If the new year has gotten off on the wrong foot and you’re already feeling overwhelmed, aromatherapy can make a difference in transforming your headspace. Vitruvi’s pre-blended essential oil bottles are slightly easier than mixing a bunch of separate ingredients yourself, and each blend has its own inspired mood or place. The Quiet blend (ylang ylang, geranium, amyris, clary sage) is great for recharging your mental batteries.
According to various studies, Americans alone use some 500 million straws every day, and almost every single plastic straw ever made (regardless of whether it’s been recycled) still exists in some way on this planet. One little, and very easy, step we can all take to lessen the waste, pollution and eight million tons of plastic trash that ends up in our oceans is adopting reusable straws. This set of four stainless steel straws (two curved, two straight) are BPA-, phthalate-, lead and toxin-free, and will never rust. They even come with a little brush to make cleaning them extra simple.
If you can’t bear to dive in the sheets fully nude, these gossamery lounge pants are your best bet for sleeping as close to naked as possible. Made from incredibly soft 100% mulberry silk—in a unique, laborious process during which silkworms are not harmed—this wide-leg piece is un-dyed to complete its close-to-nature appeal. Part of the profits go to two worthy charities.
Handmade in Thailand from cotton and brass, Bloom + Grace’s Flamingo tassel drop earrings contribute to social good just as much as personal style. The brand partners with local artisans across the globe, employing people in developing nations. Further, through a partnership with the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign, each purchase made through Bloom + Grace translates to vaccinations for children in these countries—with a purchase of these earrings alone translating to six vaccinations. The Flamingo tassel drop earrings might be our favorite, but there are dozens of (sometimes limited edition) jewelry pieces for sale.
Help keep the earth nice and tidy with a mobile mesh ashtray from esteemed Tokyo brand Tsubota Pearl. Drop your roaches or butts in the lined pouch when puffing on the go.
Sky Like Snow’s unisex Indigo Fade beanie is made with uber-soft New England yarn and is hand-dyed using organically processed Japanese indigo grown at their Vermont studio. The double-sided design is guaranteed to keep you warm all winter long, just wash by hand between wears.
The World’s Best Ever’s HIGH Kite and Journey Tube are two items made for outdoor adventuring and spreading positive vibes. Each kite is hand-stitched by Miami-based kite-maker Dan Ward and serves as a bold statement—whether in use or on display. The clever carry case doubles as a fully functioning water pipe and was designed in collaboration with Brooklyn-based studio The Principals.
A joint venture between Kiehl’s and Brooklyn-based art collective FAILE (aka Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller), this collection of luxe skincare products sees 100% of net profits going toward non-profit Feeding America. The set includes Daily Reviving Concentrate, limited edition Ultra Facial Cream, limited edition Creme de Corps, and a limited edition FAILE sticker; the total value of each set sold translates to 415 meals for those in need through the charity. Yes, it’s a beautifully designed kit of lavish items, but the charitable element remains undeniably important.
Instant coffee gets a bad rap for its sludgy results, but 2015 Finnish Barista Champion Kalle Freese is using it as a way to make specialty coffee more convenient and accessible. Freeze-dried shots of espresso made from single-origin beans—roasted by trusted names like SF’s Ritual Coffee–transform into complex (never bitter) flavors that won’t leave you craving something freshly brewed. We’re most excited to whip a tube of Sudden Coffee on our next flight—just add hot or cold water (or even milk).
“Wear what you care about.” Each Prinkshop piece has a purpose, from supporting Planned Parenthood to empowering those suffering from addiction. The “Ban(g) Ban(g) Ban(g)” T-shirt benefits Everytown, an organization that’s committed to ending gun violence, with 30% of profits being directed there. Spark action and discussion every day you wear it.
With a seal of approval from the Bob Marley estate, Marley Natural offers “official Bob Marley” cannabis for those lucky people who live in California (and other legal states). The rest of us can enjoy the smoking accessories made from black walnut wood as well as the hemp seed oil-based body care line. Slather yourself in cannabis sativa with this moisturizing lotion (which includes ginger root, turmeric, Jamaican botanicals, rosemary and much more).
A 18″ x 24″ lithograph of artist Juan Miguel Marin’s nuanced illustration of Ecuador, the limited edition “Ecuador Earthquake Lithograph” sees all proceeds from sales going directly to those impacted by the April earthquake in the town of Portoviejo. Over 500 people died during the natural disaster, many of them in Portoviejo (where Marin spent time growing up). The drawing, part of the artist’s “Under The Influence” series, conveys a sinewy, but united nation—and highlights the epicenter of the disaster. It’s lovely (and signed and numbered) and all for a good cause.
From California-based furniture and object designer Eric Trine, the 15-inch-tall Double Octahedron Ring Planter holds terra cotta potted plants by way of some engaging geometry. The powder coated finish on the steel construction lends beauty to the stable base. And while this Made-in-USA product can handle the outdoors, it’s worth mentioning that over time rust can eat away at the finish—so thankfully its delightful enough to use in the home.
Championing the use of non-disposable products, California-based company Ambatalia crafts reusable products for all sorts of activities. Their Everyday Napkins are made from a cotton/hemp blend and measure 17 x 17 inches—the perfect size for wrapping up lunch, covering fresh produce in the fridge, or simply using as table napkins.
The mushroom-shaped Ambienta lamp has two settings (grow light and ambient light) and, like a paint palette, has compartments for six plants. Seagreenlife’s soil-free plants grow on water, nutrients and a hydroponic growth medium located at the base of the lamp; simply pour water through the top hole when needed. Not only does the lamp feel alive, it allows you to have plants away from the window. It should especially brighten up those dismal bedrooms, basements or other closed-off spaces that don’t have a portal to the outside world. They’d also look pretty sweet in dimly lit bars.
Breaking free from traditional florists and mega-sites, UrbanStems offers fresh-cut bouquets to city-dwellers at an affordable price point. Their three-month subscription delivers a different floral arrangement each month—with flowers harvested from Rainforest Alliance Certified and Veriflora Certified farms—making sure recipients will enjoy their flowers long after the holiday. They’re currently operating within NYC and Washington DC.
This ceramic and leather Spora ceiling planter—made by Brooklyn-based design studio Light + Ladder—adds elegance to any apartment while freeing up floor space. Sturdy vegetable-tanned leather straps secure a matte stoneware vessel, which is perfect for hosting a fern, flowers or a dangling vine. When fully extended, the planter measures 23 inches tall.
Sourced directly from native people within Central and South America via sustainable trade, Anima Mundi Apothecary’s herbal blends, tonics and elixirs are made with love in NYC. They’ve made a special relaxing blend of medicinal herbs for Tetra that—when smoked in a pipe or vape—can decongest, clear phlegm and bacteria from lungs, and support the sinuses. Breathe deep and easy.
Seeking an elevated 420 experience, Summerland creates ceramic “stonerware” that puts balmy skies and dreamy beach vibes into bong form. Designed and hand-produced in Northern California, their Pleasure Point bong is made from cone five ceramic—which has been coated in a lead-free, food-safe glaze—and includes a high-grade silicone grommet for airtight toking. Pre-order one now for a late December delivery.
A collaboration between Melbourne-based label Per—Tim, artist Eloise Rapp and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre of Victoria, these palmistry print pillowcases are more than just cute decor. Designed, printed and manufactured in Melbourne, they are super-comfy (half cotton and half polyester) and with all profits donated to the Domestic Violence Resource Centre of Victoria, it’s more than just you who will sleep better.
If you’ve ever wanted to know what the Bronx tasted like, this locally made hot sauce comes close. Made from serrano peppers grown in community gardens throughout the borough, the homegrown condiment is a result of teamwork between the students and families that tend to the plants, a Bronx-born chef, non-profit GrowNYC and social business Small Axe Peppers. Not only do hot sauce sales support the gardens and keep production local, Small Axe Peppers also is donating a majority of the profits to programs that assist low-income communities in the Bronx and throughout NYC. A spicy kick in the mouth has never felt better.
Only to be used for good, Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company has plenty of superpowers in stock, from Doom and Gloom to Omnipotence and Magnificence. Our pick is Chutzpah—a little extra nerve and audacity for when you most need it. Available in half pints or full gallons, purchasing powers from BSSCo doesn’t just benefit yourself—each purchase supports 826NYC, an organization that offers creative writing and homework programs for NYC public school students.
As a fun way to encourage their son to wash his hands before meals, Swedish couple Niklas Lagström and Marina Nilsson started “hiding” his toys in transparent soap bars. Handmade in Sweden, using vegetable based glycerin, Happy Soap is free of SLS and SLES irritants (and is unscented, too) to be as gentle as possible for kids. The couple now scouts locally for loved toys (from dinosaurs and cars to ponies and jewelry) that are no longer wanted—to bring joy to another child. €1 from each soap purchase is donated to the international non-profit Save the Children, and Happy Soap has already been able to raise €1,000.
Designer Alice Min Soo Chun’s SolarPuff is an origami-like lamp that can be folded down for ultra-portability. When expanded, the charming, cubic lamp can emit eight to 12 hours of bright white light—all powered completely through solar energy. Keep one at home for emergencies and one in the car for spontaneous adventuring.