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Christmas present re-think.

I was talking to a man recently that explained to me how his family has re-thought Christmas gift giving last year. Him and his wife gave each of their grown children a previously loved item. Each gift was one that the kids wanted but did not need brand new. One was purchased online. Another was something that the parents owned but fixed up for them. The kids were thrilled.

We are continuing this year to reduce our Christmas purchases and trying to choose mostly used and “experience” gifts. Many of the gifts we bought our kids last year have been broken, lost pieces or just plain lost already. A few of those gifts were bought second-hand so when they had to be thrown away or recycled it didn’t feel as wasteful.

My goal for stockings this year is to fill them entirely with pre-loved toys. There is a toy store called Toy Traders that sells both new and used toys near our town http://www.toytraders.ca/home.aspx. Apparently they have a great selection of kids toys like Transformers and Star Wars. So hopefully a trip there will take care of most of our boys gifts. I will be adding a few of my childhood toys that have been stored up until now to this years gifts. My oldest does want a Pillow Pet though and to make things fair one will be bought for the youngest too (maybe).An attempt to buy them somewhere other than a mall will be made. That’s always on my list! The tradition of waiting in horrific line-ups to feel the Christmas spirit is one that I have tried to avoid for many years. I’d rather spend my free time with family and friends! This “less is more” approach to present giving helps save a lot of time and stress.

~Stephanie

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.

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