Keeping perspective during the holiday season’s flurry of buying can be difficult. While gift-giving is a lovely tradition, so many of us get caught up in the “keeping up with the Joneses”-style of shopping: buying the newest, neatest toy/appliance/Apple product to keep pace with our consumption-centric world. The shopping-cynic in us was thus delighted by “The 5 Best Toys of All Time” featured in Wired’s GeekDad column. They include:
- a stick
- cardboard box(s)
- cardboard tubes
Both funny and true, full of examples of the amazing things you can make out of these simple elements, the piece reminds us that the holiday shopping frenzy isn’t actually necessary. While we’re not suggesting anyone fill a Christmas stocking with dirt (although it would make a mean mud pie), it doesn’t take a fancy new toy to give someone a meaningful gift. This is why we love to give presents people can make things with or use, like. Here’s a list of 12 favorites, swell given singly or in combination: Sugru, a silicone modeling clay that hardens to rock-like durability (buy it here)…
Or books that inspire creativity or shift our minds from our usual way of thinking:
Our favorite all-purpose gift to give to the many folks we want to acknowledge is to make to send or give a card telling them we’ve made a donation in their name to a charity. We give a pile of $$ to our favorite charity, such as The Robin Hood Foundation or CitiHarvest, then either use on of their cards OR design our own holiday e-cards.
And finally, the gift that never fails is a good bottle of single-producer champagne, which is perfect for New Years.
More and more people seem to be rejecting the notion of holiday shopping binges (Buy Nothing Day being a great example), and we’re curious about all of the creative gifts being exchanged this year. Let us know your personal list of favorites.
double-duty gifts with heart
gifts + inspiration for bikers (and walkers)
make or buy: fragrant, wildly all-purpose herb salt
holiday gifts: cheap + fun/useful/cool…
six great children’s books to give as gifts