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I don't particularly like the holiday's, mostly because they can be stressful and they tend to be absorbed by consumerism, shopping, and spending $$$.

I have tried in the past years to not participate in gift giving. I try really hard not to buy anything I don't need or use, and I really despise buying and receiving gifts out of obligation (in my family they think its really rude of me not to bring gifts to share at Christmas). I hoped to be able to enlighten my family and friends about consumerism and not "buying into" the Christmas hype created by retail stores and commercials by not participating in gift giving, but even after 4 years they still buy me gifts and everyone else too.
Last year I grafted a lot of my favorite houseplant during the summer and by Christmas I had an abundance of nice little houseplants to give away as gifts, so I have the giving part covered ok.
I am stuck and the receiving part however. I really don't like getting gifts, i know it sounds crazy but it really bothers me that people buy stuff just for the sake of buying a gift!
Ok so I am thinking of a way to create a Christmas Wish List for my family and friends to reference if they want to get me a gift. Kinda like a gift registry for a wedding or baby shower but personal for Christmas and Birthdays. Are there any resources online like this already that I can use?

I want to try this out because I will put things on the list that maybe don't even have to be bought along with useful and fun things I actually need and want. From a vegan standpoint this can also be a guide for a list of gifts that are vegan friendly.

good idea? bad idea? im not sure yet.
 

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What about asking for consumables - food treats, wine, toiletries? Or even a charity gift - in the UK you can give an Oxfam gift to pay for schooling for a year, or school books, or some seeds, for example. Or ask them to support a business on Kiva.org. on your behalf.
 

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I'm all for the charity idea. Give your family a list of your favorite charities that they can donate to in your name.
 

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I come from a poor family so for as long as I can remember our Christmas lists were always things that we can 'use' (like underwear and such) with maybe one item thrown in just for fun that 'Santa Claus' would bring us if we were good. Oddly that tradition has followed me all these years and still to this day I tend to buy Christmas presents that people need rather than want.
 

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Originally Posted by luvourmother View Post

oh ya, i have a wish list on Amazon, i may just stick with this.
I usually tell my wife I don't want gifts, just pay the bills.


After she frowns, I tell her to pick something off my Amazon wish list or to get me an iTunes gift card.
 
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