This year I am really enjoying doing the majority of my holiday shopping at the farmer’s market or on my couch, underneath a cozy blanket!  The past few years, I have challenged myself to buy local and handmade items.  I especially love to give charitable gifts.  It is fun to offer friends and family a meaningful gift, while also supporting small businesses and charity organizations.  Christmas is one of the biggest seasons of consumption in our household, so I take it as an opportunity to spend thoughtfully and mindfully.  Here are some of my favorites!


1) Anchal Project: I found this organization while watching the Half the Sky documentary.  They specialize in luxe textiles, perfect to honor a mother or grandmother this holiday season. They also have a seasonal line at Urban Outfitters!

2) Rahab Ministries: By far my favorite organization to order from.  This Christian organization works to lift women out of trafficking in Thailand.  They sell beautiful jewelry and also amigurumi-style crocheted dolls for children.  I have ordered from them in the past and love their work!  If you are interested in ordering from Rahab Bazaar, make sure to do so soon, since the pieces come from Thailand, and they’ll need time to ship!

3) Terracycle: In my zero waste post, I mentioned TerraCycle, an organization that accepts hard-to-recycle items from schools and other organizations/individuals, and upcycles them into new objects. Those who donate get one cent for every item they send in, and they can apply their earnings to charities.  Terracycle then sells their upcycled items at this site! These zip totes would be perfect inside a diaper bag.

4) Full Circle Exchange: If your family prefers edible gifts, here are some options at Full Circle Exchange!  In addition to coffee, teas, and chocolate, they also have textiles and jewelry.

5) Made by Survivors : This is a site filled with fantastic gift options, from jewelry to textiles.  There are even some very sweet options for children, like this hand puppet set!

I still have a lot of gifts to buy this season! Do you have any more go-to options for feel-good holiday spending?