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.
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.
Cake mix in a mug
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.
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!