In recent years I’ve really enjoyed the convenience and versatility of the big box online shopping experience for most of my holiday needs - great deals, low prices, free shipping… but this year I’m choosing to stay a bit more local, find things that are more meaningful, and produced ethically or on a smaller scale. I’ve learned a lot in the past year about how most products are made, the workers who make them, and how I spend my dollars really equates to a vote for the kind of world I want my children to live in. So, as often as possible, the type of businesses and commerce I support are those with philanthropic minded missions, those who use sustainably sourced materials, those who pay fair wages to their workers and treat them fairly and of course make high quality, long lasting products. So what does that look like?
My Christmas wish list includes:
gift certificates from my favorite pampering places in the Cleveland area - I love this option because it supports local businesses and reduces my carbon footprint (no shipping!)
mani/pedi from Verdure Salon - a women-owned non-toxic nail salon
facial from Raw Esthetics - a women owned local beauty business using products that are organic and sustainably sourced as often as possible
massage from my favorite massotherapist who uses Doterra essential oils during my treatment (the only oils that are sourced with fair wage, humanitarian, and sustainable practices)
lipstick set from Beautycounter -the best quality non toxic makeup on the market in my opinion! (bonus! buying these products supports my friend and fellow mama entrepreneur!)
cast iron pots and pans - this is the only thing on my list from a big box store but I feel great about asking for these because these pots and pans are the most eco friendly and sustainable choice for cookware on the market! Here are a few of the benefits:
Long-lasting: Cast iron cookware is made to last multiple lifetimes. Even old and worn pieces can be refurbished with a little elbow grease, making it eco-friendly.
Naturally Non-Stick: Cast iron is considered the original non-stick pan, minus the hazardous chemicals found in Teflon. This means good food with no side affects.
Easy to Clean: Cast iron cookware cleans up easily with a stiff brush and hot water. No soap necessary, so less resources used.
Easy to Use: Even heating on the stovetop, in the oven, on a grill or over a campfire means versatility, leaving you with less cookware to buy and less energy used as it retains its heat better.
Healthy for You: Cast iron emits small amounts of iron into your food, giving you added nutrients to help you produce red blood cells and prevent anemia. As long as you're not cooking high acid foods, have a blood disease, or using a poorly sealed pan, the iron is safe and healthy.
Affordable: It may not seem affordable when you look at a price tag of approximately $25 a piece. But when you remember than one skillet also takes the place of a casserole pan, searing pan, cornbread pan and griddle, and one Dutch Oven takes the place of a large bread pan, soup and stock pot, and deep fryer, you can start to appreciate its value. Add into that the fact that it will last you, your children and your grandchildren a lifetime, and it's a steal!
And what holiday is complete without a small piece of jewelry? I’ve already gifted that to myself when I purchased this gorgeous duo from the Doterra holiday collection - its sold out now :( - this small circle represents so much good being done in the world! Click here to watch an amazing video fo how these were made. Since these are no longer available I highly recommend grabbing the next best thing (another piece of treasured jewelry I own) from Let’s Empower - a handmade lunar menstrual tracking bracelet supporting women in Haiti.
Whats going on your holiday wish list???