Zipcar Gift Certificates $$50.00
Zipcar gift certificates allow the giver to share the convenience of the easy-to-use rental service (now available in 22 cities in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.). For college students without wheels or urbanites in need of a break, a Zipcar is a thoughtful way to help them out. Bundle it with a night at a nearby hotel for a way to really say, "I know you're extremely stressed out."
Donky Bike $815
With front and back cargo-hauling capacity, the Donky Bike—created by British designer Ben Wilson—is an ingenious city bike designed to agilely weave through city streets at low speeds. The steel beam distributes the cargo's weight so it is held by the frame, not handlebars as with front-end baskets, and the 20" wheels give the bike not only extra dexterity but also a rugged BMX-like appearance.
North Star Leggings $38
PACT's North Star Leggings not only make your gams look festive and your buns look tighter—they also make the world a better place. PACT made, well, a pact, to keep their supply chain virtuous by growing non-GMO cotton, using ethical production techniques and packaging their goods with biodegradable materials. Wait, there's more. A portion of proceeds from the sale of these rad long johns will go toward funding low-income entrepreneurs who want to start a small business. Truly, these are some magical pants with a powerful purpose.
Hanging Air Plants $25
Juicy Leaf's Hanging Air Plants take horticulture to new heights. These ingenious succulents have a clean and contemporary presentation, and demand very little care. Happy with just the occasional soak, these aerial specimens of vegetation require no messy watering or dirty soil, and are perfect for the ultra-modern dweller who prefers an organic objet d'art than an unruly plant.
Meow Meow Tweet
Face Exfoliant $18
Meow Meow Tweet makes artisanal products so holistic you could eat them—even if you're vegan. The founders use organic butters and plant oils to produce their elixirs, both in their Brooklyn studio and kitchen. Their delightful Face Exfoliant has just four simple ingredients including kelp and organic oats. All Meow Meow Tweet products are ethical and beautiful, packaged in glass containers with biodegradable labels which showcase illustrations so precious, they will seem like tiny works of art in your bathroom cabinet.
Cool Weather Edible Seedbombs $5
This two-pack of cool weather edible seed bombs includes Pot Marigold, "Seven Top" Turnip and Tatsoi. Greenaid hand rolls their seed bombs using socially responsible labor practices and works in partnership with Chrysalis, a non-profit that creates employment opportunities for formerly homeless men and women in Los Angeles.
Back to the Roots
AquaFarm allows you to nurture your very own ecosystem. It's a fish tank, all parts included, and a set of planters for herbs and wheat grass that you can grow right on your kitchen counter. Better yet, the tank is self-cleaning and powered by the science of aquaponics. All you need to get started is a fish and some seed.
212 Deadquilt $165
The brainchild of industrious entrepreneur Kristen Wentrcek, Brooklyn-based Wintercheck Factory focuses on repurposing remnants to a new stately form. The one-off 212 Deadquilts are handcrafted from "printed fabrics unearthed from textile warehouses across America," which have been sewn to a super-soft nylon backing. Each handsome quilt is a one-off, rendering this gift truly unique.
Darjeeling Tea Garden Adoption $39
Like their altruistic adopt-an-olive-tree program, Nudo's adopt a Darjeeling tea garden lets you take temporary ownership of a plot of land in the glorious Himalayan tea mecca. Adopters choose an area they most relate to and receive a seasonal herbal bounty delivered straight to their doorstep. Just in time for us to sit back with a soothing brew and meditate on our newfound botanical triumphs.
Cork Desk Organizer $66
That classic cork bulletin board hanging above your desk has a new friend. The Slice Cork Desk Organizer is from Discipline, an Italian design house committed to sustainably producing essential products constructed from self-regenerating materials. Designed by James Irvine and carved from one solid piece of cork, this unique workplace accessory keeps your desk in order up as it brings an element of modernity to your office space.
Chen Chen and Kai Williams
Nuggets Keyrings $30
Designers Chen Chen and Kai Williams' collaborative Greenpoint studio space was flooded during Hurricane Sandy, perhaps causing these Pratt grads to ponder the immense power of the natural world. Their recent collection of keychains raises the question, how will the polymers, the structures, the chemicals and the art that we have created hold up to the freezing and fiery nature of the cosmos? Aptly titled "nuggets," each intricate resin sculpture showcases a dense universe, meant to represent man's forgotten excess of material and its inevitable fusion.
Upgrade your soil-dependent succulents to an air plant—the exotic-looking tillandsia only requires good air circulation, bright light and water to prosper. A stunning way to show them off is with the AirplantVessel, a sculptural vase that suspends the air plant and comes in wood, ceramic or powder coated steel in various sizes. The best part? With any purchase, the air plant is included.
Yellow Leaf Hammocks
Vineyard Haven Hammock $179
For the serious lounger, slip into one of these high-quality hammocks, handwoven by artisans in rural northern Thailand using yarn that's as soft as cashmere—which also repels mildew and mold, is fade-proof and guaranteed to not fall apart—meaning, it's meant to last. Know that your afternoon nap will make an impact: Yellow Leaf is a social entreprise dedicated to fostering sustainable economic development for its weavers and their families.
S. W. Basics
Hibiscus Mask $22
S.W. Basics, known for making natural skincare products using five pure ingredients or less, comes out with a new limited-edition mask for the winter season. Made from only hibiscus, French green clay and organic lavender, the mask is an exfoliating treat for your face. Simply mix with water, yogurt or honey to activate.
Twigs & Berries Wrapping Paper $3
We know what you're thinking: With so many amazing gifts on order from the CH Gift Guide, what wrapping paper could possibly live up to the absolute brilliance of your present array? This splendid Twigs and Berries paper from illustrator Colourbox is as environmentally friendly as it is delightful, and will certainly do the trick.
Michoucas Design Stationary $5
Carole Birou founded Michoucas Design with a mission to make beautiful and high-quality stationery with a commitment to local production and sustainability. Her unique cards showcase a variety of subjects in a minimalist style, and are handmade in Bordeaux, reminding us that there is much more than just fine wine coming out of the region.