I curated a list of products that I would genuinely LOVE to receive myself. (And most of these I already own). Each item listed below was carefully and thoughtfully chosen. Being intentional and mindful with our gift-giving can be really easy! Try to pick a few things that are important to you when choosing gifts. Sustainability, non-toxic, cruelty-free, wellness or self-care related… these are some things I try to look for when choosing gifts for my friends and family. If you know a slow living/mindful/ homemaking mama, this list of gift ideas is for her! These gift ideas are not just for mothers though. I think these are great for sisters, friends, mothers, neighbors… or maybe you need to show this list to your husband!
During the craziness of the quarantine, a lot of us were forced to slow down and spend more time at home. As someone who thoroughly enjoys being cozy at home, I have observed the shift of this year for some. I once was a city gal filling up my schedule to the brim, hurrying from one activity to the next. I felt like we had to attend and do all the things or I felt like my day was wasted. If we weren’t out and about every day, I felt like I was not accomplishing anything. Fast forward to the present, and for the last two years I have enjoyed the slow lifestyle of Montana. I only schedule one or two engagements each week, allowing plenty of rest in between each. I have become more mindful of my purchases, the products I use, and how much we consume. This year has forced many of us to lean into the idea of a lifestyle going “back to the basics”. Through all the heart ache, struggles, and sadness of this year… I think this is one positive for some. We looked at our homes differently after awhile. It become my sanctuary. I also stopped looking at my job as a stay-at-home mother as less than any other job. Over this past year, I have become proud to call myself a homemaker/homeschooling mama and truly realized how important my work was within the walls of my own home.
I started to really embrace the hygge lifestyle. It’s something that I think exploded in popularity for a reason. Since life has slowed down, I really look forward to these little pleasures that may seem so silly to some. I have formed daily, weekly, and seasonal rituals that go further than self-care. When I took the time to slow down and breathe, I noticed how luxurious a soft throw blanket could be. How cozy and inviting candle light was. How taking the time to linger and sip on a hot cup of tea could change my mood! How vital forest bathing was to my mental health…
This curated list of gift ideas is full of amazing brands and some simple DIYs. I hope this guide gives you inspiration to be more intentional about your gift-giving this holiday season.
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DIY some beeswax food wraps
the gift of wild medicine
jars and canning supplies
clean burning soy candle gift set
personalized silhouette art piece
DIY pine bath salts
forest bathing in a bottle
cbd hot cocoa
DIY this fresh eggs sign
the Scout Pack
more gift ideas:
- Gift card to her favorite craft store
- Does she want to learn a new skill? Etsy has embroidery starter kits that would make a wonderful gift.
- A sturdy cookbook stand is really helpful in the kitchen. Check out this one or follow this tutorial to make your own.
- If she is a tea drinker, an electric tea kettle would be perfect. These heat up so quickly, she can get that hot cup of tea she so deserves even faster.
- Dipping candles is really fun but can be a bit messy. This DIY Beeswax Candle Kit lets you roll your own candles with sheets of beeswax. It’s a fun project to do with kids, too.
- A subscription to her favorite magazine. I am a bit of a magazine junky and really look forward to my monthly subscriptions. There is just about every type of magazine out there, but I highly recommend Mother Earth News, Taproot Magazine, or Flow magazine.
- A pair of functional (and good looking) foraging scissors will come in handy for anyone that has a garden or enjoys foraging. These vintage style gardening scissors are adorable and these sharp pruners are sure to cut through thicker branches.
- The Hands-On Home by Erica Strauss – A Seasonal Guide To Cooking, Preserving, & Natural Homekeeping. This one is on my own wish list!
- Instax Mini Instant Camera– I recently was gifted one of these and I have had great fun taking snap shots and getting the instant results of a photo I can hold in my hand. Over the past few years I have printed out less and less photos and rely on digital copies only. One of my goals this coming year is to print more photos out and actually place them in albums so that my future grandchildren will have something to hold and flip through. I think this would be a great gift idea paired with a nice photo album or blank notebook and washi-tape.
- My most-used cookbook I own is The Magnolia Table. It is packed full of wholesome recipes that my family really loves. Joanna Gaines came out with a second cookbook that I have been wanting, too. Pinterest is wonderful and I do find a lot of recipes there, but there’s just something about pulling your favorite cookbook off the shelf and flipping through the pages to figure out what’s for dinner.
- This personalized made in the US leather journal is so beautiful and unique. Complete the gift by adding in a nice calligraphy pen or some colored pencils. (these journals are 50% right now!!)
- If you know an oily mama, chances are she already has several essential oil diffusers in her home. But I know I could always use an extra! I would have one in every single room of my home if I could. Pair this diffuser with some high quality essential oils that you think she could use. If you are new to essential oils (or she is) I recommend starting off with an orange, peppermint, and lemon. There are SO many simple uses for those three oils.
I hope this 2020 holiday gift guide for mindful mamas gives you some inspiration and ideas this holiday season! Now that you have this intentional and meaningful gift, try using recycled paper, a pretty piece of scrap fabric, newspaper comics, or a functional basket as gift wrap instead of the disposable paper wrapping that fills our landfills every year. I re-use every bag I am gifted, every piece of tissue paper that isn’t ripped too badly, and every gift box. Why not? It’s those little changes that can really make a difference.