December 11, 2014 Kari Gran


As a business that uses the finest natural, organic, wildharvested and non-GMO ingredients in our line of skin care and makeup products, we love to support other like-minded businesses. With that, here’s a few top picks this season for some seriously eco-chic holiday gifts (including a shameless plug at the end!):

Warm Up: Everyone loves a good scarf to sport during the colder months, and we’re loving this eco-chic take on winter white from Raven + Lily, a lifestyle brand dedicated to empowering women through design with sustainable employment opportunities. Their scarves are made with repurposed remnant jersey, hand stitched cotton and eco dyed silk.

Raven + Lily Freya Knit Infinity Scarf, $54,

Relax, Just Do It: It may seem cliché, but candles really are a perfect gift – most people never make the splurge on buying themselves some fancy pants flames, so it’s the gifts we rely on to accent our homes and take our baths to a whole new cozy level. We are loving these made-to-order candles from Oregon’s Alchemy. Alchemy has so many good things going for it: they use essential oils to scent their candles (no cloying synthetic fragrance that leaves you with a monumental headache) and biodegradable and food-grade paraffin wax; all of their packaging is biodegradable or recyclable annnd they are 100% wind-powered! We like the Heirloom Grapefruit scent in the fall and winter offerings.

Alchemy 3”X6” round candle, $19.50,

Indulge: We’re big fans of chocolate, especially dark chocolate. A piece here and there is a perfect treat to cure our sweet tooth. We also love to gift a luxurious chocolate bar as a thank you or hostess gift – try not to dig into it before you gif it – and we love the chocolate from our friends at jcoco. Their chocolate bars are made with European chocolate and globally sourced inclusions, and as an extra cherry on top, every jcoco purchase helps deliver a fresh, healthy serving of food to someone in need. We’re partial to the black fig pistachio flavor.

jcoco black fig pistachio chocolate bar, $7.95,

Get Grounded: We are big into our yoga over here, so no Kari Gran gift guide would be complete without a nod to our practice. We’ve got our eye on the Manduka brand, because they have zero waste and emissions free manufacturing, source recycled materials and have created the first-ever 100% recyclable mat. Our favorite? eKO Lite mat. There’s a variety of colors to match a variety of personalities!

Manduka eKO Lite mat, $64,

Perfect A Pout Of course, our Lip Whips have to go in this guide as well!Before there was the KG brand as you know and love it today, our own Kari was making DIY lip balms for a good two decades and routinely gave them out as holiday gifts. Our little Lip Whips make for fantastic hostess gifts and stocking stuffers, and are especially welcome during the winter months because they will soothe and hydrate the lips like nothing else. Pick from five shades, including our brand new Naughty and Nice sparklers out for the season!

Kari Gran Lip Whips, $15-$30,

Do Good: Donating to a charity is a great giving option with zero emissions (a small carbon footprint is always a plus!) and offers the gift of kindness during the holiday season. We like to donate in someone’s name to our charity of choice, WonderWork, and you can donate donate whatever feels right, even $5 makes a difference.”

Happy gift giving, and keep it green!

–          Kari Gran team




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