Earth-Friendly Holiday Gifts
By Katie & Mic LeBel

Natural AND Organic Personal Care AND Aromatherapy Products

Kathy’s Family — : Kathy’s Family features a unique line of high-quality, natural and organic bath and beauty products including shea butter balms, lip treatments, shampoo, conditioner, foot powder, foot scrubs, foot baths, foot balms, misters, lotions, massage oils, body wash gels, bar soaps and sea salt soaks.

Kathy Swanson’s father grew up on a prairie farm in Minnesota with 11 other siblings and she has dozens of extended family members. Each package displays a vintage photo of a family member, recounts old stories about relatives and includes humorous anecdotes that capture the essence of a good wholesome country lifestyle and family values.

The company is offering the following special holiday gift packs which feature their best-sellers and new, organic products: The Saturday Night Bathtub, The Whole Family Saturday Night Bathtub, Best Feet Forward Organic Foot Therapy Kit, Organic Gardener’s Bucket, In Good Hands Organic Shea Butter Hand Therapy Kit.
 The website includes a new gift section enabling shoppers to build their own gift basket. All holiday orders can be gift wrapped and sent along with a personalized gift card.

Mad Gab’s — : Mad Gab’s has just announced new flavors and a brand new look for their line of natural bath and body care products and soywax candles. Mad Gab’s makes natural lip and hand and body balms, massage oils and soywax candles. Made with care and poured by hand, the company uses recyclable packaging, great flavors and unique ingredients like shea butter from Africa. 5% of pre-tax profits are donated to non-profits aligned with Mad Gab’s mission. For the holidays, Mad Gab’s offers the following Gift Sets featuring a variety of their bodycare products and candles: Hand & Body Balm Gift Set, Moose Balm Gift Set, Body & Massage Oil Gift Set, Candle Gift Set.

Recycline — : Recycline just introduced the Preserve Razor Recyclable, the first environment-friendly alternative to the disposable razor. They also make recyclable toothbrushes and tongue cleaners for children and adults. All of their products are made from 100% recycled materials including Stonyfield Farm yogurt cups, thanks to a partnership with the nation’s fastest growing yogurt company. And, all of their products come with a postage-paid mailer so that they can be sent back to the company to be recycled into plastic lumber products.

Developed with dental professionals, they are good for oral health and the environment. A partnership with the National Wildlife Federation supports endangered species protection through the creation of the Preserve Jr Endangered Species collection of toothbrushes for children. All of their products are offered in red, white and green holiday colors which make great stocking stuffers.

Way Out Wax — : Way Out Wax offers a complete line of all-natural candles using a special blend of waxes to create the cleanest and longest burning aromatic candles possible. All of their candles are hand-poured in small batches and they only use pure essential oils to scent them. Their candles are available in recycled glass jars, pillars, votives and travel tins, in single aromatherapy scents as well as blends. For the holidays they have launched a new recycled green glass votive featuring their Northern Forest pine tree scent and a cinnamon aromatherapy single blend that comes in a travel tin. Their unscented collection called “Non-Scents,” is also great for the holiday table and decorations.

Coombs Family Farms — : Building on the “family home for the holidays theme,” Coombs Family Farms has been making pure maple syrup for seven generations. They manage their forests sustainably and work with small family farms to offer delicious organic maple syrup and maple sugar, as well as maple candy that makes a perfect stocking stuffer. They also have a nice brochure with tasty maple recipes for entertaining during the holidays.

Guayaki — - “Out of Your Gourd for the Holidays!” 100% organic Guayaki Yerba Mate is a powerful rejuvenating energy beverage grown in its native rainforest environment for quality and flavor. The Pre-Columbian Gourd Gift Pack includes a handcrafted gourd and bombilla, and 6 oz of Guayaki Yerba Maté. Inside the box, there is a booklet with detailed information about the maté ritual, curing your gourd, preparation and sharing, and an interview with the individual artisans of the gourd and bombilla.

Manitoba Harvest — : Give the gift of good nutrition for the holidays. Manitoba Harvest offers a line of nutritious hemp foods including: new Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Hemp Seed Nut Butter; Hemp Seed Nut; and new Hemp Protein Powder.  

Gifts for Pets
Planet Dog — : Planet Dog is a retailer and manufacturer of unique and innovative products for dogs and their owners (and now cats too). Their Orbee-Tuff line of dog and cat toys has gained national recognition. The company donates a percentage of their annual profits to Planet Dog Philanthropy (PDP), their non-profit grant making organization that supports animal welfare, education and the environment.

Just in time for the holiday season, they are introducing the Holly Jolly Ringo, a hollow and whimsically- shaped dog toy that is curiously durable, awkwardly bouncy and unsink-ably buoyant. It is sized like a tennis ball and features red and white (candy cane) colors. It is peppermint scented (perfect for the holiday season).

The new Holiday Wag Bag is a funky white mesh bag features the new Holly Jolly Ringo, a medium green Orbee-Tuff® Bone and a small Red Fleece Buddy (with squeaker). They also offer a fleece Dalmatian stocking and great stocking stuffers.

 Kitty Kaviar — : the popular and healthy, all-natural cat treat is now being offered in a one-ounce can which features a humorous image of a cat in a tuxedo.

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