5 Mindful Gifts to Give
Christine Chen | My Soul
If you’re going to give a holiday sweater as a gift this year, at least make it meaningful. Sweater… or something else… gifts that make a difference in the world are abundant.
Here’s our pick of five mindful gifts for this holiday season:
1. Stress Relief + Happiness
Giving a gift card to meditation classes is like giving stress relief and happiness. Studies show meditation’s benefits include better immunity from disease, greater productivity, stronger relationships, and a more positive outlook on life. This ancient practice is hitting the mainstream, which means your giftee won’t feel alone in a class with others seeking the same thing. To boot, community builds happiness, too. Do a search for your giftee’s local yoga studio by zip code to find a place convenient to them (they’ll go more if it is).
2. Food for Growth
More and more, we seek freshly grown fruits, veggies and organic products. For the gardener (or aspiring green thumb) in your life, figure out which fruits and veggies he or she can grow and give seeds from garden stores near you or retailers like Seeds of Change, Burpee, or Park Seed. Small spaces don’t have to be limiting, either. Herb gardens are very apartment friendly. With our growing dedication to organic living, we’re much more willing to carve out time to plant something, watch it grow, and add it to our lives.
These next three gift ideas come from companies that are making it chic to give and give back.
3. Sandals for Smarts
Sseko designs sandals that are super stylish – and beautiful clutches, too. They employ 50 women in Uganda, who are able to go to college after finishing their work program at Sseko. Customers are able to meet the women who benefit, too, making this a very feel-good, personal purchase.
4. Adorn the Earth
Jewelry by the Red Earth Trading Company can feature necklaces with hammered brass bracelets and stranded Maasai beads – creations come from artisans around the world. The company pays the artisans a fair wage and also mentors them toward achieving business success on their own to lift their families and communities out of poverty.
5. Shoes and Sunglasses Right on Target
Tom’s is considered a game-changer with its one-for-one program, which started by giving shoes to a child in need when you bought a pair of their shoes. Now, they’re expanding to more fashion forward styles, sunglasses, and a mega-partnership with retail giant Target this holiday.
These are just five ideas. Again, just dig a little to go beyond the table of sales sweaters at the mall. Beneath the surface of holiday giltz is a gift that’s both thoughtful and good for the soul.