I love Christmas shopping more than any other kind. I think the festive music in shops, the fact that people are celebrating at the same time and it means I get to wrap lots of presents at the same time.
I’m sure I will not be alone when I say that I love Christmas shopping though I realise that some may also be completely on the other side of the fence and couldn’t think of anything worse! I think it would be quite easy for me to go the other way but have found ways to enjoy it and keep enjoying it year after year.
There are a lot of stories out there where families and individuals end up going into debt around Christmas, feel like they have to buy more and more to ‘keep up’ and/or worry about being able to afford gifts for all of the family. I can’t see any of this leading to an enjoyable, relaxing Christmas, on the day or after.
Thankfully as a wider family we are open with being able to say that we can’t go overboard at Christmas and we understand that there are other things that we have to pay for too. Personally we’ve just had our bathroom renovated and have a baby due soon so Christmas isn’t at the top of our expenses list and luckily our family know that. I would love to hear that other families were so open to conversations about money but I know that is not always the case.
Conscious Christmas shopping isn’t just about money either. It can be about buying less STUFF and by that I mean crappy stuff that no one actually wants or ever ends up using. I dread the day when our little girl comes up and says that she wants a cheap plastic trend toy that I know will go in the bin in a few weeks as that is really not what we are about. This also goes for adults. Buying things they don’t want or that’s not their style ends up being a waste of money and resources.
There’s not one part of me that won’t be shopping until my heart is content this Christmas, I’ll just be doing it with intention instead of picking things up for the sake of filling the pile under the tree.
Other Christmas Challenges I’ll be avoiding this year
Buy one for you, buy one for me. I probably don’t need it and someone might have bought something similar as a gift.
Buying something that will go into the sale. If it’s got a higher markup especially for Christmas then it’s a no from me.
Buying more to even it out. If I don’t know what to get a person I won’t be spending just to fill their stocking because they may have bought me more. It’s not a challenge, it’s not a competition, it’s Christmas.
I would love to know if you are simplifying your Christmas gifts this year or are looking to buy less with quality in mind.
2022 Edit: This post still hits home a year on and although we haven’t just had our bathroom renovated we are pulling the purse strings a little tighter (like I know many are) to wait and see what lies ahead.
With a December short break this year to look forward to I am pushing to save even more money and spend less on things we don’t need and cheap gifts that go unloved. Instead I intend to ask people what they would most like and make gifts for family to cherish.
What are your thoughts and plans for Christmas this year? Are you cutting back and spending less? Or are you saving hard to have a Christmas just as big as previous years?