this year, my family opted out for a consumer-less christmas. no trips to the mall, no useless presents that just take up space because you feel too guilty to throw them out. new policy: buy what you like for yourself. this way nobody is disappointed (not to blow my own horn or anything but i usually give great gifts so it’s always me who ends up being disappointed), usually i tell people what i would like to get to avoid all this but this year the problem was eliminated entirely. and yes, it did feel a lot less like christmas without the pile of presents under the tree, but in the end we had a wonderful dinner with people we love, my mum made such great food we are still sleeping it all off. it might have felt a lot less like christmas also because my brother and his family and rob’s sister are all away this year for some reason during this time and what kind of christmas is it without your whole family around to celebrate it with. i’m definitely thinking about them as i’m ordering bakugans and stupid silly bandz for my nephew on ebay (whoever came up with the idea of selling rubber bands must have been a marketing genius). for now i’ll just admire these gorgeous ash cowboy boots i got at this years’ holt renfrew sale. such great great deals this time around. so happy i didn’t end up with the pair i originally wanted from forever 21. phew! 

6 Responses

  1. Dina says:

    This is great, my family tried to do the same but my mum had a moment of weakness at the end and rushed out to buy lots of little presents to open. Again i have a lot of things that i feel guilty about if i throw away!

  2. Lo says:

    That’s a really wonderful idea, I like that!

  3. Very clever title Ania. I can’t count the number of years I’ve pulled ‘from me to me’ lol. At least you can be sure to get what you want. This year it’s my trip to LA. Although it’s going to take a lot of self-control not to shop during the crazy sale season.

    Meag xx

  4. Amy says:

    Those boots are to die for! What a great idea to pick your own present!

  5. love that concept! i SO wish my family/friends would be on board for it, as EVERYTHING I get usually goes into a charity pile… (oh wow… a burgundy cardigan set from reitmans? you shouldn’t have. really. you shouldn’t have.) oh well…

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