This holiday season let your love and generosity shine through the gifts you give. Gift giving can be overwhelming and it's so easy to resort to the mass produced stuff that is easily found everywhere. To help bring the heart and soul back into gift giving, we've gathered some of our very favorite choices for this year - the kind of gifts that give back, inspire, support, and help others grow - both those we're giving the gifts to, and those in need that may benefit with the purchase.
This is literally my favorite thing this year. I couldn't risk not getting it for a gift, and already bought this myself. I think this is the best gift for women and girls.
The Notorious RBG has a special collar she wears when she dissents from Supreme Court decisions. Now you can wear this collar (All kinds of dissents are about to be handed down around my household with this on).
Best part: 50% of the profits go to great non profits like The Center for Reproductive Rights, The International Refugee Assistance Project, and the Bronx Freedom Fund to name a few.
The Joy Doll from The Doll Kind is a soft huggable doll that encourages kindness and gives back. Each doll comes with a "kindness kit", 10 tokens with special phrases on them to show gratitude, love, and kindness. These tokens are meant for children to give out as acts of kindness. Also in the kit is a list of acts of kindness to inspire your child to get started sharing and giving their tokens.
For each doll purchased, a doll is given to a child less fortunate. The Doll Kind supports children in orphanages, shelters and hospitals.
I am obsessed with these socks. Not only because they were on Shark Tank, and I love all things Shark Tank, but these socks are incredibly well made, the best socks you'll own, and they give back. Socks remain the #1 most requested clothing item at homeless shelters. For every pair of Bombas you purchase, they donate a pair to someone in need. So far, almost 5 million of these high quality socks have been donated, and that is the true spirit of the holiday season in-action.
Bombas come in many styles, for men women and children alike, so the whole family can be outfitted in a gift of love and generosity.
I mean, come onnnnnn. Who doesn't want to adopt a sloth? There are various levels of giving here, but for $55 you can symbolically "adopt" a sloth, get this plush guy pictured to give vicarious sloth-hugs to, and support the World Wildlife Federation in their protection of endangered animals and their habitats worldwide. Win/win. Your donation comes with an adoption certificate, an an informational card about sloths, and the challenges they face in our ever changing world.
Jade yoga mats are our favorite mats. They are the ideal gifts for any yogi - an experienced practitioner, or someone just starting out, as they give you the grip and support to move safely, and be cushioned without compromising balance. Jade mats are eco friendly and sustainably produced, made from all natural rubber that is tapped from the trees like maple syrup so the trees do not have to be destroyed. For each mat purchased, a tree is planted (almost 1.5 million planted already!)
We have a large selection of Jade mats at the studio for purchase. You can support a great company, and a local business at the same time! If you are not local, use the button below for a direct link to Jade's site.
At it again! After running the most successful Kickstarter in all of Kickstarter history, the authors of Rebel Girls have released their second edition of stories about the lives and adventures of extraordinary women throughout history.
We recommend reading this while wearing your Dissent Collar necklace.
Songa mean "the path forward" in Swahili. These clutches are hand made from sustainable materials by women in Rwanda. The clutches are woven from banana leaves and re-purposed cow horn. Each clutch takes several days to make, depending on the intricacy of the design, and each purchase supports these women on their path to financial independence.
Pema Chodron is one of our all time very favorite teachers. She has an incredibly beautiful way of crystallizing what could feel like the most vast or complex of concepts into something closer to poetry. She makes the process of lea rning meditation both accessible, fun, and engaging. This book is a great gift for the person in your life that has an ongoing interest in mindfulness and meditation, as much as it is a great gift for those in your life looking to get started.
Of course this is available off all the big websites you might normally buy books at. But it's also likely available at your local bookstore (islanders: it was available at Bunch of Grapes last time I checked). If it's not there. most book stores are happy to order it in for you, and everybody wins.
I know there are many unicorn lovers out there! Get your unicorn fix and support women artisans in Africa at the same time through educational training programs. Each Indego Africa product is made by hand using traditional techniques. Small variation in color & design is part of what makes each piece uniquely beautiful, the objects are made from recycled brass.
This is our all time favorite book for supporting a yoga practice. Rolf's insight are brilliant yet totally accessible, with references from the Bhagavad Gita to U2 as inspiration for his teachings. Each portion of the book is broken into small sections, 365 sections in all a easy to read lesson to inform every day.
This is an essential text for the yogi in your life, they will reference back to it for years to come.
As with the Pema Chodron book, you can buy this many places, but the best place would be through your local bookstore <3
Last but not least, we think the best you can give is the support to practice. You can purchase one of our class cards for your loved one, and you will receive a beautifully wrapped gift bag to give them with the gift card inside. You can also get them a gift certificate to our retail store, so they might buy the items they'd love to practice with. Neither of these things expire, ever.
We also think the ultimate gift is giving your loves one the time to deepen their practice in the most beautiful, healthy, passionate place in the world. We are going back to our favorite villa in Tuscany one last time this Spring, and it would make an incredible gift to your loved one to offer them this trip dedicated to wellness and self care...with delicious homemade Italian food, exploring ancient villages, bathing in natural hot springs, and more! You could gift the deposit, a partial payment, or the full trip. Far better than things, give the gift of a life-changing experience.