Holiday Gift Guide: Kids + Family & Animal Lover

by Rona Berg

On a LARQ

Feeling a bit germ-conscious of late? Meet LARQ’s new self-purifying pitcher—way beyond traditional filtration. At the intersection of wellness, design and sustainability, its two-stage process removes 90% of lead, chlorine, mercury, cadmium, copper, zinc, VOCs, Radion and more. And, at the touch of a button, a proprietary UV-C LED technology destroys bio-contaminates at a molecular level—yup, that means viruses too. $135; livelarq.com

Matchy Mom

Mom and new baby will both be grateful for Eileen West’s Organically Grown Cotton Mom & Baby Gift Set. This practical and pampering package—free of pesticides and chemicals—includes a cotton jersey nursing nightgown (with recycled floral lace details), a newborn convertible gown/onesie, a pointelle knit cap and a baby blanket in interlock knit. Even the gift box is sustainably sourced and recyclable to help make the world a better place for future generations. $100; eileenwest.com

By Design

Immodest Cotton keeps their creations close to the heart: This women-led, Brooklyn-based accessories line— offering everything from beautiful Indigo Baby/Kid Booties (natural dyed leather with sheepskin) to signature East-West Tote bags (custom-dyed canvasses and vegetable tanned leather)—only partners with small family-run factories, including a fifth generation family of dyers and hand-block printers in India. Hand- embossed monogramming makes each piece even more personal. From $75; fleabg.com

Like Silk

Leave it to the woman who elevated natural beauty to raise the bar on the (wearable) face mask: Tata Harper has partnered with designer Jonathan Simkhai to create a set of 100 percent silk face masks that are soft, breathable, cooling, hypoallergenic and perfect for people with sensitive or blemish-prone complexions, as they allow the skin to retain moisture and cause less friction. One less thing to worry about! $68; tataharperskincare.com

Make Music

Grownups aren’t the only ones picking up hobbies: ‘Tis the season to sing, dance and play. Loog’s sustainably designed three-string kids’ guitars— made from wood sourced in responsibly managed forests—come complete with flashcards, an accompanying app (with a digital songbook) and free live Zoom sessions to help make learning to play easier and more fun. Plus, they’re sorted by age-range for simple shopping. $79; loogguitars.com

All Fall Down

Made in Germany from sustainably forested beechwood and water-based nontoxic stain, HABA’s Wobbly Tower Stacking Game can be as simple or complicated as a kid chooses! Little ones will love haphazardly stacking these colorful blocks and watching them tumble, while slightly older kids can build according to construction templates with a range of difficulty levels. $20; habausa.com

What on Earth

From the get-go, TOMS has been known for giving back—a pair of shoes donated for each one purchased. Today, the brand gives a third of its annual profits to global organizations—win-win! Their new Earthwise collection of shoes and sunglasses prioritizes eco-friendly (80 percent recycled) materials like Tencel Lyocell (made from wood pulp) and eco-processes like sourcing packaging from sustainable forests. They’re even creating 100 percent biodegradable sunglass frames! From $49; toms.com

New Life

New moms dedicate their time to taking care of their babies. But who takes care of them? Organic, plant-based postpartum line, Ebi, promotes self-care for new mothers with thoughtful products from bath soaks, herbal tisanes and oils to nipple pads and leak-proof, compression underwear made from organic cotton. From $30; weareebi.com

Button Up

After a year of yoga pants and elastic waistbands, maybe it’s time for an actual button and zipper. AMO’s denim collection—from the playful Ally Overall to the chic high-waisted Freja—are locally produced in LA, using the greenest wash house around. Comfy from playtime to meeting time, their jeans are shipped in a newly developed compostable bag—so everyone wins. From $125; amodenim.com

Protect the Elephants

Every time Conscious Step sells a pair of these 75 percent organic cotton Fair Trade socks, they donate $1 to support Conservation International’s elephant protection efforts. $15; consciousstep.com

Olive Ombre Adjustable Leash

Found My Animal leashes—made with marine-grade rope, brass and waxed canvas—are as good-looking as they are durable, plus a portion of proceeds supports animal welfare organizations. $62; acaciasf.com

Hedgehog Embroidery Kit

This charming embroidery kit is perfect for adventurous beginners or seasoned stitchers! All Kirikí D.I.Y. Embroidered Doll Kits include the pattern, fabric, embroidery thread, eco-friendly stuffing and instructions. Ages 12 and up. $39; kirikipress.com

Pottery Birdhouse

Favored by wrens and chickadees, these gorgeous weather-proof ceramic birdhouses by Hertz Pottery include a hanging hole on the back, a drainage hole in the bottom, and a perching dowel in the front. $28; etsy.com

When Animals Rescue

When Animals Rescue: Amazing True Stories about Heroic and Helpful Creatures by OSM columnist Belinda Recio, presents dozens of heartwarming stories about animals that engage in acts of heroism, kindness and compassion, and suggests that what’s best about our human natures just might be our animal natures. $20; basbleu.com

Jumbo Cat Scratcher Lounge

Spare your furniture by providing your kitty with this award-winning Petfusion Jumbo Cat Scratcher Lounge made of recycled cardboard and nontoxic corn starch glue. Serves as a lounge as well as a scratcher! $90; pet-fusion.com

Animal Welfare

For nearly 70 years, the Animal Welfare Institute has been fighting to end animal cruelty of all kinds. Donations of $35 and above qualify for membership in this highly rated animal charity and include a subscription to AWI Quarterly magazine. $35; awionline.org

Reflective Dog Walking Bag

Keep your canine companion safe with this reflective walking bag that includes a set of reflective wrist straps, pocket-size flashlight, waste bags and a side pocket for a water bottle. $30; overlanddoggear.com

Oxfam’s Give a Goat

Your donation of $50 gives a family a gift of sustainability—a goat. Goats provide much-needed fertilizer
and food for families in need. $50;oxfamgifts.com

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