i put together a collection of gift ideas in three categories: “food & drink,” “wellness,” (for tomorrow) and “i think they’ll like this” (for Wednesday). i own all these products and can attest to their value and durability.
with a few obvious exceptions (tinted lip balm) they’re appropriate for everyone you know with a body, (open) mind, and soul. alternatively, you could also buy them for yourself before turning over a holistic leaf in the new year.
in addition to being interchangeably awesome, they’re all low-tech, low-impact, and practical. the best part, from a minimalist’s perspective, is that most go away or last a long time.
i’ve intentionally left out kids but you'll thank me. last year, a family friend’s daughter had a baby. but they couldn’t find a bassinet narrow enough for their historic house. i suggested—and stand by—this:
infants are fine sleeping in a padded cardboard box until they start turning over. think about it: you save money on a crib, it’s darker so maybe they’ll sleep better, and you can gently nudge them from room to room in their handy little box. besides, Moses only had a basket and look at him.
wine, (dark) chocolate, and/or anything home made : self-explanatory.
glass water bottles. they’re from the past but very futuristic. i own two, because the royals got it right, an heir and a spare.
reusable lunch boxes. save cash and plastic, feel industrious and prudent by packing lunch.