Holiday from the Heart: Recycled Gifts

photo courtesy of xSugar333

photo courtesy of xSugar333

Madame Deals is going to start a new series for the approaching Holiday season. Come back every Sunday for fun and inexpensive  Holiday ideas!

My son Mason turned three last week. For this last year I have stockpiled gifts. I had no problem going to my gift stash and finding Mason’s designated gifts. In all, I spent about $25 on his birthday. But you know what Mason really enjoyed? The two toy motorcycles I had picked up from a yard sale for .25¢ each. These motorcycles were not actually part of his gifts. I just happened to pick them up on his birthday and he figured that I bought them as a present. Yep, I could have spent .50¢ on his birthday and he would have been content.

Mason received a shirt with Woody from Toy Story on it from us. He was so excited and as he tried it on, Mason said “Mom, did you get this on sale?” Ahhh, my three year old knows his mom so well!

I think as parents we sometimes get caught up in the excitement of celebrations and loose focus of what our children need. Of course, I always get a thrill out of watching my boys open their gifts! But when it comes down to it, many of the toys are just played with for a short time.

Also, I have come to realize that presents do not have to be “new”. I have found many like new and items still in the packaging at yard sales, consignments and thrift stores. For my birthday this year I received “recycled” gifts from two friends. They were items in very good condition and I loved them!

So, this holiday season remember it is not how much you spend on a present. Give from the heart and think outside the box! Start hitting yard sales, consignment shops and thrift stores. You never know what you will find!

Renae

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