Gift Guidance 2020
By Jeanine Behr Getz
Readers have been asking for gift giving guidance during these unprecedented times, personally I have been torn over writing about holiday “shopping” at all.
There are multiple articles and social media posts opposed to Black Friday shopping and “American” over consumption, aptly referencing them as sources of environmental pollution both in the production and in the disposing of goods. It can be confusing, because in those same articles and posts they promote “shopping local.”
Here is my resolution and my plea to you: support your local charities, first responders, restaurants and businesses the best way you are comfortably able to.
If you are not making gifts, perhaps curate the number of gifts you are giving and look for products that give back to causes you believe in. Purchase from companies that are trying hard to reduce their packaging, promote fair trade, use responsible materials, have trade in and repair programs, do not use harmful chemicals, etc.…you get where I am going, purchase with purpose.
Here is a small selection of ideas with purpose:
Sierra Club, Inspire Wonder for Kids
“The pet your children always wanted”
Impact: Giveback, responsible materials
Still haven’t found what you are looking for?
Here are three of my favorite “recommerce*” sites:
This is the year to appreciate everything you have and perhaps not to get everything you want. If you have the chance to make someone happy, just do it.
Be kind to each other and the planet.
In case you were wondering:
*recommerce means the selling of previously owned products through online distribution channels.