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It’s time for the holidays!
Far more than gift giving, I enjoy the slowing down of the farm, the long, cozy evenings working on a knitting project, and just celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
That said, however, gift giving is a part of our lives and family at Christmas. We try to buy things for each other that are useful and good quality. Gone are the days of cheap plastic crap, just to be able to say that a gift was given. Sustainable living doesn’t disappear when the holidays come around, actually, the holidays can be a way to not only share, but encourage a more responsible lifestyle.
Retail doesn’t have to be at the top of your gift shopping options. As a matter of fact, one of the most amazing gifts you can give is your time. Giving coupons that can be redeemed for cleaning, mowing grass next summer, housesitting or babysitting would be very much appreciated, especially for those who seem to have “everything” or just not need or want anything.
Handmade gifts, whether it be something you made or someone else, are also special and appreciated. Don’t discount the value of the jam you made last summer, or some dishcloths that you made. People love handmade gifts!
But if the thought of making a gift just blows your mind, I’ve got a few ideas for you here #afflink. Again, I dig practical gifts that enhance a skill or further a hobby, especially for the adults.
I love this little honey dispenser! It would be even cuter with some local honey to go along with it! Next, you see a sprouting jar and alfalfa sprouting seeds. I LOVE sprouting, and it’s a wonderful way to get some “green” into your diet during the winter. Cheap, easy, nutritious!
Below, we have a pre-seasoned cast iron skillet. All I can say is that I totally love all of my cast iron pots and pans!!! You cannot go wrong with cast iron. Next, you see the cutting board. There’s just something really special about a good quality cutting board, one that’s personalized is even cooler. And these knives….I bought these Rada knives about 18 years or so ago while we were in Amish country, in northern Ohio. I kept seeing them at the Amish shops, did a little research by talking to the Amish women about them and bought the whole set. I have never regretted buying these, and I’ve never bought another knife since. I’ve bought them for adult kids who’ve moved out and missed “mom’s knives”. They are awesome, I use them every day.
If you or someone you love plans to muck around outside in the garden or in the barn, they are going to need some serious boots. Don’t bother with the cheap boots, believe me. Waste of time and money, just buy the good ones and they’ll last a good long time. When it’s freezing outside and you have to clean stalls, you want insulated boots! Personally, I wear Bogs. They are super warm and the guarantee is awesome. I had a pair split on me, and without any hassle at all, the company replaced them.
I don’t know about you, but I never tire of good quality, warm socks. Even though I’m kind of “over” the whole style thing, it’s nice that these are just adorable as well as practical! Great stocking stuffers!
From what I know, men love awesome socks too! Especially when they’re outside shoveling snow!
Then, there’s the gardener….the 365 day gardener who is always growing something, or thinking about growing something, no matter what the weather! Here’s a few ideas….
Remember that durability is the name of the game! Buying quality is not only sustainable because it keeps you out of the store, but they perform better overall.