The Best Gifts Don’t Cost Much

[This is a guest post from Alison Kerr.]

The best gifts in life don’t cost much. Here is my list of gifts to give your kids during the next year.

G: Gardening – every kid needs to see food growing, and to pick food straight from the garden.
I: Integration – a sense of community. Shop locally, get to the know the neighbors, volunteer with your kids.
F: Fishing and Foraging – kids love to find their own wild food.
T: Tools – teach self-reliance with simple hand-powered tools.
S: Self-esteem, Self-defense and Survival – basic skills in self-defense and survival grow self-esteem and safety.

The best gifts don’t cost much and of course that if you want to go a little bigger than buying Wood Watches for them would be awesome. They take love, thought, and time rather than plastic.

[Alison is an American from Scotland who lives in Eastern Kansas with her two teens, two cats, and her cowboy-hat-toting husband. She plants vegetables, eats home-made soup and freshly baked bread, gives hugs to her family, hikes Kansas prairie fields in the heat of summer, cools off in creeks, admires rocks and trees, watches birds, reads books, and invites nature into her garden. She encourages you to love nature, learn about gardening, and aim for sustainability through her writing at Loving Nature’s Garden.]

Image: Seattle Municipal Archives at Flickr


Derek Markham

Things I dig include: simple living, natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, natural building, unassisted childbirth (homebirth), bicycles, permaculture, organic and biodynamic gardening, vegan peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, bouldering, and the blues. Find me elsewhere at @NaturalPapa, @DerekMarkham, Google+, or RebelMouse.

4 thoughts on “The Best Gifts Don’t Cost Much

  • Derek, I love the photo you chose to go with my guest article. Thanks. Ponds and stepping stones are wonderful – I’m a grown-up but I still love them.

  • Hey, a large amount of for taking the effort to do this. I like your web pages, whilst it took a sluggish reader like me some time to looked over in excess of the whole page and the many comments.

  • I run camping trips for kids and we do a lot of these activites during our trips its amazing to see how these kids change from spending all day in front of the tv and having mom and dad do everything to suddenly having to do things for themselves and learn how things work. The sense of achivement these kids get is amazing


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