Love and presence are the greatest gifts we can give each other for the holidays. But if you also like to give physical gifts, it’s always great to find products that not only show care for the recipient, but also, for all of the people who took part in the production process. So here’s some great options for gifts that are fun, useful, and help people and the planet.
Do you have a love/hate relationship with Amazon? Shop in NYC is a digital marketplace for small businesses in New York City that aims to make it equally easy to buy from a wide variety of small producers. Offerings include spirits, pet supplies, board games and plenty more. They also offer same-day delivery within the Tri-State area.
Eighth Generation is a clothing and lifestyle shop owned by the Snoqualmie Tribe. They take custom designs from native artists and make them into beautiful blankets, clothes and art.
Gorgeous items available include the The “Balance” Throw Blanket by Acoma Pueblo artist Michelle Lowden. They also have a new made-in-Seattle Wool Scarf by Shoshone-Bannock tattoo artist Kira Murillo. The Silver Arrowhead Necklace and Earrings by Ahsaki LaFrance Chachere (Navajo and African American) are also new additions to the company’s jewelry lines.
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Kinfolk Coop is a black owned and operated market for household goods. The site makes it easy to search through a curated collection of Black-owned national home and personal care products that are non-toxic and biodegradable.
Chawar is made by Ecuador’s first all Indigenous women’s agave co-op preparing products for export. It’s a raw agave spirit whose name is inspired by the Quechua word chawarmishki which refers to the sweet sap of the agave plant. The plant is sustainably harvested, and the distiller is queer/Latinx owned.
ANOVÉ provides all-natural, plant-based skincare products. All ingredients are sustainably sourced with special attention given to small farms, and all products are inclusive, formulated for all skin tones and types.
One of their unique buys for our time is the Anti-Maskne Duo. (And if you don’t know what Maskne is, consider yourself lucky.) Especially as Omicron moves across the country, expect more mask-related breakouts—but hopefully ANOVÉ’s products can have you looking sharp in time for New Year’s.
Thanks to Starkey Baker for their contributions to this piece. Full disclosures related to my work here. This post does not constitute investment, tax, or legal advice, and the author is not responsible for any actions taken based on the information provided herein.