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Ohhhhh the weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful!

Ohhhhh the weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful!

Ohhhhh the weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful! 

YYC officially had its first snowfall over the Thanksgiving weekend and you know what that brings me? ...Christmas joy in October exploding in my heart! Haha! I love Christmas, I love it when the season changes, I love waking up to snow and staying inside and drinking coffee, I love Christmas carols playing in my car ridiculously early in the season ...I think you get the idea! Although the snow has melted I know it will be back and the Christmas spirit will be back in full force! 

Although it's only October, I feel people will start hunting for deals for Christmas gifts early. Some may even change their idea of gift giving this year with influences like the economy, job loss, or simply a shift & refocus in their lives. Whatever the reason is I thought I would share some zero waste, sustainable, minimalist themed gift giving ideas for stockings and main gifts! These ideas are just off the top of my head and I'll edit and add or post new ideas as we get closer to Christmas! I've included some links so you can see an idea of what you could potentially buy - I reallllyyy want to the make up eraser - but alas I will wait till the new year when we begin to purchase new items again... our poor bank account...haha! 

Stockings:
Zero waste toiletries such as:
Lush shampoo bars 
Makeup eraser
Diva cup
Shaving brush & Safety Razor
Hand soap from community foods
Homemade Epson salts (purchased at bulk barn) add essential oils for delicious smell

Home items:
Stainless steel straws
Produce bags
Reusable coffee filters
Glass containers for bulk shopping
Reusable water bottle coffee mug
Reusable foam soap containers

Used books (especially for kids!)
Bulk chocolates & candies
Christmas oranges

Main Gifts:
Zoo passes
Heritage park passes
Science centre passes
Movie dates
Special dinner date
Theatre tickets
Massages or other spa like services
New skill classes: climbing, bike maintenance, wine making, etc

Just some ideas to get the creative juices rolling! 

Mama Sas 

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