Holiday Staff Picks!
Some of our favorite gift-able items
Alex N. Recommends: Queen Bee by Ariel’s Honey Infusions
What could be better to battle the winter colds and blues than the wonderful raw honey infusion from Vermont based honey infused with organic herbs. The Queen Bee infusion is one of my favorites, with rose petals, nettle leaves, red clover flowers and lemonbalm. A perfect treat for loved ones during this holiday season, to have with their favorite teas or pastries!
Alex S. Recommends: Rise Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser by Ellia
The Ellia Rise diffuser makes a great gift for anyone who wants to add a little calm to their home! The Rise model comes with an essential oil starter pack, different calming sound effects, a color changing light with adjustable brightness and a remote control! Really easy to use and customize to your chill out time needs!
Alyssa Recommends: XO Flow Menstrual Cup by GladRags
I know, it is a little odd to give a menstrual cup as a gift, but seriously... these change lives (heck, just gift it to yourself!). Specifically the XO Flo Menstrual Cup by GladRags. With it's unique shape and design, there's no need to worry about leakage or discomfort so every moon goddess can carry on smashing the patriarchy and reducing waste without a care in the world (well, as far as your period is concerned).
Amy Recommends: Bubble Bath by Carina Organics
Who doesn't love the cozy warmth of a bubble bath? Treat yourself and your loved ones to the pampering goodness of relaxation and soft skin during the cold and dry winter months.
Ariel Recommends: Bright & Easy 3-Minute Flash Mask by Ursa Major
I think it is safe to say we all get a tiny bit dry and dull during the cold and bitter winter months of New England. Why not gift someone you love with a face mask that feels as decadent as it is effective?! Ursa Major has truly made a gem with this product, which leaves the face brightened, smoothed, and clear in a fraction of the time of some other masks. Filled with enzymes, aloe, and nourishing fruit extracts, this mask will be the perfect thing to refresh the skin and give you that "lit-from-within" look (its THAT good, I promise!).
Bex Recommends: Eros & Psyche Annointing Oil
Need a little something extra for your special someone? This delicate blend of sandalwood and neroli essential oil is intended to be a soulmate blend that "helps instill faith in the power of eternal love." Bonus? It smells amazing and happens to be super hydrating with its luscious base of sweet almond oil.
Brenden Recommends: Dark & Salty Morsel by Rise CBD
The number one thing we all could be doing during the holidays, religious or not, is to chill out. Just CHILL! Rise CBD rich morsels contain a perfect 25mg per package, packing the perfect punch to make your holiday a relaxing day. By the way, they taste great and they fit well into a stocking.
Caitlin Recommends: Active Enzyme Exfoliator by Josh Rosebrook
Josh Rosebrook's Active Enzyme Exfoliator is by far my favorite facial exfoliant. This blend is gentle enough to use on acneic skin, and powerful enough to renew your glow as we head into the colder months. Josh Rosebrook has designed his products with plants, people and planet in mind. I see a noticeable difference in my skin after using this exfoliator. Bonus - Josh Rosebrook's opaque glass containers make the perfect light-blocking container for your favorite herbs!
Caleb Recommends: Hair Oil by Badger
This is the perfect gift for those people in your life who have dry scalps throughout the winter. I use it at night throughout the winter and during the day to add a little extra something to my hair and beard. I recommend getting one for a loved one and one for yourself!
Elizabeth Recommends: Salted Chocolate Toffee by Theo
Perfect gift for giving for any and all of of the December holidays... Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year's Eve. Theo Chocolate is one of the premier Organic & Fair Trade chocolate brands. Their "Theo Salted Toffee Bar" is divine! And 2-3 bars of these chocolate bars put into one of our holiday gift bags with colorful tissue paper, is always a fantastic crowd-pleaser of a gift!
Emily Recommends: Restore CBD Balm Stick by Cordial Organics
For everyone on my list who says "my [shoulders/neck/back/feet] are killing me" I'm gifting them this amazing CBD balm! Made with warming cinnamon and cooling peppermint oils along with arnica and 200 mg of effective CBD, it's the perfect treat for achy muscles and joints.
Eric Recommends: Bag - Woodland Friends Puppet by Global Goods Partners
It's a felt purse with finger puppets poking out of pockets in front! You take your little puppet friends around with you! love this product so much that I am seriously considering falling in love and having a child just so I can give them this gift when they are 4 to 8 years old.
Jake Recommends: Interactive Cat Toy by Cat Dancer
You know when you buy your cat an elaborate toy but they only want to sit in the box that it came in? Well sometimes simple is best. The Cat Dancer Cat Toy is a recyclable wire toy made from just steel and cardboard. You hold one end and it bounces around and they chase it. Your cat gets to practice the hunt and there aren't any harmful plastics. It'll provide your cat with hours and hours and hours of entertainment. Cats like holiday gifts too.
Jessi Recommends: Vermont Wood Birch Candle by Farmhouse Pottery
Everyone loves a warm, nature and rural landscape inspired scent, especially during the holiday season when things in the city can feel a bit overwhelming. With notes of white tea evergreen and cypress oils, this hand-poured candle is so very gift worthy for yourself or your loved ones. So get in your comfy clothes, light up your candle and relax!
John Recommends: Lighten Up SAD Light by Relaxus
Give the gift of sunshine (or the next best thing) this winter! As the solstice looms, and the stress of the holidays piles up, I know that all of us know someone who could use a few extra healing rays of light to combat the winter doldrums. You can even gift it to yourself! Self-care is always in season.
Karyn Recommends: Farmstead Goat Milk Caramels by Big Picture Farm
A wonderful treat for anyone on your list. These caramels are absolutely delicious, and the boxes are lovely. Pick one of these up and then do yourself a favor- follow them on instagram for adorable pictures of goats, barn cats. dogs, and Vermont!
Laché Recommends: My Community by Host Defense
The Holiday season is the perfect time to stock up on Host Defense’s My Community. I think everyone can benefit from taking my community to help protect themselves from seasonal ailments and support their immune systems. My boyfriend teaches kids K-5 and uses this to help protect himself during the cold and flu season.
Len Recommends: The Original Lunar Phase Calendar
The mesmerizing patterns of the moon phases, much like the ebb and flow of the tides she guides, give us something to meditate on throughout the year. Good for anyone desiring to keep a sharp eye on their place in the cosmos.
Matt Recommends: Paws - Dog CBD Oil by Charlotte’s Web
The perfect gift for your favorite dog or dog owner. Charlotte's Web Paws CBD oil helps your dog maintain a state of calm and supports their hips and joints. My dogs enjoy this oil drizzled on top of their food and favorite treat.
Michael Recommends: White Dragon Matcha by Sun Potion
Mighty, Miraculous Matcha, the green tea that elevates, inspires, energizes and encourages a focused mind. Sun Potion's "Ceremonial Grade" offering takes those qualities to a higher level. I drink it when I need to work, I drink it when I want to sit mindfully, and I enjoy it just before a walk especially on a cold winter's day.
Mike Recommends: Chocolate Mint CBD Oil by Green Mountain CBD
I can't begin to tell you how much this product has helped me feel more balanced. While my diet is in great shape, it has not included the many aspects that a Full Spectrum CBD product has to offer, from CBD and other cannabinoids, to terpenes, to essential fatty acids, and more. I use Green Mountain when I'm feeling overwhelmed, restless, or generally on edge.
Nick Recommends: Cheers to Cheddah by Miyoko’s
Are you going to a holiday party, but don't feel like making anything? Bring this Miyoko's Roadhouse Cheese. It tastes really good so I don't think anyone will complain that you didn't put any effort into it.
Sally Recommends: Cosmic Cushion by Sun & Moon Originals
I am already gearing myself up for a more serene, gentle and calm New Year by learning to meditate. Besides the necessary frame of mind and space, I would really like a Cosmic Meditation Cushion from Sun & Moon, filled with buckwheat hulls for more comfy cozy sitting and chilling. They come in an assortment of lovely colorful removable cotton covers. Available in a more firm compact cotton Kapok filling as well. Happy Solstice gift to me!
Sam Recommends: Atmosphere Luminous Foundation Stick by Vapour Beauty
Vapour's creamy, moisture-packed sticks are tremendously versatile, and a great gift for both serious makeup aficionados and minimalists. They work great as all-over foundation, spot coverage, concealer, and even eye shadow primer. The sweet beeswax in the formula also creates a protective layer on the skin that can help to lock in moisture - a serious bonus in these windy winter months.
Sarah Recommends: Classic Mug by Emerson Creek Pottery
I love the shape of the Classic Mugs by Emerson Creek Pottery. Not only are they adorable and maybe a little spill-proof, but they are handcrafted in Virginia from lead-free, non-toxic clay of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. And they are dishwasher and microwave safe!
Sheila Recommends: Skin Food by Weleda
Skin Food, is the ultimate moisturizer for rough dry skin. This product is especially healing for cracked skin around the nails area. You can also use it on the face and entire body. Created in 1926, Skin Food has stood the test of time. Drench your skin in it. It contains aromatic plant extracts which are rich with Calendula, Camomile, Rosemary, Pansy, and Beeswax.
Stephanie A Recommends: Neck Wrap by Slow North
Give your sweetheart/loved one the gift of warmth and relief! Slow North Neck Wraps come in many different fun patterns (including hedgehogs, HELLOOO!) and are made from a soft and comfy/sustainable linen and cotton blend. Pop it in the microwave for one minute and drape around your shoulders and this neck wrap will feel like a toasty warm and soothing hug! Its the perfect addition to a "self care" themed gift box or just on its own!
Steph C Recommends: Rich Body Glide by Sutil
Enriched with Siberian ginseng, horny goat weed and botanical hyaluronic acid, Sutil is a clean, elevated upgrade from the ordinary, packaged in a 100% biodegradable tube. A unique gift for your partner (or yourself) that you will both enjoy.
Vicki Recommends: Vegan Golden Milk by Jahmu Chai
This is the best golden milk I have had to date. And also to note, I am not vegan. There's coconut milk powder inside, so all you have to do is add water. Easiest thing ever. But also extremely satisfying to the taste buds.
Zach Recommends: Elderberry Syrup by Cambridge Naturals
This year, give the gift of Immune Support! But seriously, this stuff is DELICIOUS and good for your health. Pair with sparkling water and some Lemon Balm Tincture to create a wonderful winter tonic for immune and emotional wellness.