JMB Giving: How to Have a Mindful Holiday
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!