While living in Seattle, it was very hard to get around—the traffic was terrible…I hated driving especially during the holidays. I needed a gift guide for the city because doing any kind of errands or finding gifts for my loved ones during the holidays proved very stressful. Instead of driving in traffic and having all sorts of resistance and conflict about it, I designed some gift-giving alternatives.
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Part 1 of the gift guide: here’s how to find and get great gifts.
- Create a Pinterest board of gift ideas to reference during the holidays or for birthdays. This way, you’ll know ahead of time what to give and you can use your ideas from a few months back. Also note these things when you hear someone mention something they desire in passing (like a Kindle for Mom). When you see your sisters selling inspired wares, you can pin these as well.
- Create a wish list for yourself on Pinterest which you can reference if someone asks what you like, or if you want to give yourself a gift.
- Order the gifts and send gifts on the internet (this cuts out a trip to the post office), especially if you do holidays out of the state where you live. Send the gifts to where the celebration will be so you don’t have to travel with gifts.
- If you use credit cards, get one with cash back rewards. Save these up for the last half of the year when you can use them to buy gifts.
Conscious gift guide from small businesses
Part 2 of the gift guide: here’s some recommendations of small businesses with amazing wares:
- Aquarius Nation has some beautiful astrological reading options and natal chart books. Astro readings are a great gift, and KV is an amazing reader. Another great gift would be a massage or session with a local healer.
- Jennette Nielsen of Cauldron and Hive makes beautiful rattles, embroidered trucker hats, mugs, and other such treasures. Love her beautiful pieces.
- ViviSoi is a small batch skincare brand that makes all organic body butters and other indulgent goodies for your skin. Knowing about the chemical-laden cosmetics industry, I feel relieved knowing there are people like Mel creating new products. She uses super high quality ingredients and essential oils. Some of her products are known to be very medicinal, such as the lemon body butter—known for helping people with eczema.
- The Mars Lab is a great place to get handmade and vintage jewelry.
- Mountain Girl Clothing is one of my favorite Etsy brands and the pieces I have from her I absolutely love.
- The Life Design Planner is the perfect gift for a woman making the most of her life. It’s the perfect mix of magic and practicality.
Keeping in mind, we live in a consumer society, I love giving and getting handmade gifts…and sometimes the thing we most want is quality time with our loved ones like in this lovely video.