An Inspired Gift Guide For Shopping Small This Holiday
The holiday season is inching closer and for many, so is the inspiration to gift those we love. If you’re here, reading this, you probably already know the importance of shopping small, and better, have experienced the joy of doing so. “Choosing better” and buying from small businesses and independent makers is a commitment, one that rewards both buyer and seller and contributes to a sustainable, circular distribution of wealth. It tells the maker, with your dollars, “Yes! More of this!” and in return you receive a treasured item with a story. It also requires a little bit of thinking and acting ahead, but that’s a minute sacrifice for the amount of good that comes from it.
[Honoring Earth gift set featuring elemental affirmation cards and Ousia book by Linda Pappa of Crete, Hawaiian grown vetiver incense bundle, limited edition Ochre soap by Dear Botanicals, twisted taper beeswax candle by WP Candle Co., and letterpress Dune card by Wilde House Paper of California.]
When To Start Holiday Shopping From Small Businesses
In the Hina Luna Guide To Holiday Shipping in 2021 I shared our collective motto for navigating holiday shopping and shipping this year — the earlier the better. How early? Today! Really. When buying from small businesses and makers, especially online, this is even more applicable. Giving ample time to prepare your order is especially important as there is often a very small team behind the scenes (it’s just me here!) and some treasures you find may even be made to order (here’s why).
Getting on it early not only minimizes — dare I say eliminates? — holiday stress for both you and the small business you’re shopping from but it also leaves space for more inspired gifting (I’ll elaborate on this concept more in the coming weeks). When we choose gifts at the last minute they’re less likely to be thoughtful.
[Essential Cucina gift set featuring letterpress Gather Around The Table recipe keeper, a plant dyed organic cotton all-purpose tea towel from Hina Luna, Cooking For Winter Health Wellness by Thyme Herbal, and set of four letterpress food and garden greeting cards by Heartell Press.]
Shopping Small Is Easier With The Hina Luna Gift Guide
Let’s commit to leaving unthoughtful gifting behind once and for all! You in? If you’ve been here for a while you know that the place Hina Luna creates and offers from is steeped in intention. It is my intention to live a more connected life and to inspire you in your journey of doing so. Hina Luna is my creative practice towards this lifestyle commitment. I also know that for many there is much to balance in the coming months or perhaps there’s the desire to give but the inspiration as to what is hard to muster.
Hina Luna’s new seasonal gift guides are here to help! I have created six gifting collections to inspire your giving heart. All can be found together on the homepage along with other holiday news at a glance. Or shop each collection below:
[Indigo cold-process artisan soap by Dear Botanicals. Pigmented with actual indigo these beauties make for an affordable gift that is unique, purposeful, and for every-body. Two other delightful options to choose from: Terrazzo and Ochre.]
Under $25 Giftable treasures that are both thoughtful and affordable. Intended for assembling your own curated gift sets, for unique and purposeful additions to holiday stockings, or for taking care of all those in your friend circle.
BIPOC Made A collection of beautiful, purposeful and thoughtful giftable offerings made by Black, Indigenous, and POC makers.
For the Homebody A collection of treasures for the kitchen witch, the foodie, the herbal potion maker, the nester, the one in need of a little extra self care.
For the Host Thoughtful little offerings for the host of the next gathering, dinner party, or holiday celebration you attend this season.
For the Mystic Intentional offerings for the card reader, the animist, the altar tender, the ancestor honorer.
Gift Sets Collections of hand-picked favorites from the shop ready for thoughtful gifting.
My intention is that these curated collections will simplify the thoughtful gifting process for you, giving you the joy of knowing you’re gifting well and more time for the things you love this season.
[Plant Magic gift set featuring a plant dyed and block printed altar cloth by Hina Luna, set of three Plant Ally Talisman poetry oracle cards by Velvet Back, plant dyed botanical beeswax altar candles by Lit Rituals, and a letterpress You Are Magic greeting card.]