Are you one of those people who love to give unique gifts, but quibbles over shopping? Or perhaps you adore that person a great deal, so it takes time to find the perfect gift. Does this feel and sound familiar? It sure sounds like me.
When I was in my 20s - 30s with plenty of time on my hands (but not so much money), the process of finding a gift was much easier. It wasn’t about the cost. With less money and more time, I could connect with my creative side to spot something that was a perfect match for that person. Sometimes I spent money on a gift, but on other occasions, I would pick up something at a trash and treasure market that worked just as well.
When you reach 40, life changes. There are kids, full-time work and a home to care for. Moreover, there are tons of people to buy unique gifts for, the family has grown. There are aunties and uncles, nephews and nieces, stepchildren, the special friendships and the list goes on. How do you keep track of them all? We remember their birthdays or special days because we know how special we feel when someone remembers our own birthday. Why is it that as we age gifting isn’t quite as much fun? I have been pondering this for some years.
The answer - it was the time required to find a gift, one that was a perfect fit for that person. That unique gift will never be found in a shopping mall; it is unlikely to be found down on the local shopping strip. You may find that unique gift at a market, perhaps on Etsy. There are some local shops with independent brands that have unique gifts, but the price is often high. The gifts exude love and unparalleled perfection, but when your budget is $50, the price tags don’t work.
Searching for a unique gift? - online shopping seems to be the only way to go. You want a unique gift that is not only beautiful and practical but within a certain price range – and most important, one that is tailored to the recipient of the gift. Sitting at a computer is my least preferred option (I work 10hrs a day on it already), but these days, our choices are limited.
Was this the reason I started a gifting business? I have always loved unique gifts. I was never a big brand follower or even a brand follower for that matter. Even as a kid, growing up in Mexico where brands were in vogue, I wore daggy, baggy clothes. I remember my dad buying a stash of gifts for his staff without any thought of how appropriate they would be for each employee. I helped wrap these gifts which were then distributed willy nilly. This is not my idea of gifting.
People underestimate how feelings are affected around giving or receiving a gift. Lack of thought or consideration in giving can leave shattered feelings. This is why we love the concept of conscious gifting. There is also something beautiful in finding unique gifts that make a difference.
Take our new journals for example. They are more than just a journal. Not only is the outside texturally exquisite, the inside of the journal treats you to a journey. The journey is the story of each artist, the quotes they live their lives by and their drawings. With our Aboriginal journals there are explanations for each drawing as it relates to aboriginal art and culture.
Our journals have many qualities. Not only are they beautiful, they are made of environmentally sustainable FSC paper and, best of all, a part of the profits from each sale goes back to Australian communities. The part/profit donation from Kathleen’s Aboriginal collection go back to her and her community. The Anna Blatman collection goes to helping The Smith Family. That is right, Koh Living is committed to raising $20,000 for The Smith Family to help disadvantaged Australian children receive an education that will offer better opportunities in life. This makes this an even more unique gift.
In stressful times like now, a unique gift like this will bring joy to anyone. It´s more than just the beauty of the gift, it´s the thought of giving back - helping to make a difference to Australians in need. It is the gift that makes a difference. Something else to consider when thinking of sustainability are these double-walled water bottles.
These bottles are non-toxic BPA free and keep your drinks cold for up 24hrs and hot for 12hrs. Sure there are many bottles around, but do they have exclusive original art like these ones? If you are wanting a unique gift, you cannot go past original artwork. The sale of these bottles also goes towards Koh Living´s aim of supporting Indigenous communities and The Smith Family.
Who do you know that will love these unique gifts? Do you know someone who loves art - or someone who would appreciate the aspect of helping the less well off in our society? Maybe they love colour – colour is huge indicator of people´s happiness, and right now, we need colour more than ever. Perhaps a water bottle, with all its added value, would be the perfect practical gift for your special person.
My mum would certainly appreciate the journals and the aboriginal artwork as she loves culture and history. She also loves practical gifts, so I am sure she would use it to scribble in while working out her daily crosswords. But, the Australian Wildflower collection is also a hit with mums. If your mother loves Australian Wildflowers, gardening or any flowers, she will love our best-selling range of glass candle holders.
If you want a gift that will get a great reaction, where you know you have nailed it, go no further. They will love these babies. They are a sure winner. They are also a unique gift, not something to compare with an assembly line mass-produced item. Each one of these candle holders is made by hand with fimo clay – yup, you have it right. There is no paint, so you can only imagine the amount of work that has gone into them!
Is your mum feeling lonely or worried? Do you want to touch her in some way? A journey to her inner being could bring her a realisation that the universe is protecting her? If my 9yr old gave me one of our Transcendence Minikin™ Lanterns. , I would be overjoyed. I find much solace in my daily mediation when I light a Minikin lantern. Depending on how things are going, I might prefer the mindfulness design to remind myself to be mindful of my thoughts towards myself and others. If you just want to let your mum know that you love her, our new LOVE design is just divine.
Each of these unique Minikin™ Lanterns has its own story written on the side of the box. You will find these stories on the website; look for the one that will be most meaningful for your mum. There is nothing more uplifting than giving a unique gift to someone. When their face lights up, the feeling you experience is priceless. You feel a connection, a feeling of belonging. This is why every gift we have created for you has an inner meaning. Read each story on our website. Discover one that will resonate with you and your mum, for Mother´s Day this year. We hope you find a unique gift just for your mum. Koh X