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.
What about those loved ones who say they want nothing?
For the liars who really want something, find eco-friendly gift ideas by Ethical Ocean. Choose a clock that runs on water or a stainless steel lunch Bento box (people stop me on the street to ask about my lunch Tifin). Ten per cent of your purchase will be donated to the David Suzuki Foundation!
And for the loved ones who really want nothing, surprise them with Rein Dance water wings for $19.99, no wrapping required. (It's all virtual, but it's the thought that counts.)
How will you spice-up gift giving this holiday season?
Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green