Christmas is about being thoughtful. The season for giving, receiving and thinking of others. An opportunity for taking time and realising what’s most important to us.
This year especially, we’ve had time to reflect on the things that matter most to us; our friends, family, neighbours and community. We’ve spent time in nature and seen how nature has benefitted from our isolation and stillness.
We’ve appreciated how local communities, local produce, local shops are so essential.
The words mindful and conscious have become so commonplace in recent years and never more so this year. Can we use the lessons we’ve learnt during this time of isolation to have a more mindful and conscious Christmas? Conscious of the importance of how we shop and mindful of the impact of what we buy.
Instead of rushing to the Internet furiously ordering off Amazon, can we research our local producers’ sustainable products? Gifts that last a lifetime. And being more mindful about our gifts that we give, can we show that we have really thought about the present we want to give, and can we introduce our loved ones to a different way of shopping?
Sustainable gifts fall into a number of categories from earth friendly material items to vouchers or experiences. Here are some ideas and local examples to help you with your Christmas shopping.
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Dinner vouchers/food hamper
Another great way to support our local businesses. Contact your favourite pub, cafe or restaurant and ask if they could do a voucher.
Pop in to Sussex Produce company and create a food hamper.
or by from Local Producers
Many charities now do gift donations. UNICEF and Oxfam have long established packages that come with their own Christmas card. You can buy textbooks for schools in developing nations, malaria nets, vaccines, blankets and more. Prices can range from £6 upwards and can make a huge difference.
Contact your favourite charity to see what they offer. Or maybe the local food bank or schools to help closer to home. Charities have lost so much funding this year; this can be a great way to support them.
Has your friend or loved one always dreamed of trying something new but just needs a nudge? From glider flying to Yoga, star gazing and navigation training, there are so many options on our doorstep. The West Sussex experiences initiative has been set up to help us support our hard-hit local tourism industry and has lots of ideas. Clink on the following link.
The gift of time
Maybe your funds are low and you can’t afford to spend money but you want to give something. Time with our loved ones is priceless and more valuable than any material gift, this year especially. How about time tokens promising a dog walk, a bike ride, some babysitting or just a cup of coffee? Give it a time limit so they know you’re serious about wanting to give your time to that person.
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