Setting Rules for My Childrens' Presents
Yes, this is yet another post about how I plan on greening up the holiday season.I'm almost finished planning my "Green Christmas". It is now time to set some ground rules for what I can or cannot purchase for my kids. I want their gifts to be fun and engaging, but they must also be relatively eco-friendly.
No, I won't be giving them biobags and recycled toilet paper, but I won't be getting them Transformers and TMX Elmos either. And, since I have already determined that I can give only twelve gifts to each child, I want to make sure that every present is a perfect fit.
Therefore, I have decided to set the following criteria for purchases and each gift must meet at least two out of these three standards. Because, as Meatloaf taught us, two out three ain't bad.
- The gift must be made out of a renewable resource. (NO PLASTICRAP)
- The gift must be made in the USA to avoid the whole shipping-pollution issue.
- The gift must foster or otherwise promote good stewardship or love of the outdoors.
Of course, if I feel that Daphne just CANNOT be denied a Baby Alive, I can get her one -- as long as I buy it second-hand. That is my 'get out of jail free card'.
I've already started compiling a list, based, not on what Toys R Us has told me is "hot this season", but on my childs' actual interests. So far, I have:
For Ethan (4 years old):
- A Bicycle (#2 & #3)
- Piggy Bank (#1 & #2)
- Worm, Bug or Other Critter Habitat (#2 & #3)
- Seeds, Dirt & Terra Cotta Planters (#1, #2 & #3) -- Believe it or not, he's ASKED for this!
- Slippers (#2 & #3 -- I've reprogrammed the thermostat and it's really cold in the house!)
- Tom & Jerry DVD (Used)
- Memory Card Game (#1 & #2)
For Daphne (2 1/2 ):
- A Dollhouse (#1 & #2)
- Dollhouse Furniture (#1 & #2)
- Piggy Bank (#1 & #2)
- Slippers (#2 & #3 - BRRRRRR)
- Hello Kitty DVD (Used)
- Wooden Musical Instruments (#1 & #2) (yeah, I think I'll add "earplugs" to my wishlist)
So as you can see, it's really not that hard to pick environmentally friendly presents. I mean, really, plasticrap just entered the scene a generation or two ago and little children have been given toys for millenia! The trick is to make sure the presents you give won't last for a millenium in the landfill. Because the kids may want them, they may need them, but there ain't no way they're ever gonna compost them!