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by Erin Bates November 29, 2020
‘Tis the season to start stressing about what gifts to buy your friends, family & significant others. No fear- the Grüvi gift guide is here! Our list compiles brands and gifts all sourced from small business owners; especially focused on POC-owned and women-owned.
As mentioned in our last post, small businesses are receiving the brunt of the financial impact from covid, but your support can go a long way. Read on to check out our top picks for this year’s holiday gifts. Here’s to shopping small this year!
Who knew olive oil could be so hip? Brightland is responsible for curating a new collection of wines (and vinegars) for foodies around the country. They source their olives from a family-owned farm in California, and emphasize the use of clean ingredients. Apparently, many grocery store olive oils are actually pretty bad- they often contain low quality or rancid olives, and typically wouldn’t meet quality standards elsewhere. Check out the “Mini Essentials” pack and gift a variety of these crafted oils and vinegars to your favorite foodie friend!
Know someone that likes a ton of spicy? Look no further than Fly By Jing- their most popular item is the Sichuan Chili Crisp. Defined as a “crunchy hot sauce”, reviews state it isn’t too off the handles spicy, and really can be put on anything. The company was founded by Jing, a native to Chengdu, China and professional chef. She uses her spice line as a way to share meaningful flavors that open people up to new ideas and conversations.
Obsessed with boba tea? Now you can make your own easily at home with this DIY boba kit. Each kit comes with loose leaf tea, uncooked boba, milk tea base and boba straws. They’ve got a few different varieties, including a yogurt smoothie boba and powdered boba. This fun creation can be made from home so you can enjoy fresh boba tea, anytime.
If you know someone that’s recently given up drinking or is considering it, the Grüvi sample pack is a great place for them to start. Each pack comes with each of our products- the Dry Secco, Bubbly Rosé, Stout, Pale Ale and IPA. Plus, supporting Grüvi means supporting a small, family owned business (seriously, we appreciate each and every one of you).
For those of you who have read “Sober Curious” or are familiar with Ruby Warrington’s other work, her latest book is a great addition for anyone exploring sobriety. In “The Sober Curious Reset”, Warrington utilizes a workbook format, “inviting you into a 100-day process of radically rethinking your drinking. Each "day" features observations, exercises, and insights.” If you know someone up to the challenge, this could be a great gift for a step in the right direction.
This recently published mocktail book is a great gift for anyone that wants to try out sober cocktails at home. Formerly an editor for Bon Appétit and a James Beard Award-nominated writer, Bainbridge’s recipes sophisticated yet approachable for any newbie. She also covers bar basics like glassware, ingredients and needed tools. Fun names and stylish photos make this a great recipe book to have on hand for any occasion.
Homebody is a line of bath soaks with ingredients like antioxidants, plant-based botanicals, premium organically grown herb, superfoods, vitamins, salts, moisturizing oils and rare minerals. These soaks contain some of the best ingredients possible, and can be enjoyed in a bath or as an exfoliant in the shower. Check out their “Plot Twist” gift box for a fun gift idea.
Ready to explore some new CBD products on the market? Frigg is a great place to start- the company creates a facial serum using full spectrum CBD as well as other antioxidants and omega-3s. Frigg has also created a scalp serum for stronger hair, and even a “beauty” tea packed with herbs. Treat you or someone you know to the best skin & hair routine we could find.
Who doesn’t love a good smelling candle? They help create a cozy and homey atmosphere in just about any space. Otherland Candles are something special- they offer a ton of blended scents with the funkiest of names. Otherland also has some of the most unique artwork, so each candle is like it’s own little art piece to put on display. You can even customize your own gift set through their online shop.
Dripkit is a single serve coffee that makes it super easy to have pour-overs at home, without the equipment. Just pop open the packet and add hot water! These are also super portable, so they can be easily taken on a camping trip or vacation too. The packaging is also 100% biodegradable, so there’s no worries about extra waste (unlike Keurig cups). Drip works with family-run farms around the world, and is committed to paying fair wages to all farmers, so you can know your money is going to an ethical coffee company.
Dayglow is a monthly coffee subscription for the true coffee lover. You can choose from one, two or three bags a month (depending on how much you drink), and each order will have rotating offerings. Dayglow utilizes only single origin coffees, and sources from top roasters around the globe. You can tell the founders are passionate about a good cup of joe, so you’ll be in good hands every month.
Alright so this last one actually doesn’t have any caffeine, but Golde offers a possibly better alternative to coffee- superfood lattés. Golde offers a tumeric, cacao and matcha latté mix, all packed with beneficial superfoods that support skin health, stress health and more. Check out their variety packs to try all their options!
There are so. many. water bottles on the market- yet Larq brings something new to the table. Their bottles are meant to purify the water of any toxins, and are also completely self cleaning. Larq utilizes UV technology to kill off any harmful bacterias and viruses that may linger in water or on the inside of the bottle itself. Larq is a great option for camping or roadtrips, as it reliably keeps water clean, plus you don’t have to ever worry about washing the bottle out.
Get someone cozy & warm this winter with a Rumpl Blanket- but this isn’t just any blanket. Rumpl is a kind of hybrid blanket meant to actually keep you warm, using the same technologies as sub-zero sleeping bags. Similar in material to sleeping bags, Rumpl boasts a ton of different options with fun patterns. The company is also committed to recycling 5 million plastic bottles every year through their supply chain, and now all Rumpls are made entirely from post-consumer recycled materials- pretty cool if you ask me.