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The gift-giving season is nearly here! We asked Non-GMO Project team members what they're excited to give and receive this year. They came back with a range of items to show your loved ones how much you care. Whether you're looking to make a big splash by investing in a future family heirloom, seeking something small for stockings or going entirely DIY for a personalized, low-cost gift, there's something here for everyone.

Kitchen tools are an excellent choice for aspiring foodies! A high-quality, cast iron skillet will last a lifetime — and a properly-cared-for skillet may even become a family heirloom. Cast iron cookware develops a smooth black patina as the years pass, creating a slick, non-stick surface. Because cast iron gets better with age, it's worth investing in quality. Here is a breakdown of some of the most sought-after brands.

Lomi is a gadget with a green mission. Regenerative practices like composting are where it’s at, but multi-bin composting systems don't necessarily work for everyone. They can be bulky and time-intensive, and scraps from rich foods such as meat or dairy can attract pests. If you have someone on your list with a big heart, a green thumb and little or no yard space, the Lomi could be just the thing. Lomi is a food waste digester that sits on your kitchen counter. It dramatically speeds up the composting process, creating usable soil in less than 24 hours. Plus, Lomi has a net positive impact on a household’s carbon footprint, keeping food out of landfills and reducing dangerous methane emissions. 

A gift to delight the senses? Take aromatherapy and DIY to the next level by putting together a simmer pot package. Check out this TikTok to guide you through making a low-cost, low-waste, handmade gift, or try out a new combination of scents. You can even experiment, adapting these recipes for a truly one-of-a-kind present. Essential oils can be used in small amounts in diffusers, warm baths or directly on the skin, and Nature's Answer offers dozens of Non-GMO Project Verified and organic scents and blends. Support wellness this winter with Immune Defense or try Vitality Ener-Boost to awaken the senses.

For the sophisticate on your list, try a bottle of Bordeaux. Château de Lagarde wines are crafted exclusively from organic and non-GMO ingredients. The Raymond family — dedicated wine growers in the Bordeaux region since the 1850s — steward the vineyards, which have been entirely organic for over 20 years. The Raymond family motto is "We love our soil, you'll love our wine."

Lastly, Non-GMO Project Verified personal care products are always a winner! Eco Lips offers exfoliant + balm combo packs to soothe and beautify chapped lips. Eco Lips has every certification the conscientious shopper could want: Non-GMO Project Verified, Fairtrade, Cruelty-Free, Certified B Corp and more! For head-to-toe care, try Booda Organics, a favorite of Non-GMO Project staffers. Pick a couple of ready-to-go gift sets or mix-and-match individual products for a personalized selection. (For more on self-care and wellbeing, join us in February for our Wellness campaign.)

From all of us here at the Non-GMO Project, we wish you the happiest of holiday seasons.

We are delighted to present this year's Non-GMO Project gift giving guide! 

This year, there's no shortage of ways to think outside the big box store — from crafty, DIY options to one-of-a-kind gifts from local vendors. And of course, there are many online options, including a wealth of BIPOC-owned companies (it's well worth the effort to seek out and support BIPOC-owned businesses).

Here are a few of our favorite items for the season.

For the non-GMO enthusiast 🦋

Is your loved one a proud supporter of the non-GMO movement? Help them show off their Butterfly love with this limited print Butterfly Biodiversity Bandana. Made from 100% certified organic cotton and eco-friendly ink.

French press coffee and a cupCoffee & chocolate: Two great tastes that taste great together 

Holiday gifts don't need to be glitzy — We love thoughtful gifts that brighten each and every day. Here’s an idea: Help the coffee enthusiast in your life upgrade their game with a french press! These practical, personal bean-brewers offer elegant designs and great-tasting joe.

You can bundle up by adding some Non-GMO Project Verified and Fair Trade Certified coffee beans and chocolate. Learn more about Fair Trade certification, including how we work together, here.

DIY and local are the bee's knees

Have you ever made your own beeswax candles? Beeswax naturally gives off a slightly sweet scent, equal parts delicate and comforting. Follow these online tutorials to turn Non-GMO Project Verified beeswax into unique, sustainable gifts. Or, leave it to the experts and purchase beeswax candles from local vendors in your area. 

In the mood for something sweet? Try honey in its rawest form! Get Non-GMO Project Verified honeycomb for a gift to remember over the holidays.

Plants growing in glass beakersGifts for plant lovers (from minimalist to ambitious)

If you're already a plant lover, holidays are an excellent opportunity to share some plant joy with a friend. Create a trendy minimalist gift by sharing cuttings of plants you already have. Gift the cuttings in a simple glass container. Add extra flair with a handwritten note with plant care instructions. 

Or create a world in a jar with a handmade terrarium. Gardening-under-glass provides access to a range of new plants and creative opportunities that couldn't thrive in normal indoor conditions. Plus, you and your loved one can pretend you're giants.  

'Tis the season to be cozy!
Indigenous-owned company Indigo Arrows creates high-quality textiles based on timeless designs. Peruse the gift boxes or splurge on a unique family heirloom such as the Grandmother Moon Quilt

You can search for Non-GMO Project Verified products on our website, here. Remember to support small businesses this holiday season, and check out craft fairs in your community. We wish you a very happy holiday season!

Holiday Gifts

It's been quite a year. Of course it's not over yet: Chronologically we still have a few weeks left. When this whole "New Normal" started in the spring, it was heavy on the new and light on the normal. As we head into winter, the barometer has changed — and this holiday season could well reshape more of our traditions.

There is a strange freedom in this newness — a chance to rewrite the script of the holidays. December is usually a hectic switcheroo of a month: Time off from work and school is populated with a dramatic uptick in to-do lists and social engagements. The formula is different this year. How can we balance our need to connect with the travel that we don't take? How can the novelty of new approaches shake up our holidays? With festivities curtailed, we have more time to reflect on what our dearest relationships mean to us — and the opportunity to show it in unique ways.

That's a 2020 holiday.

Give a helping hand

If you find yourself with more time than money, a little help can go a long way.

Books worth sharing

I don't know about you, but after months of doomscrolling my attention span is that of a badly concussed fruit fly. Books that managed to break even the most dense brian fog are treasures indeed. Be sure to reach out to your local bookstore for these and other great reads.

Purchase with a purpose

If you're looking for more substantial holiday gifts, we encourage you to support small and local businesses as much as possible. There are also online options for amazing wares from BIPOC-owned businesses that prioritize environmentally responsible production. A good rule of thumb is "buy less, buy quality, buy with purpose." The following resources pass that bar beautifully.

The wrap-up

Whatever your giving choices this year, give a thought to the packaging. My personal pet peeve is fancy wrapping paper that can't be recycled. I inwardly cringe at the hills of discarded metallic paper and associated plastic ribbons. To turn that frown upside down, consider these alternatives.

Hopefully this list has provided some new takes on timely traditions. Or maybe it's a jumping off point, inspiring you to branch out in an entirely new direction (in which case, please share it with us if you feel so inclined! We're always looking for new ideas to celebrate and connect.) From all of us at the Non-GMO Project, we wish you a happy, healthy holiday season, and all the time in the coming years to spend with your loved ones.

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