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RJ Imagery 2017 Gift Guide

Why a gift guide?

You probably already know I'm all about living a meaningful and experience-oriented life... and that goes into gift-giving. Plus, I think we're all tired from Christmas gifts we don't need that eventually go into landfill. I feel it's hard, though, to find gift guides that aren't product-based, even if they're made from a company with a humanitarian mission (which is awesome, by the way!). What if the people in my life don't need necklaces or scarves or vases? So here's a gift guide centered around intention and enriching lives. Most require a level of closeness with someone, which I hope encourages you to give less, but better gifts this year. There's two categories: Purchase and Make (low-cost). I always suggest make first, and if you have, let's say, a boss you need to get something less personal, I have lots of experience gifts too. All of these work as romantic gifts too, IMO, but I'm also all about putting just as much thought into our friendships as we do with partners, so I didn't distinguish. 

 A photo session is one of my favorite gifts and will last them for at least decades to come.

A photo session is one of my favorite gifts and will last them for at least decades to come.

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Bonus: you don't have to rush-ship these!

  • A BUCKET LIST for the two of you. Make your own box/jar/list of promises to spend time with each other doing things you normally may not try or make time for. No more "What do you want to do this week?" 
  • FAVORITE MEMORIES together. This can also take a jar form, or a box of letters to open throughout the year, or my favorite, buying a (random) kid's book and writing notes in the margins based on the words or headings in the book. 
  • IF YOU'RE ARTSY, how about repurposing a piece of clothing, such as painting a jean jacket or leather jacket (or jeans)? 
  • A YEAR LONG ADVENT CALENDAR, but instead of memories or a bucket list, write them 52 letters/poems/quotes/fun articles/book recommendations/something to brighten their week. I once got something similar from an old friend and it's still one of my favorite gifts. It contained verses, quotes, memories, and one-liner jokes. Sounds so cheesy, but it was fantastic.
 What about a date to a coffee shop? Doesn't have to be crazy expensive.

What about a date to a coffee shop? Doesn't have to be crazy expensive.

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Category one: minimal-waste subscriptions

 I love the flower subscription idea. Plus, support a NYC business!

I love the flower subscription idea. Plus, support a NYC business!

Category two: experience gifts

  • Tickets to a concert
  • Photo session with me! Find out more info here.
  • Museum tickets — I love the New Museum & the Met is no-fail. But feel free to pick a place they've never been!
  • Gift card to a favorite local restaurant (I know gift cards feel impersonal, but when you frame it around "Take an evening out on me and do X and Y to take time off for yourself!" it feels wayyy more personal and can be used however they'd like.) Another alternate: evening in and Seamless gift card. It may seem silly, but you know when you're sick and can't make food or go to the grocery store? Godsend.
  • Plane tickets to a new city! I love WOW Air for cheap flights. (Not an affiliate but I wish I was! Ha)
 Vienna!

Vienna!

Category three: meaningful products

  • Gift a new evening routine: noise machine to help sleep (I have this one) and a pretty journal from a local bookstore
  • Art print by an artist you support (Art by Megan for instance!) 
  • Poetry book (My favorites: Tyler Knott, a vintage book I got at a used book store of American poetry, Salt
  • A small musical instrument they've always wanted to try! 
 My niece enjoying her new instrument last year.

My niece enjoying her new instrument last year.

I hope you get to spend the holidays making new memories around these gifts! 

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