In case you haven't noticed, we're in heavy gift mode here at Apartment Therapy. With so many gift ideas, not to mention actual gifts, flying around, we got to wondering: does a gift always have to be new? Our holiday budget would go a lot further if we were shopping at thrift stores rather than Macy's... and we'd slow down, at least a little bit, the cycle of consumption that seems to get us all in trouble these days.
Amidst all the news of the mortgage crisis, we've noticed a few stories like with headlines like this one: Holiday Sales Down As Mall Traffic Slows. So it seems like a shift to a lower-cost—and more green—source of gifts would be a natural response.
But that ignores the social aspects of giving: what's it mean to give—and how's it feel to receive—a used gift?
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