11 Mindful Gifts That Keep On Giving
December 5, 2017
This holiday season, we’re changing things up a bit. Instead of spending hours fighting crowds in pursuit of 'the perfect present' for our loved ones – buying them something they probably don't need – we thought it would be a fun challenge to give gifts that also give back, enhancing our mind-body-soul.
Now don't get us wrong, we love a little excess every now and again. But as we become more aware of the environmental impact of consumerism, the less comfortable we feel in succumbing to the pressures of the holidays. As a way to become a part of the shift, this year we're making gift-giving all about consciousness – by supporting green brands that protect our environment and bodies, and buying products that provide lasting, life-enhancing experiences.
To join our mission in mindfulness, see eleven gift ideas that keep on giving below.
Cooking Classes or Cookbooks
Cooking classes are a fun way for individuals (and couples) to work on their existing cooking skills and learn new techniques. Classes can be found at local culinary schools, or homes stores like Sur La Table, and William Sonoma. If you're into this cooking theme, gifting a healthy cookbook is also a great idea. Some of our favorite cookbooks include: Cancer Fighting Kitchen, The First Mess Cookbook, Eat, Taste, Heal, Ottolenghi and Malibu Farm Cookbook.
Clean Beauty Makeup
Introduce a loved one to a non-toxic beauty brand, as a way to support the green industry and emphasize the importance of protecting our environment and bodies. You can't go wrong with something from Beautycounter, Vapour, Juice Beauty or Tata Harper.
If you really want to buy clothes for your loved ones, make a conscious effort to support local or smaller-scaled fashion brands that are ethical and sustainable. Some of our go-to’s are Eileen Fisher, Reformation, People Tree and Lunya.
Consider making a donation on someone's behalf to their charity of choice. If you’re not sure which charity they support, we've got you covered! Through The Gift of Giving, you can order a charitable gift card, decide how you would like it delivered, and then the recipient can choose which charity they would like to donate to.
Photo Books and Frames
Memories in tangible mediums are rare these days, so give family and friends something they'll literally never forget. Get a picture blown up and framed, or make a photo book via Artifact Uprising.
An annual membership to a museum is one of the greatest gifts we can give. For the same price as a nice dinner out, you can provide a full year of inspiration and education focusing on the arts, science, technology and even ice cream! Especially fun for those who enjoy learning, memberships also provide social outlets through events and early previews to exhibitions.
Reusable Bags and Water Bottles
It's no secret that plastic bags and water bottles are bad for us and the planet. Help protect others and reduce their carbon footprint by gifting them a reusable bag or water bottle. We love Baggu nylon bags, and S'well or Hydro Flask stainless steel water bottles.
Guided Meditation App
A guided mediation app subscription is the ideal holiday gift for anyone seeking clarity and relaxation, or interested in starting a mindfulness practice. Two of our favorite apps that we've tried so far are Headspace (1 year subscription $95.88) and Calm (holiday box set, 1 year subscription $89.99).
You know you're giving something good when you wish you were buying it for yourself. 23andMe offers a trove of information about your genetic makeup and ancestry, going back as far as the Neanderthals, and makes a great gift for anyone interested in their family history and health.
If you're looking for a thoughtful and budget-friendly way to spread some love this holiday season, make something! Try jarring healthy, homemade granola or pickling vegetables. Create your own lavender sachets or knit a blanket. There's always one of those DIY projects you've been eyeing on Pinterest too!
Practical Gift Certificate
If you're feeling pressed for time, gift certificates make a wonderful last-minute gift. Be practical and give your loved ones cards towards something you know they'll use – like Whole Foods, the movie theater or maybe even a yoga studio. And don’t forget your service providers! Gift cards are a simple way to say “thank you” to all the people that support you throughout the year.
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season!