Giftless Christmas: How to Have Christmas without Gifts
With over 70% of Americans living from paycheck to paycheck and 64% not even having a mere $1,000 in savings, a gift-less Christmas might be just what the doctor ordered. Study after study shows that Americans are falling behind in the area of savings and networth, yet stacking up more junk and unwanted clutter than ever. According to MarketWatch, 10% of American families don’t exchange gifts for Christmas. That number might get even bigger as financial instability continues to plague the American middle class.
If you decide to join the growing number of Americans saying no to unproductive consumerism and yes to financial stability, here are some ways to go about a gift-less Christmas while maintaining holiday cheer:
Plan at Ahead
If you have family members that are very keen on gift exchange as an expression of love and appreciation, you might have to prime them so that, come Christmas day, they aren’t offended. You might even start broadcasting to friends and family now your intentions to either not give gifts (or not buy them at least) for reasons like getting your finances together, helping the environment or focusing on the religious aspect of the holiday. Perhaps start in January as a resolution of sorts so that people are not caught unawares without a gift on Christmas day.
Decide Your Christmas Flavor
This means you just need to determine what minimalism looks like to you for the holiday. For some, it’s a “no buy” Christmas and for others there will be absolutely no gift exchange at all. Determine what will work for your family and stick to it.
The best thing about giftless or no-buy Christmas is the chance to be creative. If you decide to forgo the traditional celebration via gift exchange, present these alternatives to your friends and family members:
- Cook a special meal and plan an activity afterwards like going to the movies or ice skating.
- Pool money together as a family and give to a cause you are all passionate about.
- Find a place to volunteer and give back as a family.
- Travel somewhere to create an experience versus accumulating more stuff.
- Make a craft or send a nice handwritten note to a loved one.
These are just a few ideas to take the place of spending like crazy around the holidays. What are some other ways you can make a giftless Christmas fun?