The older I get, the more mindful of things I seem to be. With my kids, I am an older mom, and that has been a great experience with me. I learned so much with my oldest daughter that I was able to be a better mom for the two younger kids. I appreciate the beauty of our planet and all that is within it. I have been working on being a more “green” person and have implemented many eco friendly practices in our home. Whenever I can buy organic, vegan, cruelty free or natural, I do so, and that includes the gifts that we give to others. I was trying to find something for my oldest daughter for Valentine’s Day that was vegan and was not your run of the mill gift. Here are a few ideas I came up with:
- Farm Flowers: You may not know this, but about 80% of the cut flowers you buy came from South America. Not only are you not getting home grown goods, but they are also covered in chemicals and pesticides.
- Conflict Free Diamonds: If you are going to pop the question, get a pair of diamond earrings or a diamond tennis bracelet, make sure you have a Kimberley Process certification. This is a system that has been in place for more than 10 years that documents and tracks all rough diamonds to ensure they came from conflict-free mines.
- Chocolates: When buying chocolates, make sure you are buying organic, and remember you can also find vegan friendly chocolate as well. Your local farmers market, Trader Joe’s and other like vendors should have a variety to choose from.
- Vegan Accessories: Many people may not be aware of this, but you can find accessories that are animal friendly. Instead of leather, you can find cruelty-free materials like Polyurethane (PU-leather).
One of my newest obsessions is a super chic shop that is packed full of vegan friendly accessories. Pixie Mood is based out of one of the loveliest places in the world, Toronto Canada. Not only are their designs fresh and fashion forward, they have this touch of whimsy that is irresistible to this fashionista! Pixie Mood believes you can love animals as much as you love fashion. By making their handbags, wallets, clutches and tablet cases from vegan friendly materials, you can find cruelty free gifts that are as bright and bold as you!
I have the Steph bag in white, black and grey, which retails for $70 on the Pixie Mood website. It has a ton of room inside, with pockets and pouches, and a sassy purple lining, which makes me smile! It is made from vegan Leather, which is made from Polyurethane (PU-leather), which is way less harmful on the planet than vinyl or PVC. It is also much softer and does not crack (don’t you hate that?) like other synthetic leathers do.
If you, or someone you know, is little bit funky, loves our furry friends as much as this world we live in, Pixie Mood is a must have for you. I am crazy in love with their fun patterns, unique shapes and textures and unique materials that come together in such an unexpected and cohesive way. Their prices are super affordable and the quality of their products is out of this world. Be sure to stay connected with Pixie Mood and follow them on Twitter and Instagram. One USA reader will win a Steph handbag ARV $70.
Do you look for cruelty free, organic, eco friendly, vegan and natural products?