Y’all need to know something about me (if you don’t already). I LOVE Christmas! As much as I hate winter, that’s how much I love Christmas.
I love spending time with my friends and family, playing games, eating delicious food, celebrating our faith, and of course, giving gifts.
I don’t mind getting gifts, but what I really love is giving gifts. Seeing people’s reactions when they unwrap their presents is priceless. I love making them feel happy and special with what I am able to give them.
So, I do my best to give gifts that make the receiver feel special and loved. I try to make them as personal as possible so that they know I was thinking specifically of them when I bought or made the gift.
As much as I love Christmas and giving gifts, it can get expensive really quickly if you aren’t careful. Although I didn’t set a specific budget for gifts this year, I’m trying to keep it under control as much as possible.
One way that to limit your spending on gifts is to embrace a minimalist Christmas.
What is a Minimalist Christmas?
A minimalist Christmas is something my whole family decided to try for the first time a couple of years ago.
In past years, my immediate family – my dad, my mom, my brother, and I – would meet at my parents’ house for breakfast and then would begin opening gifts from under the Christmas tree.
We always take turns going one at a time so we can “ooh” and “aah” over each person’s gift before the next person’s turn. While this did drag out our gift exchange, making it quite a bit longer than it would have to be, it also served as entertainment for us too.
But in recent years, I noticed that we were getting so many gifts at Christmas that we weren’t really using them, appreciating them, or even remembering all of them.
With that in mind, I asked my family if they’d be okay with having a different kind of Christmas. Instead of going crazy buying so many gifts for each other, we are going to try to have a minimalist Christmas. We only give one gift per person.
Why a Minimalist Christmas Was Life-Changing
For our small family, a minimalist Christmas means that each of the four of us receives three gifts in total – one from each of the other family members. This made us more appreciative of the gifts we received. Plus, it also made us better gift-givers too.
We started to put more thought into what we bought or made for each other, because we wanted our gifts to really have meaning or be extremely useful for the receiver.
There are also several other benefits of having a minimalist Christmas, like:
- Saving money by buying fewer gifts
- Cutting down on clutter gifts.
- Using less wrapping paper, which saves more money and reduces waste.
- Saving time shopping, wrapping, and unwrapping gifts.
Plus, now that my brother and I are both adults, we don’t necessarily need our parents to gift us everything we need during Christmas and birthdays. We can buy most of the things we want and need on our own now.
My family didn’t set a spending limit on the gifts. Instead we decided to stick to a “reasonable” price range.
Our new minimalist Christmas tradition has really changed the holiday for us. Now we have more time to enjoy each other’s company after unwrapping gifts. It was a great change from our typical Christmas which used to be overrun with too many gifts.
Does your family have gift or spending limits? Do you have a minimalist Christmas or is it over-the-top?