I don't buy Christmas presents.
But, ask any relative or friend of mine and they'll tell you (unprompted and unpaid) that I'm considerate and thoughtful. Some claim I make them feel like the worst friend ever. (I blame my mom who made my brother and I write scads of thank-you notes as soon as we could spell our names.)
Regifting is an eco-friendly form of recycling
Do you wonder if regifting carries an air of insincerity and thoughtlessness? I know guilt holds many people back. Get over it! There are times when it's appropriate, maybe even appreciated. It's couth to regift a book you've read. Maybe host a regifting-themed holiday exchange at work or with the family. Regifting is not just a way to get rid of bad gifts; it's also a way to find them new homes with people who appreciate them. A Golden Rule of Regifting: Regift unto others as you would have them regift unto you.
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Benefits of a no-battery Christmas
Parents, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Toys that don't use batteries are actually crucial for early childhood education. Wooden shapes, blocks and puzzles boost critical thinking as well as problem-solving skills. Babies and children play longer with no-battery toys than ones that do everything for them. Ask well-meaning aunts and uncles to choose battery-free toys that allow children to think for themselves. You'll be doing the planet a favour since we generate over 100,000 tonnes of battery waste every year.
How will you spice-up gift giving this holiday season?
Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green