I love a good deal as much as the next person, but there is no denying the frenzy of holiday shopping can feel overwhelming. At the end of the day, this is a time of year where we can be reminded of the magic of the holidays and the central themes of giving, receiving, kindness, gratitude, and of course, miracles. In an effort to reconcile grabbing a good deal and meeting it with some mindfulness, I’ve gathered a few tips to help remind me to pause before I purchase.
1. Gift with purpose: Identify socially responsible businesses that give back. While there are many resources, B Corporations “meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability, and aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems.” BlueAvocado (of which I am a co-founder) is proud to be a member of the B Corp movement and to be part of a community of inspiring brands that are some of my personal favorites. Check them out here.
2. Gift with feeling: Identify how you want to “feel” giving the gift and shop from that place (joy, fulfillment, thoughtfulness, etc). Take a moment to close your eyes and really get a sense of the person you are shopping for. Imagine them receiving your gift with whatever feeling you have intended. Then open your eyes, and shop from that internal space.
3. Get crafty: DIY and cooking your gifts flexes the ability to be present. It’s also a great way to connect with the kids in your life. So whether it is simply designing a beautiful and thoughtful thank you note/holiday card, or cooking up a batch of your favorite holiday cookies, allow yourself to tap into the spirit of creativity and imagination.
4. Shop socially: Grab some friends, identify a favorite lunch spot, and support some of your local businesses for an afternoon of holiday shopping. This is a great way to increase social connectedness and support some of your local small businesses.
5. Give the gift of giving: Consider donating to non-profits that align with your values in the name of a person. The ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club, and of course your local non-profits are all a good place to start.
ps. For the ultimate gift that keeps on giving, consider giving the gift of meditation. You can purchase a Soul Sparks Gift Certificate here.