Procrastination at this time of year is more than normal. After all, it seems like we only just got through Thanksgiving dinner…how is it the end of December already?
If you find you’re still not done with holiday shopping, you aren’t alone.
But the holidays aren’t simply about giving for the sake of giving. If you’re gifting close friends or family members, you probably want a gift with a meaningful purpose behind it, or one that shows careful thought and consideration.
If you’re still deciding on what to buy this holiday season, check out these 8 meaningful gifts that are sure to warm anyone’s heart!
1. Toys Helping Women Affected by HIV
Dyseno is a company that seels hand-stitched toys and dolls made by women in Malawai. By offering fair trade, ethical and high fashion items, the company hopes to build a successful business with sustainable employment opportunities to address social and economical problems.
2. Personalized Coffee/Tea Mugs
A picture is worth a thousand words and I can’t say enough about these photo mugs. A great idea to give to your parent (especially if they have many children) or a recently married couple (use some of their engagement photos from facebook). Gift these along with some non-profit coffee or a personalized tea strainer .
3. Name A Star
This gift is probably unlike any other gift given or received. This gift is particularly special if you are long distances away from loved ones. You can purchase a star that is seen from both locations (your home, and your loved ones’ homes), even if they are thousands of miles apart!
4. Personable Jewelry
Jewelry is a classic gift to give to a parent or loved one, but why not make it more meaningful? The small Etsy company “Breathestones” uses semi precious gem stones, healing crystals and vegan cotton for spiritual, emotional and physical healing. Bracelets can be created for the purpose of protection traveling, easier weight loss, liver and kidney cleansing, anxiety relief, and much more. You can even design your own!
5. Use Your Creative Outlet
Most of us have some sort of creative outlet, whether it’s through music, photography, art, writing…etc. Share your talents with your loved ones this holiday by channeling your talents into a tangible item. Record a song you wrote and burn it on a CD or frame a picture you took, a piece of art you drew or a poem you wrote. Those gifts are sure to be kept and cherished forever.
6. An Outdoor Adventure
Help your loved ones get outside by giving them an extra reason to. If you have friends that enjoy adventures, gift them a rock climbing lesson, a day of kayaking, or tickets to go skydiving in an area near you.
7. Homemade Beauty Supplies
Homemade bath scrubs or chapsticks are both thoughtful, practical and healthy! Much of today’s beauty products are loaded with chemicals that come with a high risk to consumers. Make your own (and in bulk!) with just a few simple ingredients. You might find yourself never going back to original beauty products!
8. Give the Gift of Relaxation
You may feel like creating an entire relaxation package. If you have a friend or loved one that you know is dedicated to improving their mind and body, gift a meditation pillow along with a monthly subscription to a meditation platform. Be sure to inform your friend or loved one that you fully support them in their wellness goals 🙂
Here’s to a happy and meaningful season of giving!