Our spirit for this year's gift guide is all about "less is more." What if we spent less time shopping this season? What if we focused on just a few, higher quality items instead of a pile of presents? What if our gifts had a positive impact on the planet?
Instead of a long list of things to buy, for our guide this year we've carefully chosen 4 items that we love whole heartedly and recommend to elevate your daily life. There are absolutely no ads here.
We could all use a bit more pleasure in our lives, and female-founded Maude makes high quality, beautiful accessories to help us get there even when we're flying solo.
Reading will never go out of style, and Kinfolk is a solid gift subscription for anyone who appreciates design, slow living and beautiful storytelling. You can choose from their quarterly print subscription or digital subscription.
A gift for your friend can also be a gift for the planet. There are a million different water bottles on the market now, but we especially like this one because the cap turns into a goblet. It's also machine washable which means you may be more likely to use it.
It's hard to compete with food delivery apps, but there's nothing more luxurious, sustainable and healthy than preparing your own food at home more often. Enter NYT columnist and author Alison Roman. Her first cookbook, Dining In, is a favorite of ours and her latest book, Nothing Fancy, continues the theme of delicious recipes you can actually pull off. If you need inspiration, just watch her Instagram videos that she shoots in her own kitchen.
We hope our paired down gift guide inspires you to shop smaller and smarter this year, for yourself and others - happy holidays.