|Wooden Toy Box, Chairs, Electronic Toy, Bowls and Lots of French Books.|
|Toys and Dress Ups - Dolly has been in Fairytale Heaven.|
|Wooden Chairs (Replacing our Plastic Chairs), Shoe Rack and a Big Girl Car Seat. Coffee for Grandma and School Hat for Dolly.|
Last week I read a website discussion, where a person was criticising another person who was thinking of giving some of her children's out grown toys in good condition to her young nephews. The person criticising saw the other person as being overly cheap at Christmas and believed she should purchase new gifts to not disappoint the children. I know for a fact Dolly loves hand me downs from friends she loves. They have so much more meaning to her than a new toy or dress. The fact that the above toys were played with by a child she admires greatly has brought a whole lot of happiness and excitement to her.
The Rambling Expat, Dolly and myself share a giant king size bed but at present we are struggling to all fit in as many of these gifts have also been sharing the bed. Dolls and hard plastic toys have been jabbing me in the back and sneaking under the sheets. This to me is proof of Dolly's happiness of the hand me downs. If they had been wrapped up and given as Christmas gifts Dolly would not have been disappointed.
I think the best gifts to give are pre-loved, local, crafted, cooked and will be used or eaten and not add to clutter or financial hardship.
How do you feel about re-gifting and re-purposing? Do you aim for Frugal or Eco gifts? Do you splurge out because it is the time of "Giving"? What does "Giving" mean to you? I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.
Have a great day :-)