Planning holiday gifts has never really been my strong suit. I'm 100% one of those people who waits till the last week, day or hour to figure out a present I can give to my family and friends. I know some of you reading this are the same way so I don't even feel bad about it!
I think the problem I run into is that I always try to think of very personalized gifts. I want to give my loved ones something I know they're interested in, will *actually* use and benefit from. In the spirit of health, wellness, spreading the word about companies I truly believe in and supporting smaller artists , I've compiled a short list of gift ideas that will hopefully give you the inspiration you need to get started on or finish your holiday shopping. Check em out!
Urban Moonshine Herbal Organic Apothecary - Gifts & Kits
A local Vermont company, Urban Moonshine’s mission is to bring herbal medicine to the forefront of the healthcare conversation, focusing on prevention and empowering people to create home herbal apothecaries. They believe the next generation of healthcare is going to focus on prevention and improving quality of life, not just disease and illness. Urban Moonshine has thoughtfully put together an abundant variety of gifts and kits that use their bitters, tonics, herbal first aids and books. Perfect gift for anybody interested in learning about and using more natural remedies for common health concerns.
Beautycounter Holiday Gift Sets -
Beautycounter, based out of Santa Monica, CA, is a smaller skincare and cosmetic company with a big social mission. They not only want to get safer products into the hands of everyone, as everyone deserves better, but they're also focused on educating the public, moving the market, and shifting public policy so that there are tighter regulations on ingredient use. The gift sets they've put together for the holidays are great for the whole family and the perfect way to initiate a transition to safer products and a healthier life.
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Holiday Trio -
If you've been keeping up with my blog or instgram posts then you may know that I LOVE supplemental collagen! Vital Proteins makes a variety of awesome products to help you improve your health such as grass-fed, pasture raised collagen peptides, gelatins and wheys. If you have any digestive issues, such as leaky gut, or joint pain such as arthritis, collagen peptides can be a super helpful addition to your daily routine. Vital proteins has created an awesome little holiday trio set to help you or someone you know, get started in the right direction.
Leigh Erickson ArtWOrks -
Leigh Erickson is a super talented, up-and-coming artist currently based in Santa Cruz, CA with Vermont roots. She creates a variety of different artwork mostly using watercolor, acrylic or pen & pencil. While I'm lucky enough to call this beautiful soul my best friend, I'm certainly not biased. Leigh's art has been showcased in cafe's and art shows all over the Santa Cruz area and continues to gain momentum throughout her community. Give someone the gift of art this holiday season and support a small, local artist!
Corey ROndeau Photography -
Yes, obviously I'm a little biased on this one, it is my husband after all but what kind of wife would I be if I didn't support him!? And I know I'm not the only one who thinks his photography, especially of nature, is incredible. Corey has taken photos all over the world but thrives on capturing the beauty of Vermont. His photos are printed on the highest quality paper but can also be printed on metal, making a truly unique and beautiful gift!
*Please check out his instagram account for more photos that may not be on the site and send an email request if you see something you'd love printed!)
Bloom & Press -
I started following Jen, the owner and creator of Bloom & Press, a few years back when she began making jewelry. I've always been so inspired and amazed by her gorgeous creations and was even more blown away when she started to incorporate these fresh pressed flowers into her jewelry. Just how cool is that!? These would make the perfect gift for any mom, sister, wife or girlfriend ; )