A Guide to Meaningful Gift Giving

Have you started thinking about the holidays yet? Making lists, hitting the shops? So many of us (myself included) tend to get caught up in the last minute holiday shopping frenzy, where our bank accounts, morals & sanity take a turn for the worst. The “something is better than nothing” philosophy has been so deeply engrained in us that the true art of gift giving has been almost entirely lost. A thoughtful gift is a way of communicating true love and gratitude. It should not be a thoughtless process driven by obligation.

Gift giving can be so fun & satisfying! With enough time & care, your holiday gift giving experience can feel better than you ever imagined. Not only will your friends & family love their gifts, but you will find that your bank account and our precious environment will reap the benefits too. Never again will your “better than nothing” gifts end up in the trash, or worse, in the dreaded “re-gifting” circuit. 

Starting early is the best way to avoid “panic purchases”. Give yourself ample time to find the perfect gift that will show just how well you know it’s receiver and most importantly, how much you care. 

When shopping, try to purchase only gifts that are :

1. consumable

2. useful, and/or

3. high quality

A consumable gift is one that will probably only be used once. While the mind instantly associates the term “consumable” with food, edible gifts (while wonderful, especially for the foodie!) are not the only way to go. Books, online classes, and experiences like concert tickets or local workshops are all gifts that are used only once, but will leave the receiver with something invaluable - like a new skill or some wonderful memories. The classics like candles & bath products also fall under this category.

The best gifts are the ones that aren’t just going to sit on the shelf. Focusing on gifts that the receiver will use at least monthly, if not weekly or even daily, gives them the opportunity to think of you fondly each time they are used. Useful gifts are the best waste reducers.

It is, however, important that any gift that is likely to receive plenty of use is able to stand the test of time. A kitchen knife that chips after a week will end up in the landfill, and won’t make an impression as a thoughtful gift. Quality always, always, always beats quantity. 

We hope we’ve inspired you to give with intention this year. Check out this gift guide, designed to help give you a head start on this season’s mindful holiday shopping.

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1. Relic Wood Co. hand forged knives - crafted on Vancouver Island, these kitchen staples will stand the test of time.

2. Urban Edible Gardening eBook - a zero waste gift, eBooks can be an awesome way to learn a new skill or useful information.

3. Nourishing Rituals workshop w/ Ellie Shortt - give the gift of a better lifestyle! Workshops are a great gift to enjoy together. 

4. Chemex 6-cup Coffee Maker - an everyday staple, this stylish, scientifically designed coffee maker has been creating the perfect cup for 70 years. 

5. Abeego variety wraps - say goodbye to toxic tupperware. Abeego keeps food fresher, longer. 

6. Bone broth subscription - a gift that gives over and over and over again. 

Hayley Rosenberg