Slow down your gifting!

At this very, very busy time of year, shopping--even for those we love--can feel like a burden, one more task to be completed and checked off. Hardly the uplifting holiday spirit we would hope for.

But when I slow down, I realize that the best, most meaningful gifts for both the giver and recipient are those that were thoughtfully chosen --  when I've taken my time to select a unique, high quality gift for a loved one which will bring them joy, communicate how much I care about them and and also make the world just a little bit better of a place.

Surja Maya Majarhan, knitting artisan who works with Kumbeshwar Technical School in Kathmandu, Nepal knits our Merino Stripe Leg Warmers.

Surja Maya Majarhan, knitting artisan who works with Kumbeshwar Technical School in Kathmandu, Nepal knits our Merino Stripe Leg Warmers.

As a former Serrv volunteer and current staff person, I know that each Serrv purchase means that a struggling artisan received fair payment for his or her creation long before I bought it. And I have come to realize that when I give a “fair trade gift”, I also can set an example for others,  one that can be contagious and slowly but surely change the way we shop.

So yes, you can make the world a little better of a place by slowing down your shopping experience, selecting something that is exactly right for the recipient, and making sure the person who made the gift will share in the joy of the season.

-Bob Chase, Serrv CEO