Some people get confused by gifting and assume that it is a barter economy. It isn’t. When we give things away, we are not necessarily swapping or expecting things in return. we give because we want to. The appropriate response is gratitude – not guilt! Other people immediately think “oh… what can I bring to give away?” assuming that you have to bring something to give. In this instance it is better to widen our view on gifting. You can give a hug, or give someone a hand to put up their tent. You can share your art, your music, your radical self-expression, your sage advice.
In order to easily gift, we need a surplus. Some people have access to building materials or excess food. Some people will bring the things they no longer want and participate in our passive-gifting market-place: The Revolving Washing line, where items of clothing and other odds and ends move freely to people who do want them. This is not a direct swap situation. There is always a sale: Everything Must Go!