Are you feeling festive yet?
The holiday season is upon us – again – and it’s time to go looking for great gift ideas as the year draws to a close. Stores are getting more crowded, people are getting ready for the end-of-year road trip (or just some couch surfing!), and that familiar sense of fatigue tends to kick in as the new year approaches.
It’s also a time of year where we all typically tend to reflect on the year gone by, too. In a fast-changing world, so full of busyness and distraction, it’s good to take a moment and consider the lessons we’ve learned and the experiences we’ve had.
We all have a story to tell, and sometimes it’s the seemingly little things that are truly meaningful.
And in that process of reflection, something seems to stand out for most people. Inevitably, we tend to all arrive at the same conclusion, which is that experiences – the happy, wondrous, inspiring events and memories of our lives – are actually more valuable and lasting than the things we buy or own.
Could it be, as we prepare for the festive season, that this gives us a little insight into not just what gifts we might give, but how we give them?
Richard Bach, the visionary author of Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, once said: “Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.”
And to us, that’s the true purpose of a gift. It’s a token of acknowledgement, or love, or even delight: an expression of goodwill to let people know how much we really appreciate who they are.
Gifts are a symbol of abundance, and here at Down To Earth, we have first-hand experience when it comes to the bounty of Nature. In fact, it’s what inspires us.
The gifts of nature are at the essence of the products we formulate. Natural, healing, nurturing – these are the hallmarks of the plants from which our products derive their effectiveness. And because a gift from a friend really is a wish for our happiness, we’re grateful for every harvest, the rich soil that brings life, the beautiful people who work to bring our products to you. We’re grateful for you, our customers and supporters, fellow travellers on the journey we share.
Now, in the process of getting those year-end goodies together, you might be looking for a couple of stocking fillers that aren’t going to break the bank and which will actually be useful. You might be looking for something that aligns with your (and our) values: add-on gifts that are environmentally considerate, practical, and which will last longer than the snacks do. If so, we’d like to suggest maybe taking a look at our beautifully packaged range of all-natural products, suitable for everyone.
Whether it’s a gentle, effective skincare product, or a little something from our wellness range, someone will be thanking you – and thinking about you with fondness – long after the wrapping paper has been discarded and the New Year has been rung in.
THE GREATEST GIFTS OF ALL
When all is said and done, the very best gifts we give are not always the things we commonly think of.
Here are some other gifts we’ve decided to add to our list this year:
- The gift of time. Nothing says ‘I value you’ more than giving someone our most precious resource: time. All too often, we’re too busy or preoccupied, but to a child, or perhaps to an elderly person – or just someone marginalised by society – giving them your time and kindness may be the most wonderful thing they’ll experience this year.
- The gift of forgiveness. We all harbour our resentments, against others, and also against ourselves. Perhaps extending grace and forgiveness to somebody this season will change a life, and if it doesn’t change theirs, it’ll still change yours.
- The gift of presence. When last were you simply still, in the moment, drinking in the beauty and totality of where you are right now? The truth is that we often skim past things, days fly by, and we spend precious little time being quiet and attentive to moments and people in our lives. Maybe, right now, just take a deep breath, pause, and smile. It’s a great gift, and it keeps on giving.
- The gift of gratitude. As human beings, we tend to focus on the negatives quite a lot, don’t we? Scientists tell us it’s because of an evolutionary survival trait, which is not a bad thing, but constant worry or dissatisfaction can take a heavy toll on our health. These holidays, we’ve decided to wake up every day and focus on the so very many things we’re grateful for: our health, the love we share with family and friends, the unexpected goodness we see in strangers every day, the beauty and majesty of the natural world that surrounds us.
They say that gratitude is a pathway to abundance, and it’s easy to see why. They also say that giving is better than receiving, so maybe – just maybe – consider giving a little gift to someone in need this festive season.
Doing things that are a practical expression of our desire to create a better world is what motivates us, and we hope you feel the same way. We believe in honesty, simplicity, and kindness.
And above all, we believe in staying Down To Earth.
To you and yours, Happy Holidays!