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  1. Diane Balch
    Monday, 3 December 2012

    As an environmentalist I am also horrified this time year by the amount of paper and packaging material that is thrown away from all these gifts we give. Totally with you quality verse quantity. This is the guide I gave my readers I think it jives with what you’re saying. http://simplelivingdianebalch.blogspot.com/2012/11/simple-living-in-practice-10-ways-to.html

    • Lorilee
      Tuesday, 4 December 2012

      great post! Thanks for sharing :) Packaging is amazing to me too. Especially on toys….

  2. Teresa
    Monday, 3 December 2012

    You posted about this before, but I think it is worth repeating — give a certificate to a museum, or a family pass to the local zoo, take the neices and nephews to the park or a movie (a great gift for their Mom and Dad too!). And there is always cash – while considered by many as even less thoughtful than a gift card, if someone needs groceries more than a restaurant meal, cash gives them the option. And for the older kids, cash allows them to ‘pool’ their gifts and buy something more expensive.

    • Lorilee
      Tuesday, 4 December 2012

      my daughter just got cash for her birthday and she was so excited :) She ended up spending it on a project for World Vision.

  3. Elizabeth Kane
    Monday, 3 December 2012

    Like your gift ideas here, Lorilee. I tend to give people gifts they need to eat or drink. I’m going to keep a lookout for things my close friends use that are becoming ratty, but they don’t want to buy for themselves.

    I’m finding that after these past couple years of minimizing what I have, I’m a better gift getter. When a friend asks me what I want, my first response is spending time with them. But when that’s not an option (they’re long distance, or they want to be even kinder and get me a present) I know what I realisticly use and want, and what would be stashed in the closet. After all, when I’m giving someone a gift I want to know they’ll truly enjoy it and not just see it as another thing that’ll clutter up their place.

    • Lorilee
      Tuesday, 4 December 2012

      I see what you mean. I can think of things easier now when people ask me as well. I think I have come to appreciate and know what I will like and use better. :)

  4. Gem
    Monday, 3 December 2012

    Since Calvin is the only grandchild on both sides, it’s very easy for our relatives to over-indulge him accidentally. One thing we put on his list every year is a contribution to his 529 college savings plan.

    • Lorilee
      Tuesday, 4 December 2012

      ohhh, good idea :)

  5. Amy
    Wednesday, 22 May 2013

    I have four children. I’m hoping that this year the grandparents will give a combined gift of a family membership. We have a children’s museum, aquarium, and train museum within and hour of our home. A membership card doesn’t take up much space, and it is a year of fun!!

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