Avoid the “What Were They Thinking Gifts” this Christmas
Okay, so it’s great to receive and give gifts. It’s extra great if it is something you really want, but realistically how many of us (ladies) will get diamonds this Christmas?
What I really don’t want is the What Were They Thinking Gifts (WWTTG) and I don’t want to be guilty of giving others the “What Was I Thinking Gifts”.
I recall one year receiving a mega-mini shopping trolley (apparently it was for putting on the dinner table for sauces for barbecues). I remember smiling as I thought WHY. I bet we all have at least one of these gifts in our cupboards?
So how do we avoid the WWTT gifts this Christmas?
- Don’t buy someone a gift just because you must?
- Assess if it is useful or functional or if it is just a gimmick?
- Maybe it is just clutter in disguise?
- Don’t overthink gift giving – if your loved one or friend likes wine, just give them a bottle or 2 ….
- If they love chocolates, select some special chocolates (but avoid the cheap specialty chocolate that invades shops at Christmas).
- If you’re really stumped, donate some money to a charity for them.
- Maybe give them the gift of 1 or 2 hours of your time to help them with something.
- If the person you are giving the gift to has clutter issues, please don’t add to their clutter. There are so many parents, grandparents and older adults who would love help sorting their photos, paperwork, treasures. Your time may be the most generous gift of all!
- Vouchers can be ideal but many of us have thrown out unused vouchers over the years. Make sure it is easy for the receiver to use the voucher, i.e. the service of shop is close to them , e.g. who wants a voucher for a massage they will have to drive 40 mins to? Giving someone with sensitive skin a facial voucher may not be smart either.
I know that some gifts are funny and can be a cheap laugh. But balance this with their usefulness.
The best gift is usually something simple and if you have raked your brain and still can’t come up with the perfect gift, maybe it doesn’t exist. So go back to “simple”. It’s better that a gift is useful and boring than useless.
At the core of most of the clutter in our homes is over-shopping. So think before you buy and let’s start sending the message to manufacturers that we don’t want resources wasted on producing useless and thus wasteful items.
Happy “last week until Christmas” & take care ….
Mary J Harnan BBus, 3a home sorting specialist
Aging Specialist, ICD | CD Specialist, ICD | Hoarding Specialist, ICD | Expert Member AAPO
Based in Balwyn North, Vic, I have sorted 100’s of homes & helped 100’s of senior adults & their families.
I regularly speak about 3a decluttering, smart downsizing and farewelling the family home.