It's said that experiences make us happier than things do. Traditionally, this is the time of year when many of us search for that perfect something, often getting stressed out and unhappy in the process as we rush to the finish line and around the mall.
Why not try something a little different this year? Give an experience, gift an animal food or shelter, or make something fabulous for those less fortunate. Read on for some suggestions that are sure to bring exponential amounts of comfort and joy.
Plan regular art projects with children.
Don't just give crayons and paint to kids—work with them to create artwork! This brilliant design "Baby ice penguins pink" was a collaboration between Jasmine and her mom Sharon (Scrummy).
Make a tax-deductibile donation to a non-profit organization.
Discover organizations like Farm Sanctuary, which works to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living.
Help dress girls around the world.
The mission of Dress a Girl Around the World is to elevate the esteem of girls around the world by making sure every little girl has the dignity of owning at least one dress. "Girl Flower Power" by Amel24 is just one design that would make a very cool dress!
Quilt or knit a blanket for a sick child.
Project Linus provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans. The Spoonflower Greenhouse used designs from designer Leanne's Hello Spring! collection.
Plan a regular cooking night with friends and family.
Making a meal together can be a lovely bonding experience. It's a time to relax, experiment and indulge! Try scheduling one night a week or month to cook at home with family and friends instead of going out. Get inspired by Kayajoy's yummy The Dinner Thief!
Help shelter animals get adopted.
There are many ways to help shelter animals find their forever homes. If you don't have time to volunteer, you could sew some cute bandanas to let people know they're available for adoption.
12 months = 12 picnics.
Summer, winter, spring or fall; any time is picnic time! Picnics are a wonderful way to get out in the fresh air, explore parks, city nooks or just some cool spot around the corner. Picnic for Bear by Mayavenue reminds us to take time to relax, have a snack and perhaps fly a kite!
About Our Guest Blogger
Caroline works formally as the graphic designer for Spoonflower and in a freelance capacity for her firm, Brains Are Pretty. Besides volunteering at her local shelter, she is also an avid chef, likes to take boxing classes and is an amateur dog trainer.