I’ve been hearing the ads for the kick-off to shopping season rev up in the last few weeks but the marketers (<3 you, Kerstin, Barry) REALLY got my attention the other day with this:
“It’s Thanks-GETTING Season”!
Yes, the holidays are upon us and buying gifts is part of the tradition.
I would like to throw a little MINDFUL SHOPPING into the mix--I just can’t help it!
If you’re going out to GET STUFF this week consider these tips:
First of all, be careful, it’s CRAZY out there...I don’t want you getting trampled!
Support your local economy.
Purchase thoughtfully from local businesses. Bonus: Decrease the resources spent on transportation and save the planet.
Something that can be eaten, used up, enjoyed, read. Especially if the gift is homemade or includes chocolate--how sweet!
Tickets, Dance lessons, A massage. You can’t go wrong there!
Buy nothing and donate the money.
I am passionate about my former student, Eli Pollock’s non-profit, Travel to Learn. Check it out and join me in donating if you’re inspired.
Give your time.
Volunteer for your favorite charity or block off an afternoon for a friend or relative, Enjoy each other’s company, ice-skate, go to Pilates, or hang out on the couch with a cup of tea...
Ask the recipient.
I know, not a surprise, but this could lead to a gift that will do more than just add to the clutter heap.
And, remember the kid that plays with the box instead of the toy.
Take a deep breath and gift from the heart, you can’t go wrong with that.
Let’s do a little clutter-prevention this holiday season
I heard the advertisement say, “You need a little something special for yourself, too!” (I think he was talking about electronics…) Do you?
Here’s to a Tasty Thanksgiving and possibly a little less clutter and chaos for all of us,
Lots of love,
PHOTO CREDIT: www.wiringbrains.com