Lady Spent: Holiday Gifts

Ethically-made products for ethically-minded women.

We’re not big on gifting in our family, which may have something to do with the fact that I am extremely difficult to shop for… hazard of the trade. That said, I’ve finally come around to the fact that, as unexciting as it may be, the key to making gift-focused holidays easier for everyone is a clear list (with links included!). The giver has agency to make a final choice but has also been steered in the right direction, while the recipient is surprised but also satisfied with what they get. No returns necessary, everyone is happy, no unnecessary stress. Gifting can be fun!

If I were expecting gifts this holiday, these are a few of the things you’d find on my list.

Mary Macgill Jewelry

I wear at least one piece of Mary MacGill jewelry at all times, and can always use more. Mary’s pieces are simultaneously delicate and bold, easily worn dressed up or down. The collection is handmade in Hudson New York, using no heat or chemicals and natural stones.

Annika Wreath Eearings

I love a statement earring and tend to buy a new pair each year to dress up the black jumpsuits I live in during party season. These Wreath Earrings by Annika Kaplan, made in Minneapolis, are my choice this year – and bonus, her statement earrings are actually comfortable!

The Great Sweats

I don’t really need new holiday pajamas this year, but sweats to wear before bed or after waking up that aren’t hanging together by a thread would be nice. The Great makes my all-time favorite t-shirts in LA (expensive, yes, but incredibly soft and they don’t shrink or get holes in them easily) and I’m very intrigued by the jersey crop pants.

Bird Cashmere Rib Beanie

I really, really don’t need this machine-washable, made in LA, Bird Cashmere Rib Beanie – because I already have something very similar. It’s grey, at least three years old and looks brand new despite being scrunched up in my coat pocket 90% of the time… but lately I just want to wear things that make me happy and the lavender is really calling my name (and proceeds from the Orange beanie support Everytown for Gun Safety!).

Scarf Shop Wool Cloud Scarf

This Scarf Shop Wool Cloud Scarf is aptly named – it’s soft, luxurious, and enormous, making it perfect for travel or overly-air conditioned offices. Scarf Shop Scarves are hand-dyed in Minnesota, making each one unique.

Rita Mehta shops for a living and talks a lot. She launched her website, The American Edit, and podcast, Why Do We Have Things? so she’d have a place to talk about some of the things she’s most passionate about: American made design, responsible manufacturing, and conscious consumption. You can follow her on Instagram or Twitter.