(not the books I gave, but probably not too far off)
Over the years, I’ve had plenty of opportunities to share my trash picking, thrifting & general reuse habits with others. After a few VERY reluctant years of going along with the requested new items as gifts for holidays, registries, birthdays, etc, I couldn’t take it anymore & stood by my convictions. I can still give gifts MY way & the recipients will still like it. I disregard registries & wish lists, however, may use them to get an idea of what the person or couple’s interest is. (Ok, I’ve never used them as a guide, but it sounds a lot better & less cocky than me saying, “I pretty much know what they’ll like anyway…”.). It works the other way too. For years, my family insisted on buying me gifts (oh, poor me), regardless of me insisting & pleading not to, or to at least donate in my name to a charity. Finally, a sense of reason settled over & now come the supermarket gift-cards! It fills their need to give something & fills my pantry, so I’m ok with it.