We had originally thought that we wouldn’t have to tackle the issue of gifts until our birthdays which are in October. We were wrong.
To be fair, Rhyannon did already have her birthday, and she managed to come through with mainly loads of compostable flowers. Grant and I have been dropping hints to our families, encouraging them not to buy material goods for us. So far so good. My brother returned from Europe with candies (consumable) in a little tin (recyclable and reusable). But apparently it’s not our families that we have to worry about, it’s those surprise gifts.
Grant and I have recently been filming weddings. That’s right, we are now part-time wedding videographers, which is great and lots of fun; however, an unexpected part of this profession is that people want to give you gifts. A card, a framed photo, and last week, keychains. Not just any keychains, one was a brand name, ridiculously expensive keychain (we know because we looked it up on the internet after even our unstylish selves realized quality when we saw it).
It’s an awkward situation. We don’t tell our clients about being waste free (why would we), so we don’t want to reject a gift given in good faith. The result of this is that we have a little more stuff in our house. High quality, attractive, long-lasting stuff mind you, but still stuff.
Our method at this point is just to accept gifts and use them as much as we can. After all, we can only control ourselves and we are doing our best to give waste-free gifts.
So far we have gifted:
-15 pounds of peaches and apricots (for canning) and a yoga class
-homemade fingerpaint and salvaged paper
-homemade fabric bulk bag, homemade preserves, a doorstep delivery of organic veggies
One more kiddy birthday coming up this weekend, so I’ll have to get my creative hat out again. In the meantime Grant is in love with his new keychain (and had lost his previous one) and I’m using mine too, so maybe they were appropriate gifts after all, and we shouldn’t beat ourselves up about accepting them. . . .