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Green Christmas: Part 2 
1st-Dec-2011 12:17 pm

Poll #1799915 Its the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

In comparison to 2010, how do you expect your Christmas present spending will compare this year?

It will increase significantly
It will increase slightly
It will remain about the same
It will decrease slightly
It will decrease significantly

This Christmas, will you be more environmentally friendly in your selection of Christmas presents?

No more than I usually am
No, not at all
Something else (what?)

Hypothetical: Someone who usually gets you a nice present tells that that, for this year, they have made a donation to a charity in your name in an equivalent amount. How do you probably react?

Great idea! I am pleased by this.
I am disappointed, I'd rather have the material item or cash.
I'm not sure how I'd feel about this
Something else (what?)

Which of the following "green Christmas" ideas would you seriously consider implimenting (or which do you already do)?

Wrapping gifts in old newspaper
Sending e-cards instead of paper Christmas cards
Buying only locally made products as gifts
Buying rechargeable batteries with gifts that use batteries
Saving wrapping, bows, ribbons and gift bags to be reused next Christmas
Donating money in someone else's name to a charity and giving that as a gift to that person
Giving a home-made coupon book for chores
Shopping online on sites that promote ecologically-friendly products like Check Ecobunga, Pristine Planet and greencouponcodes.com
Giving non-tangible gifts, for example like ebooks or PSN or iTunes credit
None of the above
Something else (what?)
2nd-Dec-2011 01:11 am (UTC)
After some very bad experiences with receiving e-cards, I would not ever send them to anyone unless I didn't have to enter the recipient's contact information on a third-party site. That's really proved to be nothing more than an invitation for the third-party site to spam and phish the crap out of the poor recipient... They'd be getting a "gift of a lifetime" along with their card, all right, but I would be surprised if anyone would be grateful.

It's better to just send a friendly email and plug in some cute images from your hard drive, and send that directly to your friends and family. That way, you not only decrease the risk of exposing people to spammers, but you have much more leeway in creating a personalized and original e-card in its own right.
2nd-Dec-2011 02:01 am (UTC)
if possible i prefer spending time doing something fun with the giftee, i.e. buying them a day pass at the climbing gym, bringing them to see a show, going out for a meal.
2nd-Dec-2011 09:58 am (UTC)
This year my spending on presents will increase from nothing to something! I usually avoid giving gifts in general for various reasons including disliking excess consumption. I rarely wrap presents when I give them.

I only send 1 christmas card a year out of obligation to my aunty.
2nd-Dec-2011 11:08 am (UTC)
I don't do ecards at all, so I wouldn't sent them to anyone else. I never open them if someone sends one to me either. I also don't send paper cards, though.

Only my husband and my children get me gifts, usually, and I either tell my husband what to get (something I want anyway) or I buy it myself. Sometimes we use Christmas as a reason to buy ourselves something we want, but wouldn't normally buy. I usually give my parents a gift certificate so that they can buy what they want. Other than that, we mostly just get gifts for our two (adult) children.

I don't think I'd like it if someone gave to a charity in my name, because what if I didn't support that charity or disagreed with it in some way? Or disagreed with how they spend their money? I'm pretty careful about who or what I give money to. Let them give the money in their own name if that's what they want to do and just don't get me a gift. Just don't put my name on a charity donation for me. I'll do that myself if I want to. I suppose if my kids did that, I wouldn't mind as they'd know if it was a charity that I would support or not. I doubt anyone else would, but I doubt anyone else would be buying me a gift anyway.

I would consider wrapping gifts in newspaper, except we don't get any paper newspapers here, so I wouldn't have newspaper either. I actually still have a few rolls of Christmas paper that I bought 20 or more years ago in one of those day-after-Christmas sales.

I think reusable gift bags is a good idea. When I put together a gift for my son's girlfriend last year, I bought her a little tote bag as a gift bag--something she could use not just for gifts or at Christmastime.
2nd-Dec-2011 01:49 pm (UTC)
I don't like it when people do anything in my name. I'd be very upset. A lot of charities don't end up giving the majority of the money to the people they're supposed to benefit, for one thing. For another thing, I just don't like the idea of someone using my name.
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