The holiday season is in full swing, and we’re excited as ever to get caught up in the sparkle of lights and the joyful exchange of thoughtful gifts and appreciation with our loved ones near and far.
This year, we’re supporting small businesses and putting earth-friendly, sustainable, and non-toxic gifts at the top of our wish list, and we hope you will too! Did you know that when you choose to shop at a small business, more of your money ends up back in your community than when you buy things on Amazon or at Target? Not only will you find high-quality (and often hand-made!) products that make special and unique gifts, but you’ll also have a direct positive impact on your local economy. Everybody wins!
Check out these 11 essential gift suggestions that are natural, hand-made, ethically sourced to make your gift choices even more meaningful this year.
Give the gift of confidence for anyone on your list to jump into the booming essential oil world with a well thought out starter aromatherapy set from the Mockingbird Apothecary. The Essential Oil Starter Set takes the guesswork out of the equation for anyone new to essential oils and will make you the hero at your work or at the family holiday dinner.
Here are some other aromatherapy gifts perfect for grandparents, coworkers, or the teachers in your (or your kids’!) life:
Look beyond the Christmas cookie scented candles and get your vibes right with the unique gift of aromatic incense. Historically, incense has played an important role in sacred traditions, healing rituals, and setting the mood of a space. These luxurious Japanese style, natural incense sticks are inspired by the ancient art of incense making and are blended with refined plant material to give an elegant cloud and profound scent. Take a look at our entire collection of incense, but the sample set is perfect if you can’t decide!
And because we do still love candles, impress your friends with these premium, natural, and non-toxic candles. We like to always have a couple of these on hand in our emergency gift stash:
- Magnolia Peony Botanical Gardens Soy Candle
- Lily of the Valley Natural Soy Candle
- Locally Sourced Natural Beeswax Candle
This two-in-one proves once and for all that it’s possible to do two things at once while not sacrificing quality in either (or this body wash and shampoo is just better than us) !
Treat the precious multi-taskers in your life to this Ultra-Hydrating & Nourishing Body Wash and Shampoo that is is enriched with aloe vera to detoxify, sooth, nourish, and moisturize dry, itchy skin and scalps. Plus you can save valuable space on your shower shelf or in your suitcase by limiting your bottles.
If the body wash and shampoo is not quite right, check out these other luxurious and rich bath essentials:
Our 100% biodegradable dry brush is the perfect addition to a luxury bath essential gift bundle. Dry brushing is invaluable in helping with many health concerns, and it is a wonderful addition to a morning or nightly skin care routine.
These are some of our other favorites for exfoliating:
This Apple Vinegar & Turmeric Natural Facial Cleanser is ideal for all skin types. The magical ingredients include turmeric to improve skin texture and tone, licorice extract to brighten skin, egg whites to tighten pores and remove excess oils, and ACV to improve overall skin condition. If you know someone who is already dedicated to a natural skincare routine or someone who is looking to start one, this would be the perfect gift for them.
These are some other great cleansing options, especially for those going through hormonal changes (think teens or pregnancy):
- White Willow Bark and Activated Charcoal Natural Facial Cleanser
- Tamanu & Green Clay Facial Soap
- Tighten, Lift and Cleanse Clay Facial Mask
Even the ones who love the cold weather can’t escape the dreaded dry skin that comes with it. Give the gift of plump, dewy skin with our Hydration Facial Serum. It is a deeply moisturizing and non-greasy formula that absorbs quickly into sensitive skin, and it is a great treatment for dry skin, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea and dermatitis. These luxurious and affordable serums are handmade in small batches with organic ingredients to maintain sustainable practices and to guarantee quality. Buy one for a specific skin solution, or you can purchase the Facial Serum Set and give the gift that keeps on giving.
Need something for mother-in-law or a favorite teacher? Try these other natural moisturizers:
We love this shampoo bar as a gift for our frequent flying or adventuring friends because you can cut the bar into a smaller piece for easy carry-on packing! Shampoo bars are the most convenient for travel, and they are eco-friendly, vegan, and cruelty-free. The Guava Seed Mango Butter Organic Shampoo Bar wrapped in seed paper is made with super conditioning organic mango butter and guava seed oil. Rich in beta-carotene and Vitamin A, the guava seed oil can help prevent dandruff and strengthen the hair, while the organic mango butter promotes a healthy scalp.
If someone on your list deserves to be pampered with natural hair products, then try these:
- Kalahari Mongongo Banana Clarifying Shampoo & Deep Conditioning Masque
- pH Balancing Shampoo & Extra Rich Conditioner
- Mud Slide Nourishing Conditioner
Spice up your hot drink menu this season with the Golden Soul Ayurvedic Blend. It’s like a slightly spicy take on chai, made with ginger and turmeric to make it anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich. Forget Peppermint Mochas and Eggnog, the Golden Soul Ayurvedic Blend will be your new favorite holiday drink! We recommend cooking or steeping it in hot milk with a few spoonfuls of honey.
If you've got a tea lover on your list, checkout some of these:
Winter is here, and for a lot of us, that means growing out the beard. For anyone who needs to see this: beard care is an important part of your skincare routine! That includes the ‘stache. If you know someone who isn’t shaving this season, gift them our premium Formula One Beard Oil to leave their facial hair soft, clean, and smelling great. It also has the added benefit of hydrating that dreaded winter dry skin.
For those keeping it clean and tidy instead, these are our favorite natural and sustainable shaving products:
Much like a classic candle gift, you really can’t go wrong with this Compostable Bamboo Fiber Soap Dish. Show your family and friends you care with these stylish soap dishes made from bamboo fiber and cornstarch. They look great in any room, help soap last longer, and are 100% compostable. Bundle up the organic dish soap and a kitchen brush for everyone on your list!
And check out our natural soap options to make an adorable bathroom bundle for your family or friends:
Give the tea-lovers in your life their new favorite, and functional, mug! This double-walled mug will keep hot tea hot for hours. It features a removable infuser for those who prefer loose-leaf tea, and as an added bonus, the glass components of this cup are dishwasher and microwave safe (though you may end up washing it by hand because you use it every single day).
Let the stresses melt away with a soothing tea and a silky smooth bath bomb:
Can't Decide On The Perfect Gift?
It’s truly the thought that counts! We know there are always one or two people who are impossible to shop for. Get them a gift card to the Mockingbird Apothecary, and give them the gift of creating their own skincare routine or picking out their favorite essential oil scents! What could be better or more personalized than that?