My daughter offers some great ideas for giving thoughtful gifts to those who don’t want more ‘things’. Here are her thoughts:
A little over a year ago, my husband and I were living in a 450 square-foot apartment in New York City. It was tiny and had barely any storage space. But we were overwhelmed by how much stuff we had accumulated. We had given notice to our landlords that we would be moving out—we were going to travel the world and live light, with just two small backpacks. But first, we needed to clean out our tiny apartment, which was somehow crammed with stuff.
We managed to clear the apartment out eventually. We sold our furniture and gave away much of the cheap, almost disposable ‘fast fashion’ we had acquired for last-minute interviews and on the fly wardrobe changes between work and post-work drinks. And we felt lighter. Freer. Less cluttered. We left on our trip around the world feeling that we could land anywhere and make a clean start, because we didn’t have so many things.