Approach people about it. They might be more than happy and relieved to arrange a less expensive way to show your appreciation towards each other. Most people, after outgrowing their 20’s, have enough stuff and are happy with small gestures or non “stuff” things.
Don’t have a set amount to spend on each person in your head. Yes, do have a budget and a maximum amount, but a lot of people, especially when it comes to kids try to spend a certain amount. Kids don’t mind. Little kids don’t even realise. (One of the most loved Christmas presents I bought for my then little one was a plastic toy wheelbarrow. It was reduced to $8, he loved it, played with it for years and that was his present from his parents for Christmas.)
Coming back to the issue of “too much stuff” that so many of us struggle with. Think of everyday useful items such as food or clothes.
This is especially the case when it comes to filling stockings and just making it look good or plentiful under the Christmas tree. (My kids used to get schoolbags, new lunchboxes, socks, pyjamas, boogie boards… the only thing they didn’t like was school hats.)
Experiences don’t come in a big box with a bow, but they are much loved
– especially this year, when retail has warned us, that there might be supply issues.
– especially this year, when hospitality, the beauty industry, the arts, museums and venues have struggled for so long, being closed or running at reduced capacity.
– especially this year, when so many experiences we took for granted have not been available and even a teenager might enjoy a visit to the zoo!
For more Christmas tips and an enjoyable organised festive season with less mess and more joy, please read my “LessMess Christmas Checklist”