>holiday gift guide for keepin’ it real

6 Dec

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wanna get your friend or loved one something rad but wanna support independent folks? i’ve made a handy little guide of my favorite things that are either local, handmade, independent, d.i.y, support stay at home moms, amazing companies or proceeds go to a good cause. so make this the year you vow not to be part of the problem but to be a be part of the solution. if you just purchase 10% of your shopping list from local or independent people you can make a BIG impact and it feels good too! check out buy local utah for more- http://www.localfirst.org/
Local Ogden shops
–Slavy-“Slinky and chic” As labeled in AAA magazine, cute clothes and great styles. website
–Ume boutique- ume’ boutique is a chic women’s fashion store on Historic 25th Street in downtown Ogden, Utah. Salt Lake Magazine named ume’ Best Boutique in the 2008 Best of the Beehive awards. http://www.umedesigns.com/
–urban chic- This is a new store with everything you can’t find anywhere else. From antique wear to urban/vintage wear! Great prices! facebook page
–little cherry blossoms- Little Cherry Blossoms features items for babies, for children, and for Mommies. We have apparel, shoes, accessories, gifts, toys, books, and more. http://blog.littlecherryblossoms.com
Borrowed Earth Emporium– provides the community of Ogden with Yoga, healing arts, local goods and a cafe! http://www.borrowedearthemporium.com/about/
–rovalis- the Italian Cooking Basket is a great holiday gift! It includes: 1 bottle of Antica Balsalmic Vinegar, 1 bottle of Casalina Olive Oil, 2 packages of Maestri Air-dried pastas, 1 can of Strianese imported tomatoes with whole basil, and 1 gourmet Valrhona Jivara dark chocolate bar. All this is a beautifully decorated basket for $45. Call or email and they will make one for you to pick up! 801.394.1070 Also, you can create your own baskets with whatever you like!http://www.rovalis.com/
–grounds for coffee- Eco-Basket.1 20oz BPA-free travel mug, 1 reusable knit java jacket, 1 bag Organic Timor coffee and and “I Buy Local First” sticker.$25 also I am Ogden” Books for only $20! http://www.facebook.com/25thGFC
–beehive cheese co. –http://www.beehivecheese.com/ When you take a bite of Beehive Cheese, it melts like butter in your mouth— that’s because it’s made from some of the creamiest and cleanest milk in Utah, lovingly crafted into specialty cheese by a family who shares a passion for the artisan way of life.they have gift baskets and sample packs.
–green the world- http://www.greentheworldstore.com/ Northern Utah’s only Eco-Friendly Retail Store offering all things green to help you Look Good, Feel Good, and Do Good

shops run by rad people
each bag is handmade and incredibly affordable. they make, hip pouches, courier bags, and other bags.
accoutrements for the post-civilized
amazing modern illustration jewelry
pouches made from amazing incredible to die for cuteness fabric.
independent retailers
Founded by high school sweethearts, Eric Koger and Susan Gregg Koger, and built on a foundation of love for vintage and retro clothing
Karmaloop never received any venture investment and grew solely through hard work — indie designer retailer
–universal cycles- http://www.universalcycles.com/
Online bike shop based in Portland Oregon. they have thousands of products for every kind of bike,They have a gift guide too http://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/index.php?category=4219
stores run by moms
vintage and vintage inspired whimsy for every day.
Changing the way you dress your children, because the rules were meant to be broken.
hunter and i are in it this year and it is such and amazing project. ordering info on their face book
–cookie lee designs- Kaccee Johnson Independent Jewelry Consultant kaccee3189@gmail.com
View the current catalog of hip jewelry www.cookielee.com. Contact her by email with your orders!!!
–flap wear- unique headgear for unique women- flapwear@gmail.com
–cosmo beets- amazing feather earrings and other accessories- COSMOBEETS ETSY.COM
charities
–Women’s Prison Book Project The Women’s Prison Book Project provides incarcerated women with new or used paperback books, donated by publishers, bookstores and individuals. Contact WPBP at www.prisonactivist.org.
–Global giving- http://www.globalgiving.org/ buy a giftcard for someone to donate to a charity of their choice.
independent books and zines
–don’t leave your friends behind- http://dontleaveyourfriendsbehind.blogspot.com/
an amazing zine about supporting your parent friends. i wrote a piece in the latest issue about supporting parents who have lost a child.
a zine about death and grief.its hard to know what to say. let this be a start. i wrote an essay in the recent issue about losing paikea.
a very fun book about fermenting things!
an amazing zine anthology by china martens . i read it front to cover in a few hours it was amazing!
A lonely house all falling down; five homeless folk alone and cold. How can there be a happy end? Read on and see the tale unfold
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