This holiday season there has been a trend. My bestie called me and said, “Hey, let’s not do gifts this year and please don’t buy anything for my kids. They don’t need anything!” Then, I got a call from my Dad and he said the same thing, “No gifts!”. I really like how conscious everyone is being this year. While I think this fantastic, I also wonder if they think that because we just started
However, giving gifts isn’t the problem. The
Everyone is always giving socks. They are a great stocking stuffer and everyone needs ’em. So, how about these from Conscious Step. The company partners with non-profits to help the oceans, the elephants, LGBTQ communities and others. These gift socks come in packs of 3 and each pair is for a different cause.
For the people in your life who love their products, how about going over to Beauty Counter which is a registered B Corp (businesses that meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability). We like the Transforming Duo. Each comes in a festive box for easy gifting.
Here’s the real crowd pleaser – The EcoSphere. This is a closed fish tank type ecosystem invented by NASA. It contains your very own shrimp that lives with active micro-organisms, algae and bacteria, each existing in filtered sea water. Because the EcoSphere is a self-sustaining ecosystem, you never have to feed the life within. You know that family member who needs a pet but just doesn’t want all the commitment? How about the EcoSphere? What about your bestie that can’t stand to clean the fish tank? EcoSphere, my friends. I bought the small one for my husband who won’t let me have a dog. On sale now for $59.99. Check out what Carl Sagan said about it.
For office gifts, a great option could be donating to a cause on behalf of your colleague through GlobalGiving. GlobalGiving is a trusted way of getting contributions right to the non-profits. They help donors make safe and easy US tax-deductible donations to vetted, locally-driven organizations around the world.
Offset your carbon footprint – a gift for the whole family! I know that many of you who subscribe to
Buying gifts second-hand is also a great idea. I got this ornament for our tree at Picker Joes Antique Mall in Savannah, GA. Yes, his glasses are mirrored.
Finally, (you knew it was coming) buy yourself the gift of