Have a Five Hand Christmas this year! It’s a great way to take the commercialism out of Christmas! By following this simple gift-giving policy, you can give gifts that are a lot of fun, and don’t break the bank. And because they’re more personal, probably a lot more meaningful!
And they’re also good for both the environment, and for our wallets! And that, to us, really makes for a Merry Christmas!
HAND-made — by you personally.
Non too great at crafts? Neither am I, and supplies are hard to find here in Italy. But you don’t necessarily have to give a handicraft. How about some stories on your childhood for your children or grandchildren? A special photograph, enlarged and framed. Or something homemade from your kitchen? Everyone likes to eat!
Hand-me-downs, as gifts?? They often make surprisingly great gifts! Just because you no longer use them doesn’t mean someone else won’t. And this could also include passing down family heirlooms. Why wait until you’re dead? Wouldn’t it be nicer to witness their enjoyment of those treasured items?
But even that little-used coat, or gently used purse still make great gifts. Let’s start seeing such things as useful, not junk. And think of used items as the benefits they are. For they are beneficial—both to the Earth and to our budgets!
Perhaps someone on your list has dreamed of one certain thing. Kids, especially, tend to do this. They decide they want that and only that. Pick one up second-hand. And use it as an opportunity to teach about Earth Care!
A helping HAND.
Donations to charities, visiting shut-ins, aiding the elderly, babysitting, or coupons promising to do chores, etc. Now who couldn’t use one of those sometimes? And honestly, it seems to us that they’d remember such a gift for a longer time!
A date night, a family day at the zoo, a family game night, ice cream every night for a week, etc. Because in the long run, all our friends and families really want from us is our presence and involvement. Time for caring and sharing. Or just spending a day together. Phones and devices shut off, or left at home. Hand-in-hand gifts are things to treasure all year-long!
We can show love and appreciation for others without buying into today’s consumerist Christmas!
And protect our precious earth at the same time, because these gifts involve re-using or up-cycling! The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination! Which makes me think…maybe jars of canned olives, straight from our very own trees would make yummy gifts!
Now, give us a hand and share your suggestions!