So this year, for a variety of reasons, I’ve decided to try and be super-duper green and non-consumerist and either make presents for my friends and/or buy vintage or reused items as my gifts. Except for a very few items for people (i.e. my niece and nephew, who probably won’t really appreciate the whole “green” thing, considering they are 2 years old and 4 years old…). So for all of you guys who were expecting a gift card for a chinchilla fur coat… you’re out of luck.
Sounds like a big task, but my family isn’t SUPER into Christmas, so it’s turning out to be more manageable than I thought. My friends are also pretty chill… hopefully you guys will read this and choose not to buy me a huge present, because when I give you my macaroni picture of two hands shaking, you may feel a little ripped off…
Here are some ideas that I’m toying with (sorry for spoiling any surprises for my friends…).
For some peeps, I’m thinking that I’m going to make a bunch of cookies and put them in a nice reusable jar or something, and attach the recipe. May sound a bit chintsy, but the love and care I put into the cookies will CLEARLY outweigh the money that would have been put towards purchasing a bottle of scotch. Right? Right. Eat the damn cookies.
2. Drawing a Picture
Sooooo, I’m not an ‘artist’ by any means, but when I want to get my art on, I can be pretty awesome. I once took this picture of my mom and drew it on a huge canvas for a big birthday she had, and I’m pretty sure it’s the best gift I’ve ever given anyone.
3. Buying some weird-ass, totally hard to find vintage item
Every Time I’m in Value Village or Goodwill, I always see weird and totally cool items (as seen in this post, where I saw tons of awesome weird-ass shite). I’m going to take a few treks to different second-hand places and try to find some fun things for some friends who just moved into new houses and have space to fill!
4. Personalized Items that I Make For You!
Ever thought “Wow, I wish Natalie would make me a really cool accent pillow with my name embroidered on it, or maybe with some funny saying or something or maybe a picture of my face made from pieces of discarded felt?” WELL THIS MIGHT BE THE YEAR, baby!
Hmmmmmmm. Those are all the ideas that I have right now, but I hope that I can think up more soon!
Do you have any ideas? TELLLLL MEEEE!