Giving non-consumerist holiday gifts to save the world
I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. Now that that's over, you know what's next -- the holiday craziness! I do love the holidays - spending time with loved ones, eating amazing food, and giving special gifts. But…
Whether you buy gifts for many people or a few, gift giving can be pretty nerve-wracking.... at least it is for me!
Yup, I'm that weird person. As much as possible, I try to buy experience gifts or non-consumerist gifts for the holidays. Because, gee, do we really need more junk in the world!?
Non-consumerist (or anti-consumerist) gifts support the idea that one shouldn't be continually buying and consuming material possessions. We buy what we need, and that’s it.
I break down non-consumerist gifts into two basic categories: experience and food. Here are a bunch of suggestions for each:
Experience Gift Ideas
Give the gift of learning or doing something. Whether you do this with the giftee or not is up to you.
- Tickets or a gift card to a museum, a theater, a concert, a sports game, or a class
- A subscription to excite culinary tastes (coffee, wine, meal kits, etc)
- A subscription to an online streaming service (movies, TV, or educational)
- A kit for making crafts or a food
- A kit for growing a plant or mushrooms
- A board or card game
- Kitchen supplies to enhance a cooking experience (egg timer, meat thermometer, dumpling steamer, etc)
Food Gift Ideas
Whether a favorite food or a food that expands the culinary palate, give the gift of deliciousness and good health.
- A Miller’s gift card or a gift card to a fave grocery store or restaurant
- Dried meat like beef stix or beef jerky
- An assortment of A2 cheeses
- A mixed box of grass fed beef, pastured pork, and pastured chicken
- An medley of pork sausages or beef sausages
- A mix of bone broths
- An variety of snacks
Do you have a gift giving strategy? What’s the best gift you’ve ever given or received?
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