Updated: Apr 16, 2021
What if I told you that there was a single type of gift that would make the perfect, most thoughtful, most creative gift ever for every single person on your list?
Let me start by saying that I have a problem. I hate shopping. Like - HATE it.
I love holidays and celebrations. I love that we spend time with our friends and family, give, and give thanks. I even love giving gifts and have been complemented on my gift giving skills. But the actual act of shopping. Uugghhh!
This applies to all kinds of shopping, every situation, and has always been true. When I was little I used to take books with me and sit on the floor in department stores. My Mom and sister would use some type of bargain hunting super power to weed through hundreds of items. They would hunt until they found the unicorn.
That name-brand product in pristine condition, magically discounted to 80% off. I remember thinking even back then, if I give you all the money I have can we please pay full price, get what we need, and leave?
This attitude remains to this day. In fact, one of the hardest parts about building this business is the stress of shopping for supplies. I have the ideas. I know in my mind exactly what I want the product to look like. But to actually get there, I have to buy stuff. I have to shop. And, since I am pouring my life force into this business, a whole other level of intensity is added. Because, it has to be right. It has to be eco-friendly. I need to know where it was produced and how. (In case you ask me one day). And, I'm building this business on a shoestring budget. I need to get it for the best price, and I can't afford to make mistakes. (You would not want to spend an hour inside my head!).
I share all this to say that, as you might imagine, holiday gift shopping is not my idea of a good time.
Hopefully you don't have the level of shopping angst I do. Still, most of us feel some level of stress over what damage our purchase is doing to the environment or to society. Is this sustainable? Where was it made? Was it made in a factory with child labor? Unsafe conditions? Unfair wages? Stress- stress- stress!
Do you ever feel that way? Now, if you don't hate shopping, you can mitigate a lot of this by shopping at local small businesses. I can vouch for the fact that small business owners care. They can answer a lot of your questions which can save tons of time on research.
However, in my case, since I hate shopping, I need a game plan to even get out of the house to my local business owner.
Enter my revelation - the ultimate gift combination.
I admit to bias - but I think I have a winner with this idea - the ultimate gift combination: plants and books.
Shouldn't there be fireworks going off behind me as I type this?
Even though I hate shopping, I am big on giving people gifts they will love. So I don't make this claim lightly.
Read on for six reasons plants and books make the perfect, no, the ultimate, gift combination. Then go make holiday magic with this free Ultimate Gift Brainstorming Worksheet.