Survey: Second-Hand Gifts?

Survey: Second-Hand Gifts?

Jonathan B.
Dec 12, 2007

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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