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Christmas Gifts Ideas Switzerland
To give – or what to give With barely more than two months until Christmas, it is time to think of who will find what under the tree. Discover Germany has identified a few great and truly unique gift ideas from Switzerland that will definitely leave a good impression. TEXT: TINA AWTANI | PHOTOS: WWW.CHANGEMAKER.CH
Each year we face the same challenge to find the best present for the right person. From little teacher’s gifts at the end of term to self-made cookies for the lovely neighbour to something practical or very personal for our loved ones: Sharing is caring. Of course Christmas should not be perceived as a materialistic give-and-take. But a simple “let’s not exchange presents this year” usually doesn’t work either, because there is always one person who doesn’t stick to the rule. The“best things in life are free” is also a safe bet: there is nothing wrong with a home-made dinner or a voucher for a day out in the woods. Technically speaking and from a scientific point of view the four different models of sharing are reciprocal altruism, tolerated
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scrounging, costly signaling, and kin selection. This may sound a little complicated, but helps tremendously when making a choice and assessing the annual Christmas spending budget. Once the target is identified, the motivation is clear and the budget is set, it is time to crack on and make a good choice.
We gave it some thought and picked a few truly amazing gift ideas from Switzerland. From wooden sustainable toys to really cool socks and 3-D portraits there is something for everyone. All of the products featured are available at Changemaker, “the shop for stylish and useful objects for everyday life, living and wellbeing. And for a fair, green world.” At www.changemaker.ch ethics meet aesthetics. All suppliers have been vetted carefully for quality and every manufacturer is categorised and clearly labelled as organic, fair & social, recycling, Swissmade, hand-made, eco-friendly and/or energy-efficient. Multiple categories apply and chosing a gift becomes as easy as pie, a good conscience included.
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