Are you sick of throwing your money at companies that are caught up in everything from sweatshops to environmental pollution to selling cheaply made products this Christmas?
Yeah, me too.
Since starting the tradition of donating to charities the entire month of December, I’ve noticed a positive trend I really love: companies with ethical business models. It’s turned gift giving into this really heart warming experience all year round for me. If you or your giftee are anything like me, a present that comes from an eco-conscious, ethical company means so much more.
And while it used to be the case that buying from brands that aligned with these principles meant spending more than I could afford, there have been some really excellent ones that have popped up in recent years. These are the ethically sourced gifts I’m buying (or have received!) this year or in the past. Continue reading
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Whew! It has been a whirlwind of a December, my friends. I’m sure you’re just as busy this holiday season with juggling friends, family and work as I’ve been. I’m simultaneously amazing that it’s only been a week and shocked that Christmas is so close!
If you didn’t see my post last week, I’m doing my Second Annual Advent Giving Month. Hitting my goal of donating to a charity or volunteering once a day can be challenging but it’s also been incredibly rewarding. I’m reminded of the fact that even when life is hectic, we can still find time for the things that are important to us.
What is an Advent Giving Month?
I’ll be honest with you, I debated what the title of this should be for far longer than is reasonable. Advent Calendar Giving Month. December Advent Giving. Giving Back Advent Calendar. In the end though, I stuck with the name I came up with randomly two years ago when Christmas had ended and I gave Mr Never Cooks his 25th Advent Calendar gift.
If your family growing up was anything like mine, the idea of doing something healthy or active in the time between Halloween and Valentine’s Day was a big no-no. Swiss Colony boxes showed up regularly with those processed cheese-like foods that lived in the fridge nearly year-round. Even though we lived in Arizona, I’m pretty sure my Mom thought I would get frostbite if I ventured outside. The closest I got to physical activity was volunteering through the National Honors Society to help man the water stations at a 5k for asthma or heart disease. That last one I still highly recommend, but I’ve since learned that if I want to avoid the Fall/Winter 20 (pounds) I need to figure out how to start some new healthy holiday traditions.