Beautiful & Thoughtful: Your eco-friendly gift giving guide

Beautiful & Thoughtful: Your eco-friendly gift giving guide
October 26, 2016 Northwood Rings
In Blog
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This holiday season celebrate the true spirit of gift giving. Make a conscious choice to give gifts from companies that are making the world a better place.

We’ve put together a list of our top choices that are perfect, no matter what your reason for celebrating is this holiday season.

For the eco eater:

The Vegan Box

Give a gift that gives all year! Your hungry loved ones will rejoice when they unwrap a subscription to a monthly snack box filled with treats they’re sure to love. The best part? You’re able to customize the box for their unique nutrition needs and taste preferences. Some of them more popular subscription services include NatureBox, The Vegan Box, or Bestowed. Looking for snacks, but with less of a commitment? Check out Jules Wellness for single-order boxes, packed with the same great snacks.

For the philanthropic fashionista:

Feed Tote Bag

Pick a present that paired with a cause that’s near and dear to your heart. There’s no shortage of clothing and accessory brands that are partnering with worthwhile causes. A few of our favourites: Feed who fights the fight against world hunger with every accessory purchased, and Northwood Ring’s own Indian Rosewood with Full Coral Sand Inlay ring that supports the Coral Reef Alliance’s work to preserve our coral reefs and the sea life they sustain.


For the green-thumbed giftee:

Herb garden

Bring some lasting brightness to someone’s space and gift some green! Our pick is a small, easy to manage, self-watering flower or herb kit. It’s the perfect gift no matter what your budget is, or what gardening skills they’re working with! Our favorite (and Oprah’s!) is US based Modern Sprout, who offer a full-proof way of simple and stylish growing.


For the mindful minimalist:


We all know someone who has it all, or who just hates clutter. Consider gifting an experience, over an item. Look for a gift card to their favorite restaurant, a mini-break getaway, or even passes to a local museum or festival they’re sure to love. You’ll support your local business owners while giving an unforgettable or relaxing break.


For the fresh-faced naturalist:

Harlow Skin Co

We believe in doing no harm, and making the world a better place. It’s time to dispel the myth that beauty products need to be chemical heavy formulas to do their job. Freshen up your friends and family’s beauty routine with therapeutic, whole ingredient beauty products. We especially love fellow Canadian brand Harlow Skin Co., who share a love of beautiful, harm-free products that make your day extra special.


Is there a gift you’d love this holiday season? Comment below! We’d love to hear what you’re hoping for.

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Macassar Ebony - Southeast Asia: A beautiful dark red to black toned wood. Great with vibrant colours like turquoise or malachite.
English Oak
*We are currently using the lighter woods from our Macassar Ebony to achieve this color as Roasted English Oak that is workable for bentwood has become hard to find. Colors range from medium to dark brown and nearly black tones.
Grey Maple
Sugar Maple - Canada: We use the same maple as our regular maple listing, but achieve a beautiful greyed colour by soaking the wood in iron acetate to achieve a weathered silver look.
Santos Rosewood
South America (Brazil and Bolivia): Not a true rosewood, and the same wood as our Pau Ferro, we use the santos name to differentiate the more red tone of this wood from the yellow tones of our Pau Ferro.
Pau Ferro
South America (Brazil and Bolivia): The same as our Santos Rosewood (although not a true rosewood), we use the Pau Ferro name to differentiate the more yellow tone of this wood from the red tones of our Santos.
Central and South America: Beautiful deep purple tones that range to nearly black, but show up brilliant in natural light.
American Elm
Eastern to Midwest United States: Tones range from a toasted caramel to light creamy white in the sapwood
Hawaiian Golden Koa
Hawaii: Vibrant golden tones ranging to reddish hues make this one of our customers most favorite wood choices.
American Black Walnut
Eastern United States: Walnut ranges from a pale brown to a deep chocolate brown and every shade between. Can have color casts of yellow, grey, purple or red.
Elm Burl
Western Europe: The grain in a burled tree is caused by some form of stress or injury to the tree, but creates a pattern that is beautiful to look at. Colors range from medium to dark brown with small figures of color patterns changing throughout.
Canadian Maple
Sugar Maple - Canada: Light and bright in color, our sugar maple comes from Canada and is a beautiful warm creamy white tone ranging to a light honey shade.

None of the woods we use are listed in the CITES appendices as being threatened or endangered. Macassar Ebony is listed on the IUCN Red List as being vulnerable due to a decline in it’s natural range. 

We source most of our woods from craftspeople and artisans with pieces too small for their own use. In this way we feel we can create beautiful rings without contributing to their decline.

Lapis Lazuli
"Blue Mix"
Made from Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Malachite
Synthetic Coral
Coral Sand
Natural Sand
Mother of Pearl
Synthetic Opal