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Conscious Christmas Shopping for the Urban Dweller

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[Part 3 of our 3-part Conscious Christmas Shopping series for the traveller, the fashionista, and the urban dweller; also check out Conscious Christmas Celebrations: Mindful Foodie Feasts and Conscious Christmas Being: A Holiday Self-Check]


When Christmas time comes around, many of us run around like headless chickens to cross everyone off our Christmas list, as if in an Amazing Race to get everyone that matters (and even those that really don’t) something (anything) for the age-old holiday habit or perceived (and poorly conceived) social responsibility of gift-giving, while braving through traffic and mall queues in the least amount of time.

Gift-giving is not among my strong love languages, and I believe that gift-giving should come from a place of gratitude and sincerity, and from a place of understanding what really matters to a person and what can really make their day.

I don’t believe that gift-giving in itself is always a bad thing, but I do when it becomes a chore. Part of the act of gifting someone is giving it with a smile and the hopes of seeing their face light up with your thoughtfulness, and how well you seem to know them through your choice of gift/s.

In this 3-part series, I’ll share some of my ideas of more unique, personal, and mindful gift that your beloved recipient/s may appreciate, and that your local community and the planet would prefer that you support too.


Living in the city can still mean living sustainably too, as a green lifestyle is not meant only for hermits living in the boondocks. Here are some thoughtful gifts that can help you and your loved ones lead a mindful life in the concrete jungle.

1. Herbs from Lotus Pod Farms & succulents from Green House Project
There’s nothing like plants to literally and figuratively greenify one’s home (yes, even for condo-dwellers). There’s also the unique satisfaction in tending to your own living plants at home, and they help clean the air and absorb odors in indoor spaces. If you’re worried that your recipient might not have much time to tend to his/her plants, fear not! Succulents need only to be watered once a week, while herbs like oregano, tarragon, ashitaba, and mint are fairly hardy and easy to grow (and great additions to your diet), provided that they are placed by a window.

Herbs from Lotus Pod and succulents from Green House Project
(Left) herbs from Lotus Pod; (right) succulents from Green House Project (photos from Muni Market Day)

2. Sustainable wood products from Sustainably Made by Marsse Tropical Timbre
Gift your favorite host or hostess with these cleverly crafted Sustainably Made wooden products made from sustainably farmed trees at the Marsse tree farm in Pangasinan, not from natural forests.

Sustainably Made by Marsse wine glass holder and tequila sombrero
Sustainably Made by Marsse wine glass holder and tequila sombrero (photos c/o Sustainably Made by Marsse)

3. Personal care, home care and pet care products from V&M Naturals, Plantex and Wonder Paws
Our everyday habits in the city that we otherwise take for granted can have an impact on our health and the health of the planet too. Choose to share practical gifts of health and wellness through toxin-free products for everyday use for anyone. V&M Naturals carries luxurious, all-natural handmade soaps, Plantex carries green home-cleaning and other personal care products, while Wonder Paws soaps, powder and balm are great gifts for your pet-loving friends.

V&M Naturals, Plantex, Wonder Paws personal, home and pet care products
V&M Naturals, Plantex, Wonder Paws personal, home and pet care products (photos from Muni Market Day)

4. Folding bicycles from Nyfti
Now this one is for you to gift to the more special people in your life: a significant other, a very special friend, your grown up son or daughter…or for you to ask from your parents or lover for Christmas! Nyfti‘s 3-fold bicycles are the first Philippine-made folding bikes, weighing less then 10 kgs, folding easily to be pushed around while walking or while taking the train around the city, for a faster, greener, and more efficient mode of transport. The bike’s colors may also be customized to suit your recipient’s personality. Nyfti is giving P10,000 off on their selling price for orders placed by December.

Nyfti Bicycles - folding bike
Nyfti Bicycles – folding bike

Related reads:
Conscious Christmas Shopping for the Traveller
Conscious Christmas Shopping for the Fashionista
Conscious Christmas Celebrations: Mindful Foodie Feasts
Conscious Christmas Being: A Holiday Self-Check

Jen HornJEN HORN (@nomadmanager) is a wanderer, writer, and designer out to build the MUNI community, create a culture of caring for self, others, and the planet, and make choosing better a way of life as MUNI’s Chief Collaborator. A graduate of AB-Psychology from De La Salle University, she has always had a fascination with the inner workings of the human mind, though she opted to pursue entrepreneurship, writing, and design after graduation. She is also a lover of handwoven textiles, and aims to keep weaving traditions alive through the use of Philippine textiles in modern fashion with her side project Tala Luna.


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