10 weeks till Christmas: start (or finish!) your gift shopping

It’s not too early to start Christmas shopping. In fact, some of you might already be done shopping for the holidays. Starting earlier means spending less money, finding gifts people really want or need, and seriously cutting the stress during the holiday height.

12 weeks of christmas on simple momChristmas is not about the gifts, and it’s much easier to avoid the “I wants” and the feeling of needing more and more if you don’t go shopping much during the season. There’s something about the stores that tempts well-meaning parents into feeling guilty for not getting the latest toy for their child, or enticing the innocent husband into blowing the budget on his wife.

You don’t necessarily need to go on a single-minded mission to the stores, but keep Christmas gifts in the back of your head when you’re already there. If you can finish your list before the stores start playing holiday music, then you’ve done a great job.

Here are a few tips to make Christmas gift shopping less stressful.

1.  Make a List

Don’t ever go gift shopping without a list. Ever, ever, ever. You will more than likely buy more than you intended. List the people for whom you’re buying, jot down a few gift ideas next to their name, and cross them off when their gift is purchased.

Keep this list with you at all times. That way, it’s readily available when an unexpected gift idea pops into your head.

2.  Set Limits on People

This is a touchy subject. At what point do you stop buying presents for your extended family? Or is it an eternal tradition in your clan?

Because Christmas isn’t about the gifts, at some point families need to just put a stop to the stuff. It’s definitely easier said than done in some families, because there inevitably will be a sister-in-law or a dad who doesn’t want to stop the gift exchange.

If your family is like this, are you up for being the one to call a hiatus on the tradition? If so, here are a few ideas for broaching the subject tactfully:

Do it gradually.

Maybe instead of stopping a gift exchange all together, suggest a reasonable cost limit for this year. After a few years of this, perhaps the adults might be more open to ending completely.

Exchange names.

Suggest drawing names over Thanksgiving, so that each person only needs to buy for one other person. This doesn’t always help that much, however. On one side of our family’s case, if my husband and I each drew a name, we’d be buying two gifts instead of four. A little better, for sure, but we’re still spending.

Go homemade.

A homemade gift created specifically for someone is more treasurable than a big box store purchase. We’ll share homemade gift ideas in this series soon, but for now, think sewing, an mp3 playlist, or a task like babysitting.

3.  Set Limits on Quantity

Decide in advance how many gifts to buy each person in your family, and stick with it. In our family, the children receive three from Mom and Dad because Jesus received three. Well, that’s debatable, and it doesn’t really matter that much, but it’s our way of curbing the overflow under the tree. And it works for our kids, because it’s all they’ve ever known.

For the adults, the amount changes from year to year, but we do mutually agree in advance. Last year, my husband and I got each other one larger gift each (iPods). This year, we’re going with one small gift per person, probably a book or a DVD. We’re going on a family vacation in November, so we decided that’s the bulk of our gift to each other.

4.  Shop Online

vintage intergalactic toy
John W. Golden creates the coolest, kitchyest kids’ artwork and then sells it in his Etsy shop.

When you shop online, you avoid the crowds, it’s easier to stick within your budget (no enticing last-minute purchases made at the register), and you have endless options. I love supporting cottage industries and the handmade community, so my preference is most definitely online. Plus, a one-stop shipping option means no waiting in line at the post office.

My favorite places to shop are Etsy and Amazon. I know Amazon isn’t a small business by any means, but it sure is handy — they’ve got everything, and they’ve got a good return policy. Plus, shipping if often free when you spend more than $25. And I could spend hours browsing at Etsy — I love the fact that each gift bought is unique, thoughtfully crafted, and quite often made from quality, non-toxic materials.

There are thousands of other small businesses you could support this Christmas by purchasing through them. In the next few weeks, you’ll see their logo on Simple Mom — be sure to click over and browse each one.

Ready to start shopping for Christmas presents?

How do you handle the gift exchange in your extended family? Do you have a favorite store (online or brick-and-mortar) from which to shop for Christmas gifts?

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. We buy so few presents that I’m often amazed by how frantic others get around gift-giving. Really the only people we buy gifts for are our three children – other relatives receive donations made in their name to charity.

    Oh and Amazon is probably my favorite shopping destination! We have Amazon Prime, which means on most things shipping is always free – we use it, A LOT! =)

    I’m going to check out Etsy, though – good thoughts!

    .-= steadymom´s last blog ..Steady Thought for the Day =-.

  2. Five or six years ago we made a life changing decision to stop exchanging Christmas gifts with people outside our household. The impetus for this was seeing the Watoto children’s choir from Uganda and billeting some of them in our home for a night. It changed us. At that point we really made an effort to minimalize the commercialism of Christmas – though we have never allowed our kids to “ask santa” for anything or make a list of wants as we feel it fosters the ‘me, me, me’ attitude we so often see. The money we would be spending on gifts for extended family now goes toward sponsoring two Watoto children. If these family members are insistent on sending a gift, they are more than welcome to do so at other times of the year – birthdays are great for that. Or, they can send a gift of money to our children, so our kids know what it is to take it and in turn pass it on to someone who needs it more. Some family members were a little put off by our decision, but really… it is not. about. the gifts.

    We still buy for our kids and eachother, but there is considerably less under the tree than there was in years gone by. As an added bonus, the stress that comes with finding “the perfect gift” is GONE!

    And I can honestly say that they are happier for it. There is true appreciation of each thing they open — even the pajamas.

  3. Chelle Belle says:

    Thanks for the reminder. I can’t believe it’s only 10 weeks away.

    I debated about getting Amazon Prime a few years ago, but it has more than paid for itself. Plus, I don’t need to look for “fillers” (a.k.a. stuff I don’t need) to get my order to $25. I buy some groceries, apparel and gifts on Amazon and I like that I’m not dragging kiddos out for this stuff. Makes my life more sane. The real trick is to buy only what you need. It’s easy to get caught up in “a deal.”

    I have never purchased on Etsy, only browsed, but I like it!

    BTW, I’m really digging this blog.

  4. We also do not buy for EVERYONE like so many people.
    I would still like to see our shopping list pared down a bit though.
    .-= Nikki´s last blog ..Noble Rose Press =-.

  5. Really 11 weeks! Man.

    We have gone the 3 gifts and stockings filled with necessary things like toothbrush and the like. I am still the one who needs to be curbed as my husband rarely shops before Christmas eve!

    We do a lot of handmade that is why I am a little stressed about where the year has gone! We make calendars every year for the grandparents and siblings. I will personalize each one for the family if they send pictures. I print them at home and spend about $2 the have them bound. Quillows and doll quilts are the other stand by along with pillow cases. This year I am adding cloth napkins and recycled crayons to the list.

    Whew. Lots to do. Thanks for the nudge. Here’s to better time management and a peaceful holiday season!
    .-= Cynthia I ´s last blog ..Fall Blogger’s Quilt Festival =-.

  6. Once all of my siblings were married (a couple of years ago), we moved to only buying for the kids in each family and limited that to one gift each. We also all still buy for my parents, but usually just gift cards or something meaningful from the grandkids.

    However, since we still want our children to realize how much fun it is to give, I take them to the dollar store the week before Christmas and allow them to choose one gift (together) for each uncle, aunt and cousin. It’s less than $20 total, but it’s something they look forward to and hopefully helps develop a giving spirit.
    .-= Tracey´s last blog ..Ten Things to Cook with Ten Pounds of Potatoes =-.

  7. Oh, sorry you said 10 weeks! Now I’m panicking!!!!
    .-= Cynthia I´s last blog ..Fall Blogger’s Quilt Festival =-.

  8. I’m about 2/3 done with my Christmas gift shopping! I start my shopping in the summertime–there are usually some huge sales then–and this year I came across a gift in February that I knew was perfect for a brother of mine, so I picked it up, eventhough Christmas was a long way off! I absolutely love giving Christmas gifts, and I can get a bit carried away, so the early shopping thing does help.
    Thanks for these blog series…you are keeping me on task!

  9. This year, in our extended family, we drew names {we just mixed all the kids and adults together} and we’re doing a book exchange. Books are not only fun and educational, but to a certain degree they’re consumable. Of course, secondhand books are welcome… in fact, just this week my sister found a set of The Chronicles of Narnia at her local library’s used book sale; my first grader will love receiving those classics this Christmas. We’re all looking forward to simplifying and spending less while celebrating with each other.
    .-= Christian @ Modobject at Home´s last blog ..Noticing =-.

  10. What great suggestions!

    In my extended family (aunts/uncles/cousins), we used to draw names because there are so many of them. It was kindof a pain and it was still expensive ($50 limit), plus, even if you weren’t at the Christmas celebration, you were still responsible for a gift. So a few years ago, we changed traditions. Now, when the family gets together for Christmas, we do the White Elephant/Dirty Santa game instead. You only need a gift if you’re at the celebration, the gift now has a $15 limit, and we have much more fun exchanging the gifts.

    In my hubby’s family, though, we just buy for his parents and sister and, of course, our nieces. We don’t usually do anything for his aunts/uncles other than a Christmas card.

    BTW, I tagged you with a creative meme over at my blog. I hope you’ll participate 🙂
    .-= Kool Aid´s last blog ..Picture Perfect meme =-.

  11. We’ve never been able to afford gifts for extended family! My husband and I set a dollar amount as our limit per person for each other and our three children, and we only use cash – no credit cards for Christmas gift purchases. When our children were little, we would give them each $5.00 to go the the dollar store and buy each family member a gift – they loved it! There was always huge mystery around what each child bought, and they were each so proud of what they chose for each person. I’ve kept most of the gifts they bought me in those years – precious memories!

    This year is different – two boys in college who probably won’t get to come home for Christmas due to their jobs. We’ll have to plan well for sending them gifts (or gift cards?) so we won’t break the budget with shipping.
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Pumpkin Table Runner =-.

  12. I actually love giving gifts but I shop year round and then just stash them. I’m trying to get in the habit of giving a book, something to wear, something to use, and something for fun. I actually think I might have read that tip on here somewhere. ^^

    I get my books for a dollar each over at bookcloseouts.com, something to wear can be made by hand if I so choose (hello jewelry), something to use- this year I’m making some christmas tea freezer jelly with some tea & jars I bought on sale, and the fun item I just individualize. It may seem like a lot considering the amount of people I shop for (probably about 10 or so) but with the sales I find it isn’t all that bad. I’m working on learning how to sew too so next year I might be able to make some of those guy clothing items handmade.
    .-= Satsuki´s last blog ..Mad Money =-.

  13. I love the idea of only giving the kids 3 gits. I don’t have kids yet, but I could definitely see myself doing that!

    Also, I have a really big immediate family – 20 something? I lost count – and we started drawing names a couple of years ago when we realized each of us couldn’t afford 18 different thoughtful gifts. This year we are drawing names -and- going handmade/re-gifted.
    .-= paige´s last blog ..What’s Lurking in Your Soap? =-.

  14. I hate the expectation that we have to buy for everyone; I don’t even know that it’s an expectation but a guilt I put on myself. My bro and sil are buying for all the extended family; we have never been able to; we could maybe this year just because we are in a better place. When I asked dh about it, he said we weren’t going to buy for extended family. He wasn’t 100% serious just because we haven’t really discussed it, but I am thinking more and more about it, and wondering if it is really necessary. I’m not going to refuse the giving of others, because some people are givers and that’s okay; but I don’t want the guilt to reciprocate. I guess I have to think on this more.
    .-= LaDonna´s last blog ..Another Year Goes By – Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month =-.

  15. 1. I made a commitment to handmade gifts only this year — either purchased or made my me. I think we’ll make a “kitchen package” for our siblings (napkins, homebaked goodies, grocery totes, etc.), and grandparent photo books for our parents.

    2. Even though the rest of our family (parents and siblings) purchases multiple gifts for each person, we stick to one gift per person, or a gift set per family. We know that even if we put budget or quantity restrictions on the family, they will over-give. By sticking to our one-gift rule (and a set budget), we are within our budget, don’t get overwhelmed with shopping, and set up the one-gift expectation within our family year after year.

    3. We ask everyone else to limit gifts for our daughter to 3. Last year it was more like 13-30 when they walked in the door. Hopefully it’s closer to 3 this year. Since we know gifts abound from others, we purchased only one item for Ainsley this year (a handmade wooden train).
    .-= amandaginn´s last blog ..Kicking it into High (Baby) Gear =-.

  16. We do the 3 gifts as well, but we do one book, one homemade gift and one surprise/Santa gift. Knowing this every year looking ahead to Christmas, I can look for books at the library used book sale, make the gifts well in advanced and really hone in on what each child wants that would really surprise them. We usually spend $30 tops for each kid and that includes the stocking stuffers. For stockings we’ve continued my husband’s family tradition of getting necessities, ie toothbrushes, deoderant, socks, tights, etc, and then the little boxes of cereal, an apple, an orange and a banana, which becomes Christmas breakfast. The kids are excited for that because it’s the only time in the whole year when they get the sugary cereal and I like it because I don’t have to spend any time in the kitchen Christmas morning, plus it really fills up the stocking without a lot of ‘stuff’.

  17. It is so hard to deal with other relatives–especially in-laws, I discovered–when it comes to Christmas traditions. Although she never said anything, I have a feeling my SIL was not happy with me a couple years ago when I suggested we leave the gift-giving for the kids.

    Anyway, these are all great suggestions (DH and I decided to do the 3-gift thing for DS, as well). And I love the idea about book exchanges!

    Another idea is, esp. for kids, to shop at online stores that sell only fair-trade items.
    .-= Emily´s last blog ..Why Child-Led Weaning =-.

  18. Is there really only 10 weeks left? Oh, man. I am in some serious trouble! 🙂

    I try to buy local or from WAHMs/small business’ as often as I can!
    .-= Samantha @ Mama Notes´s last blog ..7 Fall Activities for Kids =-.

  19. Being on a pretty tight budget this year has forced me to rethink my gift giving expenditures! We are also going handmade this year like so many others. I am planning to make homemade raspberry jam this year for gifts and my husband is a very talented machinist and he likes to create unique gifts.

    I was lucky to find a couple of fabulous used items at garage sales this summer for the kids (they are still young so they don’t know the difference:).

    One thing our extended family did last year, was to have a gift exchange where everyone brought a small inexpensive ($10 limit) gift. Then we played the dice game where you can take gifts from other. It was a lot of fun and everyone like it.
    .-= Tashia @ The Household Planner´s last blog ..How to Make a Household Planner =-.

  20. Yes! Other options including drawing names except for the children, or everybody contributing to making a family donation to a favorite charity. Also, older siblings can sometimes weed out clutter in their rooms by gifting some of these things to younger siblings at holiday or birthday times.

  21. Christmas is such a struggle with my in-laws! My MIL and her whole extended family (i.e. my husband’s aunts, uncles, cousins) are very “stuff” oriented as a whole. I love giving gifts when people appreciate them, but these people just end up returning whatever you buy them even if it’s exactly what they asked for (extended fam does a secret santa w/ $40 limit).
    The worst part is that my MIL and FIL are not in a good financial position AT ALL, yet they have guilt about not being able to afford a lot of “stuff” so they will go further into debt just to buy gifts for everyone. Also, they think that if someone is going to buy them a gift they have to reciprocate even if they can’t afford it. They think everything has to be “even” and it drives me nuts. I don’t think they’ll ever truly understand the meaning of christmas because they are so caught in the commercial aspect of it. It’s sad, really.

  22. I have been reading your blog for sometime but never left a comment. Your post are great and very useful. I can not believe Christmas is so close. We are traveling to Florida to be with my family and taking our currently 7 month old son. Amazon and Etsy are great ideas as you can have them shipped and I LOVE etsy. What is the amazon prime? Never heard of it before? 😉

  23. I love this post!! I used to get so stressed every holiday to where there was NO enjoying it. Now, I get a lot done early online… and then we spend a lot of time in our small town supporting the small businesses and shopping at local shops. We actually have a family night where we all meet up for lunch (Grandparents , Kids and the Grandkids) and then we split up to go shopping around our town and then meet back up for dinner. Do we get the best deals/prices? Not usually…but the shopping is so much fun and we are supporting local shops and artisans, which I love. I also use Amazon and Esty, ALOT. thanks for all the great info!!
    .-= Keri Lyn @ SheSaved´s last blog ..Battery Operated Carbon Monoxide Alarm …. =-.

  24. I am loving your Christmas series – even though I am just not in the Christmas space yet – you are at least getting me to think about it!!! Last year to prevent an insane amount of gifts around our home we got our kids to pick one siblings name out of a hat and then I helped them make a really nice gift for that sibling… It worked really well: reduced the present pile from 49 pieces of cheap and nasty junk (pieces of bark, scraps of papers, cheap candy or cheaper toys) to se7en really classy gifts… we are getting started with our projects early this year… and one or two of my kids have already started on their projects. Here is a link to last years gifts:

    .-= se7en´s last blog ..We’ve been Gifted… =-.

  25. I haven’t even started… partly on purpose, but partly just busy. But… I did want to add that although I LOVE Amazon, I think their return policy stinks. A year or two ago, I got burned at Christmas time. I wanted to get my shopping done by mid November, so I got busy in October. I ordered a bunch of books for various family members. I was so proud of myself to be done and on top of things. Closer to Christmas, costco had a great book selection, and some of them were better choices/prices than the ones I’d previously purchased. So, I figured I’d get the costco ones and return the Amazon ones. I shipped off my Christmas gifts and that was that… until I found out that Amazon has ONE MONTH return window, except for November and December (at which time you can return through January). So, for any gifts you purchase right now, you only have a 30 day return window – period. I still love Amazon, and will still probably purchase Christmas gifts there, but now…I set the money aside, and “window shop” but I don’t actually purchase anything until November. Check the return policies before you buy!

  26. We use to buy for all 11 of our nephews and nieces (now there are 13), which would easily add up to at least $500-poor DH would take up extra shifts. Now that we have our own children it’s really not expected since we did so much before. We tend to be a bit more picky on the items we buy the kids. I like supporting etsy and http://www.hyenacart.com It’s a great way to support the smaller mama or papa business’ and help families who supplement their income. Besides, for me there’s nothing like a homemade item and the love that’s put into it. I try and make a few “Specially for You from Mama” gifts also. It just adds all the more meaning into it, when the little one’s know that you made something especially for them 😀
    .-= MamaRose´s last blog ..Pumpkin Baby Tutorial! =-.

  27. I forgot!!! I know how to knit!!! I can make handmade gifts for Christmas. Oh…and I am a great baker and candy maker…thanks for reminding me!

    Actually, I used to give handmade gifts to my in-laws, but the reception recieved was…well, they seemed so unimpressed.
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Pecorino And Bean Salad =-.

  28. We opted out of family gift exhanges years ago. We buy three gifts/child (to a max of $100) and a stocking. This year I underspent b/c of some great summer deals. I do buy a gift for a few special friends… but last year opted out b/c I was saving for a special gift for my husband. Usually, my husband and I don’t exchange gifts – at least we don’t budget for it – but some years if finances are stable we choose to allocate a bit of $ to a gift. In earlier and sparser years we’d choose to buy something for our home like a VCR, or something we’d both enjoy.

  29. I’ve already started buying gifts and I’ll hopefully be done by December 1st. I’m due with my first baby on Christmas Eve (!!) so we’re trying to get as much done ahead of time as possible so we won’t be stressed come December. Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year, and it has nothing to do with gifts. I wish my in-laws side of the family felt the same way. Every year they ask for gift cards, all 8 of them. Then, when it’s time to open gifts it’s pure chaos and no one really bothers to watch anyone else enjoy anything. I love you idea of three gifts from mom and dad, that seems perfect! It reminds me of when I lived in Germany for 4 years, I was always impressed with how low-key Christmas gift exchanging was. Most kids just got a few small things and were happy with some candy and chocolate in their shoes. DH and I only exchange one or two gifts and hopefully this year it will be a healthy baby girl!

  30. Love this series…it has definitely gotten me in preparation mode! The extended family thing began to get out of hand for us a few years ago when all our sisters/brothers/cousins started having kids! Over a few Christmases we were able to really wean things down, mostly by banding together with other parents who also wanted our Christmas celebrations to be about more than just stuff. If you are struggling on that front, talk to your sisters/brothers/cousins…it’s a much easier change w/ allies : )

    Also, for the list (which I SWEAR by) my husband found an i phone app last year that I really liked. I put in each person, a few ideas, and a spending limit and it was very handy. Happy gifting!
    .-= Paula´s last blog ..Our Favorite Fall Crafts (So far!) =-.

  31. I’ve been buying gifts from Etsy, and finding other good deals in shops for a couple of months now. Knowing I’ll be done with the shopping well in advance of Christmas, and also that we’re supporting handmade with our gifts, is a great thing. I can’t imagine shopping all the way through to December 24 now… This way we actually enjoy a peaceful Christmas, and our two year old won’t associate Christmas-time with being-in-the-shops-time!

  32. I try to hold off on giving our kids some essentials they need and save them for Christmas. Somehow they’re more excited to unwrap toothbrushes, slippers, school supplies, sweatshirts than if they received them during the year. Two birds with one stone. And yes, We do give a couple of fun things on their list… 🙂

    But Tsh, I’m surprised you’re advocating Amazon! In this economy, of course a bargain is a great thing, but shopping local is an even greater thing!

    Mom & pop stores need your dollars. Our community businesses are falling apart. Please spend locally for Christmas.

    • I know, it’s a toss-up… On one hand, I’d love to exclusively buy local. On the other hand, being an expat living overseas, Amazon really does help us out a lot, with shipping and availability.

      No doubt, we’ll do most of our shopping with small, mom-n-pop shops. But Amazon is great when there’s something you specifically need, and no one else online has it.

  33. This past week, my family and I decided instead of exchanging gifts with each other, we’ll “adopt” a family through our church and buy for them instead. This is the first year we won’t be exchanging tons of gifts between us all. We’ll still buy gifts for the kids, and draw names for each other with a low dollar limit so that we can all opening something Christmas morning.

    Tsh, I’m a fan of your site. I wouldn’t call myself a simple person most of the time, but lurking about your site has inspired me! I’ve been de-cluttering, organizing, and now even our family’s Christmas traditions are changing. I’m simplifying. Thanks.

  34. I’d like to second Tsh’s recommend of Amazon. I love buying local when I can, but with two very small children, sometimes I just have to leave the local shopping to the grandparents. When it’s hard for me to even get out to the grocery store 1/2 mile down the road, it is not the time for me to spend a whole day hopping around the local stores trying to find what I want/need, which in the end I might not find at all. I’m thankful that Amazon gives me more time to spend serving my family in this season of life.

  35. Tsh,
    Thanks for the good tips and suggesting that readers shop online. That certainly addresses the problem with dragging the kids into the stores.

    Some of us who are retailers or portals are putting our promotions up early. These can include reduced prices, free shipping and discounts. It is a good year to shop online because all the big retailers have made the transition now and they see big opportunities online.

  36. The family stopped doing official exchanges but that hasn’t stop me from making presents for all. This year I am planning a herbal remedy basket. I am making salves, syrups and tinctures. I would love to make a rice neck warmer as well. Our close neighbors will receive the same and others will get a quick bread. I want my kids to learn that good gifts come from the heart and not the store. What a great topic, and many great tips in the comments, thank you all.
    .-= shelle´s last blog ..Happy Birthday Morgan! =-.

  37. Thanks for these great tips for Christmas shopping. I’m about 1/4 way done with mine so still have most to do 🙂
    Love the picture at the top!
    .-= The Wonder of Christmas´s last blog ..Just Friends =-.

  38. thanks for this. reminds me how to simplify and economize such commercialized Christmas.
    .-= hailey´s last blog ..Endless, Borderless. =-.

  39. apart from our parents adults/teens in the extended family only receive a gift if they come to the family get together – and it’s always something to be consumed slowly (to reduce clutter in others homes & to avoid xmas binging!) like homemade preserves, sauces etc. other people’s children receive something small & handmade, and our kids receive something smallish handmade (this year i’m making hobbyhorses), something small bought, and a stocking of tiny things 🙂 it keeps it manageable & our budget under the equivalent of maybe $75USD for 29 people 😀

  40. Having a list and keeping it on you at all times is critical. When I have forgotten to do this I have found myself the week before Christmas with too many gifts for some family members, and zero for others. Oops!
    .-= Tiffany´s last blog ..How a Robot Broke My Heart =-.

  41. Great post Tsh. I know too many people who stress out and overdo it with Christmas shopping during the last few weeks before the big day. I am definitely going to send some of them a link to this post. Are you going to talk about wrapping presents in an upcoming post?

    Reusable cloth gift bags like the ones we make at Wrapsacks simplify gift wrapping and reduce waste. I have heard about gift exchanges where they use the finite size of reusable gift bags as a way to limit the volume of gift giving.

    As a way to encourage reuse of our sacks, we created Track-a-Sack, a system that lets users see where their Wrapsack travels to or where it came from, what gifts it has carried and what celebrations it has been a part of.

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