If you have a witch on your gift list and aren't sure what to give him or her for the holidays, I have some great ideas for you. Each Wednesday from now until Yule, I'll be sharing a little list of gifts for witches and pagans (and a lot of them would make great gifts for regular folk too). My lists will emphasize hand crafted, ethically sourced, organic ingredients and natural materials. And most of what I feature will be created by small or family-owned businesses in the United States.
This week I'll be sharing ideas for tools and supplies that would make great gifts for the witch on your list.
Beeswax Candles from The Beeswax Co. These are the only candles I use these days. Intensely fragrant, long-burning, and less likely to leave black smudges all over the votive holders I use, they are absolutely the best candles I've ever burned. And if you buy larger quantities you get a better price per candle.
Why You Can Feel Good About Them: The family who runs The Beeswax Co. works closely with Texas beekeepers to collect wax after it's no longer needed by the bees. And they use only 100% cotton wicks, with no artificial colors or scents, so the candles are healthier for you and your family as well as for the environment.
Christmas Fir Campfire Incense from Juniper Ridge. Juniper Ridge Incense is the only stick incense I'll buy: it burns clean and the fragrance is so pure and earthy it makes my heart sing.
Why You Can Feel Good About It: Incense sticks are made from sustainably harvested plants, natural resin, and bamboo. No weird binders or fixatives or artificial fragrances so these incense sticks are healthier for you and your family. And, according to their website, "All of our plants are wildharvested with the utmost sensitivity and respect for the existing wildscape. We return to the same stands year after year to carefully monitor regrowth. We never use alien or invasive species and are actively involved in native plant restoration projects from San Diego to Seattle. 10% of all of our profits are annually donated to a portfolio of Western Wilderness Defense organizations. We revel in the intact forest habitats of the West, and tirelessly work to promote education as to how best to protect them."
Also try: Christmas Fir Trail Soap
Western Red Cedar Smoke Wand from ... me! Crafted from locally wild-harvested red cedar. The sweetest smelling plant for purifying and blessing the home or ritual circle. To commission a special smoke wand for yourself or someone you love, contact me.
Why You Can Feel Good About It: I work with plants in my spiritual and magical practice as friends and spiritual beings rather than just ingredients, infusing magic and love into everything I create. And I aim for sustainability in every step of the process, from sustainable harvesting practices to using packaging made from recycled materials and practicing recycling, composting, and re-use in every part of my business.
Also try: creating your own smoke wand or loose incense from freely available local or garden plants.
Oak Wood Elder Futhark Runes from Oreamnos Oddities. These runes are especially great for the pagan friend who works with Norse Deities or a follows a Heathen path.
Why You Can Feel Good About Them: Crafted in a 500 sq. ft. cabin in beautiful Montana, USA. Everything in the shop is handmade, harvested and locally found.
Also Try: Light Oak Runes
Witch's Round Runes from Alaska Lazer Maid. 13 witchy symbols for divination, hand-burned on Red Cedar.
Why You Can Feel Good About Them: Handmade of locally harvested Western Red cedar, salvaged from the Tongass National Forest and milled by local family owned sawmills on Prince of Wales Island in Southern Southeast Alaska.
Also Try: 3 Inch Silver Tree Cube Box
Voice of the Woods Celtic Ogham Divination Set by Electric Celt. Perfect for your druid friend or the witch who is fascinated by Celtic paganism and culture. I have this set and I love the smooth feel of the fews and the sound they make when they click together in the bag. These are just gorgeous and full of beautiful energy. Come with a silk pouch and informational booklet.
Why You Can Feel Good About Them: Handmade from natural materials in the United States by a husband-and-wife team.