Green Tip #226: Ask for What You Want

I had an amazing baby shower this past weekend. That was due to many factors:  the creative mind of my sister and her excellent organizational skills, the lovely and caring women attending coupled with lots of laughter and love in the air. However I think what also made it a success is that I had asked for specific things as shower gifts. Several people had asked what we needed for our baby so I spent many, many hours researching what items Sustainable PF and I wanted for lil’ SPF. In the end this meant that we did not get products that we won’t use (like plastic pacifiers and disposable diapers). Giving out a specific list meant our guests did not spend money needlessly and we don’t have a baby’s room full of useless stuff. Ask for what you want and you may just receive it!

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6 comments to Green Tip #226: Ask for What You Want

  • Glad to hear your shower went so well. They are really fun aren’t they?! I have often thought about registering in some way for the items that we will want but I know that there are still those people out there who will buy something that is not on the list. I would still be appreciative of the gift but I would then either donate it or see if I could exchange it for something that we would use. What would you do?

    • We got items we didn’t ask for but our friends and family seem really in tune with what our needs AND wants are. I don’t think we’ll need to sell, trade or donate anything! E.G. from Mrs. SPFs brother we got uber-green baby wipes! They won’t last too long but he knows precisely what kind of products we like to use.

  • That’s great to hear. The baby shower really helped us too. We didn’t have to purchase too many things when the baby came home. It’ll be crazy and fun. :)

  • Way back when my oldest was born (ok, just 9 years ago, seems like forever and yesterday both), we registered for the baby gear we wanted. I really think it helped, although the handmedowns we got helped a lot too. I wasn’t going specifically for sustainable back then, but it still amazed me the sheer amount of STUFF the popular lists proclaimed was absolutely vital.

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