Saturday, December 8, 2007

Christmas cards and uncluttering gift ideas

A little less than 10 years ago, I had to answer that annual question that some people love to answer and other people hate to answer: what do you want for your birthday? I fall in the latter category.

I've always felt very fortunate to have all that I need in life at a given day, and as an apartment dweller, space is always at a premium. I decided to ask for an "experience", big or small. Something that wasn't a "thing." The idea wasn't well received. My sister took the challenge and got me two books: "Short Escapes Near New York City" and "Short Bike Rides in and around New York City". While books are technically things, the spirit of the idea was there. DW and I recently used one of them on a trip to Shelter Island and Mystic, CT.

That brings me this great series of Christmas season posts from Unclutterer: consumable gift giving.

2007 Unclutterer Gift Giving Guide:
(Contents, with direct links to the featured parts)

I really like the ideas of consumable giving (things that we need, will be used up and then don't take up space), though the idea of making them "gift-worthy" requires a little creativity.

And if you've got x-acto blades lying around your house, here are some great card ideas, via lifehacker: DIY Christmas Cards [lifehacker]
The evergreen card whispers in my ear: "I look easy, but you're going to pull your hair out trying to make one that looks as elegant as me." Game on, Mr. Douglas fir... Game on.


Mary Alice said...

PULEEZZE tell me that you found Mystic Pizza while in Connecticut!

kitty said...

I really like the idea of not giving things that promote clutter. My parents are pack rats of a sort, so I've developed anti-bodies to it!

This xmas I'm giving a framed portrait I'll draw from a photograph (it's also a belated wedding gift).

My parents may get a couple tickets to a performance. That's a favorite gift of mine. Gets them out of the house!

Columbia said...

Mary Alice-
Yes, "DW" and I had "a slice of heaven" while we were there. :) I didn't see the movie until after we got back though. Personally, I found the pizza to be more memorable. ;)

DW and I both got each other tickets this Christmas -- 2008 Yankees (GC) and tickets to Les Mis (I've never seen). As I understand it, attending both involve a good deal of crying.

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