Shopping intentionally during the holiday season.
This year has been especially challenging for all of us. As this holiday season sees us further away from our friends and family, many of us still want to show love and appreciation through gift giving.
Write a list.
It is easy to get swept up in the frenzy of holiday sales and offers. One way to cut through the noise is to make a plan. Find a quiet place and write a list of people you want to connect with. Think of what will truly express your sentiment beyond a physical item. A heart felt hand written note can hand written note.
Consider how it is made.
Our purchases have an impact on the environment, whether it be due how it is made and packaged or its recyclability. Unfortunatley many items end up being returned or thrown in landfills. Think about if the person you are buying for will value and use the item before you make a purchase. By buying intentionally we can mitigate unnecessary waste.
Making a gift of a donation on someones behalf
This years pandemic has had a domino effect with many people in need. Making a donation to a cause your loved one cares about will show that you value what they are passionate about and help a person in need. Include a note with your donation that identifies the person for whom you are making the donation, including contact information. This allows the charity to send a card or certificate to that person, letting them know that someone has made a donation on their behalf.
Finally, please consider shopping from a small business and/or maker this year and always if possible. Just a few benefits of shopping small are:
- You get a unique product or service from real people not machines.
- You strengthen the local economy and promote future growth.
- You can feel good supporting a business you value and help another person grow their dreams.
To help you get the ball rolling I have put together a list of a few of my favorite artists. Who are some of your favorite makers? Drop their names in the comments.
Seattle based jewelry artists artfully combining metal and lace.
Twyla has also put together a really great list of maker gift guides. You can check them out here:
3rd Season Designs
fashion conscious, primarily women’s, line committed to ethical production.