hope you've been keeping warm up there at the North Pole! I know I'm a little late with my wishlist this year, but I'm sure you can get it together in time for Xmas ;)
So first things first:
maybe you've noticed that I'm trying to help bring Word Up back to my neighborhood of Washington Heights. As I'm sure you already know full well, Word Up is kind of awesome and this community is itchin' to have it back! So maybe instead of buying me gifts this year, you can make a donation to our campaign (then you'll also get goodies in return, see the very cool perks on offer!)
But if all this Indiegogo stuff is a little too abstract for you and you insist on buying me gifts this year, then please consider the wishlist below. Much of it comes from the note I wrote you after Christmas last year, so just consider it a friendly reminder ;)
- I like the FAIR TRADE model best. By far. Such items are made in the same developing countries [as the gifts you typically get me] but they are made by people who are guaranteed fair wages and humane work conditions. You can find fairly traded items - clothes, toiletries, jewelry, games, even musical instruments - at fair trade stores and/or online. One great trick is to search "sweat free _______" on google. Just fill in the blank with whatever item you think would be ideal for the recipient.
- SECOND-HAND is second best. If you can't afford fair trade (ethical considerations are indeed more expensive) then aim low. Buy second hand. There are great stores that sell like-new clothes (Plato's Closet comes to mind). You may also get lucky at a Goodwill, Salvation Army, or even a garage sale [...] I also dig hand-me-downs.
- Buy local! Support your local artisans and merchants, designers, soap makers, musicians, luthiers, carpenters, welders...
- If there's no way to ensure that an item was made under ethical conditions, then buy American! There's no guarantee that American factories are doing it right either, but it's certainly more likely. Check the tag to make sure it was made in the USA, at least I'll know you tried.
- Consider utility and space. I live in NYC (!!!). So ask yourself, "does Gio really need this?" If you still can't figure it out, then just call and ask. Perhaps your tongue was in your cheek when you gave me soap and deodorant [last] year. I can appreciate a good joke, but I can appreciate utility even more! You rightly guessed that these are items I do not buy often and on principle. Yet I can and will use them simply because they are useful (helps that they were made in the USA ;) I've also appreciated the various musical instruments over the years. That's one thing I'll always make room for!
- Consider the environment. Avoid plastic and styrofoam and shoot for products made from recycled materials wherever possibe. Upon buying the item(s) let the clerk know that you don't need a plastic bag. [And don't worry about my hygiene this year, I'm all stocked up on soap, shampoo and deodorant]
- Be creative, not compulsive. Don't just buy me anything. If you must buy me something, make it something meaningful (if you've bought something with the above considerations in mind, then mission accomplished!) And if you're still struggling, then please don't feel pressured to buy anything at all! Create something. Say something. Take me somewhere (it need not cost anything)... Or just play board games with me.
Thanks Santa! See you soon...
PS - OMG Santa, have you seen this new video with Mr. Cuddles? You don't want the children to be sad, do you?