a girl-dusty giftguide

This is the time of year when we are bombarded with commercialism to the point of utter exhaustion. I skipped out on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and the innocent days of the week that they leaked into. Retail holidays are absurd.  But you know what? This season and all the warm fuzzy beautiful things it’s supposed to stand for? Totally not absurd.

So before I get into the material aspect of this teeny tiny sorta-earthy girly guide, let me touch briefly (importantly) on some not-necessarily-tangible gifting.  I’m pretty sure my extended adult family is going to be happy with hugs, conversation, photo-ops, and homemade cookies.  Yours probably will be, too.  Spend some time with the people you love. Focus on memory making. Turn off the tv. Walk the family dog. Do the dishes. Clean the junk out of your closet. Bake a damned pie.

Ok!

Lip balm is a nice little filler. Instead of a petroleum-based product, try Hurraw! Balm’s SPF 15 (tangerine chamomile).

Rocky Top Soap’s  “winter skin set” looks perfect for the long long New England winter. All three soaps are packed with vitamin D.

Pair an insulated glass tea press (via reuseit.com) with some loose leaf tea from MA based good4you. The hand drawn labels are the sweetest.

Instead of shopping Victoria’s Secret, how about a pretty little something from cruelty-free lingerie company Purrfect Pineapples? The set shown above is my personal favourite, but there are prints for every taste.

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Sweet & Sara have some really delicious looking vegan holiday noms, including marshmallow snowmen and peppermint mallow bark. You can order online or find a local retailer. PS. Their strawberry mallows are really good, too.

[I’m totally not cool or popular or organized enough to have any sort of giveaway in conjunction with this, but please feel free to comment and share with me some of your favourite gift ideas!]

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