Oh my goodness, Christmas shopping. I have a love/hate relationship with it. On the one hand, I get a huge thrill from really nailing just the right thing for just the right person. Gives me little quivers! On the other, both the sheer number of people I have to shop for (this year I discovered teacher's gifts are a thing - pretty sure none of my teachers got more than a high five but there you go!!) and the volume of stuff inherent in an Australian Christmas - the resources it takes to produce them, the waste entailed in all that packaging, the thought of all of us having to fit all of that new stuff into our lives somewhere - makes me feel a bit queasy.
So - ke garne?! as they say in Nepal. What to do?!
It's actually kind of simple. Give quality over quantity. Give things that last, that are crafted not churned out, that invest in an economy that values fairness and artistry and the Earth. Give one beautiful, carefully chosen, perfect thing, rather than a collection of everyone's-got-one, every-store-stocks-them, find-a-bargain, this-week's-latest things.
And even better - do it in one place! Right now if you like! Here we go...
They're cool and look classy on the coffee table, even if he still hasn't learnt to count the dots any better than when you were 12. And they are handmade in India and Fairtrade certified to boot.
So there you go. You're welcome ;)
Happy shopping! And Merry Christmas!