Selling goods online for four years has turned us into exceptionally critical consumers. We were conscious when we started out; now we’re downright compulsive when it comes to the homework behind shopping and voting with our wallets. We take it really seriously! Being passionate about what we purchase can make a big difference - especially this time of year.
To highlight exactly what we mean; we’ve made our own gift guides! With these, we’re showcasing products that meet our own personal criteria that we carefully consider when shopping for ourselves and those we love this holiday season.
Joshua’s Gift Guide
My values generally veer away from consumer culture and the boondoggle associated with it. But our families still want us to participate in gift giving and receiving - which has only intensified as we’ve brought kids (grandkids!) into the equation. For years we attempted to exclude ourselves, but that can be a delicate balancing act with respect to the values and emotions of people you love. So now we practice an all-inclusive approach! We get a tree to decorate, light some menorahs, and eat potato latkes while opening presents together on December 25th. Everyone is encouraged to give fewer, better gifts instead of a pile of things for the sake of it.
I love American-made products that inspire imagination through adventure or creativity. This year I’m looking to up my urban-dad game with some new city wheels and to get out into nature with my family as my boys (2 years old and 4 months old) are growing, walking, and all that fun stuff. While most of my presents will still be special museum trips, or dinners cooked, here’s a few products I really like and will be psyched to see get unwrapped!
Things I Want!
Worksman Cycles - Classic Cruiser I like that this company offers an American made, but still affordable, basic cruiser. I know that it might not be coolest bike, especially if you ask my friends, but others have told me how durable and reliable it is. I think it looks perfect for cruising around the city.
Thule is a great brand that I trust to be safe and strong. I’m psyched about the idea of packing my boys into this and cruising over to the park to play, or just using it to pick up groceries on the way home.
Gregory Packs - Baltoro 65 My old Mountainsmith pack finally came undone (after 15+ years of service) so its time to get a new backcountry adventure pack. This high ranking pack has great support and is highly rated by Outdoor Gear Lab.
Super Pedestrian - Copenhagen Wheel If I have to bike, why not get this bad ass electric wheel! Lugging two kids and the previously mentioned trailer? Seems like a no brainer to get the assist! And they’re located right here in Cambridge, MA.
Sword and Plough - Dopp Kit I’m traveling a bit more now for work, and while my go-to plastic bag functions, its time for a big boy version. I saw this company at American Field, and really liked their vibe. This dopp kit looks perfect for me.
MyRider Balance Bike A balance bike for my two year old Emet - I think he’ll love it! Made in the USA and comes with a 5 year warranty.
Green Toys - Recycled Trucks Basically any/all of these toys - Emet loves them and I look forward to handing down toys that he has gotten tired of to his little brother Shiloh.
Beka Adjustable Easel I’d love to send this out to my nephews! It’s made in the USA and could provide hours and hours of fun.
LL Bean - Moose River Hat For my Dad, he’ll love this hat and you can’t ever go wrong with LL Bean. I especially love their 100% Satisfaction Guarantee: “We guarantee that we’ll hold up our end of the bargain. It’s just how we do business.” I really respect that.