Shop Like You Give A Damn: Sustainable Stocking Stuffers Part 2

Our favorite fashionable vegan, Marcia Masulla, is back this week with more fantastic sustainable stocking stuffers that you can feel great about giving or receiving. You’ve survived it this far.

And, although there was that rather awkward moment under the mistletoe, you’re almost there kid.  The New Year is upon us and we here at Stella Shops have some exciting Shop Like You Give A Damn updates for you that include Sustainable Style posts in 2012 to help keep you compassionate and chic' every week. Get ready for Sustainable Sunday! Christmas certainly came early this year, right?

Since, we’ve already given you the scoop on how to appease your family for another 365 days, now is the time to show mad mad love to the rest of your crew. Here are some cruelty-free holiday gift ideas for your besties, boyfriend, and beyond!

Does your cube-mate always treat you to coffee or giggle with you when your Anna Wintour wanna-be boss throws rank on you? Treat them to a Decomposition Book ($8) made from 100% postconsumer-waste. This recycled-paper notebook with many whimsical covers to choose from will make passing notes in class guilt-free.

A new winter bag will spark a smile upon any lucky girl’s face, and luxury handbag designer Rebecca Minkoff’s new affordable collection R & Em just happens to be 100% Vegan to boot! This collection is a Macy’s exclusive and priced from $38 - $118.

With cash still left in your wallet, show the world who you deem your BFF with this tongue-in-cheek Rebecca Minkoff Best Friends iPhone Case Duo. $68 will solidify your dynamic duo status!

Is your pal turning over a new leaf and interested in investing in a healthy diet for the impending year? Head to recently opened Parnassus Books and stock up on these delightful reads by author Isa Chandra Moskowitz:

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule

Vegan Brunch

Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock

Perhaps, your gift recipient isn’t kitchen savvy? Trust me, I totally understand. Gulity as charged. Gift them with a week’s worth of Vegan Meal Delivery! It’s simple and easy on the budget with Nashville based My Veggie Chef. Enjoy a diverse menu of items that range from tasty Indian-Spiced Quinoa with Pine Nuts and Raisins to Vegetable Gumbo with Rice.  Five entrees that feed 2 people will set you back around $80 with options to add on a la carte items too.  Maybe they’ll share with you?

Do you devour Vogue and love your mutt too?

Fall in love with CFDA Award winning designer and animal activist John Bartlett. His collection benefits The Tiny Tim Rescue Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization that was started to honor the memory of his three-legged pit bull rescue named Tiny Tim. The organization is dedicated to raising and distributing funds for dog rescue groups who pull animals directly from high-kill shelters thereby saving the lives of countless innocent dogs. The money raised by the Tiny Tim Rescue Fund goes to providing these dogs with proper medical attention, foster parents and, eventually, a loving, forever home. Fashion with a purpose never looked so good.

Women's Pullover $45; Men's Pullover $65; Kids Tee $25; Totes $25

Scoop up a pair of tickets to the 2nd Annual Nashville Humane Association’s Unleashed and you’ll be the Queen of the Secret Santas! Unleashed is a snazzy and fun dinner and fashion show with your dog that will feature local fashion and jewelry designers who have created custom “canine couture” pieces for the runway. NHA pets of all shapes and sizes are up for adoption and will be strutting their stuff down the runway with local celebrity pet lovers. General tickets are $80. Catwalk Tickets are available for $150.

Treat your dearest friend (or yourself… let’s keep it real here) to some vegan kicks from the current Olsenhaus collection that will keep everyone on their toes on how fabulous leather and suede can really be! The faux suede Charm ($125) and the Camp closed toe mule ($240) will keep the Baroque and Rocker trends afloat while the flamboyant Tokyo ($250) made from recycled faux-suede and the sparkle of the Legacy will infuse impact to any look.

The handsome fella in your life will look smashing in his very own Otis James necktie or bowtie ($110) where every detail is hand finished, from the stamps and painting on the labels to the buttonholes and slipstitches on each tie.  You can purchase from the website, Imogene & Willie, Old Made Good, or even custom design your very own!

Revered celeb stylist Estee Stanley’s capsule collection for Genetic Denim is inspired by the Kill Bill flicks and spike adorned The Bride Dress ($297) is perfect for any kick-ass female in your life. Check out those spikes!

That’s all now folks! Please continue to keep shopping like you give a damn. Your consumer dollars are your voice.  I wish you a very Happy Holidays and look forward to ringing in the New Year with you all.








Photo by Ashley Hylbert