The Eco-Friendly Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide

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The holidays are coming up fast! Along with chestnuts, fruit cake, and special eggnog, ‘tis also the season to give great gifts. Finding the perfect present can be fraught with anxiety, but never fear! Ka’ana is here to help.

We’re always focused not only on providing once-in-a-lifetime experiences for our guests, but also on doing our part to take care of the environment and run all our operations in sustainable ways. (Our 2-acre organic garden, complete with this year’s new chicken coop, is only the beginning.) Thinking about the fresh ingredients growing just steps away from our kitchen got us daydreaming of how we could bring this eco-friendly ethos to our personal gift lists this holiday season.

Now, while this may technically be a gift guide for all the special people in your lives, we won’t judge if you scoop a few of these up for yourself! ( #treatyourself, right?)

Without further ado, here are our favorite consciously-chosen gifts…

The Gift of Quenched Thirst

The Eco-Friendly Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide: Klean Kanteen

Our bodies are made of up 80% water, and we probably lose at least 10% just climbing up the Tikal ruins. Give the gift of hydration, crafted from stainless steel and a sustainably-harvested bamboo stopper from the makers of the first-ever BPA-free metal bottle. This will last through years of trekking (and looks equally cool on an office desk)!

The Luxe Local Coffee Gift

The Eco-Friendly Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide: Tom Dixon

Mornings become something to look forward to with this luxury French press. Pair it with the local coffee beans you picked up on your trip, and you’ll be on everyone’s nice list. Let’s hope they invite you over for Sunday brunch!

The Gift of Great Skin

The Eco-Friendly Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide: SW Basics

The perfect stocking (or backpack) stuffer: high quality, organic skin products. Made in the good ol’ USA, with just five all-natural, sustainable ingredients, it’s everything your special someone needs to keep their skin fresh on the road. These little guys are small enough to pass even the strictest TSA official- bonus!

The Tasty Gift

The Eco-Friendly Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide: Dick Taylor Chocolate

Whether it’s enjoying Mayan chocolate in your private pool side villa, or wrapping it in a bow and gifting it to your favorite barista, Belizean chocolate is perfect for just about any occasion. Dick Taylor Chocolate is one of our favorites because they’re a small batch, bean-to-bar company with a deep commitment to sustainability. And they have a bar that’s 100% Belizean!

The Traveller’s BFF Gift

The Eco-Friendly Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide: United By Blue

This toiletry bag does double duty. Not only does it look sleek while holding all of your travel necessities, but it’s for a good cause too. For every product sold, the company cleans 1 lb. of trash from the oceans. As ocean lovers, and number one fans of Belize’s beautiful barrier reef, that’s something we can get behind.

The Gift of Sun Protection

The Eco-Friendly Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide: Drift Suncream

The outdoor elements can really do a number on skin, and whether they’re ziplining through jungles or snorkeling along the Barrier reef, you want to know that your loved ones are getting the best protection from the sun. Enter Drift’s natural suncream, made for the daring adventurer, who gets wet, sweaty, and wants their sunscreen on their skin- not in their eyes.

The Spicy Gift

The Eco-Friendly Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide: Marie Sharp's Hot Sauce

Add a little fire to your gift giving this year with a kick of habanero spice. Hot sauce is an important addition to any meal, and you’ll go above and beyond with Marie Sharp’s infamous hot sauce made locally here in Belize (with Marie still in charge!). With a signature flavor that can only be imitated, never duplicated, your gifting skills will be praised as they reach for a drink of water.

The Recurring Gift

The Eco-Friendly Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide: Naturebox

The gift that keeps on giving, and giving, and giving! From vegan to gluten free snacks, and everything in between, Naturebox offers the best collection of organic treats, delivered straight to your loved one’s door.. Or yours, should you feel the need to “test” them first.

The Adventurous Gift

The Eco-Friendly Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide: Patagonia Ascensionist Pack

The perfect partner for jungle trekking or city traversing, the Patagonia Ascensionist Pack will have their back no matter what. Patagonia is the leader in well-crafted and sustainable design, so it’s no surprise that they’ve made it on our eco-friendly gift guide.

The One-of-a-Kind Gift

Hand-selected art at Ka'ana

After something with a unique touch? On your next adventure with us, pick up some local art at a market! You can use it as an excuse to come visit us in the next month, and you won’t have to wonder if they have something like it already. Whether it’s a pottery bowl or a colorful hand painted canvas, Belizean art is one of a kind.

The best thing about all of these gifts? They work equally well under the tree as they do put to good use on your next stay with us at Ka’ana. Get in touch with our team today, and add a little Belizean flair to your holiday season!

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