Local Sustainable Gifting for the Holidays
The festive and joyous atmosphere of the holidays can sometimes give way to major stress over one thing: finding the ideal gift. But this year, fret not. A wide selection of sustainably sourced gifts perfect for everyone on your shopping list—from organic juices and hot sauce to body scrubs—can be found right in the Bronx. Discover our selection of perfect presents sourced and produced in New York’s northern-most borough.
Beazer’s Garden Body & Bath
A former preschool teacher and Bronx native, Kimberly Beazer began making plant-based products in 2001 to use in her classroom. It was from there that Beazer’s Garden Body & Bath was born. “My aim is to always use the best quality, organic ingredients possible. If I wouldn’t put it on my skin or on my pet, I wouldn’t want you to, either,” said Beazer. Choose from her mix-and-match products like popular sugar scrubs and personalize a thoughtful gift for anyone on your list—plus, it all goes towards a good cause. One dollar from every item purchased will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“It’s about the mission and the message,” said Eden’s Garden Juices president Shawna Jones. A delicious assortment of all-natural drinks and cold-pressed juices, Jones’ products emphasize and encourage a natural lifestyle and positive outlook in addition to their health benefits. With holiday offerings incorporating special ingredients like pumpkin, sweet potato and berries, an assortment of these juices or a ready-made care package is a unique gift this holiday season.
RedMoon Bronx Soaps and Teas
This holiday, give a gift with deep ties to the neighborhood. Founded by Dennis Darkeem, who was born and raised in the Bronx, many of RedMoon Bronx Soaps and Teas products are made with dried herbs sourced from community gardens and farmer’s markets in the area. Specially packaged holiday gifts baskets feature soaps, t-shirts, hot sauce, jewelry or artwork. For an unexpected and interactive gift, pair them with an invitation to one of Darkeem’s free healthy living workshops in the South Bronx. “My workshops and holistic products are a way I can engage my community in thinking about their health and how to create healthy options,” he said.
Sweet Life Treat
After founder and Bronx native Leah Prince spent years studying alternative medicine, Sweet Life Treat was created in 2012. Offering a range of vegan, organic products that are free of harsh chemicals and additives, all products are sourced from local and organic suppliers. Sweet Life Treat tries to inspire self-healing and personal growth through their aromatic offerings. Opt for the Sweetest Face of Oil: Heal to relax during the busy holiday season or the Lucid Hair Elixir to care for your hair and scalp during the dry winter months.