Give The Gift Of Kind
How many times in your life have you received a ‘generic’ gift from someone that you could find at Wal-Mart, Target, or a department store; and this item has 100,000+ identical twins across the country and the world?
Hmmm . . . we think that’s boring and you most likely won’t keep it for very long. Especially around holiday time, consumerism can be an issue. We buy, buy, buy for people and spend loads of money that we will struggle to pay off for a few months, and it may be unnecessary. The things we buy aren’t even that great, nor do they have a good (or ethical) story behind them. Most gifts are something Made in China, by workers who work under unfair and unsafe practices, and then the item is sold at a 90% markup. It’s all too sad and impersonal.
The National Retail Federation estimates that the average holiday shopper spends $800 on holiday gifts and décor every year. If we each spent $64 of that $800 (just a mere 8% of our shopping) on Made in the USA items, economists estimate that it would create 200,000 new American jobs.
We want to urge you to think outside the box this holiday season and forgo the ‘traditional’ gifts and discover ‘kind’ gifts; something socially conscious, ethical, eco-friendly, unique, handmade, or charitable.
When you buy kind items, whether for yourself or as gifts, you are truly making a positive difference in the world; securing American jobs, helping lift hard-working families in third world countries out of poverty and supporting their sustainable business, helping divert waste and recycled materials from landfills, and creating demand for better, safer overseas manufacturing factories.
Generally, kind gifts . . .
- are unique. They are often individually handcrafted items, so no 2 items are exactly alike.
- are transparent. The companies don’t try and hide anything and they are very open to questions, comments, and concerns about their brand and business practices.
- connect you with places around the world. When an item is fair trade it’s made using and preserving the local craft techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation.
- connect you with people around the world. Since the items tend to be a lower quantity and handcrafted, the person who made your item worked very hard to make it special for you.
- protect the environment. They are made in lower quantities, non-toxic, organic, made with recycled, repurposed or sustainable materials. The items are also high quality and meant to last.
- are non-toxic. They are colored with non-toxic or plant-based dyes and have not been sprayed with harmful pesticides.
- are often better than donating to charity. By purchasing the charitable items, you are supporting the workers, giving them fair wages, raising awareness about certain issues, but keeping a sustainable business running. You know where the money is going, unlike many charities.
- alleviate poverty. Artisans are paid promptly and fairly. It also gives them the opportunity to stay at home with their families and gives their children a good home and education.
- healthy. Candles and spa manicure/pedicure’s are a very popular Christmas gift, but they are also some of the most harmful to you.
- support Conscious Capitalism and help keep jobs in America.
- have meaning. Each item has a true meaning behind it. They represent and support all the good going on in the world, while unethical gifts represent and support all of the bad. You can look at the item, smile, and know that it is truly special. And because you purchased that item, you are doing good for the world.
Make the most of your holiday season and give the gift of kind.
HOLIDAY DISCOUNT CODE
For our readers only, A Kind Boutique is giving a discount on your holiday orders through 12/25!
Use code: KINDGIFTS at checkout for 15% off your total purchase.
Valid only for orders totalling $50+.