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Mindful Holiday Gift Guide

Mindful Holiday Gift Guide

There is always someone on your gift-giving list who is impossible to shop for. But when it comes to giving a gift that is thoughtful, out of the box, and sustainably inspired, I think it means everybody on your list becomes difficult to shop for.

Below, some of my favourite mindful holiday gift ideas, inspired by some of my favourite products and companies that I’ve come across over the course of 2018.

A Blowout

If you’re in the Ottawa area, the one and only salon I go to is Rinaldos 90 George. If you’re looking for an indulgent but totally unique gift for your mom, sister-in-law or bff, a blowout package should top your list. Who doesn’t want the ultimate luxury of not having to wash and blow dry your own hair? Not only will it have your giftee feeling like a celebrity, but they’ll have more time to do things they love instead of spending it managing their mane.

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A Sustainable Watch

Minimalist watches seem to be everywhere, but Nordgreen offers beautiful minimalist design with a thoughtful twist. Their packaging is sustainable, every watch comes with interchangeable straps, and their giving back programme that allows you to choose where a portion of your sale goes to is genius. When you buy a watch, you can choose whether you’d like to contribute to their health, education, or environment initiatives. I’ve been wearing my Nordgreen watch non-stop since receiving it, and have featured it in a few videos when pulling outfits together. For the holiday season, they are doubling their donations to their NGO partners and I’ve got a discount code for you! Use BELTEMPO for 20% off 😉 

Sustainable Jewelry 

You’ve likely heard of Alex and Ani before but did you know their jewelry is made out of recycled metals? I didn’t either. Since receiving some of their jewelry earlier this year, my Alex and Ani earrings and pull bracelets have become go-to outfit additions.

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photo credit: Katarina at 

Sustainable Luggage 

For the traveler in your life, Away luggage is a no-brainer. I have become obsessed with my Away luggage – light as a feather, roomy, and so, so thoughtful. Their carry-ons come with a rechargeable battery pack, and all of their luggage comes with a removable laundry bag, compression system and a limited lifetime warranty. They actually want you to have this luggage for the rest of your life. Talk about slow. The best part? They partner with Peace Direct, a nonprofit that supports local peacebuilders in 12 areas of conflict around the world. Watch my initial reactions in this Youtube video!  

A Night Away 

Tell your lover to pack their Away bag and enjoy a night out at a boutique hotel like Le Germain. I recently spent a night at their newest location in Ottawa and it was a treat. Le Germain hotels are always located at the heart of the action, and kitted out impeccably with cozy Euro-style details.

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