So how many toys do the kids have? Will you be adding to their unused toy collection?
I have asked people not to give me anything because it is just more stuff that I really do not want and therefore am left to find someone I can move my stuff to. My preference is that rather than give stuff, how about giving to a charity/to a cause you believe in? It does not have to be just money, but can also be time. (Note I check out charities that I want to help from the charity commission as I like to know that the money I give is actually going towards the cause and not lining the pockets of a trustee)
Now I am not a "bah humbug" person, just that the joy of giving can be guided towards helping others who really do need help and that it's time we weren't buying stuff by guessing what someone might like....or being asked to buy something for someone who could purchase the items themselves!
The question we need to ask is, what is the value of giving stuff for the sake of giving stuff at Christmas and for Birthdays?
This leads us onto:
1. Can we find those items on freecycle/freegle (click here)? Frankly I have found people giving away stuff here, most of the time in pretty good condition, sometimes almost new.
2. Can we repair items? Or can we learn to repair items? The web has so many resources at our finger tips. I learned how to fix a fridge and install a carpet from youtube!
The only stuff I am interested in right now, is knowledge to change my home into one that reduces its demands on resources (energy/water).
To reduce consumption and demands on our resources we need to change our attitudes in every way.
Don't wait until it is too late, be the change!