Spoiler alert! My adult children and family members should not read this blog post.
Hanukkah begins Sunday, December 6 and Christmas is right around the corner. We know that our purchasing power can have a tremendous impact (good and bad) and so I offer some ideas for gift-giving this holiday — especially for Americans.
#1 – Avoid the shopping malls
#2 – Avoid driving and idling in traffic, take public transportation
#3 – Avoid the stress of finding the “perfect” gift.
#4 – Avoid impulsive gift-giving. Sit down and make a list.
#5 – If low on funds but rich on time, make cards with tasks you promise to do for the recipient. (Be creative!)
Handmade gifts are amazing because they represent your time and spirit. There are many ideas online, but check this website first. Don’t forget handmade cards too.
Donations made in the name of your gift recipient might work for some of your family and friends who share your same interests. Be sure to explain why you made the donation in their name. Here are some of my interests.
UNRWA — Americans for a Vibrant Palestinian Economy — Rachel Corrie Foundation — Middle East Children’s Alliance — Palestine Children’s Relief Fund — The Palestine Chronicle — YES! Magazine — Tikkun — 350.org — Idle No More — Union of Conerned Scientists — Veterans for Peace — World Beyond War — and my favorite candidate this year is Bernie Sanders who is building a campaign with grassroots contributions.
Books make great gifts but stay away from Amazon.com if you can. Check out Just World Books or any of your local independent bookstores. I’m bringing a suitcase-full of books to Gaza. Many of the titles are included here.
Happy Holidays everyone!