Recently my sister-in-law came over to my house with some kid books, DVDs, and toys she wanted to sell online and at garage sales. I was thankful that she gave me first dibs on her stuff!
After I picked out several items, I gave my sister-in-law 2 options:
- I could pay her for the items and keep them that day.
- She could keep the toys and give those them to my kids for Christmas this year.
She picked the Christmas option and rightly so! Her shopping is done, it didn’t cost her anything, and she knows it is stuff my kids will like because I hand picked the items.
Do you have friends or family that could give the gift of hand-me-downs to your children? Be bold and speak up! Think outside the normal Christmas gift box and encourage those around you to pass things down to your children rather than buying new.
Be careful if you want to give hand-me-downs as Christmas gifts because some people could think you are being cheap and rude. However, if you know you have the kind of relationship with the parents that hand-me-downs wouldn’t be insulting then you can certainly offer.
Christmas is a chaotic and expensive time of year. Why not simplify things by giving hand-me-downs for Christmas gifts this year?
Looking for more ways to simplify your gift giving? Try giving consumable gifts.
What do you think? Are hand-me-downs tacky when it comes to gifts or a smart use of resources?