Ellen's Non-Consuming Gift Ideas
Ellen's Non-Consuming Gift Ideas $0
While in many ways virtuous, it's frustrating to gift shop for these minimalist do-gooders. Curiously, the Salem, Oregon city website has compiled a long list of "non-consuming gift ideas" for ways to express your appreciation and affection during the holidays without actually buying anything. The site is a compilation from suggestions emailed to Ellen and continues to evolve.
Donate Smiles $5
Family-run Smile Squared donates a bamboo toothbrush to a child in need for each toothbrush purchased, but you can also eschew the brush and still join their altruistic effort with a simple $5 donation. Studies show clean teeth are not only cosmetically uplifting, but regular brushing also prevents heart disease.
Murray's Original Pomade $3
The pomade of choice for music legend DJ Harvey when he's going for a "Jewish gangster" hairstyle, Murray's Original Pomade was developed in 1926 by Chicago barber C.D. Murray, who wanted to make a high-quality but inexpensive wax-like grooming aid.
Glass Food Storage $15+
These BPA-, BPS- and phthalate-free glass containers come in a variety of sizes and with its own colorful silicone sleeve that uses button tabs to secure on the lid. They’re safe to use in the oven, microwave, freezer and dishwasher, making lunches and leftovers easier and more attractive than ever before.
Hands Baggu $9
Baggu's ingenious design makes for the most functional and stylish eco-bag out there. Joining their line of of reusable shopping bags this season is a new "hands" print, which with peace signs and shaka signs, spreads the good vibes while on the move.
Collapsible Pet Bowl $18
Always ensure your pup remains hydrated with a collapsible pet bowl. Wacky Practicals' foldable dish squashes down to fit into almost any pocket and extends to hold enough water to quench the thirst of a Great Dane.
Yellow Owl Workshop
Happy Food Notebooks $8
Pizza, ice cream and a convenient place to write your thoughts—the Happy Food Notebooks from Yellow Owl Workshop bring you all three. The pair of pocket-size pads come emblazoned with artist Christine Schmidt's characteristically whimsical renditions of a triple cone and a slice topped with the works. Inside are 32 perforated, 100%-recycled pages.
Cucumber & Cilantro Glycerine Soap $14
Portland, Maine-based Wary Meyers makes 100% pure vegetable-base glycerine soaps in small batches. The Cucumber and Cilantro combination creates a Rothko-like green and yellow ombre for a bright, fresh and fragrant accent to the bathroom or kitchen sink.
Make Smith Leather Co.
Not Yours Luggage Tags $20
Los Angeles-based Make Smith Leather Co. alludes to our sheep-like tendencies—we know your suitcase is black too—with a handmade luggage tag that adds a subtle touch of handcrafted sass. The next time someone fumbles around to check the bag floating by, they'll chuckle and put it back when they see this leather-embossed announcement: NOT YOURS.
Fındıklı Turkish Towels $20
Handcrafted by a singular artisan in Istanbul, these incredibly soft, striped towels are perfect for the beach or your bathroom. Made with 100% Turkish cotton, the towel’s oversized silhouette offers a modern update on an Old-World luxury.
"Can't Touch This" Temporary Tattoo $5
For no other purpose than fun, Tattly applies superior design to temporary tattoos. Arm yourself with this bold-font declaration—designed by Paper Jam Press founder Arianna Orland—to let them know you're too legit.
Do Not Sell At Any Price $18
Music journalist Amanda Petrusich digs into the world of collecting the shellacked, 10-inch obscurities in her book, "Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records." Her in-depth but personal tome takes a look at the fanatic subculture of collecting 79s, the music's historical significance and the characters mostly unwilling to part with their beloved treasures.
Cocktail Tea Towel $19
Drink devotees will never reach for the recipe book again when they have these Cocktail Tea Towels from our friends at Crispin Finn. Each screen-printed, 100% cotton towel includes the recipe and history for a concoction of choice, and perhaps most importantly, an enlightening quote reminding us of the health benefits of any given spirit. All leaving no doubt in our slightly buzzing brains that we should most definitely mix up another one.
Frozen Peas Ice Cube Mould $15
Suck UK smartly looked at nature to devise the perfect ice ball-maker. Crafting a jumbo-sized pea-in-a-pod design, the designer's Frozen Peas make it easy to squeeze out a giant ball of ice, which melts 80% slower than cubed ice, for cold, strong drinks.
EffPlastic Bags $5
Aggressive and naughty, these eco-friendly bags live up to their fresh name. Don't beat around the bush—or waste the fruits of the bush—carry them for a bold expression and sound environmental practice.
Maldon Sea Salt Flakes $11
Make your tastebuds really sing with the decadence of Maldon Sea Salt. Derived the same way since the company started raking underwater salt beds in 1882, the unprocessed crystals retain natural trace elements that make the compound more flavorful—therefore requiring less. If a sprinkle of the white stuff is one of life's little pleasures, ramping up your salt game in the kitchen will pay dividends to your daily satisfactions.