy to satisfy virtually all fragrance preferences. As if that weren’t enough, ten percent of each sale goes to a charity designated to each scent. Charities include the National Multiple Sclerosis Sociey, Cancer Support Community and Guiding Eyes for the Blind. So do some good for the world and the lucky lady in your life by gifting her with a Pour Le Monde eau de parfum. My favourite is Empower, with its fresh citrus burst, but you can’t go wrong with Together or Envision, either. Want to learn more about why synthetic fragrances should be avoided? Check out David Suzuki’s take on the issue here http://davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/fragrance-and-parfum/
Pour Le Monde Perfume, $82 (1.7 Fluid Oz), http://www.pourlemondeparfums.com
2. Elate Clean Cosmetics “Essential” Gift Set
Elate Clean Cosmetics is exactly what it sounds like – a clean, green cosmetics brand purveying beauty essentials that leave you elated at the sight of your glowing reflection. The Essential gift set includes the powerhouse mascara, multi-purpose Universal Creme (creamy, richly tinted multi-purpose miracle for lips and cheeks), Fresh Tint Foundation, and a gorgeous gloss of your choice (minty, extremely pigmented and super smooth) and a Marie and Mat Maya clutch. This is the perfect way to introduce yourself or a lucky lady in your life to this non-toxic, Victoria-based brand. The gift of clean cosmetics is a wonderful one. Experiencing high performance beauty products without the chemicals can be life-changing, and this gift set, as the name suggests, is truly an essential eco-beauty gift.
3. Drifted Jewellery Pine Beetle Triangle Necklace/ Arbutiful Tassle Earrings
You may think that jewellery made with driftwood sounds hippy-dippy and makeshift, but in the case of Victoria, BC’s Drifted Jewellery, the opposite is true. Using only salvaged/found materials (nothing is ever cut down or taken from its natural place), founders Andrew Azzopardi and Christina Robev (partners in business and life) create sleek, elegant and modern statement pieces with beautiful lines and exceptional craftsmanship. Their background in architecture and design is obvious in these artful, unique pieces. Handmade? Yes. Artisan? Definitely. Eco-friendly? For sure. Makeshift? No way.
Arbutiful Tassle Earrings
“The arbutus tree is a special species known for its deep red hue and curvy branches. Arbutus is one of the hardest woods in the pacific northwest, and because of this its branches can be worn without worry of breaking. Unique to the west coast, this material is especially abundant on Vancouver Island as well as the surrounding Gulf Islands. “
Pine Beetle Necklace
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“This necklace was hand crafted from salvaged pine beetle infested wood from British Columbia, Canada. This invasive insect, when destroying the trees of BC, discolours the wood by staining it blue with its chemical secretion, making the colouring on this necklace is completely natural”.
4. doTERRA Introductory kit
When the lovely Olga Goddard (independent wellness retailer) reached out to me and asked me if I’d like to try doTERRA, I admit that I was sceptical. I was a bit convinced that it was all hype, and that all essential oils were basically “the same”. Boy, was I wrong, and I have Olga to thank for showing me the magic of doTERRA! These oils are EXTREMELY high quality and multi-use. They are pure and potent- unlike some oils I’ve tried, the scent lasts for AGES, filling my home the smell of my chosen oil or a combination of oils. The booklet included with the Introductory Kit explains essential oils so well. I was floored by the many uses for doTERRA oils- cleaning, cooking, healing, scenting, and the list goes on. I love how doTERRA takes time to really delve into information and the uses and benefits of each specific oil- that’s amazing. Olga has been so quick and responsive as well- checking in, answering my questions, and sharing her wealth of knowledge. I’m so impressed and so glad she reached out to me! This is the PERFECT gift for anyone who wants to learn more about essential oils and experience true, pure, high quality oils. Peppermint, Lemon and Lavender are the classic oils in this kit, but I also highly recommend the Holiday Joy oil- it’s Christmas in a bottle!
Introductory Kit- $26.97 http://www.mydoterra.com/olgagoddard/
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5. Celtic Complexion Love Your Skin Travel Kit
The perfect way to sample this luxury handmade organic skincare line, the Love your skin travel kit features all three of Celtic Complexion’s powerhouse serums, the much-coveted Celtic Complexion creme, Tinted moisturizer with SPF, Gentle Creme exfoliant and Coconut Creme Cleanser. Everything is hand blended by artisan skincare maker/holistic aesthetician Jennifer Devlin in North Carolina, this luxury green beauty brand is the Creme de la Creme. The Love your Skin travel kit is full of everything she’ll need to turn her bathroom counter into an organic spa! The sizes are small enough to travel with, but since a little goes a long way, she’s (you’re? ;)) going to get at least a months worth of use out of the kit. There’s not a lady in your life who won’t swoon. $79.00 http://www.celticcomplexion.com/kits/love-your-skin-travel-kit/
- Ultra-soft Bamboo Jersey
- Sleeveless Sleepwear Tunic
- Scoop Neck
- Patch Pockets in front
- Hi-Low Bottom Rounded Hem
FABRICATION: 95% VISCOSE FROM BAMBOO; 5% SPANDEX”.
- Ultra-soft Bamboo Jersey
- Sleepwear Leggings
- Comes in solid pastels or printed
- Satin bow at waistband
- Fitted ankle
- Pair with our Lillian Tunic Shirt
- Elastic Waistband
$94.99 – http://lnbf.ca/collections/sleepwear
Twilight Dress – If she’s more of a girly girl, this romantic yet cozy lace-trimmed nighty is exactly what she needs!
“Our Twilight Dress is figure-flattering and sensationally soft. Available in indigo, elderberry and printed lavender, it features lace trim at the collar and sleeves, a v-neck and three quarter length sleeves.
- V-neck 3/4 Sleeve Sleep Dress
- Ultra-soft Bamboo Jersey
- Lace Trim at collar and sleeves
FABRICATION: 95% VISCOSE FROM BAMBOO; 5% SPANDEX“.
$74.99 – http://lnbf.ca/collections/sleepwear
9. Giedrius Multipurpose Dress
This unique, highly fashionable piece is made with 100% eco-friendly linen and is extremely versatile. Toss a cardi and Doc Martens on for an edgy look, or were it with a tailored blazer and heel for an elegant but still edgy ensemble. I’m lucky enough to own this dress, and there are so many ways to wear it! I have yet to capture a photo of myself that does the dress the justice it deserves, but I’m working on it. Just check out the photo below though. I mean, how can you not look insanely cool in this dress?!?
|“GIEDRIUS SARKAUSKAS EMERGED ON THE LOCAL SCENE IN 1995 AND LAUNCHED HIS LABEL GIEDRIUS IN 2001, WORKING FROM HIS STUDIO LINO KOPOS IN VILNIUS, LITHUANIA. BORN DEAF, HE FOUND IN DESIGNING HIS MAJOR FORM OF COMMUNICATING HIS TENDERNESS TOWARDS HIS FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS. WITH OVER 20 COLLECTIONS UNDER HIS BELT, GIEDRIUS PURSUES HIS VISION OF CREATING EXCLUSIVELY LINEN WARDROBE (NOT EXCEPTING LINEN FOOTWEAR OR HOSIERY) BENEFICIAL TO HUMAN BODY AND SOUL, ACCORDING TO THE DESIGNER’S PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE.
HIS HIGHLY WEARABLE AS WELL AS SELF-CONFIDENCE-BOOSTING PIECES PREPARE YOU TO CONFRONT AND ATTRACT ANY EYE, IN ANY SETTING. THE SECRET BEHIND IT IS HOW GIEDRIUS BALANCES HIS PROFUSE IMAGINATION WITH THE METICULOUS TESTING OF EVERY LINE, THE CHANEL-LIKE “RIPPING OFF THE SLEEVES” TIME AND AGAIN UNTIL A PERFECT FIT IS FOUND”.
10. Origami Customs Custom Black Mesh and Lace Cutout Sheer Slip Dress
Merry Christmas to her AND you! Who can turn down sexy, stunning lingerie, especially when it’s high-quality, handmade to hug each woman’s curves, crafted by a female designer with love to fit any measurements? This gorgeous lace and mesh dress is tasteful yet daring, super flattering on any body type. Made in Victoria, B.C. by seamstress Rachel Hill, this is definitely one of those gifts that keeps on giving. Nix the Victoria’s Secret and surprise her with something made specifically for her by a small business!
$82 (and worth every penny) Mesh and lace Cutout Sheer Slip Dress
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11. Sticky 9 Photo Magnets
You may be wondering what makes photo magnets eco-friendly. To me, it’s the idea of sending photos that are re-usable, instead of paper prints that can get damaged or fade, and turn to waste! Think of it like sending a card they’ll never throw away! Also, this means you can reduce the paper clutter on your fridge and kill two birds with one stone- use a photo magnet instead of a magnet that holds a photo! Genius. I have ordered SO many of these photo magnets for myself and as gifts. It’s so simple! You just connect to your instagram or photo directory, select your photos, and done! Nine high quality magnets in cute little squares will delight her, especially if you choose photos that inspire memories! Perfect.
from $15.99 for a set of 9 https://sticky9.com
12. Red Apple Lipstick Christmas Collection
It’s no secret that I have been obsessed with Red Apple Lipstick since they first sent me some of their lipsticks in the Summer. This love affair has become increasingly intense, and I’m definitely addicted to their STUNNING Christmas Collection! I think it’s their best release yet, with a gorgeous array of lipsticks, shadows and glosses that cover wines, berries, pinks, nudes, and even greens, golds and grays. Fun fact: I named En Pointe (the matte pink shadow) and without a trace of bias, I have to say it’s one of the prettiest shadows I have ever owned!) If you must narrow it down, Grab Wine & Dandy (the perfect vampy merlot), Hollypeno (vibrant classic red) and Ooh La La (universally flattering dusty rose), for lipsticks, and En Pointe, Golden Ticket and Oh Schnapp for shadows. But really, the whole collection is a must-have for any beauty enthusiast in your life.
14. Witjuti DRUGUAY Maxi Dress
Yet another bamboo wardrobe staple. This beautiful maxi-dress, designed by an Australian Mompreneur, looks amazing but feels like you’re not wearing it! Light, moisture-wicking, and luxurious, this is one of my very favourite dresses. Pair it with gladiator sandals in Summer, add a sparkly shawl and heels for Winter nights out, or a cozy sweater and slippers for chilly nights by the fire.
Now on sale for just $72! http://www.witjuti.com/witjuti-womens-druguay-maxi-dress/
15. DIY Terrarium
Nothing says green love like a terrarium, especially if it’s handmade by YOU! Check out Inhabitat’s guide to ten amazing DIY Terrariums HERE!
16. Devil May Wear Hannah Hand Knit Shoulder Wrap
Vancouver-based Devil May Wear boasts an ultra-cool selection of handmade, eco-friendly clothing with an edge, and this alpaca and wool blend wrap is not only kitten-soft, but there are TONS of ways to rock it, and you can button it anywhere! Classic and cozy meets artisan edgy! Gorge.
17. Last but certainly not least, another eco-friendly BC brand, Salts Clothing. The Organic Cotton Long Sleeve Cowl Top is simply adorable, with a super cute hand printed design available in a variety of colours and sizes. Made and designed in Canada! Salts designer Jennifer Graham calls this an “I want to be comfy but need to look good” top, and I couldn’t agree more! Perfect for lounging around the house or casual days at work. Flattering on any body type! Love.
If you’ve made it this far, congrats on your commitment, and thanks for joining me! I hope you’ll find a few things (*cough*or all of them*cough) to spoil yourself or the leading ladies in your life with. If you could pick three of anything on this list, what would you ask Santa to bring you?
Wishing you a very happy and green holiday,
Look out next week for my Green gift Guide for kids!
Note- I waded through at least a hundred options for this guide, and my intention is never to exclude anyone. If you don’t see your name in lights here, keep watch, because I’m doing a “Go Green for your New Year’s Resolution” Guide in January and will be featuring tons of essentials to get eco in 2015!