The way I see it, we are a country divided. Not to worry, this isn’t an opinion piece on the extreme political polarity of America, as tempting as that is with mid-term elections being last week. I’m talking about the “Christmas Elves” and the “Grinches”. Almost all of us fit into one category or another. Either you are the sprightly little beings who turn-up to the Christmas Classics the day after Halloween (Thanksgiving? What’s that?). The ones who are Mrs. Claus incarnate and do their shopping months in advance, taking their time to artfully wrap gifts - in between cookie baking, putting up a 5th Christmas tree, and hanging mistletoe in the most essential places. And then… There is the rest of us. Whether your just too busy hustling or your heart really is 3 sizes too small, the holidays creep up and frighten the shit out of you (and us), a bit like Mr. Grinch himself.
If you’re like us and you’re not only busy but you also struggle with how to gift, then we’ve got you covered. We struggle a bit during the holidays especially with the vast consumerism and materialistic mindset that we so often fall into. By supporting ethically/American-made, independent brands, you get unique and thoughtful gifts while also supporting real people rather than feeding the ugly monster that is general consumerism. This little black book (or should I say green book?) of gifts is not only helpful but thoughtful. So, may we present our gift to you this holiday season - a collection of our very favorite ideas to make giving this year a little less work and a little more… Egg Nog. Spiked of course.
For the Bold and Beautiful:
Perfect for the woman in your life who always rocks that statement piece or bold looks as fiercely as Beyonce herself. Dare I say Diva?
Alice Alexander (https://alicealexander.co) is an ethically-made brand that features vibrant, unique pieces that are made in Philadelphia. May we suggest:
The Ruth Blouse in Emerald Green Cupro -
Bow tie neck closure, full, billowing sleeves with button cuff, fitted at the bust, relaxed through the body, finishes at high hip.
Stone Cooper - Created with a conscience and appreciation for quality, Stone Cooper strives to provide distinctive, wearable pieces that tell a story and make you feel your best. (https://www.stonecooper.com/collections/earrings/)
Turquoise Conch Hoops - Vintage turquoise sterling silver conch studs have a new life with these 1.5-inch sterling silver patterned hoops. Light-weight and super easy to wear!
Tesoro Design - You know all about us, but just as a friendly reminder, we purchase our leathers domestically, we handmake each bag, and we support other female entrepreneurs our shop.
The Chelsea - This bag is designed to be the essential everyday cross-body bag. We designed the Chelsea to be super functional and stylish. From interior and exterior pockets to a short and long strap, this bag has everything you need to stay organized and be unique.
ANDAGAIN - AndAgain designs and creates inspiring, stand out fashion pieces from vintage, second hand and forgotten materials. Founded in 2016 by Morgan Young and Greg Harder, we seek to bridge the gap between fashion, art, and sustainability.
The Geo - A geometric-inspired unisex top made of 14 triangles. A mix of denim washes and raglan sleeves will be your new favorite. (https://www.andagainco.com/shop-all/the-geo)
For the Classy AF:
Some things never go out of style. Like this classy, red-wine drinking queen who is more concerned with effortless style than what is trending right now. These gifts include some Timeless classics that can hold their own with black/white, polka dots, and red lipstick.
Damiano Collection- Each garment is cut from 100% pure fabric made with naturally derived silk and cotton fibers. Production is done locally and domestically, with the help of our network of artisan seamstresses and small batch manufacturers.
Silk wrap shirt - The perfectly versatile work to weekend piece. 100% Silk Charmeuse collared shirt featuring adjustable wrap closure. Skims the body for a fluid yet tailored fit, with a slightly shorter bracelet length sleeve. Choose a size based upon your chest measurement.
Sylven Shoes - Casey only works with ethical factories and tanneries. Our goods are handmade in Spain in the exact same factories as some of the world’s top designer brands. Additionally, we place a huge emphasis on our production process and are obsessed with our materials (https://sylvennewyork.com/)
Olympia - Garnet These fabulous cherry red beauties are not only water resistant chic, but they are also the perfect height and perfect color. These are sure to cause an Olympic sized fuss anywhere they make an appearance
Tesoro Design - You know all about us, but just as a friendly reminder, we purchase our leathers domestically, we handmake each bag, and we support other female entrepreneurs in our shop
The Nora - Maroon - Meet the only work bag you will ever need. This gorgeous tote bag features a zipper closure to keep all your treasures safe and opens super wide to make your stuff easy to find.
For the trail-blazing gypsy:
Whether your girl enjoys living out of a van and catching waves, or a hard-working mom who doesn’t have time to “fix” her hair in the mornings, these gifts are perfect for our on-the-go goddesses.
Erin-made headbands (https://erinmade.com/) feature playful, comfy fabrics and are as versatile as the women who wear them. You could even use it as “ribbon” if you have another present to go along with it!
Erin Made Headband - A truly one-size-fits-all bohemian headband. This two piece headband design ensures a completely self-adjustable, flattering and comfortable fit. The wearer is the creator of the look as the pieces are interchangeable.
Bryr Clogs - "We believe in slow fashion and in making things that last. We encourage our customers to come for a visit and stay a while, and we love to help them find their perfect clog. Our goal is to make you a pair of clogs that you'll love (and wear!) for a long time." (https://www.bryrstudio.com/)
Sybil Clog, High Heel - These clogs are your 1970's clogs daughter. Sleek, well made and updated in every way. Each shoe is made to order, so grab your pair now!
Tesoro - Girl you already know all about us :)
The Ellie Fanny Pack is also the ideal travel companion. With enough space to carry all your essentials - Passport, Cards, SPF 50 Lip Balm and a small camera, Ellie can be worn around your waist and unlike most Fanny Packs we know, instantly upgrades any outfit even if you actually have been traveling 60’s style in a Kombi from music festival to market for weeks. What more could any jetsetter want?
Tesoro Tribe Tee- Tesoro believes in lifting up the people around us, and with every "tribe" teeshirt sold we will donate $10 to a charity chosen by our instagram followers.
Lush - Lush's super popular Charity Pot offers skin nourishment from hydrating cocoa butter and softening shea butter, while simultaneously offering environmental charities a token of our gratitude. Every cent you pay for this purchase (minus taxes) is donated to grassroots organizations that focus on environmental conservation, animal welfare, and human rights. Do good, feel good, right?
Soko Jewelry - "We’re pioneering Ethical Fast Fashion, aligning handmade talent from emerging markets with the international fashion consumer. We work with artisan entrepreneurs every day to build their businesses, improve production capacity, and sustainably increase income." - Find this jewelry and many others like it at Old Soul Decor in West Chester, PA. Dash Cuff, Brass - Hand-cast from brass, each cuff is a unique piece, individually crafted by the artisan using reclaimed brass door handles and sink faucets given a new life.
One Grid - Every candle purchase delivers a solar light to a person living without electricity in a rural part of the world. (https://onegridcandle.com/)
Thanks for taking the time to check this gift guide out. We have a mens guide coming soon :)
- Brit (Written with the help of Ellie Rodenburg)