I know some of you have got your Christmas shopping sorted by now but there must be many like me who've hardly started. Whilst I realise getting the shopping over and done with before December can reduce stress I don't like Christmas preparations being too prolonged.
With my my minimalist mindset I'm considering buying less this year and for less people. It's not really about saving money (although I do need to) it's about not wanting to create waste. I want to buy my nearest and dearest quality rather than quantity and gifts that are consumables, needs (such as clothes) or experiences. I would count books in as an experience. I have in the past bought presents for a wide circle of people but not this year.
I have read some wise words on this topic this week by Martin Lewis (a leading financial expert here in the UK). His site Money Saving Expert is the place to go to if you're considering buying almost anything from car insurance to cheap perfume. He's saved me a bob or two.
Lewis writes about the "ever-growing creep of gifts to extended family, colleagues, children's teachers and more". He also writes:
Is it time to ban Christmas presents? Across the country people are growling at the enforced obligation to waste money on tat they can't afford, for people who won't use it. Festive gift-giving has lost its point, risks doing more harm than good, mis-teaches our children about values and kills the joy of anticipation of what should be a joyous time.Food for thought... The joy of Christmas is not about gifts. Let's not let Christmas lose its meaning to commercialism.
What are your views?
For the full article here's the link.
Happy middle of the week xo