This is not an article about turning junk into crafts. I am not about gluing, cutting or pasting. I am not about creating more work for myself. I can appreciate those who can handcraft a keepsake. Unfortunately, not all of us have that talent. However, I am also not about going out to buy a gift just to say I gave a gift. I am trying to become smarter about spending hard-earned money on useless items just to conform to a holiday. With age, I think comes wisdom and I am putting more thought into gift-giving that has meaning rather than grabbing something off the shelf.
Every year at Christmas, I have a lovely nativity scene I put on display. It does not have any great monetary value but it was the nativity scene that was displayed in my home when I was a child. I have been displaying it every Christmas since I was married.
When my in-laws passed away, we inherited many of their belongings. However, proudly displayed in my kitchen is my mother-in-law’s rolling pin, cooking is a passion I shared with her, so that simple rolling pin has great meaning for me.
Therefore, before you head to the mall, take a good look around your home, if there is a momento you feel you would be willing to part with and share with your children, grandchildren and friends, than I encourage you to consider a new approach. Don’t wait to leave it in a will or an inheritance, present it to them now, while you can share the joy on their face when they receive it.
Think about it like the ultimate in conservation, preservation and recycling. Now don’t get crazy and use this as an opportunity to get rid of your junk. Be selective and intuitive to what you think your children, grandchildren and friends would appreciate. Include a little note with the gift, stating its history, special meaning or a memory that is attached to the item.
A piece of jewellery, a picture, a Christmas ornament, a favourite plate or serving dish, a special cookie jar, a quilt, a teapot, a chair, a book, pay attention to what your family and friends comment on when they visit your home. Make a mental note, and when the occasion arises, like Christmas or a birthday or anniversary use the opportunity to give a gift that is more valuable than any item, in any big box store.