Friends: welcome to the holiday season. It’s officially here. And I don’t know about you, but I’m entering it….quietly.
Honoring Advent is one of my favorite things about following the liturgical calendar, and it completely diffuses any expectation to hurry, hurry, hurry through the season. We’ll get a tree soon enough, and we’ll slowly decorate it, as well as the rest of our house. But there’s no rush.
We’ll play Advent music in our home, and sure, we’ll still watch Christmas-themed movies, but I don’t feel the need to cram them in. After all, Christmastide is twelve days long—there’s plenty of time to savor it all.
I also love thoughtfully choosing gifts that honor both my loved ones and the company and/or maker behind the thing. Nothing tempers the panic of holiday consumerism like reflection—and this includes picking gifts.
I’m not big into buying a lot, but I do love surprising my kids and husband with something meaningful under the tree.
And I’m thrilled to show you this year’s 2016 holiday gift guide for AoS.
This hand-curated list is a collection gift ideas that reflect the values of putting our money where it does the least harm and the most good, and giving quality gifts that don’t add clutter.
We’re grateful that some of these companies and makers directly help keep the lights on for both The Art of Simple and The Simple Show, so if you’ve been blessed by our work this year, we’d love it if you supported these good businesses, too. Do good with your dollars.
Today is also Cyber Monday, which means many of these shops have deals today! Pour yourself a cup of something warm, browse our ideas, and check off part of your gift list.
More will be added soon, so check often! This week we’ll also highlight a few specific ideas here on the blog.
Happy holidays to you, friends. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.