Is anyone else wondering how to navigate gifts this holiday season with a desire to live simply? We celebrate that we have loving family in our lives who want to celebrate Christmas with us, but to them that means gift-giving. I'd love to gently steer them in a way that meets their desire to give material items with our desire to live simply. Our families ask for wish lists (and will just buy whatever if we don't provide one), so I am trying to start putting one together slowly to be proactive. Charity donations don't go over well with them (like buying a goat for a family via World Vision), they rarely choose "experience" gifts, my requests for DIY gifts have never been taken up, and they won't buy used---they want to give "normal" gifts.
What have you done to respectfully steer well-meaning gift-givers? What would you put on your LO's wish list (DS will be 11.5 months) that are non-plastic, non-M.I.China, etc.
In our own little family of three, we look forward to starting our own simple-living traditions. What are your non-gift holiday traditions?