Can you believe it’s already December???
I used to roll my eyes whenever another mom bragged that all of her Christmas shopping was complete before most of us had even started, but I now realize that the only way to truly enjoy December in the midst of all of the American consumerism is to get it done early. I hate how Christmas gift giving has become an expectation rather than a pleasant surprise, but what can you do? I just try to get people gifts that are thoughtful and useful, then move on with my life.
For example, I love giving books and kitchen tools. They’re practical and equip people to cook for themselves, thus improving their health. And what better gift is there than good health?
Rules for Shopping:
Below I’ve provided some links to Amazon and other sites so you can see the products, but if possible, I encourage you to buy locally to support your local economy. Shopping at the small “mom and pop” stores is also a great way to help those stores stay in business.
Another way to shop small is to buy from Etsy.com. Many of the products are handmade and environmentally friendly, so I highly recommend checking out that site for gift ideas.
If you’re crafty and have some time on your hands, why not make your gifts? I love making bath salts, body wash, etc. using essential oils and fun containers. You could also make vanilla extract or tins of granola, cookies, or other fun treats. Making your own gifts is a good way to add a more personal touch!
Gift Ideas for Kids
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Personalized Apron ($16.85, Zazzle.com)
Children’s Cookbook: Eat Your Greens, Reds, Yellows, and Purples ($8.97, Amazon.com)
Fruit & Veggie Prep Kit ($31.85, Amazon.com)
Learning Tower ($179.99, Amazon.com)
Gift Ideas for the Healthy Foodie
Organic Herbs & Spices ($22, Etsy.com)
Dip-dye Wooden Utensils ($7.08, Etsy.com)
Cutting Board ($89.95, Etsy.com)
Hand Stamped Silverware ($18.00, Etsy.com)
Kitchen Conversion Chart ($16.00, Etsy.com)
Salad Servers ($35, Etsy.com)
Custom Apron ($19.00, Etsy.com)
How Not to Die, by Michael Greger, MD ($28.99, Amazon.com)
The Oh She Glows Cookbook, by Angela Liddon ($14.89, Amazon.com)
Appetite for Reduction, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz ($13.30, Amazon.com)
Harry & David Fruit of the Month Club ($89.99-329.99)
I hope this list gave you some gift ideas! I’m giving some of these things myself, so if you’re in my family, act surprised!