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A cruelty-free holiday gift guide for all the loved ones in your life
Happy Holidays, friends! Today I’m sharing my 2019 Holiday Gift Guide with you 🙂
This year I decided to focus more on gifts that I would personally like to receive. If you’re looking for a more generalized list, I highly suggest you check out last year’s gift guide! It has a wider range of products, and I’d still happily give any of those items to a friend this year too 🙂
ART & CERAMICS
I’ve become quite the collector of handmade pottery – I’ve found it makes me much more mindful when enjoying my meal or sipping on my drink. Also, it looks cute! Here are a few of my favorite ceramicists, plus some other art for good measure:
- Alex Apland: my all-time favorite ceramicist! Alex specializes in mugs, and her work covers a wide range of themes (mountains, animals, tropical, and even Harry Potter!) She sells her work exclusively on her website, and products go fast – I’d suggest following her on Instagram if you’re serious about purchasing some of her work.
- Ogusky Ceramics: available on etsy; these are great neutral pieces for everyday use.
- Sandbox Ceramics: beautifully designed work with a fun, modern twist.
- Roaming Roots: geometric inspired woodwork! CJ makes beautiful shelves, wall hangings, and trays. We have a mountain wall hanging from her in our living room, and it brings me joy to look at it every day!
- Society 6: sells affordable art prints, pillowcases, laptop sleeves, and more! Plus, a portion of every product you purchase goes directly to the original artist
Alternative Gifts: look on groupon/search the web for a local pottery studio that offers classes! It’s awesome to own someone else’s art, but even more special to make your own. Or, check out your local thrift store for some vintage pottery finds! Or, give your friend a gift card to a local art supply store and organize a craft night! Wine optional, but recommended
I personally prefer to gift (and receive) experiences rather than physical products. If you’re in the same boat, here are some memorable “experience” ideas for your adventure-seeker:
- JUCY USA: ever wanted to try out van life, but not fully commit? Jucy has ready-to-rent mini RVs for groups of 2-5 people, and has home offices in LA, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Vancouver BC, and Australia/NZ!
- Getaway House: ditch your phone and spend some quality time with your lover or bestie in a cozy tiny house. Has locations in Atlanta, Boston, Washington DC, Portland, Dallas, LA, New York, and Pittsburgh
- Airbnb: find a local vacation at a cool cabin, cozy cottage, or modern house. Or, plan a trip away! If you’re not sure what you’re friend would like, a gift card is always a safe bet too. Use this link to get $40 off your first home booking, plus $15 off of your first experience.
Alternative Gift: plan a staycation vacation! Walk around a part of town your unfamiliar, check out a new coffeeshop/restaurant, or build a pillow fort and rent a movie.
ECO-FRIENDLY APPAREL & ACCESSORIES
Quality design and sustainably made clothing > cute fast fashion, any day. Secondhand is always best, but here are a few of my favorite go-to brands:
- TenTree: sustainable, cozy, and cute clothing. Plus, every item sold plants 10 trees! You can also use code FROMMYBOWL15 for an extra 15% off your order 🙂
- Noize Outerwear: totally vegan and totally warm fall/winter coats. Oh yeah, they’re really cute too. Use code “frommybowl20” for 20% off!
- Pela Case: the world’s first biodegradable phone case! Comes in a wide variety of colors and styles
- Cariuma Shoes: lightweight converse-inspired shoes made from bamboo that come in 100% recyclable packaging!
- Vessi Footwear: these are more athletic-inspired shoes…that are TOTALLY WATERPROOF! I wear mine all the time – walks, hikes, puddle splashing, you name it. They do have a higher price point, but the quality and functionality is worth it.
- Everlane: honestly, I buy 90% of my new clothing from Everlane. What’s not to love about stylish basics that are ethically made and affordably priced?
- Asha Patel Designs: gorgeous, high-quality, and minimal jewelry with an affordable price point. Oh yeah, everything is vegan, too! I love how each piece has a specific intention behind it; it makes wearing mine that much more meaningful. You can use code CAITLIN for 20% off!
Alternative Gift: plan a thrifting date! And maybe put $20 in their pocket 😉
MISCELLANEOUS (BUT STILL COOL)
Neither of these gifts fit into the above categories, but are definitely worth a mention:
- Holstee Reflection Cards: unlike other popular card games, this (beautiful!) deck is intended to spark meaningful conversation with your friends and loved ones.
- Healthy Human Life Bottles: my go-to reusable bottles and coffee cups that keep liquids hot for 12 hours, and cold for 24! Plus they come in a wide variety of fun colors and patterns 🙂