I just had a conversation with my mother this evening about how we should not “go crazy” on gifts this year. I think she was already thinking similarly because she immediately agreed. It’s not really that the economy has hit us hard, luckily, but just a general feeling that we’ve overdone it a little in the past.
The same thing goes for other side. D’s sister has been talking with him about a budget, which we are all going to adhere to this year. It also avoids a potentially dangerous phenomenon:
Other families or groups of friends that don’t have small children to buy for, are doing gift exchanges. Each person randomly draws one name and has only one nicer present to buy. It saves everyone time and money.
I’m not quite ready yet to not buy everyone a gift, but I did hear recently about a principle for gift giving. Some are crediting it to the Victorian era; I couldn’t verify from where it comes but it goes like this:
– Something you want
– Something you need
– Something to wear
– Something to read (or do)
Great idea? I really like it, I added the (or do) on the last line since not everyone likes to read.