As much as I hate to admit it (being a summer gal and all), the Christmas season is coming, and fast.

For the first time ever, I’ve created a Christmas Gift Guide.

With eco-friendly, budget-friendly and sustainable options, there’s something for everyone right here, in one list. Enjoy!

 

Storyworth

This website, via subscription, sends the recipient weekly questions (probably many you’ve not thought to ask!) to answer via email. Photos can be included with email responses, too. At the end of the year, they’ll print a book and mail it to the recipient, full of the recorded stories and photos.

This is a perfect idea for parents and grandparents, and at $139 CAD, it’s truly the gift that keeps on giving!

Check it out here.

 

Locally-Sourced Fair Trade Coffee

This is the perfect gift idea for the coffee lovers in your life, and it’s not hard to find. Simply Google “sustainable coffee” along with your city/province and there should be some results that come up.

 

Elfster

Looking to cut back on your gift-giving budget? Elfster is the place to go.

Create a gift exchange (Secret Santa-style) and the support elves will match you up with your Secret Santa, anywhere in the world, with loads of online gift options and you get to set a dollar limit, too.

Simply sign up and supply the names and email addresses of those participating, and they do the rest. When your friends sign up, they can create a wish list so you have an idea of what they’d like to receive.

Learn more about it here.

 

Themed Gift Boxes

Similar to gift baskets, but boxes are much cheaper!

There are so many ideas for this one, here are some examples of boxes you could put together:

  • Example 1 – pizza gift card, packet of microwave popcorn, a small game or Netflix gift card for a movie night in
  • Example 2 – a collection of your favourite recipes (think 5 or 6), some measuring spoons and maybe a specialty item from one of your recipes that may be hard to find
  • Example 3 – anything to do with pampering – nail polish, slippers, lotion, face mask
  • Example 4 – homemade cookie mix with baking instructions and packages of individual hot chocolate mix

The possibilities are truly endless and so easy to personalize. Add a little card with a note and you’ll warm someone’s heart.

 

Mixbook or Shutterfly

In this day and age, we can do almost anything with photos. From prints, photo books, calendars and other photo gifts, the possibilities are amazing.

Check out Mixbook and Shutterfly.

 

Empowered Goods

This company offers hand-crafted leather goods in an effort to reduce poverty, by paying their artisans a healthy living wage. 

From key chains to bracelets and earrings, you’re sure to find something you like, AND help end poverty.

Check them out here.

 

Mercy House Global

This company, based in Texas, empowers women around the globe. They provide for the rescue of pregnant girls in Kenya and provide a home for them.

They also empower their families with dignified work to redeem future generations via partnerships and sustainable fair trade product development.

Learn more here.

 

Mala

Buy a candle, plant a tree. Hand poured soy candles that smell amazing, and also DO amazing things. They’ve partnered with Trees for the Future to plant a tree with every candle purchased.

Check them out here.

 

Euclid Farms

A chemical-free urban flower farm and floral shop, they grow chemical-free flowers from May to November and supports local greenhouse growers during the winter months.

A great option is their bouquet subscription service, found here, but they also have a selection of beauty and lifestyle products available.

Learn more here.

 

Salt Spring Goods

Based in Salt Spring Island, B.C., this couple (who live in an island cabin – how quaint!) sells high-quality gift boxes with unique island made goods.

From bath bombs to foodie crates, there is something for everyone on your list here.

 

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