I’ve spent a lot of time this year minimizing our possessions and simplifying our home. And aside from a few quirky cosmetic flaws, our house is finally just how we want it. With the holidays and my birthday approaching, I hope the people in my life will help me keep it that way…
I greatly appreciate the gifts I’ve been given in my life. When someone gives me a gift, it means they care about me, and it feels good to be loved. But I’m at a point now where I don’t want anymore stuff.
I never expect anything from anyone, on any occasion. Your presence in my life is a present in itself. But if you ever want to give me a gift, I would love to receive unpackaged soap or a gift certificate to your favorite bakery or restaurant. (And I always love a good IPA!)
We reflect the same near-o waste/minimalist philosophy when we give gifts. This year our gifts to friends, family, and the kids’ teachers have included reusable grocery bags, beer, unpackaged soap, homemade body scrub, bulk snacks (in a glass jar), gift certificates, and spending cash.
And for kids’ birthdays, we’ve given a homemade chemistry set, homemade masks, homemade play dough, and gift certificates for ice cream and the climbing gym.