11/21/09

A Very Thrifty Christmas


I am thinking...have been thinking...that this might just be the year that most of my gifts are thrifted. Obviously, there are some exceptions to that grand idea when one has wee people in one's house that are hoping for very specific things this holiday season. And of course I will do my part to boost our local economy. Everything in moderation, right? Those retail stores need our dollars as well.

I have been picking up lovely gifts all year as I come across them and think of specific people on our list, mindfully buying, pretty much certain that they will be surprised and truly enjoy their presents.

And I have some grand ideas about a couple gifts that I am making by hand...er, glittering by hand, I mean.

How about you?

10 comments:

Linda said...

Sonya, the title of your post caught me by surprise...I have also been planning a post entitled A VERY THRIFTY CHRISTMAS... I told my children(grown one's), friends and my Honey Honey that it would be a very thrifty Christmas. I have set myself a budget per person and I am trying to see what exciting gifts I can acquire for the $$. It's not only thrifty it's fun and a challenge. So far i've picked up a few things for everyone! So I am with you on this one all the way!

Linda

icandy... said...

Me too! Most of my Christmas will be handmade and found. It's a nice change and I'm pretty excited!
Hugs!
Christina

Kathie @ my net finds said...

I think a thrifted Christmas is an excellent idea and much more meaningful than buying a bunch of random stuff from the stores :-)

Sue said...

I know I'm not as thrifty as you are - you're been working at it a while, I can tell! But I'm trying. I do make at least some things every year. I'm busy knitting Christmas stockings for my son's new (apparently serious?) girlfriend and her little girls. Fun. Christmas stockings are a big family tradition. My Mom was still doing them for all of us up until about 2 years before she died. One year she moved out of the "big house" and the new one took longer to get into than she expected. As a result, the stockings were in storage, which made her VERY unhappy! But she persevered - she took grocery bags and on the plain side she drew stocking shapes with a red marker, and also wrote the person's name. She then punched a couple holes with a hole punch and threaded red curly ribbon through it. It was utterly charming, and we were thrilled that our lovely tradition continued. When she moved and no longer had a fireplace, she covered an old broom handle with wrapping paper, set it across the backs of 2 chairs and hung stockings from that. Sometimes the grandchildren would create a mini "fire" behind them, out of paper. I think one of them asked for and was given that old broom handle after she died. Another thing she did when she moved from the smaller home to assisted living: she'd had a rock as a doorstop for several years. When my brother stopped by after a camping trip with his kids, Brian showed Grandma this cook rock, and promptly left it behind. She used it for several years, then worried about what to do with it. I said, put it in Brian's stocking - he thought it was pretty cool, and couldn't wait to tell his friends what Grandma gave him for Christmas!

The Queen of Clearance. said...

a thrifted christmas sounds like fun! Too bad no one in my life likes thrifted things but me!

Shopping Golightly said...

Ugh. Do you really need to ask? I've posted a slide show of over 200 thrifted items, many are or were gifts. I'd be offended if someone bought me a new chocolate fountain but would jump up an kiss them if they gave me a pair of vintage earrings or a vintage French compact.

Wanda said...

I agree! I just wish I had more people who got it. Probably half on my gift list don't "get" old or used. Or even hand made. They'd be quite insulted. :-(
And don't forget your local antique shop!

Penny said...

I always thrift at least part of my Christmas. This year I have been collecting flour sifters. I am going to make English toffee and fill the top of the sifters with the candy and give them to my friends and family. Thrifting makes it more fun for me and for them. Happy Holidays Penny

This Thrifted Life said...

I have picked up a couple of gifts secondhand, but I would love to find more! I did purchase two gifts from a beautiful little local gift shop.

The Elegant Thrifter said...

I think more people would get vintage ad thrift gifts if they took the time with their presentation. Half the gift is the wrapping. Put your find in a beautiful box with wonderful ribbons and bows. That way you've added an element to your gift of thrift. I'll be doing almost NO shopping at retail this year, and feel just fine about that. I have supported retail for many years--in fact OVERLY supported -- so it's time for a much-needed break. My family and friends expect it now.

Stan