HRM Holiday Gift Guide: For the Mindful Misses and Misters

The season of giving is again upon us, and with so many people on your list to account for, we thought we'd give you a helping hand. From now until the big day, we'll be serving up holiday gift guides to help you select presents for everyone on your list. Because you’re so thoughtful to think of others, this guide is for the caring individuals on your list who are passionate about the environment, the health of their family or the well being of others.

Compostable Toothbrush and Compostable Travel Case – $4.55

Need something to put in the recycled burlap stocking that belongs to your environmentally conscious pal? Everyone loves the feeling of a new toothbrush, and now there’s a toothbrush that also leaves a feeling of earth friendliness. The Compostable Toothbrush & Compostable Travel Case by World Centric is a BPI certified toothbrush made from Ingeo™ which is derived from plants instead of petroleum based plastics.

The toothbrush features soft bristles that make brushing a breeze. The bristles are the only part of the toothbrush that’s unable to be composted, which is why the product is designed for consumers to be able to easily break off the head of the toothbrush. You can either compost the toothbrush in your own back yard, or send it back to the company for it to be composted there! (World Centric)

12-Week Winter CSA Subscription – $190

For most, the new year is a time to begin eating healthier and making more conscious decisions about our food. An experimental home chef on your list will love a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscription from Five Points Community Farm Market. It’s a great way for them to try new, healthy foods that they might have passed up in the supermarket and also a fantastic way to support local farmers.

Simply purchase a CSA subscription for your friend, print out this page so they’ll have some information about it, and drop it in a reusable bag that they’ll bring to the market each week to gather their produce.

The winter CSA lasts from January 18–April 7 (12 weeks) and can be purchased at the Five Points Community Farm Market up until January 6. Click here to see a list of all the fresh fruits and veggies your recipient can expect to receive!

12 oz. Organic Sugar Cane Syrup $7.99

The bakers on your list who are looking for a healthier way to serve sweets to their family will enjoy a bottle of Hey Shuga!, an all natural, organic sugar cane syrup. Hey Shuga! is made with a delicate and natural enzymatic process that bio-mimics the one that bees use to naturally produce honey. The sugar cane is GMO-free, has no artificial ingredients and is gluten-free and vegan.

The convenience of a liquid makes Hey Shuga! perfect for hot and cold beverages such as a topping for morning cereal, an enhancer to a Friday night cocktail and of course a healthy staple in holiday baking. (Hey Shuga)

15 Watt 4-Pack Air Purifying Light Bulb – $27.23

For the mom who wants her family to breathe happily, we suggest the Healthy CFL Air Purifying Light Bulb from Purely Products. Healthy CFLs have a built-in ionizer that cleans the air, generating 1 million negative ions that attract airborne positive allergens such as smoke, mold spores, dust and pet dander. Plus, studies show that negative ions boost mood, energy and alertness.

CFL bulbs are easy to recycle, making them an environmentally conscious gift as well! Purchase the bulbs from Hampton Roads businesses or online!

Operation Smile Surgery and Teddy Bear – $240

Give the gift of a smile this season when you participate in Operation Smile’s “Three Little Bears” program. Purchase the gift of a surgery for a child who’s suffering from facial deformities, and Operation Smile will send a teddy bear to be hand-delivered to the child receiving surgery, which could quite possibly be the first teddy bear of their very own. Plus you’ll receive a commemorative bear to help remind you of your wonderful gift.

Click here to give a smile on Facebook, and click here to give a smile online!


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