I’m kind of a minimalist when it comes to gift-giving and receiving. I just don’t believe the focus of the holidays should be stuff. But I have found that it is nearly impossible to escape people wanting to give us stuff. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always been drawn to practical things. I remember giving my grandma my Christmas list and she would say, “You don’t really want that, do you?”
But it is true. The first Christmas my husband I were together he gave me a food processor. I wanted the food processor. I’ve also asked for things like sweaters, dishes, pots & pans, a Spotlifter, and this year, (much to my husband’s amusement), I asked for photo paper. I don’t buy a lot of things during the year… and so if people are set on giving me something, I want it to be practical and useful. I try to do the same thing with gifts that I give to others.
I’d still much rather just spend time with family and friends than fret over stuff.