Thriftmas: An Alternative Christmas for Kids


Christmas is just around the corner, and as parents, we often find ourselves on the hunt for the perfect gifts for our children. But here’s the thing: many kids have too much stuff! Toys that are rarely touched after the initial excitement wears off and usually break within weeks. So, this holiday season, let’s consider a new approach to gift-giving: Thriftmas.

What is Thriftmas, you ask?

Thriftmas is all about buying like-new items for your children from thrift stores, consignment sales, garage sales, Facebook Marketplace, and other secondhand sources. It’s a sustainable and budget-friendly way to celebrate the holiday season, and it offers numerous benefits that go beyond just saving money.

Sustainability Matters

We only have one planet — so we have to take care of her. By choosing thrifted gifts, you’re contributing to a more sustainable future. The environmental impact of producing new toys is substantial, from resource extraction to manufacturing and transportation. Opting for secondhand items reduces the demand for new products and helps reduce waste.

Affordability and Budgeting

Let’s face it, the holiday season can be financially challenging. Thriftmas can help you stay within your budget without sacrificing the joy of gift-giving. You can often find high-quality, gently used toys and items at a fraction of their original price. This leaves you with more money for other important things, like experiences and making memories with your family.

Variety and Unique Finds

Thrift stores and online marketplaces are treasure troves of unique and sometimes vintage items. You can discover toys, games, and books that you wouldn’t typically find in mainstream stores. These one-of-a-kind finds can add an extra layer of excitement to the holiday season, making the gifts all the more special.

Reduce Clutter

If you check out our playroom right now, you would have thought a tornado went through it. Clutter is overwhelming, and it can make an impact on our overall well-being. Not just for us but for our kids, too. By focusing on intentional, thrifted gifts, you can help eliminate the clutter of random toys and help your kids develop a greater appreciation for what they receive. 

Tips for a Successful Thriftmas

  • Start Early: Thrift stores and online marketplaces can be competitive during the holiday season, so start your search early to find the best deals and selections (and find a good hiding place!).
  • Inspect Thoroughly: Before purchasing, carefully inspect secondhand items to ensure they’re in excellent condition. Check for any missing parts or damage.
  • Involve Your Kids: Make it a fun family activity by involving your children! Take them thrifting with you and see what they like and what draws their attention. 

Thriftmas is not only a sustainable and budget-friendly approach to gift-giving, but also an opportunity to teach your kids valuable lessons about responsible consumerism. By opting for gently used toys and items, you can reduce waste, save money, and reduce clutter while still creating a magical and memorable Christmas for your family. This year, let’s put the “thrift” back in Christmas!