No one wants the stupid crap that you feel you need to buy for them and no one wants to buy stupid crap for you. Stop it. No one wants another tie. When you give something to someone else you’re basically telling them to buy something for you. Stop it.
Please don’t buy into it. At this point no one should be buying anything that isn’t a necessity. If it doesn’t make life easier for you or help you to prepare for the future than you don’t need it. No more electronics. No more exercise equipment that you don’t use. No more video games. Even rethink toys for the kids. No more crap that sits in the basement, draws, attic or trunk of your car unused.
Don’t get caught up in thinking that there needs to be a ton-o-pile of gifts under the tree. Don’t make yourself crazy. The world is changing.
Give to your heart’s content, but be practical. Give stuff that people can use, that makes them safer or will help them to be prepared if our banks close or supply lines go down.
The best things to give are those things you make yourself. Can some pickles. Make candles. Make jars of dried pea soup mix or bread mix. Give a neighbor a coupon for a free driveway shoveling or an oil change. Don’t give your elderly mother something that will sit in her basement collecting dust. Clean her gutters, Wash her car. Sharpen someone’s knives for them. Clean their gutters.
Clothing is good. Tools are good. Cookware is good. Kitchen knives. Camping gear. Make a meal for those you love. Freeze a lasagna or a casserole for someone that may be short on funds for food. Give canned goods. Give someone a book or two of postage stamps and some envelopes. Mow a lawn.
If you’re worried that friends and family are ignoring the future rushing towards them then give them something that will make them more secure like flashlights, wind up radios, a book on Peak Oil or preparing, a first aid kit, a sewing kit, a home tool kit, a bug out bag or survival kit or work gloves. Reference books are always great. How about a field guide of birds or animal tracks and a pair of binoculars? A cookbook for a friend that eats out a lot.
Don’t waste your money. Don’t get caught up in the commercials and commercialization of the holidays. It’s not what you give that counts. It’s what you think and feel.
People are hurting. Even people you may not suspect are having financial troubles may be. The last thing they want is something that they can’t use. They may want paint to paint their house or get their brakes done. Think what people need and may not be able to buy for themselves.
Spend time with family. Instead of hitting the mall spend some time with your friends and family, speak to your kids or better yet play a game with them. Instead of giving your group of friends a bunch of junk agree to forego it and have a pot luck dinner.
Please rethink what giving means in the new world that is evolving right before our eyes.
Big ol’ pile of fur in the woods. Just my guess, but I’d venture to say that it appears a hawk or osprey done ate a squirrel. Anyone have another guess?