Yesterday Joe asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I hate this question. If I answer it then that is probably what I will get and then I won't be surprised. Plus I figure that someone who has been with me for nearly 10 years should know what to get me. But what if the consumer market isn't set up for someone like Joe to be able to find gifts for a crunchy gal like me. As you walk through any mall or even an online store, you are bombarded by toxic filled gift packs that are aimed at being a quick and easy gift for women.
Shopping for an eco-conscious woman means that your list isn't a simple as bath set, leather wallet, necklace. Instead it outlines the chemicals to avoid and the brands that are good. Fear not! It really isn't all that hard, especially if you have access to the types of products that she already buys.
Tips for Buying Gifts for an Eco-Conscious Girl
Support your local CSA and pre-order boxes. It doesn't have to be every week or for the full year. I like to order them for every 2nd or 3rd week in the fall and winter when my access to local organic produce is otherwise non-existent.
Ask to see her Etsy Favourites. This will give you a good idea of the shops she like and the items she has already marked from them. Pro tip - when you search in Etsy you can narrow the search results to shops near you.
Mason jars are always good. They can be used for canning, food storage, making homemade foaming soaps or storing homemade body care products. You know what, any glass storage container is a good gift.
Skip the physical gift and arrange an experience. Let's face it, activities are way cooler than "stuff" anyways. Cooking classes, yoga passes and museum tickets are all great ideas and deals can easily be found on Groupon and Wag Jag.
Look through the bathroom and her closet to see what brands she already loves. Chances are that she has done a ton of research and the brands she owns are the ones that she trusts.
Cast iron pans are a great addition to any kitchen, just make sure that you get one that isn't pre-seasoned with chemicals. Opt for one that is un-seasoned or go to an antique market to find an old one.
Buy e-books and load up her e-reader right before Christmas morning.
Did you know there is organic wine, beer and spirits? Grab a sampling, box them up and BAM Christmas saved.
What is something that someone could get for you? Or if you are the one buying, what is the biggest challenge you face?
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