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Attention Holiday Shoppers:
You don't have to go all the way to the North Pole to make spirits bright. There are amazingly talented local artists, craftspeople and service providers ready to help you meet the needs and desires of you and your loved ones. Their creations and craftsmanship FAR surpass anything created in sweatshops with child labor. And as a bonus, you can feel good about investing in a brighter more equitable future.
Visit my Small Business Directory for recommendations. And if you or a loved one are offering goods and/or services, this is your cue to toot your horn loud and proud by dropping a link below in the comments section.
Here are some other ideas that can be light on the wallet but heavy with love.
Give the gift of your presence.
Set out some time, a morning/afternoon/evening/a weekend/a week and dedicate it solely to spending time with your loved one. Go for a picnic, nature explorations, play games, throw a little party, go to museums, art shows, concerts, plays. It might sound cliche, but memories together are the most precious gifts and they last forever. A child or other loved one might want that plastic/electronic thing now, but in the future, they will remember the time they spent with you more fondly than they will remember that thing that's destined to be in the landfill sooner than later.
(Those who know me know this is my favorite option) Making cards, art, crafts, poetry, songs, playlist mixes, food, and jewelry. It doesn’t matter what they look/sound like. Gifts made by hand and from the heart always radiate love.
Donate to worthy causes in your loved one’s honor.
Helping to create a peaceful and loving world is one of the best gifts you can give anyone. There are thousands of worthy organizations that are protecting and helping the Earth and fighting for equal rights for all ethnicities, genders, sexualities, ages, education, abilities, incomes, nationalities, religions, and species. Wherever we direct our energy, money included is where we will see the change we wish to see in the world.
Merry Everything to Everyone!
Wishing you all waves and waves of love, peace, and the ability to feel it is all around you!