the sasmas gift guide: kind to your wallet, your heart + the earth

15th December 2018

Please note: no gifts, kickbacks or affiliations were received in compiling this list. I am not an influencer! These are the makers, stores and sites that I love and sharing is caring.

An experience:

For your favourite human, create a coupon book that means something to you both. Search on local colleges for evening classes, weekend workshops and music lessons. If you are feeling particularly brave, give your kids a ‘Sovereign Day‘ where they have 24 hours to make all decisions and the adults have to comply! Or if you are childfree, offer to babysit for parents you adore. Movie tickets are perfect for the random Uncle you got in Secret Santa.

A subscription:

To a magazine: Lionheart, Wear Your Voice, The Gentlewoman, and this Forbes list + Stackfor the thinking woman of today. Embrace slow journalism with a sub to Delayed Gratification. Get a pass for your local museum, library, gallery, lido, arboretum. For the smalls: Code Kingdoms for budding programmers, LeterboxLab for future scientists, The Sketchbook Club for creatives. Around the home: begin your indoor plant collection. For the loving, practical gift – offer a house cleaner, a meal service or a vegebox. Upgrade someone’s socks.

A book you loved:

Support independent bookshops and share the books that broke you open this year. On my list: The Overstory by Richard Powers, Everything Under by Daisy Johnson, A Heart of Goldby Jane Reeves, Hunger by Roxanne Gay, The Good Immigrantedited by Nikesh Shukla, Self-compassion by Dr Kristin Neff. Every kid I love is getting a Big Life Journal this year.

Something for Mama Earth:

Embrace a ‘no waste’ principle and you can’t go wrong. These personalised water bottles + lunch boxes are aces. Bamboo keep cups + sandwich wraps for school, office + car. Bristol-based Konk makes these beautiful chopping boards from offcuts in their studio. The eco-geek starter kitThis bee saver kit. Bohdi loves his becoball made from rice husk rubber – it can withstand very enthusiastic chewing. Wrap gifts in recycled brown paper, or a scarf.

Something from a maker:

I adore these kind stocking fillers, lotions and potions from Miss Bee Balms, candles from The Smallest Light and make someone’s morning coffee fun with boob mugs from Jessica! Charlie’s ‘Seasonal delights Calendar‘ lives up to its name! Plus my go-to stores for lovely things: These Two Hands, The Future Kept, The People Shop, Firian, Aerende and MidgleyGreen. In the US, Still We Rise auction original art on the ‘Gram to raise funds for organisations like the ACLU, Families Belong Together and The Southern Poverty Law Centre.

Something to make:

Make your own chutney, chocolates or a sugar scrub and use a pretty jar or wrap in wax paper. Create a cookbook of your 12 favourite recipes. Compile a mixtape. Record a message for loved ones overseas, or send them a photobook. Give the gift of creativity via a kit – I highly recommend the sourdough starter kit from Kat at Gartur + Stitch Farm, or something crafty: fabulous embroidery kits, gorgeous knitted pride wrist warmers from Ysolda, and I love Snapdragon’s calendula balm kit.

I’m sending you all the comfort and joy!




Hello, I'm Sas Petherick. I'm a self-doubt researcher, coach and podcaster who helps thinking humans transcend self-doubt. If you'd like to receive these posts in your inbox please subscribe here (with bonus info and first notice of opportunities to work with me). PS: I totallyInstagram - join me there?


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