Old furniture as holiday gifts | Mindful giving
Updated: Nov 16, 2022
The holiday season is a time for fun and comfort --- gathering with family and friends to share fond memories and create new ones, but as the holidays approach we get busy and hectic with the planning, preparing and shopping of the season.
Simplify shopping. Look around your house for small furniture that you are willing to part with and give it to family or friends who you know will appreciate it. You will be giving mindfully at the same time that you are clearing space in your house.
Small pieces of furniture are easier to receive as they take less space, are more practical, and are easier to move around.
Here are some possibilities:
Chairs can be used just about anywhere
Small tables invoke versatility
Small dressers can make a great entrance splash
Trays with stands
By giving your old furniture as a holiday gift, you are giving a gift of love and memories to share during these holidays. Unlike much of new mass-produced furniture sold in stores and online, old furniture is typically made of solid wood, quality materials, and good craftsmanship. Made to last. That’s what you are giving!
If refinishing is needed, you can leave it to the recipients. Include a card telling the story of your piece. If you want to quickly jazz up a piece that looks a bit tired, give it an instant lift by replacing the pulls or knobs with new ones. Keep it simple. A clean design will go with most styles.
If you don’t have surplus furniture to give, thrift stores have furniture waiting for a loving home. Those pieces have stories of their own. Start creating one from the time you’re giving the piece to a loved one. In previous posts I expand on the meaning and stories of old furniture Old furniture tells stories and The little table that spoke to me.
If you have a large number of pieces to give, ensure your gifts are going to willing recipients by making a list of what you are giving and share it with them—like a reverse bride’s wishlist. Each person can select preferred pieces and you make the final selection of who gets what. No surprises.
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Have a happy and peaceful holidays!
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