Are you going to Black Friday this year? Oh yes- I’ve turned it into a verb. Black Friday-ing- the flock of the masses to camp out and pillage box stores and chain businesses the day after we all express our gratitude for what we have. Not only is going out on Black Friday dangerous, but it encourages consumerism. Consumerism itself is not necessarily evil, but the planet is overrun with plastic and garbage. I think this idea is spreading after I recently found this article on Apartment Therapy’s website on why one person is only going to buy used toys this year. I’m also reminded of this video on the Story of Stuff. And lastly, if you’re looking for inspiration, consider cracking open a few essays by The Minimalists, or reading their books.
A little too heady? That’s ok, try these tips before you shop:
Can you make it?
Can you buy it used?
Can you give the gift of experience?
Is it upcycled?
Is it useful?
Is it made or sold locally?
Is it made of sustainable materials?
How is it packaged?
Need some ideas? Well, without further adieu, here is my master list!
nature table/watercolor or waldorf prints (I recommend Stockmar)
wooden cars/trucks/green toys trucks
cabbage patch doll with clementine box bed
art journal/scrapbooking supplies/nature notebook
natural board games
mittens and handmade clothing (knit or crotchet)
reusable shopping bags
book on minimalism (or Kindle gift certificate- or a Kindle!)
cast iron cookware
a handwasher (I recommend Laundry Pod)
herbal tea and a diffuser
bike or bike accessories (pump, basket, etc.)
vegan accessories like jewelry, shoes, purse, wallet, belt, etc.
organic cotton or second hand clothing
hand thrown pottery
water purifier/water bottle/reusable mug/reusable takeout containers