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There is nothing wrong with spoiling our nearest and dearest, but instead of buying new, have you given a thought to seeking out second-hand gifts?!
Second-hand purchases from op shops, markets, even garage sales, can be the way to go toward a greener, more sustainable Christmas. Not only that, but second-hand shopping is so much friendlier to our bank account balances too.
Op shopping and Christmas may conjure up images of Mr Darcy in Bridget Jones sporting that delightful Christmas jumper:
But there are more appropriate second-hand gifts you could buy. Here are some ideas:
Choosing brand new clothes for our loved ones is hard enough, therefore trying to buy second-hand clothing may be very challenging. Finding a simple scarf for a gift shouldn't be too hard. Thrifters in the Northern Hemisphere can choose knits to keep warm in the cold months, whereas here in the Southern Hemisphere we experience warmer temperatures, therefore a thinner silk scarf may be more appropriate. A simple scarf can brighten up any outfit.
2. Mens Neckties
Mens neckties are a common choice of Christmas gift for an office-working gent. Instead of buying a new necktie this Christmas, why not check out second-hand neckties. Look carefully and you may well find silk Armani ties in amongst the cartoon character polyesters in thrift shops.
3. Picture Frames
Picture frames in charitable shops are often found with the household goods, or sometimes tucked away in a box on the floor of the shop somewhere. Print a family portrait, a photograph of yourself, your child, or your dog if you like, frame it, and there you have a simple but personal Christmas gift.
4. Tea cups
Your grandmother, mother or your friends might love a cup of tea, so what about a nice pretty vintage tea cup and saucer, that you could perhaps pack into a nicely wrapped box. A simple purchase, because you are quite likely to find cups and saucers in opportunity shops.
Books are in abundance in second-hand shops, most of them in fantastic condition having been read once and donated. Books are not limited to fiction, you could find a nice cook book as a gift, or maybe a Lonley Planet guide for a traveller?
Get into your local op shop and see what you can find, or you come and join me on the last Melbourne Op Shop Tour of the year on Saturday 11th December, and do your Christmas shopping the sustainable way!
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