Now, there are people who SWEAR that it’s just AWESOME to get up at 4 a.m. on Black Friday and head to Wal-Mart for all the sweet deals you can get, but let’s face it. I’ve got a lot of crap in my home. All my friends have a lot of crap. They may not need more crap, but they could probably use a new scarf this year.
With so much commercialism – and so many folks trying to live within their means – buying and making handmade goods is the best way not only to show someone you care about them, but also to support someone’s craft or art.
Today I took the pledge to buy handmade goods for this holiday season, You can take the same pledge at buyhandmade.org. All it requires is you buy handmade goods this season – and request that others do the same for you.
This year I’ve made several afghans for loved ones as wedding presents. I can’t tell you how thankful they are that someone’s two hands took the time to make them. They are gifts these friends will cherish forever.
If you don’t consider yourself a DIY person, there are plenty of places such as Etsy, or your local specialty store, that sell a number of handmade goods. Look for fair trade products as well. The Global Exchange Store has a number of fair-trade gifts that are absolutely lovely.
This season, try to steer clear of the video games, the cheap-labor products and the electronics that will be useless in five years. We’re in an economic and global crisis. This is a great way to make a change.
If you have any additional suggestions for hand-crafted goods, tell me in the comments section!