The fingers work away busily; moving to a happy beat, working swiftly at times, or at a languid pace at others. They cut and clip, they stich and stick. Holding needles and brushes, rulers and scissors, the hands work to create a thing of beauty, a delightful gift.
Do you wonder sometimes where a particular gift came from? Who was it made by, how long did it take to make it? What is the story behind the gift? Etsy Gifts, the people behind all things handmade, captures this thought in this lovely video as it encourages us to share the story behind the gifts we create or give – Every Gift Has a Story.
So what’s the story behind your gift?
Do you wonder what exactly an eco-friendly gift is? There are several products masquerading as ‘green and eco-friendly’. Few are so in the true sense. If you want to give a gift that’s truly eco-friendly, ask yourself these questions: Is it recyclable? Has it been made from sustainable material? Is it biodegradable? Is it natural/chemical-free? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then you have an authentic green gift.
And contrary to popular belief, going green doesn’t always mean spending more. A really simple and doable green gift idea is an organic soap bar kit. Organic soap bars are made using natural ingredients like flowers, fruits, herbs, honey, milk and essential oils. Chemicals are a no-no. Round up a few bars of organic soaps – each made with a different ingredient and carrying a unique fragrance, tie them up with a gift ribbon and your green gift set is ready.
Find a local store that sells organic soaps. You can also buy some of the gorgeous handmade soaps above from Mirasolfarm and Enchanted Beehive on Etsy. Or you can even make your own natural soap using the DIY soap tutorial for two of the soaps above here and here.