Desperately Seeking Presents That Won’t Be Recalled in 6 Months… and Some Holiday Spirit
Anyone else sick of sorting through the bin and taking toys away from their children because of safety concerns? My favorite was the Aqua Dots fiasco, where the little pellets were filled with the date rape drug GHB. How does a DATE RAPE drug get into our toys? I mean, a Stoli martini maybe… but little plastic balls that you glue together with water?
I admit I find myself at a bit of loss this holiday season.
I took the Buy Handmade Pledge, and have been doing some searching on Etsy, but I have a general malaise I can’t shake. Why do I have to run around franticly from the day after Thanksgiving until December 24th, buying stuff, stuff, STUFF? And trust me, it’s not so much the consumerism that bugs me, it’s the consumerism crammed into 30 days, where I am supposed to find the perfect gift for the perfect price for the perfect person and wrap it perfectly and then in my case, ship it cross country because my whole family lives on the east coast, so then I really only have 3 weeks to get all this done counting shipping time and why am I bothering because they all have everything they need ANYWAY.
I know it’s an age-old lament, but when did Christmas turn into being about STUFF?
Then add in lead paint and GHB… I throw in the towel.
So here is where you come in. Let’s compile a list of links for stores that sell quality, not-made-in-China presents for kids and adults alike. Add anything and everything you have found that has things you would be proud to give, or even just made you smile.
We’ll call it the Feel Good Gift Giving Guide.
And maybe, just maybe, I’ll get this Grinch off my back yet.