We’re entering peak entertaining season, which means our calendars are filling up with gatherings in the homes of friends and family members.
Tired of bringing the same old bottle of wine for a host gift?
We’ve gathered some special, all-natural holiday gift ideas that will make you stand out this holiday season as a sincere guest who cares about their hosts’ well-being.
Handmade Chocolates: We all love to indulge every once in a while and the holidays is always a good excuse. Founded and owned by Ruthie, The Velvet Chocolatier handmakes chocolates with fresh ingredients–no preservatives and no liquor to mask the natural flavors. As such, the life of their dairy truffles and enrobed chocolates is 6 to 8 weeks and each box is hand marked with an expiration date.
The Chocolatier hand rolls and dips their truffles using European techniques that Ruthie mastered in culinary school after changing careers. Their Gourmet Chocolate Truffles are sweetened with honey and topped off with a hint of the traditional truffle flavor. Flavors include milk chocolate honey, traditional dark chocolate, giandjua, cinnamon, vanilla cream and coffee. thevelvetchocolatier.com, boxes start at $12
Organic Immune Booster: You might think oregano oil is an odd gift, but at PlaneAire, we love it for its antiviral properties (and our friends and family have thanked us many times for the tip). Flu season coinciding with the holidays can be a recipe for disaster.
If your host is an essential oil enthusiast, offer an immune-system boost with organic oregano oil. There are many companies that sell it, but we prefer the North American Herb and Spice brand’s Oreganol, which is a blend of edible species of wild oregano grown on natural, mineral-rich soil.
Place two drops under your tongue and then wash it down with warm lemon water or take it as a capsule. shop.northamericanherbandspice.com, $29.99
All-Natural Body Wash: Holidays often equals houseguests, so stocking up on soap is a must. The Right to Shower Body Washes and Soap Bars are 100% vegan handmade soap made in small batches that are sulfate-free and cruelty-free.
The company donates a percentage of profits to organizations like Lava Mae to convert ordinary trucks and buses into mobile shower units for homeless people.
Four scents are available: Dignity (Charcoal + Cotton Blossom), Hope (Aloe + Dewy Moss), Strength (Red Ginger + Currant), and Joy (Tangerine + Honeysuckle). Packaging is made from 100% recycled bottles and paper. therighttoshower.com, $8-$12
Chic Conscious Candles: A classic gift, STARLING candles are minimalist and monochromatic in design, giving homes a chic, holiday ambiance, while giving light to Eastern and Central African countries.
These soy wax, recycled glass, a cotton wick, essential oil-infused candles are hand-poured in Brooklyn, New York, and a percentage of all profits have provided clean, solar energy in rural areas of Rwanda and Chad.
With approximately 60 hours of burn time, STARLING candles offer a pleasant sensory experience through scents like Holiday, Juniper + Saffron, Vanilla + Hemlock, Currant + Rosewood, and Orange Flower + Amber. starlingproject.org, $55
Uplifting Bath Salts: After everyone has gone home, your host will need some serious R&R to recover. The all-natural Bath Soak Trio by Thistle Farms will offer a relaxing experience guided by soothing essential oils included in the bath salts kit: Lavender Serenity (grounds and calms), Citrus Wood Uplifting (reduces stress), and Eucalyptus Moringa (relieves muscle aches and energizes). Each purchase supports Thistle Farms’ social programs that help women survivors of abuse. thistlefarms.org, $34