In a recent exploration of Twitter, I stumbled upon the hashtag #NothingNewNovember. And yes, it’s an old one, but one I’m going to attempt it this year regardless.
The reason this appeals so much to me is the timing – it comes at a point in the year when I would normally be getting ready for Christmas. And yes, I already buy a large number of my gifts used – particularly for my own children – but this is a great way to focus my mind in the run up to what is arguably the most wasteful time of year.
I’ll be doing another Do Nation pledge to help me along with this too – All Made Up, in which those participating promise to make a certain number of gifts themselves. As a crafter – I knit well, crochet adequately, and mash things through a sewing machine – I’ve got loads of resources with which to create amazing gifts so I probably need to purchase very little to make this Christmas happen (though many people will be getting knitted socks…).
In addition to only buying used items to gift, or making gifts myself, I intend to buy nothing at all for my household during this time – beyond the obvious consumables (i.e. food, soaps, petrol etc.)
This will be especially difficult given the fact that I’m going to visit friends midway through the month.
What are your top tips for reducing the amount you buy over the holiday season? Come and let me know!