As temperatures plummet, gratitude and generosity peak during these early winter months, the holiday season. Let us celebrate coziness and full cups of all colors! Hugs, stories, laughter, and gifts are exchanged between family, friends, and neighbors. Fires crackle, kettles whistle, and cookies bake while we make the most of our ever-precious time with loved ones by debating questions like, “shouldn’t we be cooking cookies and baking bacon?”
Here at The Road Less Traveled, we have the hugs, stories, and laughter figured out. Twenty-five years of life-changing travel leave us with GIANT stockings brimming with appreciation and memories. When the snow starts falling and the candles and trees start glowing, we find ourselves thinking deeply about the gifts we give, hoping that what lies beneath the bow holds purpose, meaning, and goodness. At times, this can be as difficult as choking down that Jello Mold that, “Oh I insist you must sample!”
Though we can’t help you at the dinner table (“Ohhh mmm- thank you-it’s so…texture-y!”), here are a few ideas for responsible, meaningful gifts this holiday season:
5) Classes of All Kinds
From art to dance to exercise, you can find classes in just about anything within communities around the world. Gifting the opportunity to learn a new skill or fall in love with a new hobby is an excellent way to continue personal development and growth. For staying active, Classpass has the flexibility and diversity we appreciate.
4) Warmth from Patagonia
For conscientious consumers, a couple companies rise above the rest year after year. Patagonia continues to put the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility on themselves, keeping us coming back for warmth each winter season.
3) Lights! : (Beyond the Holidays)
There should be a bright headlamp on every journey’s packing list. Once the holiday decorations come down, make sure the adventurers in your life can still see when the sun goes down. We appreciate the quality and sustainable mindset found over at Black Diamond.
2) Camera! : (Capture their adventurous ways)
Adventurers need a way to capture their experiences. For moments when words in a journal won’t do justice, make sure to have a durable, quality camera at the ready. For a long time, one had to sacrifice one or the other, durability or quality. Luckily, these days we can have both in a camera. Shock, freeze, and waterproof, at 16 megapixels and full HD 1080p videos, the Nikon Coolpix is a great option.
Already have a camera? Head over to WoodSnap where they print photos directly on wood! With vibrant tones due to the natural warmth and texture of the wood, no two prints are ever alike! Plus, with each purchase, WoodSnap plants a Redwood tree to help give back.
1) Action! : Life-Changing Moments from The Road Less Traveled
No stocking, no box, no ribbon, no wrapping could ever hold the joy, excitement, growth, and glee that come from an RLT adventure. We feel there’s never been a greater need to empower young people to become agents of positive change. Along the way we promise they’ll find inspiration, opportunity, strength, and not one single bite of mystery jello mold.
From the RLT Family to yours, we wish you the happiest of holidays full of meaning and goodness,