Are you feeling overwhelmed with the idea of facing Christmas shopping this year? Are you tired of over consumerism and want something different? Well, read on. This post covers all the fun, beautiful, ethical and ecologically friendly presents that you can give your entire family. There is something here for everyone.
Gifting memories is at the top of my list. There is nothing more special than creating memorable times with loved ones. So often, people forget to treat themselves to experiences that bring them joy or help them grow. Who in your family needs this?
Gifting Your Time
Most people feel overwhelmed with their busy schedules; offering family members and friends, a Time Voucher can be one of the most helpful things you could give this Christmas. Think of that special friend who has just had a baby and needs some help. Or maybe a Grandparent that needs a little extra love. Encourage children to make a Time Voucher to share their time with loves ones.
The Gift of Health
Do you have a family member or friend who you know is needed some help getting their health back on track? Maybe one of your mama’s friends or your mum needs a special self-care day. Connect with local Naturopaths or Wellness centres. Lahe Wellness offers consultations online for people that can’t travel.
Gift Seeds, Plants & Trees
Are you worried about the future? Or maybe you know someone is feeling a little eco-anxiety—what better gift than an indoor plant or a fruit tree to plant. Seed balls are also fun for the urban gardener.
If you feel grateful and want to share the love, why not donate. So many people have started using social media platforms to contribute to their favourite non-profit organisations. This is a beautiful act of sharing love.
Planet Schooling donates books to those in need. If you would like to donate a book to the custodians of the Amazon, we send books to Indigenous communities in Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia.
Repurposing old items to make upcycled art pieces can be lots of fun! Handmade gifts have a special place in the heart. Not only are people seeing the effort you have gone into upcycling something they are also receiving a little of you.
Pre-loved gifts are the new black! Don’t let the algorithm robot trick you into buying a shining new product. When you choose a pre-loved gift with the same beautiful intention, it is just as unique as a new gift, if not better.
You can buy pre-loved items from local markets, eBay, Marketplace and Gumtree.
Handmade by You
Nothing screams out louder “I love you” than something handmade by you. Not only are you taking the time to make something, but you are also personalising the gift. You can find craft materials secondhand online.
Support Local & Ethical Businesses
So many small family-owned businesses now aim to be sustainable and ethical. For that last-minute gift, visit the local farmers market for a delicious bushfood jam or pot of honey.
Gifts to stimulate both sides of the brain.
Nothing beats the feeling of holding a book.
Reading books is an easy way to look after your mind and body, from building your vocabulary to reducing stress. As Dr Seuss said, Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks. To celebrate this festive season, we have a special offering of Planer Schooling – How to create a permaculture living laboratory in your backyard. Click here!