Gift Guide for the Holiday SeasonPosted by Whole Earth | 12.10.2019
Gifts for Her
What do you hope for when choosing gifts for the women in your life? Ideally, the gift will spark joy from the very first moment she sets eyes upon it. If you’d like some help in finding that special gift, stop by our Whole Earth Provision Co. stores for a consultation with our knowledgeable staff.
The Patagonia Planing Tote 32L is a versatile gift for a day at the beach, a trip to the Farmers’ Market or any situation where she’ll be carrying both wet and dry items in one bag that should be kept separate. It’s capacious, can be carried as a tote or a backpack, has an external mesh pocket with drain holes for wet items and is made of an easy-clean coated fabric. One bag, so many ways to use it.
Does she favor the boho look? If so, the UGG Women’s Varney Boots might be a welcome addition to her wardrobe. These soft suede boots with a foldover cuff, decorative stitching and a braided wrap on the edge of the sole are both stylish and comfortable. These boots are not fleece lined, so they can be worn in warmer weather as well as on colder days.
Hot Chillys Women's Micro-Elite Chamois Print Tights are officially a base layer made for providing a warm, comfortable and dry layer next to the skin over which other layers of clothing can be added for additional warmth in frigid conditions. But these tights can also be found doing the downward dog in yoga class, used as stylish leggings, and for lounging about at home.
We have no doubt that the lucky woman who opens a box with the Pendleton Women’s Archive Blanket Coat inside will feel joy, great joy! This iconic coat has an updated fit but otherwise shares all the virtues of its 1930s predecessors: blanket weight jacquard woolen fabric and impeccable pattern matching across the seams. It’s a gift that can last a lifetime with care.
Gifts for Him
Chances are good there may be several men on your holiday shopping list. Sometimes it’s easy to find gifts for men, other times, not so much. If you’re stumped on your hunt for a gift, come to Whole Earth Provision Co. and we’ll help you find the gifts to bring smiles to their faces.
Do you have a fisherman or a would-be fisherman on your gift list? Fly-Fishing the Texas Hill Country: A Guide to Fishing and Lodging on Texas Rivers is a gift that keeps on giving long after the holidays are in the rearview mirror. This compendium of fly-fishing lore, lies and locations can inspire years’ worth of adventures and perhaps even a tall tale or two.
The YETI LoadOut GoBox 30 is a portable garage for the gear your special guy needs to keep close at hand and protected from rough handling and the elements. It’s stackable, waterproof, dustproof and tough – YETI tough. It’s not a cooler; it’s a cargo box with a moveable divider, a caddy and zippered storage in the lid that can help him organize the things he needs to carry.
The Men’s Patagonia Better Sweater Vest is a classic gift. Its sweater knit face and plush fleece lining combine warmth and good looks for work or outdoor wear. The vest offers excellent freedom of movement and is loaded with zippered pockets to keep items in place. And with Patagonia, you’re assured of quality and a commitment to the well-being of people and our planet.
If he lives in Texas or wishes he did, a shirt from Howler Brothers would be just the thing. The Howler Brothers Crosscut Deluxe shirt was made for life in Texas. It’s an easy-care cotton-poly blend with a vented back yoke, traditional western styling including pearl snaps, dual front pockets and best of all, embroidered details that make it a standout gift.
Help him shed some light on whatever situation he might find himself in with the small yet powerful Nitecore MH12GTS Flashlight. It’s impact resistant and offers five brightness levels including one that can throw light for 226 meters. It’s less than six inches long, has a head diameter of an inch and weighs 3.5 ounces! And it can be recharged with a Micro-USB charging port.
Gifts for Kids
The holidays are very special for children. The family festivities, parties with friends, decorating, wrapping packages and best of all, opening gifts, can create memories they’ll carry with them for years to come. In the midst of this whirl of excitement, certain gifts can stand out. And you’ll find them at Whole Earth Provision Co. We’ve been a favorite destination for several generations of Texas kids. Our buyers are always on the lookout for toys that liberate imaginations, combine fun and learning, and get bodies moving outdoors.
Quercetti toys are a prime example of combining fun and learning. They’re an Italian company in business for almost 70 years that make toys that draw upon a child’s natural curiosity. The Quercetti Georello Tech Starter Set is filled with gears, a chain, connectors and more, ready for kids to build their own incredible machines. Materials are non-toxic and durable.
Blowing bubbles is magical for all ages. We love blowing and then watching the floating, colorful, though alas, short-lived orbs drifting on the breeze. But have your kids ever made giant bubbles? David Stein’s How To Make Monstrous, Huge, Unbelievably BIG Bubbles will show them how and includes the wand, the big bubble liquid recipe, special tricks and even bubble games for the whole family.
Named Game of the Year back in 1967, Twister is still going strong. Today, it’s considered a classic and is as much fun now as it was way back then. While the game does not necessarily tie participants into knots, it is a challenge for players’ flexibility and strength. Twister is a good game for burning off excess energy indoors on rainy days or breaking the ice at gatherings.
Do you have a young dinosaur lover on your gift list? The Melissa & Doug Dinosaur Floor Puzzle will be a welcome addition to their collection. Measuring three feet by two feet when complete, this 48 piece puzzle is an opportunity to practice dinosaur identification, hand eye coordination and memory. Whole Earth has puzzles for all ages, from the simplest three piece puzzles to a 1000 pieces or more.
For babies and toddlers, the world itself is a toy made for exploration and play. So while they’re discovering their world, keep them warm and cozy with a Patagonia Baby Down Sweater. The jacket is insulated but not bulky and a good choice for riding in a car seat. It can be layered for colder weather and has a durable water repellent finish. And it’s made by Patagonia with the welfare of our planet and people in mind.
Gifts for Fun!
Looking for gifts for a hostess, a secret Santa or someone you don’t know well at all? The challenge is how to balance a fun surprise with something that might actually be useful. Whole Earth Provision Co. has you covered. We have unexpected gifts for the home and office that will make them laugh, from sassy tea towels, ‘unusual’ bag clips, a prank collection and so much more.
How about a giant bar of Duke Cannon Big Texas Beer Soap? Made in partnership with Lone Star Beer, it appeals to our Texas pride and is also an excellent soap. The brewer’s yeast used in making beer is packed with nutrients that are good for the skin, that clean up bacteria with gusto, and help to maintain balanced oil levels in skin. And best of all, it smells of sandalwood, not beer.
Do you suspect that order might need to be restored in the kitchen? The Blue Q I’ve Got a Knife Oven Mitt is a gentle reminder to those who do not display the proper deference to the cook. Super-insulated and made of 100% easy-care cotton, it’s the proper tool for dealing with hot handles and preventing burns on wrists during casserole and baking pan oven retrievals.
Promise them the Sun and the Moon, and then deliver! The Evergreen Garden Geo Spectrum Spinners add some dazzle to the yard or the porch. The Sun and Moon designs are surrounded by cut metal bands that catch the breeze and morph into several shapes as they spin. The effect can be mesmerizing and will be appreciated by porch sitters everywhere.
Here’s a fun addition to the gear collection of any campers or backpackers on your list: ENO Twilights Camp Lights! They add a festive air to any hammock or campsite. The LED lights can be set to bright or dim light as well as fast or slow blink. Operated with three AAA batteries, they’re a lightweight way to bring some extra magic into the camping experience.