As Christmas approaches, the sheer wastefulness of the season amazes me.
In an effort to save money, it is tempting to choose gifts from the many discount stores around. From bookshops with nothing over $5 to giftware stores where it is possible to pick up an array of gifts for no more than the gold coins if your pocket. Even big department stores advertise how cheaply you can buy large plastic children’s toys (which may not last past New Year’s Day, but everything is disposable & easily replaceable at those prices).
In an effort to avoid in this type of spending as much as possible, I decided to make the Christmas gifts for my 3 year old’s kinder teachers. A few weekends ago, Xavier and I got out into the garden and pulled out our gardening tools. Using things we already had (plastic pots from previously purchased plants & well cared for soil from our garden) we took cuttings of 4 varieties of succulent plants that have grown well in our garden and cultivated them into the new pots.
Here is the result:
We will decorate the pots up nicely with wrapping and I plan on making them a Christmas card using the photo of Xavier having just made their gift. It was good for Xavier too as we talked the whole time about the soil, water, the roots on a plant & what plants need to survive, he got a mini science lesson!
I hope his teachers enjoy their present, at least more than the alternative gift of a cheaply made photo frame which may have ended up in landfill before the new school year even starts.