2013 Gift Roundup

black friday(source)

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!

For children:

a bento box

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peg dolls/miniatures/dollhouse furniture

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nature table/watercolor or waldorf prints (I recommend Stockmar)

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play silks

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carved figures

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natural objects and baskets

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felted animals (or cupcakes) (see also this post)

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quality books

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wooden cars/trucks/green toys trucks

cabbage patch doll with clementine box bed

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wallet

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crayon carrier

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car carrier

car cozy 2

art journal/scrapbooking supplies/nature notebook

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natural board games

hairclip holder

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dolly sleepover

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waldorf doll

American Girl doll accessories

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A gem treasure chest

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mittens and handmade clothing (knit or crotchet)

And here is my master list of recommended Waldorf toys not mentioned about and links

felt fruit

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stable

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For adults:

camisoles

reusable shopping bags

eco-friendly-grocery-bags

cuppow

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Cuppow.com

book on minimalism (or Kindle gift certificate- or a Kindle!)

percolator/organic coffee

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homemade yogurt/bread/pickles/jam

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potholders/towels

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seed bombs

repurposed jars

laundry soap or laundry kit

The Walmart Laundry Aisle

drying rack

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homemade personal care products-soap, lotion, etc.

This is the soap ball I keep in my kitchen. Soap balls are made from scraps from making soap, and are harsher than regular soap, which is perfect for greasy kitchen hands.

This is the soap ball I keep in my kitchen. Soap balls are made from scraps from making soap, and are harsher than regular soap, which is perfect for greasy kitchen hands.

documentaries/books

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skirts/hijab

homeopathic remedies

cookbooks

luna pads

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kitchen witch

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apron

yellow apron

quilt

green quilt

cast iron cookware

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a handwasher (I recommend Laundry Pod)

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a dehydrator

cranberries

pressure canner

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herbal tea and a diffuser

Netti

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bike or bike accessories (pump, basket, etc.)

vegan accessories like jewelry, shoes, purse, wallet, belt, etc.

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baskets

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organic cotton or second hand clothing

hand thrown pottery

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Beeswax candles...in homemade candle holders

Beeswax candles…in homemade candle holders

CSA

composter

water purifier/water bottle/reusable mug/reusable takeout containers

yoga accessories

magazine subscriptions

camping accessories

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