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Tag Archives: Holidays
Forget the necklace made out of rolled-up paper and the purse crafted from discarded soda pop tabs.
All the best designers and artists are going the eco-friendly route. Behold: a gift for everyone on your list. Each is so cool and stylish, you can keep the fact that it’s fair trade/sustainable/eco-friendly/guilt-free to yourself.
They don’t have to know.
This peach and cream number is so classy and pretty that it could work for almost any woman’s style. Handwoven from 100% linen, it supports Indian artisans seeking economic quality. The designer, Global Goods, is a non-profit that does good work all over the world.
$45 at LivLuna.
You’ll never get the right record for your music-connoisseur bf. (He would never tell you that, you’ll just figure it out when he never plays it.) But he can’t argue with this reclaimed record iPhone skin from Brooklyn-based Wrecords by Monkey. Best of all, it comes in both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 size. (Score extra points by pairing it with the new book Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon, full of insider references to the soul and funk greats and sporting a record cover.)
$14 at Wrecords by Monkey.
For Your Preggers Friend
Just because she’s carrying around an
alien adorable little baby inside her doesn’t mean she can live without some pampering. Stuff her stocking full of toxin-free nail polish (which Well+Good helpfully lists), and slip in a gift certificate to Sweet Lily Nail Spa in SoHo.
She won’t care that the flannel of this robe is 100% organic cotton, just that it’s super soft, in ladylike color and flattering shape.
Aw, she’s growing up so fast! Help her keep time with a surprisingly affordable sustainably-made watch made from corn resin, organic cotton, and bamboo, outfitted with a mercury-free battery.
$30 at Sprout
She lives in Brooklyn, her fridge is filled with artisanal cheese and jam, and her Spotify list is a treasure trove of indie bands. Give a necklace that will get her compliments all night long at the warehouse party and make her feel like a badass. It’s made of cruelty-free porcupine quills, turquoise howlite, bullet casing and a vintage brass chain. BONUS: Get 10% off with the code SHOPHEARTS10! (Expires 1/1/13)
$148 at Hearts
He’s a class act with impeccable taste. And with any luck, he’ll pour you a glass of this Brooklyn-made bourbon for a toast to your awesomeness as a daughter.
Find a list of liquor stores that carry it at the Kings County Distillery website.
Even if she hates cooking, she’ll still want to display these Portland-made measuring spoons in her kitchen.
$30 at Alder & Co.
I’m having such a good time out here in Arizona already visiting the two of them and my Mississippi-born grandmother. My aunt and uncle have lived in the same modern–yet somehow cozy–50′s house since forever. It barely changes, except for the addition of some new quirky art or perhaps a room that’s been repainted. I think that’s why I love Christmas here so much. I can get much more sentimental with all the family pictures around and memories, while my own “home” has only been around since I was a sophomore in high school.
My aunt recieved a little award on her recycling bin a couple years back from the city of Phoenix. Is that the creepiest recycling bin you’ve ever seen? I think I like the New York City’s recycling bin illustration a little bit better. (See it here.)
My Uncle Bob (who happens to be a fellow at Honeywell) also runs the house so efficiently, with the aid of his spreadsheets and meters, that he cut their energy use in half. They’re not liberal environmentalists, just a nice couple living their life.
Yesterday when I arrived, my aunt picked me up and we came straight back to the house to decorate the tree while we listened to old Christmas music and the crackling fire. (Did you know there are “no burn” days out here because of pollution? I think we were fine to burn yesterday, though.) We also drank my great grandmother Morgan’s eggnog recipe, which had its rum content cut in a third and still packs a punch. YUM.
Anyway, I’ll just leave you with a big “Merry-happy everything!” Have a good time and try not to get too consumerist, k?