giving: things to live with.

November 27, 2020

Here’s some inspiration for gift giving that offers a bit of something special for the everyday backdrop of the place you call home; things to enjoy that make living and working and juggling within four walls all a little more lovely.

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.


A raw champagne vinegar, like this one from Brightland. Because it’s nice to add a bit of zip to ho-hum.

A pokeweed plate, like this beauty by R. Wood Studio in Georgia. For gatherings large or small.

A pillow, like this one from Indigo Arrows. Because we could all use a soft spot to land.

Festive napkins, like these from Madre. Because they’d be perfect for hiding turmeric stains.

Not your average black pepper from Diaspora Co.

A maplewood bowl like this one from East Fork. For adding a bit of warmth to a wintertime table. *

A teapot, like this one by Brian Buckland at Portland Trading Company. For adding a bit of ceremony to someone’s everyday.

A bundle of unbleached towels, like these from Fill More Waste Less. Because lending a hand for cleanup never goes unappreciated.

A rainbow, like this one from Sol Proaño. For magic making.

Something delicious, like this manoomin from Native Harvest. Because we all need nourishment, wherever we can find it.

* RMTL readers can get 10% off my selection of non-pottery gifts from East Fork Pottery with the code READTEALEAVES



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 organizationlike the The Tiny House Warriors: Our Land is Home.

The Tiny House Warriors: Our Land is Home is a part of a mission to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline from crossing unceded Secwepemc Territory.
Ten tiny houses will be built and placed strategically along the 518 km Trans Mountain pipeline route to assert Secwepemc Law and jurisdiction and block access to this pipeline.

For more ideas of places to direct money and energy, Czarina—@charliekilo—has compiled a list of indigenous people and organizations whose work you can support directly.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Jenna November 28, 2020 at 7:58 am

    Love these gift ideas! 🙂
    Jenna ♥

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