How to Have a Slow Holiday (or a Buy Nothing
By Kirsten Dirksen, The
December 9, 2011
My family doesn't buy Christmas gifts and I think
because of that our holidays are more festive. Instead of
shopping, we sing. Instead of stressing, we play games. And we do a lot
of baking and decorating.
Though just because we don't buy gifts doesn't mean we
don't give them. They just come from our closets, drawers,
My family's rules for giving without shopping
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- Buying stuff is for non-creative types: the best
gifts are those that took thought, not cash.
- Shop your closet or drawers: regifting often means
vintage or one-of-a-kind presents.
- Homemade is priceless: we give mixed CDs to personal
gift certificates (for a footrub or dishwashing duty).
- You don't need to give something to everybody every
year: better to give only when it means something.
- If you haven't found something to regift or make,
simply write a card and wait for the following year for inspiration.