Today is “Black Friday” in the United States, the day after Thanksgiving, when the Christmas shopping season “officially” opens.
Here at Trash Backwards, we’d love to help you celebrate Buy Nothing Day, instead. In fact, we think we’ve got enough reuse solutions in our database to get you through a Buy Nothing New Year of gift giving.
We’re not saying you have to give up giving gifts. We’re wagering that you’ve got what you already need, or can easily get the materials from a friend or neighbor, to give freely to everyone on your list using only reused or upcycled materials.
We’re not just talking about tchotkes (although there are plenty of those to be made from upcycled materials, and they’re undeniably fun to create), we’re talking useful things, pretty things, items that will bring joy to the recipient while keeping stuff out of our landfills and oceans.
Come shopping for ideas in the Get Inspired area of our web app – If you’re having trouble finding just the right thing, let us know! We love a challenge and would be happy to help search our database to connect you and your shopping list with buy nothing new gift ideas.
Even better than giving stuff, of course, is the gift of experiences or shared time. We don’t have those listed in our database, but these gifts are best when they match the recipient perfectly, and the perfect person to come up those ideas is someone who knows and loves the recipient. There’s no app for love and shared time, but here are some “give an experience” gift ideas from The Simple Dollar to get you started.
Here’s to a holiday season filled with the old-fashioned classics that bring true joy to people young and old: Love and time spent with our favorite people and places.