Yuletide is here. It’s time for Gifts and presents for family and friends. Running out of gift ideas? Get into the latest trends and gift organic products. It’s a new way to welcome the New Year, adding your bit in conserving Nature and showing that you care. If some of you are wondering what organic products are about, here’s the gist of organic – it is natural (made from naturally occurring animate and inanimate things), it is safe (it doesn’t use any chemicals during the production or processing of the product) and it is biodegradable (it is environment friendly and decreases carbon footprint). Patanjali Ayurved
Here’s a list of organic gifts to choose from:
Organic wear: Most of us don’t know how much we add to pollution each year by choosing to wear synthetic wear or wear that uses lots of chemicals during processing and dyeing. And we create more trouble washing these with conventional detergents creating micro plastic which are creating havoc in marine habitats according to a 2011 study. Organic or Natural wear is made from organically farmed cotton, hemp wool etc. Cotton is one of the pesticide sprayed crop in the world and just using cotton is not enough, it must be organically farmed using natural pesticides like garlic+neem spray. The dyeing should be done with natural dyes as is done in traditional styles. Organic wear now comes in the latest fashion trends for men, women and kids.
Spices: For someone who likes good food and loves cooking, organic spice basket will be the right choice to gift. Organic spices are more flavorful than the other varieties in the market. They add more value to any cuisine. The spices are farmed organically and processed using organic methods like drying in Sun and fumigation by smoke from natural firewood. The aroma from the dishes prepared with organic spices makes anyone ask for more.
Chocolate hamper: What better way to share the sweetness than with chocolates. Gift organic chocolate i.e., one which uses organically grown ingredients like coffee and cocoa, milk from organically raised milch cows i.e., not genetically engineered and fed in closed sheds, and processed using methods that don’t pollute. Organic chocolate tastes better and transports to a divine world of melting chocolatiness.
Toys: Festive season is toy season for kids with everyone gifting them different types of toys. Children can be gifted toys made of natural produce like wood, clay or bamboo dyed in natural dyes and paints. Young children can be gifted these as the smaller children tend to lick and feel the toys. Organic toys aren’t toxic and once broken, is biodegradable.
Beverages: Organic tea and coffee have many health benefits over conventionally farmed varieties. They are less addictive and score better in anti oxidants which is good for health. It also gives you a lighter feeling. So, gift somebody a healthy start to the New Year.
Home Furnishings: Tune yourself and your home the organic way. Gift friends and family organic home furnishings that are comfortable, trendy and a conscious statement for a better world tomorrow. Made from natural substances, some of them are made from recycled goods which are beautiful and attractive in their new avatars. One can select from array of attractive stuff like cushions, rugs and mats, furniture, wall décor and more.
Organic accessories: Fashion accessories for all ages are available in the range of organic products. You may gift a purse made of jute or banana yarn, a yak wool belt and footwear from coir or vetiver. Every one of the above is unique in a way or other and makes a gift to remember.
Yoga Mats: Probably the best gift for a Yoga practitioner or someone who has been attracted to the ancient science of Yoga. Organic Yoga mats are better suited for doing Yoga as they are highly absorbent and easy to wash. Some types of Yoga like Ashtanga Yoga (Patanjali Yoga) can make one perspire profusely and organic mats are best for doing these.
Organic Jewellery: Organic jewellery has been a hit around the globe. People are seeing the wisdom in the jewellery styles of the ancients and the tribal people. Their jewellery proclaims their oneness with Nature. Made of metal, wood, feathers, beads, stones and lac, they are beautifully crafted and steal the show. Buying these adds to efforts in sustainable development in different parts of the world.
Cosmetic kit: It is health and beauty combined in organic cosmetic kit. The creams and lotions are made of natural products. The shelf life of these may be less than others but it is safer to use. And it doesn’t use some of the heart wrenching testing on animals before it finds its way to the stores.
Organic Art: For an art lover, you can gift pieces of organic art. This can be a painting on recycled paper or cloth, a piece of driftwood art, a painted clay pot or stone inlaid wooden stool. The list is endless and each a joy to see.
Organic Invites: And lastly, send out invites for the Christmas or New Year party in organic invites. Organic paper or recycled paper is used for the invites. The print on it uses organic dyes. These invites are made on other natural stuff to like shells and on recycled cloth too like a parchment. They are different and it is lovely to get something different.
So, make your choices now for a different gift this season. You can find something organic for any type of person. Spark off a new beginning to show that we care more for the planet where we live and hope to live for generations to come. We can gift our children a healthier, safer and cleaner tomorrow with organic products. Buying these will also help communities to have a sustainable development model where the traditional ways of living and customs is not lost for eternity.