To be fair, I think gift cards are an excellent choice when somebody has need. We have an elderly relative with tight finances and we routinely send her gift cards. And I personally think it’s okay to send teenagers money. I have a brother who is in college and a niece in high school. I accept that I am too uncool to pick good presents for them, but I figure their cash flow is pretty tight.
But other than that, I want to avoid gift cards in general. But coming up with great presents is trickier than it seems. I really hate the idea of giving people crap they don’t really want. I really hate clutter and waste and I don’t want to add to piles of unused, unloved stuff in anybody’s house. So what’s a girl to do?
I’ve starting writing down gift ideas whenever something captures my attention. If somebody mentions an old movie they love but do not own, it goes on the list even if it’s February. I think it will help, but only time will tell. I'm not crafty (to be clear, I'm...not...crafty...at...all) so handmade is pretty much out unless it's baked goods, which I can handle. We’ve also been trying to buy experiences and not stuff. This summer my sister and I are taking my mom to the beach for a week to celebrate her 60th birthday. I think trips and tickets and that sort of thing are ideal for people who don’t really “need” anything, but I live far from my family and sometime the coordination is challenging.
So I was curious, what is the best gift you got for Christmas? What made it so good?
I personally love it when people buy me things I secretly want, but I’m too cheap to buy for myself... like fancy lotion or good chocolate. And this Christmas, I got the best present ever. My boss tends to give gifts, rather than bonuses and this year I unexpectedly received a Kindle Fire from him. I had been coveting one, but I have a hard time dropping $200 on something for myself that is more of a want than a need. If he had just given me the money, I would have put in the college funds, but since he gave me the Kindle, I get to love it guilt free – and I do LOVE it.
Obviously I can’t drop hundreds of dollars on everybody on my list, but I’d love to hear any other ideas about what makes a gift special and memorable. I’m trying my best to master the art of gift giving, but I could use a little help.
Hope you are all having a great Friday!
PS - I'd also like to thank Mommy to Mommy for this award!