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Holiday gift-giving anxiety. Have you experienced this phenomena? It usually hits me at the beginning of November, sometimes December, if my life has been too busy to think about the holidays. What do I get people?
Like most of us, I get pulled into the joy of giving presents. But, as a bird-lover, gardener and conservationist, I am also aware of the immense pressures placed on the environment when we create demand for new, material possessions. Enter my solution: embracing the joy of homemade gifts.
Now, before you stop reading because you aren’t crafty, give me just a few more sentences to change your mind. There are a zillion fun, clever, inspiring and easy, yes easy
If you have been the recipient of a thoughtful, homemade gift, you know why this method of giving is worth the modest effort. Watching the receiver admire the time, attention and love you put into the creation fills everyone with a warm, satisfying glow. Even the presumed flaws are admired as they demonstrate one of the great wabi-sabi lessons — there is great beauty in imperfection. Join the YardMap Citizen Science community for inspiration on birds, science, habitat creation, gardening and low-impact living! You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
This post was written by Becca Rodomsky-Bish, YardMap Project Assistant
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