About a year ago I read an article by author Shannon Hayes on the topic of investing. She wasn’t talking about investing money, per say, at least not as it relates to mutual funds and stock options, she was talking about making wise purchases that act as investments in your family’s lifestyle. The sentiment in this article has weighed heavily on my mind this holiday season as I buy gifts for those I love and receive gifts that were bought in love. How will the things I ask for, receive and buy further the values, goals, and lifestyle of my family or my loved one?
In the case of my husband and I our lifestyle tends to circle around the values of faith, simplicity, sustainability, and frugality. In the past, these values have led us towards purchasing primarily reusable vs disposable products, doing a lot of things ourselves, and focusing more on the quality or meaning behind things we buy rather than the quantity or popularity. This may sound boring in terms of gift giving, but receiving gifts that help further our goals by saving us money or increasing our sustainability bring us a lot of joy.
So what does a simple and sustainable Christmas list look like? Here are a few ideas to get you started!
- A membership to a gym, yoga studio or dance studio
Money or gift certificates for date nights
Money towards a family vacation
Subscription to Hulu plus, Netflix, or amazon prime so that you ditch that cable TV
love these ideas! Especially the reusable paper towels 🙂
Thanks for the thought-provoking ideas. It’s a process that I love.. Giving memories and gifts that create new ones!
What wonderful ideas! I hadn’t thought about so many of these as gifts but they really would be practical and useful. Thank you!
US Wellness Meats Gift Certificate sounds like a GREAT idea! I wish someone would get that for me!
Great list. I love those glass food storage containers.
Love these ideas! Especially the compost bin! I bought one a year ago and it’s still in the garage unopened! Thanks for the reminder:)
I love seeing things I haven’t seen before. The un-paper towels win that prize. Thanks for all the great suggestions.
Great Ideas here!! We love our cast iron cookware… last year I got one of the lodge cast iron guitars for my dad, it was a fun gift!
What great ideas! Personally, I would love a yoga class (or two) for a gift!
I really like the papertowels idea – I need to hop on that one!
What a super great list! I really don’t think you can go wrong with any of these ideas!
I think I should print this out and hand it to my husband!!! What a great gift list! Any crunchy-mama would be happy with anything on this list!!! (We pinned this!)
Thank you 🙂
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