Finding beautiful and interesting natural gifts for our loved ones is sometimes difficult. Consider these unusual items that cost between $20 and $50.
This gift-worthy oil and vinegar duo combines fruity, nose-tingling cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil from Crete and a barrel-aged vinegar crafted exclusively with Assyrtiko grapes from Santorini, aged in French oak barrels for at least three years. Drizzle the two into a small dish, and serve with crusty baguette and a sprinkle of sea salt.
Gaea Oil & Vinegar Gift Set
Give loved ones a gift that keeps giving: a daily dose of Zen at their desks. Aromatherapy is hot—and this gift takes it to a whole new level with a super-compact, sleek diffuser that plugs into your computer’s USB drive and silently pumps out wellness as you crank through your workday. Load it up with a festive holiday blend of peppermint, mandarin and clove.
Aura Cacia USB Essential Oil Diffuser
Designer Sacha Laurin cultures couture fashions from kombucha SCOBYs, the growing colony of bacteria and yeast that ferments the popular effervescent, functional beverage. The sustainable fabric—made from dried SCOBYs—mimics leather, canvas and silk. While the experimental fashions wow on the runway, everyone can access this wearable art by purchasing Laurin’s jewelry via her Etsy store. Bonus: The food dyes she uses keep the live culture breathing and vibrant, she says.
Kombucha Couture Jewelry
Wear your organic support proudly with this versatile, one-size-fits-all button cape. Chemical use for food production gets all of the attention these days. But consider this: Cotton crops account for about 25 percent of the world’s insecticide use and more than 10 percent of pesticide application. The Global Organic Textile Standard certifies Maggie’s products; plus, Maggie’s pays farmers better-than-fair-trade price as part of its 2,000-farm cooperative. Fashion for people and planet is a real gift.
Maggie’s Organics Cotton Button Cape
Legend has it that New York City’s water is what makes these signature boiled and baked breakfast rounds so darn tasty. But with this DIY kit that contains everything you need to make a dozen everything bagels (just supply your own local water), Farm Steady will prove you wrong. Also inside: cheesecloth and vegetable rennet to make creamy homemade schmear. Just hope that your hipster homesteading friends will share when the timer goes off.
Farm Steady Everything Bagel &
Cream Cheese Making Kit
Cocktail aficionados will have fun and get creative with this funky gift pack of shrubs—which are used in the same way as bitters but are made with apple cider vinegar and honey, along with fruit and herbs. We drool over flavors like Ginger & Pear, Peach & Rose and Persimmon & Lavender.
Strongwater Classic Shrub Gift Set
We get excited when companies deliver innovative alternatives to a go-to favorite beauty product, such as this plant-based mascara that lengthens and conditions lashes naturally, just in time for New Year’s festivities. Recipients will appreciate that the pigment comes from berry and cocoa, plus contains a vitamin-rich, moisturizing base of green tea, vitamin E and honey beeswax. Look at those lashes!
100% Pure Blueberry Pigmented
Ultra Lengthening Mascara
TerraCycle pays nonprofits, offices and schools to collect their used electronics, drink pouches, yogurt cups and other materials deemed as garbage. Then they turn them into useful and stylish items, such as bags, gardening materials, frames and jewelry. This iPad case is crafted from a retired U.S. mailbag and features a soft interior to protect your tablet. See the full line here.
TerraCycle Mail Bag iPad Case
We love Pact’s tagline: Change You Can Wear. Not only does conventional cotton use ample chemicals, but textile dyeing accounts for about 20 percent of industrial water pollution. And we’ve all heard about the apparel industry’s abysmal working conditions. Pact focuses on planet, farmers and factory worker benefits as part of its Global Organic Textile Standard certification and Fair Trade Certified lines. Change the world for baby with adorable matching (and tagless) onesies, beanies and socks.
Pact Baby Apparel
From these 9 interesting, natural gifts — priced $20-$50 — you’re sure to find a savvy surprise. @deliciousliving
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