I'm excited to share a collection of gift suggestions for the nature lovers in your life. I hand picked each item, sourced from independent artists, makers and small businesses, largely (but not exclusively) in the Pacific Northwest. Each item is under $50 and as a nature lover, I would be thrilled to receive any of these items myself. Let's check out my picks!
These dreamy meditation stones by artist Jenifer Lake are hand formed, cleaned, incised with one of a kind designs, fired twice, glazed by hand, & given a little blessing. The ceramic pieces weigh beautifully in the hand, they feel smooth & grounding sitting in your palm, lending themselves to a quiet, peaceful feeling when held. $45
This Relax-Fast Tincture by Fettle Botanic Supply & Counsel is like meditation in a bottle. It's a soothing, specialized selection of calming herbs to dial down the tension. $28
These single stem bud vases from Notary Ceramics come in matte white (shown), glossy white and matte grey on brown. Their lovely studio is right in my own neighborhood in walking distance. $44
My 2018 calendar, fede. speranza. amore., is a daily reminder of the faith, hope and love that is all around us and, most importantly, within us. Twelve calming, peaceful images celebrating the beauty of nature printed on luxurious paper sits on your desk or wall reminding you to tend to yourself, nurture yourself and love yourself. $28
This shibori moon tea towel from non-perishable goods is made of 100% hemp and comes in two styles: mama moon and baby moons. Hand-dyed with indigo blue and handcrafted. non-perishable goods embraces an authentic + artistic approach to a nourished life. they believe in the power of the handmade and cherishing the crafts and traditions which remind us of a simpler, slower time. $32
The Prussian Palette from Hushwing Watercolors contains two pans of handmade, professional grade watercolor and includes Prussian Blue and Colonial Raw Sienna. Each pan is magnetized and packaged in a metal travel tin. All orders are shipped with a handwritten swatch card, reusable hand dyed silk ribbon, and a small sheet of 100% cotton rag handmade paper to test your watercolors with. Made by an artist for all artists, learn more about the process here. $35 (Dear Santa, Are you reading my blog?? Love, Jessica)
Perfect for reading on the couch by the fire, or even in the tub, Devotions is a staff pick at the venerable Powells Books in Portland. This volume of poetry was carefully selected by Mary Oliver from her entire body of work. "Oliver is a much-needed voice in this time, with her praising of nature, the value of life, and silence." (Richard C. at Powells). $30
This holiday sampler from Fire Brew contains their signature set of all-natural, fiery health tonics, a bookmark of serving suggestions, and a Fire Brew shot glass. This whole food health tonic can be taken preventatively or when you feel "the crud" coming on during the winter. Learn more about the benefits here. $28
Ahh, this NW Rainforest Grey Salt Bath from Live Botanical is the perfect cure for the chill of winter after a day out hiking. Grey Salt hand gathered from the French coast using ancient Celtic practices. The result is 82 trace minerals and high moisture content to achieve the most benefits possible from a bath. Essential Oil Blend of Lavender*, Spruce*, Fir*, Cedar*, and Jasmine*. Created to open the airways, clear the mind and calm the spirit. $22.
These brass, organic triangle earrings from local favorite Betsy + Iya remind me of leaves dangling from a tree and make a statement. Approximately 3.25 inches long. $44
Finally, I suggest this e-book, Messages Everywhere, from Nissa Howard, who I have worked with extensively and have the highest regard for her work and wisdom. Nissa teaches by guiding you through the wilderness of your inner world. This interactive PDF contains 31 prompts to guide and inspire you with the dance between your spiritual experience as a human being and your human experience as a spiritual being. Instant download. $45