Minimalist At Christmas
Firstly, how on earth is it this time of year already?
The Christmas period gives me so many mixed emotions, and every year they are different.
To be honest I have never been a huge celebrator of the festive season, however I have always appreciated it.
But there is one thing I strongly disagree with when it comes to Christmas though, and that’s gift giving.
I remember as a child how stressful this time of year was for my mum. Trying to fill three stockings, on a low income, with toys we will play with once and forget about a week later.
Gift giving has become a love language. We spend so much money on materialistic possessions, because we feel as though it’s the best way to express to our loved ones how much they mean to us. The more expensive the gift, the more we must love them.
Let me tell you a little secret…
Things do not make you happy. Buying someone an expensive pair of shoes doesn’t prove that you love someone.
This is what big corporations what you to believe. Why?
So that you as the consumer continue to consume… So that they as the producer, continue to make money.
However, that being said, this does not allow you to put your feet up and tell your loved ones you’re not buying them gifts because you don’t need to prove your love.
Oh no, quite the opposite. Personally I have always thought of gift giving as the easy way out. Someone tells you what they want. You buy it. You gift it… Something better catches our eye and the cycle starts again.
So what to do this Christmas to show someone you really care about them…
1. Write them a letter
This may seem like a cheesy idea, but writing down exactly how you feel about them, and how much you care for them can go so much further then another pair of socks.
2. Have a fun day out
I am not talking about sky diving, followed by dinner at the ritz. Gifting someone your time, is the most precious gift in the world. Take a picnic to the park, or go for a nice brunch. Spend the day fully engaged with that person. If you really want to show your appreciation, leave your phones at home.
3. Learn together
Take on a new hobby, or learn something new together. Whether that be a cooking class, yoga, rock climbing etc.
Instead of spending all of your money on gifts, get a money jar or a savings account and add money to it for each other for Christmas. Then you can save that money and put it towards a trip away together.
5. Volunteer together
Sometimes through all the Christmas cheer we forget those who are less fortunate than ourselves. So why not spend your time together volunteering at a soup kitchen, a children’s hospital… There are so many awesome charities you can gift your time to this Xmas.
6. Shop Sustainably
Now finally if you do want to buy your loved one a gift, then please make sure you are shopping sustainably!