You have to buy gifts anyway, so try to make them either homemade, upcycled or fair trade. Sure, this is limiting. But, like Barry Schwartz says, there is freedom in limits. Etsy, an online community where crafters, artists and makers sell their handmade and vintage goods, is a great site for all things handmade or vintage. And there are numerous ways to find fair-trade items from organizations such as Ten Thousand Villages or Serrv.
Lu Firestone grew up in the snowy suburbs of Buffalo, New York. She left to do her undergraduate work at Georgetown and spend some years as a Jesuit Volunteer on the Colville Reservation in Washington State before getting her Master of Arts degree in Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. She returned to Buffalo’s West Side to continue advancing Jesuit values at Canisius College where she serves as a Campus Minister. Lu and her husband Peter are raising 2 children, son Isaiah and foster daughter Madelynn, as well as countless cats, fish and plants. Lu believes that when we risk engaging God and attempting to live out of a place of authenticity and awareness, we can all lead beautiful, courageous lives and do great things for our world.