I stumbled upon a great I Will Teach You To Be Rich Project called No Christmas Gifts This Year.
Every year millions of Americans buy gifts whether they have the money or not. Christmas gifts are sacred. But do they need to be?
“Instead of buying things we can’t afford, here’s a way to do something more meaningful.”
The web site let’s you send a note to your friends and family offering to share time together, instead of a gift.
This year, the economy has made it tough, so instead of buying Christmas gifts, let’s do something more (fun/helpful/exciting) together like: (a list of options)
I love this idea, but the editor in me can’t resist a little editing. I marked out the bit about it being a tough year. Why? Because it’s not necessary. I don’t think we need a reason to say “instead of a gift, I’d love to do something together with you.”
My sister did this last year for our Mom. Instead of a gift, she asked if they might do something together like put up holiday decorations or make cookies. My Mom agreed and they had a lovely time.
Often the greatest gifts can’t be bought at the mall and or wrapped up in a box.
Give the gift of an experience. Make time for someone. Your time is a gift in itself.
What are your thoughts on holiday gifts?