Friends. You know our family holiday rule: All shopping done by the first week of December.
We (mostly) keep this rule so that we can spend the month of December in peace, together, making memories instead of trips to the mall. Our minds are not full of to-do lists, so stress is low, and the kids are slightly more immune to the marketing onslaught in December. We have become able to spend the holidays focused on what we HAVE instead of what we WANT. And that, my friends, is the key to joy.
We also try to use this tool to keep us from buying into the frenetic excess the holiday shopping culture encourages. We ask each kiddo to make a list of:
Something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read.
This year, we put together our gift guide with that little poem in mind.
Some highlights of this year’s guide are:
- The Brian Andreas Love Warrior Collection (!!!) (a custom line of gorgeous wristwraps);
- A service that helps teach your kids the importance of empathy and helping others through fun monthly crafts (Together Rising is delivering the December crafts you make to mamas and babies in our partner homeless shelters!);
- Mugs for your kiddos’ ridiculous quotes that my parents started years ago (back by popular demand);
- A course about reclaiming your story with Brené Brown;
- Brand-new Love Warrior gear;
- Some of our very favorite books for you, your tweens and teens, and little ones;
- World-serving non-profit organizations that are making gorgeous gifts;
- AND, most importantly to me, an opportunity to add this to the family poem:
We’ve also added a chance to give to Together Rising in a child or partner or friend’s name – and when you give – you’ll receive a downloadable gift certificate to wrap up and give to your person of honor to show your love and offering.
So—get your shopping done in your pajamas, and buy things that will widen your people’s minds, remind us that We Belong to Each Other, and light up the world.
Then call it a year. Make December a time to step back and look at your life and your people and appreciate and marvel and soak it all up. Slooooooow everything down and snuggle up together and wait with great awe and trembling and joy and peace for God to come. In other words: Make some room at the Inn.
The Brian Andreas Love Warrior Collection
For a decade, I’ve been drinking Brain Andreas’ Love Work like water. His poetry and art have opened my heart and mind wider, wider, wider – and helped me love deeper and remember how free and beautiful I and everyone around me truly are. So when I finally got to meet him, and he turned out to be the most gentle, beautiful, wise, kind soul- I was DONE. I knew we had to work with Brian….because he is our people. He is love!
So together, we designed these warrior wristwraps for you so you can REMEMBER. So when life gets nuts and you forget that Life is Hard, But You are Brave: you can look down at your OWN self and remember. I wear these every single day. They help. They really help.
MORE FROM BRIAN ANDREAS’ STORYPEOPLE AND A HUNDRED WAYS NORTH!!!Brian Andreas says such important, true things in such a dance-y, love-ly way that his work just makes me sigh. Give his creations to all of your people. Here are a few of my favorites — you can get these, and much more, including his new book Bring Your Life Back to Life (just out this month!) — at his gorgeous stores StoryPeople and A Hundred Ways North.
Love Warrior Gear!
We’ve finally added Love Warrior gear to our store!!! Use Code at checkout GFTMOMASTERY for 30% off everything over there!!!
Like a Photo Album But With Coffee
And back by popular demand from last year’s guide, the kids’ quotable personalized mugs!
Books I’m Loving
Books For Tweens and Teens
Books For Little Ones
These businesses and organizations are helping people to give well this holiday season. They are doing good work, serving the world and offering products we adore.
Thistle Farms is a Nashville, TN non-profit that makes & sells beautiful home and body products from top-quality ingredients. They employ and empower women who have survived lives of addiction and life on the streets.
This is one of my FAVORITE PLACES IN THE WHOLE SWEET WORLD. Thistle Farms is an in-the-flesh Momastery. Women bring each other back to life here. Heaven on Earth.
100% of the proceeds from Purpose Jewelry goes to benefit young women rescued from sex trafficking, and their jewelry is handcrafted by trafficking survivors.
I love Purpose. They rescue women from sex trafficking and then provide holistic care and jobs making this beautiful jewelry. Watch this video to see how your purchase makes you part of a sisterhood of warriors saving and being saved by each other.
Krochet Kids Intl. is a non-profit brand empowering women to rise above poverty through jobs, education, and mentorship. Each item they sell is hand-signed by the woman who made it in Uganda or Peru.
Watch this video to see how Krochet Kids works to empower and connect people though their gorgeous products.The women that make these amazing, cool, snuggly products sign each piece and it makes me cry.
Little Loving Hands focuses on teaching kids the importance of empathy and helping others through fun monthly crafts delivered to your door. AND Together Rising is the spotlight charity for the month of December!!! The craft kit includes all the materials needed to create a charming and cuddly cloud rattle toy that will be distributed to homeless young women and their babies staying at centers nationwide with whom Together Rising has partnered. Your child will be helping make a difference!
This holiday season, make a donation to Together Rising in honor of your friends, family, and loved ones. You’ll get access to a printable gift certificate with each gift. Give individuals and families in need the gift of love, help, hope, and material support this holiday. Joy to the World!
Give the Gift of Story — to Yourself & Your Tribe
Give the gift of CourageWorks! It has NEVER been more important for we brave ones to write our own endings to our personal and collective stories. This course that Brené and I taught together has been taken and loved by so many because the time is NOW to become the heroes of our own stories. We can’t control the plot of our lives: but we can ALWAYS SHAPE THE MAIN CHARACTER. This course is like a map you can use to guide you toward courage when your path gets confusing. It helped us so much to TEACH it together — we taught each other, and we want you, your friends, and loves ones, to experience the healing we felt from it, too. Click here for more information and to enroll now! And make sure to use the special promo WARRIOR to save 20% off your course registration fee.
Click here for more information and to enroll now! And make sure to use the special promo WARRIOR to save 20% off your course registration fee.
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