But this year, something felt different. Nothing looked worthwhile on Amazon. The malls were too crazy. The good stuff, too pricey. I stared at the store catalogs that came in the mail (another favorite past time), I perused the black Friday deals and the cyber Monday steals. And I couldn't think of one single thing that any of my family members needed. We sort of had it all, didn't we? Any electronics we already bought ourselves, and the pajamas, jewelry, makeup, jackets and purses had all been done in years past.
I wanted to do something different. I wanted to do something that mattered more than a well-discounted sweater. I wanted to do something that had as much love as possible wrapped up in it. So, I decided this Christmas I'll write each of my family members a letter letting them know how much I love them. And yes, it will be handwritten.
I challenge you to give gifts this year that have as much love as possible bundled up inside them.
Other personal favorite alternatives to classic consumerism:
1. Carefully chosen books
2. Experiential gifts (a class or activity) for you and your loved one to do together
3. Handmade goods from local stores and artists (because we should support those who like making cool stuff)
4. Edible treats
5. And yes, DIY projects
6. Participate in #givingtuesday
Trust me, taking gift-giving this way will have your holidays looking a lot more like this:
And a lot less like this:
|Actual Black Friday Photo|
P.S. Does anyone know if Target has any Yuletide in stock?