Fewer Gifts, More Quality Time
First of all, this is not a post against Christmas, so don’t expect me to tell you to get rid of your Christmas decorations or give away your Christmas tree. In fact, this is a pro-Christmas post. I’ve always loved this time of the year because people are more grateful and friendly to each other. Plus, you can never have enough Christmas cookies! Regardless of religion, Christmas seems to put a bit of cheer in everyone’s spirit.
Contrary to past years, this year I am not stressing out about gifts. Minimalism was a big eye-opener for me this year. I got rid of many things that were just occupying space in my house, and to be honest, it felt great.
For me, living a minimalist lifestyle also involves receiving/giving fewer gifts.
Nowadays, I try to prevent people from giving me physical gifts because I do not want to clutter my space again. This doesn’t mean I do not enjoy receiving gifts anymore. I am just more conscious when it comes to gift options.
There are many other ways you can show love and appreciation to your loved ones this Christmas, other than by giving gifts. For example, you can cook for them or prepare a nice meal together. And, you don’t even have to spend that much money to cook a delicious meal for everyone. You can take note of what ingredients you have in your cupboard and make something great out of that. Or, you could organize a meeting with your friends to talk about your New Year’s resolutions for the coming year. Take turns talking about your goals, fears, and passions. No store-bought gift can beat the feeling of being listened to, so be a good listener for them.
If you still decide to spend some money on gifts, make them good ones. Be thoughtful. Give your friends and family something that will add value to their lives, or that they’ll enjoy. When I am going to give a gift to someone, I do my research first. When I visit my friends’ houses I like to observe their bookcases and shelves. I am a very mindful person when it comes to giving gifts, and before buying something for them I will think of their style, beliefs, or even their diet.
If you are good at drawing, painting, or sewing, you can make your own gifts. Use your imagination and create something beautiful for your friends.
You can also recycle things from your house. If you a have a new box of tea lying around, and you have a tea-loving friend, pass it on to him or her as a present. Or, if you bought a coat last year that you never wore, instead of throwing it away, you can donate it to a second-hand shop. Some shops donate part of their profit to help underprivileged communities around the world.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how much money you spend on gifts, but how much time you spend with your loved ones. Spend quality time with them, be loyal, and supportive.
A giftless Christmas doesn’t make it a bad Christmas. In fact, love, compassion, and gratitude are few of the most important ingredients for creating a Christmas to remember.
—This is my gift to you—
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