It’s that point once more…The 2018 Tending the Table vacation give/present information is right here! Continue studying for a information to a couple of my favourite non-earnings, stories, and sustainable merchandise.


For the previous a number of years, Anders and I’ve been making donations in honor of our family and friends for the vacations as a substitute of giving subject matter presents. If you’ll be able to, I beg you to do the identical. It’s a good way to scale back waste and reinforce the reasons that topic to you and your family members. This record contains a few of my favourite non-earnings running to advertise sustainable agriculture through lowering meals waste, supporting employee’s rights, shaping meals coverage, and instructing the subsequent technology to develop wholesome, nutritious meals. This 12 months I’m additionally internet hosting an influencer marketing campaign to inspire donations in lieu of subject matter presents. Be certain to try the hashtag #giftforgood on Instagram subsequent week for extra giving inspiration.

  1. Urban Gleaners: Working to scale back meals waste and finish starvation in Oregon.
  2. Food Chain Workers Alliance: Working to construct a extra sustainable meals machine that respects staff’ rights, in line with the rules of social, environmental and racial justice.
  3. World Wildlife Fund: Building sustainable meals methods through making improvements to potency, lowering waste, and moving client patterns.
  4. Food Corps: Connecting youngsters to wholesome meals in class thru palms on studying, fitter faculty foods, and a tradition of well being.
  5. Ecotrust: Building an international the place folks and nature thrive in combination thru faculty meals methods, abilities coaching for farmers and manufacturers, and an leading edge meals hub.


Giving stories is any other nice strategy to cut back waste. Plus, analysis presentations that experiential present giving fosters more potent relationships through stimulating dialog, facilitating interplay, and eliciting shared emotional stories. And who actually wishes extra stuff in any case!?

  1. Sunday New York Times Subscription: Our favourite strategy to spend a leisurely Sunday is with the New York Times and cup of tea.
  2. Imperfect Produce Subscription: Give the present of an natural produce supply carrier and combat meals waste at the identical time!
  3. Stone Leaf Teahouse Tea Club Subscription: Who doesn’t love tea? Our pal John runs  a small teahouse in Vermont and resources a few of the absolute best tea I’ve had. Give the present of tea with a subscription to the tea membership. The recipient will obtain a brand new seasonally suitable tea each month along side sourcing knowledge and tasting notes.
  4. Ayurvedic Consultation: Give the present of an Ayurvedic session. Consultations ultimate one hour, are to be had in particular person or by means of skype, and come with customized nutritional and way of life suggestions.
  5. Life Changing Loaf of Bread Subscription: Get all the elements for Sarah’s existence converting bread delivered per 30 days. Just upload water and oil and bake.


If you do make a choice to shop for subject matter presents on your family members, believe supporting small companies and makers. I individually personal all of the merchandise indexed under and use them day by day. They’re a few of my favorites and are all ethically and/or sustainably made.

  1. Ground Up Oregon Hazelnut Butter: Ground Up makes scrumptious nut butters which might be subtle sugar and palm oil unfastened. Plus, they supply task coaching for girls overcoming adversity in the Portland space! Use code “TENDINGTHETABLE” for 15% off your order. The hazelnut, snickerdoodle, and salted eggnog are my favourite flavors.
  2. Miha Made Palm Tote: Ethically sourced luggage from impartial designers and artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico. This is my favourite handbag for on a regular basis use.
  3. Six Seasons Cookbook: My favourite cookbook, length.
  4. Hydroflask Insulated Coffee Flask (20 ounces.): This is my on a regular basis water bottle and occasional cup. It lives in my handbag so I at all times have it for once I’m out and about. It’s leak evidence, nice for touring, and assists in keeping beverages depraved scorching.
  5. Woodlot Flora Candle: I’m now not in most cases a large scented candle particular person however somebody just lately proficient me this kind of and I LOVE it. It’s made with all herbal crucial oils and scents divine.
  6. May Lindstrom Honey Mud: This sumptuous face masks is my cross to. It’s made with honey, bee pollen and propolis, clay, colloidal silver to combat micro organism, and ylang ylang, vanilla, and frankincense. Yes, it’s pricey, however somewhat is going a ways!
  7. Harbor Herbalist Strength Tea: Made in small batches with natural herbs from a circle of relatives farm in Port Orchard, WA, Harbor Herbalist makes a few of my favourite teas. This mix is so stunning and best for calming the apprehensive machine, boosting iron ranges, and firming the reproductive machine.
  8. Laurel Elixir: My cross to facial toner. Made with chamomile, orange blossom water, rose geranium, and echinacea to appease and stability the pores and skin’s microflora.
  9. Fog Linen Bath Mit: Scrubadubdub! Perfect for exfoliating with out hectic the apprehensive machine.
  10. Colleen Hennessy Bowl: Colleen Hennessy makes a few of my favourite ceramics. Made through hand and one in all a type. Minimal, stunning, and practical.

Happy gifting and satisfied vacations!