What do you give people like my husband and me who are against consumerism for Christmas ? The answer to this question is in the green bag.
We too give recycled gifts and it is not as simple as walking into a mall and buying something you know will be in a specific shop.
We acknowledge the considerable time and effort by the giver of this green bag and its little gifts.
And we are happy to know the person has not wasted their money on us because we are unable to embrace and appreciate stuff that is new and shiny.
Danny and I have already started collecting gifts for 2014. If we come across something in a charity shop, at the local tip shop or via Freecycle that we think would be a nice gift for someone we rescue it, bring it home, clean it up and store it in our gift’s cabinet.
We have no guilt associated with this process. All the people we give pre-loved gifts to already have enough stuff, and whilst they may want more stuff they certainly don’t need more things.
I oftentimes gather they do not want our secondhand gifts and that is fine with us. As with new gifts they oftentimes do not want those either.
It’s the luck of the draw when it comes to gift giving. And our money is not there to be gambled away on a new gift someone may discard. We hedge our bets and go for pre-loved saving money in the process and hoping our gift will be liked and/or useful.
This is a favourite article of ours on the topic of secondhand gifts. A Rude recommended reading.