Calm down. Shop deliberately. Mindfully.
The holiday season is upon us, and that rush to get shopping done is added to that daily list. Here is a re-post from last year with some updates.
Relax. Shop mindfully.
Here’s a guide to moving through the holiday season blissfully.
Mindful tip 1)
First, grab a small glass of wine or Starbucks peppermint mocha. Take a look at your phone—the last 20 people you text is your list. (Children and babies (Lol) without a phone do count—add them).
Mindful tip 2)
Grab a nice box of cards with snowflakes, or cardinals, or a fun animal at a holiday fair or local shop (Check out Meredith Brower Photo on Instagram. Her shop is www.etsy.com/shop/fireflymandalas) and several containers of caramels (www.Mccreascandies.com ) for those people you may have missed, for that last minute invite, and yourself. There is a great new store in the Boston area called For Now in the Seaport area where you can find many cool designers. https://www.itsfornow.com/
Mindful tip 3)
Accept all invitations to parties! This is the season to rejoice in your family and friends. Don’t skip a party because you feel you need to go shopping.
Mindful tip 4)
Ask close family to create an “I’d love to have…” list. You can shop online for those items during November—with more Josh wine or a latte.
Mindful tip 5)
Enjoy meandering this season. There are so many farmer’s markets and local holiday craft shows. Just go and wander. If you happen upon something you love, buy it. You think it’s awesome, so a person on your list will too. They will feel the excitement and love that inspired you.
I wouldn’t go into a show, a store, a mall and say—now, I have to get something for…because the energy is misplaced there.
You may find a beautiful dish and want to bake cookies for your best friend. You may see lovely mittens and decide to use your skills and knit some yourself for your neighbor. You may find an awesome bourbon for your husband from a one-of-a-kind seller.
Be open. Be inspired. Be grateful.
Be full of anticipation for the wonders you will find. You will love the season and the experience more!
I’ll see you at www.sowa.com the holiday show in Boston on November 30, Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9; Wellesley High School on November 17th; Candy Cane Bazaar November 17th in Portsmouth, RI; Aquidneck Grower’s Market November 10 and 24th in Middletown, RI at Newport Vineyards, Easton Country Club in Easton, MA November 24th, West Elm in Providence on Wayland Ave. on Thursday, November 29th.
You may find you have been inspired so much you have leftovers for next season!
Check out some of our baby and toddler gift-sets and give the gift of eco-friendly clothing to the new baby in your life: