Biophilic gifts need cost only love and time. Tip 6/7 Series 2

You’ve probably heard the saying that chopping wood for the fire warms you twice – first by the exertion of the work, then again by the heat of its burning.

This idea for seasonal gifts makes you happy twice – first with the enjoyment of making, then again with the pleasure of giving.

Home-made presents gathered from nature need cost you only love and time.  Beautiful stones collected in the countryside or on the beach can be polished and varnished to a shine or, if you are artistically inclined, painted and adorned with smaller stones, jewels, or glass.  Wood of all sizes and forms, seasoned if possible, can be carved, shaped, or decorated. Seashells have always been used in many ways – cleaned and polished they can be applied to boxes, bowls, pictures, mobiles and many other kinds of household objects.

Hand-crafted biophilic objects are also a welcome gift for someone who sits at a desk for hours and enjoys taking time out to connect with nature during the working day. A while ago I made this short video about a few very special seashells I I keep on my own desk. Unfortunately, Instagram chopped off the first few seconds, but you’ll get the drift!

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This is one of a series of tips I’m posting every Tuesday for a few weeks, highlighting Christmas gifts and activities which promote digital wellbeing. There are gifts you can enjoy making yourself, as part of your own tech/nature practice, and gifts to buy for the geeky people in your life.

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Hydroponics – the perfect winter gift for geeky gardeners. TIP 5/7 Series 2

It’s too late\early in the year to be planting much outside, but if you know any geeky gardeners you might want to get them a hydroponics kit for Christmas. No mud but lots of horticultural thrills.

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil, or sometimes in an inert medium like perlite or gravel. It offers plenty of opportunities for messing around with intriguing components and, hopefully, producing something edible or beautiful, or both.  Fresh tomatoes in the middle of winter, anyone?

forestfox Indoor Micro Grow Light Garden Plant Propagator Hydroponics Kit All Year Growth £43.99*
Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Harvest £94.90*
Hydroponics Basics, by George F. Van Patten. £4.99*

* Price at time of going to press

This is one of a series of tips I’m posting every Tuesday for the next few weeks, highlighting Christmas gifts and activities which promote digital wellbeing. There are gifts you can enjoy making yourself, as part of your own tech/nature practice, and gifts to buy for the geeky people in your life.

Check back on Tuesday for the next tip. To make sure you don’t miss out, join my mailing list.

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Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital AgeBuying for geeky friends or family? Here’s the perfect fireside read:  Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age: how to feel better without logging off.

Create nature views with pictures, screens and plants. Tip 4/7 Series 2

If you have no windows in your room or workspace, try creating faux nature views with pictures, screens and plants. There’s evidence that these kinds of images can reduce stress.

You might think about this when choosing gifts for people who could use some biophilic downtime but have poor views from their windows or find it hard to get outdoors.  Perhaps they’d appreciate a painting or a photograph – maybe even a framed photo you’ve taken yourself or one of your own paintings or drawings. Or you might enjoy compiling a personalised playlist of much-loved landscapes and load it into a digital photo frame.

faux views

This is one of a series of tips I’m posting every Tuesday for the next few weeks, highlighting Christmas gifts and activities which promote digital wellbeing. There are gifts you can enjoy making yourself, as part of your own tech/nature practice, and gifts to buy for the geeky people in your life.

Check back on Tuesday for the next tip. To make sure you don’t miss out, join my mailing list.

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Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital AgeBuying for geeky friends or family? Here’s the perfect fireside read:  Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age: how to feel better without logging off.

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