Fallow Finds: Your 2016 Christmas Gift Guide

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As a part of our blog, we share the things we love for the ones you love.

We've all been there.  It's a few days before Christmas and you're still on the first name of your Christmas list.  We've put together a guide of the things we love to help you prevent that last minute dash to the mall.  Planning ahead will not only prevent a couple more grey hairs from developing this year but will save you money, time, and... let's be honest... you'll purchase better gifts.  

Here's  a list of six individuals you might be shopping for this Christmas:

 For the one who has everything.

We all have one in our lives- the one person that seems to be the most difficult to shop for.  Extremely practical,  not very materialistic, and ambiguous when it comes to the question of "what would you like for Christmas".    So what do you get the person who seems to have everything they need already?  The Mama (or Papa) Smith's of the world don't need more things- they love experiences.  While they're not above a good practical gift (cue the waffle iron and suit tie), what they really want is an experience to share with people they love.  Here are some suggestions:

> An experience.  Give a gift card to a cooking class to attend with you, or a good friend.  Nourish is a 100% organic cafe and cooking school located in Vancouver.  Pop in to learn about sustainable and ethical food sourcing as well as enjoying some good food.  They offer classes on everything from Contemporary Chinese cuisine to Rustic Italian.  

COST: Classes run from $95-$110  BOOK: Here. 

    > A gift with meaning.  It doesn't matter if you spent $10 or $200, give Mama Smith a gift with purpose.  Consider making a donation on her behalf.  Charity Water is an organization that dedicates 100% of your donation to providing clean and safe drinking water to communities around the world.  

    COST: $1 - As much as you'd like. DONATE: Here

      For the ones who loves the gift of handmade.  

      This is the person who every year without fail will hand make and meticulously wrap your gift.  Forget mass production, this individual needs a gift made in small batches, preferably locally.  If you're not feeling confident in your crafting this year, here's a couple gift options for our Crafty Dan.  

      > A  piece of art.  Our friend at Olive Branch & Co hand makes her calendars, cards and prints locally in Vancouver.  

      COST: $6 for a card and $16 for a print.  Shop: Here. 



      > Leather goods.   Our friends at Blindsheep Productions make every bag, belt, key holder and wallet out of high quality leftover leather from couch manufacturers.   Whether your shopping for a crafty Dan or... Denise they've got something for you.  Pick up your order from their workshop in Maple Ridge or catch them at a local market.  

      COST: Contact for specific piece prices . Shop: Here.  


       For the one who loves to shop. 

      We love fashionable Fran- she's who you go to when you need some style advice or the one who will without fail let you know when there's a sale going on.  Fran can be an easy person to shop for (she usually knows exactly what she wants) but we've got a few suggestions for you she just might not have heard about yet.   

      > A pair of handmade leather shoes.  Nisolo is a company we've been admiring for a while for both their designs and ethics.  Offering both men and women's shoes, they're doing their part to improve the lives of their producers in Peru by offering fair wages. 


      COST: Shoes run between $58 and $214.  SHOP: here.


      > A gift box.  Old Joy Gift Boxes contain ethically sourced and thoughtfully curated collection of goods from Canada and the Pacific Northwest.  Not only is it beautiful, there's a unique box for every person in your life- including Fran.  

      COST: $80-175  SHOP: here.

      For the little ones in your life. 

      > Tiny clothes.  Fabric is an Australian based company that produces all its clothes in an ethical, sustainable factory in Indonesia.  Their designs have the perfect combination of style and colour that are sure to be closet staples for your little one.  

      COST: Boys & girls clothes run between $34 -  $60  SHOP: here


       > Toys that give back. Cuddle + Kind is a company that is dedicated towards feeding hungry children across the world.  For every doll sold they give ten meals to children in need. Each doll is hand knit in fair trade factories in Peru using high quality cotton.  

      COST: Dolls run from $55- $75  SHOP: Here: 

      We hope you've enjoyed our Holiday Gift Guide.  Looking for some clothing made #fallowandfree? Check out our favourite holiday picks below.  Have any other companies you love to shop at for ethically or sustainably sourced good this holiday? Comment below.  




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