I read an article recently that said people in my generation have been trained from the age of two to tune out all useless information. We’ve been advertised to our entire lives, it said, and so we’ve learned how to sift between noise and value. Most stuff is noise. Little is value. We’re good at ignoring.
Of all the articles I’ve read in the last few weeks (and I read articles all day, every day, for my job), nothing has stood out to me more than those few sentences. We tune out the noise. I’ve thought about it when I’m driving down the highway with the radio on, past billboards and buses with giant ads and that guy on the corner in a costume waving people into a store. I feel, a lot of times, like the world is shouting. Everybody is “look here!” “buy this!” “pay attention to me!” and I’m hungry for the whisper of a person who knows you don’t have to be the loudest to be the kindest or the flashiest to be the one with something to say. Whispers are hard to hear in a crowd, like a touch is hard to feel in a throng of people, but I believe deep in my gut that those small touches and little whispers are worth hunting for.
What I am getting around to saying is that I have been planning for a while now to make a little gift guide/ideas for Christmas stocking stuffers for you this year, filled with a handful of meaningful products or items that Tim and I have found worth tuning into this year. Some of them were sent to us to review and, when that is the case, I’ve indicated it in the note. Some of them are just cool and nobody is asking us to tell you so but we like them so we are. The list is filled with small things, most under $30, none that are flashy or slick, not all that will fit in a stocking (whoops). But we hope it’s a whisper worthwhile to you. Happy Holidays!
- Pascha Organic Chocolate Chips: Do you know how hard it is to find chocolate chips that don’t have soy in them? Weirdly hard. That’s why I am now such a fan of Pascha’s organic chocolate chips, which come in different degrees of darkness and which have a short and sweet ingredients list, just as it should be. We were sent some Pascha’s to review, but we liked them so much I made a special trip to a Brentwood grocery store this last week to buy more.
- USA Pans 6-Well Donut Pan: I love a good homemade doughnut. This is our pan, which is also my brother’s pan and my sister-in-law’s pan and the pan our 14-year-old nephew uses to make an einkorn/coconut sugar version of Marie Matter’s baked cinnamon sugar doughnuts every chance he gets.
- Redmond Earthpaste Toothpaste, Peppermint, 4 Ounce: Looking for a totally natural, fluoride-free toothpaste with ingredients you can feel good about? Here’s Tim’s favorite, Earthpaste, which we first heard about from Summer Harms. Great stocking stuffer for the hippie type (i.e., like us!) in your family.
- The Grain-Free Family Table: 125 Delicious Recipes for Fresh, Healthy Eating Every Day: Tim and I are not against grains, but for any of you who have faced difficult health issues and wondered if cutting out grains could help, you’ve got a welcome friend in Carrie Vitt. Two reasons I like this book: Carrie wrote it to try to help people who might be suffering like she was, and it’s filled with grain-free versions of all the traditional comfort foods like biscuits or pancakes or cookies. We were sent a review copy of this book.
- “Everybody’s Fine”: When you’re looking for a new Netflix flick to watch this holiday season, my vote is for this family-focused story that we rewatched a few weeks ago and had me crying all over again. Complex characters and believable story and the kind of thing that makes you think about long-term relationships and the people you love.
- “The Magic of Ordinary Days”: Or if you feel like signing up for a one-week free trial of Feeln’, watch this Hallmark movie with Felicity star Keri Russell that beautifully portrays what it means to selflessly love.
- Little Seed Soaps: You just won’t find better-quality soap, made with better ingredients, right here in Tennessee than Little Seed’s. Bonus: the family that makes them is truly kind and lovely.
- IKEA dish towels: Pretty and simple and $0.79 each.
- Anthropologie Flowerpatch Measuring Cup: I don’t know what it is I love so much about this measuring cup, beyond its obvious beauty, but I use it all. the. time.
- Real Love for Real Life: The Art and Work of Caring: Oh my, this book. So good, so challenging, so inspiring, so encouraging.
- Numi Vanilla Rooibos Tea: Our tea of choice these days and I mean every day these days.
- Earth Globe Air Revitalizer: We add essential oils to this diffuser every night and let it freshen the room while we’re sleeping.
- Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil: More info here!
- Fresh Mouth(TM): Our favorite air freshener, made of all natural ingredients like organic peppermint, organic spearmint and organic menthol crystals.
- Bark Thins Snacking Chocolate Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed with Sea Salt 16 Oz.: Fun treats made with quality ingredients and just the ticket for hitting that sweet tooth.
- Purely Elizabeth Granola: I have this habit of checking out the gourmet food section at Home Goods, which is where we first found this granola that is crazy addictive and so good, especially the blueberry hemp.
- Last idea deserves its own post, coming soon. Stay tuned!
ps! also coming at you soon is some updates about the book! we’re sorry if you haven’t gotten yours yet. if you have gotten your copy, we’d love to hear about it!