Let your loved ones know what you think a gift is by sharing a letter.
Here’s an example you can use, edit or draw inspiration from. This is
perfect for Christmas, baby showers, birthdays, weddings and any other gift giving time.
Dear Family and Friends,
This letter is going out to all the important people in our lives who we share gifts with.
This is not an easy topic for us to bring up to our family and friends, but this year we want to share our wishes in regards to gifts for our family. We understand how gift giving is such a big part of so many holidays and celebrations, however we would like to ask you to reconsider when it comes to us. We have so much already that receiving more can lead to us having too much stuff and we are wanting to live simply and responsibly on the planet. It can be hard to go against the mainstream and we would love your help on this path. If you want to understand what we mean better you could watch “Story Of Stuff” on YouTube.
Experiential gifts can have less of an environmental and social impact and create lasting memories, here are some ideas:
-Going together to an event to share time together
-Giving tickets to a play, concert or movie
-Contributing towards lessons for art, sports or music
-A trip around the world on a solar powered airplane!
If you want to give a physical gift, here are some ideas:
-Reused or recycled options are preferred
-Items made of natural materials like wood, organic cotton and metal
-Please keep plastic to an absolute minimum, including the packaging.
-Handmade items from yourself or found locally
-Items made to last forever
-Supplies for art, sports and music
-Organic food, beeswax candles and other healthy consumables
Anything that is produced in a fair and equitable way and does as little harm as possible to people and the planet is really important to us. Supporting small and/or locally owned business and choosing Canadian made goods is a great start!
Thank you so much for respecting our wishes. We really love and appreciate all of you and we are also happy to honour any preferences or requests you have for yourselves. So much joy comes to us simply by knowing you and having you in our lives. By taking care of the planet, we are taking care of each other and that is a gift in itself.
With love and respect,
This letter was prepared by The Better Good which is a store that sells ethical goods on Broadway Avenue in Saskatoon.