JMB Giving: How to Have a Mindful Holiday

JMB Giving: How to Have a Mindful Holiday

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I have always felt such a drastic shift in society from Thanksgiving to Black Friday. Last week’s post about gratitude was heavy on my mind throughout the week as I balanced working and spending time with my family. We so quickly go from being grateful to focusing on shopping. Even if we are looking for other people’s gifts and utilizing a discount opportunity, I want to incorporate gratitude and mindfulness into gift-giving. I have compiled a sort of gift guide divided into three categories: Small Businesses, Sustainable Businesses, and Intangible Gifts. In light of my own journal’s IndieGoGo campaign ending this Tuesday, December 1st, I took time this week and used my platform on Instagram to highlight small businesses for Small Business Saturday. I am using this post to expand on that sentiment and facilitate shopping that is both personally and environmentally mindful.

Small Businesses

By purchasing from small businesses instead of large corporations, we not only find carefully made, one-of-a-kind gifts, but we also support an individual’s livelihood and passion.

Nature’s Bath Artisan Soapery

Tonya makes beautiful bath and body products. Her soaps are meticulously crafted and target a range of needs from acne to moisture. She has a wide range of products including body soaps, face soaps, balms, lotions, bath bombs, lotion bars, sprays, whipped sugar scrubs, and more! All of her products are so unique and she artfully uses effective blends of natural products and essential oils to make them.

AlaskanwitcheryshopAlaskanwitcheryshop on Etsy is run by Monica Edwards out of Alaska. Her artisanal bath products are visually and aromatically pleasing, in addition to being 100% handmade! If you know someone that loves a cozy, themed bath for som…

Alaskanwitcheryshop

Alaskanwitcheryshop on Etsy is run by Monica Edwards out of Alaska. Her artisanal bath products are visually and aromatically pleasing, in addition to being 100% handmade! If you know someone that loves a cozy, themed bath for some downtime, Alaskanwitcheryshop might be a good place for you to look.

@daydreaminginthemountains

Sip of Life TeasHot drinks are even more satisfying on cold days, and if you’re seeking to give a little warmth for the holidays, Sip of Life Teas sells premium organic tea blends at a reasonable cost. Maria Belcher started her small business after …

Sip of Life Teas

Hot drinks are even more satisfying on cold days, and if you’re seeking to give a little warmth for the holidays, Sip of Life Teas sells premium organic tea blends at a reasonable cost. Maria Belcher started her small business after COVID impacted her job, so she set out to benefit others through tea with knowledge she learned living in Croatia!

@sipoflifeteas

The Inner WarriorThe Inner Warrior is based in Louisville, Kentucky and run by mother-daughter duo Sabine and Gabriella Gaona. They sell a wide range of yoga-inspired collections from yoga accessories to pottery, clothes, jewelry, and more!@alltreer…

The Inner Warrior

The Inner Warrior is based in Louisville, Kentucky and run by mother-daughter duo Sabine and Gabriella Gaona. They sell a wide range of yoga-inspired collections from yoga accessories to pottery, clothes, jewelry, and more!

@alltreeroots

Rock This OutDonna is an entrepreneur and single mother who founded Rock This Out with an ethos of female empowerment. She has stylish and unique clothes, accessories, and makes a variety of home decor items—Rock This Out has great gifts for your fr…

Rock This Out

Donna is an entrepreneur and single mother who founded Rock This Out with an ethos of female empowerment. She has stylish and unique clothes, accessories, and makes a variety of home decor items—Rock This Out has great gifts for your friends that love to individualize their style and living space!

@rock_thisout

Sarah Belle StyleIf you haven’t found your favorite local crystal shop, Sarah Belle sells beautiful stones, crystals, and both men and women’s jewelry! She even has a gift ideas collection on her website if you need some inspiration as you browse. I…

Sarah Belle Style

If you haven’t found your favorite local crystal shop, Sarah Belle sells beautiful stones, crystals, and both men and women’s jewelry! She even has a gift ideas collection on her website if you need some inspiration as you browse. If you know someone that likes essential oils, she also sells stylish diffuser bracelets.

@sarahbellestyle

Aquarian Thoughts JewelryAquarian Thoughts Jewelry is run by Nadirah B., an unapologetic Aquarius who seeks to make jewelry that lives up to its name. Her pieces are artistic and visually striking, but functional and practical to wear.@aquarianthoug…

Aquarian Thoughts Jewelry

Aquarian Thoughts Jewelry is run by Nadirah B., an unapologetic Aquarius who seeks to make jewelry that lives up to its name. Her pieces are artistic and visually striking, but functional and practical to wear.

@aquarianthoughtsjewelry

Wicked Candle BoxWicked Candle Box is a candle subscription box that features vegan bath and body products in addition to candles. This gift that keeps on giving every month has a theme for each box that is reflected in its products. The packaging i…

Wicked Candle Box

Wicked Candle Box is a candle subscription box that features vegan bath and body products in addition to candles. This gift that keeps on giving every month has a theme for each box that is reflected in its products. The packaging is so pleasing and the amount of thought and care that goes into each box is clear.

@wickedcandlebox

Merfolk JewelryIf you’re looking to give high-end, affordable accessories, I recommend Merfolk Jewels. It is LGBTQ-owned and all of their metals and stones are tested for authenticity! The shop has both new, handcrafted jewelry and a curated vintage…

Merfolk Jewelry

If you’re looking to give high-end, affordable accessories, I recommend Merfolk Jewels. It is LGBTQ-owned and all of their metals and stones are tested for authenticity! The shop has both new, handcrafted jewelry and a curated vintage collection.

@merfolkjewels

Whirl and WhittlePooja Pawaskar started Whirl and Whittle in 2019 after moving to Ottawa, Canada. Whirl and Whittle features a philosophy that defines beauty from imperfection. Each stunning wood piece is unique and handmade, while also being sleek …

Whirl and Whittle

Pooja Pawaskar started Whirl and Whittle in 2019 after moving to Ottawa, Canada. Whirl and Whittle features a philosophy that defines beauty from imperfection. Each stunning wood piece is unique and handmade, while also being sleek and artistic.

@whirlandwhittle

Sustainable Businesses

I feel a lot better about supporting a business when I know that they work to minimalize their environmental impact. These businesses have ethically-sourced products and/or environmentally sustainable business practices.

The Growing CandleThe Growing Candle is a product from Hyggelight, named from the Danish word Hygge, “the concept of finding the special moments in everyday living” according to their website. The Growing Candle is meant to embody hygge both as a ca…

The Growing Candle

The Growing Candle is a product from Hyggelight, named from the Danish word Hygge, “the concept of finding the special moments in everyday living” according to their website. The Growing Candle is meant to embody hygge both as a candle and the plant that grows after. After you burn through the entire candle, you can use the artful container to plant the seeds that come with each one!

@thegrowingcandle

Whispers of the WildWhispers of the Wild sells a collection of sustainable home and personal care items. In addition to greeting cards and art prints, she has a collections of self-care products are natural, inspired by nature and crafted to help yo…

Whispers of the Wild

Whispers of the Wild sells a collection of sustainable home and personal care items. In addition to greeting cards and art prints, she has a collections of self-care products are natural, inspired by nature and crafted to help you gently settle into the changing seasons. I think the seasonal self care box would make an absolutely lovely gift!

@whispers_of_the_wild

Free Spirit DelicaciesIf you have yet to figure out what to give someone and need to browse, Free Spirit Delicacies has a wide range of collections. Not only do they have beautiful products, but Free Spirit Delicacies is a reforestation partner and …

Free Spirit Delicacies

If you have yet to figure out what to give someone and need to browse, Free Spirit Delicacies has a wide range of collections. Not only do they have beautiful products, but Free Spirit Delicacies is a reforestation partner and a Kentucky Proud business, which means they support local small businesses in Kentucky when making products.

@freespiritdelicacies

LeafberriLeafberri sells purple tea that is grown exclusively in Kenya. Purchasing tea from Leafberri not only gives the gift of great fair trade tea, but also supports generations of small tea farmers.@leafberri

Leafberri

Leafberri sells purple tea that is grown exclusively in Kenya. Purchasing tea from Leafberri not only gives the gift of great fair trade tea, but also supports generations of small tea farmers.

@leafberri

DavinesDavines dedicates many of their resources and business practices to sustainability efforts. Their sustainable beauty products encompass a wide range of products that are made for specific hair and skin types.@davinesnorthamerica

Davines

Davines dedicates many of their resources and business practices to sustainability efforts. Their sustainable beauty products encompass a wide range of products that are made for specific hair and skin types.

@davinesnorthamerica

Wild LatherWild Lather is a collection of cold process soaps. The sleek, minimalistic design sets it apart from other soaps and they sell dish soaps that fit their organic, natural soaps.@wildlather

Wild Lather

Wild Lather is a collection of cold process soaps. The sleek, minimalistic design sets it apart from other soaps and they sell dish soaps that fit their organic, natural soaps.

@wildlather

Fox & Willow DorsetFox and Willow Dorset sells luxury hand-poured candles and wax melts that are sustainable and vegan! All of their packaging, labels, and packing tape are vegan and biodegradable. In addition to their ethical business practices…

Fox & Willow Dorset

Fox and Willow Dorset sells luxury hand-poured candles and wax melts that are sustainable and vegan! All of their packaging, labels, and packing tape are vegan and biodegradable. In addition to their ethical business practices, their products are beautiful with inspired scents.

@foxandwillowdorset

Pixie MoodPixie Mood sells a variety of bags and personal carrying accessories that are all vegan. They have a large collection with many color and design options that are great alternatives to popular products from non-sustainable businesses.@pixie…

Pixie Mood

Pixie Mood sells a variety of bags and personal carrying accessories that are all vegan. They have a large collection with many color and design options that are great alternatives to popular products from non-sustainable businesses.

@pixiemood

CandleTherapyCandleTherapy sells non-toxic candles on Etsy. Their simple designs are offset by the intricate and authentic scents that you get to choose alongside size and a crystal option.@Clean.candletherapy

CandleTherapy

CandleTherapy sells non-toxic candles on Etsy. Their simple designs are offset by the intricate and authentic scents that you get to choose alongside size and a crystal option.

@Clean.candletherapy

August & Leo SkinAugust & Leo Skin is an up-and-coming skincare brand that just launched their first product: a color-correcting glow serum that is also vegan. The company was founded to create products with a mission of reaching skin health…

August & Leo Skin

August & Leo Skin is an up-and-coming skincare brand that just launched their first product: a color-correcting glow serum that is also vegan. The company was founded to create products with a mission of reaching skin health rather than an unattainable perfection in a market where BIPOC are overlooked. I look forward to their future products as the brand grows!

@augustandleoskin

Intangible Gifts

Not everyone wants a physical gift and some of the most thoughtful and impactful gifts are ones that aren’t physical. These ideas cover an array of sentiments and gifts.

Illuminious Living ServicesBook a life-coach meeting for a loved one with Babs! If you are located in Louisville, KY she does in-person meetings, workshops, and clutter clearing sessions, but she also does phone sessions for non-locals.@illuminousli…

Illuminious Living Services

Book a life-coach meeting for a loved one with Babs! If you are located in Louisville, KY she does in-person meetings, workshops, and clutter clearing sessions, but she also does phone sessions for non-locals.

@illuminousliving

Michelle Made ThisMichelle teaches online craft workshops from her cottage! If you have a friend that loves crafting and DIY, a subscription to one of Michelle’s sessions could be a great gift experience.@MichelleMadeThis

Michelle Made This

Michelle teaches online craft workshops from her cottage! If you have a friend that loves crafting and DIY, a subscription to one of Michelle’s sessions could be a great gift experience.

@MichelleMadeThis

Melanated MommaMani offers masterclasses and workshops that promote healing and inner growth based on internal areas of need. 2020 has been an extra-difficult year for some, so this could be a thoughtful gift to a friend in need.@melanatedmommaa

Melanated Momma

Mani offers masterclasses and workshops that promote healing and inner growth based on internal areas of need. 2020 has been an extra-difficult year for some, so this could be a thoughtful gift to a friend in need.

@melanatedmommaa

WWF Species AdoptionsThe World Wildlife Organization hosts a symbolic species adoption in which you can adopt an animal for someone and the funds go to support a member of that species! There are some tangible supplements that go with the adoption, …

WWF Species Adoptions

The World Wildlife Organization hosts a symbolic species adoption in which you can adopt an animal for someone and the funds go to support a member of that species! There are some tangible supplements that go with the adoption, but they serve as a reminder of the donation and surrogate ownership.

Breathe Yoga SaltBreathe Yoga Salt is an incredible resource for the mindful or overwhelmed person in your life. They have a variety of options including halotherapy, yoga, and breathwork sessions.@BreatheYogaSalt

Breathe Yoga Salt

Breathe Yoga Salt is an incredible resource for the mindful or overwhelmed person in your life. They have a variety of options including halotherapy, yoga, and breathwork sessions.

@BreatheYogaSalt

Star Register’s Name a StarFor a thoughtful or astronomy-fascinated friend, you can buy a star and name it after them! Star Register has a recognized star registry that tracks the purchased stars and it comes with a PDF certificate and four piece gi…

Star Register’s Name a Star

For a thoughtful or astronomy-fascinated friend, you can buy a star and name it after them! Star Register has a recognized star registry that tracks the purchased stars and it comes with a PDF certificate and four piece gift.

The Speed Art Museum: Adopt a PaintingThe Speed Art Museum is my local museum in Louisville, but many museums have started an Adopt a Painting program that supports your local arts! You can adopt a painting from someone’s favorite artist in their na…

The Speed Art Museum: Adopt a Painting

The Speed Art Museum is my local museum in Louisville, but many museums have started an Adopt a Painting program that supports your local arts! You can adopt a painting from someone’s favorite artist in their name with a credit line and other benefits that vary by museum.

Plant as CompassAmber studied holistic healing and practices, and she offers a holistic range of services. She has a collection of specifically-targeted healing sessions that could be great for someone in your life depending on their need.@plantasco…

Plant as Compass

Amber studied holistic healing and practices, and she offers a holistic range of services. She has a collection of specifically-targeted healing sessions that could be great for someone in your life depending on their need.

@plantascompass

Donate

I know many people who always have at least one friend that insists on donating to a good cause in their name rather than receiving a physical gift. I am including New York Magazine’s list of organizations to donate to in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the Flint Water Fund, but it’s also nice to specify your donations to the person’s own activism interests. 

Still feeling a little aimless in your holiday shopping?

In next week’s blog post, I will be delving into love languages and how to understand yours and others’ to be an effective gift giver!

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