Quick Notes: Saving on the Holidays

It’s that time of year again.

The time of year when I alternate between being over-the-top excited about whichever amazing gift I’d love to buy because it’s just absolutely perfect for someone, and being in the depths of hopeless despair because there’s no way I can afford ONE of whatever item I want to purchase, let alone something that nice for everyone on my list. Let's face it, so many hot-ticket gift items are overpriced

But I will not fear, for truly there is an answer to my dilemma. At Christmas, more than any other time of the year, it truly is the thought that counts, though we all know that simply thinking of a person is never enough. A savvy gift-giver realizes that a small, personalized gift that says “I was thinking about you, I know you well, and I care,” has greater value than a large gift that says “I want you to like me," "I want to be acceptable to you,” or even, “I want to pacify you.” If you can give a large gift, you are free to do so. If you can’t give one, you don’t have to. Think of your recipient, care for them and then, whatever you give, give freely.

Perhaps the foodie in your life would love some fresh-baked homemade treats. Find your inner artist and make crafty gifts out of something as simple (and inexpensive) as paper. Think outsidfe the box for clever DIY goodies for your geeky friends. The point is, if you're creative and thoughtful, there's no need to blow through all of December's paychecks on presents. Leave the materialistic mindset behind you this season — and your wallet will thank you!




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Will Chen's picture

Thank you for that beautiful reminder Sarah. I was listening to NPR last night and they did this story about how Hollywood actors and agents use gifts as a way to gauge their importance to the movie studios. In the end, they sullied the meaning of the holidays by turning it into one giant bribefest. Your message is important but too often forgotten.

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I found your link from the Carnival of the Vanities website. They generally point me to interesting posts and yours definitely did not disappoint. Ben