Holiday Gift Giving : Re-thinking, Re-prioritizing, and Re-gifting
When we think of Christmas time we think of an abundance of joy, toys, wrapping paper scattered happily everywhere, and excited squeals of delight.
The reality may be quite different: overcharged credit cards, disappointed gift receivers who didn't get the latest toy, an overwhelming and cluttered play space, and toys that go untouched after the initial excitement is over.
It may be worthwhile, before preparations for the holidays go into full swing, to reflect on your priorities and your vision of what gift giving could be like in your family. It is an especially good time to give this some thought if you are expecting a birth in the coming months, or if your children are very young. Setting your family's intentions around gifts and toys early is easier, and can set the stage for many years to come.
If the idea of abundance and meaningful toys without the clutter is appealing, enjoy the links below this article about how to make the shift to more meaningful and minimalist gift giving in your home. And if you would like exploring this idea more, send me an email ....I’d be pleased to organize a workshop to explore ideas around gift-giving in the new year (when you have lots of time to think about things for next year!). Simplicity is a central value of mine and one that can shift our thinking from how to buy the ‘right’ toy to:
How to choose developmentally appropriate toys that last;
How to enjoy the abundance of gift-giving while moving towards minimalism;
The love language of gift giving and why it can be a wonderful thing and a challenge;
Gift giving traditions based on simplicity.
Resources for Giving in Meaningful Ways: