I’m kicking off the December blog with my no-stress guide to gift giving! If you follow these 10 steps you will rediscover the joy and deep, profound meaning in giving gifts — I guarantee it.
1.) Choose wisely. Gift giving is about honoring those who touch our lives through the year-so who has touched your life? Of course, we all have family members that we “have” to get something for-but gift giving is an exchange of energy…so put your energies into the people that feed+nourish you.
This year I am sending wee gifts to all the teachers and wild collaborators I have been blessed with this year — feels so good.
2.) Avoid malls. Need I say more? No, I didn’t think so.
3.) Support your local, independent, stores and vendors. Go to your farmers market and see what goodies are on display — who makes art that feeds you? Who makes music that inspires you? $20 for these indie artisans is the difference between a mediocre meal and a good one-pay up proudly+loudly.
4.) Learn a craft and give it away. This year part of my gift giving includes homemade preserves and felted soap with roving wool from a local wool producer. The best part about it? My kiddo can do the crafting with me.
5.) Support artists who nourish you. Two of my faves? Rima Staines has fantastic greetings cards and Terri Windling does magical prints.
6.) A well-written, sincere, card is worth a thousand gifts.
7.) Experiences are immeasurable. Want to splurge on a special someone? What about concert tickets, a gift certificate with their airline of choice or a yummy virtual program like Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map.
8.) Get magical. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has fantastic & sublime scents. My friends at Candlesmoke Chapel have beautiful magical goodies that I blogged about here. Lucky Mojo Curio Co has gorgeously packaged & presented items that are inexpensive and authentic.
9.) Play good music. Maybe it’s Christmassy, maybe it’s not, but surround yourself with good music during this time of year. I like Loreena McKennitt, The Medieval Baebes, and Annonymous Four-they all have great holiday albums.
10.) Give time. Sometimes the most important thing you can do for someone is giving them an afternoon of your time. Consider that.