Socially Conscious Gifts for All the Gals on Your List
Ready for Black Friday? We all know holiday shopping season is equal parts fun and exhausting. What we don’t often know is the full environmental and social impact of the things we buy. So, we encourage you to think carefully about each purchase this season. What message does the gift give? Where did the item come from? Who made it? Is it something that the recipient will truly cherish for years on end or might it actually end up in the trash after a year or two?
But before you get too depressed contemplating these issues, we’re making it easy to shop for all the gals in your life with this year’s ethical gift guide.
Xiuyan Jade Facial Roller, $26
For a stressed out gal who could use a fun bit of self-care, a jade roller is the perfect gift. Jade rollers can be part of a soothing morning or evening ritual that helps skin absorb serums and oils. An added benefit is that since jade is a cool stone, it helps bring down puffiness and aid in lymphatic drainage. This gorgeous white jade roller is made by an LA-based nontoxic skincare brand called Skin and Senses that focuses on using “wholesome, safe ingredients you can feel good about.” By giving this gift, you’re supporting a small woman-owned American brand!
Grit & Grace, $13
For anyone that needs a dose of girlpower, consider Grit & Grace by the folks over at Quotabelle. Quotabelle strives to empower women by spreading the word about female leaders, entrepreneurs, and trailblazers. Grit & Grace is their new release designed for aspiring leaders that showcases the brilliant minds, innovative careers, and fascinating backstories of amazing women from Jane Goodall to Meghan Markle.
The Essential Midi Dress, $118.00
The best dress for the girl on the go? Obviously the Essential Midi Dress by ZANNI! Launched by one of the JUGS co-founders, Suzanne, ZANNI designs uv-protectant stretchy dresses that are manufactured in LA from ethically-sourced Italian fabrics. This dress is great for any friend who lives in leggings or who travels a lot and needs a great grab-and-go outfit.
KinderCapsule, $34 - $62
Any new or expectant moms in your circle? Introduce them to KinderCapsule. This is a Boston-based children’s clothing line made from organic cotton, and GET THIS: each piece is adjustable so that it fits children for longer than just a couple of months. Added bonus: a percentage of proceeds from each purchase is donated to Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.).—an organization dedicated to fighting child trafficking.
Cookie Delivery, $32+
There’s always that age-old question of what to get the gal that has everything. Answer: cookies. A consumable gift is always great (and, of course, doesn’t add as much to landfills). Our local favorite cookie delivery option is Kitchen Millie — a woman-owned business that even has g-free options. Kitchen Millie also offers catering and cookie parties if you’re looking to spice up your holiday party.