Don’t Go Empty-Handed: 5 Quick + Easy Conscious Gift Ideas

The holiday season is in full swing so let the parties begin. Tis the season when guests come by the dozen, carrying bottles of wine as tokens of their appreciation.

Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolitan and LAPD has a special enforcement team with only one responsibility, issuing DUI’s. Over 2,500 DUI’s were issued last December, and the numbers will keep rising.

This year I decided to make a conscious effort in breaking the bottle of wine tradition by replacing it with  healthier gifts.  I know what your thinking, a bottle of wine is quick and easy, and nine out of ten times you grab it at the liquor store on your way out.  Here are five simple suggestions that are just as accessible, inexpensive and conscious gestures of gratitude.

1. EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

“Olive oils described as ‘virgin’ are those that have been obtained from the original fruit without having been synthetically treated. Once the olives have been picked, pressed, and washed, no other process has taken place other than decantation, and centrifugation to extract the oil, and filtration. Extra virgin is the highest quality and most flavorful olive oil classification. The health benefits of olive oil are extensive with new positive attributes discovered all the time. At present it is believed that in addition to bolstering the immune system and helping to protect against viruses, olive oil is also effective in fighting against diseases.” For extended information on olive oil check out the OLIVE OIL TIMES website.

2. GLASS BOTTLES

If you love someone get them off of plastic.  I keep this IKEA bottle filled with water in my car at all times.  I am certainly not trying to drink what the hot sun and plastic are cooking up in my water, not to mention it is life saving when I am dehydrated and feeling lightheaded.  For $9.99, Sur le table carries colored glass bottles with stoppers.  I have torquise blue and orange for the house.  The last bottle I gifted, included a $10 collapsible silicone funnel that I also purchased from Sur le table.

3. PLANT

Give a breath of fresh air. Besides the olive oil, plants are certainly an easy purchase.  Home Depot and Osh have dozens of indoor $5 dollar plants.  Most supermarkets and 99 Cents stores carry them as well.  Common indoor plants have shown to be particularly adept at purifying oxygen and reducing airborne contaminants emitted from household products such as cleaning supplies and tobacco smoke.  The last plant I gifted, I placed in a cool $5  zebra pot I picked up at Ross.

4. CLOTH NAPKINS

Get your friends off of waste. What is more friendly to the environment and the budget than cloth napkins?  One of the oldest concepts is still the most practical and elegant details in lifestyle.  You can usually get 2 sets of four, for less than $20.

5. ORGANIC HONEY

If you love someone get them off of bleached sugar and hi fructose syrup.  You can usually get organic honey at any grocery store but the best honey will always come from your local honey makers.  It’s believed that if you eat locally made honey, that it will better boost your immunities against toxins in your area.  Natural News explains, “Honey comes in many different varieties. Its taste and texture depend on the type of flower sipped by the bee. Probably the most common honey is clover, but it can come in a variety of flavors and colors. The usual color of honey is golden, but it can range from almost white to dark red to almost black.”