Minimalist Joshua Becker Is Right: My Take on Scaling Back for the Holidays & 3 Ways to Do It by Susan Masterson, PhD

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Minimalist Joshua Becker Is Right: My Take on Scaling Back for the Holidays & 3 Ways to Do It

An article by Joshua Becker is circulating and getting lots of attention. In it, the minimalism guru encourages us to scale way back on our gift giving this year. We simply have too much stuff, and often aren't happy with what we get. I'm here to tell you he's right, because my family has already implemented some of his suggestions.

  • Draw names: We draw one adult name and only buy for that person. Focusing on the wants and needs of one works better than grabbing "whatever" because you have so many to buy for and need to just get it done.
  • Buy for just the kids under 18: Since they're still developing, their needs and desires advance each year. Some will disagree with this, but we reason that since they don't already have “everything,” we can justify getting them a thing or two. Plus, the parents of babies may appreciate things that take care of needs – lightening their financial load (they’re gifts for the parents, actually).
  • Gift them with experiences: Tickets to shows, museums, something they wouldn't buy but would enjoy that won't collect dust.

By following these guidelines, not only do we appreciate quality, but it lifts pressure off the giver, making it all way more fun!

Read Joshua Becker's article, Is It Time for Us to Rethink How We Give Gifts?

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Donna John
Yes!!!! My family was going to do a white elephant for the first time this year, but now thinking we should draw names. Love what you said about that here! Gift giving has definitely gotten out of hand. And thanks for bringing my attention to Joshua Becker. Following him now. Heck, maybe we can get him on board at 30Seconds! #goals
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Wonderful idea and I'm all for it. My family was just talking about the fact that "less is more" this holiday season (and all year round). Thank you for sharing this, Susan Masterson !
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
I SO love this, Susan Masterson, especially experiences over gifts. Thanks for sharing it with us!
Reena Sud
Great article Susan Masterson ! I had watched a documentary which had some interesting information on the "hedonic treadmill" - the observed tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events or life changes. This really got me thinking about my buying habits and how I wanted to raise my daughter.

When she was born she had only a few toys. As each birthday went buy the stack grew and her interest decreased. This really got me thinking - there must be a better way to gift.

This past year I've been working on a site, Fynches. I truly believe mindful gifts equate to mindful kids. My mission is to change how we receive and give gifts to kids by ditching the traditional boxed gift and, as you said, going with experiences.

We're currently in beta and I'm hoping to launch the site soon.

It's been a long journey, but looking forward to helping other parents - like you and I, who believe in sharing positive experiences with kids.

Thanks again for the wonderful article!

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