'Tis the season!!! There's no way I was going to start a holiday gift guide without starting it off with "tis the season." Are there any other fun holiday slogans? I'm down to switch it up, honestly, but 'tis the season will do for now.
But what does "'tis the season" really mean? 'Tis the season for what? Joy? Laughter? Cringe-worthy family photos? Meeting your significant other's parents? Toys? Consumerism? There are truly so many options, which is probably why society communally decided to just chop off the ladder of the saying and go with "Tis the season" — 'Tis the season to be whatever your heart wants it to be!
The holidays mark a time of togetherness, joy, and maybe some difficulty. Did you know Americans throw away 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve? This contributes to the 230 million tons of trash we create each year. Mind.Freaking.Blowing.
Play a part in a collective greener and high-conscious society by focusing less on what you think someone needs, and only gifting what you know someone needs. Plus, there are sooo many epic sustainable gifts you can swap for their less green counterpart! Keep on scrollin' to see some of my favorite gifts & stocking stuffers this year.
Basically your Nespresso machine, but better. The Mr. Coffee Hot Cup machine makes 6-12oz of single serve hot coffee without pods, so you're basically making a delicious coffee with minimal to zero waste in less than one minute. The only waste is technically the coffee filter you use to hold the ground coffee beans in the machine, but I use an unbleached paper filter that I compost along with my beans post-use.
Seed Phytonutrients is one of my favorite ethical brands. They are careful with the ingredients they source and the packaging they use. Think: reusing ingredients in every step of creating a product + packaging in recycled and recyclable materials. They recently launched a nourishing oat hair mask that I LOVE. It's a great gift for someone who colors, styles or washes their hair often.
I picked up one of these bad boys at Whole Foods recently, but you can also find them online via Etsy or any eco-friendly website like Package Free Shop, Zero Waste Store and Wild Minimalist. My first bamboo toothbrush was by Brush With Bamboo (linked above) and it held up for SO LONG. I could have probably kept it for over a year but that's unsanitary and probably not an adult thing to do.
I've had my eye on Pela's biodegradable phone cases for a while now. I decided I wouldn't invest in one until I got a new phone and needed a new case, because simply replacing my previous case would counteract the whole idea of being earth friendly. I got a new phone about a month ago and was SO EXCITED to finally get my hands on a Pela case and try it out. In sum: it did not disappoint. They offer different designs to support various world causes + a basic line that is actually kinda chic.
I freaking love logo-less items. When I found out that Storied Hats makes basic hats with sustainable materials and ethical manufacturing MINUS logos... I was stoked. I wish they had a basic black baseball cap but for now, my Ruby Waves and Everyday Grey cap will do.
Trendy and sustainable. We love it. My Equa is an European-based sustainable water bottle company that makes the most unique reusable water bottles I've ever seen. They make a cool "squeezable" bottle as well, which is great for the athlete or those who just miss those cheap plastic squeezable bottles that you'd get during soccer practice as a 8-year-old.
Ahhh, my one true love. If you follow along with my Instagram, you probably already know my obsession for Biodynamic Coffee. It's sustainably grown on a woman-run family farm, plus packaged in 100% compostable packaging. They specialize in whole bean coffee, which I grind and use in my Mr. Coffee Hot Cup machine or french press. They also have single-serve instant packets that I bring with me while traveling. I'll also admit that I'll use these single packets when I'm feeling lazy AF. But hey, they are compostable!!
Do you have a friend or family member that loves to cook, or is just a foodie in general? Get them an Imperfect Foods subscription! Imperfect Foods is a grocery delivery service that rounds up slightly less than perfect groceries that would normally be thrown away, and sends them to us. Plus, they're more affordable and equally as nutritious as the groceries you'd buy at the supermarket.
Alright, the broad category of fashion will be looped together (or maybe it should get its own dedicated blog post? Let me know if that's something you guys would be interested in). For now, here are a few of my favorite sustainable fashion brands: The Wylde for luxury boho, beautiful loungewear and intimates; Reformation for simple and some intricate dresses, skirts, tops, also great jeans; AllBirds for walking shoes and/or mens shoes (they do have women's as well but I find the styles to still be more catered toward men), Skye Footwear for the freaking best fitness shoes (I have the white Rbutus and they are my absolute favorite), Able Fashion, which is basically the sustainable version of Zara.
Sessions with Gurus
This, too, deserves it's own section and potentially own dedicated blog post. If you're looking for a unique and thoughtful gift, a gifted 1-1 session with a wellness or spiritual guru may be the move. A few of my favorite experiences have been with Shamen Durek (trauma healer and shamen), Nikki Hayden (spiritual guidance and life coaching), Dr. Will Cole (functional medicine practitioner and nutrition expert); and a few others that I've heard of but have yet to try include Jenna Zoe (human design and astrology), and Meghan Wallace James (feng shui expert).
I could go on forever with a gift guide! If there are any you think I'd love that also need to be added to this list, you know where to find me. And if you don't, find me via email or DM at @isatales. Happy holidays, family! Love you mucho.