In the spirit of #GivingTuesday, I am sharing one of my favorite holiday gift guides I have seen this year.
Melibee Global, a resource for international education and study abroad news, information, resources, and advising, wrote The Alternative Holiday Gift Guide 2014, with creative ways to give sustainably this holiday season. The guide suggests the following:
“1. Give experiences, not things. Consider how you can support your local community, through gifts such as memberships to museums or parks.
2. Share what you’ve got. Examples might include volunteering, donating to charities, or fundraising.
3. International innovation. Melibee offers a variety of tools that encourage international and cultural knowledge and growth. [Note: Given my interest in international education and my inspirNational blog, I love this idea!]
4. Red and green. Think ecological and environmental. Check out your local library for a used book sale. Support local charities and organizations by finding vintage, kitschy, and sometimes antique pieces at charity shops and thrift stores such as Oxfam, Barnardos, Salvation Army, and more. Buy from local artists and craftspersons and shop for handmade gifts at art and craft shows, galleries, or stores that showcase local artists’ work.”
Read the full Alternative Holiday Gift Guide 2014 here.
I now feel inspired to think twice about my holiday purchases and am reminded that the spirit of giving does not have to be tangible. I look forward to refocusing my energy this holiday season to share experiences with loved ones.
If you are traveling throughout the holidays, my Guilt-Free Souvenir Shopping post may also provide good ideas for how you can purchase souvenirs or gifts while traveling without feeling remorse.
I hope this provides food for thought for you this #GivingTuesday and as you are shopping throughout the holiday season!