SHOP SMALL & FAIR GIFT GUIDE
Just a kind reminder to shop small this season. In case you're not knitting, claying or crocheting your gift, it would be amazing you'd buy from a small business.
Cause the busiest shopping season of the year is upon us. And while brands lure us (in)to their shops with ads, newsletters and appealing gift boxes another set of Covid measures lies ahead of us. This makes online shopping and alternative delivery methods a must. Which hits small business owners the hardest. Many already have been forced to close their doors or are struggling to keep them open. But what we've also learned from Covid; we are all in this together - so we can also help each other get out.
Why you want to shop small
Not buying from the big brands is one step forward to breaking with fashion industry's biggest problem; 'overproduction'
Local shopping supports local economy and community. It's not only the local business owner you help but also his/her daughter taking ballet lessons, a natural beauty product buying ingredients from a local farmer or a flourishing bakery inspiring others to also set up their own shop.
It' way more personal. Think personal surprising notes included in the package and contact with the owner is often only one click away. They are often happy to help you find the perfect gift.
Shopping small is often more sustainable. Locally produced products often need less transport,fewer middleman. andalso more transparency can be given of the origin of the product.
A gift from a small boutique or brand suggest effort, time and love has put into it.
This all summed up makes shopping small the coolest and most human thing to do this season.
Here is my top 20 favourite gifts.
Fair gifts for him and her. No matter the age.
A gift for the planner. Or those who can use a little good looking helping when it comes to getting organised. Weekly planner from Rotterdam based designer.
A fancy scarf for the fashion lover. This seasons must have accessory from hot new Stockholm based brand.
COMING OF AGE NYC
The Christmas classic - mittens and scarf. These fancy silk ones are also available in green. New York based label.
FLUFFY HOTEL SLIPPERS FROM TOASTIES
Who doesn't need a pair of comfy, warm and stylish pair of hotel slippers. except for your vegan friends. 100% merinos sheepskin slippers from Paris based brand.
Biobased Glitter. Commited to blur gender lines through shine. New York based. Available in Europe via Fashion for Good (Amsterdam)
Another Christmas classic that always works - the fancy candle. But this is no burner. New York based brand.
Get your Christmas table fix at RIRA. Or score the slightly wonkly looking glass for your art meets wine loving friend.
Never miss with a fancy, all natural and stylish multi balm. It works for him, for her, as a scrub, a day cream... Amsterdam based beauty brand.
A classic jewellery gift for the modern woman. Pieces - made with responsible gold - that fuse pure and geometric elements with natural forms. Amsterdam and Bali based brand.
This bright coloured Bolivian bazar bag is light weight, super strong, comes in all the colours of the rainbow and looks good on any arm. Amsterdam based.
HOUSE OF FORMLAB
A bundle of Palo Santo for the witches, plant medicine lovers, spirt junkies and yoga lovers. Available at any crystal, new age or yoga store.
Ceramics handmade in Denmark by Betina Jørgensen. A dream for your artsy and bold prints loving loved-ones. Buy directly on Instagram via DM. Or let it inspire you to get crafty yourself.
If the 'The Holiday' (as in the Christmas movie) was a pillow.... These handmade patchwork pillows go well on the couch of your cute, tea sipping loved one. UK based brand (with Nordic roots)
Another classic, the sock. Who won't be pleased with socks this classic and contemporary at the same time. Socks come in the pretties box. Spanish based brand.
Pyjamas straight from Wes Anderson’s dreams. For him and her. Made by Tom, his family and friends from Latvia.
A screen-free, mindful and calming activity kit for kids (4+) and adults to make at home. 100% wool. Designed and made by Maija Nygren, a Finnish knitter in Scotland.
A gift for the arts, crafts and fashion lovers. Tip: have something custom made.
A chain for the person that's always looking for his/her (sun)glasses. Made with semi precious gemstones. Amsterdam based.
Karma points guaranteed while gifting this handmade sustainable yoga and meditation pillow. German based brand.
Fair trade alpaca gloves made in Peru for your warm, loving and embracing friend.
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