What Makes For A Peaceful Gift?

PeaceThe end of this week, September 21, will mark the International Day of Peace and while I sincerely wish that we could give the gift of world peace to one another, there are lots of gifts that we can consider that may help bring peace to those around us as well as others around the world.

One of the reasons that I love experience and service gifts is that they usually involve local businesses which supports our local communities and at the same time we have far more information about who they are and how they operate, compared to trying to guess where, say,  a physical good came from, who was involved in making it and how they operate.  We know that many physical goods these days are made cheaply abroad, sometimes at the expense of the people who have to produce them.  Groups like Labour Behind the Label identify issues in the clothing industry for example, which was then horrifically highlighted when 1,129 workers were killed when the Rana Plaza factory collapsed in April this year.  According to reports in The Guardian:

 “The garment industry in Bangladesh employs about 3.5 million people, mainly young women, and more than four-fifths of its $20bn (£13bn) production goes to the west.”

Using our gift purchasing to avoid adding to these kind of problems can be difficult if you’re trying to find physical goods that are ethically made (check out Ethical Ocean though as they do the research for you!), but choosing local service and experience gifts can be a great alternative.

There are some great gift options that can offer peace to the gift recipient then too.  How about an hour of massage?  A night of awe-inspiring entertainment?  Or what about offering to take someone to dinner?  Or what about a gift certificate for a life coach?

Peace of mind can come from knowing a loved one is well cared for too.  What about the gift of  meal delivery or fresh food?  Especially for seniors.

At the other end of the spectrum, opportunities to bounce off energy may bring peace to children and parents alike.

On the homemade front, our Spa in a Jar idea courtesy of The Gunny Sack would certainly offer the excuse for a peaceful and tranquil interlude, but you could also create your own service gifts too by offering to babysit for a friend or offering to to sweep those fall leaves!

Non-profits like Labour Behind The Label are a good charitable option if you are wanting to help to support global action for garment workers (note that this is a European non-profit).  Another great charitable option to support in the name of peace would most definitely be War Child.  War Child’s mission is to work with war-affected communities to help children reclaim their childhood through access to education, opportunity and justice. War Child takes an active role in raising public awareness around the impact of war on communities and the shared responsibility to act.

Whatever gifts you need this week, I hope you enjoy a peaceful week and hope that some of the gifts on here help to make your gift finding a little easier.