It’s the most wonderful time… of the yeeeeeeear!
Well, not always. In between having to run around town to get gifts for everyone. To making all the food yourself and baking and making ornaments and hosting Christmas parties the wonderful time turns into a stressful time.
So do you minimize the stress?
- Start on time (time is money, don’t forget that!)
- Set a budget (then do your research to lessen the risk of breaking said budget).
- Delegate (because how are you supposed to do it ALL yourself?)
- Lower your expectations (it is after all about family, community and having a good time, not stressing yourself half to death to make everyone happy…)
And when it comes to the gifts, have should you think?
The optimal: don’t give anything. At least not material.
Second to optimal: make something yourself.
Third: give stuff they actually need, and preferably a sustainable and ethical option.
For the minimalist
The minimalist will want nothing that clutters their space, so the safest bet is to buy non-material things. If you go for something physical, ask yourself if it will be used or spark joy to the recipient. If the answer is no, then don’t get it.
- Jewelry from Norrfolks
- An online magazine subscription
- A membership (to a studio, museum, or whatever they enjoy)
- Give an experience
For the zero waster
Christmas gifting for the zero waster is easier than ever! In the last year, there are many zero waste shops popping up both physical and online.
- Beeswax wraps
- Reusable bottle
- Bamboo kitchen utensils
- Produce bags
For the conscious fashionista
Buying clothes is always hard since fit might be an issue. Still, there are so many things that a sustainable fashion-forward person would love to be gifted. Jewelry or accessories are a safer bet as they don’t need to fit size-wise.
- Garment care – pimp stone, clothing brush, pure effects mist
- Endangered jewelry
- A sustainably made bag
For the outdoor type
What could you possibly need when you have a view like the one below? Well, from personal experience you need some nice warm clothes and warm drinks. So that’s some things to go for if you have an outdoorsy brother or friend.
For the foodie
The simplest thing here would be to buy food I guess. But if you want to buy something that will last a little longer the below tips are things that will always be appreciated in a foodie’s kitchen!
- A wooden cutting board
- A good knife
- Pasta machine
- A zero-waste cookbook
For the sport lover
For the yogi, the runner or the crossfitter. There is something for everyone! Workout gear is expensive and it tends to wear out fast…
When you don’t know what to buy
This is for your grandpa who says he has everything. Things that are always needed and always work. Sure, underwear might not be the most fun thing to receive as a gift, but it’s really not fun to have to spend money on yourself either!
- Underwear & socks
- A book
- Edible treats
What’s on your wish list this year?