This year I realised that I have and still have a tight budget. Consequently I took the advice of friends and financial advisors and cut the gift list to those who truely warrant a gift. The list was cut down to parents and siblings, and then because I am nice, I have plans to buy my closest friends a drink when we meet up as their gift.
I honestly cannot be bothered to receive lots of unwanted gifts from others, for a start I am planning on moving house and in moving house I will have to move all said gifts. Belongings are burdens.
I declared a present amnesty with both my siblings, although the younger one has agreed to make chocolate eclairs with me as my gift so I am looking forward to that very much. So in conclusion I managed to cross presents off the list with sisters, who incidentally had no money either so appreciated the amnesty. My mothers gift the cost was split between us and by shopping around I actually managed to shop under budget for some peoples items.
My partners gift to me and mine to his we set a price guide of no more than £10 each. My gift was lovely and I am very happy with it.
My advice to people getting gifts:
1. Set a budget (allow for a little bit of wiggle room if one gift costs slightly less)
2. Don’t buy unnecessary gifts. For example at work is it necessary to get every-one an individual gift, if you want to buy the office a gift why not get a box of celebrations to share or suggest a secret Santa.
3. Consider giving a free gift, or a homemade one. My gift this year was an amalgamation of all the little notes my partner has left me in a photo album book.
4. Consider giving your time, for example offer to babysit one evening or day in the coming year. The other could be to make something together.
5. Suggest a no present policy with those who you hold dear, and perhaps might be happy that you broached the topic.
Have fun guys, Christmas is supposed to be about family and celebrating being together. Nothing at all to do with material possessions. Yes, I would love a tablet but I’d much rather spend the festivities with friends and family than get a couple of material objects.