December is that interesting time of year, where even if your love language isn’t “gifts”, there is an unspoken, yet totally tangible pressure to express our love via presents.
Now, I could harp on you for gifting presence over presents, but let’s be honest- it wouldn’t really go over well if any of us were to show up at our Secret Santa swap empty handed. On another note- if I’m spilling the truth tea, we’re all adults (shocker). If there’s something we actually want within that $30 limit, we would probably just buy it. I don’t know about you, but I live in a glorified, although very-cute and minimalist-mid-century-esque, shoebox. Apartments are small and aint nobody got space for another mug.
For those of us feeling the heat to gift this season, the least we can do is support local, and support good causes. I bring you- the MOMENT Mindful Gift Guide.
For the friend who needs some serious chill vibes.
You know the one. She claims she’s stressed, depressed, but well dressed. Cue the eye roll sister because nothing is cute about nervous breakdowns. Here are some options for her:
- Scandinave Spa (of course)
- MOMENT 30 day meditation challenge (we had to do a little plug, duh)
- All City Athletics Gift Card (so she can punch bags instead of her coworker’s face. Or, feel the sweet sweet cathartic release of their new Block class with Katie McKenzie.)
- A session with Rachel from Loss & Found. (What I’ve learned from Rachel this year is that we’re all grieving something. A family member, an ex-boyfriend, or even out pet goldfish. (RIP Bubbles.) Help your friend work through some of her shit so she can make like T Swift & Shake it Off for the new year.)
For the friend who needs to try new things
Her favourite hashtag is #grandmastatus and you can’t even remember the last time you saw her outside of her house (was it before or after the birth of Beyonces twins?). We get it. We’re all homebodies sometimes, but trying new things is one really easy way to boost happiness levels. Here are some options for her:
- Gift her a membership at a co-working space. May we suggest Werklab or L’atelier? (For that freelance friend who hasn’t worn pants in two weeks. Let her know that getting out there and meeting people in a collaborative work environment helps with productivity.)
- Attend a dance class together. May we suggest Strut Dance at The Distrikt, a Vogue workshop with Ralph, or RSVP 33? (Here we go, gifting presence. But also, gifting her some sweet dance moves which is really a gift to the world if you think about it.)
- Pre-purchase a seat at the My Edible Advice cookbook club. (New recipes, new friends, and plenty of wine to go around. Worse comes to worse- SHE NEEDS TO EAT and WHO DOESN’T LIKE FOOD.)
For the friend who loves efficiency
She is the queen of getting shit done and has a list of all the lists she needs to create before next week. She’s planned all her vacations for next year and is already working on 2019. This bish means business so your gifts will need to get on that level.
- Soap Dispensary Gift Card. (If you haven’t been, this place is like Disneyland for the conscious consumer. Not only do they sell cute mason jars for all of your shampoo needs, but they also recently opened up Kitchen Staples which has you covered in the culinary department. Set your pal up with a gift card here and a label maker and she’ll have everything in her home perfectly labeled and alphabetized by the new year.)
- A Wardobe Edit with Elim Chu. (If you’ve tried to Marie Kondo your closet, you know that everything in there suddenly brings you joy. Leave it to a professional. Elim Chu is a professional stylist and slow-fashion advocate who will leave you feeling more outfit-rich than you’ve ever felt before.)
- Sweet & Tidy cleaning service. (This year, I moved in with my boyfriend. This was also the year I decided to throw in the towel and hire a cleaning service (sometimes). They’re rad, and they bake both regular, and high maintenance (vegan & gluten free) cookies. Pretty dang sweet if you ask me.)
This post was written by MOMENT co-founder Anita. Find her here.