For spiritual friends or yourself!
As we are approaching Christmas I thought it would be a nice idea to share some good gift ideas for spiritual friends or yourself.
Before we start I want to say that you should only buy things you or the other person really needs. We are living in a world with too much materialism. We don’t need more physical goods, we need more connections. The more things we own, the more weighed down we are likely to be. A recent Harvard study has shown that valuing physical possessions and money doesn't make you happy. In the other hand, saving and valuing time can have a long term effect on your overall happiness. Please have that in mind when you look for gifts. Buy less and don't stress about the process. After all, it's the season of joy.
Let’s get started with some good ideas for either yourself or your spiritual friends. As a reminder, if you are not a big fan of shopping and want to concentrate on more important things in life, we at joyful.gifts can help.
1. A Personal Journal
Journaling is a great tool to really connect with yourself and it’s a wonderful gift. Journaling can help to deal with stress, anxiety, and negative self-talk, as it will encourage you to be grateful for small things and to appreciate your own being, without judgment. I journal twice a day: in the morning to kick off the day with good intentions and a positive mindset and in the evening to empty my mind.
You can either get some really beautiful empty books or a Journal with daily contemplation questions.
2. An inspiring Book
Talking about gifting less. A book is a great way to show someone that you really listen to them. Here is my personal book shortlist and I’m pretty sure there is something on it for everyone.
Self-growth and Self-development:
- The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
- Putting Joy Into Practice by Phoebe Farag Mikhail
- Humility: True Greatness by C.J Mahaney
- Stillness Is the Key by Ryan Holiday
3. A Gift that Gives Back to Non-Profits
There are many non-profit organizations that sell merchandise around the time of Christmas, where the profits go back to support social good. For example, at joyful.gifts we love sending a “lump of coal” (or rather, handmade soap) in Christmas. A product by The Adventure Project that raises awareness and funds to support the world’s most effective social enterprises in an effort to end extreme poverty. In that case, the soap goes to provide a family in Kenya with a charcoal-efficient stove.
Gifts that give back are great for sustainability, the environment, as well as alleviating global poverty. They are wonderful gifts if you want to encourage someone (or yourself) to build a better world.
4. Meditation Gifts
Life can be stressful. Meditations can help deal with anxiety, and negative energy, as well as encouraging you to be more thankful. There are many gifts that encourage meditations. Yoga mats, scented candles, and coloring books are some of the more generic gifts. Our favorite at joyful.gifts is custom-made puzzles with beautiful colors or scenery that can inspire awe.
Focus on your Goals
Take the time to ask, why are you taking the time to buy gifts for those around you? Sometimes a shared experience or learning a new skill together can be the best gift for a loved one. Investing in relationships is one of the best investments you can do. Time and effort spent worrying about the perfect gift is usually time spent on the wrong goals.
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