it's the giving season and Laura and I know that gifting can be equally joyous and stressful! In our Holiday edition of Radiant Sutras Radio LB and I talk about how you can make gift giving a conscious experience by giving based on your values.
Do you value local economy and entrepreneurship? Buy from a small business in your community!
Do you value design and craftsmanship? Buy directly from artisans and artists!
Do you value health and vitality? Buy wellness products that are toxin-free!
Do you value all of the above? Buy from our Radiant Gift Guide!
I wanted to bring more peace into your holidays, so I rounded up my favourite and most gorgeous, local, 'for good' goods for you to swoon over and give! Remember, there is nothing wrong with giving to yourself too!
Sanja's (not Santa's) Good Goods Gift Guide:
I am absolutely obsessed with this daily planner (I never thought I would say that about a day planner, but the truth is the truth). I bought one for 2016 and it still brings me such joy to fill each page - yay for feeling your Core Desired Feelings (CDFs)! Everyday is an organized blessing with daily CDF goal setting, soul prompts, a time-honouring hourly schedule, a soulful to-do list, 'want to change' and gratitude corners, and Danielle LaPorte original #Truthbombs at the bottom of each day. PLUS, you can set monthly CDFs, goals, and intentions - it is very exciting people! Looking back on my year is such a pleasure, this planner is my most pure moment-to-moment daily diary and I am so grateful for it! Give others and yourself the gift of daily mindfulness and soul reorganization, get this planner and others on Danielle's website while supplies last, the limited edition planners already sold out!
Monogram Coffee & Ceramic Mugs $25 CDN
Monogram is my favourite local coffee home in Calgary. We're a fast paced and often cold (it was -21C when I wrote this) city; there are few past times more sacred than enjoying a warm coffee with a friend at one of our many local roasters. Monogram has exceptional artisan beans and beverages and they collaborated with local artist Julia Schumacher, of Canmore, to create these one-of-a-kind ceramic mugs. In a fast coffee culture of endless to-go cups, I love wrapping my cold fingers around these hand-thrown handle-less mugs and enjoying a vegan nut mylk latte while my friend and I discuss the design of the space for the 100th time. A ceramic mug + Monogram's excellent coffee make a great gift for any coffee connoisseur in your life.
Plume Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum $95 USD (30% for Canadians)
Eyebrows are one of eleven female Moon Centers in Kundalini Yoga, they represent imagination, dreaming, and expansion. The #BrowGame is huge right now, but most brow products are not focused on the health of your natural brows. Enter, Plume Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum. I am so proud of this amazing local brand, I have the pleasure of being a part of branding and building it at my day-job at a digital agency. The serum nourishes and strengthens your actual God-given lash and brow hairs from the root up to help them grow, fill-in, and thicken. The 100% natural formula scores zero on the Think Dirty App - a great app to rank your cosmetics and body products for toxicity. I have used 2.5 tubes on my lashes and brows already and have longer and stronger lashes and epic brows ( I have almost completely reversed my teenage over-tweezing) #OnFleek. I love giving this as a gift to the women in my life, especially ones that have had brow and lash loss due to products, extensions, hormones, or aging. Plume has a holiday promotion on where you receive a free faux snake-skin cosmetics bag with each purchase, boom!
Oh She Glows Everyday Cookbook $20.44 CDN
Eating and sharing a plant-based diet is a fantastic way to live your values. Angela Liddon is my #1 vegan recipe angel and she's Canadian! Her newest cookbook, Oh She Glows Everyday, is full of easy and delicious recipes that can be made with simple canned and fresh ingredients - no obscure expensive ingredients I promise! The spicy cabbage soup and crowd-pleasing caesar salad are to die for, any omnivore won't notice it's vegan. Give the gift of home-cooking and healthy eating this holiday.
Radiant Threads Angelique Top $58 CDN
This wouldn't be a Radiant Gift Guide without my favourite Radiant Threads top! The Angelique is so versatile and incredibly comfortable, I honestly feel like a goddess whenever I wear it. I love it even more than the Sanja Top which says a lot! The best part about the Angelique - other than its on-trend bell sleeves and soft organic cotton - is that it fits all shapes and sizes and can be dressed up or down. Perfect on your sheepskin or paired with jeans and a long necklace for work. Give the gift of Angelique's radiance to any woman in your life.
Our number-one peaceful suggestion suggestion? Meditate, meditate, meditate! My cat and I both adore our colourful crystal-infused meditation cushion Laura hand-makes and filled with organic buckwheat hulls and various crystals. The feathery winter edition is gorgeous and more neutral for any design decor and taste. This edition is infused with loving and heart-opening Rose Quartz, because everyone needs some more heart in the holidays. These meditation cushions are really comfortable - got me through an 8-hour day of White Tantric yoga and meditation comfortable - and they're great for kids too. My favourite feature is the handle sewn into the side, for epic crystal booty meditations on the go! This makes an excellent gift for any on-the-go meditator and yogi, order before the 22nd for the Holidays!
Have other local GOODS you love to give? Share them with us in the comments below.
Reminder: We're going on Holidays to enhance our radiance!
Giving you much much love & warm holiday wishes.
Sanja (Gian Shakti Kaur)