Christmas Lists – 2012 Edition

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Do I want that snazzy new BlackBerry 10 phone that’s coming out soon? You bet. Do I want a killer new jacket to turn some heads while freezin’ my nim-nams off in Canada? You bet. Do I want an AVON gift basket so I can pickle myself each night before bed? Of course.

But…..

Do I need it? Nope. Not at all. Not a bit.

So this holiday season, I suggest some of the following to shoppers out there: Those shopping malls packed with stuff and packed with people? We don’t need any of it. And I’ve heard time & time again that one of the worst feelings in the world is feeling obligated to buy someone something. So don’t. Don’t feel obligated. Marketing has done a wonderful job of programming us to think we need to. But don’t buy something just because you feel you have to buy something for someone. You don’t have to buy anything for anyone. It’s as simple as that.

But if you do buy gifts, buy with a heart and a brain. Take an extra minute or two to think about the consequences of what we buy, where it was made, how it was made, how it got here, etc. I recently read a quote in France: “Pourquoi just consommer quand on peut consummer juste?” Meaning, why just shop when we can shop justly? And it’s true.

For some ethical shopping ideas, check out the links below.

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