Well, isn't that a nice title? It does sound like I'm about to start preaching, but I promise I won't. By "good" I, first and foremost, mean to be conscious and think before you hand over your cash or credit card - or click "buy now".
During this time of the year it is especially easy to fall into the trap of numerous shops, brands and retailers. I can imagine that Christmas is probably the time of the year for them to make their biggest sales and earn the most money. Well, it's our money they get, don't forget that.
Of course, we all want to buy gifts because that's what you do on Christmas and I'm not saying we shouldn't. I do actually enjoy buying Christmas presents because I absolutely love giving gifts, especially if the person is more than happy with what I packed in festive wrapping paper (in a very noobish way because that's honestly something I'm not good at - shocking, I know).
But when I look at all the commercials and all the Christmas gift guides out there I really wonder what Christmas gift giving has become. Finding a gift for someone is supposed to be about that person. Not about the newest release of this or that. Or about the shiny and cute little nick-nack that no one actually needs.
This is why I'm writing this post - the good gift guide. I think presents should be something a person actually needs. There is always something you can think of. What did your mother, your boyfriend or whoever talk about several times, what is he or she really interested in and could need something of.
I will give you some ideas of what I think can maybe help. If you have an artistic person in your family or circle of friends, someone who likes painting, then why don't buy some art supplies? These things can come quite pricey when bought in high quality, so it's likely something they would delay in buying themselves.
The same goes with things for musicians. Do you know someone who plays an instrument? Then why don't get your guitar playing friend some good quality guitar strings? Or some nice sheets of music for piano players? There are countless of practical things to gift.
Just start out with thinking about the person. Make some notes of what they like and continue from that on. Do some brainstorming and see what you come up with. The most important thing is that you actually have an idea before you hit the shops. That way you avoid buying something that no one needs.
And think about the brand you are about to support and give money to. Is this a brand that you want to support? Do you agree with their ethics and values? Remember that nearly all well-known brands actually do not support fair trade and don't care for our environment. I think especially at this time of the year this is something to keep in mind.
I hope I could give some inspiration here and you'll buy more consciously for Christmas. It's not about how big or expensive the present is. A 5€ present can be much more valuable and appreciated than one for 100€. It always depends on the person and their actual interests and hobbies.
Happy Advent season and merry shopping - consciously!