I get embarrassed by praise. I will post later but I wanted to get past the last post. See you in a bit, g
Back. I picked up a "like new" toy for Bells from a fellow freecycler. She was thinning out her son’s toys in anticipation of Christmas. This got me to thinking about the upcoming holidays. With the price of everything going up (except for gas which has gone below $3 a gallon here – for now), what changes are you anticipating making, if any, in your holiday shopping? As I have mentioned here before, I refuse to go overboard on gifts for anyone and only buy for the grandparents, kids and Bells. I have already purchased flylady’s "Hey Tom" dryer cleaner kits for the folks to keep them safe from lint fires. The price is reasonable and my mom was very excited about it. My m-i-l probably won’t be, though.
What do you think of re-gifting? I think it is a good idea but there must be rules: 1) Never, ever re-gift to someone the person who originally gave the gift knows. I once saw a gift I had given to my a good friend being worn by a mutual friend. This was before re-gifting became popular and it hurt. 2) Never give something that has been used. 3) Always rewrap.
Would you want someone to give to a charitable organization instead of giving you a gift? I enjoy getting gifts. Yes, I do. However, gift my favorite non-profit and I am giddy with joy!
Are you willing to go into debt (or more debt) to buy gifts? Absolutely not. That takes away any joy I would get from the giving or receiving.
Have you ever or would you ever be willing to make gifts instead of buying? Actually, I have. One year I stenciled terra cotta flower pots, added potting soil and gave a bulb to be planted at the recipient’s choice of time for a winter flowering plant (paper whites). Another year, when I was taking stained glass lessons, I made sun catchers.
Would you consider having a gift-free Christmas or Hannukah? I think that would be ideal. Just enjoying family and the gift of Messiah is enough.
The cooler weather has arrived and I anticipate doing some walking this weekend. How about you? blessings from the great Atlantic northeast, g