“Merry everything and a happy always!”
Raise your hand, if you are like me, and just put up your Christmas decorations last week. (No? Just me?)
This year, I have been taking it slow and taking my time with all things Christmas. Usually I feel such a rush to get all the decorations up, bake every cookie under the sun, shop for every person I know and drive myself crazy.
I am so stressed most of the time that I forget to slow down and enjoy this beautiful season.
On my journey to becoming a minimalist, I have learned to truly embrace this time of year and remember what is important.
Not the toys or the shopping or the million parties. I am enjoying quiet moments at home, surrounded by the lights of the tree and my gorgeous little family.
Another thing that has changed a lot this year for me is gift giving. So many years I find myself going into debt and running up my credit card just for the sake of buying.
Instead, I sat down and was intentional with planning out my gift-giving this year. I decided not to buy for every single person I know, which is usually what I feel like I should do, and focused on my little one and a few of the kids in our life.
I came up with a few guidelines that I am keeping to that will make buying gifts easier, less stressful and a lot less overwhelming. If you are still shopping or trying to figure out how you’re going to buy gifts this year, this list is for you!
Here is my guide for gift-giving as a minimalist for the holidays!
Do not go into debt.
If you can’t afford to buy that extra gift for the mailman, then don’t. I know this may be hard because you always see people shopping like crazy, with bags filling their cars and giving gifts to everyone they know.
I love the idea of showing the people in your life that you love them by giving them a present but if you can’t do that without going into debt then it isn’t worth it. I have had to swallow my pride for many years because I simply don’t have the money to spend on lavish gifts but this year, I don’t mind one bit. I have come to realize that I can show the people I love just how much I care without spending a fortune on them.
Set your limits, financially, and stick to it.
Follow the 4 gift rule for the kids: One thing they need, One thing they want, Something to read and Something to wear.
Often times, when we have little ones, we tend to go crazy buying them everything they have asked for. What winds up happening, however, is that we go overboard and don’t know where to stop.
I love the four gift rule that I see people posting about because it simplifies the gift-buying process. You can of course expand on this and buy them a few extra things that don’t fit into this category but this can be a wonderful way of keeping the gifts to a minimum!
Plan ahead of time.
I don’t know about you but when I have a plan and stick with it, I am more efficient and way less stressed. Make a plan for who you are buying for, how much you want to spend, what you are going to buy, etc. For instance, I wrote down all of the people I am going to buy for and how much I will spend on each person.
Write your plan down and make sure you stick to it. This will ensure that you stay within your limits and only get what you truly want to.
Limit to only one small gift for family members.
If you buy gift for family members such as parents, siblings, cousins and uncles, it can be super easy to get overwhelmed and go way overboard.
For me, in order to limit my spending and the amount that I buy, I limit it to one small gift for family members that aren’t my husband and daughter. I am also not the type of person that buys for every person in my life. I am trying to be as intentional as possible when it comes to gift-giving and that has taken a lot of the stress out of the season.
Embracing a minimalist life means I am examining every part of my life, including the holidays, and only holding onto and focusing on the important things. Something as simple as gifting family members with a framed picture of your little ones means so much!
Here are some ideas to buy for the minimalist in your life:
Tickets to a show
Wine and chocolate
A board game
Massage, pedicure, manicure, etc
Lessons for something new (dance, art, etc)
Do you have a guideline to gift-giving for the holidays? Do you start buying early or wait until the last minute? I would love to hear about your holidays! XOXO