Christmas came early this year for our family of seven. And what a fun time we had with baby Ellie in the mix. We tried a new way of gift-giving this year and it was a success! It was requested that I explain our plan on this blog, so here goes. Right now.
1. Pick. Each of the 6 of us (Ellie was exempt) had our name written on a slip of paper. Anne came up with a surefire way NOT to pick ourselves or our spouses (ask her) and we were requested to make a list of suggested gift ideas. She put all our wish lists in an email. The limit was $50.00.
2. Prowl. The rest of the family would get gifts, too. BUT, there were two rules for this: you could prowl through your own home, and "regift" items or spend no more than $1.00 on a gift.
3. Purchase. Using the email list as a guide, we bought one big ticket item or several smaller items on the wish list for the recipient. Wrapped, tagged and d-o-n-e done.
We all got items we wished for and less money was spent in the process. The "prowl" items were the cause of much laughter as well. For example, John handed out a couple of $1.00 lottery tickets and someone made some money on their ticket. Wes handed out 4 oil paintings he had painted long before the kids were born and they all were quite surprised to hear of his days as a painter. (They only thought of his past as a ski bum!)
We'll certainly be using this plan again next year! It was a great way to go greener and save the "green" at the same time. With a lot a warm feelings along the way, by the way. Gotta say I love the times spent with our family. Which is the best GIFT of all.