Hyphen Gift Guide: The Green n' Local Edition

December 16, 2011

Handpoured soy candles from type.lites.

There is holiday shopping hope outside of big box stores and
mass-produced goods. Sure they may be less expensive but the feeling of
knowing your gifts were made out of love and not ... toxic lead, is
priceless. Hyphen's hooking you up with some vendors who are all about
local artistry, eco-friendliness or handmade goods.



Bay Area-based Tricia Jang and Crystal Nguyen handpour these soy-wax,
wood wick candles in a variety of scents (Editor's note: The Bartlett
Pear candle makes you salivate a little) and are offering seasonal
scents -- Cranberry Fizz, Gingersnap Cookie, and Peppermint Cream --
just in time for the holidays.

Modern Mouse

2228 South Shore Center, Unit A
Alameda, CA 94501-5740
(510) 814-8830

Eleen Hsu Agustin's Modern Mouse in Alameda, CA features a long curated list (over 130!) of local and independent artists who handcraft gifts including apparel,
jewelry and housewares in designs that range from mod to
squee-inducing. If you're in the Bay Area, stop by their brick and
mortar store and if you're coveting their goods from afar, you can take
advantage of their online store.

jakc designs


Dumplings for your dumpling.

jakc design's Jenn Chee creates individually designed, handsewn
toys/gifts for infants and children (no two products are the same). And
the best part? They are food themed, so both kids and adults can drool
over them.



Agena (the lovable, drum-playing Lane Kim from Gilmore Girls) creates
adorable handmade cards (printed on 100% post consumer recycled
cardstock) for birthdays, sweethearts and new babies on the way. Mix and
match and then give to those who actually remembers to send cards
throughout the year.

Mr. Ellie Pooh

When you think of gifts for loved ones, don't you instinctively think of elephant poo?


you should. Mr. Ellie Pooh is an eco-friendly fair trade company that
makes gifts and paper goods out of elephant dung. They've set up shop in
rural parts of Sri Lanka, assisting the local economy by training
residents to make paper and working with local artisans to design
products. Gifts include stationery, craft items, and organic cotton (not
poo) t-shirts.



Sylvie Kim

contributing editor & blogger

Sylvie Kim is a contributing editor at Hyphen. She previously served as Hyphen's blog coeditor with erin Khue Ninh, film editor, and blog columnist.

She writes about gender, race, class and privilege in pop culture and media (fun fun fun!) at www.sylvie-kim.com and at SF Weekly's The Exhibitionist blog. Her work has also appeared on Racialicious and Salon.