Hello and happy Thursday! It’s almost the weekend! 😀 This post was supposed to go up on Wednesday, but the wi-fi is out in our apartment again. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good internet-free day every now and then—just perhaps not as often as they happen here.
At any rate, with Christmas being less than three weeks away, I thought I’d share some of my top picks for gift ideas for women this Christmas. They mostly fall under the environmentally-conscious label, although I also included gifts that I feel are “conscious” simply because they will be used again and again, not thrown away within the year.
So let’s get onto the presents!
- 100% Pure products: I discovered this company earlier this year and have fallen in love with their all-natural, cruelty-free makeup and skin care. As someone who has had numerous allergic reactions to makeup in the past, especially to eye makeup, finding high-quality mascara and eyeliner that cause no problems has been amazing! I also recommend their BB cream, lip caramel, and face masks.
- Acure products: For hair and skin care, Acure is my go-to brand. Their products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free and don’t have contain any harmful chemicals! Their face washes are incredible and I’m obsessed with their argan oil for skin and hair.
- Sierra Bees lip balm: The assorted 8-pack would make a fantastic stocking stuffer! I became obsessed with this lip balm after the lovely Megan sent me a bunch in a birthday care package last year. It goes on incredibly smoothly, seriously lasts forever and it’s organic!
- PACT Organic loungewear: Organic cotton sweats, nighties, and robes that are oh-so-soft and reasonably priced—what’s not to love?!
- Clothes from ThredUp: If you’ve followed me for a little while, you’ll know that I’m obsessed with ThredUp. It’s an online consignment store that carries loads of high-quality (and designer!) secondhand clothes at extremely reasonable prices. I bought one of my favorite shirts at ThredUp for $3!
- Ethically sourced chocolate: Because who doesn’t love chocolate? My current favorite brands are Endangered Species and Alter Eco, which you can find on iHerb.
- A luxurious throw: A couple of years ago, my dad bought me a beautiful throw from Restoration Hardware (they don’t carry the one I have anymore, so I linked to all throw options). It instantly upgrades any room and it’s perfect to snuggle up on chilly winter nights!
- Beeswax candles: Beeswax candles purify the air, burn cleanly, and smell wonderful. They might not come in 1,000 different scents, but they’re much better for you and the environment than most other candles. Look for locally produced products to be even more environmentally friendly! For Minnesotans, we love our Ames Farm candles.
- A good planner: Would it be more eco-friendly to do all of my scheduling and task lists online? Yes. But I haven’t been able to make the switch yet because I gosh-darn-love my paper planners! For 2017 I used an Illustrated Faith planner from DaySpring and loved it. (Note: As I went to find the link for the planners on DaySpring, I noticed that most of them are currently half off–and ordered myself another! :D)
- Feel-good or self-care books: Some of my favorites from the past couple years are The Happiness Project (I’ve given it multiple times as a gift!) and Looking for Lovely. These books would make good gifts for almost any lady on your list. Specifically for 20-somethings, Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps is a hilarious but also really useful book. And for the neat freak, minimalist, or hyper-organized girl, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up would be a great pick!
What are your suggestions for gifts for her? And what’s on your Christmas list this year? Personally I don’t have much on mine—I always love some pampering supplies and things for the kitchen, but really I’m just excited to spend time with family in Arizona and Minnesota!