Oops, did you put off getting gifts until this week? Or did you succumb to some good old-fashioned seasonal depression? Work too much and forgot to be festive? I got you. The best gifts are not only lovely but represent you and your relationship with the gift’s recipient. You don’t want to run to your nearest mall and buy an impersonal, over-packaged placeholder gift. If you’re an environmental justice activist, you might want to introduce your loved ones to your lifestyle, to bring them along in your journey. But when you’re trying to introduce someone to sustainable living, it can’t feel like homework. A book about slave
1. Your bougie coworker
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2. Your glamorous sister
Sustainable doesn’t have to mean hippie. I’ve bought quite a few Sundays nail polishes for myself and I love their color, coverage, texture, and of course that their products are 10-free and vegan. The bottles are gorgeous too! I keep mine out on display like perfume bottles. They offer a lovely gift box and if you live in NYC, why not book your sister an in-house service? They have three locations and their wellness-focused approach will leave her feeling rejuvenated and elegant with their chic, minimalist nail art.
3. Your nerdy boss
It comes in glass, is impressive, and shows that you know them. You could get them one of the newly released
4. Your precocious younger brother
This might seem like a cop-out, but I’m sure he’d love tickets to a concert, or convention, or show more than any physical item. If your brother is anything like mine, he probably has enough clothes and you probably don’t have time to snoop around to figure out whether he already has the new Smash Brothers or Red Dead Redemption titles or not. If you know he’d like to go to a concert, or gaming convention, or live podcast show, or anything in between, it’s sustainable because nothing created or destroyed for your gift.
5. Your hardworking mother
We both know you don’t have time to order clothes online, and if you don’t live in LA or another urban
6. Your amazing best friend
I know a lot of my friends are trying to develop their personal and professional style, and have sought out help through subscription boxes or style advisors. If they’re into those now ubiquitous personally styled boxes like Stitch Fix, may I suggest getting them a box or subscription from And We Evolve, its
7. Your friendly neighbors
They might not be your best friend, but your neighbors are there for you when you need a pet-sitter, some extra quinoa, or someone to play boardgames with. Show them that you care without breaking the bank by making a nice edible gift, from homemade cookies, to a “recipe in a mason jar” kit, to fancy jams or preserves (if you don’t make them yourself, you likely have a store in your community that stocks locally made options). These are easy gifts because everyone can use them and it’s not too awkward if they didn’t get anything for you this year.
Above all else, know that the holidays are about coming together and remembering the past year and seeing old friends. You don’t NEED to get anyone a gift, nor do you need to show off your wealth by just how many or how expensive your gifts are. For me, I went pretty light this year. I got my boyfriend a vintage vest from Mercedes Bien Vintage in DC (A must visit store in Adams Morgan!), two handmade caps from Ireland, and a full branding service from a friend and graphic designer for his upcycled goods business. These are three thrifted, handmade, and experiential gifts that he’ll really love. I got another friend a Hereditary poster from a movie theatre, another the aforementioned whiskey, and a little figurine for another friend. They don’t need to be grand gestures, but ones that they wouldn’t get for themselves and show that you not only get them, but that you got them something no one else will.
Happy Holidays, everyone!
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