Heart’s Holiday Guide: Made With Love
There is nothing in the world quite like receiving a ‘one-of-a-kind made-just-for-you with heaps of love’ present.
For those of us with crafty hands and creative hearts it’s a matter of thinking of something thoughtful (within the realm of your ability) that your partner needs. Knit a scarf in their favourite colours (gold star if you make sure it goes well with their coat), create some art with their tastes in mind, have a photograph you took that might be special to your partner printed and framed. Build them something they need, personalize a collage, get crafty with your bad self.
If you were not blessed with creative hands but have a very big heart you can still do-it-yourself with a little effort:
Bake something! I’m pretty sure even burnt cookies still get smooches and points for effort.
Have a quote or song lyric your partner loves framed. You could write the quote on fancy paper if you have good penmanship, or use scrap-booking letters or stencils. If you need something fail-proof you could print it yourself using a font you like or even buy the quote on a card. If you doubt your skills you could have it professionally mounted and framed, but with some fun scrapbooking paper for a mat and an antique or thrift store frame you could really make your piece unique. For examples click here, here, here or here. (And side note; holy shit if you can embroider the possibilities for framed quotes are even fancier.)
Grow them a plant using clippings from one of your own. (Instructions for house plants here, for outdoor plants here.) Find a vase or container from a thrift shop that suits your partner’s tastes or decorate a plain one with paint, stickers, beads, etc. What better gift than a clone!
Make them a mix-tape. Look, it may be outdated and not at all necessary in this day and age but the best part of my courtships as a young girl were mix-tapes. You don’t have to necessarily go retro and rock a cassette (but omg if you did swoon), mixed-cd’s or even playlists are a fine substitute. Choose songs with a special memory or history to them, choose a mood for your collection like “driving in the dark”, “jogging jams” or of course “sexy time”. Decorate your mix, write a love note on it and make a fancy envelope. Sharing music is intimate! Most importantly unveil your soundtrack at a time when you can listen to it together, perhaps while you have dinner, or road trip to family functions. Make new memories for those songs.
If your partner wears earrings or jewellery get an old frame and some chicken wire and make them an awesome and useful-as-fuck jewellery holder. It’s super easy and super functional. (Ideas and directions here.)
If you’re all thumbs or short on time you can still go handmade by finding something one-of-a-kind your partner would love on a site like etsy or deviant art.
Things you make with your own hands and heart carry a piece of you within them.  Knowing you used your precious time and talents to craft them something unique will make your partner feel (rightfully) special. Hand-made gifts are things people truly treasure. It’s a tangible form of your love, and love is what the holiday season is really all about.
*This is the last of my Holiday Guide posts. Thanks for all of your awesome feedback. I’d love to hear from you if you achieve partner-present-success with any of these ideas. Cheers. <3
Embroidery by Lux Alptraum. See a "How To" here.

Heart’s Holiday Guide: Made With Love

There is nothing in the world quite like receiving a ‘one-of-a-kind made-just-for-you with heaps of love’ present.

For those of us with crafty hands and creative hearts it’s a matter of thinking of something thoughtful (within the realm of your ability) that your partner needs. Knit a scarf in their favourite colours (gold star if you make sure it goes well with their coat), create some art with their tastes in mind, have a photograph you took that might be special to your partner printed and framed. Build them something they need, personalize a collage, get crafty with your bad self.

If you were not blessed with creative hands but have a very big heart you can still do-it-yourself with a little effort:

  • Bake something! I’m pretty sure even burnt cookies still get smooches and points for effort.
  • Have a quote or song lyric your partner loves framed. You could write the quote on fancy paper if you have good penmanship, or use scrap-booking letters or stencils. If you need something fail-proof you could print it yourself using a font you like or even buy the quote on a card. If you doubt your skills you could have it professionally mounted and framed, but with some fun scrapbooking paper for a mat and an antique or thrift store frame you could really make your piece unique. For examples click here, here, here or here. (And side note; holy shit if you can embroider the possibilities for framed quotes are even fancier.)
  • Grow them a plant using clippings from one of your own. (Instructions for house plants here, for outdoor plants here.) Find a vase or container from a thrift shop that suits your partner’s tastes or decorate a plain one with paint, stickers, beads, etc. What better gift than a clone!
  • Make them a mix-tape. Look, it may be outdated and not at all necessary in this day and age but the best part of my courtships as a young girl were mix-tapes. You don’t have to necessarily go retro and rock a cassette (but omg if you did swoon), mixed-cd’s or even playlists are a fine substitute. Choose songs with a special memory or history to them, choose a mood for your collection like “driving in the dark”, “jogging jams” or of course “sexy time”. Decorate your mix, write a love note on it and make a fancy envelope. Sharing music is intimate! Most importantly unveil your soundtrack at a time when you can listen to it together, perhaps while you have dinner, or road trip to family functions. Make new memories for those songs.
  • If your partner wears earrings or jewellery get an old frame and some chicken wire and make them an awesome and useful-as-fuck jewellery holder. It’s super easy and super functional. (Ideas and directions here.)
  • If you’re all thumbs or short on time you can still go handmade by finding something one-of-a-kind your partner would love on a site like etsy or deviant art.

Things you make with your own hands and heart carry a piece of you within them.  Knowing you used your precious time and talents to craft them something unique will make your partner feel (rightfully) special. Hand-made gifts are things people truly treasure. It’s a tangible form of your love, and love is what the holiday season is really all about.

*This is the last of my Holiday Guide posts. Thanks for all of your awesome feedback. I’d love to hear from you if you achieve partner-present-success with any of these ideas. Cheers. <3

Embroidery by Lux Alptraum. See a "How To" here.

(Source: mnagso)

Heart’s Holiday Guide: Nostalgia
For one of our first Christmas seasons together my husband bought me a holiday movie that my dance teacher in high school (who was a mentor to me) used to play for us on the last class of the year. It was a small token but it was thoughtful; it showed that he knew this memory was important to me, and it made me feel warm and fuzzy having the chance to share it with him.
Gifts that honour our childhood favourites are a sweet gesture, and they also invoke some serious swoons. They remind of us a simpler time and bring back fond memories.
Luckily the internet is a treasure trove of retro throwbacks and a little searching will unearth tshirts with their favourite 80&#8217;s cartoon characters, gently used action figures and DVD&#8217;s of all of our favourite childhood films.
For a super-thoughtful twist look for adult accessories that feature their favourites, like these "I Love You/I Know" Star Wars mugs, or a Calvin and Hobbes phone case, or this mother fucking She Ra Flask!!!!! (Ohhhhhmg what?!)
With a little hunting you can unearth all sorts of vintage treasures. Now excuse me while I search for Curious George underwear for a grown man&#8230;

Heart’s Holiday Guide: Nostalgia

For one of our first Christmas seasons together my husband bought me a holiday movie that my dance teacher in high school (who was a mentor to me) used to play for us on the last class of the year. It was a small token but it was thoughtful; it showed that he knew this memory was important to me, and it made me feel warm and fuzzy having the chance to share it with him.

Gifts that honour our childhood favourites are a sweet gesture, and they also invoke some serious swoons. They remind of us a simpler time and bring back fond memories.

Luckily the internet is a treasure trove of retro throwbacks and a little searching will unearth tshirts with their favourite 80’s cartoon characters, gently used action figures and DVD’s of all of our favourite childhood films.

For a super-thoughtful twist look for adult accessories that feature their favourites, like these "I Love You/I Know" Star Wars mugs, or a Calvin and Hobbes phone case, or this mother fucking She Ra Flask!!!!! (Ohhhhhmg what?!)

With a little hunting you can unearth all sorts of vintage treasures. Now excuse me while I search for Curious George underwear for a grown man…

(Source: fuckyeahfantasia)

Heart’s Holiday Guide: Pamper Them
This one is a no brainer, and kind of a classic gift in general. But if your partner is a Mother or is in a care-giving profession I can guarantee you they are in need of some pampering.Many of us who spend so much time taking care of the needs of others neglect our own.
A gift certificate for a massage, manicure/pedicure, or appointment at the hair-salon are a concrete way to encourage someone who doesn&#8217;t make self-care a priority to do so. If you happen to have any of those skills you can make a coupon for your services that they can cash in at any time. If you can afford to splurge on professional services do so, it&#8217;s a great way to support local businesses. (For massages always ensure the services are with a Registered Massage Therapist.)
Home based ideas for pampering can include aromatherapy candles or bath-salts, a luxurious bath pillow for relaxation in the tub, their favourite teas with a fancy big mug or a new set of super comfy pyjamas.
My very favourite pampering ideas take it a step further:
If your partner enjoys massage, yoga, or being touched appropriately do them a favour and book them a Thai Yoga Massage. Seriously. This is one of my favourite things on the planet. From the first time I had one I was hooked. Thai Massages are done on floor mats while you are wearing loose clothing. You do not need to be flexible or in good shape. The therapist will help you to stretch your muscles during the massage. I get so relaxed I have been known to drool during these treatments. Thai massages are so good for the body and your partner will walk away feeling like a million bucks.
If your partner enjoys wearing make up book them a makeover at a local establishment (alternately chains like The Body Shop, MAC, Aveda and Sephora all offer this service.) Not only is it really pleasant having someone spoil you with creams and soft brushes, but it&#8217;s a great boost to the self-esteem to spend time with a good cosmetician who will help you learn how to enhance your best features. It&#8217;s also a fantastic way to learn some new tricks and shake up your makeup routine, most of us who wear cosmetics get in the habit of doing the same old thing over and over. Adding something new to this routine helps inspire your creativity and shake things up. And you walk away feeling beautiful. (Make sure to fawn over your partners new look when you see them!)
A Hitachi Magic Wand. Just do it. If your partner does not have one, they need one. It works so well as a massager and even better as a sex toy. It is a purchase you will not regret. I especially recommend this if your partner requires a lot of stimulation to orgasm, struggles to orgasm, stresses out about taking forever to orgasm or really loves to orgasm.
Pampering gifts say to your partner &#8220;You are worthy of care. Here. Have some.&#8221; What a great holiday message.
(Pampering gifts are also the perfect gift to give yourself!)

Heart’s Holiday Guide: Pamper Them

This one is a no brainer, and kind of a classic gift in general. But if your partner is a Mother or is in a care-giving profession I can guarantee you they are in need of some pampering.Many of us who spend so much time taking care of the needs of others neglect our own.

A gift certificate for a massage, manicure/pedicure, or appointment at the hair-salon are a concrete way to encourage someone who doesn’t make self-care a priority to do so. If you happen to have any of those skills you can make a coupon for your services that they can cash in at any time. If you can afford to splurge on professional services do so, it’s a great way to support local businesses. (For massages always ensure the services are with a Registered Massage Therapist.)

Home based ideas for pampering can include aromatherapy candles or bath-salts, a luxurious bath pillow for relaxation in the tub, their favourite teas with a fancy big mug or a new set of super comfy pyjamas.

My very favourite pampering ideas take it a step further:

  • If your partner enjoys massage, yoga, or being touched appropriately do them a favour and book them a Thai Yoga Massage. Seriously. This is one of my favourite things on the planet. From the first time I had one I was hooked. Thai Massages are done on floor mats while you are wearing loose clothing. You do not need to be flexible or in good shape. The therapist will help you to stretch your muscles during the massage. I get so relaxed I have been known to drool during these treatments. Thai massages are so good for the body and your partner will walk away feeling like a million bucks.
  • If your partner enjoys wearing make up book them a makeover at a local establishment (alternately chains like The Body Shop, MAC, Aveda and Sephora all offer this service.) Not only is it really pleasant having someone spoil you with creams and soft brushes, but it’s a great boost to the self-esteem to spend time with a good cosmetician who will help you learn how to enhance your best features. It’s also a fantastic way to learn some new tricks and shake up your makeup routine, most of us who wear cosmetics get in the habit of doing the same old thing over and over. Adding something new to this routine helps inspire your creativity and shake things up. And you walk away feeling beautiful. (Make sure to fawn over your partners new look when you see them!)
  • A Hitachi Magic Wand. Just do it. If your partner does not have one, they need one. It works so well as a massager and even better as a sex toy. It is a purchase you will not regret. I especially recommend this if your partner requires a lot of stimulation to orgasm, struggles to orgasm, stresses out about taking forever to orgasm or really loves to orgasm.

Pampering gifts say to your partner “You are worthy of care. Here. Have some.” What a great holiday message.

(Pampering gifts are also the perfect gift to give yourself!)


Heart’s Holiday Guide: Boudoir Beautification
Bedrooms are sacred. The energy in your bedroom is really important in your sex life, whether you realise it or not. A gift that will make the bedroom a more sensual space is an investment in your intimacy.
Bedrooms need to be functional spaces of course, but many of us prioritize function and don&#8217;t pay enough attention to the aesthetic appeal of the room. (And those of us who do work to create a feel-good vibe will appreciate a gift that adds to that atmosphere.)
This kind of purchase requires you to have a solid knowledge of your partners style and decor preferences, but it&#8217;s something they will appreciate every night and every morning. 
My husband built me a custom headboard this year. It was relatively inexpensive (the cost of the wood and the stain) and made with love, and it has drastically improved the look of our bedroom. (His kinky feature for our anniversary was another great gift, and it only cost a few dollars.) If you are blessed enough to be handy and skillful making a headboard, shelf or bedside table is a great way to add a warm and personalized touch to their bedroom. 
Alternately you could invest in some good lighting. I can not stress enough that good lighting is critical in the bedroom. Candles, reading lamps, curtains can all change and affect the way you see your space. And this might sound crazy but one of the sexiest things in my bedroom is our light fixture. Most bedrooms have plain and rather boring light fixtures, switching it out for something more sensual makes a dramatic impact on the room. Chandeliers, antique fixtures, and lantern style lighting warm the room up and add serious ambience. 
Good quality sheets are a fantastic bedroom investment. Cotton sheets with a minimum thread-count of 250 (the higher the thread-count the softer the sheet) will make you a convert. Flannel sheets for a partner who is always cold at night, or satin sheets to add to the frisky-factor are great purchases. Plush blankets and throws also add texture and make you inclined to spend more time in bed, which frankly we could all use. 
Repaint in a colour they&#8217;ve been thinking of. Buy a super soft throw rug for the spot they first put their feet down in the morning. Get a piece of artwork they adore framed. Find a storage container that rolls under the bed for all of their shoes that end up strewn around. Make the space prettier. 
And last but not least; their bedroom needs more mirrors. It does. It really does. Check thrift shops or antique stores for something unique, in a pinch places like Ikea and Target also have good selections. 
Making their bedroom a more sensual space is a thoughtful gesture that will have a ripple effect in your relationship. Thank me later. 

Source: courtneytrouble: courtney trouble and judy minx

Heart’s Holiday Guide: Boudoir Beautification

Bedrooms are sacred. The energy in your bedroom is really important in your sex life, whether you realise it or not. A gift that will make the bedroom a more sensual space is an investment in your intimacy.

Bedrooms need to be functional spaces of course, but many of us prioritize function and don’t pay enough attention to the aesthetic appeal of the room. (And those of us who do work to create a feel-good vibe will appreciate a gift that adds to that atmosphere.)

This kind of purchase requires you to have a solid knowledge of your partners style and decor preferences, but it’s something they will appreciate every night and every morning.

My husband built me a custom headboard this year. It was relatively inexpensive (the cost of the wood and the stain) and made with love, and it has drastically improved the look of our bedroom. (His kinky feature for our anniversary was another great gift, and it only cost a few dollars.) If you are blessed enough to be handy and skillful making a headboard, shelf or bedside table is a great way to add a warm and personalized touch to their bedroom.

Alternately you could invest in some good lighting. I can not stress enough that good lighting is critical in the bedroom. Candles, reading lamps, curtains can all change and affect the way you see your space. And this might sound crazy but one of the sexiest things in my bedroom is our light fixture. Most bedrooms have plain and rather boring light fixtures, switching it out for something more sensual makes a dramatic impact on the room. Chandeliers, antique fixtures, and lantern style lighting warm the room up and add serious ambience.

Good quality sheets are a fantastic bedroom investment. Cotton sheets with a minimum thread-count of 250 (the higher the thread-count the softer the sheet) will make you a convert. Flannel sheets for a partner who is always cold at night, or satin sheets to add to the frisky-factor are great purchases. Plush blankets and throws also add texture and make you inclined to spend more time in bed, which frankly we could all use.

Repaint in a colour they’ve been thinking of. Buy a super soft throw rug for the spot they first put their feet down in the morning. Get a piece of artwork they adore framed. Find a storage container that rolls under the bed for all of their shoes that end up strewn around. Make the space prettier.

And last but not least; their bedroom needs more mirrors. It does. It really does. Check thrift shops or antique stores for something unique, in a pinch places like Ikea and Target also have good selections.

Making their bedroom a more sensual space is a thoughtful gesture that will have a ripple effect in your relationship. Thank me later.

Source: courtneytrouble: courtney trouble and judy minx

Heart’s Holiday Guide: Time
This is the kind of gift that could range from free to hundreds of dollars depending on your budget. Regardless of what you spend you can let your creativity shine. Good planning is critical.
Take your partners interests into account and plan a special outing together. This could be as simple as a picnic and a walk through a local park or public garden or as elaborate as a week long vacation. The point is to choose something your partner would enjoy and execute it flawlessly. Is there something in your city (or one close by) that your partner has never seen? A museum, art gallery, landmark, natural phenomenon, a play or concert? Is there a bed and breakfast you can visit, or a place to do dog sledding or rock climbing, something unusual and exciting? Even planning a stay-cation where you stock the fridge with all of their favourite foods, watch all of their favourite movies, run them a luxurious bath, rub their feet and make them cum to infinity is a fantastic use of time!
The extra bonus points come from making this special. Make a card or collage by hand that announces your plans. Make it a scavenger hunt where your partner has to collect items to discover what your outing is. Leave a trail of clues for them to find. Blindfold your partner and reveal the location once you get there so it&#8217;s a real surprise.
For those of you looking for something kinkier as a gift this is a great way to reveal your plans. Instead of just putting the sex toy you bought them under the tree or unveiling it for Hanukkah you can make an elaborate and creative game out of it. Get them something special to wear (like open-bum panties if you purchased a butt-plug for example) or create some serious ambience by surprising them with a clean house (critical!) flowers, candles and mood music before you unveil your new toy.
Regardless of what your plan is the beauty is in the details. Make sure everything is planned out in advance. For example; buying concert tickets is no real feat, but arranging for a babysitter, making a sumptuous meal including your partners favourite wine and dessert, offering to be the designated driver so they can indulge and making a playlist of their favourite songs by the artist you&#8217;re going to see all show that you have gone above and beyond to make your time together special and memorable.
Take care of all of the little things so your partners only obligation is to enjoy.

Heart’s Holiday Guide: Time

This is the kind of gift that could range from free to hundreds of dollars depending on your budget. Regardless of what you spend you can let your creativity shine. Good planning is critical.

Take your partners interests into account and plan a special outing together. This could be as simple as a picnic and a walk through a local park or public garden or as elaborate as a week long vacation. The point is to choose something your partner would enjoy and execute it flawlessly. Is there something in your city (or one close by) that your partner has never seen? A museum, art gallery, landmark, natural phenomenon, a play or concert? Is there a bed and breakfast you can visit, or a place to do dog sledding or rock climbing, something unusual and exciting? Even planning a stay-cation where you stock the fridge with all of their favourite foods, watch all of their favourite movies, run them a luxurious bath, rub their feet and make them cum to infinity is a fantastic use of time!

The extra bonus points come from making this special. Make a card or collage by hand that announces your plans. Make it a scavenger hunt where your partner has to collect items to discover what your outing is. Leave a trail of clues for them to find. Blindfold your partner and reveal the location once you get there so it’s a real surprise.

For those of you looking for something kinkier as a gift this is a great way to reveal your plans. Instead of just putting the sex toy you bought them under the tree or unveiling it for Hanukkah you can make an elaborate and creative game out of it. Get them something special to wear (like open-bum panties if you purchased a butt-plug for example) or create some serious ambience by surprising them with a clean house (critical!) flowers, candles and mood music before you unveil your new toy.

Regardless of what your plan is the beauty is in the details. Make sure everything is planned out in advance. For example; buying concert tickets is no real feat, but arranging for a babysitter, making a sumptuous meal including your partners favourite wine and dessert, offering to be the designated driver so they can indulge and making a playlist of their favourite songs by the artist you’re going to see all show that you have gone above and beyond to make your time together special and memorable.

Take care of all of the little things so your partners only obligation is to enjoy.

(Source: ladybuc)

Heart’s Holiday Guide: BUY THEM A POLAR BEAR!!!!
My favourite thoughtful gifts have been charitable donations made in my name. There are some GREAT organizations out there, there is no shortage of good causes. Find something close to their hearts; human rights, animal welfare, environmental causes, education, etc.
Some of my personal favourites are organizations that give you a concrete idea of what your donation has provided:
Unicef Gifts of Magic- This is on my list every year and it&#8217;s my very favourite charity. Unicef has a variety of different focus areas from health to play to emergency relief. Unicef provides the recipient with information about exactly what your donation has accomplished. Knowing that 8 pregnant women were able to get HIV testing and protect their children, or 11 kids in a refugee camp got soccer balls, or 55 children were vaccinated against Polio or 42 kids have exercise books in local languages for school just FEELS GOOD! 
Oxfam Unwrapped - a  goat loaning program? Now that&#8217;s an investment!
WWF- Adopt an animal, lots to choose from including polar bears, pandas and orangutans. 
Kiva- the Nobel Peace Prize winning micro-lending charity lets you choose a real person to invest in. You can purchase a gift certificate and your loved one can learn about real projects happening in developing countries and choose where their donation goes. Kiva follows the &#8220;give a man a fish feed him for a day, teach a man to fish feed him for life&#8221; school of thought and really empowers those involved.
Alternately you could make a donation in your partners honour (often refered to as &#8220;in tribute&#8221;) to a cause they champion, such as:
Local Humane Societies/Animal Shelters/SPCA&#8217;s
Amnesty International or other human rights groups
Doctors Without Borders
A health cause dear to them that has affected their lives (Cancer, Lung Association, WarAmps etc.)
War Child
A local landmark they enjoy (Zoos, libraries, historical spaces etc.)
A donation to a local women&#8217;s shelter or food bank
Red Cross
Jane Goodall Institute  
This list represents some of my favourite charities, but there are thousands of great causes out there. A word to the wise though, it is a good idea to check the financial reports of a charity that is new to you to make sure that the money actually goes to those in need rather than to administrative fees and executive salaries.
These kinds of donations make great hostess, teacher and colleague gifts as well.
And you know people who say &#8220;I have everything I need&#8221; &#8220;I don&#8217;t neeeeeed anything&#8221;? This is what you can get them. You can spend what you can afford, everyone feels good, the world becomes a slightly better place and capitalism was punched in the balls a little. WINNING!

Heart’s Holiday Guide: BUY THEM A POLAR BEAR!!!!

My favourite thoughtful gifts have been charitable donations made in my name. There are some GREAT organizations out there, there is no shortage of good causes. Find something close to their hearts; human rights, animal welfare, environmental causes, education, etc.

Some of my personal favourites are organizations that give you a concrete idea of what your donation has provided:

  • Unicef Gifts of Magic- This is on my list every year and it’s my very favourite charity. Unicef has a variety of different focus areas from health to play to emergency relief. Unicef provides the recipient with information about exactly what your donation has accomplished. Knowing that 8 pregnant women were able to get HIV testing and protect their children, or 11 kids in a refugee camp got soccer balls, or 55 children were vaccinated against Polio or 42 kids have exercise books in local languages for school just FEELS GOOD! 
  • Oxfam Unwrapped - a  goat loaning program? Now that’s an investment!
  • WWF- Adopt an animal, lots to choose from including polar bears, pandas and orangutans. 
  • Kiva- the Nobel Peace Prize winning micro-lending charity lets you choose a real person to invest in. You can purchase a gift certificate and your loved one can learn about real projects happening in developing countries and choose where their donation goes. Kiva follows the “give a man a fish feed him for a day, teach a man to fish feed him for life” school of thought and really empowers those involved.

Alternately you could make a donation in your partners honour (often refered to as “in tribute”) to a cause they champion, such as:

This list represents some of my favourite charities, but there are thousands of great causes out there. A word to the wise though, it is a good idea to check the financial reports of a charity that is new to you to make sure that the money actually goes to those in need rather than to administrative fees and executive salaries.

These kinds of donations make great hostess, teacher and colleague gifts as well.

And you know people who say “I have everything I need” “I don’t neeeeeed anything”? This is what you can get them. You can spend what you can afford, everyone feels good, the world becomes a slightly better place and capitalism was punched in the balls a little. WINNING!

(Source: ihatepants)

Heart&#8217;s Holiday Guide: Invest in their interests
I&#8217;ll admit I stole this thoughtful idea from someone, but investing in their hobbies is a truly great gift.
Gift Certificates- call up the studio where they do circus, yoga, bootcamp, ballet, weight lifting, Mixed Martial Arts, pottery etc. and arrange for a credit to their account. Most places are happy to accommodate this and it&#8217;s a really great incentive to stick with your hobby. It&#8217;s nice knowing that someone believes in you enough to invest in your training. Extra bonus points because you&#8217;re supporting local businesses. (Note: this is only thoughtful if this class is a hobby for them&#8230;. buying workouts for a partner who isn&#8217;t interested or might be triggered by the implications is a recipe for disaster.)
Equipment Upgrade- research, talk to friends who are into the same thing, ask sneakily and upgrade their beloved equipment. Whether it&#8217;s sporting gear, camera lenses, art supplies, recording software, crafting stuff, tools, culinary equipment or restringing their guitar, upgrades help to keep people keen and invested in their hobbies. Plus these gifts produce a renewed excitement in their passions.
First steps- Have they been talking about a project or activity they would like to try or start? If it&#8217;s writing a screenplay buy them the industry standard software, if it&#8217;s scuba diving pay for their certification, if it&#8217;s a new tattoo hire an artist or put money towards their payments. Sometimes these gifts give your loved one that extra push or boots of confidence they needed to get started. It shows your support in the nicest way.

Heart’s Holiday Guide: Invest in their interests

I’ll admit I stole this thoughtful idea from someone, but investing in their hobbies is a truly great gift.

  • Gift Certificates- call up the studio where they do circus, yoga, bootcamp, ballet, weight lifting, Mixed Martial Arts, pottery etc. and arrange for a credit to their account. Most places are happy to accommodate this and it’s a really great incentive to stick with your hobby. It’s nice knowing that someone believes in you enough to invest in your training. Extra bonus points because you’re supporting local businesses. (Note: this is only thoughtful if this class is a hobby for them…. buying workouts for a partner who isn’t interested or might be triggered by the implications is a recipe for disaster.)
  • Equipment Upgrade- research, talk to friends who are into the same thing, ask sneakily and upgrade their beloved equipment. Whether it’s sporting gear, camera lenses, art supplies, recording software, crafting stuff, tools, culinary equipment or restringing their guitar, upgrades help to keep people keen and invested in their hobbies. Plus these gifts produce a renewed excitement in their passions.
  • First steps- Have they been talking about a project or activity they would like to try or start? If it’s writing a screenplay buy them the industry standard software, if it’s scuba diving pay for their certification, if it’s a new tattoo hire an artist or put money towards their payments. Sometimes these gifts give your loved one that extra push or boots of confidence they needed to get started. It shows your support in the nicest way.
Heart’s Holiday Guide

I have had some great requests from folks who are looking for thoughtful gift ideas. Today I will start posting suggestions, they will all be tagged Heart’s Holiday Guide. I am trying to focus on gift suggestions that are not only supremely thoughtful, and affordable, but ones that have a socially conscious approach as well; shopping locally, artisans rather than box stores and corporate chains, low consumerism, environmentally friendly(er). Instead of posting specific items my suggestions will be ideas that will (hopefully) stir your feelings and inspire your best gifts for your loved ones ever, so you can still take all of the credit.

Good luck, and happy giving. <3

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