Let’s discuss this important new development. I know, you’re reading this like, ‘this woman done lost her mind’, but have I?
Christmas for me always been more about spending quality time with my family and friends and enjoying moments, not things. Yes, everyone loves a good gift, and Christmas is usually the time we go all out stressing over perfect gifts, but we don’t have to. Yes, it is a nice gesture, but it’s not a necessity.
If you do not have it, don’t sweat it! Overextending yourselves during the holidays does nothing for you but leaves you emotionally and most importantly financially drained. Over the past few years, I have significantly lowered the number of gifts that I have bought to four max, and all of them have been for children.
If you are on a strict budget this year, there are many things you can do to ensure your loved ones feel loved, and no they don’t include spending much money.
Here are a few ideas that won’t break the bank this holiday season.
- Bake Your Gifts: If you feel the need to gift someone with something special, bake some treats and customize it! Sugar cookies are a great option and are easy enough to make.
- Craft Christmas Cards: I enjoy well thought out gifts from the heart and what’s better than a handcrafted Christmas card? If you are artistic, draw something cool, or include a few photos and well wishes for a little personalization.
- Christmas Love Letters: Scribble down your sweet somethings to your love in a Christmas love letter. I don’t know about you but I’m still a fan of love notes, especially during such a special time.
- Movie Night: Gather the family and spend some QT time together. Pop in the Christmas classic and chow down on popcorn, eggnog, and other Christmas treats.
- Gift Time: One of the most important and expensive things we all have is time. Donate some of your time to friends or family in need. It could be as simple as donating two hours to watch your BFF’s kids while she goes on a dinner date, or lend a helping hand whenever they may need it.
What are your thoughts on skipping the gift-giving tradition? Is it something you can see yourself doing or is it a non-negotiable?