2016 Eco Holiday Gift Guide

Tis the season to be merry and bright! We love this season's emphasis on kindness and giving others what they need to help us all through the dark winter days and prepare for the year ahead.

But in the midst of all the festivities, it's easy to lose sight of our environmental integrity. As we celebrate, decorate, give gifts and travel this holiday season, we also tend to generate a lot of waste and increase our energy use.

A study from the Environmental Protection Agency states that from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, household waste increases more than 25%! The added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons all add up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills. Annual trash just from gift-wrap and shopping bags totals to 4 million tons in the US alone. 

However, there are plenty of holiday gift options that create less waste and actually give back to the planet while improving the health and wellness of your loved one's. If you're looking for some inspiration, here are our top picks of eco gifts for every budget!

1) Gift Cards

Give the gift of choice with a gift card to someone's favorite shop (preferably a small/local business) that gives back. It's more personal than cash by showing that you've considered their unique personality. If your special someone is interested in health and natural lifestyles then our RML Gift Card could be the perfect fit!

2) Essential Oils

It may come as no surprise to our community that we're a big advocate for essential oils! They're a great way to give a meaningful gift that empowers family's with natural solutions for their health, beauty and home care needs. The particular certified pure therapeutic-grade brand we use offers fantastic kits with all the basics and plenty of oils that are $20 and under. Email us at info@rainbeaumars.com to discuss how to get top quality oils at the best price or click here to learn more.

3) eBooks

Reducing paper usage does more than saves trees, since pulp and paper mills are also a major source of pollution. So choosing an eBook instead of paperback helps to lower your carbon footprint regardless of the content of the book. But you can take it a step further by choosing an eBook of something that inspires a healthy lifestyle and encourages self-development. For example, our eBook of The 21-Day Superstar Cleanse includes 100+ plant-based recipes, daily wellness advice, sustainable lifestyle practices, yoga poses and fitness tips suitable for health enthusiasts or anyone looking for a fresh start.

4) Digital Gifts + eCards

In addition to eBooks, digital downloads for cards, music, videos, eCourses, apps or memberships are another way to show you care without adding to the landfill. If you're loved one is interested to get started with yoga or deepen their practice, our online catalog of video downloads may be just what you're looking for! For a great deal, check out our ra'yoKa Virtual Fitness System with all series and modules presently 50% off!

5) DIY Gifts

There are many advantages to giving a heartfelt, homemade gift instead of something store-bought. When you do-it-yourself you can choose to use non-toxic, biodegradable, natural ingredients or parts that are a sustainable choice for the environment. You also get to put all your creativity and love into it, making something unique for your loved one. A great choice is to make some homemade beauty and home care products!

In Los Angeles, we're hosting our annual Holiday Gift Making Party to connect in community, libations and celebrations while crafting gifts that nurture health and the planet too.

If you're in the area, email us at rsvp@rainbeaumars.com for details. If you can't attend, click here to check out some of our recipes for a Peppermint Scrub, Hoilday Joy Spritzer and more!