November 23, 2011 at 11:33 am #312044AnonymousInactive
So I just got an interesting email which fits this thread..
Christmas 2011 — Birth of a New Tradition?
As the festive season approaches, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Australians with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods; merchandise that has been produced at the expense of Australian labour.
This year Australians should give the gift of genuine concern for other Australians. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by Australian hands. Yes there is!
It’s time to think outside the box. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
Everyone gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local hair salon or barber?
Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.
Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small owned detail shops & car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.
For the Gardeners on your list – how about some lovely healthy pot plants or plants for the garden or even a gift certificate from the local lawn mowing man?
Are you one of those extravagant givers who, thinks nothing of plonking down a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps the recipient would like their driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or a few games at the local golf course.
There are hundreds of “owner-run” local restaurants, all offering gift certificates. If your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local cafe?
Remember, this isn’t about big National chains; this is about supporting your neighbours, those with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.
How many people couldn’t use a service on their car, truck or motorbike, done at a garage run by the Australian working guy?
What about a gift certificate from a local home handyman for some chores to be done around the home?
Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mum? Mum would LOVE the services of a local cleaning or ironing lady a few weeks.
Someone’s computer could use a tune-up, and I bet you can find some young bloke who is struggling to get his repair business up & running.
OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool & knit them into scarves. They make jewellery, pottery & beautiful wooden boxes.
Or! What about a voucher for a Camper Trailer Hire for a weekend or so.
Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
Honestly, do you REALLY need to buy another 10,000 Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a $5.00 string of light, about 50 cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the postman, Garbo or babysitter a nice BIG tip.
You see, Christmas is no longer about draining Australian pockets so that China can build another glittering city
Christmas is now about caring about Australia, encouraging our small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams.
When we care about other Australians, we care about us & the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine.
Could this be the beginning of a new Australian Christmas tradition?November 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm #312045mistyhollowsMember
:tup: :clap: Dan. What a great email.November 23, 2011 at 5:36 pm #312046mossyMember
I got that email too. I’m glad to see its getting around :tup:November 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm #312047busylizzieParticipant
Great email, Id already vowed not to buy any cheap crap from os just to fill the kids stocking this year. You forgot to add Homemade Jam & Preserves from your local markets 😉 a lovely gift for Mum or Dad :tup:November 23, 2011 at 6:55 pm #312048weaverMember
The links in Dan’s first post have some great recipes for Comfrey Ointment and a facial scrub. Ingredients purchased!!!!!! :tup: :tup:
Tomorrow I plan to make some for pressies.November 24, 2011 at 11:16 am #312049dianneParticipant
busylizzie post=330532 wrote: You forgot to add Homemade Jam & Preserves from your local markets 😉 a lovely gift for Mum or Dad :tup:
cheeky thing you are :laugh:
what about those sewn items :whistle:November 15, 2013 at 2:59 pm #312050SnagsMember
Looks like Natalie decided to give us all some spam for xmasNovember 16, 2013 at 10:43 pm #312051mumof6Member
I just brought a heap of random short end wool scrapes for $5 from my fav oppie am just crocheting them all together into a giant granny square afghan lap rug not sure who will get it for Chrissie when its finished will see who it suits and if it doesn’t then I will secret Santa it.November 17, 2013 at 9:51 pm #312052Judi BKeymaster
I’ve done these a few times they have marshmallows in them….. but I’m cheap for pressies… hope attachments are working ???November 26, 2013 at 1:52 am #312053HummerKeymaster
I hope to be making some baileys irish cream & a few fermented goodies to give as gifts this year.
Yum.. Yum.. 🙂November 27, 2013 at 8:06 pm #312054goodfoodMember
Try some creative wrapped and package Christmas cookies and treats.December 7, 2013 at 2:19 pm #312055Eira ClaptonParticipant
Thought I would remind us all of the ways we can get off the consumerist bandwagon and give gifts that won’t destroy our budget or our planet this year.
I have made limoncello- just need to bottle it up and wrap it.
I have a small quilt wall hanging in its last stages, to give to a work colleague who is leaving.
My DH and I buy each other tickets to music events and theatre shows-a gift that lasts all year. (this is important to us -we feel deprived if we don’t have a few things to look forward to, so giving ourselves permission to have a couple of subscriptions makes us feel rich and supports the local arts).
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