Guest Author - Meredith Ball
Holiday gifts are purchased for our loved ones with their interests in mind. Are your loved ones also interested in helping the environment, in living more naturally? If so, then this holiday season offers numerous options for providing gifts that they will enjoy and feel rewarded by. Whether celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any festive occasion this holiday season, gifting with meaning will provide much more return than you can imagine.
Celebrating with candles is beautiful, and can be cleaner with beeswax candles. Beeswax candles do not have paraffin and thus the emissions are not harmful. Making a loved one a candleholder created from wood containing a beeswax candle, will be a thoughtful gift to brighten anyone’s holiday.
A handmade card goes a long way in spreading holiday cheer. Children make cards, yet adults buy them. Why? The homemade version is so much more personal and thoughtful. Sit down with your children to create holiday cards this year and the recipients of these cards will be overjoyed.
A simple “coupon” created by you can also spread endless cheer to your loved ones. For example, pop a coupon for a date night (with no expiration date) into your husband’s stocking and enjoy that gift any time you both want to all year! That date night can be a nice home-cooked meal for the two of you or an evening out at the local organic restaurant. Or, give your child a coupon for an experience together that you know she would love. If your child enjoys sleigh riding, then get ready to head out with your boots! If your child loves baking cookies, then a coupon to do just that will be more than sweet. Be sure to take a picture of your experience together and put it into a wooden frame that you and your child can decorate together.
For those of you who live in a warmer climate, head out to your flower garden and clip a holiday bouquet for a friend, family member or co-workers. When I received a vase of roses from a co-worker’s garden I was overjoyed. This is simply one of the most beautiful gifts you can give. Perhaps you live in a warmer climate and your persimmons or pomegranates are perfect to pick right now. Give your friends a basket of these delicious treats and be prepared to be showered with thanks.
One of the most natural gifts you can provide to loved ones is the gift of nature itself. Luckily there are several choices available online for gifting a tree to be planted in a loved one’s name. There is also the option of planting that tree with your loved one this holiday, or doing so when your neck of the woods is warmer.
No matter what you choose, keep in mind that the spirit of the holiday season is to simply show your family and friends how much you love them. This love does not need to be packaged, wrapped, plastic or trendy. Gift green and feel the spirit of the holidays.