What a better time to praise other brands we love than the holidays? If you’re a caregiver, the friend of a new mother, or anyone in between, here are a few perfect gift ideas for your loved ones.
Pregnancy should be a time of joyful anticipation, not stressful change. Make My Belly Fit has created an extender for your (or your pregnant friend’s) jackets. It works with virtually any zipper to allow you to keep the jackets and coats you love as your belly grows.
Eco-friendly period underwear, or a stealthy way to keep incontinence locked in? We’ll never tell. Either way, Knix offers perfect gift for your eco-conscious friends, and their underwear come in so many shapes and sizes, you might be adding a few pairs for yourself as you shop.
The Dreams Jumper weighted eye pillows are the perfect thing to help soothe and calm the central nervous system. The weight of the eye pillow will soothe tired eyes; the mix of organic flax seeds, pure lavender essential oil, and French lavender buds is naturally cooling and relaxing to the mind and body.
What mother doesn’t need a little grounding after a long day? And unlike wine, there are no hangovers! In fact, this eye pillow will help bring about a calm and restful sleep. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?
Raaka Chocolate makes delicious, unroasted, fair trade chocolate, hot chocolate, and gift packs. They make every bar from scratch with unroasted cacao and have a variety of creative blends. Our favorite is the Lemon Coconut Meringue. The lemon and creamy coconut milk, vanilla and cinnamon blend to create a dreamy nod to lemon coconut meringue. Bright, creamy, and perfect.
Get the Brand & Iron Jasmine + Vetiver candle for a fresh and floral scent with top notes of night blooming jasmine, sea salt, and eucalyptus grounded by vetiver and white musk for a peaceful and balancing mood, or the Yuzu + Birch for a more refreshing and uplifting scent. Either way, as long as it’s made from a high-quality soy base, you can’t ever pick the wrong candle.
Gift your sober friends high-quality, organic loose leaf tea so they can cozy up and let go.Aesthete Tea has flavors like Bad Moon Rising, La Vie en Rose, and even Love Potion. Each tea has its own unique blend and can do wonders for the receiver. Our favourite is the Tabula Rasa—perfect for creating a sense of calm and clarity.
For the friend who has it all or the friend who wants even less, consider donating money in their name. Whether they’re passionate about the environment, animal rights, hunger, or foster children, there are so many organizations doing awesome work around these issues. When you’re not sure what to give someone who already has it all, donate instead.
Here are some organizations that we believe are doing great work, both in North America and around the globe:
These folks support foster children by partnering with foster children directly and helping them to build healthy, stable lives.
This independent aid organization works alongside disabled and vulnerable people in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster.
World of Children unlocks the future for vulnerable children by funding, elevating and educating the most effective changemakers for children worldwide.
The World Wildlife Fund is on a mission to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth.
Charity Water is a non-profit organization that brings clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries.
If this has inspired you to give, check out Charity Watch for an in-depth list of charitable organizations and how they allocate their budgets.