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Shopping for Holiday Presents the Natural & Organic Way; Ideas for the perfect affordable Natural & Organic presents! November 21, 2013

                It’s that time of year again when one is shopping for the Holiday season! Whether it’s Chanukah or Christmas, those of us who choose a more natural lifestyle are going to come to that one gift giving dilemma… How do I find presents that others will enjoy, but also presents that I won’t feel wrong getting due to their potential non-natural or chemical based origins I may personally not agree with?                 
               In other words, how do I find good and natural presents for the people I care about without spending too much?
                I have a couple of suggestions.
                Here I will list off 5 items to consider and ideas so as to make the dilemma less so and the shopping experience a lot easier when going and giving natural!

1. Natural Soap Bars or Shower Gel!
                Natural soap bars and shower gels tend to have a much more distinctive and fancy or elegant look. Many natural soap bars and shower gels also tend to moisten the skin rather than dry out the skin like conventional soaps can. During winter time, that can be a big plus.  In addition, they are a nice affordable and simple present, along with being able to come in all types of wonderful natural scents (thanks to essential oils) that can fit everyone on your lists’ unique personality or preferences!

2. Natural & Organic Throw Blankets!
                A wonderful gift ideal perfect for the season and never overdone, because let’s face it, for the most part you can never have too many awesome blankets! You can get the blankets in all kinds of natural or organic fibers like Organic Cotton, Hemp, Untreated or Organic Wool, Mohair, and Silk. If one is looking to be more budget friendly, the Organic cotton and Hemp will be the most affordable. We at Pure-Rest even have some organic cotton ones on sale in our clearance section in addition to our regular selections!  

3. Stoneware & Ceramic cooking and serving items!
                These items can include pots, bowls, utensils, plates, pans (including certain naturally non-stick ceramic fry pans) and are overall a little bit more on the low maintenance side with cleaning and care compared to some other natural cookware available. This is great for when you have someone you may be getting a present for that is not as focused on natural cookware and is just into ease of cooking. These items are also great because they can be quite affordable and have a huge variety of options, along with being a very usable and long lasting gift!

4. Kids-Wood Toys and Natural Fiber Plushies!
                Kids love toys and for the most part, probably won’t notice whether they are plastic or not, as long as they are toys. You can get wood toy cars, cooking kitchens and food, trains, slingshots, boats, animals, play sets, dolls for doll houses, doll houses themselves, and almost anything else that is normally made of hard plastic for playing with in wood. These toys will not just be a better alternative, but will last longer and can be more durable over time.
                Natural fiber Plushies may be a little bit hard to find, but will also tend to last longer, normally are easier to clean, and a lot of time can have fillings(like organic or untreated wool) that are naturally bacterial resistant which can make them lower maintenance. Fibers and fillings can include organic cotton, kapok, and untreated or organic wool and can be very affordable along with having various options which can be found over the internet!

5.  Organic Cotton Clothing!
                Clothing is always a great present during the holidays and when shopping it can be hard sometimes to resist a lot of cute items. Luckily, many big clothing companies are selling some clothing items made with organic cotton, you just need to keep your eyes open for them. I’ve seen some from Disney, Banana Republic, Quiksilver, American Apparel, Billabong, The North Face, Victoria’s Secret, & Lucky Brand and there is probably more than just these companies offering organic cotton options with their clothing! You can also find online many smaller companies that sell strictly organic cotton clothing. Organic cotton overall tends to be a lot softer than conventional cotton and many will appreciate the extra softness!

I hope this list has helped with shopping for natural presents, if one has any questions, ideas, or needs advice or help further in this subject, feel free to comment below!

This Blog Post is not a researched based post so no sources would be needed. If requested, I can post in the comments section some brands, stores, or websites which carry the items I’ve listed above.
Don’t forget to post in the comments your ideas for the next blog post!

 

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