So I'm a big DIY (Do It Yourself) kind of person. I love, among others, the websites/blogs from Punk Domestics, ForageSF, and ReadyMade (who also has a print magazine); I refuse to have people wash my laundry for me (which was a challenge when I lived with a family in Costa Rica and in a city without coin laundry mats like Argentina!); I have had an obsession with DIY home-repair shows since I was a kid; I rarely order basic pasta or chicken dishes in restaurants because I know I could do that myself for A LOT less money; and obviously I like to cook at home where I can control what's going into my body, often using unlikely ingredients that were just sitting around in my fridge whining about how bored they were. Clearly then, giving a gift that I designed myself is a win-win present in my opinion. Here are few suggestions of small, independent, online companies that make the grade by letting you use your creativity (no matter how closeted it may be) to make an imaginative, original product that you usually can name yourself, making these customizable gifts for all occasions.
Design A Tea's name says it all. They do their part as a green company, using recycled paper products, labels, even environmentally friendly inks as well as to make every attempt to purchase from Fair Trade growers that use organically grown teas and ingredients. The rooibos tea looks especially nice with a touch of honey, though they also have available the intriguing flavor of zabaglione, an Italian egg custard made with sweet wine and also popular in France and around Latin America!
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