An Eco-Friendly Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List!

by Julie Yeagley

With the holidays only weeks away, the pressure is on to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Well, you’ve come to the right place–this list of unique, eco-friendly gifts will please everyone from your bff to your boss!

For Your Sister

Dreams in a Charm

If you’re looking to step up your gift game this year, you’re going to want to check out LoveGem Studio. Created by talented designer and maker, Yin Yin Wu, Dreams in a Charm is a gorgeous new jewelry line that is eco-friendly and handcrafted individually. Each of the charms are made of recycled silver (from things like cell phones, computers, monitors, and industrial waste) and are handcrafted onto a sculpted mold with finger pressing. Each charm is one of a kind! I personally love the simplistic and inspirational designs, as well as Yin Yin’s passion for showing people that with perseverance and focus anyone can achieve their dreams.

For Your Best Friend

Pelcor Opera Clutch in Croco/Red

Okay, so I’m officially obsessed with this bag, and your best friend will be too. Pelcor, Portuagal’s premier cork accessories brand, is celebrating the holiday season with a collection of gorgeous handbags that combine luxe silver and gold reptile-embossed cork skin with vibrant, festive colors. The clutches are the perfect “plus one” for any holiday soirée and will add a sustainable and stylish touch to your holiday look. I personally fell in love with the Opera Clutch in Croco/Red. It’s the perfect statement piece and adds a touch of color to any winter outfit. The textured cork is absolutely gorgeous, and the size is big enough to stash a bottle of hand cream for cold, dry days.

The complete Fall/Winter 2014 look book can be viewed here, and the entire collection is available for purchase online at, as well as boutiques nationwide.

For Your Boss or Coworker


Buying a present for your boss or coworkers can be challenging, but Paddywax is here to save the day! Their collection of beautifully packaged candles are sure to brighten up anyone’s holiday with inspirational and thought provoking quotes, such as “Joy is not in things, it is in us.” These aromatic soy wax candles are available in 4 fresh scents including Balsam Fir, Vanilla Bean & Cinnamon, Pumpkin Spice, and Cranberry Fig, all for just $11 each. I love the scent of the Balsam Fir candle, and was delighted to find that it burned rather slowly but still filled up my entire apartment!

For Your Mom

Vineyard Hill Natural’s Artisinal Skincare Collection 

Skip Bath and Body Works this year and take a trip to wine country instead with Vineyard Hill Natural’s artisinal skincare collection. As effective as it is indulgent, this line is infused with soothing, regenerative grapeseed oil sourced straight from Napa Valley’s gorgeous vineyards. Using ultra-pure ingredients that are at least 95% natural (free of parabens, sulfates, phthaltes, synthetics and dyes, vegan friendly and never tested on animals), this friendly collection retails under $15.

I loved the Lavender Rose natural hand and body lotion with its rich formula of lavender flower oil blended with the uplifting floral aroma of rose. I also loved that it didn’t leave my hands feeling greasy like most other lotions!

Is your mom already stocked on skincare products? Not to worry! Vineyard Hill Naturals also has a line of Soy Wax Candles that consist of a custom blend of clean-burning, toxin-free soy wax that is always sourced from renewable and biodegradable materials. Their Repurposed candles are made from an assortment of discarded glass bottles. With unique scents like Rich Green Tea & Bamboo, Lemon Verbena, Pomegranate & Currant, Olive & Thyme (my personal favorite), and Mandarin Lavender, how could you possibly go wrong?

For Your Man

Velvetwire Powerslayer Phone Charger

It sounds boring, I know, but I promise the man in your life will LOVE this Velvetwire Powerslayer phone charger! It’s the perfect tech + eco-friendly accessory that will keep on giving throughout the year. The sleek design and bold colors are awesome, but my favorite part is the cable that looks like a mini climbing rope! The Velvetwire Powerslayer uses embedded software that intelligently powers off and back on, automatically, to deliver energy only as needed. This protects against overcharging and energy waste. The Powerslayer also includes built-in surge protection, which prevents irreparable damage to your valuable devices.

For Your Friend Who Just Became a Mom

Ecocentric Mom’s Discovery Boxes

With 40 million Moms in America, chances are you probably know someone who would love one of these gifts. More and more moms are taking a closer look at the ingredients in the baby essentials, personal care products, snacks, and household cleaners that they are buying for themselves and their families. These holiday gift boxes are the perfect way for any mom to discover healthy, natural and organic products without spending a fortune. The packaging is adorable, and each box is sure to please!

Delivered every-other-month, Ecocentric Mom’s Discovery Boxes feature three boxes: The Pregnancy Box, the Mom & Baby Box, and the Mom Discovery Box.  The service is geared towards any Mom who enjoys the surprise of discovering new products and who wants to ‘try’ before she buys, sampling hand-picked healthy, safe products for her family without the time and expense commitment of purchasing the full-size product from store shelves. All items are free from artificial colors and flavors, tricolsan, phtlates, sulfates, and other nasty chemicals. For $24 every-other-month, Moms and Moms-to-Be receive in each box a ‘curated’ mix of 5 to 9 large sample size or full-size products with a retail value ranging from $40 to $70, and free shipping is included.

The company is also offering a limited edition Ecocentric Holiday Box for $50 and features $100+ of product! This box can be purchased here. Use code HOLIDAYGIFT10 to receive $10 off this Holiday Box with purchase of an Ecocentric Mom subscription!

For Yourself

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care’s Firming Mask and Daily Eye Cream

The holidays can be stressful. When you’re not running from holiday party to holiday party, you’re probably trying to squeeze in gift shopping and decorating. With all of the craziness, it’s important to take care of yourself, too! Minimize your holiday-induced fine lines with a firming skincare boost from Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. The Firming Mask and Daily Hydrating Eye Cream are two natural products that will keep your skin protected and hydrated for a smooth, radiant glow that will last all year long!

The Firming Mask ($52.95) uses a strengthening formula with rose essential oil, mango butter, beeswax, and avocado oil that helps to encourage your skin’s natural process of cellular renewal. The Daily Hydrating Eye Cream ($51.95) is just as delicious with its lightweight formula that contains pineapple and marshmallow as well as avocado, macadamia nut and sea buckthorn oils to nourish dry skin while reducing the appearance of under-eye puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles.

All Dr. Hauschka products are available at

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