2017 SUSTAINABLE GIFT GUIDE

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I can't believe Thanksgiving is in two days! November has flown by much quicker than I anticipated. Since this is my favorite time of the year I'm trying to be more present than ever so it doesn't just pass me by. This means a ton of holiday activities like baking cookies and decorating the apartment and I'm just so excited!

Before I dive into my gift guide I wanted to provide a quick preamble. I've had these thoughts for a while now but thought today would be the most appropriate time to share them. 

In this space, I try very hard not to impose the feeling that you need to buy all of the things all of the time. It’s a very fine line because I want to showcase brands and small businesses but I don’t want you to feel pressured to buy things just to buy. I want you to still be thoughtful and focused when it comes to your closet. Take time to plan and mull over your decisions. With the kick off of holiday shopping, It can be very easy to get glazed over by all of the sales. While at the same time it is also a great time to finally pull the trigger on some of those ethically made pieces that were just a little out of reach before and support small business owners. Just remember to reference your list, set a budget and make a game plan. 

So with that being said, if you are looking for holiday gift ideas, I’ve curated a list of sustainable gifts for everyone on your list and a couple of discount codes for Thoughtful Closet readers! The products listed below are items that I personally love or are ones that I’ve had my eye on as gifts. I've also included my holiday shopping tips to help you keep a level head this season so lets jump in :) 
 

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1 | small u pouch | baggu | made in USA | I use this as my everyday wallet and absolutely love it. It holds all of my cash/cards + chapstick and the leather is so buttery soft. 

2 | abstract nude earrings | knobbly studio in collaboration with laurie franck | made in jaffa, Isreal | I love these abstract earrings and even have them on my wishlist. The forms are so beautiful and subtle making them a beautiful minimal statement piece.

3 | dollup crew socks | hansel from basel | designed in LA | The abstract polka dot on these socks are so adorable. I can picture them just peaking out from the hem of some vintage mom jeans & sneakers. 

4 | magazine subscription | kinfolk | made in denmark | lifestyle magazine that touches on home, work, style & culture all while connecting creatives around the world. 

5 | lightweight puffer jacket | everlane | made in Bac Giang, Vietnam | A lightweight version of a puffer jacket that is perfectly packable and warm all at the same time. 

6 | no.8 | maison louis marie | made in france | these beautiful floral scents will be the perfect enhancement to any home (even yours!).

7 | classic gold & black | berg + betts | designed & assembled in Canada | 20% off discount code: THOUGHTFULCLOSET | The bands in these watches are made from scrap leather (deadstock) that would otherwise go to waste. These watches are a beautiful, affordable and sustainable alternative to higher price luxury brands. 

8 | v-neck cashmere sweater | everlane | made in Dongguan, China | You really can't beat sustainably made $100 cashmere which is why Everlane cashmere is always on my gift list! 

9 | lapsang in black | margaret hennessey | made in durham, NC | discount code: SHOPSMALL for $30 off any purchase over $150 (code valid until 12/10!) I absolutely love this bag and use it all of the time. It is more on the investment side but the attention to detail and longevity of the leather is 100% worth it. 

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1 | blacksmith boots | red wing | based in red wing, minnesota 

2 | mug | eric bonnin | made in new york | I love the simplicity of these deigns and they're extra big to hold all of the coffee

3 | puffer jacket | everlane | made in Bac Giang, Vietnam | Not just for the ladies! It's perfect for your man as well! 

4 | cashmere v-neck sweater | everlane | made in Dongguan, China | Because your man needs a little luxury too :) 

5 | capital gains | by chip gains | River has been listening to this book on his commute to work and loves it. It is a beautiful story of how Chip & his wife have built a wonderful life for their family but working together in all aspects of life. 

6 | beanie | patagonia | made in Jiangsu Asian Sourcing in china | This beanie is actually made with 96% recycled polyester! 

7 | The Intrepid Gent Men's Essentials Kit | aesop | This is one of my favorite bath/body brands. I love the natural and earthy smells in their products. 

8 |  plaid button up | pendleton | made in portland, OR   

9 | classic watch | danielle wellington | sourced from responsible factories around the globe | A beautiful classic every day watch. 

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1 | cashmere crew sweater | everlane | made in Dongguan, China | no surprise that this would also make a great gift for all of the mothers out there :)

2 | vase | areaware | headquarters in columbus, OH & brooklyn, NY products made by independent designers | subtle & modern the perfect vase to hold the next vibrant bouquet.

3 | classic leather zipper tote | cuyana | made in the USA | I use this bag minimum twice a week. It also make a great carry on bag for when you're traveling. 

4 | pendant necklace | young frankk | made in richmond, VA | receive $20 off your first garmentory order | I love classic and timeless pieces that can be passed down as heirlooms. This necklace would be absolutely stunning on any woman.

5 | candle | basik | made in san francisco | We have these burning in the shop I work at and they make the shop smell so welcoming. 

6 | slippers | | made in osaka, japan | These slippers are made out of sasawashi fabric that doesn't pill and absorbs moisture and odors from your skin making them comfortable year round. 

7 | passport holder | cuyana | made in USA | I have the rose gold version of this passport holder and it makes traveling such a breeze. It not only holds your passport but cards and currency as well. 

8 | london fog tea | tea bar | made in portland, OR | This tea is infused with lavendar petals that are sourced from the Columbia Gorge in Oregon. How amazing is that?!

9 | rolled blanket | pendelton | made in pendelton, OR | These blankets are so beautiful in person. They make the perfect adventure companion (especially when you want to take a little break and enjoy the scenery.)

Dad

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1 | coffee | heart | made in jimma | Maybe I'm biased but portland has some amazing coffee shops and Heart is one of my favorites! 

2 | jacket | orvis | made in USA | This is one of River's favorite brands and the quality is excellent!

3 | solar camp light | kepmov | For all your camping dads out there!

4 | headphones | thinksound | made in somersworth, NH

5 | oxford shirt | everlane | made in Shenzhen, China

6 | genuine sheerhide document bag | orvis | made in USA 

7 | three quarter zip | pendleton | made in oregon

8 | wallet | orvis | made in USA

9 | sunglasses | raen | made in california

1 | cactus jumsuit | rocky raccoon apparel | handmade in ukraine | these look cacti are so stinkin cute! This etsy shop is quickly becoming a fave. 

2 |  phoebe fawn | hazel village | made in a fair labor factory in Noida, India | This little fawn is so adorable and the perfect playmate. 

3 | teether | otherware | made in canada | Even though this is just a teether it is so beautifully designed!

4 | toy tools | poketo | designed in LA | get $20 off your first order at garmentory | I love how adorable and minimal these little toy tools are! 

5 | one thousand things | by Anna Kovecses

6 | jumpsuit | rylee + cru | made in california | This is one of my favorite kids clothing brands. They're prints are just so cute! 

7 | tent | deuz | made in south india by fair trade workshops | get $20 off your first order at garmentory 

8 | max raccoon | hazel village | made in a fair labor factory in Noida, India | I just love these little characters so much!

9 | rock & pebble H block set | otherware | made in canada

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Shopping Tips

1. Make a list of everyone I need gifts for

2. Obtain a list from that person if there is anything they are really wishing for this holiday season.

3, Pick a couple of items that I’ve had my eye on

4. Set my budget

5. Make sure I’m on the email list for my favorite brands/shops.

I have to be very careful about email lists. When I want to go on a shopping fast I will normally delete myself from all email lists except a few of my absolute favorite brands. But when it is holiday season I make sure I’m on the list for the places I know I want to get some gifts from so I don’t miss out on any deals. 

6. Either visit those shops in person or shop online when the time comes. 

Good luck with all of you holiday shopping and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Cheers!
Allison

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