Here’s some inspiration for gift giving that offers a bit in the way of comfort and cozy, and that extends an invitation for getting out of your head and into your body. These gifts have been handpicked by me from small shops and businesses offering thoughtful goods made with care. If you have recommendations for other indie folks making similar wares, feel free to add them in the comments! The more the merrier.
, like the ones made by Alyson Morgan of Floral essences Earth Star Herbals. Because everyone could use an extra holiday helping of boundaries and protection. , like the ones all wrapped up in compostable and plantable parcels from Herbal teas Rhocoe. Because short days call for warming drinks. , like the 100% organic cotton ones from Long Johns Object Apparel, handmade in Detroit, Michigan. Because winter is far more tolerable when you’re warm enough. , like a morse-coded silk and gold bracelet from A special talisman Coatt. Because a wearable reminder from someone who loves you might make all the difference on a dark day. , like this forest green beauty from A personal massager Maude, for someone you really like. (For instance, yourself.) from somewhere like the genius A wine subscription, What to Drink Wine Club out of Oakland, California, which takes the guesswork out of choosing two perfect bottles every month. , like our neighborhood favorites, now shipping nationwide from Sea salt chocolate chip cookies Poppy’s. Because everything’s better with a sprinkle of sea salt, but cookies especially. , like these velvet scrunchies from Hair duds Rosemarine Textiles in Detroit, because sometimes everyone needs a little something fancy. , like this smoked pineapple beauty from Special spirits Matchbox Distilling Company on Long Island. Because an evening tipple on a winter’s night can be a welcome distraction. , like these chubby little beeswax buddies from Lip balm Kobee. Because a lip balm for every pocket keeps the winter blues—and chapped lips—away. , like the naturally colored gems from Cozy socks Danu Organic. Because I don’t care what anyone says, socks for presents are the best, and anyone on your list should be so lucky! , like this Two-Spirit blend from Coffee Birchbark Coffee Co. Because good coffee on cold mornings is just about the only thing getting me through these days.
If you’re hoping to expand your gift giving this year to folks in your community who might not be a part of your immediate family, , consider making a donation to a local non-profit or mutual aid organization like the National Domestic Workers Alliance Coronavirus CareFund. The s. Coronavirus Care Fund was established by the National Domestic Workers Alliance to provide emergency assistance for home care workers, nannies and house cleaners to support them in staying safe and staying home to slow the spread of the coronavirus and to care for themselves and their familie For more ideas of places to direct money and energy, my friend Anja has compiled a full and growing list of mutual aid efforts happening locally and across the country on her site . Never Sleeps