More every day I hear people who care about sustainability stressing that “reduce” is the “R” that needs the most focus. We need to reduce our consumption. The holidays is the time of year when consumption is bananas. I am going to give you permission to buy far fewer gifts of far better quality. The answer is Kickstarter.
Kickstarter attracts independent makers. If a product doesn’t attract buyers, then the project isn’t funded. Also, some of the things on Kickstarter aren’t things. You can support a local musical group make their first album and give the perks to your friend that loves music. Just go to Kickstarter and type in your home state and see what you find.
After a quick search, I found a successfully funded book project in Maine called Knitting Maine. The book includes:
“four brand new, mostly seamless sweater patterns, and a worsted-weight, drop-stitch shawl—all knit using yarns from Maine-based farms or yarn companies with eco-conscious practices. It includes “a review of each farm/company, detailing the processes that their fiber goes through, and how those processes help sustain our earth.”
This book would be such a great gift for your friend who loves to knit. It also supports local designers, farmers, and makers, and builds community. To learn more about the author click here.
→ Sign up for the Kickstarter newsletter. Each week you’ll receive an email with projects that are handpicked by the staff, plus projects that are growing in popularity. If you want to use Kickstarter as a place to find inspiration for holiday gift giving then you’ll want to start browsing early in the year so that you can support a project and potentially have a gift to give when the holidays roll around. Below are three projects that I supported and gave as gifts during the holidays.
I got the Exploding Kittens card game set for my 12-year-old son. It comes in a sturdy well-designed box that, when opened, meows like a kitten. It still startles me every time I open it.
I got the NeoLucida for my 15-year-old son (last year). Very cool geek gift. We’ve had fun playing with this as a family.
I got a set of Things Could Be Worse mugs this past Christmas. I supported the project early in the year and received the mugs in the mail a few weeks before Christmas.
I gave two mugs to my in-laws (they love them!), one to my brother-in-law, and kept one for myself. I love the humor in this design.
You should also know that Kickstarter has curated pages which allow you to → “Discover projects curated by some of the world’s foremost creative communities.” Here is the RISD curated page. Careful – this page is addictive.