The Anti-Gift Guide 2017

If there’s one thing I hate (believe me, there isn’t just one, there are many), it’s consumerism. I’m not against the traditional gift guide in any way, I love receiving presents just as much as the next person. But isn’t there just so much more to Christmas than buying big, expensive presents? Being anti-consumerism doesn’t necessarily mean not spending anything or not doing Christmas ‘properly,’ so I’ve put together a little gift guide for some ideas this Christmas.

Give Your Time

I truly believe that there is nothing more valuable than someone giving you the gift of their time. Throughout the year we continuously say that we’ll make time to see friends and family but more than not, we don’t prioritise that enough. However, Christmas is the perfect excuse to visit friends we haven’t seen all year and to make a big effort to see family. Spending time with loved ones creates lasting memories and is so much more worthwhile than a gift.

You can also give the gift of time by offering to volunteer either by visiting elderly people who are alone at Christmas, serving at soup kitchens or collecting for charities. Lots of places are desperate for volunteers all year round but especially at Christmas so check out do-it.org to get some ideas.

Love

Christmas is often about looking for that perfect gift for someone but is there anything nicer than putting your heart into making someone a gift instead of buying one? Use your talents, whatever they may be to make a gift. If you’re good at crafts or knitting, you’re sorted! Or you could write or cover some songs and put it on a CD for your parents.

More Ideas:

Christmas cookies

Lip Scrub

Fudge

Cake mix in a mug

Scarf

Soaps

Coasters

Body Scrub

Essentials

Instead of buying luxury items that you’re not sure if the receiver wants, buy things that you know they’ll use. I hate having to buy bubble baths and socks, it’s such a chore and an expense that I really loathe spending my money on, so I love receiving things like this for Christmas.

More Ideas:

Skincare

Shower gel

Coffee

Tea

Candles

Perfume

Bargains

If you really can’t help but want to buy someone a more expensive gift then shop around first and see where the bargains are. Chances are you’ll get a better price shopping online or see if any bigger shops (often departments stores) offer £10 off when you spend a certain amount. Christmas shouldn’t be a time for getting into debt so don’t get caught out by consumerism!

Rachel x-x-x

 

 

1 Comment

  1. Lulu Digital
    December 11, 2017 / 8:44 am

    I totally agree, this consumerist mode that grows all year to become a point of focus for so many people who think buying the most expensive items is a proof of love to the people they neglect most of the year isn’t good… and if it’s not done in that spirit, it gives money to the rich, keeping them richer, and we often give useless items to our friends & family. It’s much better to give useful items, and as you say, one’s time and love, through sharing with loved ones or volunteering to those in need.

    I love your blog entry a lot! Well written, nice spaces, and nice points! 100%!

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