{THE GIVE WELL} Holiday Gift Guide 2019

{THE GIVE WELL} Holiday Gift Guide 2019

The time has come when one might need to start shopping, or at least start thinking about shopping, for holiday gifts. Inevitably, there is always somebody on your gift giving list who is difficult to shop for. What do you get for the girl who has everything? What to buy for the man who thinks everything is a waste of money? Ideally, this thoughtfully curated guide will assist with your holiday shopping challenges and help pare down that list. We did our best to compile this grouping of companies that fit at least one of the following criteria: small, independent makers and artisans, give back to their communities, sustainable practices, and the use of clean ingredients. You can feel good about shopping this compilation of gift ideas knowing the company who produced the item is just as special as the recipient of your gift. 


Let us begin with our shameless self-promotion of CAUSE+MEDIC Skincare

For anyone with skin!

CAUSE+MEDIC is an all-natural skincare line combining the healing properties of CBD oil with other active botanical ingredients, to enhance skin health and radiance. Our most popular product is our pain cream which is perfect for aches, pain and areas of inflammation. Our line is free of parabens, synthetic dyes, and fragrances. Every ingredient is consciously selected, responsibly sourced, and cruelty free.  Not only are our products made from the best ingredients, we’re proud to partner with i=Change to give back to empower women and girls. Every time you buy from CAUSE+MEDIC, we give $1 and you choose where it goes. When you shop with us, you shop for a CAUSE! www.causemedicated.com 

For your cool friend: Spiritual Gangster clothing

You will win huge style points when you gift an item or gift card from Spiritual Gangster. This is a company that started as a t-shirt and it became a movement. Inspired by yogis, athletes, artists and musicians worldwide, their collections encourage the high vibration practices of living in gratitude, giving back, and choosing kindness. Their mission is to inspire positivity, generosity, kindness and connectedness with this goal in mind: may all beings everywhere be happy and free. For every item sold, Spiritual Gangster donates proceeds to provide a meal to a person in need through their partnership with feeding America. www.spiritualgangster.com


For the gym junkie: RAD Roller

RAD is the home of massage, mobility and recovery tools for everybody and lifestyle. Their mission is to improve body movement and propel radical lives through innovative tools and education. So really, one does not have to be a gym junkie to appreciate these tools. The Roller is their cornerstone product and with just one use you’ll see why it has inspired a full-on RADvolution of body and back massage tools. Their “All In” (which includes the original Roller) kit bundles point release tools with flushing tools so you can treat your body right from head to toe. From muscle flushing to trigger point release, spinal alignment to relaxing massage, RAD knows how to treat you. www.radroller.com  

For him or her: 3 Strands Shop

Choose from a variety of accessories like this hand-made beanie or natural pearl and coconut shell bracelet from 3 Strands Shop. Their mission is to provide sustainable employment opportunities and funding to support survivors of human trafficking. This amazing company sells and distributes products made by survivors of human trafficking and artisans in at-risk communities around the world including Haiti, Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Romania, East Africa and the U.S. www.3strandsshop.com

For the plant lover: Plant Aid

We all have a plant loving friend. They are the friends whose homes have clean air and plenty of greenery in each room, or whose envy evoking gardens are Instagram worthy perfection. Treat your plant loving friend or relative to clean products by Plant Aid. The key ingredient in Plant Aid products is hypochlorous acid (HOCl), a non-toxic cleansing chemical that is pH balanced and found in the human body. All of their products are 100% natural and eco-friendly, which means they are safe to use, even around kids and pets. www.plantaid.com

For the host: Dram Apothecary

Don’t know what to bring for the host with most as a token of your appreciation? Consider the Dram Apothecary Gift Set. This set of six amber glass ½ ounce bottles are filled with different kinds of bitters: Hair of the Dog Hangover Tonic, Palo Santo, Citrus Medica, Lavender Lemon Balm, Black, and Wild Mountain Sage. They are the perfect size to tuck in your purse or backpack and enjoy after a meal for superior digestion. These cocktail bitters come wonderfully packaged in a small recycled box with recycled shredded paper for cushion, information sheet about the different properties of the 6 flavors, and recipe card. www.dramapothecary.com

For the Fashionista: Kendra Scott Open Frame Danielle and Elle earrings

Trending this season from Kendra Scott are the iconic and classic Danielle and the smaller version, Elle Open Frame earrings. Now you can wear (or gift) these recognizable statement earrings without worrying about the weight of the heavy stone. Additionally, you don’t have to choose which color stone, only the color of metal. The larger size, Danielle, is available in silver and gold tones. Elle, available in silver, gold, and rose gold tones. A perfect statement piece and brand new this season! You can also feel good about supporting this brand. Kendra Scott gives back over $5 million annually to outstanding local and national causes. To shop, visit www.kendrascott.com

For kids: Green Kid Crafts

Stimulate their minds by giving the youngsters an age appropriate learning-based craft kit from Green Kid Crafts. There are many options to choose from based on age and interests. Their panel of child development experts help to ensure that their products are fun, creative, educational, and age appropriate. Their mission to foster the next generation of creative leaders by engaging kids with the planet in positive, hands-on, creative ways has exposed over one million kids to think about and take a leadership role in sustainability. Wow! What also makes this company unique is they plant one tree for every online order through their partner organization, One Tree Planted. www.greenkidcrafts.com

For her: kai fragrance

kai fragrance - kai captures the irresistible fragrance of the tropics. The scents are amazing and not overpowering. Whether you choose their signature scent, which smells like gardenia, or their new scent, kai*rose, it’s bound to be a hit with the lucky recipient. The full line includes fragrance, bath, body and home care products. Every itme is paraben, sulfate, phthalate, phosphate & gluten free. You can feel good about supporting an ethical company that boasts cruelty free, vegan ingredients and recyclable packaging. Everything is made in the U.S.A. Additionally, kai fragrance is committed to donating a portion of their proceed to the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to help people affected by mental illness experience the joy of surfing and the healing powers of the ocean. www.kaifragrance.com

For yourself: Inner Sense Organic Beauty

You read that correctly! Treat yourself this holiday season and ensure you look your best with Inner Sense Organic Beauty. They have a full line of clean hair care products for all hair types that provide clean benefits that you as a clean beauty consumer are looking for. Try Refresh Dry Shampoo, a foam to powder formula that gets rid of oils effectively and adds great texture. One of the many perks about this product? It comes in a 2.37oz size and NO aerosol can. In other words, it can be packed in your carry-on bag. Check out the ingredients tab on their website to see what they mean by CLEAN. They are also gluten-free, cruelty-free and non-GMO. www.innersensebeauty.com

For the sweet tooth: Divine Chocolate USA

Divine Chocolate USA “Seriously good chocolate.” Not only is their chocolate Divine, as their name states, they consider people and the planet in everything they do. For example, they can trace the cocoa in any bar of chocolate back to the co-operative village from which it originated. This bean-to-bar approach demonstrates their commitment to social and economic issues in the cacao industry and ensures excellence in quality control. The product line ranges from full size and snack size chocolate bars with varied flavors and cacao content, baking chocolate, an organic line, and their Luxe bars which are artfully crafted and known for their exceptional taste and beautiful gift appeal. www.divinechocolate.com/us

For Him: 7220 Soap Co.

Men need skincare, too. Keep his pores clean and skin soft with the combination of the Char Bar Clean Pore Face Soap and Sandalwood Shave Soap from 7220 Soap Co. This Colorado-based, small batch handmade soap and pottery company makes their soap naturally with pure ingredients and essential oils that help keep skin healthy while also providing aromatherapy. Upgrade your order to include a shave brush or one of their pottery soap dishes for the perfect handmade finishing touch. www.7220mercantile.com

For the green beauty lover: COOLA

Whether she’s part of the granola squad or the glam squad, there’s something for everyone in the COOLA line. They mix beauty products with practicality. COOLA consciously chose to develop their products using ingredients that are organic, sustainable and locally sourced much like the foods we prefer to eat. Their vast line of sunscreen products is perfect for protecting your skin from sun damage and comes in many different formulas, including their organic tinted lip balm with SPF 30. Truly providing sunscreen with benefits. Yes, please! www.coola.com

For the germophobe: CLEAN REPUBLIC

Germophobe: A person with an extreme fear of germs and an obsession with cleanliness. There’s nothing wrong with that! Considering we are all spending a little more time indoors during the colder months, it doesn’t hurt to hit the surfaces in your home with some all-natural cleaning products. CLEAN REPUBLIC is the next generation of clean. Described as an eco-friendly, non-toxic solution designed to clean effectively without fear of harming those who use it, it’s an everyday cleaner for everyone. It’s safe for the planet, safe for humans, and safe for animals. There are two formulas to choose from: All-Purpose Cleaner or Disinfectant + Sanitizer. Your favorite clean freak will be so happy to try these non-toxic solutions for keeping their home clean without the harsh chemicals.  www.clean-republic.com

For the tea lover: Full Leaf Tea Company

For the tea lover with a busy schedule, we present the Tea-On-The-Go Kit from Full Leaf Tea Company. This kit comes with the Ultimate Tea Sampler (8 tins of loose leaf tea, approximately 5-7 servings per tin) and the Vacuum Flask Infuser Bottle. Not only is this convenient for on the go tea brewing, the reusable flask is friendly to the earth. Based out of Southern Oregon, Full Leaf Tea Company offers a wide variety of loose-leaf teas, matcha, and accessories. One of a kind teas are created by in-house tea artisans and blenders, giving Full Leaf customers an array of products unable to be found anywhere else. All of Full Leaf Teas are certified USDA organic, non GMO, gluten free, and vegan verified. www.fullleafteacompany.com

Thoughtful treasures for her: Go Rings


Go Rings provides a line of handmade jewelry at affordable price points. Their delicate selection of 14k gold filled and sterling silver rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces are built to live in. Whether you’re dressing up or dressing down, this jewelry line is versatile enough to wear daily. When you shop with Go Rings you are also shopping for a cause. They donate up to 30% of your purchase to individuals & organizations who partner with them monthly, raising money to go do good. www.gorings.com

For your Earth loving girlfriends: Tradlands


Everyone needs clothing. With the unethical practices in the fashion industry, many people are becoming more conscious of where their clothing comes from and are moving away from disposable items from fast fashion outfitters. Tradlands offers quality items meant to last for years and considers the environment and human beings when sourcing their fabrics and labor. Their philosophy “It doesn’t matter how beautiful a garment looks if human beings and the environment are exploited in the process.” Feel good about gifting a cozy sweater from Tradlands knowing it will last for years and the earth and other humans have not paid a hefty price as a result of your warm sentiments. www.tradlands.com

For him: Topo Designs

Topo Designs is a Colorado based company that provides quality bags and apparel for the outdoor enthusiast. There are many styles and colorways available to assure you are able to find something that’s just right for your special guy. Additionally, Topo Designs has a great warranty on their products and a repair program. Not only do they produce high quality and high functionality items, they make responsible decisions with the materials they use and encourage consumers to engage and improve their communities and natural places around where they live. www.topodesigns.com




We hope this makes your gift buying more meaningful and easier. And from our family to yours, we wish you a safe, healthy holiday season.