Shopping mindfully makes a difference.
I know I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but I'll say it anyway ...
Buying handmade gifts makes the world a better place. Not only are you helping to support an artist and their dream, but by gifting handmade, you start a ripple. Your friends + family begin to see the value in high quality, artisan wares. Maybe next year, they gift you something beautifully handmade because they know that’s what you’re into. And because these gifts are unique and meaningful and soulful and it feels so good, maybe they start shopping handmade for all their gifts. And then maybe their recipients start shopping handmade. And on. And on. And on.
And gradually over time, there are less amazon gift cards and more organic scented candles and letterpress prints and unique pottery and one of a kind jewelry and hand dyed scarves and lunar calendars and sage bundles and repurposed vintage leather wallets and hand sewn stuffed animals and cutting boards made of the most beautiful combinations of wood.
And the world really is a better place for it.