Concsious Shopping – Holiday Gift Giving

December 1, 2008 at 8:44 pm 2 comments

A friend of mine wrote me requesting that if I buy gifts this year, consider buying from a small business who is struggling to stay afloat in the current economy.  She suggested a friend of her’s who sales specialty teas,

I was so inspired by her letter and my own attempts to attract holiday shoppers to my greeting cards or to my “Holiday Gift Packages of Coaching Experiences for the Spirit-Minded, Professional in Your Life,” that I wrote nearly every publication in town encouraging them to run a story on small businesses.  All of them had either gone to press or were too busy covering “olds” (stuff that’s happened and you can’t do anything about, as oposed to actual ‘news’ you can use!).

So I was delighted when my friend Amy L. Burns sent out a small business gift giving guide through email.  I suppose the internet, grass roots effort will be more effective after all.  Below is her email and tips for how to be Conscious while you shopw this Holiday Season.


Buy something that will change their life for the better… a self-help book, a self-development experience, a gym membership (make sure they want it!), etc.

Donate to a worthy cause in their honor… (best if agreed upon in advance).

Buy something that supports your (or their) local small businesses, like a gift certificate to a local coffee shop or massage therapist.

Buy an experience, verses an object… experiences like gift certificates for golf or a manicure, or tickets to a concert are more likely to be used and bring joy.  They are also less likely to be ignored, dust collectors donated after enough time has passed to not feel guilty, or tossed in the trash to overflow the landfill down the street.  This is even better when you agree to enjoy the experience with them!

Buy creative arts and crafts, supporting those who bring color and creativity to our lives.

BE TRUE TO YOU! These are my suggestions of how “I” stay in alignment with my beliefs… you’re ideals might be different, especially if you or your family works for a national chain… shopping there might be in your best interest…  all I’m really suggesting is whatever you do, Think Consciously before your shop! )

Overland Park, KS
Adorable art and packs of greeting cards
Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Blank, birthday and holiday cards – beautifully done.
Eugene, OR
Handmade books for the serious writer.
Portland, OR  (?)
Colorful greeting cards, notecards and pins.
Gorgeous mythological Goddesses, art nouveau divas, Celtic witches, psychedelic sorceresses, and medieval damsels.
Los Angeles, CA
Handmade books, cards and whimsical whatnots.

Brooklyn NY
Silkscreen on American Apparel shirts – including men’s!
White Lake, MI
Hand printed shirts for women, messenger bags and jackets.
Raleigh, NC
Men’s and women’s clothing.
Duluth, MN
Fairy wings for grown ups!
Toronto, Ontario
For the teen (or geeky-cool grown up) in your life.
San Francisco, CA
Because fingerless gloves are way too cool.
Nelson, BC Canada
Wallets, bags and accessories.

Kansas City
Adorable sock dogs and cats.
La Mesa, CA
Cute little plushies – including penguins, pigs and hippos!
Portland, OR
Impossible plushy animals for your wee one’s imagination.

Macon, GA
Catnip anyone?

Bay City
Beautiful fine art prints and posters
Gorgeous original watercolors at very affordable prices.

Newcastle (?)
Goddess brooches and dolls
Toronto, Ontario
Fun art pendants
Clinton, TN
I love the beautiful wrapped copper bracelets!
London, England
Handcrafted ecological jewelry.
Baltimore, MD
Unique and colorful cuff links, tie-tacks, pendants, and earrings.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Glass rings and beads
Port Orchard, WA
Rings, pendants, bracelets and earrings for the goddess.

Minneapolis, MN
Glass art – pay particular attention to recycled beer bottle art – very cool!
Tacoma, WA
Amazing copper wire creations – bowls, containers, etc.  Wow!
Gilbert, AZ
Decals galore!  Decorate your walls, your laptop, your car… What else ya got?
Fair Oaks, CA
Handspun fibers and yarn, knitted wrist warmer patterns, pregnancy aromatherapy, music, and more!
Westfield, NJ
Desk-gear made from computer parts… for the coolest geek in your life.
Minneapolis, MN
Hand-woven rugs from recycled cotton
Anchorage, Alaska
Oven mitts, aprons and bicycle seat covers, oh my!


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tess  |  December 2, 2008 at 12:13 am

    What a great resource… and that silkscreened red dress on the kimchi site is super hot!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to assemble these links.

    Another great indie/crafter resource:

  • 2. Jennifer Tan  |  January 3, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Thank you for featuring my Etsy shop, tlwoldc!


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