Gift Tips & Ideas That Are Good for You and the World
If you’re anything like me, this time of year you might start feeling a little stuck for gift ideas. Not because...
If you’re anything like me, this time of year you might start feeling a little stuck for gift ideas. Not because of a lack of creativity, but rather because of your wish to be a changemaker, and not buy into the commercial feast the Holidays seem to have become in recent years.
We all want to show our love and gratitude to family and friends, and gifts are a great way to do that. Believe me, I know. I’m a real X-mas fan-girl when it comes to gift giving, there’s no christmas tree to high for me to find a star for. However, and certainly in the past few years, I’ve become so much more aware of the importance of the type of gift I’m giving.
And because of where I’m at in my personal journey now, I just cannot accept to gift anyone anything that is not also good for the world.
So this year I would like to kick off the holiday shopping season with a few tips and ideas on gifts that will not only be good for our loved ones, but for the world as well.
The following list of gifts has been mindfully curated for thoughtfulness, usefulness, and longevity, and for their minimal impact on the planet. They are clever, unique, and perfect for everybody!
While putting the list together, I decided to focus on experience gifts, homemade ideas, ethical or virtual gifts that will allow you to enjoy a holiday that’s filled with joy, and nothing but goodness! I hope you’ll enjoy it.
1. Give Experiences Instead of Things
It’s time to transition from things to experiences. According to extensive research it’s our experiences that make us happy, and the memory attached to them, rather than the things we own. So this year, why not opt for “experience gifts” instead of things – tickets or vouchers for something non-material, such as a wine tasting, bike tour, cooking class, rock climbing lessons, show or movie tickets… the list is endless.
2. Virtual Gifts
Charity gifts are virtual for the giver and receiver but can make a significant change in someone’s life – you can help an artisan buy supplies, a farmer purchase equipment, a student continue their education.
I’ve been using kiva.org for many years now, and I’ve helped 35 women start businesses, go to school, or make improvements to their, and their families’ living conditions.
Trust me, it produces more warm feelings than woolly socks!
3. Homemade Gifts
Homemade Christmas gifts made from eco-materials may be a great idea to make your holiday extra special. And I’m sure your family and friends would love it!
The great thing about homemade gifts is that they’re earth-friendly and budget-friendly.
But that’s not all. The time you spent actually making those gifts is a very mindful time that will relax you, and make you feel good. Almost as good as meditation, especially if you add some nice background music, some incense, and a cup of my favorite herbal tea (that you can make below!):
Herbal tea that supports and strengthens a woman’s body. It’s a great health-giving gift for any woman friend or family member.
To make this tea mix together the following herbs:
- 2 c. lemon balm (nerve tonic; calcium, magnesium, vitamin B)
- 2 c. nettle (iron, calcium, vitamin A)
- 2 c. raspberry leaf (excellent tonic herb for women; rich source of vitamins and minerals – calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium and vitamins B, C, E)
- 1 1/2 c. spearmint (provide nutrients, increases circulation, increases vitality)
- 1/2 c. peppermint (stimulant; increases circulation, provide nutrients, increases vitality)
Or why not try your hand at homemade lemon candles?
You can make your own naturally scented candles! Homemade lemon candles are not only a super easy DIY project, they also make great holiday gifts. Smells delicious!
4. Reloved Gifts
Antiques shops and vintage clothes stores are wonderful places to find unique gifts! There you can find good quality designer handbags, silk scarves, elegant gloves or fantastic old jewelry. Or you can always regift something – give away something you received, that someone else would appreciate more than you. Or you pass on your favorite books once you’ve read them. The main thing is: forget about “new”. There’s actually a lot of glory (and absolutely no shame!) in regifting anything that you enjoyed and know someone else will too!
5. Ethical Gifts
Those are really my favorite. Ethical gifts are such a positive choice in the over-consumed world we live in.
Here are my top ethical picks of the season:
You can support woodlands and wildlife with the Body Care Collection gift set from Green People, containing certified organic body lotion and body wash in a warming Ginger & Lemongrass scent made with natural, fairly traded ingredients and free from parabens, SLS and completely cruelty free.
And the packaging is awesome!
What I love about Japanese tea cups is their minimalism, and the spirituality they bring to the drinking of tea.
Just by using one of those tea cups I feel calmer, and more serene.
Not to mention how beautiful they look!
This is a fantastic journal to write out your daily gratitude list or to work out what is holding you back from tapping into gratitude. Handmade, from recycled materials.
I keep a gratitude list, and I love having a specific journal to write my most grateful thoughts in.
This is collection of articles and interviews, from some of the leading lights of the environmental and feminist movements, demonstrating that achieving gender equality is vital if we are to save the world, and protect the environment upon which we all depend.
A great gift for all the girls, and women in your life (and all the men, too!).
Before ending this list, it’s important to mention the little thing called wrapping. I can go crazy at the amount of paper that is used for one single festive Holiday… especially when all that beautiful paper disappears in the bin after just one use.
To cut down on paper waste you can opt to wrap your gifts in reusable bags or boxes.
Fabric is really the nicest reusable material for wrapping presents. You can also use old newspapers, maps and calendars to create your own unique designs. Remember: it’s not the paper that counts 🙂
I hope this list will help you to find peace, serenity and happiness during the Holiday season. And of course, I would love to hear what your favorite gift idea might be! So let me know below.