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.
For the pregnant (again) friend: Jacket Extenders
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.
For the eco-conscious cousin: Knix
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.
For the exhausted co-worker: Eye Pillow
This crystal infused weighted eye pillow by Sloflow World is the perfect thing to help soothe and calm the central nervous system. Filled with biodegradable, organic flaxseed and lavender buds — and infused with tiny rose quartz crystals — it's the perfect remedy for those in a relaxation deficit.
What mother or caregiver 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?
For the sweet tooth: Dark Chocolate
Raaka Chocolate make delicious, unroasted, fair trade chocolate, hot chocolate, and gift packs. The brand makes every bar from scratch with unroasted cacao and they have a variety of creative blends. Our favorite is the Green Tea Crunch - giving us our caffeine and chocolate fix at the same time!
For the self-care sister: Luxury Soy Candles
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.
For the non-drinking momma: Aesthete Tea
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 up-all-night sheets changer: PeapodMats
Bedwetting and incontinence doesn't stop for Santa, so give a parent or caregiver in need a break from changing the bed sheets with one of our PeapodMats. Your friend - and their laundry basket - will thank you!
For the one who has everything (or wants nothing): A donation in their name
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.