I have something awesome to share with you today. I feel like Oprah Winfrey. I wish I was giving all of you a car (maybe one day I can) but for now I am going to share with you my favorite holiday gift ideas from socially responsible companies I believe in and other fun ideas.
Cool Gift Ideas
Make a donation to your local food shelf or charity in your friend or family member’s name.
Purchase a farm share or CSA and give the gift or local organic food.
Give an assortment of local products from where you live like wine, chocolate, honey and syrup.
Get a photo of a happy time you shared and frame it.
Give a gift certificate to your favorite farm to table restaurant.
Give a gift certificate for a massage or other healing treatment.
Bring someone a home cooked meal made with love.
Give a gift certificate to a local thrift store.
Cool Companies and Sweet Gifts
Dolma Designs: Fair Trade and Handmade Lilac Fair Trade Silk Scarf
This gorgeous scarf was block printed by artisans in India. My friend Melinda is the owner of the company and often travels to India to meet the artists and to see where the money from her products goes. Dolma donates 15% of their profits to educate girls and women in India. The groups they work with face double discrimination for social caste and gender. Dolma believes that investing in women is the greatest way to fight poverty for generations to come. Check this amazing scarf here.
Boda Boda: Handwoven Fiber Crimson Earrings $20
My friend Maggie is the owner of BodaBoda and she created these handwoven fiber earrings (I have a pair and LOVE them) on her floor loom. She uses every last bit making these epic earrings a product of scraps from previous projects. Materials: flax, organic cotton, handspun wools, antique brass hardware. Get these and check out what else she’s got!
The Healthy Girl’s Guide to Breast Cancer $12.99 Softcover $7.99 E-Book
My superhero friend Christine wrote this book. How cool is she? Soooo cool. “The Healthy Girl’s Guide to Breast Cancer” takes the fear out of a terrifying diagnosis and empowers women to take control of their treatment. This book chronicles her one-year unthinkable journey with breast cancer and details the traditional and non-traditional treatments she underwent on the path to wellness.
Many questions and stories circulate about cancer. Are you telling yourself you are a victim of cancer? Are you worried the cancer will come back? Are you stuck in the role of being sick? Christine made a conscious decision to tell a different story. The Healthy Girl’s Guide to Breast Cancer is part memoir and part guide revealing the all-too-true story of cancer in this country with a healthy twist. Rest assured—this is not a cancer story; it’s a story about health and wellness and it’s awesome. Get it here.
Ryan Montbleau Band: Full Catalog USB Drive $30
You all know how much I love Ryan Montbleau and his music. Give the gift of 7 Montbleau albums in high quality MP3 format on a custom logo USB drive. If you bring the drive to the show you can take home that night’s quickie recording for just $5. The drive itself is made from recycled materials and is loaded with For Higher, Live and Life is Good, Heavy on the Vine, Stages Volume II, Patience on Friday, One Fine Color and Stages. Holy amazing gift batman! Get it here.
Hooked Productions: Organic Heart Chakra Men’s Long Leaved T-Shirt $30
If you go to festivals you have probably met Cari, Brenden and their beautiful children and know what great people they are. They created this company so they could bring you super stylin clothing while living the life they love. Dan and I own a ton of their stuff including dresses, skirts, shirts and hats. Get this shirt here.
Pleasant Valley Soaps: Peppermint Soap $4.95
My friend Molly’s parents own this company and want to know something awesome? Page from Phish uses these soaps. I’ve seen him buy them with my own eyes. Just like a Master Chef takes time and trial to perfect their recipes, Pleasant Valley Soaps have worked for over 20 years to achieve excellence in their Soap formulas. Using All Natural Ingredients in All their Soaps, which includes Olive Oil, (Castile Soap) for a premium quality that lasts longer than other bars. It has an exceptional lather that rinses away easily. Your skin will feel moisturized and soft with the gentle cleansing our soap provides. Get this soap here.
Super Natural Lips: Magical Lipstick
I have known the owner of this company Fiona for years. We went to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition together. She realized that the lipsticks she was buying were full of toxic ingredients. If she’s not going to put toxic food in her body she’s decided she wasn’t going to put them on her lips either and I couldn’t agree more. I rock her lipstick all the time. Get yours here.
Shameless Promotion of My Stuff that Makes Great Gifts
Rock Your Life Retreat with Taraleigh and Ryan Montbleau at Dreaming Mountain in Johnson, VT: May 16-18 with optional add on Thursday and Sunday night stay $997-$1397. Payment plans available. Only $200 to hold your space.
Ryan Montbleau and I had such a successful retreat in October we had to do it again. This retreat makes an amazing gift for yourself or a loved one. It’s an experience no one in attendance will ever forget. I mean in October we had a Ryan concert in bed, raged a blind folded dance party and our amazing energy shattered a window. It was epic. Reserve your spot with a $200 down payment. Only 10 spaces available and they are sure to go really fast. Reserve your space today. Learn more about the retreat here.
Pay by the Minute 1 on 1 Coaching with Me
My mission on this earth is open everyone’s eyes to see the shining light I see in them. I see you. If you or someone you love is having a hard time, we all feel it. At the same time your success is my success. Your loved ones success is all of our successes. Let’s talk about how together we can find fun ways to Rock your Lives and or Businesses or get a card reading done during a quick to the point laser sharp session or a 3 hour in depth phone/skype session. $4 per minute. Pre-pay below. Once I receive payment I will contact you to schedule the session for you or your loved one.
Phanfood: From the Kitchen Pot to the Tour Lot
PhanArt Pete Mason and I co-edited this cookbook full of recipes by Phish fans for Phish fans. It makes the perfect gift for the Phish fan in your life and we donate a portion of proceeds to local food shelves. Get yours here.
What cool gift ideas do you have? I’m so excited to read what you came up with. Join the conversation.
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