landon and i are subscribing to the "want, need, wear, read" method of gift giving this year. every person in our little family of four gets four gifts -- something they "want," something they "need," something they will "wear" and something they can "read." it covers all the bases, simplifies the process of making a list and cuts down on the impulse buying that leads to hordes of gifts under the tree. so far, i love it.
here's what ellie's list looks like:
want: ikea art easel (hello, high impact gift for $14.99!)
need: big girl bedding (sniff, sniff)
read: a stack of second-hand books bought for anywhere from 10 to 99 cents at goodwill and the salvation army thrift stores.
that "read" is where my "green giving" headline comes in.
i could easily have bought a new book for $16.99. instead, i bought 21 for less than half that. many are wonderful, caldecott medal-winning titles, and several of them have been around some years, which we all know makes my heart quite happy. AND thrifting is THE very best way to recycle. why should i buy another "caps for sale" when a perfectly good copy, enhanced even by the little hands that've loved it previously, sits unused?
even in these stinky cell phone pictures, the stacks of books look just perfect under the tree, tied with twine, donning gift tags punched from, what else, but old books!