Giving Back: Practically Speaking

Posted on | November 28, 2012 | 3 Comments

I keep talking about having less things, but I still buy things. I keep talking about buying my child fewer toys but the mental Christmas list just keeps growing.

A few people have asked over the last few days HOW I plan on doing all of this giving and refocusing without leaving my daighter with an empty tree come 12/25.

(For the record, that was never going to happen. Geez internet, enough with you and your extremes already!)

And Topher and I have been talking a lot about it as well.

Current ideas include:

  • Bringing Piper with me to the dreaded toy store to choose the gifts we’re donating to needy kids this year. PROS: Having Piper help choose, get excited about and then give away toys smack dab in the middle of the constant asking for all the toys she’s ever seen sounds instructive. Somehow. CONS:¬†Frankly, this sounds like a brisk walk through hell. Taking my not quite 4 year old to Target to buy toys for OTHER CHILDREN 3 weeks before Christmas? I’m an idiot to even consider this, yes? But could it not work? Am I super naive here?
  • We’ve chosen a specific charity to give to this year and of course they have a website on which you can choose your “product”. We’re thinking about getting her a gift card and letting her choose what she wants to “buy” with her share of the donation.
  • There are a lot of companies making it easier to give back this time of year. My friend Tiffany at LookieBoo put together a whole list of awesome kid’s products that give back in some way (portion of profits, in kind donations, etc) and the amazing Katherine’s list over at Babble has some really great products for grown ups as well. ¬†I personally have my eye on this adorable little cooking set from St. Jude’s (one of my Grandpa’s favorite charities).

So those are our ideas.

What have you got? How are you teaching your little ones about the spirit of the season?

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3 Responses to “Giving Back: Practically Speaking”

  1. Amy
    November 29th, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

    I’m so glad you wrote this post. I attempting comments that come out sounding the wrong way, so thanks. I found this inspiring and it helped me figure out that I need to start teaching Spencer to give back and I think I know how now.

  2. Elisabeth
    November 29th, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

    I’m taking Kendall today to choose a few toys to put in our Operation Christmas Child box. I’m hoping it isn’t a total disaster. I think the “trying” of it is just as important. If she has a total meltdown, okay. But the more we do things like this, the more she will get it. Or at least, that’s what I’m telling myself!

  3. Sara
    December 5th, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

    Oliver got 2 of the exact same toy for his birthday in November, and instead of taking one back and letting him pick another toy, we saved it and have been talking to him about putting it in the Toys for Tots box at his daycare.

    I don’t know how that will go when we actually bring the thing (tomorrow) and put it in the box and LEAVE IT there. Fingers crossed for both of us!

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