While opening presents is fun for all ages, giving a well-received gift can be especially gratifying. Whether gifts are handmade or store-bought, the most meaningful ones acknowledge each recipient’s specific needs and interests.
Alternative gift fairs that support local or international charities are a good place to start. Homemade gifts add a personal touch and can be as simple as a framed photograph or special potpourri. Also consider the eco-friendliness of a potential gift item—what it’s made of, where it’s made and how it’s packaged.
While we’re in the mood, why not spread holiday cheer beyond friends and family to everyone? Pay for the next car at a toll booth, leave a potted plant on a coworker’s desk or run an errand for an elderly neighbor.
It’s possible to maintain values of simple living and conscious consumerism throughout the holiday season with a bit of thoughtfulness and inspired creativity. To help givers move through the holiday shopping season with grace and joy, Natural Awakenings has compiled a list of locally available gifts of wellness and sustainability.
Accessories with a Conscience
If jewelry is on a loved one’s wish list, look for pieces that are made of sustainable or recycled materials or that raise funds for a worthy cause.
FAIR TRADE JEWELRY
Global Gallery, Columbus
Global Village, Delaware
JEWELRY WITH A CAUSE
soHza, Central Ohio
William A. Weidinger, Columbus
Presents that Pamper
With busy calendars and long to-do lists, everyone can use a little pampering this time of year.
Balance Beauty Spa, Worthington
Canvas Salon, Powell
Love Yourself and Earth Salon and Day Spa, Granville
Replenish: The Spa Co-Op, Columbus
The Natural Nail Spa, Columbus
The Oil Apothecary, Sunbury
Virtue Salon, Clintonville
Help at Home
For homemakers and others swamped by houseguests, having help around the house can ease the stress of the holidays or any other time of the year.
Edge Green Cleaning, Central Ohio
Fit Food, Central Ohio
Green BEAN Delivery, Central Ohio
True Food Delivery, Central Ohio
Charitable Gifts that Keep On Giving
Good things can come in little packages—or no packages at all. Consider charitable donations in honor of those on our gift list.
American Lung Association, Central Ohio
American Red Cross, Central Ohio
Community Shares of Mid Ohio, Central Ohio
Habitat for Humanity, Central Ohio
Local Matters, Central Ohio
Simply Living, Central Ohio
Avoid the commercialism of big-box store toy aisles by instead visiting a smaller, locally owned retailer in search of eco-friendly and educational gifts for the little ones. Better yet, consider gifting a heartening experience such as a membership to the zoo or weekly music classes.
Columbus Children’s Theatre, Columbus
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Powell
COSI (Center of Science and Industry), Columbus
Eat Play Love, Lewis Center
Firefly Play Café, Columbus
As we approach a new year, set a resolution to be healthier, happier and have less stress. The following coaches provide guidance in the areas of fitness, health, nutrition and wellness.
Connect to Calm – Geri Sue Sandor
Limitless Wellbeing – Lisa Farrar
Om2Ohm – Sheri Mollica-Rathburn
New Leaf Healthy Lifestyles- Karen Kiener
Pathways 2 Prevention – Kelli Parrish
For lots of local selections, in a single location, check out special holiday shopping fairs, or stores dedicated to all things local and all things Central Ohio.
Moonlight Market, Columbus
North Market – Holiday Winter Market, Columbus
Celebrate Local, Columbus
Pure Roots, Westerville
Simply Vague, Dublin and Columbus
Wholly Craft, Clintonville