Today begins Amazon Black Friday Deals Week, with big discounts on just about every category of product Amazon sells.
Now's a good opportunity to knock off a chunk of your holiday shopping. But before you start working through your gift list, see if you can shorten it.
First, remove anyone who doesn't really need a present. I'm not trying to stifle your generosity; I'm just inviting you to consider if gifts are the best way to express it.
Does every service provider in your life need a gift, or would a generous tip be more helpful? Might some of your giftees feel awkward if they don't have a gift for you?
Next, ask yourself:
How about a handwritten card instead of a gift? Teachers, especially, appreciate this.
How about a donation instead of a gift? Good for everyone who already has everything they need and may even be trying to declutter.
How about one special present instead of multiples? If Santa visits, one gift plus a full stocking is plenty. For kids, especially, the initial WOW of piles of wrapped boxes often turns into overwhelm or lack of interest (and possibly, down the road, greed and entitlement).
How about a small gift instead of a big one? Some people feel uncomfortable when presented with extravagant gifts. It's fun to make a big splash every now and then, but usually, the best gifts are small treasures that demonstrate how well you know someone.
How about an experiential gift? Membership to a local museum, theater or performance tickets, a massage, a night in a hotel?
Paring down your gift list will save you money and time, and will help you feel calmer during the holidays. But, most importantly, it will help you express your love and gratitude to friends and family in ways everyone will appreciate.
How do you keep your gift list from getting too long?
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