'Tis the season!
Shopping consciously, ethically, and sustainably for our loved ones at the end of each year (for those of us who celebrate the holidays) can be a dreadful task.
If you're like me, you keep a list of gift ideas all year long. But sometimes, things do not work out the way they should.
Like last week, when I ruined my plan by leaving Octave's eye prescription on my desk (I want to get him solar prescription glasses).
So now I'm on the hunt for the perfect gift/s for him, and he's a tough one to please!
For this year's Gift Guide, I decided to make things easy, so all the items in the following lists can be ordered on Amazon. This might be a controversial move, but you know my motto: simpler, greener, happier.
For those of you who live in Portland (or don't mind ordering online from various places), read until the end of this article for my recommendations for small business Saturday.
The Conscious by Chloé 2017 Holiday Gift Guide
Let me introduce the Conscious by Chloé 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, a complete eco-friendly & sustainable gift guide for her, for him, for the adventurer, for the cook, for the nerd, and for the little one:
- Gift Guide for Her
- Gift Guide for Him
- Gift Guide for the Cook
- Gift Guide for the Adventurer
- Gift Guide for the Nerd
- Gift Guide for the Little One
Gift Guide for Her
1 | Clogs | Sandgrens | made in Sweden | Because low heels are empowering.
2 | Socks | Pendleton | made in USA | Because socks should be colorful.
3 | Book | We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Because we should.
4 | Pin | Because sometimes, all she needs is a cup a coffe and some space (metaphorically or not).
5 | Bag | Baggu | made in USA | Because she doesn't need a bigger one (a backpack would be nice as well).
6 | Face Mask | SW Basics | made in USA | Because she deserves it.
7 | Hat | Krochet Kids | made ethically in Peru | Because she loves to support the work of other women.
8 | Earrings | PARIKHS | made in USA | Because you can never go wrong with a piece of jewelry.
Gift Guide for Him
1 | Sweater | Pendleton | made in USA | Because he collects them.
2 | Book | I love Dick by Chris Kraus | Because you can't wait to see his face when he opens it.
3 | Scalp Massager | Because he deserves it.
4 | Socks | Pendleton | made in USA | Because socks should be colorful.
5 | Dopp Kit | Baggu | made in USA | Because he loves stripes as much as you do.
6 | Beard Oil | The Regular Guy | made in USA | Because he's not a regular guy.
7 | Boots | Danner | made in USA | Because, Portland!
8 | Patch | Because he cares for the environment as much as you do.
Gift Guide for the Cook
1 | Tea Towels | Because they're vintage.
2 | Dutch Oven | Le Creuset | made in France | Because it's French.
3 | Wooden Utensils | Because they get even more beautiful over time.
4 | Butter Warmer | Because you never knew you needed one before you had one.
5 | Book | Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists by Julia Sherman | Because cooking is a form of art.
6 | Cheese Grater | Because it's always better to grate cheese at the very last minute.
7 | Reusable Sandwich Bags | Bee's Wrap | made in USA | Because we should all ditch plastic wrap.
8 | Sprout Jar | Modern Sprout | made in USA | Because cooks love to grow their own food.
Gift Guide for the Adventurer
1 | Compass | So they'll always find their way.
2 | Bandana | Pendleton | made in USA | Because it's a pretty versatile piece of fabric.
3 | Hobo Knife | Case | made in USA | Because they love multi-use tools.
4 | Travel Pillow | Because sleep is so important.
5 | Camp Chair | Tillak | 25% of profits to the environment | Because it's very light.
6 | Gloves | made in USA | Because they lose them all the time.
7 | Kindle | Because it's easier to pack than 10 paperbacks.
8 | Book | A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit | Because reading about exploring is also part of the journey.
Gift Guide for the Nerd
1 | Bamboo Speaker | Because, bamboo.
2 | Solar Battery Pack | Because, solar.
3 | Compostable Phone Case | Pela | made in Canada | Because, compostable.
4 | Cardboard Standing Desk | Because, cardboard.
5 | Smart Outlet | So he keeps his devices safe.
6 | Book | ELIOOO: How to go to IKEA and Build a Device to Grow Food in Your Apartment by Antonio Scarponi | Because it reads like an instruction manual.
7 | Cable Tacos | Hatton Henry | made in USA | Because cables are always entangled.
8 | Key or Phone Finder | Because losing your keys or your phone is not eco-friendly.
Gift Guide for the Little One
1 | Wooden Teether | Grimm's Spiel und Holz Design | made in Germany | Because plastic sucks.
2 | Beanie | Krochet Kids | made ethically in Uganda | Because you're never too to support the work of women.
3 | Feminist Patch | Ectogasm | made in USA | Because you're never too young to learn about Shakespeare, and feminism.
4 | Native Seed Bombs | Seed Balls | made in USA | Because learning about invasive plants is important.
5 | Recycled Recycle Truck | Green Toys | made in USA | Because it's so meta.
6 | Organic Onesie | Because they'll criticize your sense of humor soon enough.
7 | Book | Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk | Because we should read more stories from native cultures.
8 | Wooden Bowl & Spoon | Camden Rose | made in USA | Because plastic sucks.
Shop small in Portland
Here are my favorite places to shop in PDX:
- Field Trip | For Kara's cosmetics selection.
- PALACE | For the zine collection.
- WM Goods | For the jewelry selection.
- Canoe | For the gadget selection.
- Johan | For the vintage selection.
- The Wild Unknown | For the esoteric selection.
And I can't wait to visit Portland's latest small shop: Wild Poppy Goods this Saturday!
I selected these gifts for their aesthetics, their usefulness, their makers and their country of origin. For more ethical & sustianble shopping inspiration, check out my kits.
I hope you'll find what you're looking for here but also highly recommend you to visit your local small shops to find the perfect hand- and locally made gifts for your loved ones.
Picture by Alexandre Guimont for Conscious by Chloé. This post is not sponsored but when you shop via some of the links above I may make a small commission from a sale. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Conscious by Chloé!