Instead of my usual week in review post, I’ve got a little rant for you today. It’s about wasting money on Christmas presents. I’m over it! Not only do I have a rant, I have a question, a how-to, and a challenge for you.
Here’s my rant about Christmas presents:
I’m so over people wasting money on Christmas gifts. Mind you, I didn’t say spending money on Christmas gifts. I’m okay with spending money, but I’m not okay with wasting money on gifts that people don’t want.I'm over people wasting money on Christmas presents, are you? #ChristmasRant Click To Tweet
Do you remember being a little kid and getting a present you didn’t want? Then your parents would make you feel guilty for not being appreciative? Did this happen to anyone else? I think it happened to me once and I felt so guilty that ever since then I’ve acted extra appreciative even when I get socks or underwear (btw- new underwear as an adult is actually a super nice present. #momlife).
Now that I’m an adult, I realize how stupid it is to give gifts that people don’t actually want. I’m sure I’m going to get some mean comments for this one, but it’s not the thought that counts. All we are doing is wasting resources and money by giving gifts that aren’t going to be used or appreciated.
Since embarking on my minimalistic journey, I’ve enjoyed having less stuff. Stuff stresses me out. I purge all the time and feel so happy when I have less, and when I can live on less. For this reason, when people give me presents that I didn’t ask for, I end up getting very stressed out. I get stressed out because I have to act appreciative, then I get stressed out that someone wasted their hard earned money on me. Not only do I not want “stuff”, I don’t want people to spend their money buying me things I don’t want or need.
All of these thoughts have made me wonder if I’m alone. Surely I’m not the only one who hates that people are wasting money and resources on me.
Here are my questions for you:
Why do we feel compelled to give gifts just to give a gift? Are some of you giving gifts just to keep up with the Joneses?
Do you feel bad when you get a gift you didn’t want? Or are you genuinely appreciative?
Do you overextend your finances to give gifts to teachers, the mail carrier, and other people?
Here is my how-to advice to stop the madness:
- If money is tight, don’t give gifts to extended family members. Be honest and tell them your financial situation. They may be relieved to not have to spend money on you too!
- Instead of buying something for teachers and service workers, give them something from the heart like something homemade or baked.
- If you don’t know what to give, ASK! Then actually follow the advice!
- Stop gifting crappy gifts. This one is tricky because personally I love The Dollar Tree and have seen some great items there this year. But only gift those kind of clutter gifts to people who want it.
Here is my challenge for you:
Stop giving gifts that people don’t want, especially if you don’t have the money. Try giving a handwritten card or spending time with loved ones instead.
Remember, Christmas shouldn’t be about gifts anyway! Christmas is about the ultimate gift from God: Jesus. I love that we can remember this gift by exchanging small and meaningful gifts. Even so, I’d much rather people spend nothing on me than give me something I don’t want or need.
Anyone else get frustrated by Christmas gifts?