A last minute invitation to a child’s birthday party had me pause to think how easy it would be to run to the store to pick up a gift. Instead, using what I had – a little imagination, some scraps of fabric, and two hours – I dreamed up and crafted a child’s gathering basket. Wrapped up with a bow, I wished the child magic and wonder as she filled her little basket with flowers, acorns and other bits of nature.
Small changes can add up to big differences – especially when making positive changes to daily routines. I’ve modified my brushing and flossing habit to being nearly zero waste. And, I actually prefer my eco dental care to my previous conventional habits.
A change in mindset no longer has me running to the store (either brick and mortar or virtual) to purchase gifts. So many gifts go unused or are unwanted. I know, because I’m one of those recipients. The thought is there, or is it?
I prefer to give the gift of time, experiences or handmade goods. In our busy world, taking the time to celebrate a person over a special meal or by taking a leisurely walk with them through the local botanic gardens holds tremendous value. An experiential gift tailored to the person’s interests, such as a concert ticket or a photography class doesn’t bog a person down with unneeded or unwanted stuff. Handmade gifts tell a story of creativity and effort that doesn’t happen with a swipe of a card.
I only have a few cleaners in my arsenal, but the one that gets used the most is my all-purpose natural cleaner. A quick spray and wipe and I’m left with a clean surface and the scent of lavender wafting behind. I use this in the bathroom, kitchen and everywhere in between.