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Gift Guide for Activists

by Sica Schmitz | Posted on November 10 2017

2017 is not the year for frivolous gifts. 

It's been a year of activism, resistance, and sisterhood. And it's been exhausting, and I think we all deserve something nice. 

So this year, treat the activists in your life to something that empowers the people who make it as much as the people who use it. This is the year to support fair trade, to support eco-friendly, to support cruelty-free, and to fight injustice in our everyday lives. And luckily, that's easy to do with these 9 gifts under $100 (plus one luxury item, because, hey, let's dream big!).

 

WONDER WOMAN CUFF || $47 - $85

Lucy & Jo Wonder Woman Cuff Bead & Reel

When you need a little bit more courage or strength, these handmade cuffs are available in 3 different sizes and 2 different colors. Handmade in Los Angeles, choose from upcycled brass or silver to help your favorite hero keep fighting for those who can't fight for themselves. 

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NASTY WOMAN NATURAL PERFUME || $15 - $45

Twinkle Apothecary Nasty Woman Natural Perfume Bead & Reel

This fresh, woodsy blend of frankincense, lavender, patchouli, and cedarwood will keep her grounded and calm no matter what ridiculous, baseless insults are hurled her way. It smells like women getting sh*t done. It smells like the freedom to make her own healthcare decisions. It smells like bringing home the tempeh bacon and cooking it too, if she wants. (In reality... it actually smells like a sweet, herbal, slightly earthy blend of essential oils).

And of course it's vegan, cruelty-free, and handmade in America.

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ETHICAL FASHION STARTER KIT || $100

Bead & Reel Ethical Fashion Starter Kit Gift Box

Whether you want to give that first step into ethical fashion or just want to give a great gift in general, this set has everything you need. The ultimate book on ethical fashion and clean beauty, organic cotton mantra socks, a vegan scarf handmade by refugees, a fair trade wallet to remind her of her (purchasing) power, and non-toxic cruelty-free laundry care to care for it all (and herself, and each other...). 

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QUARTZ STUD EARRINGS || $44

Lavender Crush Alicante Crystal Quartz Stud Earrings Bead & Reel

Good vibes only. Quartz stones are healing, cleansing, and help regulate energy - which, let's be honest, we all need as much as we can get this year. Each small earring is handmade in California. And talk about a versatile piece: she can wear it from day-to-evening, protest-to-party, polling-place-to-festival-space.

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SOAK & SOOTHE SELF CARE GIFT SET || $55

Soak & Soothe Self Care Gift Set Bead & Reel

She deserves to rest. Soak in this mineral bath salt to detox and release, and soothe with a nourishing and hydrating body oil. This set is a reminder to create time for the sacred and for her self.

And it's all vegan, cruelty-free, and handmade, of course.

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'V' FOR VEGAN RING - $37

Lucy & Jo V for Vegan Ring Bead & Reel

How do you know someone is vegan? Probably form their gorgeous, fair trade ring, of course! This beautiful style is handmade in by artisans in Kenya and is available in 5 sizes. 

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FASHION ACTIVIST TEE || $46

Bead & Reel Fashion Activist Fair Trade Fashion Show

Wear it proudly. Our exclusive Fashion Activist tee donates 100% of the proceeds to our charity partner Fair Trade Fashion Show. Each tee makes a powerful statement while supporting anti-trafficking and fair trade projects and education. 100% gmo-free organic cotton jersey, it is cut, sewn, and screen printed in Los Angeles, CA.

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GIFT CARD 

Bead & Reel

Sometimes, a woman wants to make her own decisions about her body (and closet, and everything else, too). Give the gift of choice with a Bead & Reel gift card and let her choose from our over 300 eco-friendly, cruelty-free, sweatshop-free styles.

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FOSTER AN ORPHAN ELEPHANT || $50

 DSWT Adopt an elephant Bead & Reel

For the woman who already has everything or the minimalist who wants nothing, give her a gift that takes up very little space (except a lot of room in her heart). The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust raises and rehabilitates orphaned elephants, rhinos, giraffes, and other local wildlife and releases them back into the wild once they are grown, and you can be a part of this important work through their annual fostering program. 

By the way, I foster Ndotto (thanks to an amazing gift), and that's us bonding above when I went to visit him earlier this year in Kenya. 

FOSTER

 

 

TOMORROW SLEEP HYBRID MATTRESS || $990

Tomorrow Sleep Memory foam hybrid mattress

And if you're in the mood to splurge, start here. This year I received the most incredible gift: a vegan, Made in America memory foam hybrid mattress from Tomorrow Sleep. Activism is hard work, and we have a lot of work still ahead in the new year, so rest up.

Get $150 off any order over $500 with code BR150 (ends 12/31/17).

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Sica Schmitz writer

Please note: I love getting your thoughts and feedback in the comments below, but unfortunately this system won't let me reply! If you have a question, feel fee to write me directly at hello@beadandreel.com

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