by Becky Mendoza December 11, 2019

This is our first time doing a holiday gift guide on here so bear with us. First, let us start by saying: we choose PRESENCE over PRESENTS, meaning we believe the holidays are about being present with your loved ones and celebrating our love and gratitude for one another and always keeping Mother Earth in mind. Don't get lost in the stress of gifts. That being said, we know people like to make thoughtful gifts to their loved ones so our goal is to provide you with some meaningful gift options that don't leave a plastic mess behind. Consider adding these to your own wishlist as well. Let's get started.

1. Double Up Donation Gift. Cost: You decide.

Here at Changing Tides Foundation, it is our job to shamelessly self-promote, mostly because we have AMAZING things planned for 2020 that we need your help to bring to life, so what better gift to give a friend than a donation in their name, to their favorite charity?! Especially right now, since Patagonia is matching donations made to Changing Tides Foundation made through Patagonia Action Works. That means your $50 gift turns into $100! All you have to do is click here and select "I'd like to make my donation a gift" and voila: a zero-waste Christmas gift! Your friends and family will be so grateful that their gift made an impact, isn't that what the holiday season is really about?


2. CTF Anti-Plastic Bundle. Cost: $60.

This is our last plug, we promise. As most of you know, we have an online shop with some CTF schwag and our go-to eco-friendly items. 100% of shop proceeds go to our projects. Our favorite gift at CTF is our Anti-Plastic Bundle, which includes all you need to start your journey to reduce your single-use plastic waste. Included is a stainless steel cup, bamboo utensils & glass straw, reusable bag and a combo back of beeswax wraps, all with the CTF logo, so you can feel extra proud each time you use them! If you're feeling frisky, throw in some Upcycled Luggage Tags (these make great stocking stuffers) in your cart as well. But hurry, you must place your order by December 17 if you want to get it by Christmas.

3. ReVessel Adventure Kit. Cost: $125. Free Shipping (USE CODE: CTF1010 for 10% off + 10% to CTF)

In keeping with our obsession with reusables, we're introducing the mothership of all bentos: The Adventure Kit from reVessel. This is the bento we've all been waiting for! It's adult-size, and is really a one-stop shop for all of your reusable needs, with their removable 1 and 2 cup inserts, perfect for fruit, dressings and dips. The Adventure Kit is a modular 13 piece leak-proof container that is durable, easy to clean, oven safe, freezer safe and toxin-free, not to mention the lid doubles as a cutting board, perfect for food prep! The founder is an absolute boss babe and created the product after years of hard work and research, to make sure you're getting the best quality and most functionality from it. She's literally thought of everything. Plus they're giving you free shipping and 10% off and donating 10% of your purchase to CTF when you use CODE: CTF1010 until December 31. This is a pre-order so you can expect the item early 2020.

4. Marissa Quinn x Bedfellows Roasting: Coffee + Art Holiday Box. Cost: $35.

Mmmmm. Coffee + Marissa Quinn's art = the perfect match. Marissa has teamed up with Bedfellows Roasting, to bring you a limited edition 5x7 signed print, plus you get 1lb of organic single-origin nicaraguan coffee from a women-owned farm. To sweeten the deal a % of proceeds get donated to Cafe Femenino Foundation, empowering female coffee farmers. Did we mention all of this comes in eco-friendly packaging. This box makes the perfect gift for your coffee and art loving homies! This is only available until December 17, so order today!


5. Soul Much Holiday Cookie Box. Cost: $29.95 + Free Shipping.

What can we say about Soul Much? They make cookies out of perfectly good food that had a one way ticket to the landfill. Yes you read it right, they partner with restaurants to take their surplus food like rice and fruit and veggie pulp and use that to make COOKIES! It's genius! Not to mention, they are friggin delicious and the babes who started it are exceptional humans. They're offering a special petitie holiday box with a variety of their mini cookies. Each box rescues 5 lbs of food from going to the landfill, saves 1,500 gallons of water and diverts 3.5 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. Talk about a rad gift, that comes in eco-friendly packaging that gives a big hug to Mama Earth! Want more cookies? Upgrade to their deluxe box and get twice as many cookies for just $20 more. Plus they're vegan and gluten-free and the chips are perfectly placed, what's not to love? They truly are Soul Much more than just a cookie!

6. SAOLA Shoes. Cost: $79-$119. (USE CODE: CTF25 for 25% off)

Not all shoes are created equal, some actually help the Earth, which is why when we found out about Saola Shoes, we had to give them a try. Saola was born out of a love for the planet and they've created kick-ass shoes that not only look good, but implement recycled and bio-based materials, like uppers made from recycled plastic bottles, cork inserts and organic cotton laces. Saola works with Bloom Foam to harvest harmful algae from lakes, cleaning the lakes and preventing the release of CO2 into the atmosphere. The result? Super comfy and durable soles made from friggin ALGAE! All in eco-friendly packaging. A great gift idea especially with our super exclusive 25% off discount code: CTF25. Make an impact today!


7. AllSwell Deck + Notebook Bundle. Cost: $42.

Never again will you say "I don't have anything to write about" or "I don't know where to start." Journaling extraordinaire, Laura Rubin, hit it out of the park with her latest creation: The Deck. Each card in the deck features both a "write" and "draw" prompt to kick-start or enhance your journaling practice. Plus, it's printed in a socially accountable manner on materials originated from well-managed forests, compliant with the Forest Stewardship Council. Pair it with your choice of an AllSwell notebook (made in the USA out of recycled materials) and you'll be expanding your mind, and your pen in no time. Writing can truly be medicine so why not gift a friend a creative outlet that will enhance their creativity. It's a gift that keeps on giving, with minimal impact to Mother Nach!


8. Swell: A Sailing Surfer's Voyage of Awakening. Cost: $35. 

Look, if you haven't heard about Swell, we're not quite sure where you've been hiding but it's time for you to come out and play. Step into our seaster and board member Captain Liz Clark's world and into her boat, Swell, as she sails from the United States, through Central America and across the Pacific Ocean to French Polynesia. In this memoir, Captain Liz Clark captures her voyage in gripping detail, sharing tales of sailing in high seas, of solitude and surprises, of finding connection to the earth and commitment to living in harmony with it. It's a great read with an even better message, that is captivating to both men and women alike, making it the perfect escape into adventure this holiday season.

9. Jungmaven Digital Gift Card. Cost: $25-$250. 

In case you hadn't noticed, we are currently experiencing an obsession with the sustainability of HEMP and ever since we discovered Jungmaven, a company that uses this miracle crop to make super soft and comfy T's using hemp and cotton. The ethos behind the company is to make products that last a long time and actually get better with age. Growing hemp has a positive impact on the environment. It requires no irrigation, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or GMO seeds. Hemp actually restores balance to the environment by cleaning the soil, air and water. These T's are made in the USA and they seriously have the best color options and fit, you may even see some of their T's in our online shop in 2020. Your digital gift card will be delivered to your email in less than 15 minutes then you can print the pdf attachment with includes the gift card graphic or forward it along to the recipient.  It's that easy!

10. Bodhi Surf + Yoga Retreats. Cost: $795-$2,995. 

Anyone who tells you they don't want to go to Costa Rica for a vacation is obviously joking, so when you're done laughing, tell them to pack their bags because you're headed to Bodhi. Bodhi Surf + Yoga is a small, family-run business located in Bahia Ballena that specializes in education, community engaged surf & yoga camps. We are beyond impressed by Bodhi's resume: Certified B Corporation, 1% For The Planet Member and Carbon-Neutral business. You can feel good about your dollars going back into both the local and global communities. They have 3 vacation options to choose from 7 and 14 day stays including one to bring the whole family, not to mention the crew that runs the show there are absolute legends. This is the epitome of gifting an "experience" rather than a "thing" which is right up our alley. Or gift it to yourself, you deserve it, and while you're there, say hi to Hannah and Adrianne for us!


Becky Mendoza
Becky Mendoza


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