Re-gifting is a practice that's only acceptable in certain circumstances — namely the annual office-party Secret Santa ordeal. A recycled gift, however, is always appropriate, especially in light of the juggernaut of landfill-clogging consumerism that seems to be only gaining speed, given that Black Friday started on Thursday this year. So here are a few gifting ideas that could help you to leave the seasonal guilt trips where they belong: at holiday dinners with your family.
DECEMBER WEST JEWELRY :: Pieces generally range from $20 to $50:: By day, Todd Krieger works as a corporate attorney and law professor. But off-hours, the local legal eagle creates jewelry — like these brooches — out of discarded computer and VCR components, tricking out electro-mechanical parts with hidden mirrors, antique coins, vintage filigrees, and other shiny finds. Crafted at Needham's Gorse Mill Studios, each piece is at least 75 percent recycled (and 100 percent stunning). »MIT Museum Store, 255 Mass Ave, Cambridge :: 617.253.5927 OR Artitudes, 1286 Washington St, Newton :: 617.244.9220
: Lifestyle Features
, gift guide 2012