Hippie Culture is alive and well. If your have a hippie chick on your Christmas list consider creating a little Peace, Love & Happiness kit for their enjoyment. This gift is just as appropriate for guys and can be altered depending on the age of the recipient. If they have already lived through the era, these items may just be replacements!
Neo-hippies are often the sons and daughters or grandchildren of the original hippies. Much of the message is the same, and the philosophy has morphed into the Green Movement. Choosing to protect the earth and maintain personal freedoms is a key element.
The items that can be included in a Peace, Love & Happiness Kit could be purchased from the retailers mentioned below, or if you have the time, scrounge thrift shops for original items that are more unique and really embrace the mindset of the hippie/green culture.
Incense and a burner. The Dollar Store and Walmart carry a variety of these items. They are inexpensive enough to give a few different aromas. Add a box of wooden matches.
Fake Flower. A daisy is perfect. Simply set in the box, or hot glue it on a hair clip or headband. Flower tattoos are another great choice, again, your local Walmart, Dollar Store or Party Station most likely carries these.
CD, or record if they have record player. Look for Marley, Grateful Dead, The Doors, Pink Floyd…or belly dancing music
A little Buddha figurine or candle
Circle sunglasses, for a Ringo look.
Patches for their jeans or backpack. Gypsy Rose has some great patches and stickers. I love their Alice in Wonderland patches. They carry Bob Marley and the Grateful Dead patches, as well as dozens of others.
Yoga mat or instructional book, or if they are already pros, look for a deeper, more philosophical yoga book
Belly dancing cymbals and a DVD
Bindi’s or stick on body jewels. Again, surprisingly Walmart carries these, as well as Craft stores.
Tie dyed clothing, bandana, or a tie dye kit.
Hemp accessories, you can easily knot your own, or just add the material and instructions in the kit.
Vegan cookbook, Raw food recipe book
Sprouter and sprouts from a health food store
Printed out instructions for making and maintaining dreds
You can put it all in a Peace Bag from Gypsy Rose, or backpack that will be used.
Another idea is to take a thrift store bag and cover it with patches and fabric paint yourself as a main part of this groovy gift.
Follow Your Bliss Store has a great hippie style hat for men
Happy Hippie Eco-Friendly Retail Directory links to lots of indie stores online
Baby Girl Boutique for beautiful bohemian clothing