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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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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.

Add wood to your digital life and de-stress TIP 2/7 Series 2

Why is there so much plastic and metal in digital culture? What about wood and other natural fabrics? Why so many straight lines? Why not curves and circles?

Computer kit made from wood can connect our digital lives to the natural world and help us feel and perform better. Just as architects design houses with turf roofs, and interior designers create water features and green walls inside buildings, we should be applying the principles of technobiophilia to the hardware and software we make.

This week I’ve found you some wooden techie items which are very affordable and make excellent presents. They are also nice little treats for yourself :)

Wireless Charger by Keple. Bamboo. £12.99*
Wireless Charger by Keple. Bamboo. £12.99*

 

 RoseFlower® iPhone 6S 4.7'' Wooden Case - Rosewood Compass - Natural Handmade Bamboo / Wood Cover £12.99*
RoseFlower® iPhone 6S 4.7” Wooden Case – Rosewood Compass – Natural Handmade Bamboo / Wood Cover £12.99*
Sengu 2.4GHz SG-KG201-N Full Bamboo Handmade Wireless keyboard(the British version) £27.99*
Sengu 2.4GHz SG-KG201-N Full Bamboo Handmade Wireless keyboard(the British version) £27.99*
Sengu SG-MG95-N 2.4GHz Bamboo Wireless Optical Mouse £15.99*
Sengu SG-MG95-N 2.4GHz Bamboo Wireless Optical Mouse £15.99*

 

Artis Large Chunky Handmade Crafted Bamboo Wooden Calculator £14.99*

 

* 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.

Human Spaces – excerpt from Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age

Human Spaces is a brilliant resource for information about ‘spaces designed with the human in mind’ so I’m very pleased that they’ve published an excerpt from my new book. Read it here Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age | Human Spaces