Christmas Gift Advice

All year we are concerned about carbon pollution and global warming. We worry about our jobs. We see local shops in the mainstreet closing.

Every Christmas, it seems we have a collective bout of amnesia. We get coloured wrapping paper, sticky-tape our junk together, and present it to people who are likely to throw it away a few days later.

This is not sustainable or intelligent behaviour.

Here is an email from an anonymous source, which was sent around the world.

Christmas 2011  — Birth of a New Tradition 

As the holidays approach, the giant factories are kicking into high gear to provide  Australians with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods –merchandise that has been produced at the expense of local labour.

EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local hair salon or barber? 

Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? 

For the Gardeners on your list – how about some lovely  healthy pot plants or plants for the garden or even a gift certificate from the local lawnmowing man. 

Someone like their driveway sealed? Lawn mowed for the summer? Games at  the local golf course?

How about half a dozen breakfasts  at the local cafe?

Let’s not think about national chains, but the independent little guys in our home towns.

How many people  couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle?What about a  gift certificate from a local home handyman for some chores to be done around the home?

Mum would LOVE the services of a local cleaning  lady for a day. Someone’s  computer could use a tune-up or memory upgrade.

Local crafts people spin their own wool & knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, & pottery  & beautiful wooden boxes.

How about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre. Musicians need  love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

When we care about our  communities, the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine.

Action Plan:

  1. Share this message with your friends and family so they ‘get it’.
  2. Tell them you want a junk-free Christmas. Do they want in?
  3. Make your list of things that would really help your gift recipients.
  4. Tell them you want to support small local businesses who are likely to be doing it tough.

Thank you and have the best Christmas ever!