I love using the holiday’s as an excuse to support local business and think outside the box from traditional christmas gifts.
A few ideas…
At our annual girls’ holiday party we all bring a gift to exchange. But there’s a catch. You can steal the gift you really want from the other participants.
The Rules: Each participant supplies one wrapped gift. The gifts are placed in a central location, and participants determine in what order they will take turns selecting them. The first person opens a wrapped gift and the turn ends. On subsequent turns, each person gets the choice of “stealing” any unwrapped item or choosing a wrapped one from the gift pile. When a player’s gift is stolen, they must select a replacement gift from the pile of wrapped presents. The game is over when the last person has taken their turn. Gifts are typically inexpensive, humorous items or used items from home.
No baking necessary! Processed pies and cookies got nothin’ on wholesome raw desserts. My latest addiction: Cocoa Hazelnut no-cheese Cake. Make one for your honey and have them wrapped around your finger.
Glass mason jars full of dried herbal teas make beautiful + healthful gifts. Get creative and make a unqiue blend of your own. I love combining mint, licorice, fennel + nettle. Most health food stores will offer a wide variety of dired herbs in bulk, to make blending your own really easy.
If a friend or family member happens to be pregnant, this is a wonderful recipe:
Nourishing Pregnancy Tea
Red Raspberry Leaf
Peppermint – optional: for taste + for some women to help with nausea
Oat straw – optional: nutritive + calming
Combine equal parts of each herb. Use 1 – 2 tbsp per cup of boiling water. Steep, covered, for as long as you’d like. Drink 2-3 cups per day throughout your pregnancy.
Carolyn Simons makes the sweetest, softest alpaca wool hats and scarfs (photo above). These can be given as soft, cozy, beautiful gifts. Contact: Carolynsimons@hotmail.com
Organic Food Delivery
My friends at endlessharvest offer organic food boxes, delivered right to your home sweet home.
The possibilites here are endless:
a pass to the pool / gym / sauna
local health food store
Virgin olive oil is a staple is most kitchens. An organic, first cold-pressed bottle of this beautiful oil has lots of health benefits and makes the most delicious salad dressing.
A Hot Yoga Pass
Bambu Hot Yoga in Nelson, is an alignment based yoga studio with infrared heat. Hot yoga has incredible detoxifying benefits and the heated room allows for deeper streching. Escape the cold and warm up with them!
“Shiva’s Nirvana” is my personal fave. Visit Mountain Sky Soap for local soaps and much, much more.
One of my greatest pass times is scouting thrift shops for cool vintage gifts. You’ll be amazed at what you can find. Tip – Don’t forget to check out all the books and I’m always finding incredibly cool kids clothing, so check there too.
Gift of Time
My personal favourite. Every year, Eugene and I gift our niece and nephew an “I OWE YOU” adventure. Last year we went canoeing in the, Creston Valley Wildlife Area. The year before, we gave them money to donate to B.E.A.K.S (Bird Emergency and Kare Society), and personally took them there to do so. Giving the gift of time makes a lot of sense to me. We don’t always get to see each other as often as we’d like – this helps us make the time for it.
Have a happy, healthy holiday with all the ones you love.