It’s that time of the year again when Christmas gift ads are everywhere. Everyone is thinking about what to get to their loved ones, and people are expected to consume a lot during December. Too many times we just buy a gift for someone just because we feel like we have to and might not even put enough thought into it. And lots of times these gifts remain unused and just end up in the trash. I’d lie if I said I didn’t care about Christmas gifts, but I much rather receive something I actually need than something that will just stay in a box in the attic. It’s is the best feeling when you realise that the person who gives you the present has actually thought about you and what you would like. However, these gifts don’t always have to be material or anything new and fancy.
There are so many online courses/classes for cooking, sports, photographing and so much more. Has your friend always wanted to learn how to edit pics on Photoshop but hasn’t been able to purchase it? Or is she/he into fitness but doesn’t really know where to start? There are so many apps/sites to choose from and in addition online classes are usually a lot cheaper than actual classes.
Do you have lots of stuff you never use or are about to throw away? Clothes? Shoes? Dishes? Books? You can always donate your old goods to charity or give fairly unused stuff to your friends as a gift. Of course you don’t want to give anyone dirty or super old clothes, but if you have something your friends like to borrow often and you rarely use, why not to give it to them as a gift. You can also swap gifts so that you both give something of your own to each other.
Who doesn’t love fancy and delicious food? Dinners are always a great way to spend time together and make a normal day a bit more special. By putting a little more effort, time and thought into it, you can easily cook something more fancy yourself. Or if you just aren’t a chef, take your loved ones out for a dinner. You can give a pretty card as a Christmas gift to your friend and write on it when and where the dinner will take place.
Sometimes we get so busy that we might go months without spending quality time with our friends/family. Even though time spent with them shouldn’t be a Christmas gift but a necessity, maybe you could organise a day that you will dedicate to your loved ones. Agree to spend that day without your phones and just focus on each others. And maybe you could do something fun and different together – for example go play tennis or attend a yoga class together.
I think everyone who’s reading this is in a privileged position compared to so many others in the world. Maybe this year you could make someone happy buy donating the money that you would put into their gift, to charity. In Finland you can do good for example here, here, here, and here.
No Christmas gifts at all
I know I’m such a party pooper but we all know that gifts aren’t the most important thing about Christmas. Of course they are part of the holiday but maybe you don’t have to buy something for everyone. If you have a tradition to buy something to everyone among your friends, maybe this year you could agree to just go out for drinks together.