Guilt-Free Holiday Giving

Responsible gifting is top of mind in this less-is-more era, and we hope you'll spread the word on these nationally-produced, ethically-made, and sustainably-sourced gift ideas! From award-winning designers such as Aimée Wilder, who previously worked at Martha Stewart and Dwell Studio and made her brand debut with a killer Vans collab, to Roger Thomas, the giant imagination that brought the world Wynn Resorts' best known features of art and wonder, this list is jam packed with can’t miss luxury finds. In addition, it features splurge items from retailers such as the NYC lifestyle brand of famed interior designer Mark Zeff, BLACKBARN, and sophisticated picks from Chicago-based furniture brand Jane Hamley Wells!

Peek below for stylish, guilt-free products for your own consideration and for digital or shorter lead holiday round-ups.



Modern Sprout’s Chicago-Made Sets

Go green with Hydroponic Sets made in Chicago by Modern Sprout! Tea blends such as chamomile and lavender are a cinch with the included passive hydroponic system. These kits make for an easy homegrown delight in any modern city dwelling. (Affordable Find: $50) 

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Artifact Bag from Omaha

Become enthralled by the all American story of Artifact Bag! With its factory in Omaha, Nebraska, the brand was born out of the recession when founder Chris Hughes was out of work and noticed an abandoned factory in his hometown, which he purchased and used to start producing handmade canvas items. This tote bag is a sturdy classic designed out of domestically-sourced wad canvas. (Affordable Find: $50) 

Available through BLACKBARN Shop


Wellness-Inspired Wallpapers from Brooklyn

Wellness comes in many forms; for designer Aimée Wilder, the Greek term for human flourishing inspired a collection based around the concept, featuring the balance of the Earth, moon, and sun in three patterns. The brand’s wallpapers are printed on sustainably forested clay-coated paper in Brooklyn, NY. (For that Special Someone: $190 per roll)

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Aimée Wilder


Coastal Chairs through Sublime Original

Aimée Wilder now carries the best of Sublime Original, a coastal furniture company that produces goods that reflect its LA location with a breezy vibe. Influenced by a calming palette and the relaxing hues of the ocean, Sublime’s X Chair uses the industry's highest grade finishes. (Splurge Alert: $851) (LA)

Available through Aimée Wilder



Biodegradable Bamboo Dishware with Ekobo

Ekobo dishware is light and easy to use, with a modern, minimalist look that BLACKBARN loves, such as in this serving dish. Made from upcycled chopsticks, the company’s proprietary biodegradable bamboo material combines FSC-certified bamboo fiber, a highly-renewable natural resource, with a 100% food-grade melamine binder. Added bonus: put them in the dishwasher! (Affordable Find: $5.50-$23)

Available through BLACKBARN Shop


Plastic-Free French Press

Yield Design delivers strong and delicious coffee with their Amber Glass French Press, an evolution in the classic press design. It is created with heatproof borosilicate glass and stainless steel, meaning no plastic is used in this uncompromising marriage of function and beauty! (Affordable Find: $85)

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Aimée Wilder


Eco-Friendly Natural Materials in Decor | Roger Thomas

Cast in biodegradable, eco-friendly stone composite containing no resin, and polished smooth to perfection in a French white plaster finish, these objects by award-winning designer Roger Thomas benefit from an eye towards history! Inspired by feminine shapes, they look to Greco-Roman roots and are appropriately titled Venus, Olympia and Diana. (For that Special Someone: $248.75)

Available through Wayfair


Touches of Teak in BIBI Serving Cart

The sophisticated BIBI Serving Cart transitions seamlessly from indoor to outdoor, with touches of teak. Teak has natural oils present within the wood that protect it from the elements, making it a chemical free, durable solution that is environmentally friendly, as furniture made with this material has an extremely long life time. This serving cart will make a statement no matter the season! (Splurge Alert: $2,783)

Available through Jane Hamley Wells




Decanters Shaped by European Makers | Roger Thomas

What makes Roger Thomas’ designs special are his thoughtful inclusion of elements taken from history, art, and architecture to create innovative shapes. The Paris, London, and Rome decanters harken from the past, and are crafted from high quality Polish clear glass that has been ethically sourced and specially crafted by European makers. (For that Special Someone: $149)

Available through Alchemy Fine Home


Acropolis Collection by Italian Artisans | Roger Thomas

For the person who has everything, these Labrazel luxe countertop accessories were designed by Roger Thomas and handcrafted by Italian artisans using traditional methods and meticulous finishing. Finished in Arabescato marble, the fluting acts as an homage to the classic simplicity of ancient Greek architecture. (Splurge Alert: $565-$1,970)

Available through Labrazel


Salt + Slate Gives Women Independence

BLACKBARN supports the makers at Slate + Salt by stocking their Gauze cashmere scarves, hand-loomed in Pokhara, Nepal by blind, deaf, or disabled weavers. The company partners with local non-profits to provide these women with the support necessary to become independent through weaving.  (Affordable Find: $69)

Available through BLACKBARN Shop


Creative Women Supports Female Artisans 

Creative Women, a US-based, woman-owned company, works hand-in-hand with female artisans around the world to support equitable trade practices and economic independence. Aidan Cotton Napkins from BLACKBARN deliver a versatile, hand-spun product that provides a different look with each fold and help fund the company’s important mission.  (Affordable Find: $16)

Available through BLACKBARN Shop

The BLACKBARN lifestyle brand represents a blend of industrial, artful, refined, and understated sensibilities. It redefines luxury, from creating bespoke homes for those who desire unconventional simplicity to combining farm vernacular with elegant style in a carefully curated group of objects. The brand’s ethos and aesthetic come to life in a DUMBO, Brooklyn shop, filled with hand-selected furniture and homeware pieces, custom-designed and sourced from around the world; it takes an additional dimension at New York City’s Black Barn Restaurant where seasonal, rustic fare meets a modern farmhouse atmosphere.

The most recent development, BLACKBARN Chelsea Market shop, cafe & bar, changes the way New Yorkers dine and shop for home goods by uniting hospitality and retail, in a homewares and accessories shop with a café & bar, to create the total brand experience.

The storied system behind the brand is perhaps best captured in the book, BLACKBARN, published by ORO Editions in 2015.

Since it opened its doors to the public in 1996, Chelsea Market has been the insider's resource for artisanal goods in Manhattan. Chelsea Market is an authentic destination for culinary connoisseurs, chefs and local residents. Serving as the bridge between two iconic Manhattan neighborhoods, Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, Chelsea Market continues its commitment to the artisanal marketplace and craft manufacturing, and to the community that surrounds it. For more information, visit