Ethos is proud to be Idaho’s only woman-owned, eco-friendly design + build and remodeling firm. As such, we want to highlight other earth-friendly and sustainable businesses and products that have impressed us as you consider gift ideas this holiday season. 

  1. Eat well with farm-to-table meals. Downtown Boise’s hottest restaurant, Kin, has brought back its 9 p.m. Supper Club featuring a surprise menu in a family-style setting for $90 a plate. This is a more affordable option than a traditional Kin meal with wine pairings, and offers a more relaxed atmosphere with the same high quality and local, sustainably sourced ingredients. Best of all, Kin partners with City of Good to ensure healthy meals for those in need in our community, including newly resettled Afghan families. 
  2. The gift of plastic-free groceries. Single-use plastics are the source of so many problems, and I love that there are none to be found at Roots Zero Waste Market in Garden City. The first full-service zero-waste market and cafe in the entire U.S., you can shop in bulk or just pickup fresh veggies or a meal in one of the community’s most up-and-coming, artsy neighborhoods, the East End.
  3. Consider a kitchen garden. For the friend or family member who has plenty of “stuff” and wants to spend more time outside this spring, consider Golden Feather Gardens’ coaching sessions or design consultation. I have a kitchen garden at my Boise Bench home and love sharing my spoils with the neighborhood and trying out new vegetables and berries each year. 
  4. Thrift your gift. Boise is home to a number of fabulous vintage and thrift stores. I’m partial to Serendipity on State Street. Totally Boise recently offered a pretty comprehensive list of thrifting options across the valley. 
  5. New baby (or grandbaby) in the new year? Lovevery is a Boise-based company with global reach that handcrafts baby toys based on the latest brain science for every stage of a young child’s development. They even have a play shelf that makes it easier for parents to rotate toy choices for their littles, not to mention play kit subscriptions sure to rock your world. 
  6. ‘Tis the season for apothecaries. Vervain Collective offers naturopathic care, acupuncture, herbal remedies, sustainable beauty products, teas, and classes galore for the amateur herbalist in your life.  

Thinking green this holiday season will not only help our Treasure Valley community and the planet, but it’s sure to impress even the hardest person to shop for on your list. 

Sarah Cunningham is the founder and CEO of Ethos Design + Build | Remodel. This article also appears here.