Sometimes it's hard to find the perfect holiday gift for the friend or loved one who has committed to an all natural organic lifestyle. But there are plenty of cool presents that show you really care. Here are some suggestions:
Clothes that are both fashionable and organic? We're sold! This gorgeous California-based clothing line is prominently featured in Whole Foods Markets across Houston, but if you don't find a garb to you're liking in the popular grocery store, the Synergy Organic Clothing boasts an assortment of bohemian-inspired, comfortable clothing and accessories on its website. Yoga fiends, especially, are sure to fall madly in love with this line.
The Whole30 (an eating regimen that cuts out all added sugars, alcohol, grains, legumes and dairy) has become all the rage across America. And while it's obviously restrictive, the produce-heavy diet has conjured quite a following. The Whole30 book, It Starts With Food, is a great literary gift for individuals who seek to better understand our natural food system.
Grow Your Own
For all those DIYers out there now has never been a better time to join local business Houston Makerspace. The communal gathering workshop features a collection of courses in woodworking, jewelry-making, gardening, calligraphy – you name it. For the organic-only fiend, a terrarium class is a great way to work with plant life and interact with other Houstonians.
For those who crave responsibly made vino that's equally tasty, EcoVine Wine awaits. The wine company boasts bottles of sulfite-free, organic wine – void of pesticides, herbicides and synthetic chemicals. If you're having trouble picking a red or white, consider joining the company's wine club.
Quarterlies are on the rise in our literary world, and publications like Lucky Peach, Edible and the recently launched Modern Farmer are a great way to learn about the culinary world. While you'll inevitably find feel-good features about American famers, you'll also encounter a slew of food news and developments.
Bath & Body
When we first heard actress Jessica Alba was launching an organic health and wellness company, we'll admit we were baffled, but Alba has surprised us. The film beauty's health-conscious company features an assortment of cleaning supplies, bath and body goods and baby needs that supply any organic-only home. The bundles, especially, are a great way to fall in love with the brand. Check out Target stores or The Honest Company to snag the eco-friendly goods.
It's nearly impossible to walk into any grocery store and escape within an hour these days. That's where organic delivery companies like Greenling come in. The popular food delivery service just expanded into Houston just in time for gift giving. Here's how it works: Customers order produce and meats online, farmers hand select the freshest goods and Greenling delivers the product to doorsteps. It's that easy!
Give the gift of beauty with a green twist! Concious Box is like the Birchbox of the organic world, but is even more diversified in its offerings. The health-friendly company curates a selection of food, bath, beauty and home products for those who want to immerse themselves in organic-friendly living.
Just Bag It
We've heartily embraced reusable grocery bags, and now we're slowly moving into lunch bag territory. The Brown Paper Bag from Luckies of London is made of a durable material called Tyvek – a leak-resistant, tear-proof material that allows individuals to reuse the bag over and over again. Sure, its design makes it look like a regular brown paper bag, but it'll last through the years.
A good candle is hard to come by. Some brands are so overpowering and perfumed that the very scent of them inspires can inspire a migraine. Brooklyn-made, soy-based Apotheke candles, on the other hand, are so pleasantly subtle that it's hard not to fall in love with smells like basil citrus, tobacco, cedar and oakmoss. What's more, the candles are 100% soy wax housed in American-made glass holders.