We did it! A full year dedicated to buying nothing new.
All in all, Christmas was a huge #nothingnew success. I stockpiled gifts throughout the year and was able to gift secondhand presents to nearly everyone on our list.
I definitely spent more money shipping the gifts than I did buying the actual presents (which is something you’ll hear more about in our next post where we summarize the pros and cons of buying nothing new).
A few of the Christmas gifting highlights were:
- A Dooney & Bourke purse for our niece ($7.99 at Goodwill!)
- Pashmina scarf for my mother-in-law ($1 at a garage sale)
- NWT snapbacks for the nephews ($10 each)
- Domino: The Book of Decorating for my sister (1 ₤ at a thrift shop in Wales)
- Vintage Tupperware Shape-o-Toy (25 cents), a handmade cloth activity book (50 cents) and adorable designer clothes for my baby niece
- Vintage Etch-a-Sketch for Liam ($10 on Etsy)
- An entire head-to-toe outfit for my starving student younger sister (for less than $20).
- Diesel pants for our up-and-coming nephew ($2.99 at Savers)
One of my favorite finds for this year was a tea cup and saucer which I found for $1.79 at a Goodwill back in February and have been holding onto ever since.
Tim loves a good tea cup and this one was extra special because it was from Basel, Switzerland — the city we lived in before moving to the US. What are the chances of that!
We did buy a few new things over Christmas. Tim replaced my IKEA bakeware with Le Creuset, I bought new pajamas for all of us to open on Christmas Eve (a family tradition), “Santa” bought the boys Lego, and in the aftermath of the Operation Santa 2013: A Major Santastrophe (don’t miss that hilarious post!), Tim and I ended up gifting the boys their own Build-A-Bear experience (they’ve only been waiting for three years!).
Although we bought more “new” things this month than at any other point this year, every single new purchase we made was intentional and meaningful. That alone is a far cry from the “buy, buy, buy” mentality of madly crossing people off your list even though you’re not sure they’ll even like what you’re getting them.
Although we’ve saved quite a few of our shoes this past year by taking them to a cobbler, my well-loved leather boots were damaged beyond repair and had to be tossed. (sniff)
The fact that they lasted five years (including the ice and snow of Switzerland) is yet another reason to invest in high quality products that will stand the test of time. In my opinion, one pair of expensive boots which last half a decade is better than cheap boots that need to be replaced every year.
In any case, the zipper broke and it was really time for them to be retired. Well, when it rains it pours because next up, my one and only pair of skinny jeans sprung a hole in the back pocket (not a good look!). I resorted to wearing a spring-time ensemble of boot cut jeans with slip-on shoes and my toes were perpetually cold all December long. I was just thankful we live in California (so they weren’t freezing right off!).
So as you may have seen in my #fulldisclosure post on Instagram a few days ago, I finally caved and bought new boots, new jeans, and even grabbed a few new shirts — all the week before New Years. Ah, close enough!
Natasha Drisdelle (aka Domestica) is a mom of twins, baby-weight survivor, and health & fitness blogger who lives in California’s Silicon Valley. She posted her before-and-after pics on the immortal internet as living proof that morphing into a gelatinous baby-growing-factory doesn’t have to mean your bikini days are over. You can find her on Instagram, Google+, Facebook and Twitter, cutting through the myths and guilt that keep women from realizing true health and happiness.