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It’s time for the holidays!
Far more than gift giving, I enjoy the slowing down of the farm. I love the long, cozy evenings of being curled up with a book or 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. The best kind of gifts are those that bring joy and purpose.
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.
(Avoid all of that toxic wrapping paper too, by making your own reusable, cloth gift bags here!)
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, house-sitting or babysitting would be very much appreciated, especially for those who seem to have “everything”.
Experiential gifts are another awesome option! What about tickets to a ball game or a movie? How about a years pass to the local ice-skating rink? Local playhouses, museums and planetariums all offer programs for children and families to enjoy time together!
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. How about some pumpkin bread?? People love homemade gifts!
But if the thought of making a gift just blows your mind, I’ve got a few ideas for you! The special female in your life just might like these….
Keep your lady warm and cozy with these sustainable gift ideas!
My personal favorite outerwear is Carhartt! It keeps me warm while I’m cleaning stalls in the winter, but it’s stylish as well! Lasts forever!!!
Guys can be difficult to buy for, that’s for sure (I have 6 sons, I should know!). However, here are a few sustainable and useful gift ideas that most males will enjoy receiving!
My older boys and husband LOVE this Carhartt tool bag, as well as everything Carhartt!
When it comes to buying for the children, especially the ones under 8, I like to buy toys that inspire their imagination. Melissa and Doug have long been one of my very favorite toy brands!
Books are such a great gift! We enjoyed giving gift-sets of our kid’s favorite authors.
Getting the kids outside to play in the winter can be a challenge, but not with these cool winter toys! Have some hot chocolate waiting for them when they come in!
Don’t be afraid to give the children things that they need for Christmas!
Slow down and buy purposefully! Enjoy your holiday shopping!
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