New Tradition for the 2012 Christmas season that doesn’t wreck the budget
can help make it a less stressful time of year.
According to madeinusachallenge.com
the average American spends over $700 annually on holiday shopping.
However, if just $64 of this was spent on gifts made in the USA, the economic impact would equate to the creation of 200,000 American jobs.
Want to get off the hamster wheel with all the “materialism madness” at Christmas but don’t want to be a Scrooge? Would you like to have great gifts to give…. for FREE?
Most people have an unused gift or two in their gift closet that they received or bought that doesn’t match anyone on their gift list. Who wouldn’t be thrilled to trade for what they do need/want? Turn your annual party into a re-gift exchange where everyone is welcome to swap new, unused gifts for ones that will work better for them to give to family and friends.
“Re-gift”…. the gift that just keeps giving!
Parties held before Christmas are a perfect excuse for friends to gather, while providing a wonderful solution to ensure that those gifts (which someone spent good money on ) are recycled to someone who would be thrilled to have them…. instead of cluttering one’s home. (Hint: Throwing a joke gift into the mix provides more holiday cheer than an expensive item and makes it even more fun.)
One man’s junk is another man’s “no cost” treasure…at these parties! Remember that there are no bad gifts, just gifts that haven’t gotten to the right person yet. Let’s help them on their way to getting there.
No matter what YOU think about the item, it will delight someone– in fact, it may just be their favorite gift!
Of course, some gifts make annual reappearances until they find just the right fit. (A bride regifted a set of dishes she to at her wedding. The recipient hung on to it for two years before it ended up re-gifted for a male friend’s house warming. He loved it.)
At the party….
Each guest brings a few things they don’t want are are given “scrip” (credit) for the same number of items. (Think about the many items that you have never used, despite best intentions. Clothing, books, household items, beautiful coffee mugs, serving platters, picture frames, artwork, candles, lamps, cozy throws movies/CDs, wine, jewelry, hats or scarves, figurines, plants, (or über-practical toilet paper, spiral cut ham the vegetarian’s boss gave for Christmas …that big bag of Reeses miniatures from your Secret Santa at the office.)
Guests bring holiday foods to share as they “shop” for Christmas gifts as they easily mingle, chat and laugh the comfort of the host’s home. Inevitably people find items that are perfect for loved ones, without spending a dime.
Anytime throughout the year when you receive unwanted gifts that you cannot return, hold on to those items until the annual re-gifting exchange.
Besides the FREE holiday fun, some other benefits of regifting includes :
- money doesn’t have to be spent to have nice gifts to give, allowing you to start the new year without adding new debt from Christmas.
- declutter your home of those gifts that well-meaning friends and family members spent good money on which are too nice to donate or throw away yet no one in your home will ever use.
- you are not giving more money to buy from China!
- it is good for the environment as it keeps stuff out of landfills
Who wouldn’t want to host a party like that not only to make sure they are invited but with everyone bringing food and getting some holiday shopping done without spending money!
See Thats a Wrap……
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- Christmas Gift Ideas made by you
- Christmas-Helping Others Even When Money is Tight
- Christmas 2011 — Birth of a New Tradition
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