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Uncrap Christmas Idea

November 29, 2009

Sign yourself and your gift recipient up for a class together through your local community center. Cooking, painting, aquacise, How to Use Word, etc. The money you spend is invested in your community and in your relationship. Sorry, Chinese economy.

Please leave your uncrappy Christmas gift ideas in the comments. Share the ones you’ve given and/or received. No rush. People don’t actually think about this until the 23rd or the 24th.

Happy Advent!

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Jean permalink
    November 29, 2009 10:32 am

    Give a gift certificate for a massage or a pedicure or something equally relaxing – even a movie – and offer to babysit while the recipient is partaking of the gift.

  2. Jean permalink
    November 29, 2009 1:26 pm

    I have no one you can babysit.

  3. Kristi permalink
    November 29, 2009 2:14 pm

    Crap is in the eye of the beholder. My girls are getting “block boards” from my dad. They love playing with blocks but our rug inhibits their building towers over 12 inches (and the tile is cooold) so my dad is getting them glorified pieces of 15×15 leftover plywood with a hole cut out for a handle (snack holder?) that will double as a lap desk. He’s painting them with their names -I have no doubt they will love them. My oldest daughter and I are taking my mom to see the Nutcracker for her birthday on the 22nd. All three will have a special tea party for Grandma’s birthday and then the four year old will be going off for her first theatre/ballet experience. Does cheap count as crappy?

    • Claire permalink*
      November 29, 2009 5:13 pm

      A crappy gift is identifiable via its thought/love/time content. At least two of the three make for a significantly less than crappy gift.

  4. SarahLW permalink
    November 29, 2009 4:42 pm

    Great initiative.

    Last year the members of my family who were together at Christmas ha a rule that there were to be no new gifts, so everything that we exchange was a regift, something we were ready to pass along, or something we had made. It was fun! Although there was still some crap being exchanged…

    Otherwise, food is always good! Bake some Christmas goodies and put them in a tin or give away canned goods you made this year.

    • Claire permalink*
      November 29, 2009 5:05 pm

      ah yes, the re-gift. A wonderful idea, as long as the re-gift does not end up addressed to the original giver. Christmas spirit = BROKEN.

  5. Elena permalink
    December 1, 2009 5:24 am

    We are hoping to give our two oldest a small gift certificate to Toys ‘r’ Us (or as Jacob says, Toys Or Us) to give them some sense of empowerment and the cost of toys. BUT, we are also giving them the equal amount to give to a charity of their choice (the choices will be provided by us but they can choose from our list). We’ll see how it goes. By the way, my husband showed the Advent Conspiracy at his school’s opening Advent liturgy – people were amazed and it generated much discussion and eye opening.

  6. Colleen permalink
    December 1, 2009 9:39 pm

    Do toddler marker drawings count as uncrappy gifts? We happen to have a few around the house…

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