So I decided to write a blog post that helps people find great gifts and imagine a different way to prepare for Christmas! Each person in our society needs to change their behavior for true change to occur! Along the way I have included links to articles that may help guide or inspire you. As you continue down the page, I include a list of links to actual products, retailers or tutorials that can get you started!
Lets make Christmas less about consumerist culture and more about carefully considered gift giving!
- Practice minimalism
- Personalized gift giving - spend time considering the recipients interests
- Make gifts
- Consider upcycling items > reduce/reuse/recycle
- Support small businesses
- Buy quality products not cheap poor quality things that don't last
Step 1 Discovery - What is Minimalism?
Step 2 Recipient focused giving!
Step 3 Can I make them something?
- papercraft https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08EwmGlzFZg
- macramé https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udsZnlPpcj4
- sewing - download some free PDF tutorials here: https://adventurousquilter.yolasite.com/More-FREE-PDFs.php I usually make reusable bags and pillowcases!
- scrap booking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R84Y1guNYq8
- cooking kit https://thediymommy.com/a-gift-in-a-tin-christmas-baking-kit-gift/
- cocktail making kit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87rSwUFCTTM
- recipe book https://www.thekitchn.com/gift-idea-make-162227 https://createmycookbook.com/books/pricing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnZawnoaOcE
- fridge magnet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLuGhY8SO-U
- baked goods https://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/g1059/homemade-food-gifts/?slide=1
- calendar https://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/free-printable-2017-photo-calendar-easy-diy-gift.html
- photo collage frame https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofZREbwUe-o
- bullet journal kit https://bulletjournal.com/pages/learn
Step 4 Consider Upcycling or Reusing!
- Paint an old item to give it new life - in this example I chalk painted an old wooden bowl! these make great home decor gifts or vessels to fill with themed gift items (like the cooking/cocktail or bullet journaling kit ideas above)
- What do I have I can rejuvenate and regift?
- Buy used items, this is particularly great with books! Try https://www.betterworldbooks.com/
Step 5 If you buy, support a small business!
- leather gifts
- handmade jewelry
- seaglass jewelry
- gin/medicine bottle jewelry is really cool!
- macrame jewelry
- vintage picnic basket
- wood jewelry
- handmade toys
- handmade pottery
- watercolor art
- modern art
Step 6 Buy Quality Products
Try bucking the trend this year and buy higher quality products that will last longer and minimize impact on the Earth by not ending up in landfill in early 2021!