Black Friday came and went this year. Thankfully without all the crazy antics that goes with manic shopping for stuff you don’t really need. The pandemic kept people closer to home – which given our current circumstances, is a good thing. With the ease of online shopping, you can still find yourself making less than mindful purchases. However, you can think before you hit the “Buy Now” button and be a more conscious shopper.
For many, this season will be especially difficult financially.
And FYI: Jeff Bezos really does not need more of your $$
Truth be told, we’re all likely to do a bit of Amazon shopping (myself included). But we CAN dial it down and be more thoughtful instead.
Consider Sustainable Alternatives to Amazon. You may be surprised at other options available.
Give Art and Support Artists
With funds tight for everyone this year due to the pandemic, you CAN be a more mindful, conscious shopper this with your purchases. Consider giving art as gifts and supporting artists!!
Covid-19 pretty much canceled all the seasonal in person events such as art shows, fairs and Holiday Markets. Artists have a pretty short window to generate revenue for the year and many do so via these events.
They are after all Small Business Owners who have been hit hard. So your ongoing support can mean the world to them. They’ll be warm and fuzzies to go around in doing so 🙂
If you’re anything like me, you’ve compiled business cards or signed up to be on emailing lists of artists who’s work you like or have purchased previously at public events. Ideally these artists have been on their toes and utilized their email lists to keep folks informed. And they’ve kept their websites or Etsy stores updated with products too. Especially ahead of the Holiday season.
Living in Santa Fe for several years, the Contemporary Clay Fair (which takes place in late Fall and early Spring) was one of my favorite art events to attend. It’s also where I would find unique Holiday gifts. Being back in Colorado, it was a bummer not to be able to attend. However, this year it went online. Thankfully I’m on the Clay Fair’s email list and received notification of participating artists. I even discovered a new artist and came away with a wonderful gem which I was able to order from her Etsy store Nordic Folk. It’s a good thing I shopped early cuz the Aspen Tree Pint Tumbler I purchased now appears to be sold out!
Gifts that Give Back – Shop Fair Trade!
Visit a site like Fair Trade Winds. Their “fair trade gifts go above and beyond, providing safe and fair employment for artisans while also supporting well-deserving non-profits.” Be sure to check out their Holiday Gift Guide. It proved to be a wonderful resource and conscious option for my Holiday shopping.
Their Christmas Ornaments are darling. I purchased several as gifts. The Mini Gourd Ornament Christmas Owl is cute as can be!! Allowing myself one Christmas related item per season, and a little gourd tree ornament was perfect!
Plant a Legacy with a Tree
RootedFuture is on a mission to plant trees. You can purchase and plant a legacy with tree for a lost loved one. In doing so, it’s also helping to replace a burned forest – the Hayman fire burn scar by Woodland Park CO.
They take things a step further using technology to provide you with the geolocation of the exact tree that is planted in your name. AND you can actually go visit your tree!
Donate to Your Favorite Animal Organization or Charity
Wildfires have raged the US and across the world. Flooding and other less favorable acts of nature have left countless animals displaced. Throw in the pandemic, and many animals have lost their owners who sadly succumbed to the virus. These animals now find themselves homeless. Legit organizations have gone to bat for them!
You do not need to look too far – either within your community or a National Organization to find one that resonates with you to donate to. Trust me, you will feel so good that you did!!
A Better Way to Shop on Amazon
If you do feel the need to shop on Amazon, then consider Amazon Smile. You can “experience feel-good shopping.” When you do they’ll donate to your favorite charitable organization, at no cost to you. It’s the same products, same prices, and same service. Amazon just donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases.
It makes shopping on amazon a little less painful knowing that some of your purchase is going to a charitable organization of your choosing. You can even track how much you have donated AND change who you want to donate too at any time.
Whether it’s an art print, or unique hand-made ornament, giving art as a gift can be sooo much more meaningful and memorable than something store bought. Planting a tree is not only a way to honor the memory of a loved one, it will help the planet too! And don’t forget about donating some luv to our furry friends. So with a few tweaks, you really can be a more conscious shopper this Holiday Season 🙂