Sexy Hippy

December 23, 2007, 4:02 pm
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i have 3 goals for this christmas. 

1 – working 3 jobs, i don’t have a lot of spare time on my hands so i don’t want to spend hours standing in line ups for gifts.  nor do i want to spend my free time hanging lights and decoarating.   

2 – i am trying to avoid buying things made in china.   a news story broke about 2 montha ago about the discovery of a ‘kiln’ where people (including many children) were being kept as slave labourers — kidnapped, beaten, starved and severely malnourished.  since then  i have been trying to reduce my consumption of products made in china (and india, as conditions there are not much better, if any).   

3 – despite holding 3 jobs, i do not hold many assests available for liquidation, i.e. i’m po.  (merry christmas, royal bank.  i’m sure you and yours are eating well this holiday season.)  so the gifts i buy have to be affordable.  

as i proceed with my last minute preparations i keep these goals, and i have some time-tested techniques for meeting them.  i encourage anyone who is still preparing to try these ideas out — i find they make for a more relaxed, enjoyable and heartfelt christmas:     

home-made gifts — you don’t have to be super-crafty to make gifts.  if you are not a painter of knitter, you can still purchase kits that provide you with materials and give you step-by-step directions.  my favourite gifts are those that incorporate photos… they can be scrapbooked, put on mugs or t-shirts, or just printed and set in a nice frame… and voila, personal, affordable and easy presents. 

hand-made gifts —  many people ‘prepare’ for christmas by pacing through the mall or zipping from store to store in an industrial park, standing in long lines, arguing over who-picked-it-up-first and risking life and limb in congested parking lots.  (and the products purchased at these stores are almost entirely made in china or india.)  i prefer to head downtown and browse the shops of local artisans, giftshops and services.  in st. john’s there are many shops like these.  there is environmentally-friendly clothing with prints by local artists (living planet), paintings galore, and lots of crafts. 

entertainment gifts — tickets for theatre productions, concerts, massages, spa days, sports events, meals.  all great gifts. 

happy holidays.  i hope everyone enjoys time with friends and family, with nice meals and music.  and some wine.