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Let’s be honest… this year has been a shit show. And while the holidays will for sure look different, it doesn’t mean we can’t find joy amidst the chaos. One way I love spreading joy is through intentional gifting – not only being thoughtful with what I gift but also who and what my money supports. That’s why I practice intentional gift giving as often as possible.
5 ways to gift intentionally
Gifting is one of my favorite things to do, but I also hate filling up on STUFF. Sure, gadgets and gizmos are fun, but DIY gifts and experiences are some of my most favorite things to give the ones I love. The holidays are also a great time to make sure your dollar is going towards people and organizations that you want to support. This year has been a tough one on everybody – especially small business owners.
So, if you want to do a little bit of intentional gift giving this year, here are 5 ways you can make it happen.
Shop Small Businesses
Small businesses need support now more than ever. Want your favorite coffee shop to be open again when the pandemic passes? Buy a gift card! Shopping on Etsy is also a great way to support small. Skip Amazon this year (they’re going to be fine, I promise…) and do your online shopping small and locally.
Choose Certified BCORPs
Did you know the B in BCORPs stands for benefit? These are companies who balance people, planet and profits equally. By shopping with BCORPs, you are supporting socially and environmentally responsible organizations.
Womxn and BIPOC entrepreneurs have been hit disproportionately hard by the pandemic. According to Forbes, 45% of small businesses are owned by women, but female founders only receive 15% of venture capital funding. Black women owned businesses earn on average $24K compared to $142K among all women owned businesses. This gap is outrageous and we need to close it.
Gift Experiences Over Stuff
For the curious kid, check out KiwiCO Crates, Outbound School or Tinkercast World Organization of Wowzers. Know someone that could benefit from more R&R, gift an Audible, Spotify, or Netflix subscription. Many makers and shakers are now offering online tutorials for kids and adults! Get curious!
Time & Talent
Crafty? Handy? Loving working in the kitchen? Consider gifting your time and talent this year. Gift a few hours of (safe) help on a home project or share the love with a homemade loaf of bread and jam or these delicious peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.
The holidays can be overwhelming, but I hope this gives you some ways to lean into the joy and thoughtfulness this holiday season through intentional gift giving.
If you want a whole gift guide for the loved ones in your life – as well as recipes, self-care tips and tricks, and more – you’ll want to snag my 2020 Holiday Stress Less Guide!