I have gift anxiety.
I’m not a natural gifter, unlike my best friend or my dear mom. More often than not I cringe when someone opens my gift to them, expecting obvious disappointment to show up on their faces once they open up whatever I’ve hastily assembled for them. (Don’t worry, it doesn’t usually turn out to be that depressing.)
That is why I absolutely love gift guides! I stumbled across the Leaping Bunny‘s interactive cornucopia of compassionate gifting ideas and had to share it with all of you. If you’re struggling to find that last person on your list’s gift, this might be the answer for you. Every ornament on the trees will display a special deal or discount the company is offering. Take a look!
Featured companies include:
- Andalou Naturals (I’ve recently sampled their products and really enjoy the fruit peels)
- Dr. Bronner’s
- Mineral Fusion
- Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day (I live by their counter spray!)
- South of France
…and many more!
I also have to rep VeganCuts. It’s true what they say: ’tis the season for cruelty-free gifting! VeganCuts offers beauty boxes and snack boxes that can be gifted one-time, or set up for monthly doorstep deliveries. Who doesn’t love getting a box of new goodies every month?
Feed them — with food or words. Treats and cookbooks are always a good option. But how about both of those combined into one fantastic book? That’s right: Vegan Food Gifts (Joni Marie Newman) will inspire your crafty friend to make treats all year long.
Donate in someone’s name. Most people have a favorite cause, whether it’s animal rights, community development, green initiatives, or supporting the local economy. You know your friends and family better than I do! For that person who has everything, a credited donation can be a fantastic and thoughtful gift.
Know a self-professed gourmand? Peruse foranima‘s Food & Kitchen section. From baked goods to biodegradable plateware, there’s bound to be something for a classy someone in your life.
Support a local business and set up a couple months’ worth of produce delivery for someone important to you. Believe me, they’ll appreciate the time you saved them shopping for fruits and veggies! In Portland I like to rep Organics to You, a company I’ve been using for a year. They always surprise me with something new to cook with, and it couldn’t be easier to eat my fruits and vegetables.
Spend time. When all else fails and your gifts just aren’t working out, fall back to the real point of the holidays: spending time with the people in your life.
What kinds of gifts are you giving this holiday season?