Simply Resourceful

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Resourceful Gift Giving

It's that time of year when we are looking for the perfect holiday gifts for our family and friends.  Listed below are a few guidelines I try to follow to make gift-giving meaningful and resourceful.

Give gifts of experience rather than stuff:

  • Tickets to an event such as a concert, sporting event, etc.
  • Gift Certificates for a massage, pedicure, or spa
  • Gift certificate to a local restaurant
  • Admission to the ice rink, zoo, aquarium, art museum, play or a movie.
  • Paid lessons for music, yoga, dancing, cooking classes, etc.

Thoughtful gift purchasing:
  • Durability: look at what the product is made of (plastic vs. metal vs. wood)
  • Origin: Is the item made in the USA?
  • Practicality: How many candles and snow globes does a person really need?  Give something they could use.
  • Wear: Not everything has to be purchased brand-new

Handmade Gifts (Made by you or someone else):
  • Art
  • Pottery
  • Sewing
  • Baked, canned or pickled gifts
  • Homemade Soap

Wrapping Gifts:
  • Reuse gift bags, ribbons, and bows from previous years
  • Reuse holiday boxes that are already printed with decorations and don't need wrapping paper. 
  • Put your gift in a reusable cloth bag to encourage others to use cloth bags when they go shopping.


2 comments :

Anonymous November 28, 2012 at 1:40 PM  

Great topic!

I especially like the "Give something they could use" one.

I'm seriously considereding giving a few family members small saplings to plant. They'd have a gift to watch grow for years to come.

Holly November 29, 2012 at 8:58 AM  

Thank you for the comment! I enjoy giving gifts that grow too! In the past I have given gardening friends fruit trees and this year I am giving seeds that I collected from my garden.

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