Once the weather begins to change and the days start getting shorter, you know that the gift-giving season is starting to set in. As much as we love gifts (giving and getting!), everyone has been on the receiving end of an awful gift from a friend or family member that made us question whether we should completely reconsider that relationship. And while we definitely believe “it’s the thought that counts,” when it comes to gift-giving, use this season to make sure you’re handing out gifts people actually want.
MUDLOVE COFFEE MUGS
MudLOVE is using mission-driven ideals and handcrafted passion to transform mud into humanitarian aid for underserved communities around the world.
There are few things better able to stave off the cold once the weather turns than a soothing cup of hot coffee or tea. We definitely have a few brands we’re partial to--Generous, Utopian, Misuba. As any dedicated coffee or tea drinker knows, the perfect mug makes things taste better.
To elevate the coffee experience of loved ones this winter, give them a mug from MudLOVE. Not only will it brighten their day with MudLOVE’s sipspirational quotes on the mug, but it will brighten someone else's too. For every product purchased, MudLOVE provides one week of clean, drinkable water to communities with limited access to water. It’s a gift that gives a whole new reason to feel all warm inside.
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Committed to developing communities around the world, MudLOVE donates one week of clean, life-saving water for every product sold. To date, MudLOVE has ensured that over one million weeks of clean water have been donated to communities in need.
A BLANKET FROM SACKCLOTH & ASHES
Sackcloth & Ashes uses 100% recycled, eco-friendly materials to create sustainably produced blankets deeply rooted in the natural vistas that inspired them.
The colder days of fall and winter offer the perfect excuse for wrapping up with a blanket and leaning into full-day binge sessions. But not all blankets are created equal. Winter blankets must meet certain colder weather criteria that other blankets don’t.
For a winter blanket, we can’t recommend Sackcloth & Ashes enough. At 72 inches it has enough room to practically get lost in. And with their gorgeous minimal designs and compatible colors, there’s enough variety to match nearly any room’s aesthetic. So you walk from room to room, wrapped head-to-toe, without ever feeling out of place. With the added comfort of knowing Sackcloth & Ashes donates one blanket to a local homeless shelter for every blanket they sell, it's a gift guaranteed to keep a lot of people warm.
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In an effort to aid homeless shelters across America, for every purchase of one of their blankets, Sackcloth & Ashes donates another to a local homeless shelter. Through their campaign, Blanket the United States, they aim to donate over one million blankets to homeless shelters by 2024.
WRITING ESSENTIALS FROM THE SCRIBES
The Scribes stitches together high-quality materials and mission-driven ideals to produce minimalist journals that promote the power of the page.
As the colder weather and shorter days force more people indoors for longer stretches, finding productive ways to stay occupied are more important than ever. Our recommended winter activity is journaling and we’ve been known to pass out a journal or two as gifts. The benefits of journaling can be found literally everywhere and the winter season provides a great opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and plan for the year that’s yet to be.
For all of our journaling needs, we turn to The Scribes. With gorgeous, unadorned designs and multiple page layouts, these journals create a pen and paper experience that allows anyone to write without distractions. Add in the fact that The Scribes donates a journal to students in need for every journal they sell, each time they open up their journal to write they’ll be reminded of the power of a page.
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BATH BALMS FROM MUSEE
Musee uses ethically sourced natural ingredients to make handcrafted, organic bath products that support their mission of providing dignified work to vulnerable people in their community.
What better way to escape the stresses of the winter months than to decompress in a hot tub? For those who understand the restorative benefits of a tub, those who embrace the life-changing emotional exfoliation a bath provides, we can’t recommend Musee bath products enough.
With bombs, salts, and more, Musee elevates the bath to another level of serenity and relaxation and makes the perfect gift for anyone needing a moment to themselves. And knowing Musee’s handcrafted bath products are helping provide a second chance for women in recovery only makes the gift, and relaxation it delivers, that much more enjoyable.
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Dedicated to the development of their local community, Musee’s workforce is made up of women in recovery, people with disabilities, and others who have lived in chronic poverty, creating economic opportunities and stability for people around them.
CANDLE-TO-COCKTAIL GLASSWARE FROM RANGER STATION
Ranger Station uses the principle of reusability to create multi-purpose, candle-to-cocktail glassware that is designed to elevate the experiences of our lives.
If there is one gift that is always landing on the wrong side of hit-or-miss, it’s the candle. This is a shame because few gifts offer a better opportunity to completely reform a room better than a great candle. That goes double for fall-scented candles.
This fall, our homes are covered in Ranger Station Candles. These sleek, minimalist candles invite the natural world into your home and instantly transform any room into a decadent display of aromas. It doesn’t hurt that their glass votives double as cocktail glasses, making them gifts that provide the perfect complement to the longer, colder nights in winter.
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With locally produced products using glassware votives sourced throughout the U.S., Ranger Station creates repurposable candles votives that encourage thoughtful consumption and help create a life with less waste.
BEAN-TO-BAR CHOCOLATE FROM XOCOLATL
Xocolatl blends the rich bitterness of individually sourced raw cacao with pure, natural flavors to create expressive bean-to-bar chocolate intent on enriching lives around the world.
Some gifts shouldn’t last forever. And it’s almost guaranteed that if you deliver the gift of one of Xocolatl's bean-to-bar chocolate creations, it will be gone before too long. The rich bitterness of Xocolatl’s natural chocolate, sourced from a variety of indigenous locations around the world, delivers a decadent treat to every taste bud.
As a gift, it is the perfect reminder that great chocolate has the same complexities and nuances as a superior bottle of wine. And it will help everyone remember that the mass-produced, over-processed chocolate we see at the stores is exactly where it should stay.
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By only using raw, indigenous-origin cacao that is sourced directly through individual farmers and cooperatives, Xocolatl is ensuring employment opportunities in local economies and increasing environmental stability across the planet.