I really love gift giving during the holidays. I love the lists, the hunt, the wrapping … all of it.
What’s not fun – the budget part of gift-giving. Especially now that we have a little boy with a serious love of toys and books and activities.
That face makes me want to BUY ALL OF THE THINGS. (This picture is from last year and reminds me of how magical Christmas can be.)
Am I alone? I can’t be alone in this. I have to physically restrain myself from buying every single train at Toys R Us.
Walk. Away. From. The. Trains.
Our holiday focus is about more than gifts.
But you know what I’m focusing on this holiday season?
- Establishing traditions.
- Making memories.
- Doing good.
These are the true gifts I want to give Henry this year. Because when he grows up, he may not still be interested in trains, but I sure hope he’s interested in spending time with his family, continuing family traditions, and making the world around him a better place.
(Yes. I truly believe this cheesiness.)
This means that I’ll still be buying gifts. But not willy nilly. I’m working to establish a wise budget that will give us the opportunity to buy gifts for our friends and family that matter. I’m trying to avoid last-minute stress gifts – those gifts that you pick up at Walgreens on your way to a party because you MUST BRING SOMETHING. Those are the budget busters, in our experience. So, I’m working on buying and making gifts that matter.
I still have so many cherished memories of holidays as a kid – my dad’s massive light displays, Christmas caroling with the neighbors, moving the mouse on our advent calendar …
Very few of these memories have anything to do with gifts.
We’ll be working our plan.
The biggest thing we’re doing is being intentional about planning for the holidays. It is not too late ot cut the stress and make a plan.
This is especially true for the experiences I want Henry to have. It’s really easy to let the season pass by and then whiz-bang, we never baked Christmas cookies, or made Christmas ornaments, or went sledding. So, we are making lists and checking them twice – to make sure these memories actually happen.
I’m also already well into my gift purchases and have started some of the handmade gift ideas. I’m relying on online shopping more than ever (which allows me to avoid the crowds, impulse buys, and retail prices).