Mindful Holiday Traditions: Showing the Love with Handmade Gifts
This season, in addition to our Magnifeco Holiday Gift Guide, we want to share more mindful ways to celebrate the holidays and asked some of our favorite people for their holiday traditions. Today, Nicole Bridger shares some easy homemade gift ideas.
We really don’t buy much for Christmas. The adults in my immediate family do a name draw so we each buy one gift and we each receive one gift. It really helps take the stress out of the holidays and we focus on spending time together instead.
My son and I made a bunch of decorations. It’s amazing what you can do with Popsicle sticks, paint and glue and it is special time spent together. Some of my favourite memories are doing just this with my mom. My favourite is the mistletoe, my son loves the Rudolph ornament. We cut out cardboard to make giant candy canes and created paper ornaments hung along a string.
I cut out watercolour paper and made some simple cards with a black gel pen. I swear anyone can make a decent card with black ink. I love giving something made by me and it doesn’t have to be perfect.
For friends I decided this year to make cookies. I chose a few favourite recipes and then placed them into some reused glass jars I’ve been keeping for something like this.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Nicole received her BAA in Fashion Design from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. During an internship in London with Vivienne Westwood, Nicole learned the art of sculpting, draping and layering fabric. It was here that she began to realize that her talent for fashion design could also be used as a vehicle for positive social change. In 2006, Nicole aligned herself with Chip Wilson, the owner of Lululemon. Together they founded Oqoqo, a pioneer in the North American eco-fashion market. After her experience nurturing the growth of Oqoqo, Nicole was poised to unite her passion for high fashion and eco-consciousness, and in 2008 she founded Nicole Bridger Design (NBD). A mother and social entrepreneur, Nicole strives to make positive contributions to her community and environment through the products she creates and the people she connects with. She is fuelled by a desire to create clothes that make all women feel beautiful and unique.
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