Giving gifts used to be an act of providing something a person needs. I don’t believe that’s necessarily the case these days.
Today, when a birthday comes, a baby is born, wedding vows are exchanged, or a holiday comes around, we’re often giving gifts that simply aren’t needed. Have you ever gone shopping for, wrapped, and given an item that you knew deep down wouldn’t mean much among the over-abundance of similar items?
Ten years ago when I was pregnant with our son Blake, I recall having a conversation with my husband where he explained we could afford to spend about $100 during each month of my pregnancy to prepare for our son’s arrival. If you do the quick math, this meant that we saved a few months of the $100 to set aside for a crib then put the remaining money towards a crib mattress, a little paint for the nursery, and his bedding.
When a baby shower was provided for us, nearly everything we were given met a need! It wasn’t easy looking at an empty nursery for months, but by the time Blake arrived we had all we needed. To our great surprise, just a few weeks before Blake was born, someone gifted us a new crib. As a result we had some extra money, which was a big help to us at that point in our lives.
Why was this gifting experience such a success? We didn’t overspend while on the tight budget we had at the time, yet our son had all he needed.
I learned a lot from that experience a decade ago that I’d like to unpack on the blog over the course of the next few posts in an effort to shed light on the differences between our personal preferences and pride, what culture encourages us to do with money, the definition of a true gift, and what the minimalist mindset would encourage if you’re struggling with the idea of buying and receiving gifts. In this Minimalist Gift Ideas series I’ll be sharing stories, suggestions, and challenging some common practices in an effort to help you feel great about your next gift exchange.
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