Every year the same nuisance: “what should I give my boyfriend for Christmas this year?” “What would my mother be happy about?” And: “What should I buy for them this year?” Year after year we are struggling with these thoughts, but in the end, these good thoughts and gifting end up in stress, disputes and a lot of trash.
Did you know that in the four weeks leading up to Christmas the household waste increases by 25 %?
No wonder, the pre-Christmas campaigns in shops and markets start early, in order to ensure that we all fall into the traps of consumerism.
First of all, let’s rethink about the necessity of gifting material things. How about giving a unique experience instead of a new sweater? Sometimes, the gift of experience means much more than providing a tangible gift – and often provokes a greater pleasure to the one who receives it. Concert tickets, a dinner for two or simply an of “togetherness” can be a great gift.
However, not only “experiences” are waste-free gifts that contribute to sustainability – but here we provide you also with other examples of how you can create an impact by gifting:
The gifts we buy should be meant to last. Therefore, choosing quality over quantity is another crucial point that makes this world better.
How about a book about real consciousness and the power of silence?
“Silencio – 10 Unlikely Places of Silent Energy and Peace”, written by Elena Rodriguez Blanco, sums up the importance of inner peace while travelling and the awareness that life happens wherever we settle down and listen. In stressful Christmas- preparations it might be a suitable gift – an incentive to behold to our inside and enjoy this peaceful and contemplative time next to our beloved ones.
Start with small steps – a change is a process that needs time. Maybe we can begin this Christmas – can you already think of something?