It has been sitting with me for a while.
Even though the original purpose of this text has nothing to do with gift-giving, it really speaks to it, don't you think? I keep returning to this book.
I have started an ongoing process of decluttering our home, inspired by Tania at Manusmade and have just been thinking about all the material objects that we have, keep and gift.
What purpose do they serve?
How can we gift thoughtfully, but also in a more mindful and practical way so as not to clutter the lives of others?
Then. This article from The Art of Simple came my way about minimizing kids toys. I shared it on my Facebook page and got a great response from many of you. A family travelling the world and living out of backpacks (with just a few toys). So powerful.
How much do we really need to spark imagination, creativity and joy in gift-giving?
I have written about these #slowgifting topics before, like MORE, 3 Simple Tips to take the Stress out of Gifting, and other posts in this category, but I, like everyone, need regular reminders and inspiration.
I'm planning to give more experience gifts this year. I'm sending pretty packages by mail. I'm giving books that can be read and donated, or passed along afterwards.
Or for children, homemade gifts that can spark imagination and be played with for a shorter period of time, then easily disposed of, or passed along, if necessary.
Does this quote speak to you as well?
I'd love to hear from you.
Book Source: Sabbath by Wayne Muller.