No Gifts?


We have decided not to do any gifts this year on my side of the family as we are saving for Hawaii!  We are taking a family trip for our parents’ 50th wedding anniversary next year and it just feels fiscally responsible to save our money.

It’s hard because I LOVE Christmas, as I may have mentioned before, and I also love giving gifts.  So I may or may not be giving just a little nugget or two for the holidays.  Just a little bit of something to share the Christmas spirit.  I mean everyone has to have something to open, right?

So, what am I getting that I just have to give?  I don’t know yet, but I feel the need. As soon as this idea was floated past me I started getting antsy.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great idea and we need to save money for this trip.  It’s just that as soon as someone tells me I can’t do something, I desperately WANT to do it.  Are you with me?  I know, I am like a toddler who is told they can’t eat the cookies and then that is all they can think about.

It’s kind of ironic because I am always at a loss for what to get everyone and now I have an excellent excuse not to get gifts and I WANT TO.  I think it’s because the pressure is off and I know that anything will seem thoughtful and appreciated. Now, family, don’t get excited.  I’m not talking about big gifts, just a little something that says, “hey, it’s Christmas and I thought of you.”

It’s not like I don’t want to get my family gifts every year it’s just that sometimes it can be stressful when I have no idea what to get. Then there are the times I am out shopping and all I can find are gifts for those who are not on my list or for those that I have already purchased gifts.

This year I want to be inspired.  I want to find just the perfect little gift that I know they will love.  Okay, maybe I am setting the bar a little high.  I want to find gifts that they don’t want to take back.

Actually, now that I think about it, you know what might be a good idea?  We could just save our money and go to Hawaii next summer!


Sunshine & Sarcasm,
Lowi & G

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Beth Stelz says:

    I have taken this stance of no gift giving ever since we moved from OH-IO to CO…too hard to guess what all the kids need. So we just help save for college for them…and vacation for us…speaking of vacation, just booked our 2019 Hawaii flights last night👍🏼


    1. G (of Lowi & G) says:

      Love it!


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