With everyone in the Christmas spirit of giving, I often think about the idea of giving and receiving gifts. The vast amount of stuff that we accrue over the holidays can be crazy, especially all the things we get that we don’t want and then have to spend our time in the return line at the department store. I am one of those people who would much prefer spending money on experiences rather than stuff. I would rather spend a weekend at Disney or go on a cruise over the holidays and forego the gifts rather than receive a bunch of stuff I don’t want, need, or will tire of in a couple months.
For example, we bought ourselves a Wii a couple years ago…so exciting to play all these games. Now we use it for Netflix only and if it weren’t for that, that baby would be collecting dust right now. Even with my siblings, we don’t exchange gifts with one another and haven’t for the past couple of years. Now it’s just gifts for the kiddies, which I find more enjoyable to shop for anyway.
Don’t get me wrong, I like to get gifts now and then, but only when I need or really want something that I’ll actually use more than once, like a camera or new clothes or running shoes. Overall, I’d much rather spend the money travelling and experiencing new things and places. That and I’m sure my future children will be much more excited to hear about all the cool places I’ve been and things I’ve done than the new shirt I got in 2012.