I know, I know, it’s still only October but let’s face it, the Christmas adverts have already started with a vengeance, all encouraging us to buy, buy, buy!
Maybe it’s my age (very old!) but these days I cynically think of Christmas as ‘over-hyped, overpriced and over in a day’!
So many people go overboard – spending money they can’t afford on gifts for people they barely know or even like, buying too much food and too much ‘stuff’ – much of it plastic and much of it unwanted, unneeded, and wasted.
Naturally my close family & friends have long called me Scrooge and Bah Humbug but, tell me, how ridiculous is it to go into debt to show people how much you love them? Or to visit friends/family that you would normally avoid, if it will endanger your mental health?
The conflict for me is that I do run a business and I do need to sell my products to make money (only to be able to eat, you understand!!).
With this in mind I decided that rather than making things that I would like to receive (we’re all different, okay) I would offer people the chance to buy what they wanted and would then offer a natural bag, basket, or pouch to put their presents in. I will also gladly attach a Christmas Gift Tag for FREE.
I have also kept the minimum order to qualify as reasonable as possible – just £15 – as I’m sure this year is likely to be a difficult one for a lot of us.
As for me, all the gifts I give will be either made by me ( like my Winters’ Geode Bath Bombs shown above) or purchased from other small local businesses.
In this way I a) save money, b) help other small businesses, and c) significantly reduce my carbon footprint.
I will NOT be buying from major companies, most especially those ones that do not pay their fair share of tax. (Are you listening Amazon?!)
I do hope you will visit http://www.skinkiss.org.uk and take a look at what I have to offer.
love & stuff