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Our 2016 Christmas gift-giving guide

Good jeans, good food, good style and good reads

Good jeans, good food, good style and good reads

Our 2016 Christmas gift-giving guide

Hope Voelkel

Some of us looooove Christmas shopping. Others of us put it off to, say, Christmas Eve. Ahem. Whether you're buying a gift for someone you love and know well or like a lot and know a little, here are some of our favorite things out there—made well, made ethically and made oh-so-fine.

Folks who like the kitchen

UTEC Cutting Board

 UTEC is an organization that works with at-risk youth in workforce dev and alternative education. So not only does your purchase support  that , but the board itself is made from salvaged strips of Ash, Cherry and Walnut.

UTEC is an organization that works with at-risk youth in workforce dev and alternative education. So not only does your purchase support that, but the board itself is made from salvaged strips of Ash, Cherry and Walnut.

 "Our rolling pin is based on a traditional French baker's pin. Designed in collaboration with Rachel De Jong, Sous Pastry Chef at The Inn at Little Washington to provide the most functional and comfortable kitchen experience."

"Our rolling pin is based on a traditional French baker's pin. Designed in collaboration with Rachel De Jong, Sous Pastry Chef at The Inn at Little Washington to provide the most functional and comfortable kitchen experience."

 "There's no hard work like kitchen work. We've stepped up our workwear game to match with a new offering as tough and detail-oriented as the chefs who helped develop it. We worked with local food entrepreneur Michael Madigan to design an apron that would meet the needs of a stylish and picky cook"

"There's no hard work like kitchen work. We've stepped up our workwear game to match with a new offering as tough and detail-oriented as the chefs who helped develop it. We worked with local food entrepreneur Michael Madigan to design an apron that would meet the needs of a stylish and picky cook"

Folks who like to be cozy

Amana Weave Throw

 Craftsmen and women in Iowa create these gorgeous throws (among many other cool things you’ll discover on their site)

Craftsmen and women in Iowa create these gorgeous throws (among many other cool things you’ll discover on their site)

 Awesome socks manufactured in NC and processed in Austin, TX by employees transitioning out of homelessness.

Awesome socks manufactured in NC and processed in Austin, TX by employees transitioning out of homelessness.

 French terry whhhhat? American Giant is made right here in the US and they have lots of cozy wear.

French terry whhhhat? American Giant is made right here in the US and they have lots of cozy wear.

Folks who like a little bling

Rae Earrings 

 Rose gold plated with a secret little reminder to give back (on the back).

Rose gold plated with a secret little reminder to give back (on the back).

 There’s a Morse Code in these scarves handmade by Atlanta artist Lindsey Glass

There’s a Morse Code in these scarves handmade by Atlanta artist Lindsey Glass

 We dig mountains and rings and the vision behind the Fashionable brand.

We dig mountains and rings and the vision behind the Fashionable brand.

Folks who like all the feels

Bird Project Soap

 "Each black, bird shaped soap contains a white, ceramic bird, handmade from Louisiana Clay, which remains as a keepsake once the outer soap has washed away." 10% of profits go to environmental cleanup and care for affected animals of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster (Gulf Restoration Network & International Bird Rescue).

"Each black, bird shaped soap contains a white, ceramic bird, handmade from Louisiana Clay, which remains as a keepsake once the outer soap has washed away." 10% of profits go to environmental cleanup and care for affected animals of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster (Gulf Restoration Network & International Bird Rescue).

 This fabulous company maintains their own bees for their product line.

This fabulous company maintains their own bees for their product line.

 If we can't sit down and have a chat with him, sitting with the candle named after him is the next best thing, right?

If we can't sit down and have a chat with him, sitting with the candle named after him is the next best thing, right?