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  • Kristen Gilbride

Sustainable Gift Guide

After an ~insane~ year, it's more important than ever to support small businesses. Throughout the pandemic most small businesses have experienced trying times--while big companies have seen their wealth only grow. This gift-giving season try making a conscious choice to purchase from shops in your downtowns, street corners, farmers markets, or a Facebook friend who started their own business.

Here's a list of some holiday gifts ideas!

1. My go-to favorite, Hathorway jewelry

I've had my Hathorway earring for two years and they've lasted the test of time- truly a timeless style! Hathorway is a woman run small business that sources jewelry from sustainable sources. One of the coolest sustainable aspects of Hathorway is their Buffalo Horn products; they are a byproducts of the food industry. This is an amazing way to utilize the entire animal, instead of just discarding them! Check out their beautiful and affordable pieces here!

2. Hola, 你好, Bonjour, こんにちは Ciao! The gift of language!

Have that friend who always talks about wanting to learn another language? Or is that just me lol? There are so many online language learning courses where you can purchase a few sessions as a gift. One of the best courses around is Team Talent, taught by qualified teachers who teach 7 of the world's most spoken languages! Email them to get a more info on how too purchase classes!

3. Reusable cup, but it has a tea strainer!

I've had my Made by Fressko reusable thermal cup for about a year and I've used it every. single. day! This would be a great gift for tea drinkers because it comes with a tea strainer that. So you just put tea leaves in and let it sit and voilà you have some tea! Use this link if you end up ordering from Made by Fressko, it's an affiliate link which means that I get a few dollars from your purchase :)

4. Elegant, sophisticated, Made in New York: Minan Wong

I can attest, when a small business gets a purchase there actually is a happy dance that happens. When I worked with Minan Wong, there were many happy dances! If you have a little extra to spend this holiday seasons don't pass up an opportunity to shop at Minan Wong. It's run by a passionate woman who will do whatever it takes to make her customer stylish and by trade--happy. If you're looking for professional clothes, be sure to look here!

5. Secondhand Gift Cards

Sometimes it can be weird buying people secondhand clothes. I get it. If you have a secondhand fashionista in your life, Goodwill, thredUP, eBay and TheRealReal have gift cards! Most local secondhand stores also have gift cards, call and ask! It's a good way to get a secondhand gift without actually getting a secondhand gift!

6. Etsy, Etsy, Etsy

I can't say enough good things about Etsy. All the products on there are from small businesses and are always unique. The best part of Etsy is they have everything. Like seriously anything you can think of. Most of the products are handmade and for me it feels good to buy something handmade--it just feels more special and one of a kind.

I hope these give you a few ideas of sustainable gifts that you can buy. It's so important to support smaller businesses, even if that means buying from the company directly and not through Amazon. Happy shopping :)


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