I'm full-on against the commercialization and orgy of Christmas shopping and gifts. I'm not against shopping or gift giving, just buying something to fill the seasonable obligation. I'm also worried about the environment and the trash load that comes with useless gifts.
I try to find gifts of spending time together. Not just gift cards for them to go do something, but ideas for how we can spend time together. A puzzle to put together with kids. A board game that we can play together. Tickets to a museum and a set date when we can go together. A small trip to some amusement park or a trip to an interesting place. A nice dinner or lunch.
Does anyone have any other ideas along those lines? Or maybe another idea for someone who doesn't like to buy plastic gifts that will be trash before the year is out?