Christmas is around the corner, and we are surrounded by boxes and bows, jewelry ads, Santa lists, and toy commercials. And this year, I find myself with a bad taste in my mouth witnessing it all. Instead of stuff and things and excess, how about a new spin on the holiday gift giving list.
- Provide for others. Through the International Justice Mission Gift Catalog, you can donate to fight violence, poverty, and hunger in the name of a friend or family member. My brother did this for me last year, and it was the gift that stuck with me the most throughout the year.
- Homemade gifts. I love cooking, baking, and canning special treats for people at Christmastime. Quick breads, nut butters, jams, candies, granola, salsa, baking mixes – the possibilities are endless and the reward can be shared.
- Gifts with a purpose. Shop at any one of a number of fair trade, non-profit, or not-just-for-profit companies that operate to provide jobs and security to women all across the world. A few of my favorites are Sseko, Noonday Collection, and FashionABLE.
- Time. My favorite part of the holiday season is time. Time away from the everyday. Time with family. Even time in the car is relished when I realize what a gift it is to have uninterrupted hours with someone I am otherwise too busy to see everyday. Create an event, plan an activity, go on a road trip. And enjoy the gift yourself.