It’s the holiday gift guide season, and I have a set of gift guides that go the extra step in helping you make the perfect choice for that special person. Of course, these are great for birthdays, graduation, and other milestones – a number of my family members also have birthdays and anniversaries in December- so, this set of lists can easily multitask! First, what should you get that amazingly creative person… who doesn’t know they are creative? Or that friend or family member who is curious about their creativity? Has always wanted to try something, but isn’t sure? Or the expert creative who has questions or is racked with self-doubt? These gifts work regardless of age- in fact, the earlier we learn to explore our creative side, the more fun we are going to have! These gifts also focus more on creating a joyous and mindful experience, rather than just being an item or thing.
- Because I love receiving books as presents, I want to suggest these books first: 1) Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert; 2. Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk by Danielle Krysa; 3) The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find And Follow Your Passion by Elle Luna. You can give these as physical copies, or give them an Audible membership with a suggested reading list- I find that I am getting through more audiobooks because I can take them everywhere, my walk, car etc. etc. Plus my copy of Big Magic was narrated by Elizabeth Gilbert, and felt like a very direct message :).
What’s awesome about these 3 books is that they explore creativity (the word creativity not being restricted to the arts) from different perspectives- am I creative? Should I quit my job and pursue this? Should I transition slowly? How can I transition slowly? Should I listen to my inner critic? When should I listen and how do I deal with it? All those questions that everybody asks themselves at some time or the other.
2. In addition to these books, here are a few journals that allow one to explore their creative side: Start Where You Are By Meera Lee Patel; The Creative Journal: The Art of Finding Yourself by Lucia Capacchione; Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.
3. How about a Udemy or MindValley Academy course? I am thinking of taking this one : Elizabeth Gilbert’s Creativity Workshop.
My sister and I have always put together a gift hamper for our respective birthdays or other gifting occasions. For example, a favorite tea, two pretty cups from a favorite store or vintage finds from a flea market, books, or a journal. As my sister is also a potter, I have received the most lovely tea kettles and other tea ware. The intention is to focus less on a particular item or thing and more on the experience it contributes to. If you have any suggestions, let me know and I will add it to the list. Have a wonderful day and stay tuned for more of these gift guides!- Priya