Guys, it’s that time of year and mannnn…already I wanna buy ALL. THE. THINGS.

And like anything involving my wallet, shit can get outta hand QUICK. But here’s the thing, we recently moved and along the way, I attempted to purge an ungodly amount of toys, games, books, STUFF. I swore that I was going to start fresh and not just buy for the sake of buying. It’s difficult to avoid the trap of just buying to fill up space under the tree, and instead choosing gifts with intention. Gifts to spark curiosity and imagination, to further our love and appreciation of nature, for long lasting memories and keepsakes, and maybe to sneak some learning in there as well. Whenever possible to purchase items that are hand-made, local (to the Berkshires), support small businesses, and eco-friendly.

We hope this list inspires you too!


Jewelry

Soulful Intentions

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Emily Jane Design

with every single one of these dainty beauties! From the evergreen earrings to the fungi rings, I can’t help but want them all. Every piece is handmade in Emily’s studio in Northborough, MA. These gifts are sure to wow any nature lover in your life.

Rosie Research Science Jewelry

Rosie Research aims to bring science education to kids in exciting and interesting ways.

Dr. Erica, founder of these wild classes and camps, also created these awesome bracelet kits. Now learning the plant life cycle, or the water cycle is as fun as creating a gorgeous bracelet! Each kit comes with everything you need to create a cool piece of jewelry. They also come with a unique “genius” card that will teach you about each special bead. Learn about condensation in the water cycle or the difference between a chrysalis and a cocoon in the butterfly life cycle. With these cool science bracelet kits, your kids will have quality time with you, hands-on learning moments, and something beautiful to wear after!

Books

SmithGirlReads

Instagram @SmithGirlReads

Instagram @storeypub

Binka Bear

And. Spoiler Alert! IT WORKS. And we were done with binky’s in one night after using this method, I swear! Like raise my right hand, left on the bible, truth coming at ya.

I’ll let you decide who this gift is really for.

https://micahmortali.com/

Games

  1. Shadows In The Forest
  2. Sibley Backyard Birds Matching Game
  3. Into The Forest
  4. Hit The Habitat Trail
  5. Match A Leaf

Outdoor Play

  1. Quick-Release Bug Catcher & Magnifier
  2. Butterfly Growing Kit – With Voucher to Redeem Caterpillars Later
  3. Adjustable Head Lamps
  4. Shockproof Binoculars
  5. Easy-Hold Magnifying Glass
  6. Standing Micro Viewer
  7. Iphone Travel Lantern
  8. Rock Tumbling Kit
  9. Firefly Communicator

Handmade

Grey Owl Design

Instagram @GreyOwlDesign

Twig & Moth

Instagram @Twigandmoth

Wee Things Fiber Arts

Instagram @Weethingsfiberarts


We hope this list provides you with ample ideas and resources for the upcoming holiday season! Thank you to all our local makers & businesses – your passion and creativity is a gift for us all!