As the Holiday season fast approaches, the pressure to get the best gift available increases. While my wife and I usually don’t do gifts for each other, I understand the demands of the Holidays. Growing up, my family would celebrate Christmas with numerous gifts. While my parents would typically buy the majority of the gifts, everyone else usually got gifts for every other person. This meant that I had to buy gifts for brothers, mom, dad, and grandparents. Talk about pressure!
While I could go on to list all of the Black Friday deals and the things that you can find on sale, I think it is better served to avoid the values of American consumerism. Instead of focusing on stuff that you can buy this holiday season, why not focus on experiences. I was talking with a friend of mine the other day and she mentioned that people who pay for experiences (instead of items) often live happier lives. That made a lot of sense to me, so I figured I would help my readers buy experiences this Holiday season. Here are some things you can give to others that avoids falling into myths of consumerism.
A great idea for an experience as a gift is two tickets to a concert. Something like Jessie J tickets can go a long way to show that you care. It will not only give them a great memory, but if you are close enough to this person, you can experience it together. No one ever said you couldn’t include yourself in the gift too. :)
If you are looking for a gift for your loved one, why not offer them a weekend away at a cottage or a slightly nicer vacation than normal. If you are the type of people who skimp on your vacation, why not replace your Holiday gifts with a slightly nicer vacation. It may not be as nice on Christmas morning, but it will do wonders for your vacation.
When I talk about the latest movies, it is often about the ones on video already. I rarely talk about the ones in the movie theaters because it is just too expensive these days. $12-15 per person is way too much in my mind. But, if it is a gift, it may be a cheap way to spend some time with people you care about.
This holiday season doesn’t have to be all about putting “stuff” under your tree. It can be a lot more than that – something that sticks with you for years to come.