I heaved a big sigh as I walked into the ToysRus store. I didn't want to be there. I didn't plan to be there. I would have much preferred to support my local toy stores or small online businesses that specialize in well-made, sustainably produced toys.
But a couple things got in the way. First of all, my kids. I've got two boys and they are growing up fast. They want electric cars and video gear, not cute homemade stuffed animals or FSC-certified wooden trucks. They used to like that stuff but they're moving on.
And then there was the time issue. All my good intentions of searching for those perfect gifts - made from sustainable materials but with a high fun factor got waylaid by other, more pressing matters...like life in general. So I ended up at ToysRus and Target.
I'm not going to spend a lot of time feeling guilty about it. My eco-values will shine through in other ways. Just thought I'd share these sentiments because I'm guessing that I'm not the only one going through something like this.
So I'm curious - where did you spend the bulk of your holiday dollars this year? Big box stores or local independents? Factory made or handmade? Online or at the store?