Last minute xmas awesome.

December 21, 2011

Looking for last minute gift ideas? Before buying a  “thing,” that which will most likely be made in China and/or be obsolete and/or broken or discarded in the near future, consider the United States, a service-based country, and buy your loved ones a service. (Spa treatment, gardening service, flower service, grocery/produce service, organic pest control service, car service, photo service, educational service, flashmob, sky-dive, etc…) This will employ friends and neighbors while keeping your dollar circulating on the mainland.

For other items made locally, try:

SpokenGlass.com – Isn’t it time you stop buying water and use a reusable bottle instead. Everytime I see someone drinking from a plastic bottle I think of the wasted money AND wasted plastic. Spoken Glass are gorgeous glass bottles, customizable and inspiring.

Cafe Gratitude.com is Great for foodies and fans of peace, love, and happiness.

Live In Wonder, a book by Eric Saperston. With inspiring quotes, thought provoking questions, and plenty of room to sketch your own ideas and answers, Eric’s book is a spin off of the philosophy that you’re only one inspiring conversation away from your dreams. Whether you need directions on how to get there or instructions on how to put it all together, this book is filled with Q & A from his journey asking some of the most influential people how they got where they got and what others might consider on the journey.

 

Or support your favorite charity on behalf of someone you love. Write them a card that says, “I was gonna get you a new chia-pet, but by the looks of the moldy food in the back of your fridge, I see you already have a few. So instead, I put that 20 bucks into the Jason Mraz Foundation, an endowment that supports Education, Recovery, Humanity, and the Environment.” You’ll be everyone’s hero.

And mine.

 

 

COMMENTS (22)
  • Avatar of MillieD
    MillieD said ...

    Thank You!

  • Avatar of didikini
    didikini said ...

    The New Year’s present for you:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL300BF5A42D3C21C4&v=rknAZFkm3UU&feature=player_embedded

    Check it out! A movie about latest science. In Joy & In Love, dd

  • Avatar of monikandreaz
    monikandreaz said ...

    your suggestion about the water bottle made me laugh because it’s what I gave a friend for X-mas… but it was hand painted by me, so he wouldn’t throw it away and so he could continue reusing it…

  • Avatar of AllUNeedIsLove

    Grateful…thankful…living…learning to live…LOVE…Ockham’s Razor…

  • Avatar of Yudith
    Yudith said ...

    Happy new year 2012…. muah muah..:D .. I wish I was closer to you..
    Thanks for reminding about the plastic bottle, and thanks for being YOU!

  • Avatar of EvaHassine
    EvaHassine said ...

    Happy Holidays and belated Merry Christmas!!

    Hope you had great times and greater will even come! I love your suggestions, these waterbottles by Spoken Glass are soo sweet and I’m really up for Emmy’s Organic clock :) I’m thinking of building one on my own.. ordering from germany would be kind of too fancy I guess.
    Yeap and the other moment I watched Life in a Day, also a great inspiration, thank you !!
    So, have nice last days of this year, 2012 will be so productive and love and kindness will occupy this beautiful earth, I am so sure!!! I’m very happy to live this change of energy, it’s a great time and we have all freedom to do what is to do.

    See you, Eva

  • Avatar of Bobbie
    Bobbie said ...

    I must share this gift, Merry Christmas..

    ~Before the Dawns of Creation~
    ~ it came upon not one~
    ~ that there were any other~ no moon nor sun~
    ~enveloping and crashing in waves that disappear~
    ~what… where~
    ~do you know for certain~
    ~or was it all pretense~
    ~that came to be abridgments forming roots and branch~
    ~pointing symbols , shapes and forms , rocks and riddles, thoughts are born~
    ~colliding, concluding , producing, inducing, reduceing, residing, subsiding relying ~
    ~did you think the stars were gods showing you the way~
    ~to win good fortune endorsing obedient time slaves~

    ~give it not another thought~
    ~for time has run its course~hidden by illusion what Is Source ~

    ~go beyond what you’ve concluded through all of time~
    ~through benckened reaches of outer signs~
    ~and see in the invisible what never was divisible~
    ~by shape, nor forms, nor bands of light~
    ~attach none to acredit times plight~

    ~For as I sit amist it all I can not say I did fall~
    ~upon a star a branch nor leaf~
    ~I knew not why or how to leap~
    ~I only knew what no one told~
    ~behind the ancient stories fold~
    ~I do not own any star across the galaxie whole~
    ~yet I have its grace upon my face as sunshine rays explode~
    ~I do recall a friend rather tall stood there in my mist~
    ~amazed at his surity I found myself in bliss~
    ~he jumped a ray without delay and gently blew a kiss~
    ~I followed he across the sea’s in wonder and delight~
    ~and in that day I must relay thousands more took flight~
    ~I need not own it, nor condone it for I have no list for this~
    ~I own it not no special lot in time nor tribe nor town~
    ~for in so doing I would be pursueing of what by next I shall be bound~
    ~a lonely time indeed and often times not found~
    ~attach yourself to nothing in type nor shape nor suit~
    ~for Life …it orbs, it flows~
    ~through all it lives and moves~
    ~Source Invisible is the giver , It’s Grace you shan’t dismiss~
    ~It has carried you on far beyond all of Dawnings myths~

    ~so here be a lift yes thus is this…A smile, tilt, a Kiss~

    Bobbie 2011

  • Avatar of Bobbie
    Bobbie said ...

    ME TOO.
    ALL THE KNOWING SO DEEP, COMES CLEAR WITH EACH HEART BEAT,
    TO SEE WITHOUT MY EYES ,
    TO HEAR WHEN THERE’S NO SOUND,
    IS THE WAY MY FEAT STAY ON THE GROUND.

    Merry Christmas All~;)

  • Avatar of Bobbie
    Bobbie said ...

    i JUST WANT TO SAY IN REPLY TO MY OWN RESPONSE TO JASON’S JOURNAL ENTRY….THAT i LOVE YOU TRULY JASON MRAZ AND, IN MY HEART THAT IS HEALING , THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU… AND SHARING YOUR THOUGHTS AS YOU DO IN THE JOURNAL. i HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO JUMP THE GUN SO TO SPEAK …WHEN IT COMES TO WHAT IT IS OTHERS MAY BE SAYING, AND MY INTERPRETATION OF SUCH… DAY BY DAY THOUGH I AM HEARING THE SILENT MESSAGE AGAIN FRIENDS. BABY STEPS.

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    Bobbie said ...
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    Bobbie said ...
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    Bobbie said ...

    this song is fucking beautiful !!!!!!!!

  • Avatar of Bobbie
    Bobbie said ...

    Wow, Nativity,connectivity,cavities,in,canyons,perplexities,in,yellowgreen,wildflowers,mountainstreams,
    scene

  • Avatar of Bobbie
    Bobbie said ...

    In response to the following suggestions in your post Jason :

    “Or support your favorite charity on behalf of someone you love. Write them a card that says, “I was gonna get you a new chia-pet, but by the looks of the moldy food in the back of your fridge, I see you already have a few. So instead, I put that 20 bucks into the Jason Mraz Foundation, an endowment that supports Education, Recovery, Humanity, and the Environment.” You’ll be everyone’s hero.

    And mine.”

    I want to say, that maybe I am out of my place writing this yet maybe not, how I see you is as I see me learning how to communicate, yet maybe this is a joining of understandings that follows, please read.
    I want to ask you Jason, How do you think the moldy chia-pet owner should respond when the friend shares that the 20 spot went into circulation for the causes sustained by the Jason Mraz Foundation instead of buying a gift for him/her? stating because you have mold in your fridge and that does not support healthy enlivened energies.? Is this what you mean?
    I raise this question in light of the fact that I myself had been one that has had the moldy chia-pet in the back of the fridge. I will say that If my friend sent a card and said that to me , I would first off be ok with the fact that he/she did such, yet why the hell didn’t my friend send me a pamphlet or information that would at least show me the opportunities available through the foundation?
    You may wish to ponder on rather a balancing of such encouragement is needed. You are a mover and shaker, with fast excelling popularity, with a sincere vision. Which makes you a powerful influence in those whom look up to you, have been inspired by you, and those you have reached in the deeper recesses of their being by the depth of your expression. Your Voice has made it possible for me to come one step in return to what I deemed to be the utmost , above all things , necessary to set suffering aside once and for all, and that voice spoke of Equality , and the Humane, and of seeing the Face of God in all…so when you write in motivation towards Love and the uprising consciousness of the creative art of living and of being heros, you might consider not needing to have someone, with no initiative to clean their fridge out, to enroll donations , it is like the old saying , Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. A Sense of Dignity , and decency is a source of Love and in some instances arises out of determination to rightfully exist and know the Truth of such existence without force or coercion. One of my best friends told me Baby steps Bob baby steps, as I began my journey back from my darkest day, and this is where I am at with it now. so my suggestion is if indeed you think people need a reason , season , and or offset to be Humane and to fund the ongoing then at least…with that card addressed to the moldy Chia-pet owner also enclose an invitation to the services with a paragraph saying hey I Love you and extend my heart hand and silent hope to see you thrive and be alive, right along side of me, then we shall help others to be free.

  • Avatar of gamachan
    gamachan said ...

    For example:
    I’m in Italy and I want to buy a guitar hero-melodic-inspiring-sparkling-awsomazing american artist.. Just kidding:)
    I don’t buy made in china stuff, but it’s everywhere! Moreover, this money crisis makes everything expensive here.
    Love is enough for me, maybe with just a golden ribbon :)

    Happy Christmas Holidays Jason! Waiting for DEDA MRAZ!

  • Avatar of holly
    holly said ...

    here’s another cool way to donate: http://www.kickstarter.com

    ….and if you want to help out a REALLY great project you can pick this one: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1240384279/making-a-difference-making-art-saving-mexicos-corn?ref=live

    winter solstice love to all! xoxo

  • Avatar of Sheloveswinter

    As I continue to embrace a minimalist way of living, I am giving experiences for Christmas.
    The local spa offered buy one massage get an extra 20 minutes free … My older sister is gonna experience nirvana … well that’s my intention anyway. According to the birthday card she gave me this year I should be grateful she let me live to see it … I am.
    Let’s see I am giving my Mom a gift certificates for pedicures… her Love for me always had feet … showing up just when I needed her most. My Step Dad is getting candy…he stepped in to be my Dad when I was 7 and he never quit AND he is the sweetest man ever.

    Christmas … what a great excuse to celebrate the people in my life.

    Jason (and Tricia) you won’t be getting a lazer pointer from me this year … just know I am grateful for all the pointers about living life and being Love.
    xo

  • Avatar of iamchay
    iamchay said ...

    I want my bottle “Gracias Madre” is beautiful! I love the products are organic, artisan and friendly nature. great!
    very good proposals to give Jason! and even better is the proposal for this Christmas is to show solidarity as one of the values ​​that Jesus teaches us ^_^
    and Merry Christmas! anyway …… I think that Christmas should be less materialistic and as I mentioned earlier remember the true values ​​of this important date :)

  • Avatar of Bobbie
    Bobbie said ...

    Financial endowment
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution. The total value of an institution’s investments is often referred to as the institution’s endowment and is typically organized as a public charity, private foundation, or trust.

    Among the institutions that commonly manage an endowment are: academic institutions (e.g., colleges, universities, private schools), cultural institutions (e.g., museums, libraries, theaters, hospitals) and religious establishments.

    An endowment may come with stipulations regarding its usage. In some circumstances an endowment may be required to be spent in a certain way or alternatively invested, with the principal to remain intact in perpetuity or for a defined time period. This allows for the donation to have an impact over a longer period of time than if it were spent all at once.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPslBGjuRL0

  • Avatar of SunshineSD
    SunshineSD said ...

    Hi! Hope you have a wonderful holiday and a happy 2012! Thanks for an amazing show @ the Belly Up. Great to see you. You are right. Count me in for LD whenever that is :) Best,

  • Avatar of costellocrew5
    costellocrew5 said ...

    I’m shopping tomorrow so thanks for the refocus. As you may have gathered, you were my xmas present this year. Made for easy shopping for my husband. And you were Ian’s xmas present too – he chose you over anything else. Cool, huh? Love over objects! Memories over things! Other gift ideas – give the gift of time with someone you care about – walk, talk, cook together, and be “present.” Turn off the cell phone, blackberry and just be there! And, of course, donate to the Jason Mraz Foundation! Goodnight! xo

  • Avatar of mrazfan1031
    mrazfan1031 said ...

    Thank you for all of your gift suggestions. You are so correct about buying local and I especially like the Spoken Glass and Cafe Gratitude ideas and of course, the Jason Mraz Foundation. I would just like to wish you A Happy Holiday and a Healthy and Happy New Year. I thank you for your voice, your music and your kindness. Much love to you. Your friend, Linda

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