5 Great Ideas for Conscious Gift Giving. With the holiday season becoming more and more consumer driven, it’s easy to forget the true nature of gift giving; one of generosity and sharing. Here’s five great ideas to keep the gifts you give truly conscious these holidays.
1. A micro-finance donation.
Do you know what micro-finance is? For as little as $25 companies like Kiva.org allow you to invest in someone in the developing world who wants to start their own business. You then follow their progress as they get up and running, and once they make a profit they pay you, the investor, back! Then you get to re-invest your money in another business venture. What’s not to love? Micro-finance is one of the most self-empowering charitable systems, as it genuinely helps people to get on their feet and support themselves. You’ll also became a member of a fabulous community, coming together to change lives around the world.
2. A gym membership, yoga punch card or dojo attendance.
This gift is great for someone in your life who wants to get into shape. Even better, if it’s a workout place you also go to so you can do classes together. Nothing bonds like a sharing a kick ass workout!
3. A life changing book.
Whether a collection of quotes like Oprah Winfrey’s The Wisdom of Sundays, or a journal to transform someone’s self-esteem, such as Change from Within, these gifts can positively impact your nearest-and-dearest’s lives for years to come.
4. A weekend self-empowerment workshop.
Do you have an inspirational speaker you’ve always wanted to see live? Maybe someone like Tony Robbins or something more meditative such as Eckhart Tolle. A weekend immersed with these inspiring teachers, meeting other like-minded souls, is one of the most conscious gifts anyone can receive.
5. Your Time.
Without a doubt this is the greatest gift you can give anyone. My nieces and nephews do not need any more toys, but you know what they really love? Spending time with their cool Aunty. In the past few years my christmas gifts have included a trip to the flower market, a hike through a koala forest, and a low-tide rock pool adventure (all with an ice-cream pit stop on the way home). If you have people in your life you don’t get to see very often, giving them the gift of your undivided attention will leave both of you with fun memories that last a lot longer than anything else you could possibly buy.