Nov 2, 2015

Your go-to Christmas Shopping Guide with a fresh perspective!

I am a gift giver.  It brings me so much joy.  But, I have to admit it - the holidays bring me so much stress.  I bring it on myself'; because of  my perspective.  So - this year; I am going to change it and wanted to share the thoughts and journey to hopefully bring joy to you - too.

I have a huge family, and I mean huge.  I have 14 nieces and nephews, 9 siblings, 3 parents, 2 grandparents, 6 very close friends and about 15 of my kids friends that get tossed into the gift list - and that's just MY side of the family!  It only grows from there...

This year - I am going to make a point to keep out of big box stores.  Not because I don't believe in them and believe that they're supporting local jobs and local retail vs online shopping - but because I find a lack of meaning in the items that are plastered all over the sunday ads.  Everyone is buying them, kids all own the same toys - we are all chasing the good sales.  I know that last year and in former years I would walk around looking for what to get my recipients instead of walking around looking for what I wanted to gift my recipients.  

This year - I am making a list, and checking it twice to make sure my gifting intentions aren't naugty- but nice!

#1 - I made my list and wrote down three things next to each name.  My favorite thing about them, and two things I know they love.

#2 - I listed some possible gift ideas that are practical, affordable and somehow related to one of the things I listed for them.

#3 - commence my shopping journey with small businesses, local shops and hobby-ists that make items and sell them to support their families.

I know you want to see some examples.  That is coming soon.  As I receive these gifts, I will be photographing them and posting to inspire and offer out-of-the-box options for beautiful and thoughtful gifts that are otherwise overlooked.  I will also be linking the little shops and places to give them some much deserved publicity.

I'm looking forward to some shopping adventures with you; but until then - consider making your list?  We can check it twice later.


Metro Detroit Mommy

Robin Slawnyk is a Naturopath in Livingston County, MI that works with clients all over the country on physical and spiritual wellness. Robin is a homeschooling Mom of two living and loving in Metro Detroit.

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