In the last couple of years I put together list of organizations that deserve your attention and that offer gift donations and/or gift adoptions of wild animals and much more. In good old tradition, for my first tip this year, I would like you to check out the December Conservation Tips from 2012 and 2013.
Been there, done that and looking for something else? Me too, so I kept looking for other ideas that are environmentally friendly, sustainable, organic or otherwise guilt free...;-).
Here what I came up with:
How about tickets to the Banff Film Festival World Tour? To see where they play and what they play, just click on the link. There are amazing films on the schedule and no matter where and what you see, you won't regret it.
Say (it with) cheese....;-)
You all know I am a cheese fan and it is my pleasure to recommend two of the best cheese companies to you.
The first one I have visited quite often and dearly miss it, now that we moved out of the vicinity of it:
Harley Farms Goat Dairy. The best goat cheese ever. My favorite: the Lavender Honey Chevre...to die for.
Harley Farms ships US wide and they have much more than cheese!
Moonstruck Organic Cheese Inc., a small dairy farm on Salt Spring Island makes one of the best cheeses I had here in Canada. In fact, I liked the cheese so much that we HAD to stop over at their dairy on Salt Spring during our Explore BC tour this summer. My favorite: The White Moon Camembert. Yummy!
Moonstruck ships Canada wide. For special offers check out the Moonstruck Cheese Club.
The next suggestion is for that very special person in your life that is an environmentally conscious outdoor enthusiast and always cold! I first saw this company mentioned in a German magazine and was immediately taken by their idea:
Check out Ortovox. They producing fair-trade, environmentally-friendly processed clothing, especially jackets with a sustainable raw material: Wool. It's light, temperature regulating and warm, even when wet! It does not get much better than that. I would love to get my hands on one of them and finally found a retailer who would ship to North America: Blue Tomato
My favorite: the Piz Bernina jacket, but no, I haven't tried it ...yet....
Da Ortovox eine deutsche Firma ist, habe es da meine deutschen Freunde besorgungstechnisch und finaziell etwas besser....;-)
A little less expensive? No problem. Try something from the Rocky Mountain Soap Company. At the Banff Film Festival Market we stumbled upon a great, almost local cosmetic company with a great promise:
"We only use 100% natural ingredients, the finest essential oils, real grains, berries, and other sources that Mother Nature provides."
The soaps smell absolutely heavenly and the body butter leaves your skin soft and nourished.
My favorite: the lavender soap and the vanilla coconut body butter
The Rocky Mountain Soap Company ships within Canada AND international!
Now that we pampered the body, how about something for mind and soul?
The wolf is probably the most misunderstood mammal of all times. Hated and hunted to the brink of extinction. Disregarding that this killing is cruel and unnecessary, the wolf has an enormously important role in a functioning ecosystem. Ever so slowly this is understood by some. Now someone with a deep knowledge and understanding of wolves and it's environment, wrote an award winning book everyone interested in wolves and/or a functioning ecosystem should read:
Kevin Van Tighem's "The Homeward Wolf". Although it is a documentary, it is written so well, I read the whole book the same evening I had bought it AND due to it's format, it's just the perfect stocking stuffer!
Need more "wolf" ideas? The Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Center in Golden, BC does an amazing job educating young and old about the importance of wolves. If you are following my blog, you know I have visited them many times and I would like to pass on what they just have posted:
the Holiday season is upon us... We just want to remind of our unique gift ideas here at the wolf centre. We have Sponsorships available, your loved one would receive a Xmas package and would help the centre continue to promote wolf education.
We also have gift certificates for a walk with the wolves available for those adventurous spirits!
We have until mid-December to send packages for you to receive them on time for Xmas.
My favorite: the wolf walk :-)) Who does not want to go home with an image like that....
Last but not least, try local fairs and Christmas markets for last minute gifts.
If you have further recommendations, please feel free to post them in the comments for all to see.
That being said
HAPPY GIVING AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS