Gift Giving and the Holidays

This year marks the first year that Bryan and I will undergo a holiday season with a new mindset. This year, we are focused on memories and experiences rather than stuff. We’d rather give gifts to the people we love that would produce adventure and excitement rather than another coffee mug or bath soak. I’ve come up with a few ideas of what we are doing different this year and a few of the things I think we’ve done right!

What we’ve done right:

  • Every Christmas Eve, we have the tradition of spending alone time eating sushi, laughing, and enjoying each other. My favorite was the first year we were married and we bought sushi for 15 bucks from Mr. Nguyen, a vendor out of the grocery store, and sat on the floor around the coffee table. Some of the best memories that only cost 15 dollars!
  • Another thing we’ve done right is spending the night at Bryan’s aunt and uncle’s house every Christmas Eve night. We spend the night doing all of their traditions (reading the Christmas story, getting Santa’s cookies ready…) and then put the little girls to bed. I just love sharing this special day with them! I’d rather sleep in a basement and wake up to the screaming excitement of two little girls than get any present!

We’ve always cherished the idea of spending time together and enjoying family and friends more than giving gifts, but this year we are going even further. Instead of feeling pressure to give really well thought out presents since we actually have the money this year, we are putting our money into more creative outlets. Here are some ideas of the things we are thinking of doing for our families and friends:

Another thing that Bryan and I are doing right this year is getting away. Not on a plane to shuttle back and forth to family for two days, but into the mountains with just each other, our dog, and our backpacks to stay in a yurt. I had the idea for his birthday in October, so it’s a combined birthday/Christmas gift for our little family. We’ll spend Christmas Eve and Christmas day enjoying each other’s company away from the craziness of the holiday in the city.

There are so many creative things to do for the people we love. We don’t have to settle for the mediocre and buy our families more of the same stuff they already have in their homes. We can still show them we love them by giving them even more meaningful gifts this year: the gifts of time, adventure, and helping others in their name.

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2 Responses to Gift Giving and the Holidays

  1. Angela says:

    Good thoughts, Kate! I am doing some similar things you mentioned as gifts to our families this year. Hope you guys have a great Christmas spending time with each other!

  2. Kate says:

    Thanks, Ang! I’m really excited to do these things and I’m glad to hear you are, too! It’s a lot more fun coming up with gifts this way, for sure!

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