Christmas time is a hectic time for you and your loved ones especially if you’re planning on cooking and decorating for a large crowd. Most people forget that the best way to have a great Christmas is to plan ahead and use resources that cost way less than conventional methods. You can minimize stress by discussing with your family and focusing on bringing meaning to Christmas day. Here are a few useful tips on gifting;
Simply enjoy the meaning of Christmas gift giving whether religious or personal. It should be close to your heart. Make sure you have fun during the merry season too. Remember to always evaluate your family members carefully before buying green gifts for them.
Less is more
Forego an excess of items that would end up in a yard sale soon. Focus on simple gifts that bring value and meaning. If you can’t invest in expensive gifts try purchase small trinkets or eco-friendly food items for loved ones.
Focus on buying organic materials
Organic materials like cotton, silk and wood are good examples of natural materials. They add colour and texture to gifts as well as they are a source of income to farmers too. You are in return supporting your environment and local business. Win win for you and your manufacturer!
Think of eco-friendly wrapping paper
Ditch the rolls of glossy or metallic wrapping paper and opt for fabric gift wrap. These creative gift wrap ideas are amazing if you want to try something different. You can use greeting cards you received last year or any other recycled material to make gift tags. You can write “Reuse this bag” or the recipient’s name for bags that already have tags attached to them.
Focus on giving back to society during this season of giving. You must give money to a local charity organization, sponsor a poor child or help impoverished women start small businesses, either way you are maintaining the Christmas spirit. Charity is one of the best forms of green gifts out there as there is no cost incurred to society.
Remember to make things entertaining and easy.
Reduce spending large amounts of money, stress and garbage by making your loved ones pull out random names and buy one gift each. This system allows the person to receive one gift from anyone who could devote their effort and money. The white elephant exchange is when everyone exchanges gifts they have at home, as a result no real money is spent. Handmade gifts are another option like knit scarves to cookies. A Yankee swap is yet another gift giving option where a gift is given with a predetermined tag. Everyone sits in a circle and randomly chooses who goes first and then that person chooses one gift from a pile and opens it. The next person has the option of opening a gift or stealing the gift of the next person. The gift cannot be stolen more than thrice.
Remember that gifting is a joyful activity and you must not stress out about it. Everybody is clueless on getting the best gift for their loved ones but with careful planning and help you can achieve your goals. Christmas is a season to be jolly so lay back and enjoy the holidays!