Maybe I have been living under a rock (or just in another country to my own!), but I only just learned the word “crunchy” being used as a way to describe someone who is a bit of a hippie.
Once I found out the meaning of this curious new term, I figured out that I could very well be described as crunchy because I am left-wing, I care about my health and the environment, I have altered my lifestyle to adhere to my beliefs, and I’m basically a little bit alternative.
I also have another admission to make. Whether it is because I’m crunchy, or just because I am who I am, I’m not the biggest fan of Christmas. I mean, I am not like the Grinch or anything, but the hype really gets to me. And more precisely, the pressure to find the perfect gift.
It kills me that so much money is spent on stuff that is bad quality, meaningless and not really useful just for the sake of it. The consumerism of Christmas is yucky to me. I hate thinking about how so many well-meaning gifts just end up in landfills, and just how much money is spent on this one time of year in such extravagance.
But, I know that there is the expectation (and the desire) to want to buy presents for those you love. I get that- even living thousands of kilometers away from my family, I want to show my appreciation to them in the form of some kind of gift.
I have found this year to be particularly tricky, as I want to buy my family gifts that are in alignment with my own beliefs and values, and I really want to buy something that is meaningful yet also usable, sustainable, practical or educational.
Which is what led me to create this list, because if I am having a hard time buying presents for my non-crunchy family members, then how hard must it be for them to buy presents for me?!
So, here is my (really not definitive) list of crunchy gift ideas for all those who have crunchy friends and family members. These are things that I would love to get (or already love using!), so I assume other “crunchy” people out there would too 🙂
My favourite vegan cookbook at the moment is this new one Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. It features heaps of really tasty weeknight meal recipes that are super easy to prepare. It has become my kitchen bible, and will be adored by any vegan who receives it, I am sure.
Another plant-based cookbook is the China Study Cookbook, the recipe book companion to the famous China Study by T Collin Campbell. This cookbook features delicious, easily prepared plant-based recipes which don’t include added fat and have minimal sugar and salt so as to promote optimal health.
The Desire Map by Danielle Laporte helps the reader to uncover their core desired feelings in a new way of intention and goal-setting that changes the way that you live your life. There are the options to buy Desire Map books, workbooks, journals, planners and audios to suit all learning styles. This is a must-do process for everyone to do, and is a good thing to do over the holidays. Whoever gets this will love you forever for helping to change their life for the better!
I have been using these Create An Amazing Biz and Life workbooks by my friend Leonie Dawson religiously for the last 4 years as a way to set my goals and make my plans in life and in my business for the year ahead. They are fun and quirky but the exercises are also inspiring and powerful. Great for any crunchy entrepeneurs in your life, or anyone who is needing a bit of direction. The printed versions are available on Amazon, or buy the digital version as an under $10 gift.
Natural Beauty and Health
I LOVE all the products by Miessence, because the products are a completely natural, all certified organic skincare and makeup range. The products smell divine and feel so luxurious to use, plus you can rest knowing you are not putting anything nasty on your skin or in your hair. This little Christmas stocking pack is a great way to introduce some of the everyday items to your non-toxic skincare loving friend or relative.
I’ve become somewhat obsessed lately with essential oils. I am not talking about the cheap oils that you use in an oil burner, but high quality food grade, organic essential oils that can be used in aromatherapy to ward against illness, help to treat ailments and to create beautiful scents in your home and on your body. I strongly believe in the power of essential oils, particularly the brand Young Living. Giving the gift of oils to a loved one is something they will certainly appreciate. Young Living has a Christmas catalogue, or contact me for the full price list.
Food and Drink
Yogi Tea is the best ever! Not only does it taste amazing, but it is really good for you too. The Yogi Tea collection uses exotic spices and botanicals to create 60 delicious varieties of green teas, herbal teas and black teas that are made with natural ingredients, many of which are certified organic. I also love reading the different motivational/inspirational quotes that are on each tea bag.
Why not make a hamper of lovely cacao products using Big Tree Farm products. I really love this Bali-based company for their sustainable farming practices and of course delicious, organic products such as raw cacao powder, cacao nibs and beans, cacao butter and coconut nectar. Jakarta residents can contact me to purchase any of these products.
How about surprising that special person in your life with a cooking class. I can make a gift voucher for a loved one to attend my Uncooking 101 raw food cooking class in Jakarta on the 18th January. Or, try a virtual class such as this one by The Raw Chef Russell James in which he teaches how to make raw chocolate that is as good as anything you would buy from the shops (but healthier!).
For the friend who has everything, giving a Kiva gift voucher is a great idea, and is one that keeps on giving, not just to your friend, but also to the people they choose to help with their gift voucher donation. Giving a Kiva gift voucher is a great way to introduce this micro-finance organisation to others. Kiva works by giving monetary loans to people who need it to start a business or get educated, and then the individuals or organisations pay the loan back over time. I often donate Kiva loans and love how empowering it is to those who request and pay back their loans.
Adopt an orphaned orangutan by sponsoring the care of the infants who once they are rescued require 24hr staff, veterinary, and nurse care to ensure they are in a healthy condition and have the best chance to survive – and possibly even return to the wild. Your donation includes an adoption certificate with a picture of the orangutan being adopted through the donation, making a great gift for a friend or family member who cares about these beautiful animals.
This list is by no means comprehensive but hopefully it gives you some ideas for things to buy your crunchy friends and family members that are good for their health, education, self-improvement or the environment, without being wasteful, or which encourage your (and their) compassionate sides to come forward (which is what this time of year should really be about, right?).
- I’d love to hear your ideas for crunchy Christmas gift ideas- please share in the comments below.
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