I know most of the HEthens are anti consumerism and religion, but I have a feeling that most of you still do have family/friends who celebrate the hollidays this time of year, and you still participate. So, let’s make this the thread for great gift ideas. I guess linking certain products is cool as long as you aren’t spamming/advertising.
So what I wanted to recommend is spending time, effort, and thought into figuring out which functional diy gift is best to embark on. The process of haching such an idea is going to also take time, effort, and thought – but sooner or later the ready-to-harvest-and-grow ideas will start coming out from your subconscious working on this project on the background. Assess what you’re good at and what would be interested in making. You can also channel that creativity and effort into something truly thoughtful you bought for the person. It all else fails, buy a lot of toilet paper because the person will be thankful all year, thinking of you in their most relaxing part of the day haha… kidding.
Sometimes “artsy” projects seem hard to do and run the risk of being disappointing/ useless but it is a worthy thing to embark on because if brainstorming is applied, you can very much end up with a truly meaningful and heartwarming experience for both giver and giftee this season. Is that even a word? What I’m saying is, its really nice to know someone actually poured so much time, effort, and thought into showing you care. Which technology available nowdays, the possibilities are really endless, so exhaust them on paper and keep making more, keep googling those projects. Something memorable is worth it.
I love DIY gifts! They can be a burden but if you make an adventure out of it it’s awesome and you really get in the zone. and easy cute one is taking mason jars, cutting out shapes with an xacto blade from tape (blue painters tape is best), putting the shapes on the jar, and painting it with chalk board paint. Take the shapes off, put a candle inside, and the light will only flow out of those shapes and the outside can say or look however you want for however long you want :)
Another cool idea is making home made soaps or scrubs. It’s super fun and you can experiment with fragrances and textures and if you make some for yourself too, it feels awesome knowing its all safe and natural and made by you!
One that my little sister really liked was i took plastic spoons, glues fake rose petals on them, cut off the handles, tape them to a tea light, and made flower lights. super easy super cute and fun decoration.
@dogwithamoustache, I’m not against consumerism or religion, I am against consumerism that isn’t sustainable and I am against religion that abuses dogma to justify conflict ;)
But funny thing, I’ve never been a big gift buyer, maybe everyone thinks I’m a dick for not but I’d say they are used to it by now. It depends if I can afford it, and generally in my life I haven’t been able to afford much, no career ambition see? I enjoy life on my passions, and fortunately they are not expensive passions :p
@dogwithamoustache, I try not to take part in the “consumerist machine” as much as possible, but DIY isn’t always the best option for me (time, skill, etc.) I try to buy from independent artisans or fair trade suppliers instead of big chain retailers. Perhaps your city has arts and crafts markets? You can find nice housewares, jewelry, and all sorts of things. Or Etsy, although this can be quite a task to filter through there are some talented craftspeople on there. Or purchase online from organizations you like – I personally like the Amnesty International and Ten Thousand Villages fairtrade shops.
It’s still a bit of consumerism, but at least these are unique things and your money goes to the maker not the corporate boss :-)