My bro and his family have pretty much everything they want, and more, and they know it. Their son, my gorgeous nephew, is thoroughly indulged and adored by his grandparents and similarly has everything he could want, and more.
So a couple years back, my brother put the halt on excessive gift-giving at Christmas. Actually, not just a halt on excessive gift-giving, but on gift-giving period.
I haven’t fully observed my brother’s edict (and I don’t mean to overstate it, either – he’s just saying, “Look, we have enough. Christmas doesn’t have to be about boxes and boxes and boxes) but it creates a challenge. I’m one of the dying breed who truly enjoys both searching for, giving, and receiving gifts at Christmas. I also think that, despite its excesses, having a holiday about giving is counter-cultural and good for us!
What to do? What to do?
Last year, I gave some chickens and hens to a needy family, via World Vision.
This year, I’m giving and asking-to-receive only Used Gifts. I’m looking forward to this, actually – spending a couple days in antique shops on Main Street, sifting through those weird little shops crammed with curios, and of course browsing UsedVancouver.
My own wish list includes books from Abe (online used bookstore), or used jewellry.
The trick is to find the hidden gems – items still in good condition, that will (I hope) delight the recipient and deserve to be reclaimed rather than landfill.
Readers: any suggestions of particularly good used-anything? And frankly speaking, if you were a friend of mine and received a used gift, would you think that was cool, or would you be secretly dismayed?