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AHL 2020 Gift Guide

If there is a silver lining we can take from such a strange and challenging year, it is that we are learning to be kinder to the planet, to each other and to ourselves. With the holidays around the corner and a fresh, new, more hopeful year on the horizon, A Hotel Life presents a list of gifts we love for you, your beloveds, and the Earth. AHL Editor Tansy Kaschak has curated and compiled a diverse collection of treats broken down into four helpful categories: To Adorn, To Spread The Word, To Feel Good and To Do Good. Each item was carefully picked from women, indigenous, black-owned, small and independent businesses to ensure that, indeed, there’s something for everyone. We also wish these ideas will inspire you to shop local, second hand or even make something special yourself. Happy Holidays ‘Lifers and 2021 here we come!

Wires Glasses 
Wires sunglasses and opticals use stainless steel wire for the frames and 3D printing for the lens rims, producing only a tiny amount of waste in comparison to conventional eyewear manufacturing, as the process only consumes the precise material it needs to form each product.

El Zorro Hat
Spanish hat maker Pau Felipe from El Zorro has gone above and beyond to launch a collection using only responsibly sourced materials, also replacing the usual leather interior hatbands with handmade cork. The hats are especially comfortable whilst keeping the signature quirky and sexy look Pau has made a name for.

Prima Earrings Against Human Trafficking
100% of the proceeds from the sale of these elegant and fun earrings go to International Sanctuary, an organization that helps girls and young women escape human trafficking.

Ruby Kean Sticks
AHL’s Design Editor Ruby Kean beautiful candle holders are handmade in porcelain and finished in bespoke matte glaze.

Noah Econyl Cheetah Jacket
Hands down the coolest brand in fashion, Noah honors their commitment to responsibility in everything they do. This cheetah running jacket is made of Econyl, one of the highest-quality recycled fabrics available. Econyl turns industrial carpeting, fabric waste, plastic bottles, and abandoned fishing nets into pristine nylon that is as clean and strong as non-recycled versions.

Athena Calderone X Beau Rush 
Interior designer and long time AHL friend Athena Calderone partnered with feisty single-mom ceramic maker Cameron Bishop, creator of Beau Rush Ceramics, to create some versatile and sophisticated pieces. Initially envisioned as a place to burn palo santo, the handcrafted petite footed bowl also makes a great catchall for all the small bits.

AHL 2020 Gift Guide

“Entangled Life” by Merlin Sheldrake
While mushrooms are the visible, fruiting part of fungal organisms, most fungi live out of sight. Yet, they make up a massively diverse queendom of organisms that supports and sustains nearly all living systems, providing food and medicine for body and mind; connecting the botanical world via mycorrhizal networks; decomposing toxic waste; creating regenerative materials for fashion, packaged goods, design and construction… the list goes on. Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures shows that fungi provide a key to understanding the planet on which we live, and offers news ways to think, feel, and behave.

“Who Cares Wins” by Lily Cole
Amidst the climate crisis, mass extinctions, political polarization, extreme inequality and challenges that threaten to divide us, model, actress and activist Lily Cole argues that it is up to us to actively choose optimism, collaborate, make changes, and define what is possible. A rousing call to action, Lily’s book leaves us feeling hopeful that we can make a difference.

Atmos Magazine
An exploration of climate and culture, the biannual magazine and digital platform is curated by an ecosystem of adventurers, creatives, and journalists dedicated to pioneering progress around the world. Choose the latest issue “Cascade”, or any of the equally fresh and timeless previous numbers.


“Breakup Bootcamp” by Amy Chan 
A self-affirming, holistic guide for everyone—single or married, divorced or dating—to transforming heartbreak into healing. Amy Chan’s practical advices and tried and tested methods are rooted in cutting-edge psychology and research and target traumas from the past, rewiring subconscious patterns to create healthy love.

Places We Swim Australia
A travel guide to Australia’s best beaches, pools, waterfalls, lakes and hot springs that brings a mix of nostalgia and discovery, with vital travel information like how to get there, what to bring, and best nearby sites. By AHL’s Australia Editor Caroline Clements, who loves to remind us that, whilst we freeze our socks off, it is summer down under.

“Trivial Pursuits” by Raven Smith
A hilarious, smart and incredibly singular debut from Raven Smith, whose exploration of everyday modern life and culture is totally unique and painfully relatable.


AHL 2020 Gift Guide

Onda Wellness CBD Tincture
Onda’s Biodynamic Hemp Tincture is made with hemp and olive oil that was grown and processed using Demeter certification. Established in 1928 and used in over 50 countries, Demeter was the first ecological label for organic, biodynamic products. The elixir contains nutrient-dense compounds and phytocannabinoids that improve mood, calm anxiety, and regulate stress levels, which leads to a stronger immune system.

Travel Tea Infuser 
Shop this Blair Travel Infuser bottle at black-owned, Harlem-based shop NiLu. Make it the perfect gift by pairing it with Afro Blue tea.

De Lune Period Rescue Kit 
Encourage the women in your life (or yourself!) to take care of their period health naturally. De Lune creates research-backed herbal and nutritional menstrual essentials: Steady Mood provides daily PMS support, while Cramp Aid is a targeted period cramp relief. Choose the Rescue Kit bundle and get a cute pouch.


Asana Groove Classes 
A pack with 8 online classes with Fernanda De La Puente, whose signature yoga and movement sessions are dynamic and characterized by graceful flowing sequencing, pranayama, shaking meditation and dance — all paired a with thoughtful curation of sound and music.

Wakaya Turmeric & Ginger Capsules 
In times when being healthy is the sexiest thing we can do, these luxurious Organic Fijian turmeric and ginger capsules speak volumes. A powerful natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, the supplement supports digestive and cardiovascular health, brain function, and promotes response to inflammation and a strong immune system.

Il Pellicano Hotels Scented Candles
If the sense of smell has the power to transport us through time and memories… Better to use it well and go straight to hotel heaven aka Il Pellicano Hotels in Italy. Issimo, the brilliant digital platform by Marie-Louise Sciò, Creative Director and CEO of the legendary hotel brand, celebrates the Italian superlatives in travel, fashion, design and lifestyle.

Earth Blended Bath Soak Salts
Choose between two bath salt options, sleep and calm. Both blends are made with pink Himalayan rock salt and pure natural essences by aromatherapist Jame, an indigenous Gumbaynggirr Nyami woman, who mixes together traditional and alternative healing.


Wabanaki Maple Syrup
Wabanaki Maple syrup is made on Tobique First Nation, Canada, using traditional processes and is 100% female indigenous owned.

Brooklyn Champagne 
The bubbles are from France, but Marvina Robinson, who worked with a small French vineyard to develop the unique taste of Grand Reserve Brut Stuyvesant champagne, chose to name the champagne after her home neighborhood Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn.

AHL 2020 Gift Guide

Choose love & Help Refugees 
The Choose Love store is the first shop in the world where you can buy real items for refugees. This human-to-human connection has funded millions of life-saving and essential items, from sea rescue to warm clothes and education packs. And you can also buy one of their iconic t-shirts and help spread the good word.

One Tree Planted
There is probably no better gift than a tree. But since most of us can’t have a baobab in the backyard, One Plant Tree will do the trick, planting many of them that will help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity.

Zero Waste Travel Kit
The Package Free Zero Waste Travel kit will get you ready to hit the road without making trash. It doesn’t matter if you’re going on a long haul flight, or to a picnic around the corner, having these supplies will make sure you can avoid disposable packaging and tools.


Garden Growing Kit for kids 
Garden Growing Kit from The Black Toy Store is an easy, educational, and exciting way to teach children (and grown ups!) about cause and effect, life cycles, patience, and healthy food choices.

Family Meal: Recipes from Our Community
Send your foodie friend a digital copy of this charitable cookbook and let them know that all proceeds benefit the Restaurant Workers’ Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund.

Kiss The Ground Soil Advocacy training
Regenerative Agriculture is a solution that addresses some of our biggest crises: soil depletion, food scarcity, climate change. This course is packed with knowledge about the key solutions available through soil regeneration and how to use these concepts to create real impact and inspire hope.

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