26 Dec '11, 6pm

Tired of Too Many Gifts? Now Is the Perfect Time to Discuss Alternatives

Tired of Too Many Gifts? Now Is the Perfect Time to Discuss Alternatives

Like many people around the world, I woke up to a large pile of trash—and more stuff in my house than I had before. And I am one of the lucky ones. Gifts Don't Have to Mean More Stuff My wife's family, whom we hosted for Christmas, are awesome people. There's long been a discussion about ways to reduce the gift buying. And there's been a steady increase of reusable and/or reclaimed gift wrap ; homemade presents; presents from artisan craftspeople (both local and via Etsy); and a genuine effort to find gifts that folks will use and love. Re-gifting is not (I think!) frowned upon , and time-, experience and/or charity donation-gifts are often the ones that get the most oohs and ahhs. (I myself scored a donation to Solaraid , one of my favorite charities, as well as the promise of some shiitake mushroom spawn once the Spring rolls around.) A Lot of People Feel Overwhelmed by ...

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