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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.

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