Inspired, we’ve compiled a guide of even more ideas, practical tips, & specific goods, all sparked by the idea of a “meaningful” gift – specifically, with moms in mind (and plenty of time for Mother's Day!).
Some gifts are meaningful because they’re thoughtful – who is she? What are her interests? What would she appreciate?
Some gifts are meaningful because they give more – a memory, a skill, an heirloom, an opportunity.
And some gifts are meaningful simply because they are not "stuff" – they have value beyond their ability to fill a space (Moms do hate waste, after all…)
Overall, we chose ideas & items that bring dignity: to mom, to the relationship, & to the world. And, we’re definitely partial to quality & longevity.
Our definition is admittedly broad! But, with help from some fabulous contributors, we’ve produced a guide that we think is helpful, fun, & good, and are proud to share it with you. If you love it, we hope you will share it, too!
Simple! Just take it.
No bribes. No emails in exchange. Just free. For everyone.
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The guide is full of many links to the excellent items throughout. Most of the links are subtle; hover over text & images to find links to click through. If you are reading in a browser window, make sure to right click on any link to open it in a new tab.
If you like the guide & find it useful, we'd love for you to share it!
I was inspired by a goal that Elise Joy (goal-setter extraordinaire) set for herself for 2020: "Get dressed (in an outfit I feel good in) every day."
In Bangladesh, there are some cultural “rules” about what to wear that is appropriate. This amounts, basically, to covering your curves: two layers over your chest and rear. When I was there for a week, I essentially wore the same thing every day (a long, plain navy, cotton tunic, as well as a scarf). That had its own benefits (the ease of a "uniform"!), but I was also thrilled to come home and wear what I wanted to again.
But, with the freedom to wear whatever I wanted, the question came: what did I want to wear?
One subject I find really interesting is learning some behind-the-scenes of business and marketing. I've written before about how online brands use email subscriptions, discounts, and scarcity tactics to sell and grow. Some elements can be manipulative, but overall, I am just fascinated by how all of these hidden intricacies work.
In e-commerce businesses (retail stores that are all online) like mine, it is common to grow for the sake of growing. More sales, more staff, more products… isn’t that the definition of success?
Listen, I know that there are book lists for DAYS out there. This is another one, and I'm not pretending otherwise! It is completely biased and based on nothing other than what I have read recently. I love to read, I love to receive recommendations, and I love to share the books that I've enjoyed with others.
Every one of these books is my recommendation to YOU, but there are also ideas of other people in your life who might enjoy them. 😉 Comment below or fire me an email with your own best, recent reads!