Holiday Gift Guide!

Holiday gift guide with sustainability in mind!

I can already hear the jingling of bells and the deep belly laughs of jolly St Nick. While that happy fella brings me joy I can’t help but feel a tiny twinge of panic when I think about all the holiday shopping ahead. Holiday shopping alone triggers anxiety for many but our current consumerism habits are also killing the planet. Because of this, I’ve set myself the North Pole high bar of shopping with sustainability in mind. How am I going to do this? Well, I’ve got a plan. 

A trip is the perfect present for someone who’s love language is quality time!

Give the gift of an experience! 

This year I have lucked out and my immediate family has decided to take a holiday trip to Disneyland & Universal Studios (in a hybrid Camry for brownie points). On a smaller scale, I love the idea of giving the gift of a trip to a museum, zoo, aquarium, or theater show. I think this is a great idea for children and adults. I can honestly say I do not remember most of my Christmas gifts as a child but I do remember seeing the Nutcracker in SF as a little girl. 

Shop Sustainable and Socially Conscious Brands 

I’ve done a couple posts about sustainably conscious brands (LINK) but a few of them are: Everlane, Wholesome Culture, Reformation, TALA, and Patagonia. These items are higher quality, last longer, and each of the brands has a focus on reducing the damage caused by the fast fashion industry. 

A prayer plant is a perfect present for the experienced (or inexperienced) plant parent

House Plants for the Holidays

As we all know, I’ve lost myself to the world of plant moms and I am loving it. Plants make an excellent gift, are fun to pick out, and can be a gift that keeps on giving for years to come. Companies like Bloomscape make it easy to have plants delivered nationwide. Bonus points if you swap out buying flowers for centerpieces and replace them with live plants – its a sustainable gift that keeps on giving. 

Used Books are the best Holiday Gift!

I love books. My Christmas list is filled with requests for books (some older and some new) and I love having a book to carry around over a Kindle. If someone on your shopping list requests a book that has been out for a while, visit your local used book store and see if they have a copy you can buy. This act supports a local business and provides a book a new home! 

I hope this helps! Even though the idea of shopping for friends and family while trying to not kill the planet is even more daunting than the idea of delivering presents to every kid worldwide (honestly, Santa, how do you do it) I’m making it my mission this year. Let me know if you give it a try – even a little effort helps! 

I’m giving up Fast Fashion

We are literally killing our planet and I’ve come to the realization that my fast fashion purchases are a part of the problem.

Sure, I reduce, reuse and recycle and I avoid red meat but I still participate in one of the biggest contributors to climate change; fast fashion.

Fast fashion is easily accessible but (outside of the horrors of child labor/abusive labor that can happen during the garments creation) the garment by design is created to fall apart requiring the consumer to purchase more clothing. 

I always used the poor college student trope as an excuse for participating in fast fashion but now that I am a somewhat fully functional adult my weak excuse is no longer valid. As my birthday resolution I am going to stop buying fast fashion and only purchase clothing from companies that are sustainably sourcing or secondhand high quality clothing.

My other concern was that shopping sustainable was going to result in 26 year old me rocking a Frankie aesthetic (unrelated but if you do not watch Grace & Frankie please start now). Obviously, that is not the case and to prove it I have compiled a list of my favorite, trendy, ways to shop sustainably.

Frankie rocking her signature look. 

Everlane has my tried and true favorite affordable denim (but definitely size down). They also carry amazing basics and cozy wools. 10/10 recommend as a sustainable starter brand.

Amour Vert is my ideal high end brand. They have amazing quality, are a favorite for staple event outfits and tops. If you live in the SF area and have the budget to binge shop their 10 items for $300 deal at their sample sale is key. If not, I highly recommend picking up a floral wrap dress or LBD for your next sophisticated event.

Girlfriend Collective is my newest workout brand of choice. I am a #gymsharkaddict but since I am becoming a sustainable shopper I am so excited to give GF Collective a try.  My friends rave about their black leggings but I have my eye on a jewel tone set.

Reformation I have yet to try anything from Ref because I have no idea how to size myself there. BUT I am going to make a effort to give their clothing a try when I go on my next shopping binge. I think this is another brand that is a little out of an everyday price range but has great investment pieces.

Asos Eco Edit gets an honorable mention as well. Although the brands they include is this category  aren’t always the most eco-friendly it’s excited to see this concept get normalized.

For jackets and shoes that I cannot live without but don’t have an sustainable favorite for I have been turning to Poshmark. I have been using Poshmark off and on for years and buying second hand clothes is the most sustainable option there is. I recently purchased pink Steve Madden ankle boots for $30 that I cannot wait to wear! 

Have any sustainable fashion hacks? Please send them my way!!